2017 - June 9th - joint Kirk Session minutes

At the Natural History Centre in Glenborrodale on Friday 9th of June 2017 at 5.00pm the Kirk Sessions of Ardnamurchan and Acharacle convened. The Kirk Session of Acharacle was constituted with scripture and prayer by the minister Rev Fiona Ogg. Thanks were given to Richard and Vikki for their hospitality.

  1. Sederunt

1.1Rev Fiona Ogg (minister), Ken Gill (KG), Marjory MacGillivray, David Webber, Maureen Webber (Elders) and Ella Gill (EG) (Session Clerk and minute secretary).

1.2Apologies David Ogg, treasurer.

1.3Ardnamurchan Kirk Session; Bridget Cameron (Session Clerk), Moira Fisher (minute Secretary), Val Phillips (Elders) and Joan Kelly (Treasurer)

  1. Minutes of the meeting held on

4.3.14 and matters arising

The minutes of the meeting on 4.3.14 were tabled and had been agreed by the Kirk Session on 30.5.14.

Stewardship was discussed. Pamphlets distributed by Stewardship and Finance department demonstrating how the Mission and Ministry contribution is apportioned were tabled.

  1. Presbytery Planning

EG explained the role of the Presbytery Planning Working Group in the light of the national situation of a shortage of ministers. The talk was part of a Presbytery wide exercise to disseminate information prior to the production of a revised Presbytery Plan. The Kirk Sessions were asked to consider liaising with North West Lochaber as well as Strontian, Morvern and Ardgour to explore areas where there could be mutual support. (App 1)

  1. Presbytery Service on Tuesday 13th June

On Tuesday 13th June Rev Fiona Ogg will be installed as Moderator for Lochaber Presbytery for 2017/18. Service and catering details were discussed.

  1. Presbytery Elders

David Webber agreed to be Presbytery Elder for 2017/18.

  1. Manse

Some questions about the financial situation regarding the sale of the old manse in Acharacle and the purchase of the new one.

This was clarified from minute extracts and letters from the General Trustees (App 2).

Procedure in dealing with income from manses is seen in Section 7 of Act VII 2003 (App 3).

  1. Path of Renewal

FO stated that applications were being considered for involvement in ‘Path of Renewal’ looking at new forms of church and which may be appropriate for our area. Peninsula picnic, bi monthly ministry meetings and the carol service are other ecumenical activities in the area.

  1. Presbytery Contacts

World Mission contacts; Bridget and Ella

Church and Society; Ella Christian Aid; Bridget

It was deemed that we should only need one contact to cover both congregations.

  1. Adjournment

The meeting closed by saying The Grace.

Rev Fiona Ogg Minister Mrs Ella Gill Session Clerk

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2017 April 11th - Kirk Session minutes

At Acharacle, and within the chalet, on Tuesday April eleventh 2017 at 11.00 am which place, date and time the Kirk Session convened and was constituted with prayer by Rev Fiona Ogg.

  1. Sederunt

1.1Rev Fiona Ogg (minister), Ken Gill, Marjory MacGillivray, David Webber, Maureen Webber (Elders) and Ella Gill (Session Clerk and minute secretary). David Ogg, treasurer.

  1. Wooden Seat

It had been brought to the attention of the Kirk Session that a wooden seat in the graveyard was in a dangerous but repairable condition.

The original donor of the seat is unknown.

It was resolved that the congregation of Acharacle Church would adopt the seat and render it safe for use.

Adjournment

There being no further business the meeting was closed with prayer to meet again on Friday May 18th 2017 at 10.00 am in the chalet for the meeting at 10.30am

Rev Fiona Ogg Mrs Ella Gill

Minister Session Clerk

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2017 April 2nd - Stated Annual Meeting minutes

At Acharacle, and within the church, the second of April 2017 at 3 pm, which place, date and time the Stated Annual Meeting was convened and constituted with prayer.

  1. Sederunt, Apologies, Welcome

1.1Rev Fiona Ogg (minister), Marjory MacGillivray, David and Maureen Webber, Ella Gill (elders).

1.2Members of the congregation; Chris Millar Craig, Cath Murray.

1.3Apologies; J Whitton, G Galloway, S. Wallace, K.Gill, M Brown, H. Cameron.

1.4In attendance Mr David Ogg (treasurer),

  1. Minutes of 22.3.15

The minutes of March 06.3.16 were accepted as a true record. Agreed

  1. Reports and Accounts

3.1 Session Clerk

3.1.2 Attestation

3.1.3 National Committees

3.2 Accounts and Budget

3.3 Property Report

Convener David Webber

3.4 Worship

3.5 Presbytery

Presbytery Elder

David Webber

3.5.1 Heart and Soul

3.5.2 Moderator

3.5.3 Conveners of Presbytery groups

3.6 Ministers Report

3.7 Bible Study

3.8 Pastoral outreach

3.9 Lunches and coffees

3.10 Linkage

3.11 Ecumenical

3.12 Glebe

3.13 Graveyard

3.14 Local Church Review

3.15 Outreach

Future

E Gill

F Ogg

Close

3.1 The Kirk Session has met 6 times during the year

The annual attestation;

Data Protection regulations are met

In March the proceedings of the Kirk Session were all attested;

i)Property file including manse inspection

ii)Safeguarding

iii)Baptismal Rolls – 3 baptisms in 2016

iv)Communion Roll – we now have 36 on the roll

v)Accounts for 2016 and Budget for 2017 were approved.

