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.