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Mission planning for beginners…

Don’t miss the next vital meeting – 16 June in Tayvallich church after morning worship…

Mission Planning for Mid Argyll: North Knapdale. – First meeting

A meeting of the congregation was held on Wednesday 29th May 2019 at Tayvallich church to discuss the requirement from the Presbytery Planning group for the five parishes of Mid Argyll to develop a joint Mission Development Plan.

The meeting was asked to consider:

How do we plan for the Christian church to be a vital and life changing influence on our society over the next 10 to 20 years?   That is really what we are being asked to   consider for Mid Argyll.

We are asked to produce  a “Mission Development Plan” in collaboration with our neighbouring Parishes of Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford; Ardrishaig and South Knapdale; and Lochgilphead.

This plan must be agreed by all the Parishes and submitted to the Presbytery Planning Group for signing off by September this year.    This plan will include proposals for the ministerial cover for the five Mid Argyll parishes.

What should be in our Plan?

What are the issues in our communities?    How is our church involved in our communities?

How do we present “Following Jesus” as relevant to our neighbours?   How do we introduce Jesus, Son of God, to people who have no idea of the Christian story?   How would you like to see the church working in 20 years time?

Some questions to get us thinking:

What would be lost to our community if we ceased to be here?

Why do we exist as a congregation?

What purposes and values must we hold on to, to maintain our identity?

What are we willing to let go in order to continue as a congregation here?

What resources would help us develop as church in Mid Argyll.

Who will suffer if the church does not continue here?

How can we support them into a changed system.

What structure should we have across Mid Argyll to develop as a combined church.

Following a general discussion the meeting divided into two groups for further discussion based on three questions as discussion starters.  

1 What would the community miss if the church was not here?

2 How should the church serve the community in ways no-one else can?

3 What structure do we need in Mid Argyll to be most effective as a church in relation to the answers to Questions 1 and 2?

It would be impossible to provide considered views on these topics in one meeting only and it was agreed that further meetings with others from the congregation should take place.

At the first meeting a wide range of answers and comments were made and these are summerised as follows – 

People in this area in general appear to be fairly satisfied with material aspects of life, although it is noticeable that issues such as addictions, mental health problems , family break up would indicate that this may not be the real picture.

The church provides a place of stability and is seen by some as the heart of the community, even though they may not attend.

People would miss the Christmas and Easter services if the church was not here.

Messy Church would be missed, and Cafe Connect.

The church building could provide a space for quiet contemplation, for prayer, and for deeper conversations.    

The church building is a scary place for some people who would not come in.

Some in the congregation provide pastoral care and demonstrate God’s love to others.

The church could provide more opportunities for teaching about Christianity, faith, and for open discussion and questioning, during and after services.

If we had “One Parish” of Mid Argyll, this would reduce the number of people involved in being Session clerks, treasurers, presbytery elders, Stewardship and Safeguarding roles, etc., and would therefore free up these people for other activities.

We need to consider how we can “connect” more effectively with the people of Crinan and Cairnbaan.

If we have “One Mid Argyll Parish” then we could have an employed person to do training on outreach, pastoral care, visiting, or youth work, dementia awareness, etc. as well as a minister.

We could have monthly central services led by a minister and on other weeks meet in our local church as we do now – led by lay people.   

Mission Development Planning for Mid- Argyll – North Knapdale:  Second meeting

On the 2nd of June we held a second meeting of the congregation, after the Morning service, to carry on our discussions.

The meeting decided that it would consider the first discussion question –

 What would the community miss if the church was not there – considering the “church” to be the people of the congregation, rather than the building.

There were 16 people attended the meeting and discussions reviewed comments from the first meeting as noted above and also moved on to new aspects. 

Comments and ideas covered the following:

It is vital that we pray about this process, seek God’s will and follow that through.

We have a duty to both follow God and to serve the community by being out and about taking part in what is going on.

When visiting with Christian Aid envelopes many people wanted to talk about the church.

There is an increase in people asking for “Humanist” services for funerals and weddings.   

Should we do more to encourage church weddings?

Visiting is an important role for the congregation, and helps to build up the community.

The community would miss Easter and Christmas services and also weddings and funerals.

Messy church would be missed by those who attend.

