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Visit to Presbytery Office by our visitors from Kwahu Presbytery Posted on 21 Jun 2018

Our visitors from Kwahu Presbytery, George and Theresa Acheapong and Charles Oppong, were today welcomed to Presbytery Office.  After a light lunch some committee conveners spoke about how their committees function.

Current Vacancies for Ministers (Charges with permission to Call) Posted on 15 Jun 2018

Dates stated are those on which permission to call was granted

Bargeddie (5 September 2017) [50% Ministry - Reviewable]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Michael Lyall

Coatbridge: Blairhill Dundyvan linked with Coatbridge: Middle (7 February 2017) [7 year Reviewable]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Les Brunger

Coatbridge: Calder linked with Coatbridge: Old Monkland [this is a Transition Ministry appointment. Application should be made to the Ministries Council.]

Dalserf (2018) [0.5 FTE 7 year Reviewable Tenure]: Interim Moderator – Rev. David Doyle (retired)

Hamilton: Gilmour and Whitehill linked with Hamilton: West (25 November 2014) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Terry Taylor

Shotts: Calderhead Erskine (5 September 2017) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Terry Moran

Wishaw: Old (6 March 2018) [0.5 FTE 7 year Reviewable Tenure]: Interim Moderator – Mr David S Alexander (Session Clerk, Uddingston: Viewpark)

UNION OF CHURCHES AT STRATHAVEN Posted on 01 Jun 2018  |  Website

On Thursday 31 May 2018, the Presbytery of Hamilton met at the East Parish Church, Strathaven, to effect the Union of the four Congregations of Chapelton, Glasford, Strathaven: East and Strathaven: Rankin.  The United congregation shall henceforth be known as Strathaven: Trinity, and will be led by the Rev. Shaw James Paterson, a former Presbytery Clerk, and the incumbent of Chapelton linked with Strathaven: Rankin. The united congregation will retain three places of worship, the two village churches of Chapelton and Glasford being used alongside the former Rankin building, in Lethame Road.. The latter will serve as the principal place of worship and the hub for the activities of the united congregation. The Rev. James M. Gibson of Bothwell Parish Church preached a sensitive, encouraging and challenging sermon, acknowledging the mixed feelings of joy in going forwards, and the grief felt by some members of the congregation over a place of worship that holds so many memories for them. The Moderator, Mrs Roberta Hutton, led the act of uniting the congregation and introduced the Rev. Shaw Paterson as minister of the united charge.  She then led the Presbytery and congregation in the formal act of drawing the era of public worship in the East building to a close. The Clerk read a brief narrative of the story of the East Church, from its formation as a Relief Church in 1777 through to the present day, after which the Moderator offered thanks in prayer. As the congregation sang "Now thank we all our God" as a recessional hymn, the pulpit bible, baptismal bowl, communion plate, and offering platter, were carried from the Church by some of the Elders. The Presbytery and the congregation followed the Moderator out of the building for the last time, and at the foot of the steps all gathered around and exchanged "the Grace" before the Moderator pronounced the benediction.  This act brought an era in the life of the Church in Strathaven to an emotional but meaningful end, whilst heralding a hope filled future.  [The adjacent photograph shows the external gathering take from the elevated position of the main door of the Church.]

Christians and Muslims - family, friends or foes? Posted on 27 Apr 2018

On Thursday evening (26 April) 175 people representing different faith traditions, gathered in the Town House in Hamilton to listen and participate in a conversation arranged by Hamilton Presbytery’s Church and Society committee.

Professor Mona Siddiqui and her colleague, Dr Joshua Ralston, from Edinburgh University’s Faculty of Divinity, answered questions with regard to the nature of Islam, the relationship between Christianity and Islam and issues which are focused on by the media in relation to women, violence and terrorism.

The contributors spoke of the similarities between Christianity and Islam, but also of the significant differences between these two faith traditions, particularly in relation to the status of Jesus.

They responded to questions from the audience in relation to the veiling of women, the justification for Jihad and the decline of Christianity in the west, while Islam could seem to be flourishing.

While it is recognised that there were differences between the two faith traditions there were also so many individual friendships between Christians and Muslims which serve to override doctrinal differences.

Rev Derek Pope, Convener of Church and Society committee, expressed appreciation to Mona Siddiqui and Joshua Ralston for the way in which they brought insight and challenge to these complex interfaith questions, with a light touch and yet setting them in the context of the real world in which we live.

Rev Christopher Rankine is depicted chairing the evening with Mona Siddiqui to his right and Dr Joshua Ralston on his left.

NEW PRESBYTERY OFFICES DEDICATED Posted on 21 Apr 2018  |  Full Presbytery

The Very Rev Dr Hugh R Wyllie, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the most senior active member of the Presbytery of Hamilton, dedicated the new Presbytery offices in Rex House, Bothwell Road, Hamilton, yesterday (Friday 20th).He compared the office facilities he had known in the past with the well-equipped and accessible office of today

Referring to the Presbytery Mission statement – “To bring glory to God in working to advance Christ’s kingdom within the bounds of the Presbytery” he encouraged those present to use the new offices and the staff that are based there as a resource for congregations across the Presbytery.

The seminar room is particularly well equipped to be used for both meetings and training sessions, and is available to Kirk Sessions as well as congregations.  The first booking for Candidate Reviews has also been placed in the diary for September.

The offices remained open for viewing on Saturday.

RELOCATION OF PRESBYTERY OFFICE Posted on 19 Mar 2018  |  Website

From Monday 26 March 2018 Presbytery Office will be situated at:

Rex House

103 Bothwell Road

Hamilton

ML3 0DW

The telephone number is also changing.

We can now be contacted on 01698 285672

The email address remains the same:

hamilton@churchofscotland.org.uk

The Presbytery of Hamilton is a component element of The Church of Scotland, Scottish Charity No SC011353