At the annual inspection of records all was in order.

3.1.3 The Session Clerk is a member of two national committees; Assembly planning and Presbytery planning.

Mr D. Ogg gave his report and distributed copies of the summary of the account and tabled copies of the accounts and budgets. (app 1).

David was thanked for his work as treasurer.

In the last 12 months the work on the church building has been;

i) new inner doors

ii) rainwater goods

iii) repaired leak in roof & gable end –

iv)replaced filter in fan

v) in back corridor repaired cracks, re-plastered, replaced lintel and window

vi) gutters cleaned

vii)cupboards refurbished

viii) signs about under-pew heaters

ix) windows on rolling maintenance programme.

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Grounds – driveway tidied and strimmed

Chalet

i)mesh on walkway replaced –

ii)lighting improved –

iii)gutters cleaned

Manse

i)minor repairs plus heating system

ii)weeds sprayed

Manse future work:

i)external walls fungicide

ii) replace loose render

iii) Chimney needs attention

iv) ridge tiles

Thanks to David W, Alastair, Ken and Hugh

i) Messy Church – 25-30 attending most times, lower recently

ii) Chalet used again over winter – majority of those attending seem happy. This use is under review at KS. It was also used for an Away Day for a neighbouring congregation

iii) In 2016 there were 2 baptisms – no weddings – 5 funerals.

iv) Ten extra hymn books have been bought.

v) JW, worship group, CMC, Harry Jeffrey have all led services this year

vi) Thanks to EG, CMC & J. Dove for the music

vii) Flowers, thanks to all on the flower rota.

viii) Audio system has been ‘spring-cleaned’ – thanks DJ Cameron.

ix) Readers – thanks M & DW, Jean, Madge, Ken, Ella, Maris

x) Thanks for all who help with the refreshments after the services and all other helpers, especially thanks to Ruraidh & Ailsa who take their place on the rota.

3.5.1 Heart & Soul will take place in Fort William and Acharacle will be involved in various ways eg Messy Church

3.5.2 At present EG is Moderator, FO will be installed as Moderator of Lochaber Presbytery for 2017/18

3.5.3 FO is convener of the Presbytery Education Committee; KG is property convener; EG is Business convener and Presbytery Planning convener.

3.6 FO showed a slide show of the activities throughout the year in which she had been involved as well as when the church building had been used for events other than church services. This included:

i) Involvement in the Chaplaincy support committee

ii)Schools – both Primary and High

iii)OAP lunch and quiz

iv)SU activities in the school

v) Mums and Toddlers group.

vi) Ewen’s Room

vii)Pastoral visiting

Bible study group continues to meet throughout the year with an average of 6/8 attending on a weekly basis.

Recent studies have been looking at Celtic Christianity and currently Women of Old Testament.

3.8.1 FO has been discussing ways of reaching vulnerable groups with the GP surgery. Worship times are displayed in the surgery.

3.8.2 Visiting card for elders have been produced so that contact details can be left with members of the community at visits.

Both these activities are doing well. Lunches take place once per month and coffee mornings twice a month.

There was no joint service in 2016 but there were services where both congregations could join together; Time to Remember and Peninsula events.

i)Joint ventures with the Free Church & Exploring the God Question went well.

ii)In the Primary School Christmas Unwrapped took place with the Free Church

iii)Episcopal Church had requested a joint 6-week course which was not so well attended.

iv)World Day of Prayer and Week of Prayer for Christian Unity took place but the Kirk Session has agreed not to organise these events in the future.

i) There is slow progress but the sale is happening – playing field construction should be starting soon by Highland Council

ii) There is a new fence-line at manse

i)Existing graveyard – wall repairs have been completed

ii)The inner gates have been removed

iii)Insufficient council funds to repair the Memorial gate

iv)The graveyard extension has been consecrated.

Copies were distributed and the summary read out. All seems in order.

i) Throughout the year there has been a church presence at the village shows.

ii) Acharacle took part in the local Heart & Soul in May.

iii)Church premises have been used as a venue for a German band and the Loch Shiel festival.

iv)The Nursery School have visited for Little Christmas and Little Easter

v)Web. based outreach continues

A summary of the present and future situation in the national Church of Scotland was presented and the implications for parish and Presbytery planning outlined. The model of Hub Ministry was described as an option.

An application to participate in the ‘Path of Renewal’ has been made so that the options for the future development of ministry in that can be reviewed.

