A very full day today with a 309 mile round trip to Kilchoan for Fiona Ogg's induction and ordination to the linked parishes of Acharacle and Ardnamurchan. We had a great time and it was a great privilege to be present on this very special occassion for Fiona as she takes up her charge and begins her ministry with the people of the Ardnamurchan peninsula.
Fiona always said she wanted to minister in a rural context... I can safely say, having driven 100 miles on single track and unbelievably windy roads today, that she most definitely got her wish. But, wow, it was spectacular. We saw plenty of wildlife on our way, including a majestic stag standing proud on a hillock next to the road, and we also had some extraordinary tour guide commentary including the priceless... "ooh, look at those wee allotments down there, they really are small... oh, wait, that's a cemetery!" [There's more...]
We travelled through pouring rain, but after crossing on the Corran Ferry, the weather lightened and we were even treated with a bit of sun. However, an attempt to walk down to the pier at Kilchoan was cut short when we thought we might get blown away!
In the picture of Fiona in the service she is receiving her charges as minister, and then later you see Fiona at the social following the service speaking to all of us gathered, with Callum, Fiona's son, looking on. Some of these pictures from the social were taken by Emma who took a fascination for the spread on the tables!
We passed on the gifts from everyone at St Andrew's to Fiona before we began the long journey home. We had a short wait for the Corran ferry, and while we waited admiring the beautiful scenery Fiona Wilson took the opportunity to freshen up with a paddle... The look on Sophia and Emma's faces when we suggested they take a dip was hilarious. I wish I had caught that on camera too!
Every blessing to the Reverend Fiona Ogg on this wonderful day, and for the opportunity to be there with her, David and Callum. To slightly alter what we all sang at the end of the social this afternoon:
May the God of peace go with you
as you travel to this place;
may the love of Jesus keep you
firm in hope and full of grace.