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CHURCH OF SCOTLAND

PRESBYTERY OF HAMILTON

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At BLANTYRE: ST. ANDREW’S PARISH CHURCH, on the Third Day of April, Two Thousand and One years, which day the PRESBYTERY OF HAMILTON met in hunc effectum and was constituted in prayer.

Post preces sederunt.

46. SEDERUNT

The Rev. Robert M. Kent, Moderator, the Rev. James H. Wilson, Clerk, and others as per signed lists in retentis. (Total: 11 Ministers; 12 Elders).

47. ORDINATION AND INDUCTION

The Edict for the Ordination and Induction of the Rev. J. Peter N. Johnston, BSc, BD, to the Church and Parish of Blantyre: St. Andrew’s was returned duly served. No objector to the life and doctrine of Mr. Johnston having appeared, devotional exercises were conducted by the Rev. Karen E. Harbison and the Moderator put to Mr. Johnston the prescribed questions. To these he returned satisfactory answers, and thereafter signed the Formula: whereupon the Moderator, by prayer, ordained the said Rev. J. Peter N. Johnston to the office of the Holy Ministry and inducted him to the pastoral charge of Blantyre: St. Andrew’s. Mr. Johnston, having received the right hand of fellowship, was suitably addressed by the Moderator who also, in appropriate terms, exhorted the congregation.

The name of the Rev. J. Peter N. Johnston was added to the Roll of the Presbytery and the Clerk was instructed to give certified intimation to the Session Clerk.

This meeting was closed with prayer.

 

 

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Moderator

 

 

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Presbytery Clerk

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VI EAST KILBRIDE: OLD

At EAST KILBRIDE: OLD PARISH CHURCH, on the Fourth Day of April, Two Thousand and One years, which day the PRESBYTERY OF HAMILTON met in hunc effectum and was constituted in prayer.

Post preces sederunt.

48. SEDERUNT

The Rev. Robert M. Kent, Moderator, the Rev. James H. Wilson, Clerk, and others as per signed lists in retentis. (Total: 11 Ministers; 12 Elders).

49. ORDINATION AND INDUCTION

The Edict for the Ordination and Induction of the Rev. Anne Paton, BA, BD, to the Church and Parish of East Kilbride: Old was returned duly served. No objector to the life and doctrine of the Rev. Anne Paton having appeared, devotional exercises were conducted by the Rev. Alastair S. Lusk and the Moderator put to the Rev. Anne Paton the prescribed questions. To these she returned satisfactory answers, and thereafter signed the Formula: whereupon the Moderator, by prayer, ordained the said Rev. Anne Paton to the office of the Holy Ministry and inducted her to the pastoral charge of East Kilbride: Old. The Rev. Anne Paton, having received the right hand of fellowship, was suitably addressed by the Moderator who also, in appropriate terms, exhorted the congregation.

The name of the Rev. Anne Paton was added to the Roll of the Presbytery and the Clerk was instructed to give certified intimation to the Session Clerk.

This meeting was closed with prayer.

 

 

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Moderator

 

 

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Presbytery Clerk

 

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VII MOTHERWELL, 1st MAY, 2001

At MOTHERWELL: DALZIEL ST. ANDREW’S PARISH CHURCH HALLS, on the First Day of May, Two thousand and One years, on which day the PRESBYTERY OF HAMILTON met and was constituted in prayer.

Post preces sederunt

50. SEDERUNT

The Rev. Robert M. Kent, Moderator, the Rev. James H. Wilson, Clerk, and others as per signed lists in retentis. (Total: 52 Ministers; 3 Deacons; 84 Elders).

  1. ADMISSION OF MINISTER

The Presbytery, by instruction of the General Assembly of date 20th May, 2000, proceeded to admit the Rev. Kenneth Mayne as a Minister of the Church of Scotland. The proceedings leading to the instruction having been rehearsed, the Moderator put to Mr. Mayne the prescribed questions. To these he returned satisfactory answers and thereafter signed the Formula: whereupon the Moderator, by prayer, admitted the said Rev. Kenneth Mayne to the ministry of the Church of Scotland. After having received the right hand of fellowship, the name of the Rev. Kenneth Mayne was added to the Roll of Presbytery.

