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Notes on Argyll Presbytery Meeting 1st December 2020

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

 

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 restrictions the Presbytery met again via Zoom with 61 folk in attendance.

Rev Lyn Peden, the new minister in Skipness, with Tarbert Loch Fyne and Kilberry was warmly welcomed.

Rev Ken Ross , a former Argyll minister and since June 2019 a Church of Scotland Mission Partner, addressed the Presbytery from his home in Malawi. Ken works in theological education and has his base in the Theological College in Zomba . He also works with all three of Malawi's regions as well as with Church of Scotland partner churches in other African countries, particularly South Sudan and Mozambique. Since Covid 19 the College has had to close but this has allowed time for writing new books. He was inducted as an Associate Minister in Bemvu and hopes to be there for Christmas. His planned visit to churches in Argyll in June was cancelled but he hopes this will be rearranged.

Suicide Awareness Training . This well received training has taken place via Zoom and another group will benefit from this on line training in December.

Vision Argyll. There is a group looking at Children's Ministry particularly connecting with primary schools and another group looking at Faith in the Community.

Moment for Mission. Rev Sybil Tchaikovsky from Trinity Church in Bute gave her "Moment for Mission". This is when a member of Presbytery reports on some local mission initiative. Following increasing charges associated with the Girls Brigade, Trinity has instead started a Girls Club with 36 girls aged 5-14 attending weekly for games, songs, crafts and Bible stories. It is hoped that this will also incorporate Godly Play. Many more girls are on the waiting list to attend depending on recruiting more leaders. The girls from the club interact with the rest of the congregation at special events.

Faith in Cowal Pilgrimage A report was circulated. This project has the overall objective of further developing and promoting pilgrimage routes for walkers, cyclists, motorists, coach parties and even sailors, linking historic Christian sites in Cowal previously identified as part of the Faith in Cowal Initiative. If you would like to read this report please ask Myra .

Using IT in Worship. A paper has been produced outlining different options for using IT in worship. Alastair Scouller is part of the group on Colonsay considering this topic and he has this paper also and I am happy to distribute it as wished.

Presbytery Planning Group. The 5 churches in the Dunoon area have voted to be united, but there is ongoing discussion about which buildings will be retained. The congregations have been given further time to explore the financial implications and a final decision will be made in September.

Local Church Reviews will now take place on line.

Finance. The Treasurer was pleased that so many congregations had paid their Presbytery dues and as a result there was a healthy balance in the Presbytery accounts. This will be helpful as income is predicted to fall next year due to increased linkages and unions.

 

Further info on any of the above available from

Myra Waddell, Representative Presbytery Elder COPC. [myrawaddell1[at]btinternet.com]

 

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