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.
Presbytery of Ardrossan
Fairlie Parish Church is one of 28 congregations included in the Presbytery
of Ardrossan. The Presbytery is made up of the ministers and representative
elders from each of these congregations. There are also "additional"
elders chosen by Presbytery to ensure that retired and specialist
ministers entitled to membership of Presbytery do not outnumber elders
in membership. The current representative elder from Fairlie is Judith
Presbytery is the second highest
ecclesiastical court of the Church of Scotland. Presbytery's role
includes routine administration of the church, approval of the movement
of ministers in and out of congregations (including ordination),
oversight of the training of new ministers, readers and deacons
and the annual election of Commissioners to the General Assembly.
Presbytery also organises five yearly church building surveys, the
annual attestation of church records for each congregation,
regular local church reviews and is also a Court of Appeal for Kirk
Presbytery generally meets on the
first Tuesday of each month within Ardrossan and Saltcoats Kirkgate
There are no meetings in January, July or August (see Presbytery
website for exact details of meetings).
Meetings are open to the public to attend (but not vote) and meeting
minutes are published on the Presbytery website (www.ardrossanpresbytery.org.uk).
Meetings are chaired by the Moderator
who is elected annually (currently Rev Dorothy Granger) and includes
a time of worship before the business of the meeting is conducted.
Administration is carried out by the Presbytery Clerk (Mrs Jean
Hunter) and Clerical Assistant (Mrs Ailsa Morrison).
The current Treasurer is Mrs Christine Thomas.
There are a number of committees
within Presbytery and suitable ministers and elders are appointed
to serve on these by the Nominations Committee.
Other committees are Vacancy Procedure, Appraisal, Ministries and
Superintendence, Mission, Property, Finance and Stewardship and
Church and Society.
The Business Committee meets monthly to compile Agenda items for
the Presbytery meeting and is made up of the Committee Convenor
and Vice Convenor, Minute Secretary, Moderator, Presbytery Clerk,
Treasurer and the Convenors of each of the other committees.
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