52. WELCOME

The Moderator addressed appropriate words of welcome to the Rev. Peter Johnston and the Rev. Anne Paton, recently inducted Ministers at Blantyre: St. Andrew`s and East Kilbride: Old, respectively.

53. MINUTES

The Minutes of Meetings IV (2001) were read, corrected and approved.

54. AGENDA

The agenda was submitted, adjusted and approved.

55. INTIMATIONS

Intimations were made.

56. ORDER OF THE DAY

AFTER-ELECTION OF COMMISSIONERS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Under an Order of the Day ay 7.06 p.m., the Presbytery took up consideration of After-elections to the forthcoming General Assembly.

The Presbytery having learned of the resignation of his Commission by the Rev. John M. Black, did and hereby does appoint in his place the Rev. Scott Raby its Commissioner to the next General Assembly of the Church of

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Scotland and authorises the Moderator and Clerk to sign the Commission on the Presbytery’s behalf.

The Presbytery having learned of the resignation of his Commission by Mr. John Leggatt, did and hereby does appoint in his place Mr. James McIntosh its Commissioner to the next General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and authorises the Moderator and Clerk to sign the Commission on the Presbytery’s behalf.

The Presbytery having learned of the resignation of his Commission by Mr. James Cupples, did and hereby does appoint in his place Mr. John Dickson its Commissioner to the next General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and authorises the Moderator and Clerk to sign the Commission on the Presbytery’s behalf.

57. ORDER OF THE DAY

REV. GORDON JAMIESON

Under an Order of the Day at 7.08 p.m., the Moderator welcomed the Rev. Gordon Jamieson, Director of Stewardship within the General Assembly’s Board of Stewardship and Finance, and invited him to address the Court. Mr. Jamieson outlined the work of the Board, stressing that "stewardship" involved much more than raising money. The Moderator thanked Mr. Jamieson for his interesting address.

58. ORDER OF THE DAY

VISITATION OF PAROCHIAL RECORDS

Under an Order of the Day at 7.17 p.m. the Presbytery called for the report of the Board of Superintendence which was given in by the Rev. W. S. Dunn, Convener.

It was unanimously agreed:

The Presbytery notes that the annual Attestation of Records of all charges within the bounds has been completed and that, in general, these are being maintained in accordance with the regulations thereanent.

59. BUSINESS COMMITTEE

The Presbytery called for the report of the Business Committee which was given in by the Rev. J. G. Munton, Convener.

It was unanimously agreed :

1. ATTESTATION OF ELECTORAL REGISTER

The Presbytery notes that the Clerk has attested the Electoral Register of Bellshill: West as containing the names of 854 Communicants and 2 Adherents .

2. OVERTOWN

The Presbytery, noting that six calendar months have elapsed since the congregation of Overtown was granted permission to call a Minister under Reviewable Tenure and that no appointment has been made, grants the congregation a further six months in which to attempt to reach a settlement.

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3. BLANTYRE: LIVINGSTONE MEMORIAL

The Presbytery, noting that six calendar months have elapsed since the congregation of Blantyre: Livingstone Memorial was granted permission to call a Minister under Reviewable Tenure and that no appointment has been made, grants the congregation a further six months in which to attempt to reach a settlement.

4. REV. LESLIE W. THORNE

The Presbytery notes receipt of a letter from the Rev. Leslie W. Thorne, Minister at Coatbridge: Clifton Parish Church, requesting permission to demit his charge as from 10th November, 2001, resolves to take up consideration of the proposed Demission at its meeting on 2nd October, 2001, and instructs that the congregation of Coatbridge: Clifton be cited to appear for their interests at the said meeting with certification that the matter will not be dealt with before 7.30 p.m. under an Order of the Day for Vacancy Business.

5. LOCUM TENENS

The Presbytery notes and approves the appointment of Mrs. Elizabeth Leckie, Reader, as Locum Tenens at Bellshill: West with immediate effect.