The church provides prayer and pastoral care – although this may not be seen by the community.

We should aim to have a Youth Worker for Mid Argyll.

The parish has a healthy bank balance, we could use this to fund extra workers, e.g. for youth work.  Also there are many grants available, such as “Going for growth” fund where we could apply for extra funding for projects.

The presbytery is considering having a Chaplain for Farmers, perhaps this post could be based in Mid Argyll? 

What should we be doing to serve and connect with the communities of Crinan and Cairnbaan?

Services at Bellanoch are well attended.  Is that because of the central position?

How can we influence the schools to include Christian teaching in their curriculum, or to have visits by Ministers, elders or SU groups?

We should join in and support the Youth Environment Project which young people in the area have started. (– e.g.first meeting is in Tayvallich on the 2nd June.)

The next meeting will be after the morning service at Tayvallich next Sunday – the 15th June. Please stay after the service and bring your vital contribution to this important discussion. Thank you.

Kirk Session Minutes 29 May

Minute

  1. The meeting was opened with prayer led by the interim Moderator.
  2. Sederunt: Mrs Alison Hay, Interim Moderator; Mr David Logue, Session Clerk; Mrs Libby Macdonald, Mrs Catherine Paterson, Mrs Norma Kelly, Mrs Louise Logue; Mr Russell Anderson, Property Convenor
  3. Apologies were received from Ms Ealasaid Mackay
  4. Minutes of meetings of the 29th April 2019:The minutes of the meeting of the 29th April were taken as read and unanimously approved:  Proposed by Mrs Logue and seconded by Mrs Kelly.
  5. Matters arising from the above minutes:
    1. Audio Visual Equipment.    Mr Chris Tabraham has offered to take this forward.
    2. Extension of Tayvallich Church:  A pre planning application has been submitted to the Planning Department.
    3. Service Calendar:  The session Clerk reported that leaders for worship services were in place through until the end of October 2019
    4. Office Bearers:  Mrs Heather Anderson has taken on the role of GDPR co-ordinator.
    5. Mrs Hay reported that she has ordered Health and Safety toolkits for the Church buildings to be passed to the Property convenor.   It was agreed that Health and Safety will be a standing item on the agenda.
  6. Worship and Mission:
    1. Messy Church:   The final meeting for this session will be the Messy church picnic at Kilmartin.   Date to be arranged.
    2. Alpha:   The alpha next group are holding a “Second Sunday Supper at Achnamara Hall on the 9th June.   The people of Achnamara and the church congregation will be invited.
    3. Service for the Closure of Inverlussa Church.    This service had taken place led by Rev David Carruthers.   It was agreed that this had been a fitting and well received event as a final service of worship in this building.   54 people had attended.
  7. Reports:
    1. Interim Moderator:   The importance of current Health and Safety records and actions was stressed.
    2. Stewardship:  The collection for Christian Aid around the entire parish had been completed and well supported.   At this time approximately £600 had been received. There is a Stewardship road show on “A narrative of Generosity” in Oban on the 11th of June.    Mrs Paterson and Mrs Logue expressed interest in attending.   
    3. Safeguarding:   The May 2019 newsletter has been received by the Coordinator.
    4. Notifiable  events:   Nothing to report 
    5. Treasurer and Finance Committee:  No report to this meeting.
    6. Fabric:   A small shed has been erected at Tayvallich for the Grass cutting equipment.  
  8. Correspondence:
    1. Inverlussa Church Building:    Confirmation has been received in an e-mail from the lawyers to the General Trustees that the sale of Inverlussa church building is completed on the 28th May 2019 and the money transferred into our account held by the General Trustees.Mr Logue will hold the key until requested by the purchaser.The Communion Table, font, lectern, vacuum cleaner, Christmas Tree and small table have been removed to the Tayvallich Church for consideration for disposal.
    2. Any other correspondence: None reported
  9. Date of next meeting:   The next meeting will be at Tayvallich Church on the 10th July at 7.30pm.
  10. The meeting was closed with prayer.

