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Notes on Argyll Presbytery Meeting 3rd Dec 2019

Points which might be of interest and of relevance to the church in Colonsay and Oronsay.

Godly Play . At every Presbytery meeting time is set aside for a presentation or in-depth discussion. This time there was a Godly Play presentation by Alex MacKenzie, Lead Trainer for Godly Play Scotland. Alex demonstrated telling a story, The Advent Wreath, in Godly Play style followed by discussion. Godly Play is used in schools and for all ages in Churches. (Myra is also a trained Godly Play story teller and we might be able to use Godly Play in Colonsay.)

Assessor Elders COPC. Acknowledgement had been received by the Presbytery of the appointment of Martin and Myra Waddell as Assessor Elders for COPC and Myra introduced herself to the Presbytery as the Representative Presbytery Elder for COPC.

C of S Radical Action Plan which was approved at the General Assembly in May 2019, requires a reduction in the number of Presbyteries. It is likely that Argyll Presbytery will be enlarged to include some charges which are in the A&B Council area and are currently part of Dumbarton Presbytery.

Presbytery Planning. Netherlorn (of which Martin and Martin are members) have been given permission to call a minister, but Craignish congregation in Ardfern has been taken out of the Netherlorn linkage and been placed in a Guardianship style vacancy and its future will be determined within a maximum of 2 years. Local ministry support is being halved - the local congregations are expected to lead worship more frequently on a voluntary basis.

Islay and Jura have now joined together with 3 congregations and have 6 places of worship.

New Argyll Minister. Rev Willem Bezuidenhout has been inducted to Ardchattan, L/W Connel, L/W Coll.

Local Worship Leaders. Progress is being made in training, utilising online materials.

Safeguarding . Doreen Henderson, Presbytery Safeguarding Contact, acknowledged the sterling work done at congregational level. Those engaged in regulated work had to undergo scrutiny and ongoing monitoring while engaged in that work

"Go for it Fund" Congregations are encouraged to apply for Go for it funding and it was reported that Hope Kitchen in Oban had received a substantial grant from this fund.

Moment for Mission . Rev Dr Roderick Campbell gave his "Moment for Mission". This happens every Presbytery meeting when a member of Presbytery reports on some local mission initiative. He had been considering whether there were any homeless or hungry people in his area e.g. children who might come to school hungry. The result is that the local Co-op in Inveraray is providing breakfast for all the children in the local school.

Argyll Presbytery Youth Worker. Kenny Wilson is the remaining part time Presbytery Youth Worker following the resignation of the other 2 Youth Workers. He covers the areas of Islay and Kintyre. He has occasional High School sessions in Islay, weekly youth clubs in South Kintyre and some sessions on Tarbert Academy. In Gigha he has been involved in organising a Dark Skies Event for children and Youth. He has been leading the Columba Experience Youth Pilgrimage over the last 2 years. The route is now called the Dalriada Way.

Finance . The Presbytery Treasurer reported on the budget and the proposed M&M contributions for 2020. I assume our treasurer will be notified of this but the figure for COPC for 2020 are adjusted M&M £6629, Presbytery dues £318 - total £6947.Treasurers were reminded that 10 monthly equal payments are required throughout the year.

Making it Happen . A publication called "Making it Happen, how to make your church building work for you", was available for each congregation and Alastair Scouller has taken our copy to Colonsay.

[ Notes by Myra Waddell, Presbytery Elder COPC. ]



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