6. SPEECHES BY CONGREGATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

The Presbytery, recalling that at its meeting on 2nd November 1999 resolved that Ministers demitting their charge would be permitted to address the Court only on the occasion of their retirement, now instructs Interim Moderators to ensure that congregational representatives given the opportunity to pay tribute to their Minister on his or her demission or translation keep their speeches brief and to the point.

ADDENDA

1. HAMILTON: OLD

The Presbytery, noting that six calendar months have elapsed since the congregation of Hamilton: Old was granted permission to call a Minister and that no appointment has been made, grants the congregation a further six months in which to attempt to reach a settlement.

2. COMMISSION OF ASSEMBLY

The Presbytery approves the appointment of the Rev. Margaret F. Currie, the Rev. James H. Wilson, Mr. David Forrester and Mr. J. David Park as members of any Commission of Assembly called between the General Assemblies of 2001 and 2002.

60. PROPERTY COMMITTEE

The Presbytery called for the report of the Property Committee which was given in by Mr. R. W. Marwick, Convener.

It was unanimously agreed:

1. CAMBUSNETHAN OLD AND MORNINGSIDE

The Presbytery approves the application of Cambusnethan Old and Morningside to have radio communication equipment fitted to the Church tower

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by Orange. Application to the General Trustees has already been made. The concurrence of the Forward Planning Committee is noted.

2. STRATHAVEN: EAST

The Presbytery approves the application by Strathaven: East to renovate exterior of the Church by removing the existing paint finish and repairing and re-pointing stonework estimated cost of £38,000 based on budget costs prepared by Consultants. Approval is also granted to apply for grants and loans which may be available. The concurrence of the Forward Planning Committee is noted.

3. COATBRIDGE: CLIFTON

The Presbytery approves the application of Coatbridge: Clifton to replace the flat roof above the toilet block with a pitched roof at a cost of £4,700 inclusive of VAT based on contractors` estimates. Approval is also granted to apply for release of funds held by the General Trustees on behalf of the Congregation. The concurrence of the Forward Planning Committee is noted.

4. MOTHERWELL: ST. MARY’S

The Presbytery approves the application of Motherwell: St. Mary’s to reduce the height of chimney heads and the re-slating of the roof to the Manse at a cost of £45,825 inclusive of VAT based on contractors` estimates. Approval is also granted to apply for grants and loans which may be available. The concurrence of the Forward Planning Committee is noted.

5. BELLSHILL: MACDONALD MEMORIAL

The Presbytery approves the application of Bellshill: Macdonald Memorial to replace the central heating system at a cost of £30,000 inclusive of VAT based on contractors` estimates. It is noted that advice has been provided by the Church of Scotland Heating Consultant. Approval is also granted to apply for release of funds held by the General Trustees on behalf of the Congregation. The concurrence of the Forward Planning Committee is noted.

6. CHAPELTON

The Presbytery approves the application of Chapelton to provide a disabled toilet in the halls at a cost of £5,944 based on contractors` estimates. Approval is also granted to apply for grants and loans which may be available and to apply for release of funds held by the General Trustees on behalf of the Congregation. The concurrence of the Forward Planning Committee is noted.

7. BLANTYRE: LIVINGSTONE MEMORIAL

The Presbytery approves the Follow on Property Report on Blantyre: Livingstone Memorial and awaits the response of the office bearers to the contents and recommendations.

61. NOMINATION COMMITTEE

The Presbytery called for the report of the Nomination Committee given in by the Rev. M. F. Currie, Convener.

It was unanimously agreed :

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1. The Presbytery approves the nomination of Rev. Dr. John C. Sharp as Moderator of Presbytery as from September, 2001.

2. The Presbytery appoints the Rev. A. Campbell as Convener of the Church and Social Interests Committee as from May, 2001.

3. The Presbytery thanks the Rev. L. Schlüter for her services as Convener of the Church and Social Interests Committee.

62. FORWARD PLANNING COMMITTEE

The Presbytery called for the report of the Forward Planning Committee which was given in by the Rev. G. L. Duffin, Convener.

