Vacancy update (12th September 2021) The General Assembly of 2021 requires all Presbyteries in the Church of Scotland to produce a Mission Plan, to be approved, at the latest, by 31st December 2022. The Presbytery of Ayr has 48 congregations, currently organised into 32 charges. In July 2021, there were 13 vacant charges – including ourselves and our friends in St Meddans church, leaving only 19 stipendiary parish ministers in post. This shortage of Ministers is nationwide and is driving the need to reorganise and regroup churches to reflect and cope with the shortage of Ministers. Presbytery formally started the Mission Planning process in late August, and we are in a 2 month-consultation process on charges and ministry posts. By the 1st of Nov 2021 local areas will need to agree charge definitions and allocate ministry posts to their area. We are in the North Area. The first North Area meeting took place on Thursday 2nd September and the second will be on Thursday 16th September. To arrive at a defined set of new charges and allocation of ministry posts quickly, but still involving local input, the Presbytery proposes a two-level approach: 1. Presbytery allocates ministry posts to Areas. The North Area has been allocated 5 Ministry posts to share between Prestwick, Monkton, Symington & Craigie, Dundonald and Troon & Loans. The Mission Plan proposes that Prestwick gets 2 Ministry posts, Troon & Loans gets 2 Ministry posts and Dundonald, Symington & Craigie (and possibly Monkton) gets 1 Ministry post. The total of 5 Ministry posts cannot be increased but how they are distributed can be discussed. At the first North Area meeting, Dundonald expressed discontent at being grouped with Symington & Craigie and stated they would rather be grouped with Troon and Loans. This was accepted by the meeting, and they will join us for the next meeting on the 16th of September. This may cause some discussion about the allocation of Ministry posts – 3 for Troon and Dundonald and only 2 for Prestwick, Monkton, Symington & Craigie seems an unfair distribution. We may find that an equal share of 2 ½ Ministry posts would be a fairer distribution. We may also find that Symington & Craigie want to join with Troon/Loans and Dundonald which would then have 3 Ministry posts allocated. 2. Local parties (Kirk Sessions/Congregations) collectively define charges and allocate ministry posts within each Area.
Vacancy update The General Assembly of 2021 requires all Presbyteries in the Church of Scotland to produce a Mission Plan, to be approved, at the latest, by 31st December 2022. The Presbytery of Ayr has 48 congregations, currently organised into 32 charges. In July 2021, there were 13 vacant charges – including ourselves and our friends in St Meddans church, leaving only 19 stipendiary parish ministers in post. This shortage of Ministers is nationwide and is driving the need to reorganise and regroup churches to reflect and cope with the shortage of Ministers. Presbytery formally started the Mission Planning process in late August, and we are in a 2 month-consultation process on charges and ministry posts. By the 1st of Nov 2021 local areas will need to agree charge definitions and allocate ministry posts to their area. We are in the North Area. The first North Area meeting took place on Thursday 2nd September and the second will be on Thursday 16th September. To arrive at a defined set of new charges and allocation of ministry posts quickly, but still involving local input, the Presbytery proposes a two-level approach: 1. Presbytery allocates ministry posts to Areas. The North Area has been allocated 5 Ministry posts to share between Prestwick, Monkton, Symington & Craigie, Dundonald and Troon & Loans. The Mission Plan proposes that Prestwick gets 2 Ministry posts, Troon & Loans gets 2 Ministry posts and Dundonald, Symington & Craigie (and possibly Monkton) gets 1 Ministry post. The total of 5 Ministry posts cannot be increased but how they are distributed can be discussed. At the first North Area meeting, Dundonald expressed discontent at being grouped with Symington & Craigie and stated they would rather be grouped with Troon and Loans. This was accepted by the meeting, and they will join us for the next meeting on the 16th of September. This may cause some discussion about the allocation of Ministry posts – 3 for Troon and Dundonald and only 2 for Prestwick, Monkton, Symington & Craigie seems an unfair distribution. We may find that an equal share of 2 ½ Ministry posts would be a fairer distribution. We may also find that Symington & Craigie want to join with Troon/Loans and Dundonald which would then have 3 Ministry posts allocated. 2. Local parties (Kirk Sessions/Congregations) collectively define charges and allocate ministry posts within each Area.