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Dig Deep Conference Report Posted on 20 Mar 2017  |  Mission, Education & Discipleship

In the very hospitable surroundings of South Wishaw parish church, a group of around sixty people from congregations across Hamilton Presbytery and beyond gathered on 28th January 2017 to hear a range of speakers tell their stories and recount their experiences of working in situation where there were few or no children. For fuller details please refer to the Conference Report which can be found in the documents section of the Mission, Education and Discipleship Committee pages.

ST ANDREW’S HOSPICE Posted on 09 Mar 2017

At the March meeting of Hamilton Presbytery, the Moderator welcomed Ms Louise Arthur, a member of the fund-raising team for St. Andrew’s Hospice, Airdrie to Presbytery, and invited her to address the members. She spoke on the history, services, and values of the Hospice, together with the challenges being faced to ensure compliance with the environmental requirements of Health Inspection Scotland, especially in relation to modern room standards. She advised the Presbytery that the hospice was at an important stage in its re-development programme with an urgent need of support for the Capital Fund which remained significantly short of their target, being just over the half-way mark. She appealed to congregations to continue to support the work of the hospice, and do what they could to assist with the Capital Appeal. Her address was warmly received.

For further details of the Hospice Capital Appeal, click the link below.

Current Vacancies for Ministers (Charges with Permission to Call) Posted on 21 Feb 2017

Airdrie: Cairnlea linked with Calderbank (1 January 2016) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Derek Hughes

Bargeddie (7 March 2017) [50% Ministry- 7 year Reviewable]: Interim Moderator - Rev. John Collard

Chapelhall linked with Kirk o’ Shotts (27 May 2014) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Margaret Currie

Coatbridge: Blairhill Dundyvan linked with Coatbridge: Middle (7 February 2017) [7 year Reviewable]: Interim Moderator - Rev. John Collard

Motherwell: St Mary's (5 April 2015) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Arthur Barrie

Overtown (22 September 2015) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Neil Buchanan

PRESBYTERY PLAUDITS Posted on 08 Feb 2017  |  Website

At the February meeting of Hamilton Presbytery, the Moderator, the Rev. Gavin Black, expressed the thanks and appreciation of the whole Presbytery and its constituent congregations to Mrs Jen Robertson, the Schools and Churches Development Worker, who has completed ten years service in her current role. Her contribution across Lanarkshire is widely valued in both church and schools settings, and the commitment, energy and insight she brings into working with young people is immense. Jen's post is a unique venture funded jointly by the Presbytery and Scripture Union (Scotland).

The Moderator also thanked Miss Sheena Bell, who has decided to retire from her role as a Reader within the Church of Scotland. Mr Black commented on the wide and varied contribution Sheena has made to a number of congregations across the Presbytery who greatly benefitted from her gifts and skills, and wished her well in retirement.

VISIT OF MINISTRIES CONVENER Posted on 08 Feb 2017  |  Website

The Presbytery welcomed the Rev. Neil Glover, convener of the Ministries Council, to its last meeting. The main focus of the business was on the work of Presbytery planning, and Mr Glover was present to speak of the new concept of Hub Ministries. He explored and explained a number of ideas relating to the scheme which is in essence about finding a new way of congregations working together and sharing full-time Ministers of Word and Sacrament without resort to multiple linkages and unions.

YOUNG VOICES TO BE HEARD Posted on 30 Nov 2016  |  Website

Hamilton Presbytery, at its forthcoming meeting on 6th December, will welcome Suzi Farrant, Young People and Young Adult Development Worker with the national Mission and Discipleship Council.

On the principle of “nothing about us, without us” Presbytery is also looking forward to welcoming young people from many of its congregations to the meeting, and is encouraging Presbytery Elders to be proactive in inviting young people, and those working with them, to attend.

The Presbytery will consider ways in why it can promote the involvement of children and young adults in every aspect of Church life. It will also hear directly the “voices” of some of the young folks.

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