There being no further business the meeting was closed with saying the Grace.

Rev Fiona Ogg Mrs Ella Gill

Minister Session Clerk

2017 March 10th - Kirk Session minutes

At Acharacle, and within the chalet, on Friday 10th March 2017 at 10.30 am which place, date and time the Kirk Session convened and was constituted with scripture and prayer by Rev Fiona Ogg.

  1. Sederunt, Apologies, Welcome

1.1Rev Fiona Ogg (minister), Ken Gill, Marjory MacGillivray, David Webber, Maureen Webber (Elders) and Ella Gill (Session Clerk and minute secretary). David Ogg, treasurer. Claudia Nicholson (Safeguarding Coordinator) in attendance.

  1. Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on 20.01.17 were agreed as a true record.

  1. Matters Arising

3.1 Notice boards at the Monday lunches. Display was on the wall at February lunch. Boards to be organised for April lunch.

4.3 Meeting with John Haylett organised for tomorrow.

5.2 World Day of Prayer; Email had been sent to Fr Stan to state Acharacle would not be organising this event after this year. They will respond after their meeting in the near future.

Day of Christian Unity to be organise through the Peninsula Ministries group.

5.5 Free Church still to confirm date of ‘Easter Cracked’ but it may be April 27th.

  1. Safeguarding

Claudia confirmed the members who are currently disclosed as;

Ken Gill

David Webber

Maureen Webber

CN requested a 2-yearly update rather than an annual update with the KS.

Forms SG 11 and SG 7 were attested and signed. CN left the meeting

  1. Finance

5.1 D.O presented the monthly update (app 1)

5.2 D.O presented the annual accounts and budget which were approved by the Kirk Session.

5.3 The date for the Stated Annual Meeting was fixed as April 2nd after the service.

5.4 There was a query about whether a donation had been received from the funeral of John Sandy. DO to action.

David was thanked for his work. DO left the meeting.

  1. Property

Health and Safety

6.1 The property file including the manse schedule was attested by church officers and minister.

6.2 EG reported that the council had not begun the work on the cemetery wall – EG to email.

6.3 EG to contact Riverside builders for quote for work on the manse and the church.

6.4 The faulty heater in the chalet has been replaced.

6.5 Wire mesh is to be fixed all the way round the chalet. DW

6.6. Food and Hygiene course will probably take place in September

6.7 Bench in the graveyard will be checked for safety on Tuesday

  1. Presbytery

7.1 Moderator

7.2 Commissioners

7.3 LCR

7.5 Attestation of records

7.1 FOis to be installed as Moderator at Ardnamurchan Church on Tuesday June 13th. Time to be decided.

7.2 GA Commissioners: FO is due to attend this year. EG will attend as Elder

7.4 Local Church Review; The report will go to the September meeting of Presbytery. A further report has been received – comments to FO.

7.5 The Communion Roll was attested; 36 members as at 31.12.16

The Baptismal Roll was attested; 3 Baptisms in 2016

  1. Worship

March 26th Mothering Sunday

April 9th Palm Sunday

April 14th Good Friday Acharacle 10.30am

April 16th Easter and Communion

Nursery Visit April 3rd

Messy Church over Easter was discussed but decided against. There will be no Messy Church at the end of April (school holidays).

The services will recommence in the church on April 2nd.

  1. AOCB

9.1 Use of chalet

9.2 Loch Shiel Spring Festival

9.3 Syrian Refugees

9.4 Holiday dates and cover

9.5 Audio system

9.1 The chalet was used by NWL for a retreat day on Tuesday March 7th.

9.2 The use of the church has been requested by Loch Shiel Spring festival for Friday April 21st at noon for a concert by St Finan’s Voices. Now confirmed.

9.3 It was decided to give donations from the April lunches to the Re-Act fund for the Syrian Refugees. There is information on the Presbytery website about donating.

9.4 May 21st (GA Sunday) Worship to be covered by the Worship Team

July 9th

Sept 10th, 17th and 24th. Jean to be asked to take one of these dates and the WT will cover the others.

9.5 D.J Cameron has tidied up and labelled the audio system in the church.

Adjournment

There being no further business the meeting was closed with the saying of the Grace to meet again on Friday May 18th 2017 at 10.00 am in the chalet for the meeting at 10.30am

Rev Fiona Ogg Mrs Ella Gill

Minister Session Clerk

To be included next time – consecration of extension to the burial ground.

2017 Jan 20th - Kirk Session minutes

At Acharacle, and within the chalet, on Friday 20th January 2017 at 10.30 am which place, date and time the Kirk Session convened and was constituted with scripture and prayer by Rev Fiona Ogg.

  1. Sederunt, Apologies, Welcome

1.1Rev Fiona Ogg (minister), Ken Gill, Marjory MacGillivray, David Webber (Elders) and Ella Gill (Session Clerk and minute secretary). David Ogg, treasurer.

