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ST MARY’S PARISH CHURCH 

TEMPORARY CHANGE IN ARRANGEMENTS DUE TO OUR AREA DESIGNATION CHANGING TO ‘LOCKDOWN’.

Dear All,

As you will all know, we are now in a national LOCKDOWN whichunfortunately means that St Mary’s Parish Church will be closed with immediate effect.

These arrangements will remain in place until there is a change to this.

We have taken this decision in line with national advice and we will keep you up to date with any developments as they happen. 

Meantime our on-line services will continue to be recorded and you will be able to access these through the church website or on you tube, as previously.

As the Kirk Session of St Mary’s Parish Church, we are very much lookingforward to welcoming you back into your and our sanctuary as soon as is possible.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021.

John C Pears

05 January 2021

Nominating Committee

G ELECTION OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE – Section 15(1)

To be read on two Sundays  10/01/21 & 17/01/21

Notice is hereby given that the congregation of Kirkintilloch St. Mary’s Parish Church will now prepare itself for the purpose of appointing a Nominating Committee. The task of the Nominating Committee will be to nominate one person to this congregation of Kirkintilloch St. Mary’s Parish Church to be the new minister.

The Session Clerk (Gordon Morrison, ( 0141 578 5887) morrisgo@sky.com

shall seek Nominations from the congregation no later than 31/01/21 and shall accept responses both by email and by post or hand delivery; upon receipt the Session Clerk shall, if an election is required, contact the congregation by email and/or post/hand delivery to provide summary information regarding each person nominated and to seek votes for the requisite number of persons.

Upon receipt of returns the congregation shall be invited to elect 13 people, who are on the Electoral Roll of this congregation of Kirkintilloch St. Mary’s Parish Church to serve on the Nominating Committee. If you wish to propose anyone to serve on the Committee you may do so providing the person has indicated a willingness to serve.

Rev. Ian Taylor, Interim Moderator

Minister, Springfield Cambridge Parish Church

Bishopbriggs

(0141 772 1540

ITaylor@churchofscotland.org.uk

Electoral Register…

CONFIRMATION OF ELECTORAL REGISTER – Section 14(3)

To be read on Sunday 20/12/20

Notice is hereby given that the proposed Electoral Register of this congregation of Kirkintilloch St. Mary’s Parish Church has now been prepared.

If you believe that your name should be on the Register, you can ask for confirmation that it has been included immediately after this Service (from the Session Clerk, Gordon Morrison, ( 0141 578 5887) morrisgo@sky.com.

If your name is not on the proposed Electoral Register, and you believe it should be, you should inform the Session Clerk in writing before the Kirk Session meets to finalise the register via ZOOM on 13/01/21. You are also welcome to attend that meeting, if you wish to make the case for your name being included (please contact the Session Clerk, Gordon Morrison, ( 0141 578 5887) morrisgo@sky.com for details on how to do this).

Ian Taylor.

Rev. Ian Taylor, Interim Moderator

Minister, Springfield Cambridge Parish Church

Bishopbriggs

8ITaylor@churchofscotland.org.uk

(0141 772 1540

Level 3

ST MARY’S PARISH CHURCH 

CHANGE IN ARRANGEMENTS DUE TO OUR AREA DESIGNATION CHANGING BACK TO ‘LEVEL 3’.

As you will have heard, our area will, from Friday 11th December 2020 beredesignated as Level 3. This means a change to the maximum number of people who can attend a church service with effect from Sunday 13th December.

The church is still open for worship, although we can now revert to a maximum of 50 people being allowed in the sanctuary at any one time.

This includes those on duty, the minister and the organist. Therefore approximately 15 of the 50 people will be accounted for. This will leave space for 35 people approximately.

Bookings for Sunday services should still be made using the usual ‘booking system’. 

Instructions for making bookings for the Christmas Eve Service can be found in the Parishioner or on the church website and Facebook page.

The maximum number of people allowed in the sanctuary for this service will also be limited to a maximum of 50.

When the number of people wishing to ‘book’ places for a Sunday service reaches 50, including the duty elders, minister and organist, we would suggest that because we have reached our legally allowed limit, we would be happy to book a place for them, and where appropriate their partners or household group, for the following Sunday service.

