Office Bearers & Congregation Notice Board
On this page you will find a collection of reminders, requests, rules, procedures, rosters and other snippets specifically for our office bearers, members of our congregation and hall users.
Door Duty Sunday 11.30 a.m. Services
Church Officer Duty List 2020
12.01.20 F Bews
19.01.20 A Lawson
26.01.20 J Low
02.02.20 D Smith
09.02.20 M O'Donnell
16.02.20 D Nicoll
23.02.20 G Taylor
01.03.20 S Bell
08.03.20 F Bews
15.03.20 A Lawson
22.03.20 G Taylor
29.03.20 D Smith
05.04.20 Mike O'Donnell
12.04.20 Des Nicoll
19.04.20 George Taylor
26.04.20 Stuart Bell
15th Rosemary Burnett
2nd Jean McPhail
29th Spring Flowers
12th Spring Flowers
19th Helen Rosie
All church services, including the Easter ones, have been suspended until further notice.
LATEST UPDATE FROM THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. 26th March 2020
It is hoped to provide a recorded service for the next three weeks, including Easter, via the Church of Scotland website and social media platforms.
Please continue to keep looking at the Church of Scotland and Ascend websites for the latest information. As previously advised, please stay in touch to let us know what training and resources would be useful at this time and to let us know what is working for you locally, using the mailbox email@example.com.
Streaming Local Church Services
A list of congregations providing a streamed service can be found here on the Church of Scotland website.
Some local churches across the Church of Scotland already stream their services online, and others are in the early stages of setting this up to meet the growing demand. For a list of some of those who are planning to regularly stream services through video, audio or catch-up, please visit our Kirk Services Online page.
During such an unprecedented situation for us all, it has been heartening that so many of you to have been in contact to let us know that you will be live streaming some form of worship service from now on.
However, with hundreds of congregations requiring support from the Church’s Communications Team at present, and to avoid confusion, we would encourage those of you who are planning to live stream on a temporary basis to publicise the information on your own channels (i.e. social media/your church website/email updates) and to contact your Presbytery/surrounding churches to see if they can do the same
Please note that churches should not open for private prayer. See Professor Jason Leitch’s video here on the Church’s website. While guidance in England allows for this, the Church of Scotland’s position is that buildings should remain closed. This is consistent with other major churches in the United Kingdom.
There are only three exceptions; for hosting essential voluntary or public service, such as food banks, or homeless services, for looking after the children of key workers through an approved local authority request and for the live streaming or recording of worship, which should take place with a maximum of two people present who maintain a physical distance and follow appropriate hygiene advice and best practice.
More detailed information on these can be found on the main Church of Scotland website at this
Radio and Television/Social Media
The Right Reverend Colin Sinclair is offering a live daily reflection on Facebook at 10 am (here).
It is expected that there will be a reflective service broadcast on BBC1 Scotland at 12.15pm, on Sunday 29th March 2020; arrangements to facilitate this are ongoing.
Sensitive conversations will need to take place with families and mourners ahead of funeral ceremonies. No funeral service can take place in the church building. These have been closed for all services.
Our advice is to arrange funerals over the phone wherever possible, to minimise contact. This is not as easy as meeting the chief mourners face to face but these are exceptional times.
In arranging a funeral during this pandemic, a minister or other worship leader must comply with government instructions and health advice. These will inevitably mean restrictions on the numbers of those who can attend the service so these conversations will need to be sensitively handled but the law must be followed. The attendance at a funeral service wherever it is held must be limited to immediate close family e.g. parents, or the spouse and the couple’s children (but not their partners) and perhaps the deceased’s siblings (but not their partners) and not grandchildren or cousins or other relatives or close friends or colleagues. Even with the small number, there is a need to respect social distancing guidelines for those who are not of the same household – no closer than two metres.
Make your own travel arrangements to the graveside or crematorium – do not travel in the car with the bereaved family or the undertaker. After the service, as difficult as it is, you must not shake hands or offer a hug.
Latest government instructions restricting social gatherings mean it is unlikely families will be able to socialise following a funeral and many hotels and restaurants are closed. Our advice to the person who has taken the funeral service is not to socialise at a purvey or wake, and to return home immediately.
Tributes can then be paid in other ways for larger numbers of people to engage with – either online, with a recorded tribute, or in a church newsletter – or given in a memorial service later in the year.
Following Government guidance from Monday 23rd March 2020, weddings are cancelled. It will be necessary to postpone weddings to a later date when a greater degree of normality applies.
Stated Annual Meetings/Virtual Meetings of Kirk Session
Attached is the most recent guidance on these from the Principal Clerk.
The above is offered in the light of current information, and is of course subject to further public health guidance and directives from the UK and Scottish Governments. The situation is evolving changing frequently, and we shall offer further updates as information becomes available.
SEVERAL COMMUNICATIONS POSTED HERE ON 20TH JANUARY 2020
Angus Presbytery Seminar
as Part of a Team
This seminar follows on from the Introductory course and is for those who wish to work with their minister in conducting worship. It will offer an understanding of the purpose of worship and look at techniques and the range of resources which are available.
Part 1 will deal with the Bible & Prayer in worship, along with speaking techniques.
Part 2 will consider Music in worship and preparing a talk/reflection and how to bring it all together.
Part 3 As part of the seminar there will be an exercise to prepare and deliver a short act of worship.
Sat 1st, 15th & 29th February 2018
At Carnoustie Panbride Church
10am – 4pm
To book your place email Alex Rae by the 26th January 2020
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
DNA Leadership Training - 2020 Taster Days
[Please refer to DNA website]
We would love to be able to serve your church in the strategic development of breakthrough women and men of God who want to serve His Kingdom.
