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              THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND
             PRESBYTERY OF INVERNESS 3/3/09
                                                                                      At Inverness, and within the Dr
                                                                                      Black Memorial Hall on Tuesday
                                                                                      3rd March 2009, the Presbytery of
                                                                                      Inverness met for Ordinary Business
                                                                                      at 7.00pm and was constituted with
                                                                                      prayer.


                                                 Sederunt
                                              Rev Dr Peter H Donald Moderator
                                                              Rev Alastair S Younger,krelC

                                         A T Black                S Jeffrey                J Rettie
             D Brown                   E Lacey                  F A Robertson
             F Bart Buell              A T B McGowan            J H Robertson
             R Campbell                   J S Mathieson               A Whiteford
             J Chambers                   A Murray
              J Christie                  P Nimmo
                                                             Ministers (18) and
                                     J B D Alexander         A Henderson           A H MacLeod
             M Atherton A Hutcheson             S Proudfoot
             J I Brough W M Keir             V Roden
             G Butler M Lamond               M G Ronaldson
             L Cazaly D MacAulay             R Ross
             L Clark    M MacCallum          K Skinner
             M Elkin A MacDiarmid            A Stephen
             M Fraser R Macintyre            H Wilkinson
             I Freudenthal C MacKenzie
             R A Glover     J MacKenzie (Mrs)
                                                               Elders (29)and
                                     H Beck                     M Hutcheson           R Hutcheson
             P Howson
                                                           Corresponding Members (4)

 Apologies       SEOGOLOPA .21
                                Rev G W Charlton, Rev A Chisholm, Rev R S Frizzell, Rev I W F Hamilton, Rev P
                                Humphris, Rev P Humphris, Rev RJV Logan, Rev A I Macdonald, Rev D MacPherson, Rev
                                A Malcolm, Rev E Ogston, J MacKenzie, H D McLennan. A J MacLeod, W T
                                Weatherspoon

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             Minute              13.   MINUTES OF 30         JANUARY 2009 and 3 FEBRUARY 2009
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                                 The Minute of 30th January 2009 and 3 February 2009 being in the hands of members were
                                 taken as read and authorised for signature.

Order of Business     14.   ORDER OF BUSINESS
                               The Convener of the Business Committee intimated that the Vacancy Procedure Committee
                               would not report. The Ministry Committee, the Mission Committee, and the Ministry
                               Committee would report. The Agenda as amended was agreed.

                                 15. INTIMATIONS
                                   The Presbytery gave opportunity to members to make Intimations

             Assembly            16. APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONERS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF
                                 2009.
                                          Pursuant to their resolution of February 2009, the Presbytery, being convened
                                 between the hours of eleven o’clock in the forenoon and eight o’clock in the evening,
                                 proceeded to nominate and appoint their Commissioners to the General Assembly of
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             Ministers                              Elders
                                                Rev R Campbell                  Mr A Hutcheson
                                                Rev I W F Hamilton              Mr David Abbott
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                                 Rev A Murray                     Mrs J MacKenzie
Rev P Nimmo                       Miss C MacKenzie
Rev R Reid                        Miss M McAndrew

                                 Rev A S Younger                      Mr L Cazaly

                                 Youth Representative                 Miss Rachel Hutcheson.

                 17. VALEDICTORY REV S JOHN CHAMBERS (INVERNESS NESS BANK)
                 Presbytery welcomed members of Ness Bank Congregation to the Presbytery. On behalf of
                 the Congregation, Mr. Jim Anderson (Session Clerk) and Mrs Myra Gillon addressed the
                 Court. Mr Chambers graciously replied. Mr Harold Wilkinson spoke on behalf of Presbytery.
                 The Moderator wished Mr and Mrs Chambers a long and happy retirement.

                18. TREASURER’S STATEMENT, ESTIMATES AND BUDGET
                1. STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS 2008
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                The Presbytery called for the Report on the Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31
                December 2008, which was given in by the Treasurer Mr Robert Glover.
                The Statement of Accounts had been circulated and was in the hands of members. Mr. Glover
                explained the Accounts. Mr Glover reported that the Accounts had to be set out in the
                required form required under Charity Law and in terms of the legislative requirements. All
                members of Presbytery were Trustees and an Independent Examiner appointed by Presbytery
                had examined the Accounts. He now submitted them for adoption by the Trustees.

