The Kirk Session meets normally three times a year, and also for one day in conference, with a brief of giving pastoral leadership to the church. Elders are ordained for life and would normally have a number of households to keep regularly in touch with; there are also some retired Elders still active on the Kirk Session. The brief of the Session is wide-ranging, from matters legal and administrative within the Presbyterian governance of the Church of Scotland through to giving support and guidance for strategic decisions within the Crown congregation.
Since early 2016 an Elders' Council meets most months to give consideration to various matters which fall under the remit of the Kirk Session. Conveners of six teams are in attendance - Worship, Discipleship, Youth and Children, Pastoral Care, Community and Outreach and Communication. In addition, beside the Minister and Session Clerk, a representative of the Congregational Board attends as a link person.
Meetings for 2015/16 are scheduled as follows:
- Wednesday 9th September 2015
- Saturday 23rd January 2016 (Conference)
- Wednesday 13th April 2016
- Wednesday 8th June 2016
Anyone may attend at these meetings but only the Elders have decision-making powers.
The Session Clerk is Mr Brian Macgill. The Minister, Dr Peter Donald moderates all Kirk Session meetings.
Minutes of meetings
Minutes are available once they have been approved by the Kirk Session. Contact the Church Office to request these.