Meeting about the Old High Hall cancelled

The Congregational Meeting about the sale of the Old High Hall, planned for this Tuesday night, has, unfortunately, had to be postponed. This is because someone raised a concern about the way it has been intimated to the congregation.

A Congregation Meeting of this sort happens after at least 2 Sunday’s notice has been given to the Congregation. We checked with the Presbytery Clerk and the Principal Clerk of the General Assembly, it is clear that we more than enough notice for the meeting has been given (3 Sundays, not just 2).

However, someone complained that the wording of the announcements did not make clear what the purpose of the meeting was to be. In fact, myself and our Session Clerk, Linda Philip, and Depute Session Clerk, Christine Mackenzie, are quite sure that everyone did understand what the purpose of the meeting was, so this complaint was a complete surprise to us. Throughout this process, the Session Clerks and myself have been utterly committed to being open with the Congregation about the reasons for the need for the sale, and the process to be followed.

In order to absolutely ensure that everything is done according to the law of the Church, we will now postpone Tuesday’s meeting. We intend to propose to the Leadership Team that the new meeting take place on 13 September, and will give due notice nearer the time.

Our apologies that this has happened. Of course we want to get this decision over with. You have today the information which we were giving out in advance of the meeting, and you will notice that not much has changed since the Kirk Session made the decision to sell the Hall, and that if you were not already acquainted with this information we trust you will find it informative. As always, and continuing our policy of openness, Linda and Christine remain happy to answer your questions on this matter.

Magazine for June 2014

The latest edition of our church magazine is now available online. This is a downloadable PDF file.

Please contact us if you would like a printed copy.

Here is the minister’s letter from the magazine, which previews changes coming in the life of the congregation.

Dear friends,

There are lots of things in this magazine, but there are two items which are important for us as we look to the future of our congregation. Continue reading

Action Teams and our new constitution

Our congregation operates legally under a Unitary Constitution.

As in all Church of Scotland congregations, the Kirk Session, consisting of elders and chaired by the Minister, is our governing body.

In 2013 we reviewed the workings of the Session. You can read the model which was agreed at that time here.

Within the Session there is a small Leadership Team, and a series of Action Teams: Continue reading

Constitutional Review- new Action Teams being formed

Following Future Focus, one of the big issues we decided to address was a streamlining of our decision-making structures.

We’ve abolished our Congregational Board (introducing a Unitary Constitution).

We are now introducing a small Leadership Team, which will report to the Kirk Session.

We’re also inviting congregation members to join the Action Teams- please get in touch if you would like to help.

Here is the full report which went to the Session.

A shorter version of this document will be in the September church magazine.

Comments are, as always, very welcome!

Theological Commission on Same-Sex Relationships and the Ministry publishes report to General Assembly

The Church of Scotland’s General Assembly will meet from 18 to 25 May in Edinburgh this year. Our Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, and one of our elders, David Smillie, will be Commissioners.

One item being considered will be a report by a commission set up at the 2011 Assembly on the matter of whether persons in same-sex relationships ought to be able to be Ministers or office-bearers within the Church. The Commission’s report is now available on the Church of Scotland website. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin for 14 April 2013

Worship Next Week
Wednesday 17 April
12.30pm Midweek Quiet Time at St Stephen’s
Sunday 21 April
11.15am Congregational Service: admission of New Members by Baptism and Confirmation at the Old High Church NB New time for Congregational Service: no service at St Stephen’s. Kirk Session meets 11am Parking available in John Fraser’s yard, just before
7.00pm Worship and discussion at St Stephen’s
SUNDAY BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS should be sent to Joy Cossar The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon. Continue reading