Kirk Session Minutes 22 February 2017

At a meeting of the Kirk Session in Tayvallich Church on 22nd February 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 Mrs Marjorie Drysdale.

The minutes of the meeting of 11th January 2017 were approved

Proposed by Mrs Louise Logue
Seconded by Mrs Libby MacDonald


Inverlussa Church
Session noted that a Congregational Meeting had been held on Sunday, 5th February 2017 and that the congregation did not agree to the sale of the Inverlussa Church building. The Session Clerk wrote on 10th February 2017 advising the General Trustees of the outcome. No Application for Disposal has been made.

The Minutes of the Congregational Meeting of 5th February 2017 were approved.
Proposed by Mrs Catherine Paterson
Seconded by Mr David Logue

World Day of Prayer Service
It was noted that the service in Lochgilphead is to be held in the Baptist Church, Lochgilphead and not Lochgilphead Parish Church. The service is at 7.00 pm on Friday, 3rd March 2017.

Letter dated 6th February 2017 from General Trustees – Glebe
It was confirmed that the lease for this season’s grazing has now been finalised and the rent has been received for the period 1st February 2017 to 31st December 2017.

Email dated 9th Feb. 2017 from Mr John Blue of the Glasgow Phoenix Choir.
The choir is arranging a West Coast tour in May of this year and had hoped to give a performance in Tayvallich Church or Hall. Due to lack of space in Tayvallich Church and the likely congestion in Tayvallich village itself, it has been agreed with the choir that the performance will take place in Lochgilphead Parish Church. Further details will follow, but it is proposed that the choir will give a one hour performance on the afternoon of Sunday, 28th May 2017.


Rev Acklam reported that he had recently attended a conference in Oban on Workplace Chaplaincy and that more details would follow. He had enjoyed his visit to the USA and had attended worship in a large evangelical church in New Jersey.

Nothing to report

Nothing to report

The next meeting of Presbytery is to be held in Tarbert on 7th March 2017.

Session received and approved the accounts for the year ended 31st December 2016. Treasurer, Mrs L Logue gave a detailed explanation of the financial position and was thanked for the work which she had put in to the preparation of these accounts.

Mr Cameron stated that we had been struggling to find a solution to the disabled access at Bellanoch Church for a considerable time with various alternatives having been considered. The situation was no longer tenable and he had in conjunction with the Fabric Convenor, Mr Anderson, looked at portable ramping systems. Session approved the purchase of a twelve foot modular system fitted with double handrails and requested that Mr Cameron deal with the ordering thereof.
There was no further Fabric Report.


The voting procedure at the recent Congregational Meeting revealed the need for clarification of the terms of membership of the church. Rev Acklam will, over the coming weeks, speak about the subject at morning worship and will have discussions with those adherents who express an interest in becoming full members. 


Easter Services
13th April 2017 at 7.00 pm Maundy Communion Tayvallich Church
14th April 2017 at 7.00 pm Good Friday Meditations Bellanoch Church
16th April 2017 at 8.30 am Early Morning Service Kilmory Chapel
16th April 2017 at 10.00 am Easter Sunday Service Inverlussa Church

Alpha Course
There will be “Taste and See” sessions in Achnamara Hall on Friday 24th February 2017 at 7.00 pm and Saturday 25th February 2017 at 1.00 pm

Messy Church
New Messy Church books have been issued to the team, to be read and circulated.

Cafe Connect
There will be no Cafe Connect on 8th April as the Church Coffee Morning takes place in Tayvallich Hall. There will be a Cafe Connect on Easter Saturday, 15th April 2017.

Mrs Logue advised that she had included a “Training Budget for 2017” in the Annual Accounts. She encouraged elders, therefore, to consider attending the Going for Growth Summer School in Dundee running from 5th to 8th June 2017.

Closing Date for applications is 19th May 2017.

The date of the next meeting will be 29th March 2017 at 7.30pm in Tayvallich Church.

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