1.2Apologies; Maureen Webber

  1. Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on 25.11.16 were agreed as a true record.

  1. Matters Arising

3.6 Events

3.1 Notice boards will be used at the Monday lunches to display Stewardship and Finance information as well as other news about the church.

3.2 Harry Jeffrey conducted the service on Jan 15th.

3.3 The cupboards are fixed again in the back of the church – thanks to Hugh.

3.4 Chalet gutters have been cleaned, leaves cleared and under pew heater notices put in place after a risk assessment – thanks to the Property group. Additional notification about the heaters will be given in services where there are a number of children attending

– e.g. Baptisms

3.5 Christmas Tree; thanks to Madge for organising the placement and clearing of the Christmas tree.

3.6.1 Nov 28th Messy Church – this took place and was successful.

3.6.2 Free Church held Christmas Unwrapped in the Primary School on Monday 18th – Rev Fiona was involved as part of team

3.6.3 Dec 8th Time to remember was held at Ardnamurchan PC at 11.00am. In future, due to low numbers attending from Ardnamurchan, this will be held in Acharacle.

3.6.4 Dec 11th Peninsula Carols 7pm at Strontian- about 100 attended.

3.6.5 Dec 12th Little Christmas – nursery visiting Acharacle Church and helped to decorate the Christmas tree.

3.6.6 Dec 14th Carols at Ardnamurchan was attended by approximately 50.

3.6.7 Dec 18th Breakfast at the manse was a great success. Thanks to Fiona and David Ogg

3.6.8 Dec 19th Messy Church Party was enjoyed by all.

  1. Finance

4.1 DO presented the current financial state with a comparison with 2016 (App 1).

4.2 GCF invoice had been received. After checking that the work had been completed, it was decided that payment should be made.

4.3 Accounts; John Haylett approved as Independent Examiner and to be contacted. DO will meet JH to examine the accounts which will then be presented to the KS for approval before being sent to Presbytery and OSCR. The accounts will be included in the SAM for presentation to the congregation.

4.4 Insurance for groups using the church buildings to be checked – DO

4.5 Funerals; there is usually at least £100 donation from each funeral.

Thanks were given to DO for his work.

  1. Worship

5.1 Communion dates:

1st Sunday in December

16th April Easter Sunday

1st Sunday in June and September

March 5th Lent

March 26th Mothering Sunday

April 9th Palm Sunday

April 11th Maunday Thursday Service

5.2 World Day of Prayer and Week of Christian Unity; it was decided that in view of all the other services which the Kirk Session have decided should take place that, after honouring the agreement to host the WDP in March, that Acharacle will not organise any more of these services. FO to contact Fr Stan to inform him. This would not preclude members attending these services organised by others.

5.3 DW brought a suggestion from a member of the community that, instead of using the chalet during the winter, the church could continue to be used if there was a curtain in place to focus the warmth in the church. This was fully discussed but it was decided that this was not a practical solution.

5.4 To avoid confusion, notices are to be placed on the church door to show where services are to be held.

5.5 FO to ascertain whether the Free Church will be planning Easter cracked this year.

  1. Property

6.1 GCF

6.2 Manse

6.3 Chalet

6.4 Health and Safety

6.5 Wall

6.6 PAT testing

6.7 Property Schedule

6.1 Photos from a drone were used to verify that the work has been completed.

6.2 The down pipes and windows on the church need to be painted – EG to contact Riverside Builders to assess this when they come to look at the work on the manse.

6.3 The heater to the L of the door is not working – DW to contact Charlie.

6.4 Accident book completed reports to be held in filing cabinet in Ministers Office – data protection issues.

6.5 The council have said that the wall around the cemetery has been assessed and will be repaired. No funding for the memorial Gate and still waiting to hear about ownership of the land on the manse side of the church where trees are giving rise to concern.

EG to monitor.

6.6 To be discussed and consider a 2-year review.

6.7 FO and DW to meet to consider this.

  1. Presbytery

7.1 Moderator

7.2 Commissioners

7.3 Food and Hygiene

7.4 LCR

7.5 Attestation of records

7.6 Safeguarding

7.1 FO is to be nominated as Lochaber Moderator for 2017/18.

Congratulations were given. It was proposed that the service of installation should take place at Ardnamurchan.

7.2 GA Commissioners: FO is due to attend this year. Ardnamurchan to be asked if one of their Elders would like to go. KG expressed interest if there is no one from Ardnamurchan.

7.3 Food and Hygiene certificate; Updates for certificate holders tba. MMG to consider taking certificate. The church will cover costs.

7.4 Local Church Review; The report will go to the September meeting of Presbytery. The KS to meet after worship on Sunday to discuss the draft report.

7.5 Arrangements for the attestation of rolls and registers were made.

7.6 Notice of Safeguarding updated has been received.

  1. Forthcoming events

8.1 Easter holidays

8.2 SAM

8.1 Children’s event over the Easter holidays to be considered.

There has been a request for a nursery visit to the church on April 3rd.

