The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is backing ambitious plans to upgrade a north-east hospital.

Right Rev Dr Russell Barr is visiting Insch Hospital next Wednesday to meet campaigners who have so far raised around £400,000 to either improve or replace the facility.

Locally, the Church of Scotland is fully behind the project.

Dr Barr is preaching at Inverurie St Andrew’s Church on April 30 and money donated by the congregation will be given to the hospital project fund.

Rev Euan Glen, clerk to the Gordon Presbytery of the Church of Scotland, said: “We would like to support and encourage the Friends of Insch Hospital and Community in their challenging task of raising funds for the replacement or upgrading of Insch Memorial Cottage Hospital.

“At a time when many organisations, including the church, is focusing its work in the centralising of facilities, it is good to see a community working hard to maintain a hospital in their rural community.

“The task they have is mammoth but they have worked hard to raise almost £400,000 and we commend them for their efforts.

“We will add a small amount to this with a retiring offering at a Presbytery service at Inverurie St Andrew’s where the Moderator will present long service certificates to a wide range of folk dedicated to the work of the church.”

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Church of Scotland Vision Statement

The vision of the Church of Scotland is to be a church which inspires the people of Scotland and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ through enthusiastic worshipping, witnessing, nurturing and serving communities.

Presbytery of Gordon Mission Statement

The Presbytery of Gordon is committed to:-

  1. Provide and develop fellowship and support to congregations and ministers within its bounds in their work and witness to the gospel
  2. Ensure proper practice in all aspects of the life and work of the charges within its bounds

Presbytery Membership

It is hoped that each member of Presbytery will play his or her part in the running of Presbytery. Ministers are expected to serve on two committees, Convenors of Committees serve on their committee and the Business Committee. Elders serve on one committee but can serve on up to two depending upon their interests. Corresponding members are welcome to share in the work of the committees of the Presbytery and should express their desire to serve to the Clerk. Whilst it is common practice for Committees to meet prior to the main meeting of Presbytery, committees are reminded that if any report is to contain contentious or complex material, that information should be sent out in the Presbytery mailing in order that Presbyters can have time to examine the details of the report. All material to be sent out should be in the hands of the Presbytery Clerk a week before Presbytery. If attendance at committee meetings is impossible please submit your apologies to the Convenor in good time.

Presbytery Meetings

Presbytery meetings for ordinary business will be held on the first Tuesday of the month. The meetings start promptly at 7.30pm except in June when it begins at 7.00pm. Presbytery welcomes students for the full time and auxiliary ministry, readers and trainee readers at the June meeting of Presbytery, which is always preceded with the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

Special meetings of Presbytery are arranged by appointment of Presbytery or are called by the Moderator and intimation will be given in such cases.

Our meeting schedule for the remainder of the year is:-

February 2017-Inverurie West Church

March 2017-Inverurie West Church

April 2017-Insch Leslie Premnay Oyne

May 2017-Huntly Strathbogie Drumblade 

June 2017-Belhelvie

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The Presbytery holds registration for all the congregations under its banners and this registration is broken into four purposes

  1. Staff Administration
  2. Administration of membership records.
  3. Fundraising.
  4. Realising the objectives of a charitable organisation or voluntary body. Which really covers everything else.

It is important that congregations keep the information they gather either on computer or on written file securely and safely and do not hold information longer than is required. Being a religious organisation we need to have explicit consent in form of either a form or a tick box from everyone we hold information on. There are draft forms in the information circulated by the Law Department to help explain this.

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