                                  1. The Presbytery Trustees adopt the Report and Accounts for 2008
The Presbytery thanks the Independent Examiner Mr Gavin Mackenzie

                 2. ESTIMATES AND BUDGET FOR 2009.
                    The Proposed Budget had been circulated and was in the hands of members and taken as
                    read. The anticipated net expenditure for 2009 amounts to £27,671. It is expected that
                    Property inspections scheduled for 2008 and not yet undertaken plus those scheduled for
                    2009 will be carried out in 2009. The monies for Property inspections of 2008 have been
                    retained in the Bank. Therefore monies required in 2009 remain exactly same as in 2008.
                    The Resource Centre now operates independent of the Presbytery. The sum required from
                    each Congregation is in proportion to the contributions to the Mission and Renewal Fund
                    and is set out on the submitted Budget Paper.

                                 1. Presbytery approves the Budget for 2009 and the proposed figures asked
                                     from each Congregation.
                                 2. Presbytery authorizes the Treasurer to demand the proposed payments
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                                     from each congregation to finance the Budget by 30 April 2009.

                 19. REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES
                                       1. BUSINESS COMMITTEE
                 The Presbytery called for the Report of its Business Committee, which was given in by Mr
                 Len Cazaly (Convenor).

                                                          APRIL MEETING OF
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                                                          PRESBYTERY
                 Members of Presbytery are reminded that the April Meeting of
                 Presbytery for Ordinary Business will take place on Tuesday 14th April
                 2009 in the Dr Black Halls Inverness a
                  7-00pm.

                                  1.   Presbytery notes change of date of April Presbytery
                                        Meeting.

                 2.   ANNUAL INSECTION OF RECORDS
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The Annual Inspection of Records will take place on 10th March 2009 in Trinity
Church Halls from 10am.

                                1.   Presbytery notes arrangements for Annual Inspection of
                                      Records.

               3. MINISTER’S LOG BOOKS
               The Ministries Council has issued guidance on the keeping of Log Books.
               The Presbytery Inspection will be carried out on behalf of Presbytery by
               the Clerk and Convenor of the Finance Committee. Ministers are asked
               to submit 2008 Log Book in a sealed Envelope to be handed in at the
               Annual Inspection of Records.

1. Presbytery approves and notes arrangements for examination of Minister’s Log
Books.

4                                           LOCUM INVERNESS NESS BANK
  The Charge of Inverness: Ness Bank has requested permission to appoint Rev David G Hamilton as
Locum during its Vacancy. The Business Committee recommends approval of this appointment’

                                1.   Presbytery approves the appointment of Rev David G
                                      Hamilton as Locum in the Charge of Inverness Ness
                                      Bank during the Vacancy.

                                BLACK WATCH
                                3.
               The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
               currently based at Fort George are to be deployed to Afghanistan at the
               end of March 2009. The Padre, Rev David Anderson, asks for prayers
               and also parcels of selective gifts to boost morale.

                                1.   Presbytery notes prayer request and practical gifts to
                                      support the Black Watch made by their Padre Rev
                                      David Anderson.

                               MODERATOR’S RECEPTION
                                4.
               The Moderators Reception will be held on Friday 5th June 2009 at Crown
               Church Hall, Inverness.

                                1.   Presbytery notes arrangements for Moderator’s
                                      Reception.

               2. MISSION COMMITTEE
               The Presbytery called for the Report of its Mission Committee, which was given in by
               Rev J H Robertson

               1 Highland Festival 2009
               Mr Robertson invited the Presbytery to give permission to Mr Randy Burtis to address it on
               the visit of L Palau to Inverness. Mr Burtis outlined the programme of preparation and
               meetings culminating in the Highland Festival in the Bught Park in June 2009.

               1. Presbytery thanked Mr Randy Burtis for outlining the arrangements for the visit of Mr L
               Palau to Inverness.