8.2 SAM must take place before the end of June. The format of the meeting was discussed but arrangement of a date was not finalised .

  1. AOCB

9.1 Hire of chalet

9.2 Loch Shiel Spring Festival

9.3 Communion Wine Jug

9.4 Syrian Refugees

9.5 Moderator of GA

9.6 Holiday dates

9.1 Hire of the chalet has been requested by N.W.Lochaber for March 7th. To be offered on a donations basis and DO to check insurance cover for use of church buildings by other groups. FO to contact Rev Ogston.

9.2 The use of the church has been requested by Loch Shiel Spring festival for Friday April 21st at noon for a concert by St Finan’s Voices. Agreed.

9.3 One of the Communion wine jugs has been gifted to Ardnamurchan.

9.4 Information was given about the Syrian families who are moving to Kinlochleven.

9.5 Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly, is to visit Nether Lochaber and Kinlochleven on February 19th.

9.6 Holiday dates; FO will be on holiday from March 13th – March 22nd. The Worship team are to conduct the service on March 19th.

Adjournment

There being no further business the meeting was closed with the saying of the Grace to meet again on Friday March 10th 2017 at 10.00 am in the chalet for the meeting at 10.30am

Future dates: May 18th

Rev Fiona Ogg Mrs Ella Gill

Minister Session Clerk

2016 Annual Accounts

Click here to view the accounts

2016 - Nov 25th

At Acharacle, and within the chalet, on Friday 25th of November 2016 at 10.30 am which place, date and time the Kirk Session convened and was constituted with scripture and prayer by Rev Fiona Ogg.

  1. Sederunt, Apologies, Welcome

1.1Rev Fiona Ogg (minister), Ken Gill, Marjory MacGillivray, David and Maureen Webber (Elders) and Ella Gill (Session Clerk and minute secretary).

1.2Apologies David Ogg (treasurer)

  1. Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on 16.9.16 were agreed as a true record.

  1. Matters Arising

3.1 Graveyard wall

3.2 Manse C.H

3.3 Stewardship and Finance

3.4 Harvest in the hall

3.5 Hymn books

3.1 EG was assured that the wall in the graveyard will be assessed and necessary work done by the council. Ownership of the land with the dead trees to be identified agreed at site meeting on 25.11.16 and EG informed.

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3.2 Central heating now working well.

3.3. The Newsletter contained a Stewardship and Finance section but it was not a specific letter. Weekly giving envelopes to be more available and more information given at monthly lunches beginning in February.

3.4 Harvest worship was generally well received

3.5 New hymn books have arrived.

  1. Finance

4.1 Heating of church

A summary of finances was submitted (app 1)

4.1 Using the chalet had been thought to decrease the heating costs but the evidence was not conclusive. The temperature at the communion table has been 10 degrees over the last few Sundays during services. It is possible that the consideration should be the acceptability of the ‘working’ environment rather than cost.

  1. Worship

5.1 Jan 15th; Harry Jeffrey will be asked to conduct service.

5.2 Worship in the chalet over the winter; dates confirmed as Jan 8th until March 26th inclusive. For annual review by the Kirk Session.

5.3 A Christmas card with service times to be sent to all members and regular attenders.

  1. Property

6.1 GCF

6.2 Manse

6.3 Chalet

6.4 Health and Safety

.6.1 GCF – work still underway. Cupboards to be re attached when the work is finished.

6.2 Manse; work identified;

Cleaning algae

Painting exterior walls

Check integrity of the roughcast at the front of the house

EG to liaise with DW and contact Riverside Builders for quote. Ardnamurchan to be kept informed.

6.3.1Chalet gutters to be cleaned. New lights are a great improvement

6.3.2 Consideration to be given to hiring out the chalet for small groups.

6.4.1; Under pew heaters. It was decided that the heaters would remain in place at present and costing of covers should be ascertained.

In the meantime, hazard notices are to be put on pews.

6.4. 2 Christmas Trees – care should be taken while tackling decoration.

6.4. 3 Ice; Salt to be available beside the ramp

6.4. 4 Leaves – to be cleared from access paths

  1. Ecumenical

Evenings with the members of the Episcopal Church are underway.

Jan 23rd;

Week of Christian Unity organised this year by Jean Whitton

  1. Forthcoming events

8.1 Nov 28th Messy Church

8.2 Free Church are to hold Christmas Unwrapped in the Primary School on Monday 18th – Rev Fiona will be involved as part of team

8.3 Dec 8th Time to remember at Ardnamurchan PC at 11.00am

8.4 Tree decorating on 11th leaving some for the children to do on 12th. MM to organise getting the tree.

8.5 Dec 11th Peninsula Carols 7pm at Strontian

8.6 Dec 12th Little Christmas – nursery visiting Acharacle Church

8.7 Dec 14th Carols at Ardnamurchan

8.8 Dec 18th Breakfast at the manse

8.9 Dec 19th Messy Church Party

8.10 Loch Shiel Spring Festival have requested use of Church building on 21st April at noon for concert – agreed – John Dove is liaison

8.11 Vocations conference Feb 25th 2017

9 Presbytery

The Local Church Review is underway.