Kirk Session Agenda 29 May 2019

Agenda

  1. Opening Prayer and Worship
  2. Sederunt
  3. Apologies
  4. Minutes of meetings of the 29th April 2019
  5. Matters arising from the above minutes:
    1. Audio Visual
    2. Extension
    3. Service Calendar
    4. Office Bearers:  GDPR
  6. Worship and Mission:
    1. Messy Church
    2. Alpha
    3. Service for the Closure of Inverlussa Church.
  7. Reports:
    1. Interim Moderator  – 
    2. Stewardship  
    3. Safeguarding 
    4. Notifiable events 
    5. Treasurer and Finance Committee
    6. Fabric  
  8. Correspondence:
    1. Inverlussa Church Building
    2. Any other corresspondance
  9. Date of next meeting
  10. Close with Prayer

The meeting will be followed by a congregational meeting to discuss the development of a Mission Plan for Mid Argyll Parishes. 

Kirk session minutes 29 April 2019

  1. Opening Prayer and Worship.

The meeting was opened in prayer led by the Interim Moderator:

2. Sederunt: Mrs Alison Hay, Interim Moderator; Mr David Logue, Session Clerk; Mrs Louise Logue, Mrs Norma Kelly, Mrs Libby MacDonald, Ms Ealasaid Mackay, Mrs Catherine Paterson. 

3. Apologies:   Mr Russell Anderson, Property Convenor; Mrs Marjorie Drysdale.

4. Minutes of meetings of the 23rd March 2019 and 18th April 2019.

The minutes of the meeting of the 23rd March were approved: Proposed by Mrs Kelly and seconded by Mrs MacDonald.

The minutes of the meeting of the 18th April were approved: Proposed by Mrs Logue and seconded by MrsPaterson

5. Matters arising from the above minutes.

5.1 Audio Visual Equipment:   Mrs Kelly will ask members of the congregation, if they will look into the provision of Audio visual equipment for Tayvallich church.

5.2 Tayvallich Church extension:   Mr Logue advised the meeting that Mr Nick Smith was preparing sketches of the proposed extension to Tayvallich Church for submission to the Planning department for an informal assessment.   It was agreed that this development be handed over to the Property convenor, Mr Anderson, for taking forward.

6. Session Administration

6.1 Review of Stated Annual Meeting 7.4.19:

The Stated Annual Meeting had taken place on the 7th April 2019 and the reports well received by the congregation.  It had been agreed at the S.A.M that the views of the congregation and community be sought on the pattern of the venues for Sunday worship following the closure of Inverlussa Church. 

6.2 Service calendar after closure of Inverlussa:

The views of the congregation and community were canvassed between the 7th April 2019 and the 27th April 2019 by questionnaires distributed at church services and Cafe Connect.

49 completed questionnaires were received with 26 in favour of worship services alternating weekly between Bellanoch Church and Tayvallich Church only, and 22 in favour of worship services continuing in the current pattern but meeting in Achnamara Village Hall instead of Inverlussa Church.   One return proposed that we meet in Tayvallich Church only.

Other comments received were:  Have more frequent joint services with Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford Parish; when there is a fifth Sunday in a month meet on those Sundays only in Achnamara Hall.

Following discussion the session agreed that they would seek permission from Presbytery to commence a regular pattern of Sunday Worship from the 2nd June 2019 as follows:

First and third Sunday each Month: Tayvallich Church

Second and fourth Sunday each month Bellanoch Church

Each fifth Sunday in a month Achnamara Hall.

The times of the Tayvallich and Bellanoch Services will remain at 10.00 am during 2019.   The service in Achnamara Hall will be at 4.30 pm.   The Achnamara services may be presented in a “cafe style” format with afternoon teas.

6.3 Congregational Office Bearers:    

Health and Safety Co-ordinator: Mr Logue reported that Mr Anderson, Property Convenor had been given the position of Health and Safety Co-ordinator.

Mrs Hay will ascertain if there has been a Health and Safety toolkit previously provided to the Parish.

GDPR co-ordinator: Mrs Logue will approach a member of the congregation to ask if they will take on this role.

7. Worship and Mission:

7.1 Messy Church: Mrs Logue provided a brief report on Messy church. 

7.2 Alpha  Next: Mrs Logue reported on the event “Second Sunday Supper” in Achnamara Hall.  This had been well received by all attending and further “Suppers” are planned from June onwards.   The format is a meal with conversation starter questions using “TableTalk”. This had been a pilot event and 18 people attended.  For future events it is planned to invite members of the congregation and the community, it is planned to invite members of the congregation and the community, and due to the constraints of the hall, limit the places to 32.   It was agreed that the “Second Sunday Supper” would have a separate column in the accounts.

