Precis from the meeting on 5th September


To all Presbytery Members and Session Clerks

Attached is the September Précis - and below are some notices and information from around the Presbytery.

E-Newsletters and Publications


Many of the councils and committees of the Church of Scotland produce regular updates… Details at the link here.

Congregational Officebearers.

The Clerk will be in touch with Session Clerks soon with the annual update of Congregational Officebearers. List of posts
Kirk Sessions (or Boards if not Unitary Constitution) are asked to appoint a Health and Safety Administrator (see the H&S Toolkit recently circulated to Session Clerks and Property Convenors - & ). It may be that this remit can be included with that of the Property Convenor.

Fraud Alert


Congregations should be vigilant with regard to any approach from any third parties, particularly “Children’s Advisory Services” or “Child Safety” and should as a matter of good practice consider the background of any organisation requesting funds or proposing business dealings with them.

Rural Roadshows

Resourcing the Rural Church The Rural Working Group of the Church of Scotland has been created to resource and support the 43% of Church of Scotland Parishes that are rural. The Rural Working Group have just created a suite of resources aimed at supporting the rural church and would like to share them with those  interested in, or involved in, rural ministry – ministers and non ministers. We will be travelling round the country delivering Rural Resourcing Roadshows.
Locations and dates
Lairg Parish Church - Sutherland - Saturday 21st October 2017 Kilmonivaig church - Lochaber - Friday 27th October 2017

St. Madoes and Kinfauns Church - Perth - Tuesday 7th November 2017 Melrose Church – Melrose and Peebles - Saturday 18 November 2017 Aberlour Church – Moray - Thursday 30 November 2017

1030-1100       Welcome, Worship, Introduction
1100-1200       The nuts and bolts of running a rural church, governance streamlining, General Trustee Frequently asked questions
1215-1245       Building a Rural Forum
1245-1330       Lunch
1330-1430       How we can help each other, new resources available, sharing best practice, hints and tips
1430 – 1515    Ask the panel, discussion time
1515 – 1530    Closing worship
These events are free but we would be grateful if you would like to donate some money on the day towards your lunch.
If you would like to attend please get in contact with Wayne Morris to register and tell us if you have any dietary requirements. We will send you more details closer to the event. 0131 225 5722 If you have any questions about this conference please contact the organiser Hannah

Congregational Learning - Focus Group

Thurs 26th October - Hannah Sanderson from Mission and Discipleship will be holding a focus group 7pm - 8pm in FW Duncansburgh Macintosh to look at Congregational Learning's online resources and obtain feedback. Please let Richard Baxter know if you plan to attend.

Events and Resources

Fiona Ogg, Convenor of the Education Working Group maintains the list of Conferences and Resources. Paper Copy was available at Presbytery (5th September) The Event and Resources info is also on the Highland Presbyteries web at

Resources for Officebearers


Very helpful resources from Mission and Discipleship Council, on the History, Governance and Practice of the Kirk. Lots of useful, interesting and practical advice - commended to all elders and officebearers.

Lochaber Presbytery



Dates of meetings and other events of interest to presbytery members are at the link above

Next Presbytery Meeting: 24th October 2017, 6pm at Caol, Kilmallie Church Halls. Members and friends from Presbytery's congregations are welcome to attend.

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David Anderson,
13 Sep 2017, 07:45