I just got home from Hamilton having driven down yesterday afternoon for my good friend and colleague's induction to Greenock Westburn Parish Church, at which I had the pleasure of being the guest speaker at the social (which is a little akin to best man speeches within the clerical world!). It was a super evening with a full church including two coachloads of folks from Trinity Parish Church in Hamilton from which Karen leaves after some 22 years of ministry there.
Karen and I shared many fun years of working together and I do pray that the fresh challenges of a new charge will be invigorating and exciting for her. There are many similarities in the move Karen has made to the one I made to Aberdeen (though she has managed to stay within easy driving distance of IKEA), so it will be good for us both to compare notes as the months go by.
It was great to have all the "old gang" together again last night, and thanks to David and Shona Burt in Hamilton for their kind hospitality (and Glenmorangie) last night.