At a well-attended service on Friday, February 4th the Reverend James Robert Ross Macaskill, formerly Probationary Minister at the East Church, Inverness, was ordained and inducted into Knock Parish Church of Scotland, Garrabost.
The ceremony of ordination and induction was carried out by the Lewis Presbytery of the Church of Scotland, led by the Moderator, the Rev. Paul Amed, and the Clerk, the Rev. Thomas Sinclair. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Stephen Macdonald of Carloway, and the Rev. William Black, High Church, Stornoway, conducted the Charges to the Minister and the Congregation.
Afterwards over 300 members of the congregation, guests and visitors gathered in Aird School Hall for a most enjoyable social evening. After tea and refreshments various speeches and presentations were made under the chairmanship of the Moderator.
The main speakers were Professor Andrew McGowan of the East Church, Inverness, Mr Stephen Barron, a friend of the Ross, and Mr Tom Clark, who welcomed the new minister on behalf of the congregation. Alasdair Lamont and John Murdo Macaulay made presentations from the congregation to the Rev. Ross Macaskill and the Rev. Paul Amed respectively, and Shona Mairi Mackinnon and Anna Heriot presented bouquets of flowers to Mrs Irene Macaskill and Mrs Kareen Amed. Young Alice Macmillan also gave a gift to the new minister’s infant daughter Abbie on behalf of the Sunday School. The Rev. Ross Macaskill then addressed the gathering, and the evening ended with a beautiful hymn sung by Mrs Dolina Jefferson.
Pictured above are Rev. Ross Macaskill, his wife Irene and baby daughter Abigail. Picture by Alasdair Maclean.