After a vacancy of 3 years, and a long and widespread search for a minister, Dr Jonathan Humphrey was ordained and inducted to the ministry of the Kiltarlity and Kirkhill churches on Friday 27th March 2015.
Jonathan hails from Penicuik, and from his previous church in Gorebridge, some 50 faithful followers and friends travelled to Kiltarlity to join with the congregations of both churches and, together with Kate and Jonathan’s family, support his ordination and induction.
In total 200 + persons attended the service – wonderful to see the church so “full” and wonderful to join in fellowship and worship with so many. The singing was magnificent, hymns accompanied by organist Tonya.
The service was conducted by Inverness Presbytery, and led by Rev Mike Robertson, recently inducted minister to the Barn Church, Culloden. The address was given by Rev David Scott. Rev Alasdair Younger, Moderator to the Presbytery ordained Jonathan to the service of the Church and inducted him to the charge of Kiltarlity and Kirkhill. Jonathan was welcomed in the time immemorial way of the giving of the right hand of fellowship from all presbytery members present.
Formal proceedings over the assembled company, almost without exception, adjourned to the Wardlaw Church, Kirkhill for a delicious buffet supper prepared and served by the ladies of both churches. Thereafter a varied social filled appropriately with a blend of music, solo singing, humorous speeches and fellowship followed, all in all a fitting welcome for Jonathan and Kate, and their sons, Calum and Robbie.
Jonathan was presented with a gift of a be-ribboned log, this much to the amusement of both himself and all present. Not to worry ….. this single log is to be suitably augmented by the delivery of a vast quantity of prepared timber to ensure that Jonathan, Kate, family ….. and possibly visitors to the manse too, are kept warm through the long winter nights! Their recently installed wood burning stove will be working overtime! Jonathan also received a Lovat Shinty Club flag, presented to him by Rev Joe Barnard, very recently ordained and inducted to Kiltarlity Free Church.
In presenting Jonathan with the flag Joe implored him to be diligent not only in his support of his new church flock, but also to be a true and faithful supporter of the local shinty team! And if he wished to be really popular, wave it in the car park at Beauly…
Kate received a beautiful bouquet, as did Mrs Brigid Donald – wife of Rev Peter Donald. Sheila, in presenting the flowers to Mrs Donald, “returned” her husband to her. Peter has been a faithful and so diligent interim moderator to the two churches, never failing in his duty to both, through presiding over Kirk Session and Deacons’ Court meetings, conducting services in both churches as required, ministering to the folks of each parish, supporting and encouraging the work of the nominating committee ….. in other words, invaluable to us all. Peter, like Jonathan, was presented with a similar be-ribboned log.
It is the fervent and genuine hope and prayer of the folks of both parishes that Jonathan and Kate will feel very much at home in these communities and that he will minister to all for many years to come.