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

****Session Notice****
A reminder to members of the Session - and our Local Church Review Task Group:
a meeting will be held in the Church Hall at 7.30pm on 10 Jan, 2018, with our Presbytery LCR team.

Subsequent meetings: 
Sun 18 Feb, after worship 'the gathering' - opening the conversation to wider congregation + community
Wed 28 Feb - where Presb. facilitators 'report back' and...
Wed 14 March - Forward planning

The Session:                                
Ursula Baillie
Lyn Cochrane
Judith Gilbert
Margaret Harley
Janet Telfer
Moira White
Willie White

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 2018:
22 Feb
26 April
28 June
summer break
27 Sept
22 Nov

Should any urgent business arise between meetings, a special one-item meeting will be called.

Retired elders:
Ian Wilson, Mary Hamilton
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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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