8. Presbytery Planning Meeting – discussion.

The Session held an open discussion on the forthcoming meeting with Presbytery on the future planning of Parishes in Mid-Argyll.  The meeting will be with members of the Sessions of North Knapdale, Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford, Ardrishaig and Lochgilphead.

9. Reports:

9.1 Interim Moderator:  Mrs Hay emphasised the importance of carrying out a Health and safety audit on our buildings.  – 

9.2 Stewardship :   Mrs Kelly confirmed that Christian Aid week commences on the 12th May and volunteers would be delivering envelopes throughout the parish.   She also reminded the meeting that World Mission Council were collecting used stamps and asked that this be noted in the weekly service leaflet. 

9.3 Safeguarding :  Nothing to report

9.4 Notifiable events :  Nothing to report

9.5 Treasurer and Finance Committee :  Mrs Logue reported that the recent Coffee Morning raised over £750.   She asked that the dates of Coffee mornings be set by the individual who was taking responsibility for organising the event.   It was noted however, that the events should continue to be on suitable Saturdays during the Easter and summer school holidays to attract the optimum number of visitors.

10 Correspondence  

10.1        Inverlussa Church Building:

Mr Logue reported on an e-mail from the Church of Scotland Law department concerning further correspondence from the potential buyer with qualified acceptance to purchase the property but subject to two qualifications relating to the entry date and Clause 15 of the standard clauses.

It was hoped that this would be concluded by the end of May 2109.       

10.2 Any other correspondence:

  • Possible Worship Leading training with Episcopal Church:

An e-mail had been received from Father Simon MacKenzie of Christ’ Church Episcopal church with information on a possible training course for lay people in leading worship.   This could be undertaken by individuals from the Church of Scotland.   

This has been sent to Presbytery for consideration.

  • Homeless Jesus – post lent reflection on rural homelessness.  Information on this will be e-mailed to session members.
  • Request for wedding at Bellanoch – May 16th 2020.

A request from Ms Julia Ferguson to use Bellanoch Church building as a wedding venue has been received.   As we currently have no minister she has been advised that the church building is available, but she will have to find and appoint a minister from a Christian denomination herself. 

  • Elder’s conference – 7th to 9th June Tulliallan.

A reminder for this event has been received and details will be circulated to Session members.   The costs can be met from the Church Training budget. 

  • Tearfund:  Lent appeal.  Information on this appeal had been received but after discussion it was agreed that this clashed with the Christian Aid appeal and so no action would be taken. 
  • Letter from Rt Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly.

The Moderator has written in relation to the tragedy of the bomb attacks on Christian places of worship and hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.

Details of an appeal to assist the Church of Scotland congregation of St Andrew’s, Colombo, to provide aid to those affected by the atrocity, will be circulated to the congregation through the Service leaflet on Sunday, 2nd May 2019

11.Other Business:   It was agreed that the meal in Achnamara Hall after the closing service at Inverlussa would be a buffet.   Mrs MacDonald will co-ordinate the various donations of food.   A request for donations of food will be made to the congregation and to the Achnamara Community

12.Date of next meeting:    29th May 7.30pm, Tayvallich Church.

The moderator closed the meeting leading members in saying “The Grace” together.

………………………………………………………………………..  Mrs Alison Hay

  Interim Moderator

………………………………………………………………………….. Mr David Logue             Session Clerk

Kirk session agenda 29 April 2019

  1. Opening Prayer and Worship
  2. Sederunt
  3. Apologies
  4. Minutes of meetings of the 23rd March 2019 and 18th April 2019.
  5. Matters arising from the above minutes.
  6. Session Administration
    1. Review of Stated Annual Meeting 7.4.19
    2. Service calendar after closure of Inverlussa.
    3. Congregational Office Bearers:
      • Health and Safety Co-ordinator
      • GDPR co-ordinator.
  7. Worship and Mission:
    1. Messy Church
    2. Alpha  Next.
  8.     Presbytery Planning Meeting.
  9. Reports:
    1. Interim Moderator  – 
    2. Stewardship  
    3. Safeguarding
    4. Notifiable events 
    5. Treasurer and Finance Committee
    6. Fabric  

