North Knapdale Parish Church Kirk Session 24th January 2018

At a meeting of the Kirk Session in Tayvallich Church on 24th January 2018 the meeting was constituted in prayer by the Moderator, Rev Clifford Acklam.
The meeting replaced that scheduled for 23rd January 2018.
SEDERUNT
Present were Moderator, Rev Clifford Acklam, Session Clerk, Mr Alan Cameron, Elders, Mr David Logue, Mrs Louise Logue, Mrs Libby MacDonald, Miss Ealasaid Mackay and Mrs Catherine Paterson.
APOLOGIES
Apologies were received from Mr Russell Anderson, Mrs Valerie Cameron and Mrs Norma Kelly.
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
The Minutes of the Kirk Session Meeting of 28th November 2017 were approved.
Proposed by Mrs Louise Logue Seconded by Miss Ealasaid Mackay
MATTERS ARISING
None.
INVERLUSSA CHURCH
Email from the Presbytery Clerk
Extract Minute from the Presbytery meeting of 5th December 2017 at Kames. Presbytery noted the decision of North Knapdale to sell Inverlussa Church. Presbytery confirmed that it granted permission to North Knapdale to sell Inverlussa Church.
Presbytery recommended that Inverlussa Church be included in the current pilot being trialled by the General Trustees, that is, the building is not closed immediately but may be used by the congregation until a sale has been agreed upon with a potential buyer.
Email from the Clerk to the General Trustees 19th December2017
inter alia The next Board meeting of the General Trustees will be on 30th January 2018. A formal Determination to Sell will be sought at this meeting. Thereafter, Law Department will be free to commence the marketing process.
REPORTS
Minister
Rev Acklam advised that he would be taking up a new position as Interim Minister of the United Presbyterian Church of Middletown NY, USA. He was not yet in a position to confirm the date of his departure as he still awaits his visa. He also confirmed that the Vacancy Procedure Committee was aware of the situation. There would be no action on the part of the VPC until the date of his departure and demission was confirmed.
Stewardship
There was nothing to report.
Safeguarding
Mr D Logue confirmed that he would be arranging a refresher course for elders and Messy Church helpers.
Presbytery
Presbytery met at Kames Church on 5th December 2017. Rev Acklam stated that it had been an interesting meeting and that he had particularly enjoyed hearing from Rev Albert Bogle about his work with Sanctuary First, the first Church of Scotland “On line church”.
Treasurer & Finance
Session received and approved the Financial Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2017.
Proposed by Mrs Libby MacDonald
Seconded by Mrs Catherine Paterson
Mrs L Logue was thanked for the work which she does as Treasurer and the high quality of her presentation.
Fabric
Mr Cameron reported on behalf of Mr Anderson.
Inverlussa Church – Mr I Coles has repaired the loose plasterboard under the belfry area and replaced some light bulbs. He will return to replace approximately 1 metre of grass at the entrance gate with gravel to reduce the “skid risk”.
Tayvallich Church – The mains water is now connected. A new under sink water heater and kitchen base and wall units have been installed and are working well.
Bellanoch Church – The bell rope has been re-secured and the bell is working again.
General – All gutters to be cleaned at all buildings.
It was decided that cushion floor type material should be fitted at Inverlussa for the children’s play area. Mr Cameron to issue instructions.
SESSION ADMINISTRATION
The following records were duly attested :-
Communicants’ Roll
Supplementary Roll
Baptismal Register
Safeguarding Register
The date of the Stated Annual Meeting of North Knapdale Congregation is set as Sunday 18th March 2018 after morning worship at Tayvallich Church.
It was agreed that the following retiring offerings would be held during 2018 Easter Children’s Hospice Association Scotland
Harvest M.O.M.A.
Remembrance Poppyscotland
Christmas EMBRACE the Middle East
WORSHIP & MISSION
Morning Worship Sunday 28th January 2018
This service in Tayvallich Church will include the baptism of three children.
World Day of Prayer
After some discussion, it was decided that there would not be a service in this parish but that we would support any service taking place elsewhere in the local area.
Messy Church
Well supported and the Christmas Party was much enjoyed. There is now a donations box in place at events for voluntary contributions to running costs. Parents may run a coffee morning to raise funds for the recent national request for financial support.
Alpha
Two “taste & see” sessions were held in Tayvallich Church. Mr and Mrs D Logue were pleased to advise that four additional people wished to attend the Tayvallich based course which will commence with a lunch time session on Monday 29th January 2018. Two sessions remain to complete the Achnamara based course.
ELDER TRAINING
There will be a roadshow event in Dumbarton on Saturday 17th February 2018 to provide training in connection with The Year of Young People 2018 initiative.
A.O.C.B.
Coffee Mornings
Tayvallich Village Hall will be booked for the following Church Coffee Morning dates :-
Saturday 14th April 2018
Saturday 21st July 2018
D.O.N.M.
The date of the next meeting will be Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 7.30 pm in Tayvallich Church.
The meeting was closed by saying the grace together.

Definitive List Of Every Essential Element For An Effective Church

But first, a few things that aren’t on the list.
• A church doesn’t need to be big to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need to be small to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need a mission statement to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need a choir or worship team to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need suits and dresses to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need to dress casually to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need small groups to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need a website to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need a building to be effective.
• A church doesn’t even need a pastor to be effective.
Our Priorities Matter
None of those things are wrong. Many of them can make a good ministry better.
But they’re not essential.
When we think any extra-biblical element is essential, it becomes divisive. Our way is right and other ways are wrong.
Then we start obsessing over them.
Wasting time, money and emotion on them.
Arguing over them.
Alienating ourselves from other believers because of them.
And ignoring real needs because of our obsession with non-essentials.
What Are the Essentials?
There are only three essential elements for a church to be effective:
1. People who genuinely love Jesus
2. People who genuinely love each other
3. People who share that good news with others
No, that’s not a new list. If it was, they wouldn’t be essential. They’re a simple restatement of Jesus’ Great Commandment and Great Commission to love the Lord with all our heart, love our neighbour as ourself, and go make disciples.
Jesus said these are the essentials.
Anything less isn’t church.
Anything more is personal preference.
The Personal Preference Problem
No personal preference is worse than any other – unless it draws people away from any of those essentials.
No personal preference is better than any other – except to the person whose faith is strengthened by it.
The problem with our personal preferences is that we really do prefer them. Sometime we prefer them over the actual essentials.
It’s too easy to allow non-essential preferences to take over our lives, churches and ministries. The danger isn’t that we’ll fail, but that we’ll do the non-essentials so well that we’ll accept them as a substitute for truly effective ministry.
Perhaps the #1 job of a church leader is not to let our guard down in the relentless battle to keep the non-essentials from crowding out the essentials.

This is from a blog by Karl Vaters in Christianity Today.