It was unanimously agreed:

WORK OF THE COMMITTEE

1. The Presbytery recognises the difficulties created for the Forward Planning Committee when local office bearers fail to see those in neighbouring congregations as "brothers and sisters in Christ", with whom they can work, share and worship.

2. The Presbytery encourages all ministers and elders to find ways of exploring with the members and office bearers of their congregation the importance of having a vision of "Church" that goes beyond the local congregation.

KIRK O’ SHOTTS

  1. The Presbytery notes that considerable work is required on the church building at Kirk O' Shotts, costing in excess of £500,000.

  1. The Presbytery recognises that the building is one of national interest in a prominent position, and recognises the desirability of the building being maintained.
  2. The Presbytery supports the view that national funds should be sought for this work, and encourages the congregation in the applications being made to national funding bodies.
  3. The Presbytery expresses its support to the congregation in its attempt to raise funds locally for this work, and to maintain the work, mission and outreach of the congregation.

BLANTYRE: LIVINGSTONE MEMORIAL

1. The Presbytery recalls its decision of 20th June 2000 to grant permission to Blantyre: Livingstone Memorial to a call a minister under Reviewable Tenure, to be reviewed in 3 years; and resolves that permission be given to Blantyre: Livingstone Memorial to call a minister under Reviewable Tenure, to be reviewed 5 years after the induction of a Minister, subject to the concurrence of the General Assembly’s Parish Re-appraisal Committee.

  1. The Presbytery re-affirms its view that Blantyre should be served by two charges, and resolves to use the review to enable re-adjustment involving

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Blantyre: Livingstone Memorial to be effected in order to achieve the aim of the Presbytery for two charges in Blantyre.

  1. The Presbytery instructs the Forward Planning Committee to continue discussions with the congregations in Blantyre to ease the way for future re-adjustment.

63. ORDER OF THE DAY

VACANCY BUSINESS

Under an Order of the Day at 7.43 p.m., the Presbytery took up consideration of Vacancy Business.

BARGEDDIE

There were laid on the Table an Appointment to the Church and Parish of Bargeddie, in favour of the Rev. John Fairful; his letter of acceptance with the required statement that he had used no undue influence to obtain the Call; a Call as prescribed signed by 97 Communicants; a Certificate that the Interim Moderator’s expenses had been met in full.

Parties were called, appeared and spoke.

Parties were removed.

The Presbytery being satisfied with the documents produced, and that there is no cause to decline or delay to sustain the appointment, did and hereby does sustain the appointment of the Rev. John Fairful to the Church and Parish of Bargeddie and resolved to proceed towards his settlement.

The Presbytery provisionally appointed his Admission thereunto to take place within Bargeddie Parish Church on Tuesday, 29th May, 2001, Presbytery to meet at 6.15pm for the Induction Service at 6.30pm, the Rev. Robert M. Kent to be Moderator, and the Rev. James H. Wilson to be Clerk.

Parties were recalled and judgement intimated.

UDDINGSTON: VIEWPARK

There were laid on the Table an Appointment to the Church and Parish of Uddingston: Viewpark, in favour of the Rev. Michael G. Lyall; his letter of acceptance with the required statement that he had used no undue influence to obtain the Call; a Call as prescribed signed by 226 Communicants; a Certificate that the Interim Moderator’s expenses had been met in full.

Parties were called, appeared and spoke.

Parties were removed.

The Presbytery being satisfied with the documents produced, and that there is no cause to decline or delay to sustain the appointment, did and hereby does sustain the appointment of the Rev. Michael G. Lyall to the Church and Parish of Uddingston: Viewpark and resolved to proceed towards his settlement.

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The Presbytery provisionally appointed his Admission thereunto to take place within Uddingston: Viewpark Parish Church on Thursday, 28th June, 2001, Presbytery to meet at 6.15pm for the Induction Service at 6.30pm, the Rev. Robert M. Kent to be Moderator, the Rev. Norman B. McKee to be Clerk.