  1. Correspondence

9.1 SCT; EG to follow up offer of publicity for the Church through SCT

9.2 EG to follow up the possibility of joining VAL(Voluntary Action Lochaber)

Adjournment

There being no further business the meeting was closed with the saying of the Grace to meet again on Friday January 20th 2017 at 10.00 am in the chalet for the meeting at 10.30am

Future dates: March 17th ;May 18th

Rev Fiona Ogg Mrs Ella Gill

Minister Session Clerk

2016 Sept 16th

At Acharacle, and within the chalet, on Monday the sixteenth of September 2016 at 10.30 am which place, date and time the Kirk Session convened and was constituted with scripture and prayer by Rev Fiona Ogg.

  1. Sederunt, Apologies, Welcome

1.1Rev Fiona Ogg (minister), Ken Gill, Marjory MacGillivray, David and Maureen Webber (Elders) and Ella Gill (Session Clerk and minute secretary). David Ogg (treasurer)

  1. Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on 10.6.16 were agreed as a true record with the inclusion of the following decision;

Election of David Webber as Presbytery Elder for 2016/17

This was homologated.

  1. Matters Arising

3.1 Thanks were given by EG for the arrangements for the installation of the Moderator in June.

3.2 Glebe sale; this is tied in with purchase of land in Alness. Still awaiting completion.

3.3 Joint Kirk Session (KS); Both Sessions will meet at the Local Church Review meeting on 21.9.16. A review of the current level of contribution to Ministries costs to be undertaken by the treasurers of both Sessions and reported to KS.

3.4 Highland Council (HC) have not progressed the repairs to the wall and memorial Gate, or removed the dead trees EG to contact HC indicating Health and Safety concerns.

3.5 Harvest service date has been changed to 18.9.16 due to availability of the hall.

3.6 Thanks were given for the Garden Open Day which raised almost £300 in donations.

3.7 The mesh replacement on the veranda of the chalet is underway. Thanks to Alastair.

3.8 All summer events went well.

3.9 Bible Group has recommenced.

3.10 Literature about the church times had not been distributed to the hotels as it was felt that there was enough information available.

  1. Finance

4.1 DO reported. Financial review (app1)

4.2 Awaiting the invoice for the work on the manse heating – due to be approximately £700. This will be a joint expense with Kilchoan.

4.3 It was agreed that there should be an annual Stewardship and Finance letter sent to members which would also include any other relevant administrative information.DO, FO and EG.to formulate a letter for the Session to approve before sending out.

  1. Worship

5.1 Harvest

5.2 Baptism

5.3 Hymn books

5.4 Holiday cover

5.5 Chalet

5.1 Harvest arrangements were discussed. There will be a café style service on September 25th in the hall with a retiring collection/donation for UNICEF.This will be intimated on 18.9.16 and a flyer sent into the school. Donations for the Foodbank will be requested.

Soup and a bring and share lunch will follow.

5.2 Innes Buchanan is to be baptised on 18.9.16. KS approved.

Baptism service was discussed.

5.3 A cheaper version of CH4 is available. 10 to be ordered.FO

5.4 Holidays; FO has arranged cover for;

Oct 2nd John McPake 2pm

Oct 9th John McPake 11.00 am

Oct 16th Keith Mack 2pm

Nov 20th Elder led service

Rev McCorkindale is also away during some of this time and so Rev Cushman will be available for pastoral issues.

5.5 Use of the Chalet during the winter; Taking into account opinions raised last year it was decided to use the chalet from Jan 8th rather than Dec 1st until Easter.

  1. Property

6.1 GCF are due to start work on Oct 3rd.

6.2 KG outlined general Health and Safety issues and their implication. DW and KG will attend the H & S meeting in Fort William on October 6th

6.3 KG and DW will source and cost covers for under pew heaters.

6.4 There is no new evidence of woodworm activity in chair behind the Communion Table.

6.5 Lighting needs to be improved in the chalet in view of increased use during evenings. EG to contact Charlie.

  1. Ecumenical

7.1 Free Church are starting a Sunday School on a monthly basis. FO is liaising with the leader to continue the themes in the intervening weeks.

7.2 Episcopal Church, Kinlochmoidart; There will be a joint study course using Nooma Dvds from 27th Oct for 6 weeks in the chalet at 7pm.

  1. Forthcoming events

Messy Church: Oct 24th, Nov 28th and Christmas Party Dec 19th.

Nov 13th Remembrance at 2pm. A wreath to be bought.

Dec 8th Time to Remember at Ardnamurchan 11.00 am

Dec 11th Peninsula Carols in Stontian at 7 pm

Dec 12th Visit to the church by Nursery children and parents.

