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The Presbytery of LanarkBasis of Linking Between*Cairngryffe, Libberton & Quothquan and SymingtonThe 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 The arrangements will stay in place until they are superseded.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.