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Irene MacKinnon Research and Resource Development Officer Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office 0131 240 2276 wrote:-

Dear all,


I would like to draw your attention to a special event that Church and Society are organising next Wednesday 24 May in Edinburgh – People’s Politics: GE 2017. It will be a chance to discuss some of the issues around the 2017 General Election with a panel of representatives from each of the main political parties.


To find out more and to register for a place please click here


If you were able to help to publicise the event, this would be very much appreciated.


Many thanks, Irene




to be read on Sundays 13 and 20 November

Intimation is hereby given that in view of the anticipated vacancy, the Kirk Session is about to make up an Electoral Register of this congregation. Any communicant whose name is not already on the Communion Roll as a member should hand in to the Session Clerk a Certificate of Transference, and anyone wishing his or her name added to the Register as an adherent should obtain from the Session Clerk, and complete and return to him, a Form of Adherent's Claim. All such papers should be in the hands of the Session Clerk not later than Tuesday 22 November at noon. The Kirk Session meet at Easter Spott on Tuesday 22 November at 8pm to make up the Electoral Register, when anyone wishing to support his or her claim in person should attend.


David D Scott, Interim-moderator



to be read on Sundays 13 and 20 November

This is an intimation that a meeting of the Kirk Session of Spott Church is to be held at Easter Spott on Tuesday 22 November at 8pm.


In recognition of the diversity of views within the Church about the historic and current doctrine and practice of the Church in relation to human sexuality and in the interests of the peace and unity of the Church, departure from the practice of the Church in relation to human sexuality is permitted in certain circumstances.


The purpose of the Kirk Session meeting just intimated will be for the Kirk Session to decide whether to depart from the Church's practice in relation to human sexuality in order for applications for the forthcoming vacancy to be considered from, amongst others, individuals who are in a civil partnership or same sex marriage.


In terms of the process for a decision to depart contained in the Ministers and Deacons in Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriages (Act 1, 2015), this will be a first meeting of the Kirk Session on this matter and therefore the vote will be of an indicative nature only,


If the Kirk Sessions at Spott and Belhaven both vote to depart, this vote will be required to be followed up at subsequent meetings of each Kirk Session by a second vote in favour of the decision to depart in order to take effect. If one Kirk Session votes to depart and the other does not, the status quo is maintained.

Every vote in this matter must achieve a majority of those present and entitled to vote in order to take effect,


David D. Scott, Interim Moderator





to be read on Sunday 27 November 2016


Intimation is hereby given that the proposed Electoral Register of this congregation has now been prepared and that an opportunity of inspecting it will be given today in the church at the close of this service and that it shall be open for inspection at Easter Spott on Wednesday 30 November from 6 – 7pm. Any questions regarding entries in the Register should be brought to the notice of the Kirk Session which is to meet in the Belhaven Church Hall on Tuesday 13 December at 7pm when it will finally make up the Electoral Register.


David D. Scott, interim-moderator




The following is the text of an intimation which was read out today (Sunday) to the congregations of Belhaven and Spott  -

"In view of the impending demission of the Revd Laurence Twaddle, minister of Belhaven with Spott, the Vacancy Procedure Committee of the Presbytery of Lothian has agreed release Mr Twaddle from his charge, (2) to declare that this charge will become vacant on 1 May 2017, being the day following the date of his proposed departure (or sooner if applicable), (3) to appoint the Revd David D Scott, minister of Traprain, as interim moderator in the vacancy, (4) to permit the congregation to call a minister without restriction, (5) to appoint the Revd Dr David Graham (plus an elder of his choosing) and the Revd John Vischer to serve as members of the Advisory Committee, and (6) that the Nominating Committee should consist of thirteen communicant members of the congregations, apportioned between the congregations pro rata according to the numbers on their electoral registers unless both kirk sessions agree on a different proportion.

If you are satisfied with these decisions, you need take no action and they will in eight days time be treated as though Presbytery itself (rather than merely its Vacancy Procedure Committee) had made them.   If, on the other hand, you are a communicant member of this congregation, or a full member of Presbytery, and would like Presbytery itself to consider the matter at its next meeting, you should write to the Presbytery Clerk requesting this.   If he receives four such letters, the request will be met, in which case Presbytery will consider the matter when it meets on 24 November."

As previously, if you ARE happy with the decisions, please be kind enough NOT to tell me so.   If you know of any member of Presbytery in your congregation who doesn't do e-mail, please could you kindly pass the gist of this message on to him/her/them.

With every good wish,


John D McCulloch, Clerk to the Church of Scotland Presbytery of Lothian


The last meeting of the Presbytery of Lothian was on Thursday 29th September at 19.00 hrs in Dalkeith at St John's and King's Parish Church. The meeting commenced with Communion taken by the Kirk Moderator, the Rt Revd Dr Russell Barr after which the Lothian Presbytery remained for the conduct of it's ordinary business.

The next meeting of the Lothian Presbytery will be on Thursday 24th November 2016 in it's usual venue of St Andrews High Parish Church in Musselburgh at 19.00 hrs.