is a system of Christian Protestant church government, expounded during
the Reformation by John Calvin, which gives its name to the established
Church of Scotland, and is also practised in England, Wales, Ireland,
Switzerland, North America, and elsewhere. There is no compulsory form
of worship and each congregation is governed by presbyters or elders
(clerical or lay), who are of equal rank.Congregations
are grouped in presbyteries.There are forty nine Presbyteries in
the Church of Scotland, covering all of Scotland, the Shetland and Orkney
Isles, England, Europe and Jerusalem.
Fairlie Parish Church
is in the Presbytery of Ardrossan
and is represented there by the Minister and an Elder appointed by
the Kirk Session.
Fairlie is well
represented at Presbytery with Douglas Hamilton and Rosemary Jarvie
I am now in my tenth year (2012)
and I am becoming more familiar with the work of the business undertaken.
Presbytery meets once a month
from September to June, omitting January. The meetings are held in
in New Trinity Church, Saltcoats.
The Moderator, who serves in this post for a year, opens the meeting
followed by a Hymn and a Prayer. Although the number of females is
increasing steadily, males are still in the majority and I find that
the Hymn singing reminds me of a Male Voice Choir. Obviously many
good vocalists in the Ministry.
New members, bothMinisters
and Elders, are placed on Committees which meet prior to full Presbytery
with members usually
on two Committees.
Remits to Presbytery and Kirk Sessions are sent from the General Assembly
to be discussed and debated by the
various Committees and then reported to the full Presbytery for further
discussion and approval
The Moderator, Presbytery
Clerk, the Deputy Clerk and the Convenor of the Business Committee
Ex Officiis of all Standing Committes.
Business; Church and Society; Property; Finance; Presbyterial Superintendence;
Mission and Discipleship and World Mission.
Business is carried out in
an efficient manner and the Moderator and the Clerk keep us under
You can visit
the Presbytery web site at Ardrossan