We will now revert to using all three entrances. This will 

mean an increase in the number of elders required, but we will still aim to maximise places at services for other members of our congregation.

These arrangements will remain in place until we are informed otherwise!

J C Pears

8th December 2020

Your details…

As part of our preparation for nominating a new minister, we are asking members to pass details of their current email addresses to the Church Office. If you are happy to pass your details to the church office, please email Denise at office.stmarys@btconnect.com with a note of the names of all the members contactable at the email address, a note of your address and your telephone number.
We will hold that information in accordance with Church’s data protection policy.

Christmas Cards

If you require your Christmas cards to to delivered within the Kirkintilloch , Lenzie and Waterside area. Please can you hand them in on later than next Sunday 6th December. The price again will be 25p a card.

Please can we remind you to have the current Name, House number and Address. Without these we will be unable to deliver the cards.

Thanks

Electoral Register….

****Special Announcement****

VACANCY BUSINESS

Plans are now in hand for us to prepare the Electoral Register which is a list of those who are eligible to vote in the election of a Nominating Committee and our next Minister.

On Sundays 29/11/20 and 06/12/20 the following Edict will be read during Worship.Notice is hereby given that in view of the vacancy in this congregation of Kirkintilloch St. Mary’s Parish Church, the Kirk Session is about to make up an Electoral Register.

This Electoral Register is a list of those who will be eligible to vote when the time comes to elect a Nominating Committee, and subsequently in the election of a new minister.If your name and current address are already on the Communion Roll, then you will automatically be placed upon the Electoral Register. You will need to take no further action.

If you are a regular worshipper here, but are still a member of another congregation, and you wish to participate in the election of a minister to this congregation of Kirkintilloch St. Mary’s Parish Church then you should arrange to hand in to the Session Clerk a valid Certificate of Transference before the Kirk Session meets (0141 578 5887 morrisgo@sky.com).

If you are a regular worshipper here, and not a member of this or any other congregation, then the Kirk Session can add your name to the Electoral Register as an “adherent”. If you wish the Kirk Session to consider this, you should obtain a form from the Session Clerk, complete it and return it to him before the Kirk Session meets.

The Kirk Session will meet via ZOOM on the 16th.day of December at 7.30pm to make up the Electoral RegisterRev. Ian Taylor, Interim Moderator”

I have reproduced the Adherents Claim Form below which you can send direct to the Session Clerk should you choose to do this.

D FORM OF ADHERENT’S CLAIM – Section 14(1) 21I, 1…………………………………… of 2……………………………………………………………….., being a regular worshipper in the Church of ………………… and not being a member of any other congregation in Scotland, request to have my name put on the Electoral Register of the congregation of Kirkintilloch, St. Mary’s Parish Church as an adherent.Date ……………………………. (Signed) ………………………………………………………………………1 Here enter full name in block capitals2 Here enter address in full

Rev. Ian Taylor, Interim ModeratorMinister, Springfield Cambridge Parish ChurchBishopbriggs(0141 772 1540Itaylor@churchofscotland.org.uk

Important Annoucement

Church of Scotland Kirkintilloch St Marys Parish Church.
Important Announcement….
ST MARY’S PARISH CHURCH
TEMPORARY CHANGE IN ARRANGEMENTS DUE TO OUR AREA DESIGNATION CHANGING TO ‘LEVEL 4’.
As you know, our area has now been designated as Level 4. This means a change to the maximum number of people who can attend a church service with immediate effect.
We have taken the decision to keep the church open for worship, although only a maximum of 20 people will be allowed in the sanctuary at any one time.
This includes those on duty, the minister and the organist. Therefore approximately 5 of the 20 people will be accounted for. This will leave space for 15 people approximately.
Bookings for Sunday services should still be made using the usual ‘booking system’.
When the number of people wishing to ‘book’ places for a Sunday service reaches 15, we would suggest that, because we have reached our legally allowed limit, we would be happy to book a place for them, and where appropriate their partners or household group, for the following Sunday service.
We will only be using the MAIN entrance. This will reduce the number of elders required and thus maximise places at services for other members of our congregation.
These arrangements will remain in place until there is a change to our allocated ‘Level’.
J C Pears
17 November 2020