The Presbytery met for ordinary business in Kingsview Christian Centre. The majority of our meetings take place here and facilities are ideal for our needs. There is however a fair amount of preparation for these meetings and we have been served so well over the years by Mr Ken MacDonald the Centre Manager and his wife Kathleen. Ken is due to retire from this post and we want to wish him well and the Lord’s blessing. It would be easy for the members of Presbytery to the MacDonald's work for granted with everything set up before we arrive with care and thoughtfulness. We are so grateful to Kathleen who provides a wonderful lunch. It is good to gather together before the business of Presbytery over something to eat and to catch up with one another.
This Presbytery the work of Rev Ross Macaskill in Wick and Strathy came under review. The Presbytery appointed Ross to do outreach work in Wick and to oversee the congregation in Strathy. Unfortunately things have not developed as the Presbytery would have hoped and the decision was made to draw the work to a close. Please remember the folk in the far North and that the gospel would still be blessed to all who have heard it over the years.
The Training of the Ministry committee put a series of questions on the Westminster Confession of Faith forward for Presbytery approval to be used in the examination of ministry candidates. We hope that Mr John Davidson will soon have his trials for license where these questions will be used. We congratulate John on graduating in September from HTC with an upper second class honours degree. Please pray for John and his family as he prepares for his trials and on ministry.
The Presbytery hope to have an overnight conference/retreat in November. This has been done on a number of previous occasions and has proved to be an enjoyable time of fellowship and encouragement to the brethren. The venue will be the Macdonald resort in Aviemore and it is open to all the elders of the church. We hope most will take the opportunity to come and contribute to the discussions.
The Church Relations Committee was able to report that discussions are still ongoing with the Free Church of Scotland about the possibility of union. These discussions are important for us in principle but also in a day where the Church in Scotland is struggling and in fragmentation. Please pray for the work of the APC and the wider Church in Scotland.