Glenborrodale and the Nadurra is not available for carol service.

9 AOB

9.1 A visiting card was approved for distribution to bereaved families.

9.2 It was decided that the KS precis should form part of newsletter and be distributed with any other relevant information 4 times a year.

9.3 It was decided we did not need a Messy Church banner.

9.4 It was decided that occasional discussion groups would take place after the afternoon service. EG to gather ideas for a programme.

Adjournment

There being no further business the meeting was closed with the saying of the Grace to meet again on Friday November 25th 2016 at 10.00 am in the chalet for the meeting at 10.30am

Rev Fiona Ogg Mrs Ella Gill

Minister Session Clerk

2016 June 10th

At Acharacle, and within the chalet, on Monday the tenth of June 2016 at 10.30 am which place, date and time the Kirk Session convened and was constituted with scripture and prayer by Rev Fiona Ogg.

  1. Sederunt, Apologies, Welcome

1.1Rev Fiona Ogg (minister), Ken Gill, Marjory MacGillivray, David and Maureen Webber (Elders) and Ella Gill (Session Clerk and minute secretary).

1.2Apologies; David Ogg (treasurer)

  1. Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on 11.4.16 were agreed as a true record

  1. Matters Arising

3.1 The visiting card and discussion of pastoral visiting were deferred to the next meeting.

3.2 Glebe Sale; KG to enquire about progress

3.3. Kinlochmoidart Episcopal service; details available shortly.

3.4 Chalet; wider review of the use of the chalet in September

3.5 Joint Kirk Session or service to be scheduled.

3.6 Heart and Soul review – mainly positive feedback but was too long and siting of activities was not as successful as it could have been.

3.7 Strontian Show; Aug 13th – helpers needed. MW and DW may be able to help.

3.8 GCF; quote still not received. It is promised for Friday 17th.

3.9 Highland Council; no work has taken place on wall in graveyard.

3.10 Sustainability of church and buildings in readiness for 5 year plan; meeting devoted to this to take place in September. This will include issues connected with kitchen/toilet legislation.

3.11 Manse Central Heating; to get quotes.

3.12 Loch Shiel festival concert worked well in church.

  1. Finance

DO was unable to attend. Financial review (app1)

  1. Worship

Messy Church to be held June 27th. MW and DW unable to be there.

  1. Baptisms

2 baptisms planned: July 24th and Aug 14th

  1. Harvest

This will take place on Sunday September 4th in Shielbridge Hall at 2pm. Hall to be booked.

  1. Forthcoming events

8.1 Arrangements for the service and installation of the Moderator were confirmed

8.2 Sat. July 2nd: Prayer Breakfast in Kilmallie Free Church

8.3 Sat July 16th: Garden Open Day at 5 Camas Inas

8.4 Wed July 20th concert in the church.

8.5 Sat Sept 17th Retreat Saturday in DMac. Listening to God

8.6 Sat Aug 13th.Strontian show; Thanks given for the offers of help from D & M Webber, MM and E & K Gill.

16.09.16

25.11.16 (change of date)

All at 10.00 am for coffee to convene at 10.30 for business

10Property

11. Bible Group

Mesh on veranda of chalet needs to be replaced. Alastair McGillivray to be asked to do this.

To recommence on September 5th. EG to contact Jean.

12. Tourist Leaflet

Rather than an area wide leaflet it was felt that the services listed in De tha Dol should be issued to each hotel. This would then include all denominations.

13. AOB

EG attended the presentation by World Mission Council. The ways in which we support WM projects was highlighted; Stamps raised £4,000, Nepal appeal £152,000 and is continuing plus special days and appeals e.g. Souper Sunday, Blythswood shoe box appeal. Acharacle has participated in all of these.

Adjournment

There being no further business the meeting was closed with the saying of the Grace to meet again on Friday September 16th 2016 at 10.00 am in the chalet for the meeting at 10.30am

Rev Fiona Ogg Mrs Ella Gill

Minister Session Clerk

Various items were missed in the Kirk Session and will be discussed and homologated at next Kirk Session

  1. Election of David Webber as Presbytery Elder
  2. Various plumbing items in the manse
  3. Thanks to Ken for strimming the drive
  4. Letter of thanks from Loch Shiel committee

2016 - April 11th

At Acharacle, and within the chalet, on Monday the eleventh of April at 10.30 am which place, date and time the Kirk Session convened and was constituted with scripture and prayer by Rev Fiona Ogg. The KS had been rescheduled from 8.4.16 to 11.4.16.

  1. Sederunt, Apologies, Welcome

1.1Rev Fiona Ogg (minister), Ken Gill, David and Maureen Webber (Elders) and Ella Gill (Session Clerk and minute secretary). Apologies; Marjory MacGillivray

1.2In attendance for financial report; David Ogg (treasurer)

  1. Pastoral visiting

There was a discussion about pastoral visiting for all members of the community after bereavement.

