CHURCH OF SCOTLAND

PRESBYTERY OF HAMILTON

 

X          MOTHERWELL:  7th NOVEMBER 2006  

At MOTHERWELL: DALZIEL ST ANDREW’S PARISH CHURCH HALLS on the 7th              Day of November, Two Thousand and Six years, on which day the PRESBYTERY OF            HAMILTON met and was constituted in prayer.

 

Post preces sederunt

 

100.     SEDERUNT

            The Rev. Mhorag Macdonald, Moderator, the Rev. Shaw J. Paterson, Clerk, and others as per signed lists in retentis (Total –  61 Ministers; 1 Deacon;  86 Elders;  8 Corresponding Members).

 

101.     WELCOME

            The Moderator extended a word of welcome to the Rev. Iain Goring, newly inducted  Interim Minister, at Holytown l/w New Stevenston: Wrangholm Kirk.

 

102.     MINUTES

            The Minutes of Meetings VIII and IX  (2006) were read and approved.

 

103.     INTIMATIONS

            Intimations were made.

 

104.     UDDINGSTON: PARK

            The Presbytery called for the report of the Business Committee which was given in by the Rev. Norman McKee, Vice-Convener.

 

            It was moved, seconded and agreed:

 

            The Presbytery agrees that the requests of Uddingston: Park to secede from the Church of Scotland and for the Rev. Bruce McDowall to demit his Charge, should be considered          at the December meeting to allow time for legal advice to be sought.

 

105.     COATBRIDGE PLAN

            The Presbytery called for the report of the Parish Planning Committee which was given in by Mr. David Alexander, Convener.

 

            There were laid on the table Citations from the congregations within the Coatbridge Attestation Area returned duly served.

 

            Parties were called, appeared and spoke.

 

            It was moved, seconded and agreed:

 

            a)         The Presbytery receives the Plan for the Coatbridge Area.

            b)         The Presbytery approves the recommendations contained therein, subject to the                          concurrence of the General Assembly’s Committee on Parish Appraisal.

            c)         The Presbytery instructs the Parish Planning Committee to amend the summary                          grid of the Coatbridge Area Plan accordingly.

            d)         The Presbytery reaffirms the decision to grant Coatbridge: Middle a call in 5-year               Reviewable Tenure.

 

106.     AIRDRIE: BROOMKNOOL L/W CALDERBANK

            The Presbytery having received intimation from the Rev. Andrew Thomson, intimating his intention to demit his Charge on the grounds of ill-health, cited the congregation to appear for their interest.

            Parties appeared and spoke.

            Thereafter the Moderator conveyed to Mr. Thomson in absentia the best wishes of the Presbytery.

            The Presbytery called for the report of the Parish Planning Committee which was given in by Mr. David Alexander, Convener.

 

            It was moved, seconded and agreed:

           

            The Presbytery grants a call in 7-year Reviewable Tenure or on the occasion of a             vacancy in Airdrie: Flowerhill.

           

107.     MOTHERWELL: SOUTH DALZIEL

            The Presbytery having received intimation from the Rev. Phyllis M. Wilson, intimating her demission on grounds of retiral, cited the congregation to appear for their interest.

 

            Parties were called, appeared and spoke.

 

            The Moderator conveyed to Mrs. Wilson the best wishes of the Presbytery.

 

108.     OVERTURE ANENT SUPERINTENDENCE OF CONGREGATIONS

            The Presbytery called for the presentation of the Overture, given in by the Rev. Karen Harbison.  It was moved, seconded and agreed that Presbytery accept the Overture and there voted 148 For and None Against.

            The Clerk, having received intimation from the Depute Principal Clerk of a typographical error in the Remit Booklet, in Section 2 the last sentence referring to Section 6 of Act II 1984 should, in fact, refer to Section 7 of the same Act.

            Presbytery was again invited to vote on this Overture with this amendment. There voted 148 For and None Against.

 

109.     OVERTURE ANENT CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS

            The Presbytery called for the presentation of the Overture, given in by the Rev. Dr. John McPake.  It was moved, seconded and agreed that Presbytery receives the Report. The Overture was then put to Presbytery For or Against and there voted 31 For and 94 Against.

            It was moved, seconded and agreed that the Presbytery resolves to transmit the Report to the Committee on Classification of Returns to Overtures.

 

110.     BUSINESS COMMITTEE

The Presbytery called for the report of the Business Committee, which was given in by the Rev. Norman McKee, Vice-Convener.

 

It was moved and seconded:

 

1                    The Presbytery receives the report.

2                     

 

Blantyre: Old  record apart

 

3                    The Presbytery agrees to request funding from the Fisher Fund to cover the locum           costs   at Blantyre: Old during the illness of the minister.

4                    The Presbytery appoints Mr. David Alexander as Convener of the Business Committee.

5                    The Presbytery appoints the Rev. Dr. Ian Thom as Convener of the Parish Planning          Committee.

6                    The Presbytery notes that the Clerk has attested the Electoral Register of Chapelhall as   containing the names of 293 members and 11 adherents.

7                    The Presbytery agrees to the request of the Kirk Session of Bellshill: MacDonald   Memorial and Orbiston to hold joint services on Sunday, 24th December, 2006 (in       Orbiston Church) and Sunday, 31st December, 2006 (in Macdonald Memorial Church).

8                    The Presbytery notes that, under powers, the Clerk issued invitations to six           congregations to attend a meeting of Special Commission on Structure and    Change on 6th October, 2006.  The congregations invited were, Hamilton: Quarter,      Strathaven:Rankin, Motherwell: North, Wishaw: Craigneuk and Belhaven: and Airdrie:             New Wellwynd.

ADDENDA

1.         The Presbytery notes with regret the intention of the Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Ishbel Sheridan, to retire as at the end of the year.