               3. SUPERINTENDENCE (Presbytery In Private)
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                  4. CHURCH AND COMMUNITY ( Presbytery resumed in Open Court)
                  The Presbytery called for the Report of its Church and Community Committee, which was
                  given in by Mrs Vivian Roden (Convenor)

                           1. CONFERENCE ON ROUGH SLEEPING
                  Members of Presbtery are reminded of the follow up Conference, which is a follow-up
                  meeting to the Bethany Night Shelter Pilot Project.

                  2. RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING HIGHLAND
                  Highland Council has decided to cut £21,000 from its grant to Relationship Counselling
                  Highland in its budget for 2009/2010. The Church and Community Committee in the light of
                  obvious need for this service ask for a review of this decision.

                                    1. Presbytery instructs the Clerk to write to Highland Council in
                                        appropriate terms asking them to review their decision to cut grant aid
                                        to Relationship Highland

                               1. EDUCATION COMMITTEE
                  The Presbytery called for the Report of its Education Committee, which was given in by
                  Mrs Sheila Proudfoot (Convenor)



                                  1.SUNDAY SHOOL TEACHER TRAINING
                   The Sunday School Training Course was attended by teachers from ten congregations in the
                  Presbytery.

                                    2.INFORMATION PACKS
                  Information packs are available for each congregation containing leaflets and information
                  about forthcoming training opportunities.
                                                                             1. Food Hygiene Course
                  Mission and Discipleship Leaflets

                  ELDER TRAINING DAY
                  The Convener outlined arrangements for Elder Training Day – Kirkside, Nairn on 19th April
                  2009.

                                    1. Presbytery received the Report.

                   6. PROPERTY AND WORKS COMMITTEE
                  The Presbytery called for the Report of its Property and Works Committee, which was given
                  in by Rev Alex Whiteford (Convenor)

                  1. DORES & BOLESKINE
                  The Committee considered a request from the Congregational Board of Dores & Boleskine
                  Church for approval and retrospective approval, as appropriate for internal painter work to
                  walls and external painting of windows and doors of Boleskine Church. Thermal Insulation
                  would be added to the attic space also the investigation and repair to the floor and wall areas
                  of the south vestibule. External painting work would be carried out in the Spring. The cost of
                  this work would amount to £14,292.77. With this sum being less than the Presbytery
                  Financial Limit the Committee recommend approval.
                  2. PROVISION OF MANSE ON DORES GLEBE.
                       The need for a Manse at Dores & Boleskine is still a high priority. The Congregational
                       Board have agreed to revert to a site on Dores Glebe and with the agreement of the
                       General Trustees, have instructed the Architects Thos. Munro & Company to enter into
                       discussions with the Local Planning Authority as to an acceptable location and the
                       necessary access required.
                  Costings from the Architects for the preparatory design and detailing of the work with the
                  inclusion for a possible housing development are as follows.
                  Design of housing and Manse
                  £3,600.00
Preparation of documents for detailed planning permission for Manse £1,800.00 Further documentation for
planning permission for housing if required £4,800.00 Liaison with planners and council charged on basis of
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£50.00 per hour.
                   All plus VAT.
                   Extract minutes of Board decisions have been supplied.

                    It was moved seconded and agreed

                           1.     Presbytery grants permission to the Congregational Board of Dores & Boleskine
                        Church for the repair and decoration work with the installation of thermal insulation to
                        the attic space at Boleskine Church at a cost of £14,292.77 including VAT.
                                      2. Presbytery grants permission to the Congregational Board to take
                                           forward their plans for a new Manse on Dores Glebe under the
                                           professional guidance of Architects,
                                           Thos. Munro & Company at an estimated cost of £10,200.00 plus VAT,
                                           plus liaison costs.