10. Correspondence 

  •   Inverlussa Church Building
  • Any other correspondence

11. Date of next meeting

12.Close with prayer

Kirk session agenda 10 March

Opening Prayer and Worship
Appointment of Chair for the meeting in the absence of the Interim Moderator
Sederunt
Apologies
Minutes of meetings of the 5th December 2018 and 27th January 2019 – carry forward to next meeting
Matters arising from 5th December
Development of Tayvallich Church. Carry forward to next meeting
Session Administration
Date for Annual Stated Meeting
Worship and Mission:
Easter services
Messy Church
Alpha
Local Worship Leader Training – carry forward to next meeting
Reports:
Interim Moderator – to note change of Interim Moderator
Stewardship – Carry forward to next meeting
Safeguarding – carry forward to next meeting
Notifiable events – carry forward to next meeting
Treasurer and Finance Committee – approval and adoption of annual accounts and report.
Fabric Report – carry forward to next meeting
Correspondence:
Inverlussa Church Building
Local Church Review:
Review of Action Plan – carry forward to next meeting
Date of next meeting
Close with Prayer

Kirk session 12 Feb postponed

  1. Opening Prayer and Worship
  2. Sederunt
  3. Apologies
  4. Minutes of meetings of the 5th December 2018 and 27th January 2019
  5. Matters arising from 5th December
    1. Development of Tayvallich Church.
  6. Session Administration
    1. GDPR
    2. Number of Elders 
  7. Worship and Mission:
    1. Messy Church
    2. Alpha
    3. Local Worship Leader Training
  8. Reports:
    1. Interim Moderator
    2. Stewardship 
    3. Safeguarding
    4. Notifiable events
    5. Treasurer and Finance Committee  – annual accounts and report.
    6. Fabric Report
  9. Correspondence:
    1. Inverlussa Church Building
    2. Other correspondence
  10. Local Church Review:
    1. Review of Action Plan
  11. Date of next meeting
  12. Close with Prayer

Local Church Review

 Presbytery of Argyll – Superintendence Committee

Local Church Review

Report on Visit to Glassary, Kilmartin & Ford lw North Knapdale

Date of Visit: North Knapdale: 16.10.18 Glassary, Kilmartin & Ford: 31.10.18

Minister: Rev Clifford Acklam vacated the charge on 15.10.18

Visiting Team: Rev Hilda Smith [Lochgilphead]  Donald Maclauchlan [Elder Strachur and Strathlachlan]  Margaret Munro [Elder West Cowal: Kyles Parish Church]

Meetings The Visitors met with the Kirk Sessions at Tayvallich and Kilmartin Churches respectively and received reports from the Minister. They were, however, unable to meet him before he left. 

General Background:  The charge of Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford linked with North Knapdale was established as a formal linkage around 2004.  Until recently, each part of the linkage supported three places of worship. In the course of 2018, however, Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford took over a modern church building in Kilmartin, recently vacated by Living Stones.  Glassary and Ford will close in mid-November 2018 and, along with the current Kilmartin church building, will be sold.   Meantime, the parish of North Knapdale has churches at Tayvallich, Bellanoch and Inverlussa. In 2017, Argyll Presbytery refused permission for Inverlussa Church to be refurbished and it has been placed on the market, with permission granted for worship to continue until the building is sold. 

Rev Clifford Acklam was inducted to the charge in May 2010. He experienced some personal and health difficulties during the latter part of his tenure, during which he was supported by his congregations, and recently remarried, moving to join his wife in the USA on 15.10.18 and take over an internship in NY State.   

Life of the Congregation:  Morning worship is held in the linked charge at 10am and 11.30am, the time alternating between the two parishes on an annual basis.   The congregation at Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford will meet at Kilmartin from Remembrance Sunday, their first united service.  The church at North Knapdale meets for worship every second week at Tayvallich and once in every four weeks at Bellanoch and Inverlussa, respectively. People have generally been found to travel between the churches in their respective parishes. Occasional evening services have also been held at Tayvallich in summer months. Special ceremonies are observed over Easter, Christmas and on Remembrance Sunday: an occasional joint service is held.  The format for morning worship in both parishes is generally traditional, until recently led by the Minister. Recent attempts at North Knapdale to make changes have led to some tensions within the congregation. An alternative format has, however, occasionally been introduced at evening services.  Members of the congregations take part in door duties and bible readings and most weeks singing is accompanied by organ or keyboard music.   Both parishes offer a flower ministry and, where facilities are available, coffee and teas are served following worship.  There have been difficulties in introducing new technologies in worship although North Knapdale does have a current and updated webpage.  Otherwise services are advertised through intimations and public notices.

