Matters are moving apace with the Church’s Mission Plan with the hope that all
Presbyteries across Scotland have these approved in time for the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly in May this year. The Glasgow Presbytery first draft has already been submitted to the relevant Committee in Edinburgh and we are now dealing with various matters raised.
Robert Paton, Convener of the Presbytery Committee said, “we are working on our resubmission at the moment, any suggestion that given the size of the changes being proposed was going to be easy is not the case but we have received a good response on what we have submitted so far. We recognise given the reduction in congregations over the years we have too many buildings and with the proposed
reduction in the number of Ministers this is a big challenge. Presbytery hopes that they will be able to put a resubmission to the March Presbytery meeting so it can be submitted to the Church of Scotland shortly thereafter”.
In the case of our local Cluster Group in Newton Mearns (Mearns Kirk, Broom, Newton Mearns, Maxwell Mearns Castle and Eaglesham) under the Plan we need to reduce our Minister numbers from five to three which will be a big challenge.