Presbytery of Glasgow

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The Presbytery of Glasgow one of the 46 Presbyteries of the Church of Scotland. It dates back to the earliest periods of Presbyterian church government in the Church of Scotland in the late 16th century. The Presbytery of Glasgow currently has 147 congregations, making it by far the largest Presbytery in the Church of Scotland.[1]

The Presbytery covers the city of Glasgow, Scotland, plus some neighbouring areas including Bishopbriggs, Cambuslang, Giffnock, Kilsyth, Kirkintilloch, Lenzie, Newton Mearns and Rutherglen.

Presbyterianism[edit]

As a Presbyterian church, the Church of Scotland has no bishops. Instead courts of ministers, elders and deacons have collective responsibility for the governance of the church. The Presbytery is the intermediate court of the church, subject to the General Assembly and responsible for the oversight of Kirk Sessions (at a congregational level.) As with all courts of the Church, the Presbytery is chaired by an annually elected Moderator.

The Presbytery meets for ordinary business once per month (with the exception of January, July and August). Meetings are normally held in Govan and Linthouse Parish Church, Govan.[2]

In 2003-2004, the Rev Adah Younger (minister at Dennistoun Central Parish Church) became the first woman to be Moderator of the Presbytery.

Congregations[edit]

There are 147 congregations within the bounds of the Presbytery of Glasgow (of which 104 are within the Glasgow City Council boundaries, the other 43 being in adjacent areas such as Giffnock). [3]

Congregations with their own Wikipedia site:

Following local government reorganisation in 1975, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland readjusted all Presbytery boundaries. The parishes in East Kilbride were transferred to the Presbytery of Hamilton at this time.

Clerk[edit]

Currently the Very Rev Bill Hewitt (Moderator of the General Assembly 2009-2010) is temporarily serving as Acting Presbytery Clerk. Previous (full-time) Presbytery Clerks included the Rev Dr Angus Kerr (2009-2012) formerly minister at Newton Mearns Parish Church and the Very Rev David Lunan, (2002-2008) Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2008-2009.

The Presbytery office is located at Renfield St. Stephen's Church in Bath Street.[4]

See also[edit]

Other denominations[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Church of Scotland Yearbook 2007-8, pp. 165-183, ISBN 978 0 86153 384 8
  2. ^ Church of Scotland Yearbook 2007-8, p. 165, ISBN 978 0 86153 384 8
  3. ^ Church of Scotland Yearbook 2007-8, pp. 165-183, ISBN 978 0 86153 384 8
  4. ^ Church of Scotland Yearbook 2007-8, p. 165, ISBN 978 0 86153 384 8