It was decided that FO,DO and EG would meet to produce a visiting card with contact details for the church which could be left at such a visit to be presented at the next Kirk Session for final agreement.

  1. Finance

The financial report was presented by David Ogg (app 1). David was thanked for his work as treasurer and asked to thank Jon Haylot for his help in inspecting the accounts, a token of gratitude to be given to Jon.

The accounts have been attested by Presbytery and have been sent to 121 as required. They will be submitted to OSCR in due course.

They will be uploaded to the church’s website.

A budget for mission was agreed. DO advised that finances are robust enough to support the work of the church as well as maintaining a cushion of £20,000.

DO left the meeting after this item.

  1. Minutes and Matters arising from minutes of 12.2.16 and 20.3.16

3.1The Minutes of 12.2.16 and 20.3.16 were accepted as a true record with some clarification of 3.7 pg 113.

Windows; Secondary glazing has been removed from affected windows and painted areas treated with anti fungal spray on affected windows.

3.2Glebe; the sale is hopefully progressing.

3.3Weekly gift aid envelopes to be ordered.

3.4It was agreed that the Presbytery Elder could claim travel expenses for the Presbytery meetings.

  1. Mission

Exploring the God Question will commence as a joint enterprise with the Free Church on Thursday 14th April in the Community Centre.

  1. Worship

6.1 Kinlochmoidart

6.2 Review of chalet

6.3 Children

6.4 Joint service

6.1 FO proposed holding a series of short mid week services for 6 weeks at Kinlochmoidart with the Episcopal Church. KS agreed.

6.2 It was not yet possible to review the cost of holding services in the chalet over the winter as no bills had been received.

6.3 It was decided to make space available at the front of the church beside the front pew for any children attending.

6.4 A joint service with Kilchoan to be scheduled.

  1. Dates

7.1 Heart and Soul

7.2 Strontian Show

7.3 Installation of Moderator

7.1 May 22nd Heart and Soul local will be held in Fort William at the same time as the Edinburgh service. KS agreed that the service in Acharacle should be cancelled to allow attendance. Numbers who wish to attend to be ascertained and transport considered.

7.2 Aug 13th Strontian Show; Volunteers sought to help with manning the church stand.

7.3 June 14th; EG to be installed as Moderator. Service at 4pm in Acharacle, tea in the Community Centre with the Presbytery meeting also in the centre. Jessie has been asked to do flowers for the church.

  1. Property

8.1 Manse fencing and lock

8.2 GCF quote

8.3 Highland Council

8.4 Sustainability of church buildings

8.5 Weeds at manse

8.6 Central heating in manse

8.1 Manse fencing is in place.

Toilet door lock has been fixed – thanks to Hugh.

8.2 GCF have been asked to quote for;

Church; Replace inner doors

Check and clear rainwater goods on church

Inspect and repair leak in roof

Inspect and repair leak at gable end – probably in lead flashing

Replace filter in fan

Back corridor; repair cracks and replaster

Replace window

Replace lintel above door between corridor and church

Manse; Treat outside walls with fungicidal paint

Renew outside paintwork

No quote received to date – DW to contact GCF

8.3 Highland Council had responded to the letter with a visit;

They are very short of funds but will undertake to;

Repair the crack in the wall in the graveyard and Memorial gate as well as take down the trees at risk in the area beside the footpath.

They have removed the uprights to the gate to make access easier.

Gravestones are the family’s responsibility and they have no money to re-establish the pathways in the old graveyard.

Chalet veranda has been cleaned – thanks

Sustainability of church buildings; there was a discussion about the use and sustainability of the church building. More discussion necessary as the KS considers a 5 year plan.

Weeds at the manse to be treated with Round up between 4/7/16 and 11/7/16.

8.6 The central heating in the manse is 15 years old and was causing problems last winter. Andy Tilling is aware of the problem. At present it is working and being monitored.

9. Kirk Session dates

10.6.17

18.11.16

All at 10.00 am for coffee to convene at 10.30 for business

10.AOCB

10.1 Spring Festival

10.2 Support groups

10.3 International evening

10.4 Stepcount challenge

10.5 Holiday

10.1 Loch Shiel Spring Festival; The church will be a venue for a concert on Saturday. Arrangements for this were made.

10.2 FO had had discussions with the GP surgery to explore the possibility of support groups for elderly who were becoming dependant as well as carers of family members with dementia. It had also been noted that there were not as many groups for men in the community as there are for women and the church might also be able to respond to this need.

10.3 There is to be an International Evening in the School.

10.4 Stepcount challenge; a team from the church was suggested but there were no takers!

10.5 Holiday; FO will be away 2nd, 9th, and 16th October as well as Nov 20th.

Adjournment

There being no further business the meeting was closed with the saying of the Grace to meet again on June 10th 2016 at 10.00 am in the chalet for the meeting at 10.30am

Rev Fiona Ogg Mrs Ella Gill

Minister Session Clerk