Parties were recalled and judgement intimated.

REV. STUART D. ROGERSON

Further to its resolution of 6th March, 2001 the Presbytery took up consideration of the proposed Demission of the Rev. Stuart D. Rogerson from the Church and Parish of Strathaven: West.

There was laid on the table the Citation of the congregation of Strathaven: West returned duly executed.

Parties were called, appeared and spoke.

Parties were removed.

It was moved, seconded and agreed that the Presbytery accept and hereby does accept the Demission of the Rev. Stuart D. Rogerson and looses him from his charge as from 30th June, 2001 confirming that Mr. Rogerson retains his status as a Minister of the Church of Scotland, and his membership of this Presbytery.

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Parties were recalled and judgement intimated.

The Presbytery called for the report of the Forward Planning Committee given in by the Rev. G. L. Duffin, Convener.

It was unanimously agreed:

The Presbytery resolves that the charge of Strathaven: West be granted permission to call a minister under Terminable Tenure. This subject to the concurrence of the General Assembly's Parish Reappraisal Committee.

The Presbytery called for the report of the Nomination Committee which was given in by the Rev. M. F. Currie, Convener.

It was unanimously agreed:

The Presbytery notes that incapacity prevents the Rev. I. M. Greenshields taking up his post as Interim Moderator of the Kirk Session of Strathaven: West, and appoints the Rev. S. Raby in his place.

64. PRESBYTERY REVIEW COMMITTEE

The Presbytery called for the report of the Presbytery Review Committee which was given in by Sheriff H. Neilson, Convener.

It was moved and seconded :

 

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1. The Presbytery resolves that, with effect from its September 2001 meeting, the Presbytery shall meet normally at 7.00 p.m.

2. The Presbytery resolves that, with effect from next session (2001/2002), so far as is practicable and appropriate, the Presbytery Calendar for each year shall be arranged so as to allow for two Conference-style meetings for the debate of major matters.

3. The Presbytery agrees in principle to re-arrange its Committee Structure so as to have:-

Local Area Committees

a Nomination and Business Committee

a Church and Social Interest Committee

a Parish Provision Committee

a Pastoral Support Committee

a Finance Committee; and

a Development and Training Committee

4. The Presbytery instructs the Review Committee to bring forward, at the earliest, a detailed scheme, including draft Revised Standing Orders with a view to implementing the change to the Presbytery’s Committee structure as outlined in Deliverance 3.

5. The Presbytery notes that there is some feeling in the Presbytery that, in certain respects, the language used and procedures adopted in the conduct of Presbytery meetings could be made simpler and less opaque. Presbytery instructs the Review Committee, in consultation with the Clerk, to bring forward, at the earliest, for the consideration of Presbytery, detailed proposals designed to improve these aspects of the Presbytery’s functioning.

It was moved and seconded as a Counter-motion to Deliverances 3 and 4

The Presbytery resolves to delay consideration of these Deliverances until the General Assembly has discussed the report of the Inter-Board Group on Parish Boundaries.

On a vote being taken for and against the Counter-motion it carried against.

The Deliverances, as presented, were then approved.

65. BOARD OF MINISTRY

The Presbytery called for the report of the Board of Ministry which was given in by Mr. D. Watt, Convener.

It was unanimously agreed :

1. MINISTRY

The Presbytery nominates as a Candidate for the Ministry of the Church of Scotland Mr. Gavin W. Black, 11 Torrance Road, West Mains, East Kilbride, who has successfully attended a Selection Conference.

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2. FURTHER ENDOWMENT TO STIPEND

2.1 The Presbytery approves the decision of Airdrie: St. Columba’s to invest the sum of £300 in the Further Endowment Scheme.

2.2 The Presbytery receives an application for grant for Further Endowment to Stipend from Airdrie: St. Columba’s; finds the application to be correctly stated and in order; views that Airdrie: St. Columba’s is a charge that has to be continued either by itself, or united with another charge; notes that the increased endowment will not breach the conditions and limitations laid out in the application and accordingly approves and resolves to transmit the application to the General Assembly’s Board of Ministry.

