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 It was agreed, however, that minutes would not be published before approval by Session.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.

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