Session Meeting Minutes

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At Houston and within Houston and Killellan  Kirk , the Kirk Session met at 1030 hrs on Sunday 14 February 2016 and was constituted in prayer by Rev Donald Campbell, Moderator.

Being satisfied as to the life and doctrine of the following persons, the Kirk Session agreed, by resolution, to the admission of:

Kay Hunter 

Leath Harvey 

Lucinda Logan

Charlotte MacLeod

Kirsty Fowler

Suzanne Sime

Ewan Sime

Proposed by Irwin Jefferson and seconded by Ina Jefferson.

Al Shurooq School for the Blind–  the ladies going on the Pilgrimage had organised a very successful ‘Ladies Night’ and raised the sum of £1670 for the school.  Further donations received from the Guild, the Anchor Boys and two private donations brought the total to £2120. It was proposed that the Church would make the total up to £2500, which the Meeting unanimously agreed to.

Rev Donald Campbell                                                                        Mr James McBeath

Moderator                                                                               Session

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At Houston and within Houston and Killellan Church, representatives of the Kirk Session met on Sunday 7th February 2016 at 10.30 hours, the Meeting  was constituted in prayer by Rev Donald Campbell

Safeguarding- following successful recruitment to the PVG Scheme, the Session approved the appointment of:

Mr Grant Cadden – 26 Houstonfield Quadrant (BB Pipe Band)

Mrs Janice Anderson – 6 Speirs Road, Houston (Congregational children’s helper).

Mrs Moira Dunlop – 18 Netherburn Avenue, Houston (Congregational children’s helper).

Rev Donald Campbell                                                                                    Mr James McBeath

Moderator                                                                                           Session Clerk



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At Houston and within Houston and Killellan Kirk, the Kirk Session met in the West Halls at 1930hrs on Tuesday 26 January 2016 and was constituted in prayer by the Rev Donald Campbell, Moderator. 

SEDERUNT/APOLOGIES – The Sederunt book was passed and apologies received.

MINUTES – Pages 523,524,525,526,527 and 528 were unanimously approved.


·       Revised Communion arrangements ongoing – Action Jim, George and Donald

·       Purchase of Defibrillator – to date the sum of £450 has been raised towards the cost.

·       Children at Communion – on hold at the moment and will be taken forward to a later meeting.

·       Citizen’s Theatre Group Divided City Project involving Houston Primary and St Fillans Primary will now be held I the West Hall and not in the Killellan Halls as previously proposed.


·       A letter has been sent to Mrs Margaret Greenlaw to express our sympathy following the problems she had encountered during the recent flooding.

·       A letter of thanks has been sent to our organist and choir thanking them for their participation at the Dedication and Opening ceremony.

·       We have been invited to send representatives to a Commitment of Faith Conference at Burnside Blairbeth Church on 13 February – 2 of our Sunday Club teachers have agreed to attend and the Session approved a proposal to pay their fees (£10 each).

·       Information re the proposed Elders Training Course at Tulliallan on the 29/30 April has been received which will be circulated to the Session – action Session Clerk

·       A delegate is required for the ‘Go for It Conference’ in Greenock on 23 February – information will be circulated to the Session – action Session Clerk

·       Congregational Statistical Report – we had been selected as one of the Churches to trial the report, and the Clerk highlighted some of the information required.

·       Easter Services 21-25 March – duty Elders will be notified of the date they are covering.

·       We have been invited by St Machars Ranfurly to send a representative to the retirement Service of Suzanne Dunleavy on 31st January – Ian Jackson will attend

Safeguarding/Youth Ministry

Helen invited questions from Sandra’s previously circulated report.  The Session members who had attended the recent Safeguarding Training agreed that our thanks should be passed to Sandra, as we are now aware of how much work is involved in carrying out her duties as Safeguarding Officer.

Helen requested the Sessions’ approval to discontinue the meetings between Session representatives and the Girls and Boys Brigade.  The problems which initiated the setting up of this group have now been rectified and it is felt that any problems arising can be dealt with if/when they arise – the Session agreed to this.