3. VACANCY SCHEDULE

The Presbytery approves and resolves to transmit to the General Assembly’s Board of Ministry the following Vacancy Schedule:

AIRDRIE: NEW MONKLAND lw GREENGAIRS

Total Members – 497 (New Monkland) and 214 (Greengairs)

1998 Total General Income - £55,516

1998 Endowments - £2,505

1999 Total General Income - £50,711

1999 Endowments - £2,630

2001 Stipend - £18,500

Travelling and listed expenses shall be paid in full.

£100 shall be paid to the Insured Pension Fund.

The Presbytery re-affirms that Ministry costs shall continue to be shared in the ratio 67.33 between New Monkland and Greengairs.

4. STUDY LEAVE

The Presbytery notes receipt of a study leave application from the Rev. David Burt (Hamilton: Hillhouse) in respect of two courses at Regent College, University of British Columbia, Canada, concerning (i) spiritual theology in the reformed tradition, and (ii) rock music and religion, during the period 9th July to 5th August, 2001. The Presbytery further notes that this application has been approved by the General Assembly`s Board of Ministry.

5. READERS

The Presbytery notes that statistical returns covering 2000 have been received from Readers and that these show an increasing, extensive use of Readers for the conduct of worship.

66. WORLD MISSION COMMITTEE

The Presbytery called for the report of the World Mission Committee which was given in by the Rev. J. Brewster, Convener.

It was unanimously agreed :

1. The Presbytery welcomes the arrival on 10th April, 2001 of Akua Tabuaa-Aforo from Ghana to work for six months in Larkhall: Trinity Church.

 

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2. The Presbytery encourages congregations to make use of Akua Tabuaa-Aforo by issuing invitations for her to attend worship, meetings and functions.

3. The Presbytery supports the forthcoming Christian Aid Week activities during the week 13th – 20th May, 2001.

67. CHURCH EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The Presbytery called for the report of the Church Education Committee which was given in by the Rev. T. Nelson, Convener.

It was unanimously agreed :

1. The Presbytery commends the work of the team of Adult and Elder Trainers, and congratulates Richard Beattie, Anne Collard, Marjory Macdonald and Les Queen on the accreditation that each has gained to deliver the Church of Scotland courses.

2. The Presbytery agrees to the continued payment of the expenses they incur in working in the Adult and Elder Training Team.

68. BOARD OF SUPERINTENDENCE

The Presbytery called for the report of the Board of Superintendence which was given in by the Rev. W. S. Dunn, Convener.

It was unanimously agreed :

1. The Presbytery notes that in terms of Act II (1984) thirteen congregations have been visited during the year and all were found to be in satisfactory condition.

2. The Presbytery notes that the Minutes of the Court, pages 26-76 (1999) and pages 1-38 (2000) have been attested and found to be in order.

3. The Presbytery notes that the Attestation of the Records of the Committees will take place within Motherwell: Dalziel St. Andrew`s Church Halls on Tuesday, 5th June next, from 6.30 p.m. till 8 p.m. and instructs all Conveners to ensure the presentation of the relevant records

69. STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

The Presbytery called for the report of the Stewardship Committee which was given in by Mr. A. D. McHenry, Convener.

It was unanimously agreed :

The Presbytery notes with concern the failure, and in some cases the repeated failure, of a number of congregations to provide their Financial Schedules and sets of Accounts on time and calls on all Treasurers to ensure that their returns are submitted timeously.

 

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70. ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business the Presbytery adjourned at 9.03 p.m. to meet again in hunc effectum within Bargeddie Parish Church on Tuesday, 29th May, 2001 at 6.15 p.m. for 6.30 p.m. for the Induction of the Rev. John Fairful; and for Ordinary Business within Motherwell: Dalziel St. Andrew`s Parish Church Halls on Tuesday, 19th June, 2001, at 6.30 p.m. of which public intimation having been made, this meeting was closed with prayer.

 

 

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Moderator

 

 

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Presbytery Clerk