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At Houston and within Houston and Killellan Kirk, the Kirk Session met at 1040 hrs on Sunday 16th February 2014 and was constituted in prayer by Rev Donald Campbell, Moderator.
The Kirk Session agreed to ratify the following Safeguarding appointment, following successful recruitment to the PVG scheme, regulated to work with children viz
Miss Louise Diduca, 48, Locher Crescent, Houston - (Girls Brigade)
Proposed by Adam McCartney and seconded by Iain Cameron.
Rev Donald Campbell, Moderator, James McBeath, Session Clerk.
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At Houston and within Houston and Killellan Kirk , the Kirk Session met at 1030 hrs on Sunday 9th December 2013 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
a) Alexandra Munro, (E Bowie’s District) .
b) Brian Munro, (E Bowie’s District)
c) Kirsty McKay, (Ronnie Anderson’s District)
d) Lesley Jackson, (A Gilfillan’s District)
e) Ross Jackson, (A Gilfillan’s District)
f) Laura Jackson, (K. Jackson District).
Proposed by Janice Anderson and seconded by John King.
Rev Donald Campbell James McBeath
Moderator Session Clerk
At Houston and within Houston and Killellan Kirk, a representation of the Kirk Session met at 10.30 on Sunday 26 January 2014 and was constituted in prayer by Rev Donald Campbell, Moderator.
Following successful recruitment to the PVG Scheme, regulated to work with Children, the Kirk Session was asked to ratify the following appointments:
Dr Caroline Elizabeth Morrison – to work with Starzoneand
Mrs Madelaine Hewitson –to work with the Girls Brigade.
Proposed by Irwin Jefferson Seconded by Ina Jefferson.
The appointments were approved.
Rev Donald Campbell Mr James McBeath
Moderator Session Clerk
At Houston and within Houston and Killellan Kirk, the Kirk Session met at 19.30pm on Tuesday 3 December 2013 and was constituted in prayer by Rev Donald Campbell, Moderator.
1. SEDERUNT/APOLOGIES – The Sederunt book was passed and apologies received.
2. MINUTES – Pages 465, 466 and 467 were unanimously agreed. The Minutes were adopted by the Session – Proposed by Mr Bob Ross and seconded by Mr Allan Dawson.
3. MATTERS ARISING– there were no matters arising.
- A letter had been received from the Guild to thank the Session for their contribution of the Christmas Hampers for their Christmas Victorian Market. The Guild raised a magnificent sum of £2734.
- The Clerk had received an Elder’s Visit Report for the Girls Brigade which did not arrive in time to be circulated prior to the Meeting; it will therefore be taken forward to the next.
5. SAFEGUARDING: - no questions received.
6. TREASURER’S REPORT– the Report had been circulated and there were no questions with regard to this. The Meeting agreed to John’s request to seek professional help with regard to a Corporation Tax issue.
7. PRESBYTERY REPORT – no action required from the circulated report.
8. TEAM REPORTS
- Photocopier – the Committee intend to place a notice beside the copier to highlight that it is only in an ‘absolute emergency’ the Manse should be contacted re problems. Donald and Norrie are intending to visit all the organisations to speak to them re their photocopy usage.
- Repair work had been carried out to a rectify a problem in the Disabled Toilet
- Following a problem with a radiator falling off a wall during a BB meeting, Norrie requested that letters be sent to all of the organisations to reiterate that no ball games are allowed in the small hall.
ROLLKEEPER– no questions received re the circulated report. Donald requested that William Peter Manley and Catherine Jane McFall be admitted to the Congregation by Resolution of the Kirk Session – this was agreed to.
ELDERS VISIT TO THE BIBLE CLASS - May and Helen had visited the Bible Class and were very impressed during their visit, as per the circulated report. The Session are very grateful for the work being done by Fiona and Valerie. Fiona was invited to make further comment if required and she did indicate that the room they use in the Church Hall is cold – the Property Committee will investigate this problem.
9. DATA PROTECTION
- Information Consent Forms- should now have been received by all Session Members. All members should complete the form giving as much or as little information as they wish to be made available on the Web Site, and return these to Ina or Helen.
- Consent to Photograph – by Law,before publication of any photographs in the Church Record or on the Web site etc., permission should be received from the people involved. The exception to this is where photographs are taken where ‘implied consent’ is given i.e. the Session posing for a group photograph or similar.
10 GIRLS BRIGADE– Sandra highlighted to the Meeting the staffing difficulties the Girls Brigade are currently encountering, the numbers in the Unit have increased which is good news but obviously more staff are now required. Two of their parent helpers are intending to resign at Christmas time and one of these has been dealing with the Accounts, this task will taken over by the Finance Committee on a temporary basis. Any help the Session could provide would be appreciated by the Officers and anyone who feels able to give up a few hours on a casual basis should contact Sandra directly.
11. ELDERSHIP QUESTIONNAIRE – of the 9 questionnaires sent out to Elders 8 had been completed and returned, Helen thanked those Elders for their help. The answers have now been collated and the results sent to 121 George Street, who will produce a report in due course.
12. KIRK ANNEXE REPORT - no report was circulated in advance of the Meeting, as Alan had indicated that he would give a short slide presentation showing the current position and identifying the next steps to be taken. This was received well by those in attendance.
Alan intimated that the General Trustees had encouraged us to claim the full £40k of their grant this year contrary to the split of £20k this year and £20k next as originally awarded. Alan sought a resolution from the Session that this be taken forward. It was agreed that we submit Forms A and C to Presbytery for a further grant for 2014 – proposed Iain Cameron seconded Roy Anderson.
13. DISCUSSION TOPIC – Draft Overture – Selection, Training, Ordination and Induction of Ministers, Deacons etc. in Civil Partnerships – Helen opened the discussion on the above documents which had been previously circulated and clarified a number of points raised by members. Helen emphasised that Kirk Session Members were being asked as individuals to comment on the wording of the document, and not as a Session. Any comments should be submitted to 121 George Street by 12 noon on the 16 December.
4 Churches Together– the Moderator indicated that he had been very disappointed by the lack of response to the request for a volunteer to take offer the position of Committee Member being vacated by Bob Finnie as intimated at the last Session Meeting. There had also been a lack of response to participation in a Quiz to help raise money towards the costs of the Bible Bus Project. John Melrose has agreed to take on this role and will liaise with Bob and Ian Jackson our current representatives.
Church Organist/Choir Master– the Moderator had received an email on the afternoon of the Meeting re the appointment of a new Church Organist, the Moderator said that he had been upset by the late submission of the email and hurt by the implied tone of the content. Donald indicated that he, along with Moira Dunlop, would meet with the Choir on Thursday evening to discuss the matter.
Date and time of next Meeting – 25 February 2014.
The Moderator closed the Meeting in Prayer at 21.20pm.
REV DONALD CAMPBELL MR JAMES MCBEATH
Moderator Session Clerk