The Radical Action Plan

 

The Radical Action Plan

The General Assembly 2019 accepted three reports that between them have the potential to radically reshape the Church of Scotland, at every level from the local to the national and the General Assembly itself.

The overall thrust of the plans is devolution of decision-making and resources from the centre to reorganised regional and local structures, with an emphasis on equipping churches for mission in their local context.

The decisions of a radical Assembly

The General Assembly accepted the above reports from the Council of Assembly, General Trustees, and the Special Commission on Structural Reform. Through these reports, the Assembly has agreed the following decisions:

  • Up to £25m to be spent on projects aimed at church growth, with particular emphasis on church planting
  • 100 new worshipping communities to be established
  • Focus on engaging with people under 40
  • Cost of central administration to be cut by up to 30%: four councils to be merged into two
  • Number of Scottish presbyteries to be reduced from 43 to about 12, focused on supporting local congregations in their ministry and mission
  • Networks, hubs and other new local church structures to be developed
  • Kirk Sessions to be reduced in size and focused on ‘leadership and strategic decision-making’
  • Decision-making and resources to be devolved from the central administration to regional and local levels
  • No congregation to pay more to the centre after next year until new arrangements are agreed
  • Land and buildings plan to focus on ‘well equipped spaces in the right places’. Money from sale of redundant buildings to be shared between congregations
  • Improved training and support for all ministry and leadership roles
  • General Assembly to be made smaller
  • Encouragement of a season of ‘prayer and preparation’ across the Church from September to December 2019

For an in depth look at the reform process, read the Life and Work Assembly 2019 Special Supplement

General Assembly 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2019 General Assembly will be held in the General Assembly Hall on the Mound in Edinburgh. It opens on Saturday 18 May and closes on Friday 24 May. The public gallery will be open for members of the public who wish to watch the Assembly.,,,,,click link below for website.

https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about_us/general_assembly

Heart & Soul 2019

 

 

 

Princes St Gardens, Edinburgh. Sunday 19th May 1:00pm start. The festival celebrates  the life and work of the Church with those who keep it strong and vibrant in communities everywhere – members, volunteers, ministers, and congregations alike! Follow the link below to this year’s website for the event….

http://www.heartandsoul.org.uk/

Easter Story in Kinghorn

For over 30 years a  choir have been traversing central Scotland at Easter time singing “The Easter Story” with words by Ernie Dick and Musical direction by Stephen and Sandra Miller, many thousands of pounds have been raised for charity and the greatest story ever told; the last week of Jesus’ life has been sung all over Fife, Perthshire and Stirlingshire. Now ,on  Palm Sunday , “The Easter Story” will be sung in Kinghorn Kirk by the Sea , the choir, numbering upwards of 70 and several soloists are looking forward to singing in this historic location. The evening is free and your grateful donation for Church funds will be received :  Kinghorn Kirk by the Sea on Sunday 14th April(Palm Sunday) at 7.30pm, to which all are welcome.

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Macedonian Ministry March 23rd

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Macedonian Ministry

Strategy & Resourcing Magazine Winter 2018-2019

Latest Strategy & Resourcing Magazine Winter 2018-2019 can be viewed or downloaded by clicking the link……

Strategy & Resourcing Magazine Winter 2018-2019

Service of Introduction

 

 

 

 

 

Presbytery meets at 2:45pm on 20th January 2019 for the Service of Introduction for Reverend Andrew Gardner as Interim Minister.

 

St Margaret’s MDS Vacancy

Vacancy for Congregational Support Worker (children, young people and families) at St Margaret’s, Glenrothes. Closing date for application has been extended to Friday 10th August 2018. Click on link below for full job description…….

MDS Maternity Job Description June 2018

Soul Space St Kenneth’s Kennoway 9th April

Please find attached flyers for our next Soul Space at St Kenneth’s Parish Church in Kennoway when we will be reflecting on the theme of ‘Jesus, Human and Divine’. The Church will be open for folks to drop in for prayerful reflection anytime from 1-3pm and 6.30-8.30pm on Tuesday 9th April. There will also be a short led reflection at 2pm and 7.30pm for anyone wishing to join with others in worship. All are welcome to drop in whenever they can to take time to refresh, reflect, renew and relax in God’s presence. Tea, coffee and refreshments will also be available in the Church office throughout the day.

Soul Space Flyer April 2019 pdf

Soul Space Flyer April 2019

 

 

 

 

 

St Ninian’s Organist Vacancy

Please follow the link to see full details of vacancy…

Organist St Ninian’s