The linked charges work together to support Messy Church, alternating for monthly meetings between Kilmartin and Tayvallich.  Rev Acklam expressed concern that, in some quarters, Messy Church is not always seen as church. Turnout, however, appears to compare well with numbers present at regular Sunday worship with a significant of Primary age children and their carer/s attending .  North Knapdale has established Café Connect each Saturday morning to serve the Achnamara area of their parish. 

This is also well attended and has proved a useful way of transmitting information about the church leading, in turn, to the establishment of ALPHA courses and, from ALPHA, to new church members. Elders in each parish have a district with regular visitations and office bearers and members support a number of charities and initiatives locally, either personally or, in the case of North Knapdale, through identifying causes for prayer.  Elders from Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford organise and administer “The Lunch Bunch,” a monthly lunch club funded by a local benefactor for vulnerable members of the community. Within the wider Christian community, the linked charge is part of the Malawi Twinning Group with Kasamba Church in LiLongwe and recently helped host visitors from Malawi.

Resources – People, Buildings, Money, Time and Talents:  Prior to his departure, Rev Acklam set up a weekly worship group to plan services.  As yet, none of the participants from North Knapdale have become involved in worship leading while Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford have one trained Local Worship Leader who is currently also training for Readership. Both congregations rely on a small, mostly retired, group to oversee all aspects of church life, putting strain on their levels of energy. North Knapdale describe having “only just enough” volunteers for the work they want to do while the office bearers at Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford acknowledge their exhaustion in the wake of moving church. Nevertheless, at Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford they are looking forward to the new opportunities that worshipping under one roof presents and the openings that the building provides to reach out to the community.  They had a positive response locally to the change but are, nevertheless, mindful that the transition will be painful for some and that the move requires sensitive handling.  They have, however, already started to think about how they might retain a presence in Kilmichael Glassary and Ford, to consider how best to develop activities in the new Kilmartin Church, to question how they might link up with Secondary pupils and to think about talking to members absent from the pews about what church means to them.  Similarly, office bearers at North Knapdale are looking at how they can best consolidate what is working for them while planning to engage with the community on how best to proceed in developing a presence in different parts of the parish. Bellanoch, for example, is the most central church in the parish of North Knapdale but it is an unsuitable building for more than Sunday services, creating a challenge in respect of other forms of outreach in the Crinan area.

The church at Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford struggles to break even annually and, although the move to one building will help, fundraising will need to be considered to ensure that the vacated buildings are kept in a reasonable condition until disposed of.  There is sufficient in reserve finance at North Knapdale to fund current work but income is reducing as numbers fall.  It had previously been hoped to remove the pews in Tayvallich Church to allow more varied usage but objections within the congregation meant compromise had to be made with half the pews remaining.   The current plan is for an extension to be added and the Kirk Session are in discussion with the Convenor of the Argyll Presbytery Property Committee about the feasibility of this.

Despite the similarities in respect of the makeup of their respective communities and the collaborative way that they have come together to provide a successful Messy Church, the two parts of the linked charge are very different in outlook and approach.  Nevertheless, there are a number of common challenges:  managing the workload placed on office bearers and volunteers; the future of redundant and perhaps unsuitable buildings; the possibility of a protracted vacancy given the current shortage of ministers; assessing how to best deal with the tensions which arise between members who are uncomfortable with change while simultaneously trying to reach out to those in the community who are detached from the Christian message, perhaps more of an issue in North Knapdale.  However, there also appears to be a sense of vision within the current eldership in both congregations and a willingness to look towards a positive future, with or without current ministerial support.

Action Plan:

Office Bearers and congregations to work, during the vacancy, along with the relevant committees in Presbytery to establish future plans for Ministry in the charge.

