Kirk Session & Congregational Board

The two groups mainly responsible for the smooth running of the church are the Kirk Session and the Congregational Board.

Kirk Session

The Kirk Session consists of a Moderator (the minister), Session Clerk and currently 49 Elders.  The Session is responsible for the spiritual needs of the congregation and all matters regarding church services, membership and relations with other churches and outside bodies come within its remit.
Until 1991 the Kirk Session also handled the running of the church’s material affairs but following a recommendation of the General Assembly it was decided to set up a congregational board.


Mary Popple, Session Clerk

Session Clerk –  Mary Popple

Assistant Session Clerk – Blair Smith

Congregational Board

In contract to the Kirk Session, the Board deals with all of the day-to-day concerns of running the church such as finance and property.  The composition of the Board is a Chairman (usually but not always, the minister), twelve elders and twelve elected members of the congregation.  One of the 24 is appointed Clerk to the Board.   At present, the Clerk is Mr Neil Gillespie, an elected member.

As in any business organisation an Annual General Meeting of the Congregation (known as the Stated Annual Meeting) is held each Spring when the Treasurer and Property convener give their reports for the year and nominations and elections to the Board take place.

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