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A message from our Session Clerk Update on Vacancy and progress with the Presbytery Mission Plan

I though it would be helpful to provide an update on future plans.

In normal circumstances, we would be getting together with Helensburgh Parish Church to advertise the Vacancy, However, because Presbytery is in the process of producing the Presbytery Mission Plan, which will decide our future and that of many other congregations, all vacancies are frozen.

On Tuesday night, Presbytery agreed to appoint Rev. Roddy Hamilton (Minister at Bearsden New Kilpatrick) as Interim Moderator for Rhu & Shandon and HPC, with immediate effect. In addition, Presbytery agreed the appointment of Rev Tommy Goodwin as Parish Assistant with immediate effect. Rev. Goodwin will be available for pastoral duties on Tuesday and Wednesday during the month of February, and Wednesday and Thursday in March. You can contact him on 07508 628133 or by e-mailing: parish.assistant@helensburghcos.org

At the Presbytery meeting it was noted that all but one congregation had submitted their Mission Audit Reports and the Presbytery Plan Group have begun their evaluation of these plans. In about a month’s time they will commence a period of consultation with congregations, where necessary, and all Kirk Sessions can make representations to them.

We are also expecting a visit in March from the Presbytery Property Committee to undertake a survey of the building and its location. This is essentially a review to decide to what extent we are a “well equipped space in the right place”. We have been given  a copy of the inspection guidelines and Sue Thornley, Andrew Nicholson and I have met to ensure we have all the information we need for this inspection. The information from this will then be put together with the Mission Audit work to develop the Draft Presbytery  Mission Plan. The draft is expected to be available about the end of June. Until that time, and perhaps longer, there will be no move to call a new Minister.

In the meantime, those of you who were in church recently will be aware that six members of the congregation (Fiona Hughes, Margaret Mortimer, Andrew and Jane Nicholson, and Pat and I) have completed a Worship Leaders Course and have started to get practical experience of leading services.

Keep safe and well, best wishes


Andrew Nisbet
Session Clerk
01436 820993

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