To maintain a Christian presence in the Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford parish, engaging with the membership about the meaning of church and considering how best to maintain a physical presence at Kilmichael Glassary and Ford.

Develop and consolidate worship and outreach currently being undertaken by office bearers and congregation in North Knapdale.

Explore other ways to connect with the community throughout the parish of North Knapdale.

Explore the best use of Kilmartin Church in reaching out in new ways to the community.

Consider training and establishment of worship leaders at North Knapdale.

Explore the possibility of Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford engaging with Youth Development Services in Lochgilphead to make a link with teenagers as a follow on to Messy Church.

Re-visit the management of elder’s districts at North Knapdale.

Consider the best use of property, including plan to extend Tayvallich church, the future of Bellanoch Church and maintenance of Inverlussa church until the property is sold.

Maintain Glassary and Ford churches and the redundant Kilmartin church in a suitable condition for sale. 

Notes from Kirk Session 5 December 2018

  1. This was our first Session Meeting with our Interim Moderator  Rev. Hilda Smith, Also present were Mr David Logue, Mrs Libby MacDonald, Miss Ealasaid Mackay, Mrs Catherine Paterson, Mrs Louise Logue and apologies were received from Mrs Norma Kelly
  1. Items from Minute of 12th October 2018
    1. Audio visual technical equipment :

It was agreed that a group of people from the congregation be asked  to look into this and prepare a proposal for a suitable installation. 

    1. Development of Tayvallich Church.

The session clerk to discuss this with the Building and Planning departments and to provide the Convenor of the Presbytery Property committee with more information on proposed uses.

    1. Christmas cards:

The Church Christmas cards had been distributed by hand throughout the Parish.

  1. Worship and Mission:
    1. List of Services – December 2018 to February 2019:

The Session discussed the list of proposed service cover for the period to March 2019.   The various merits of introducing pulpit supply ministers and readers, using trained Local Worship Leaders, and introducing members of the congregation into taking more active part in worship were discussed.   Local Worship leaders would not normally be expected to lead worship on more than two Sundays per month and these may often be planned collaboratively.

The moderator reported that she had made further enquiries for cover and had positive responses from two contacts and she would follow these up.   She also advised that wherever practicable the person leading the services should do so in both parishes.

    1. Messy Church:    

This was continuing well.   The Messy Church Christmas Party is to be held at Kilmartin on the 6th December.

    1. Tayvallich Primary School visits:    

Mrs Courtney Smith has taken up the invitation by the headmaster of Tayvallich Primary school for someone from the church to visit the school to talk to the pupils once a month.

    1. Local Worship Leader Training.   

Four members of the congregation have expressed interest in attending this training in January and February 2019.    Unfortunately  one person is unavailable for the first session and will require to await a later tranche of training.    The names of the remaining three will be forwarded to the moderator for submission to Presbytery

  1. Reports:
    1. Presbytery:

Dundee Presbytery have offered to “twin” with Argyll to assist in covering vacant charges.   One minister from Dundee is spending time on Islay to cover that vacancy for two months, and it is hoped that arrangements can be made for others to come to vacant Argyll parishes for various periods.   

Presbytery has suggested a retiring offering at Services on the 27th January 2019 to support Theology Students from Malawi to undertake distance learning through Aberdeen University.   This was agreed.

  1. Correspondence:
    1. Inverlussa Church Building;

Representatives from CARTA had visited Inverlussa Church and drawn up a schedule of items for removal from the church prior to sale of the building.   A group from Session would visit Inverlussa to consider the content of this 

The Session Clerk had been notified of three individuals requesting to visit the church in relation to the sale.

    1. Christmas advert in Paper:

It was agreed to include the church services over Christmas in the Full Page Guide in the Argyllshire advertiser over two weeks at a cost of £45.   

Local Church Review:

    1. Draft Report.

The report was reviewed for factual inaccuracies and the session clerk noted these to respond to the LCR committee.

  1. AOCB:

Three copies of the booklet on Pastoral Care had been received and the session clerk was asked to obtain copies for all the elders.

The retiring offering at the Christmas Day service will be for Mid Argyll Transport Volunteers

  1. Date of next meeting:

Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 2.30pm in Tayvallich Church

  1. The meeting was closed with Prayer