Kirk Session

This page contains:
*Information from and for the Kirk Session of UCPC
*At the bottom, info on how the Church of Scotland is organised
Our 3 newest elders at the front: Aileen, Teresa, Ursula
Missing from photo: Ian

The Session:                                
Ursula Baillie
Teresa Brasier
Lyn Cochrane
Aileen Gemmell
Judith Gilbert
Mary Hamilton
Margaret Harley
Hazel Sharpe
Janet Telfer
Moira White
Willie White
Jenny Worthington

Notes for elders:
Session meetings -
Session meets every other month, during Sept-May
generally on the last Thursday of the month [with occasional exceptions*] from 7pm - 8.30pm [and no later than 9pm!]

Dates for 2017:
26 Jan
*16 March [this month Session meets on 3rd Thursday, for accounts prior to our ASM]
*18 May [this month Session meets on 3rd Thursday, to avoid clash with General Assembly Week]
28 Sept
23 Nov

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How we are organised:
The Church of Scotland's governing system is presbyterian which means that no one person or group within the Church has more influence or say than any other. The Church does not have one person who acts as the head of faith, as that role is the Lord God's. Its supreme rule of faith and life is through the teachings of the Bible.
At national level, the court is the highest court of the Kirk, the General Assembly. The General Assembly consists of around 400 ministers, 400 elders, and members of the diaconate, all representing the presbyteries.
At district level, the court is a presbytery. Presbyteries consist of all the ministers in the district and an equal number of elders, along with members of the diaconate (a form of ordained ministry, usually working in a complementary role in a ministry team in both parish and industry sector contexts). There are 46 presbyteries across Scotland, England, Europe and Jerusalem.
At a local level, the parish, the court is a kirk session. Kirk sessions oversee the local congregation and its parish, and consist of elders presided over by a minister.

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