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Treasurer’s Report – Jack summarised the previously circulated accounts which showed a good overall result for the year.  The Moderator thanked Jack and the Finance Team for their continuing support.  It was agreed that any surplus from this year’s Carnival would to passed to the Annexe Fund.

Team Reports:

Worship – Caroline requested that the information re alcoholic wine at Communion be printed in each edition of the Record.  Food allergies of those taking Communion were discussed and will be followed up at a later meeting.

Property – Norrie and Iain Cameron had prepared a report with regard to a number of errors in the Quinquennial Property report and this will be submitted to Presbytery. An update on the current repairs to leaks in the Church roof was given.  Ian Gray informed the meeting that all was going well with current Contract cleaners and the present regime would continue.  The boiler in the West Hall has been repaired.  Adam requested that something be done about the cobwebs in the halls – this is in hand.

Mission –  The Jam Trust (Jesus and me) a charitable organisation in East Kilbride, are issuing free of charge, a CD titled Cracking Open Easter and Caroline suggested that we could obtain a supply of these which could be circulated to the congregation.  Caroline will follow up on this and request a suitable quantity to be distributed in Church but not along with the Church Record as suggested as this is not practical.  Information will be published in the Church notes and on the web site in the 2 weeks prior to Palm Sunday.  A donation will be given to the Trust for the supply of the CDs.

O and M:

·       Roll Keeper Report – circulated prior to meeting

·       4 Churches together- Ian updated the Meeting re the plans and our requirements for monetary support and volunteers for the visit of the Bible Bus.  The next meeting of the Committee will be on 10 March in the Killellan Hall.

·       Social Committee – have a number of events planned and these will be published in the near future.

Extension Project – Allan updated the Meeting on the current problems being experienced with the flooring in the lower Killellan Hall and the actions which were being taken to rectify the problem.  Allan thanked everyone for their help in our fundraising efforts to date and hoped for their continued support.

New Elders – at a previous meeting Elders were asked to submit the names of anyone they thought suitable for the Eldership, to date only 3 people has responded. Please submit your suggestions to Donald or Jim before the next meeting.

Kirk Session Minutes – the Clerk has been archiving old Minutes before their submission to the National Archives and highlighted to the Meeting some of the more interesting extracts.


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Organ Recital will not go ahead as planned on the 6th February due to a scheduling problem by the organisers.  Proposed alternative date is 5 March which has still to be confirmed.

Kirk Postie Charity –the proceeds from the Postie this year had been donated to the charity ‘Renfrewshire Christmas Lunch’. This very successful lunch was held in the Holiday Inn at Glasgow Airport and appreciated by those attending.  Iain Cameron informed the Meeting that it is possible to nominate appropriate people to attend and this may be something we may want to consider in the future.

Street Lighting on Kirk Road – the Clerk has been requested to continue to follow this up.

Disabled Car Parking at Front of Church – a request had been received re the possibility of marking off dedicated disabled parking slots at the front of the Church.  As the ground belongs to Renfrewshire Council this will have to be discussed further – action – O and M team.

Carnival – this year the theme is Star Wars ‘may the 14th go with you’.  The usual help would be very much appreciated.  All volunteers will be made very welcome.  Maggie Deans has taken over the Programme Marketing previously held by Kay Farley.  The Moderator thanked Jim McLaughlin and Kate Jackson for taking over the Co-ordinators roles at very short notice.

Killellan Halls Let – can anyone wishing use of the halls please get in touch with Ina in the first instance?

The Clerk has been asked to write to the Rev Dr John Thomson and his wife Marlene and to pass on our best wishes for a speedy recovery for their son Stephen.

Date and time of next Meeting – Wednesday 2nd March 2016

The Moderator closed the Meeting with the Benediction at 21.00 hours.

Rev Donald Campbell                                                                                    Mr James McBeath

Moderator                                                                                           Session Clerk