Who are those people in your church? Our priority is their development in the context of local church, perhaps your own? Development in their theology, skills, but most critically their character - who they are in Jesus.
Discover who they are in God, how much he loves them, and his call on their life
Nurture is all about God's care and our care of them, creating a culture and a community of family, love and laughter, challenge and change, stretching but safe.
Action is about their faith in action, they’ll grow as they serve, theology in action, because what they really believe is what they do and how they live.
We believe the Holy Spirit delights in partnership. We currently partner with Alpha Scotland, AMOR Ministries, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Baptist Union of Scotland, Fresh Streams,
Forge Scotland, Kingsley Hall Dagenham, Pioneer, Refuel Scotland, the Scottish Network Churches, Urban Saints, YMCA London South West, and YMCA Perth. But we'd also love to partner with you! We would love to serve your church, mixing up people from all streams and backgrounds on a God filled adventure of faith and excitement!
We can only serve churches like yours if church leaders like you are willing to think through who in their churches has potential but needs developing. These are the people to whom we recommend you personally give this literature, as well as making it generally available.
If you would like us to send you printed versions of the flyers, or would be keen to explore what it may mean to be a placement church, we would be delighted to hear from you (please see the enclosed flyer for all our contact details).
With love and peace in Jesus
Elders moderating their own Kirk Sessions
We have now managed to re arrange a further seminar on moderating your own kirk session. This will be held on Wednesday 18th March at St. Margaret’s Church, Forfar. From 7 – 9pm.
If you would like to attend this seminar please discuss this in the first instance with your minister and seek approval to attend, thereafter please email me with your details and I will add your name to those wishing to attend.
I would be grateful if replies were with me by the end February
Presbytery Training Team
From Church of Scotland
We are pleased to be welcoming applications for membership to the Assembly Trustees. We would be grateful if you could highlight this to anyone you think may be interested in applying. We attach a recruitment poster for circulation on noticeboards or other platforms and would appreciate your help in making this as widely known as possible.
Can you bring your professional expertise and passion for
the Church, to a rewarding role as an Assembly Trustee?
Would you like to share your skills & knowledge to serve
on a recently created body within the Church of Scotland?
For an application pack, please visit the Church of Scotland website
Closing date: 12 noon, Wednesday 26 February 2020
Interviews: Thursday 26 and Friday 27 March 2020.
Please see the message under NEWS and find the poster below.
Go for it: Free event in Aberdeen
Moderator of General Assembly 2020-2021:
Well equipped spaces in the right places:
Please see the post under NEWS
Discipleship the Jesus Way-Inverness:
Please see the post under NEWS
Church of Scotland Job Opportunity: Communications Officer
Volunteering: Spiritual Care-Meeting Aug 2019
Summer School 2019:
Main points from General Assembly 2019:
Presbytery Elder is Jim Menzies.
Family Worker is: Gerda Reid
Job description below:
Manse & Ministry Committee
This committee meets three times a year: normally in mid February, the end of May and again in early November.
The Finance Committee
A meeting of the Finance Committee (November 2011) outlined their remit as follows:
a. Oversee the Church finances and submit the accounts and budgets.
b. Manage Gift Aid and make tax reclaims.
c. Manage Freewill Offering and issue new envelopes as required.
d. Bring financial matters to the attention of the Congregational Board.
e. Oversee systems of dealing with offerings at services.
f. Oversee investments and to write to the Stewardship Convenor once a year in November advising what they think the shortfall will be for the following year and requesting details of proposed fundraising to meet any gap, preferably by the end of February.
The Worship Group meets 3 times a year. It is not to be confused with the Worship Committee (The Worship Committee is responsible for picking the hymns).
There are eight of us on the joint Worship Group plus the minister. We meet to discuss the relevant services for different times in the year, e.g. – Holy Communion, Christmas, Easter, etc., taking into account any extras like Messy Church and stewardship, which we have to try to slot into the calendar. We also try to be mindful of other activities going.
We are also responsible for new ideas to try to make church a little bit different at times – and also to try to entice new members in to share Sunday mornings and all the activities with us.
We are also open to feedback – so please let us know what is going well for you as far as the worship is concerned – and also, of course, what is not quite so good. We are open to suggestions, so feel free to suggest, suggest, suggest!
Minutes of our meetings are also kept – so you are most welcome to read them for yourself if you wish. Just ask for a copy.
Contact is Betts Ferrier, tel. 01241 876428
Chaplaincy Team (please note that this was written pre 2017)
The idea of Chaplaincy Teams arose through the Church of Scotland's desire to give children in schools the opportunity to hear about Christianity.
Nelu, visits Inverbrothock school frequently and sees many of the children on a one-to-one basis.
The Chaplaincy Team at present is Nelu, Bill Beedie and Alice Menmuir, of Knox's, and Betts Ferrier. At the moment, we visit Inverbrothock Primary School on one Monday morning per month to take the Assembly There are over 400 pupils. The Head teacher and her colleagues are very supportive and the children are well behaved.
We have approximately 30 minutes with the children. We speak about values that the school is teaching the children or when it is the time of Advent, Christmas, Easter etc. we would explain what these great Christian events are about.
We also give a Bible reading from a Children's Bible and explain the Biblical relationship to the topic. We intersperse the talks with either a hymn or song.
Finally, Bill leads us in prayer which includes the teaching of the Lord's Prayer and we close with the Benediction.
Contact is Betts Ferrier, tel. 01241 876428.