2.         The Presbytery notes the appointment of Mr. Antony Short, Depute Principle of Tabeetha School, Jaffa, as our Missionary Partner, and thanks all who participated in his service of welcome and blessing on Sunday 5th November, 2006 within Wishaw: Cambusnethan North.

 

The Deliverance was then agreed.

 

111.     PARISH PLANNING COMMITTEE

The Presbytery called for the report of the Parish Planning Committee, which was given in by Mr. David Alexander, Convener.

 

            It was moved and seconded:

 

1.                  The Presbytery receives the report.

2.                  WISHAW: SOUTH WISHAW

            a)         The Presbytery approves the letting of the manse for a further period of time until              15th May, 2007, after which time no further let will be permitted.

                        b)         The Presbytery approves the letting of the former Thornlie buildings for a further                period of time until 30th June, 2007, after which time no further let will be                            permitted.

                        There was moved and seconded as a Counter-motion to Section 2 :

2          a) The Presbytery approves the letting of the former Chalmers Manse for a further period of six months, following on from the current let.

            b) The Presbytery approves the letting of the former Thornlie buildings for a further period of 6 months until 30th June 2007.

            c) The Parish Planning Committee will review the terms and conditions of both these permissions in the light of the results of the Feasibility Study when these become available.

                        On a vote being taken For or Against the original motion, it carried For.

                        The Rev. Klaus Buwert  begged leave to dissent and appeal.

3.         BELLSHILL

            The Presbytery approves the allocation of one additional staff member to be deployed within Bellshill as a whole (Bellshill: MacDonald Memorial lw Orbiston and Bellshill: West) instead of, as originally proposed, to Bellshill: MacDonald Memorial lw Orbiston and instructs the Parish Planning Committee to amend the Presbytery Plan grid for this Area accordingly.

4.         COATBRIDGE: ST. ANDREW’S

            The Presbytery approves the request to carry out plaster repairs, eradicate dry rot and     subsequent redecoration to the organ loft costing £10,104 inclusive of VAT based on    contractors’ quotations. Approval is also sought to seek grants and loans which may be         available.

5.         BELLSHILL: WEST

            The Presbytery approves the request to replace the central heating system in the manse costing £6,720 based on contractor’s quotation.  Approval is also sought to seek    grants and loans which may be available.

6.         BLANTYRE: ST. ANDREW’S

            The Presbytery approves the professional Second Follow-on Property Report and awaits             the response of the office bearers as to the contents and recommendations.

ADDENDUM

            LARKHALL: CHALMERS

            The Presbytery approves the request to conduct a Feasibility Study at Larkhall|: Chalmers in relation to security problems and grants approval to seek grants and loans for this purpose.

 

            The Deliverance was then agreed.

 

112.     STEWARDSHIP AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

            The Presbytery called for the report of the Stewardship and Finance Committee which was given in by Mr. David Watt, Convener.

 

            It was moved, seconded and agreed:

 

            The Presbytery receives the report.

 

1.                  The Presbytery approves that the balance of the Presbytery’s ministries and mission allocations allowance for 2006 be used to reduce the 2006 allocation for Airdrie: St Columba’s by £5,000 and reduce accumulated shortfalls at East Kilbride: Greenhills by £3,295.

2.                  The Presbytery approves the ministries and mission allocations for 2007.

3.                  In relation to payment of ministries and mission allocations, Presbytery requests any Congregation that may be unable to comply with the requirement to make payments for 2007 by bank standing order over 10 or 12 months to apply, giving due reasons, for permission to adopt an alternative arrangement no later than 31 December 2006.

 

113.    PARISH DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The Presbytery called for the report of the Parish Development Committee, which was given in by the Rev. Peter N. Johnston, Convener.

 

It was moved, seconded and agreed:

           

1.         The Presbytery receives the report.

2                    The Presbytery encourages Presbytery Elders to ensure that information about presbytery training courses is intimated within their congregations.

3          The Presbytery agrees the proposed Job Description for the Post of Congregational Development Officer.

4.                  The Presbytery agrees, subject to confirmation from the national Parish Appraisal Committee and Human Resources Department, that David Geddes be matched to the post of Congregational Development Officer.

ADDENDUM

            The Presbytery approves the application by the Machan Trust for a grant of £6,000            paid over three years to the Mission and Discipleship Council.

 

114. VACANCY PROCEDURES COMMITTEE

            The Presbytery called for the report of the Vacancy Procedures Committee which was given in by the Rev. Robert A. Hamilton, Vice-Convener.

 

            It was moved, seconded and agreed:

 

1.         The Presbytery notes the following actions taken by its Vacancy Procedures Committee which -           

                        a)         has accepted the resignation of the Rev. Scott Raby as Interim Moderator of Airdrie: High and thanks him for all his work.

                        b)         has appointed the Rev. Fiona Nicolson as Interim Moderator at the Parish of Airdrie: High.

2.         The Presbytery sustains the Call at Motherwell: Crosshill to Gavin W. G. Black on the basis of 7-year Reviewable Tenure or until a vacancy occurs at Motherwell: St. Mary’s, and appoints 13th November, 2006 for his Service of Ordination and Induction.

 

115.     ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business the Presbytery adjourned at 10.05 p.m. to meet in hunc effectum on Monday, 13th November 2006 at 6.45pm for 7.00pm within Motherwell: Crosshill Parish Church, for the Ordination and Induction of the Rev. Gavin Black; on Thursday, 16th November, 2006 at 6.45pm for 7.00pm in East Kilbride: Mossneuk for a Service of raising to Full Status; and for Ordinary Business within Motherwell: Dalziel St. Andrew’s Parish Church Halls on Tuesday, 5th December, 2006 at 7.00 pm.