11 Mar 2019

Presbytery News

Presbytery was constituted on the 8th March and met on the 8th and 9th March 2019. The big item on the agenda was the induction of Rev. Andrew McMillan as minister of Airdrie RPCS on the 9th March, but there were many other normal items of business to work through as well.

Rev. Stephen McCollum (Stornoway RPCS) is the new moderator of the RPCS, and Rev. Peter Loughridge (North Edinburgh) and Mr Iain Gillies (Glasgow) continue as Presbytery Clerk and Treasurer respectively.

Final revisions of the Book of Government and Discipline continue, and the finances of the Presbytery, its ministry Reformation Tours, as well as the congregations being supported by Presbytery were looked at. We are thankful for how the Lord has provided financially so far, and we look to Him to provide for the future. There were also updates on the two students under care: Mr Ian Gillies studying for the ministry at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh and Mr Sylvester Konteh in The Gambia, studying by correspondence at RPTS in Pittsburgh.

Given the relatively recent departure of Dr. Andrew Quigley, which has left the Scottish Presbytery short of experienced active ministers, along with a sense that losing another minister so soon would significantly weaken the RP cause in Scotland, the Presbytery, in keeping with their prerogative set out in the Book of Government, decided to not pass the call from Loughbrickland RPCI on to Rev. Kenneth Stewart.

We give thanks for all the Lord has done in the RPCS, and we ask you to please continue to uphold our ministers and elders in your prayers.