Kirk Session minutes 11 January 2017

At a meeting of the Kirk Session in Tayvallich Church on 11th January 2017 the meeting was constituted in prayer by the Moderator, Rev Clifford Acklam.

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 were received from Mrs Valerie Cameron and Mrs Norma Kelly.
Apologies were also received from Mr Russell Anderson, Fabric Convener, Mrs Heather Anderson, Miss Daisy Bell and Mrs Marjorie Drysdale.

The minutes of the meeting of 16th November 2016 were approved
Proposed by Mrs Louise Logue
Seconded by Mrs Libby MacDonald

Alpha Course

Mr Logue reported that the course was being advertised and expressions of interest were now awaited. Could possibly be linked to Cafe Connect meetings.

New Website
The site is now complete and Mrs Logue was thanked for the work she had put in to bring this about. Ideas for additional content will be welcomed.

Publication of Kirk Session Minutes

Mrs Logue thought that draft minutes could be published so that the information on offer was more up to date. It was agreed, however, that minutes would not be published before approval by Session.

Email from Mrs Mollie Hood.

Mollie will not be in a position to organise the World Day of Prayer 2017 service which would normally have been held in Bellanoch Church. As an alternative, it was agreed that we would participate in the service which will take place in Lochgilphead Parish Church.

Letter dated 15th November 2016 from General Trustees – Inverlussa Church

Mr A Cameron reported that a fresh Application for Disposal had been received and that the process of sale should now commence as instructed by Presbytery in September 2016.
We are required by the General Trustees to return the Application for Disposal, duly signed, if we agree to its terms. Accompanying it must be extract minutes of both a Kirk Session meeting and a Congregational Meeting agreeing to the disposal. As no such meeting had yet come to that conclusion, Session moved to a vote.
The motion – “Do the members of Kirk Session wish to sell Inverlussa Church ?” A majority were against the sale of Inverlussa.
A Congregational Meeting will be advertised and held in Inverlussa Church after morning worship on Sunday 5th February 2017.


Rev Acklam reported that he would attempt to have the 2017 Christmas cards printed earlier. The number of cards printed will be reduced. He reminded us that there is an Open Heaven event in the Baptist Church, Lochgilphead on Sunday 15th January at 6.30 pm.

Nothing to report

Mr Logue reported that there is a new checklist in use. Recent issues in the world of football may also result in more enquiries.

Rev Acklam reported that Presbytery met at Tarbert on 6th December 2016.
There was an interesting presentation on Malawi. There will also be meetings to discuss hub ministries.

Mrs Logue reported that the annual accounts will be ready for the next meeting of Kirk Session in February. Payments for past electricity and buildings insurance will be claimed back from the fabric account.

There was no report.

Attestation of Records

The following records were duly attested:-
Electoral Roll
Baptismal Register
Safeguarding Register

Stated Annual Meeting
The date of the Stated Annual Meeting is set for 12th March 2017 after morning worship at Tayvallich Church. Rev Acklam to arrange pulpit supply for Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford.

Retiring Offerings

The 2017 retiring offerings will be
Easter Children’s Hospice Association Scotland
Harvest To be finalised
Remembrance Poppyscotland
Christmas EMBRACE the Middle East

Pulpit Supply
The following dates have been arranged :-
19th February 2017 Bellanoch Dr John Morrison
19th March 2017 Bellanoch Mr David Logue
26th March Tayvallich Mr James MacLellan

Messy Church
The next meeting of Messy Church will be in Kilmartin on 19th January 2017.
The Christmas Party held in Tayvallich Hall was a great success and was attended by 41 people. It was noted that we do require some additional helpers and we should also continue to encourage people of all ages to attend.

Cafe Connect
Continues to be well supported. We will require a staffing rota to aid future planning.

There was no other business.

The date of the next meeting will be 22nd February 2017 at 7.30pm in Tayvallich Church.

The meeting was closed by saying the grace together.

Kirk Session agenda 22 February 2017

Opening Prayer



Minutes of the Meeting of 11th January 2017

Matters arising
Inverlussa Church
World Day of Prayer

Office of the General Trustees 6th February 2017 – Glebe – Grazing Let
Glasgow Phoenix Choir 9th February 2017 – Proposed visit

Treasurer & Finance Committee – 2016 Accounts
Fabric – Bellanoch Disabled Access

Session Administration

Worship & Mission
Easter services
Alpha Course
Messy Church
Cafe Connect


Alpha “Taste and See”

Try this out  at Achnamara Hall 

Friday 24 February at 7 pm – Soup and Desserts followed by a DVD and discussions

Or Saturday 25 February at 1 pm – Soup and Cake followed by a DVD and discussions

 Who’s it for? – Alpha is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.

How does it work? – Alpha is 11 sessions with the option of a day away in the middle. Each session includes a meal, a short DVD and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts. At any point, if you think Alpha is not for you, that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.

Why taste and see? – it’s just that – come along and try the first session and see what you think. If you like it we’ll organise more sessions, if not, no pressure, no follow up.

Chalmers lectures live link

The lectures are now available to view anytime after the broadcast date on this link:

In this series of three lectures, Glasgow-based Practical Theologian and Kirk Minister, Dr Doug Gay will offer a candid, forthright and bold analysis of the state of the Church of Scotland and the choices facing it.

First lecture: St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, 1st February 2017 at 6.30pm. Entry is free, and all are welcome. It will also be webcast live to the link above.

He will explore what it means to be ‘presbyterian’ in today’s Scotland, in which even kirk members are ambivalent about their identity. Recognising the significant challenges facing the church in the coming decade, he will offer a manifesto for enacting structural reform, including key economic reforms, within the Kirk and will argue that change is essential to address deep seated problems of decline and dysfunction.

Lecture 1 — “Walls Without Church?”

The first lecture (1st February) explores ‘what just happened?’ tracing the decline of the Kirk as a national institution since the 1960s.

Lecture 2 — “Call and Response”

The second lecture (8th February) explores the relationship between the church’s understanding of its own calling and its response.

Lecture 3 — “Grand Designs”

The final lecture (15th February) makes the case for radical structural reform of the Church of Scotland over the next decade.