                   3. PROFESSIONAL BUILDING INSPECTIONS
                   Thos. Munro & Company, Architects, were instructed to carry out the Professional Building
                   Inspections for the Quinquennium running from 1st. July, 2007 to 30th. June 2012.
                   Unfortunately no reports have yet been received. These inspections are now almost two years
                   behind schedule. However, having spoken to Mr. Colin Munro, he informed me that has
                   taken on someone to help him with these inspections and is confident that he will be up to
                   date with by July of this year.
                   4. INSURANCE RE-VALUATION PROGRAMME
                   The General Assembly of 2008 instructed that all Congregations who had not had their
                   Church Buildings re-valued for insurance purposes within the past ten years, do so and to
                   implement the re-valuations before a deadline of 30th. June, 2010. A Glasgow firm of loss
                   adjusters have been recommended to carry out these re-valuations and it was further
                   recommended that if congregational buildings were dealt with on a Presbytery wide basis
                   then a discount on the usual cost of re-valuation could be negotiated. With this in mind I have
                   written a letter to all Session Clerks with a proforma reply enclosed which, at the suggestion
                   of the Committee, could be returned along with the Property Register at the Presbytery
                   Inspection of Records on Tuesday 10th. March. Failing that the proforma reply could be
                   returned directly to myself. This will enable the Committee to start negotiations for properties
                   not already re-valued, to be re-valued before the 2010 deadline.

7. WORLD MISSION COMMITTEE
           The Presbytery called for the Report of its World Mission Committee, which was given in by
           Mr M G Ronaldson (Convenor)

                   A. ANNUAL REPORT
                   The Committee met five times during 2008. The Committee were pleased with the
                   involvement of local congregations in the work of overseas mission. In February the
                   Committee was able to Report that £768 had been raised on HIV/AIDS Day for the
                   HIV/AIDS Project. In 2008 the One World Week Service from an afternoon to the evening.
                   £ 260 was raised for two charities in Israel and Palestine. World Aids Day 2008 raised within
                   the Presbytery £1,420 for the HIV/AIDS Project.

1. Presbytery receives the Report.

                   B.      COMMITTEE REPORT

                 WORLD MISSION UPDATE
 1.Middle East – The Committee drew attention to the invasion of Gaza and the letter of the Moderator of the
General Assembly to the Press.
Zinbabwe – The All Africa Conference of Churches has issued a Statement calling for prayer
2. LOCAL INVOLVEMENT
The Convenor reported that the Wall’s family are at home
3. ONE WORLD WEEK
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                 The One World Week Service was held in Kinmylies Church on Sunday 26 October 2008.
                 4. WORLD AIDS DAY
                 Donations from Churches, a Coffee Morning, and a Ceilidh run by Old High St Stephen’s
                 Youth Group raised in total £1420 for the HIV/AIDS Project
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                5. HOMECOMING (2009) AND WORLD MISSION CONFERENCE CENTENARY
                (2010)
The Committee sees its involvement in Homecoming 2009 as related to the World Mission Centenary 2100.

1. Presbytery receives the Report
Presbytery notes the report on Zimbabwe and Israel and Palestine and the need for continual support by prayer.
2. Presbytery notes the improved response to the One World Week Service raising the sum of £260.
3. Presbytery notes that £1,420 has been raised for the Church of Scotland HIV/AIDS Project.
4. Prebytery notes the Committee’s view on the Year of Homecoming leading on to World Mission Conference
Centenary.


8. MINISTRY
                 The Presbytery called for the Report of its Ministry Committee, which was given in by the
                 Clerk.

1. TRANSFER READER- IN- TRAINING.
A request has been received from Mr Ian Todd, now residing in Arran and a Reader– In-Training under this
Presbytery to transfer to the Presbytery of Ardrossan.

                 1. Presbytery agrees to the transfer of Mr Ian Todd, Reader-In- Training to the Presbytery of
                 Ardrossan and instructs the Clerk to send an Extract Minute to the Presbytery Clerk of
                 Ardrossan Presbytery and to the Ministries Council.

                 20. CORRESPONDENCE
                 Inverness St Columba High – Draft Basis Transportation
Crossreach – Staffing
Commission of Assembly Member substitution
Outstanding OSCR Returns
Inspection Log Books – Parish Ministers
Names of Congregations – Charity Law
Ecumenical News Letter.

                 21. ADJOURNMENT
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                 Presbytery adjourned at 9-30pm to meet for Ordinary Business on 14        April 2009 at 7-00pm
                 in the Dr Black Memorial Halls, Inverness

Closed with Prayer


                                                                 …………………………………….Moderator


                                                                    ………………………………………Clerk




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