Editorial – August 2020

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Editorial – August 2020

Proposal to progress the merger between the Community of
Saint Aidans and the Church of Saint Andrew
On Sunday July 19th special congregation meetings were held at Saint Aidans and
Saint Andrews to discuss and vote on the recommendation that the merger of Saint
Andrews and Saint Aidans is approved in principle, permitting phase 2 of the
merger process to be undertaken as set out in the 19 July 2020 ‘Reference
Document for Congregational Meetings’ and in accordance with Book of Order
requirements.
We are happy to report that the recommendation was approved by both
congregations.
Northern Presbytery has been informed of this result.
Now the work begins in earnest as we progress towards a final vote in December
2020.
The next step – A workgroup facilitated by Rev Colin Gordon plus three members
appointed by each of the Saint Andrew’s and Saint Aidan’s Church Councils will
be established. The workgroup’s role is to lead and/or undertake the required work
to develop and present a detailed proposal for the joining together of the two
churches. The workgroup will keep the Presbytery Commission informed of
progress.
The work will include:
• Vision for the future
• A missional purpose
• Name of the new church
• Values of the new church
• Aspirational but achievable goals to be achieved over the next five years
• Structure of the new church
• Description of how the new church will operate
You can read more about this in Consultation Document 2 which you should have
already received. Please ask your elder or Secretary of Church/Parish Council if you
do not have a copy.
Members of the congregations will be kept fully informed and consulted as the work
towards a merger progresses. Thank you for all your input so far.
Rosemary Bold, Saint Andrews
Nan Inkson, Saint Aidans