Following the election by the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church of Rev. Elspeth McKay to be our next minister we are now invited to sign “The Call” to Elspeth to be our minister. The Call with our signatures – as many as possible, please – will be sent to Falkirk Presbytery, who will then resolve (hopefully!) to sustain the call and set in motion the arrangements for Elspeth’s induction.
On Sunday 21st February there will be a joint Worship Service in the Parish Church at the Village at 11am. After worship there will be a Congregational Meeting to elect the Nominating Committee which is the next step in the vacancy process. (Note: the Nominating Committee is what the church formerly called the Vacancy Committee.)
At this Congregational Meeting we will be seeking to elect up to 13 people to the Nominating Committee and will need a Proposer and a Seconder for every Nomination. It is important that the Proposer has the Nominee’s agreement before nominating him / her. If we get more than 13 nominations then we go to a vote. If we get 13 or fewer then all of the nominees will be deemed to be elected.
A couple of things to be aware of:
- Nominees do not need to be at church on 21st February; however, Proposers and Seconders do; and
- Proposers, Seconders and Nominees must all be on the recently attested Electoral Register.
Following the Congregational Meeting and the election, the Interim Moderator and Session Clerk will have a very brief meeting with the newly elected Nominating Committee.
Both the joint service in Church and the Congregational Meeting will be led by our Interim Moderator, Reverend Grace Saunders. Please note that this 11am worship service replaces our usual two services at 10.15am and 11.45am, and so there will be no service at Balloch on 21 February.
The Parish of Cumbernauld Old became vacant with the retirement of Rev Catriona Ogilvie on 30 September 2015. Although it may seem on the outside that we have been ‘treading water’ since then, there has been a lot of work done behind the scenes preparing the groundwork for our search for a new minister. Most importantly, of course, the work of the church has continued: church services continue each week and our organisations also continue to meet.
Cumbernauld Old is still very much alive and kicking!
We are about to enter the next significant phase of our vacancy, so this is a good time to bring everyone up-to-date with where we are and what happens next.