Charity Number SC009095
Symington Kirk
We seek to inspire the people of the Parish and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ through our enthusiastic, worshipping and serving congregation
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The Presbytery of Lanark Basis of Linking Between *Cairngryffe, Libberton & Quothquan and Symington The   congregations   of   Cairngryffe   Parish   Church   (Church   of   Scotland)   (SC017001),   Libberton   & Quothquan    Parish    Church    (Church    of    Scotland)    (SC016304)    and    Symington    Parish    Church (Church    of    Scotland)    (SC009095)    will    be    linked    as    from    a    date    to    be    determined    by    the Presbytery and that on the following terms and conditions 1.  Name :   The   name   of   each   parish   will   remain   the   same   with   the   full   name   of   the   linked charge   being   Cairngryffe   Parish   Church   linked   with   Libberton   &   Quothquan   Parish   Church linked with Symington Parish Church. 2.   Territorial   Responsibility :   The   bounds   to   be   served   by   the   linked   charge   shall   be   the bounds    presently    served    by    the    existing    congregations,    or    as    the    Presbytery    shall determine.  3.   Places   of   Worship:    The   three   churches   presently   used   by   the   congregations   shall   be   the Places   of   Worship   of   the   linked   congregations.   Services   shall   be   held   each   Sunday   at   times to   be   decided   by   the   Kirk   Sessions.   A   pattern   of   worship   will   be   agreed   upon   by   the   Kirk Sessions   to   enable   the   minister   of   the   charge   to   lead   only   two   services   of   worship   on   any given Sunday.  4.   Property   and   Funds:    The   property   and   funds   belonging   to,   or   held   on   behalf   of,   each congregation shall remain the property and funds of each congregation as at present. For   maintenance   and   listed   expenses   contributions   from   each   congregation   to   be   on   the following   percentage   basis:   40%   by   Cairngryffe,   20%   by   Libberton   &   Quothquan   and   40% by   Symington.   The   Kirk   Session   of   Cairngryffe   shall   pay   all   joint   expenses   and   reclaim them    from    the    Kirk    Sessions    at    Libberton    &    Quothquan    and    Symington    at    regular intervals.   The   arrangements   will   stay   in   place   until   they   are   superseded.   The   financial arrangements    will    be    reviewed    annually.    The    amounts    will    be    agreed    jointly    by    the financial   courts   of   each   congregation   and,   where   necessary,   the   Presbytery   of   Lanark   will arbitrate. Any   buildings   determined   by   the   Kirk   Sessions   to   be   surplus   to   the   requirements   of   the charge   shall   be   sold,   let   or   otherwise   disposed   of,   subject   to   the   titles   on   which   they   are held   and   subject   to   the   approval   of   the   Presbytery   and,   if   necessary,   the   General   Trustees or   the   General   Assembly.   The   free   proceeds   of   any   such   sales   or   lets   shall   (a)   if   falling within   the   scope   of   Act   VII   1995   be   credited   to   the   benefit   of   the   Congregation   in   the Consolidated   Fabric   Fund,   or   (b)   if   not   falling   within   the   scope   of   the   said   Act,   to   be   held and applied for Fabric purposes in connection with the properties of the congregation.  5.   Ministry:    The   linked   charge,   being   vacant,   shall   proceed   to   the   election   and   call   of   a minister   under   the   terms   of   Act   IV,   1984   and   subsequent   all   necessary   permissions   being granted   and   as   agreed   in   the   section   of   the   presbytery   Plan   approved   by   the   Presbytery   of Lanark in June 2012. 6. Nominating   Committee :   The   numerical   composition   of   the   Nominating   Committee   shall be   determined   by   the   Vacancy   Procedure   Committee   of   the   Presbytery   of   Lanark   in   terms of Act VII, 2003 section 14, as amended. 7.   Kirk   Sessions:    The   minister   of   the   linked   charge   shall   be   the   Moderator   of   each   Kirk Session. The three Kirk Sessions may meet together as they deem it desirable. The   Kirk   Sessions   will   meet   in   joint   conference   at   least   twice   a   year.   Business   considered at   joint   Kirk   Session   conferences   will,   in   accordance   with   the   General   Assembly   legislation, become    the    subject    of    formal    decisions    at    the    next    meeting    of    each    Kirk    Session separately.  8.   Congregational     Management:      The     congregations     of     Cairngryffe     and     Libberton     & Quothquan    shall    continue    with    the    Unitary    Constitution    and    the    congregation    of Symington    with    the    Model    Constitution.    Presbytery    can    be    asked    to    review    the percentage   of   joint   costs   paid   by   each   of   the   congregations,   should   there   be   a   material change in the circumstances of one or both, of the congregations. 9.    Manses:    The   manse   of   Cairngryffe   Parish   Church   and   Symington   Parish   Church   shall   be the   manse   of   the   linked   charge.   The   manse   of   Libberton   &   Quothquan   (17   Mercat   Loan, Biggar)    will    remain    in    use    as    a    manse    for    the    deacon    attached    to    the    Biggar    area appointed   by   the   Ministries   Council.   Following   the   end   of   the   deacon’s   appointment   the manse   will   be   sold,   let   or   otherwise   disposed   of   subject   to   the   approval   of   Presbytery   and of   the   General   Trustees   or   General   Assembly.   The   free   proceeds   of   any   such   sale   or   let shall   (a)   if   falling   within   the   scope   of   Act   VII   1995,   be   credited   to   the   benefit   of   the congregation   in   the   Consolidated   Fabric   Fund,   or   (b)   if   not   falling   within   the   scope   of   the said   Act,   be   held   and   applied   for   fabric   purposes   in   connection   with   the   properties   of   the congregation.   For   the   avoidance   of   doubt,   the   shares   in   the   value   of   the   manse   at   17 Mercat   Loan,   Biggar   are   40%   by   Black   Mount,   32.5%   by   Culter   and   27.5%   by   Libberton   & Quothquan. 10.  Ministerial   Support:    The   stipend   of   the   Charge   shall   be   paid   in   accordance   with   the   terms of the National Stipend Scheme. 11.  Power    to    Adjust:     While    these    articles    shall    form    a    Basis    of    Linking    for    the    three congregations     now     linking,     the     linked     congregations     shall     be     free,     like     other congregations,   to   adjust   arrangements   under   authority   of   the   Presbytery   and   with   the approval   of   the   Presbytery   Planning   Task   Group   of   the   Ministries   Council   as   need   may arise.