Presbyterianism is a system of Christian Protestant church government,
during the Reformation by John Calvin, which gives its name to the
Church of Scotland, and is also practised in England, Wales, Ireland,
North America, and elsewhere. There is no compulsory form of worship
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.
is in the Presbytery of Ardrossan and is represented there by the
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
"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 Howieson.
Presbytery is the second highest ecclesiastical court of the Church
Presbytery's role includes routine administration of the church,
approval of the movement of ministers in and out of congregations
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 Parish Church.
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
Administration is carried out by the Presbytery Clerk (Mrs Jean
and Clerical Assistant (Mrs Ailsa Morrison).
The current Treasurer is Mrs Christine Thomas.
There are a number of committees
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 are
Ex Officiis of all Standing Committees.
Committees cover :
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 control.
can visit the Presbytery web site at Ardrossan Presbytery