Kirk Session

The Kirk Session meets at least four times a year.  Most members of the Session are also on a church committee.  The Kirk Session was encouraged to take part in recent ‘Conversations’ facilitated by two of our members, which have also been open to the congregation.  The topics have ranged from the ‘Scottish Referendum’ and ‘How the congregation might better serve the community’ to ‘What kind of church do you think we are’ and ‘What kind of church do you want FPC to be?”   The latter conversations took place as a result of the Kirk Session establishing a ‘Towards 2025 Group’ which has been looking at the future direction of the congregation in the years ahead as it seeks to call a new Minister to encourage us in our faith journey.  It is hoped to have Kirk Session study days in the future.

The Kirk Session has several sub-committees.  The Finance, Property and Business Committees report directly to the Kirk Session and the other committees, who meet as and when required, report to the Business Committee and, if necessary, the Kirk Session.  These are Pastoral Care Group, Personnel, Publicity, Social, and Worship & Education.  The Social Committee organises different events for the congregation and friends, e.g. regular golf outings, the Burns Supper, concerts by the Penicuik Silver Band, and a fund-raising Bridge Afternoon. 

 

There are other committees who contribute to the life and work of the congregation, including those who edit the Crossroads magazine.  Four members are also on the joint churches Christian Aid Committee. The EcoCommittee are working towards the Church achieving its first EcoCongregation Award, and the Kirk Session has agreed that the Church will purchase electricity from a 100% renewable energy supplier as part of this process.

Most Elders have districts and deliver Communion Cards prior to the Quarterly Communions (last Sundays of February, May, August and November).  Communion is also served on the last Sunday of each month.  Communion (non-alcoholic) is also occasionally served to children.

Many groups and organisations operate under the oversight of the Kirk Session.  The Guild meets fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons from September to March.  Other groups – the Forum, the Pentland Walking Group, Badminton and Country Dancing - are of a more social nature and provide support and fellowship to members and friends.

All Committees report back on issues referred to them by the Kirk Session, Presbytery or the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

The next meeting of the Kirk Session meeting is on Tuesday 21 November, 2017

'All are Welcome in this Place'