The People of Church

The Kirk Session


The Kirk Session is made up of men and women who have been ordained as elders. The Session, comprising about 30 people in our case, are charged with the overall care of the congregation’s life and witness and in particular with the routine contact with the homes and families of the parish. The Session Clerk is the Secretary of the Session and the head of its administration and affairs.

The Congregational Board


The Congregational Board consists of elected members of the congregation together with the elders of the Kirk Session. It meets about six times a year, plus its committee work, in doing the overall ‘housekeeping’ of the congregation – property maintenance, hall usage, and all the financial arrangements of our income and expenditure. Through its clerk, ie secretary, it reports to the Annual Business Meeting of the congregation.

The Board’s work is divided into three main groups:


Finance

Responsible for Christian giving, budgeting, fund-raising and all congregational expenses.
Treasurer – Brian Slattery.

Property

Responsible for maintenance of all church property.

Halls

Responsible for assigning all church accommodation.
To enquire about booking any of the facilities, contact the Clerk.


The Church Hall


Auchtermuchty Church Hall is located on Croft just past the Church building.

Between 2007 and 2008, the building was treated to a much needed upgrade and now boasts a superb hall and enviable kitchen facilities. There is also a smaller room which can be booked for meetings.

The Church Hall is a very well used facility with many local organisations meeting there. It can be booked for children’s parties, coffee mornings, fund-raising events etc. To enquire about hiring the venue for an event or to make a regular booking.

Auchtermuchty Church has a Faith Partnership with Namadze in Malawi and this picture was taken at an evening of fellowship held in the hall during an exchange visit. Rev John Mlera tries to play the bagpipes!


Where is the Church?

The parish of Auchtermuchty and Dunshalt is in North East Fife, Scotland. We are about 25 miles north of Edinburgh and 18 miles west of St Andrews.

The Church is in the centre of Auchtermuchty, on the high ground between the High Street and Burnside. All Public Worship Services are held in this building. Car Parking is available in the surrounding streets or in the Square.

The Church Hall is located in the Croft just past the Church.


Joining the Church

Someone who is considering becoming a full member of the Church – for the first time and as a responsible adult – is invited to share in a period of preparation, then, on consent of the Kirk Session, is allowed to proceed to the making of the promises of belief and loyalty in a Service of Admission of new members.

In our parish our Service of Admission would usually be in early January or June. For a period of five weeks or so prior to these respective Services, there is held a series of Conversations, usually on Sunday evenings.

These are very relaxed, informal but adult, purposeful evenings when the issues of what is really means to be a Christian are chatted over and looked at by the group. (Coffee included.) They are conducted by the Minister and have the reputation for being as happy and enjoyable as they are helpful in assisting people of all sorts and all ages become clear in their own minds what they believe or don’t believe.

The Conversations are what they say they are – conversations not classes! One series usually begins towards the end of November each year and the other towards the end of April.

If anyone is a member of the Church of Scotland, their name is ‘kept’ on the Roll of Members in some particular congregation.

If you move to another area then you should write to the Session Clerk (or Minister if necessary) of your ‘old’ church and ask for your Certificate of Membership – usually referred to as “Church Lines” – to be sent to your new address.

You should then hand in -the certificate (a small bit of paper) to the Minister or Elder of the ‘new’ church, or at the door when leaving a Sunday Service.

This ‘hand-over’ is quite important. Until your name is recorded in the new congregation’s Roll it is difficult for the ‘new’ church to bring you ‘into the system’ of having an elder or receiving the Church Newsletter, etc.

It is of course very helpful if you happen to move within Auchtermuchty/ Dunshalt to drop a note to the Session Clerk informing him of your new address.