At a meeting of the Presbytery of Perth on Saturday 12th February, The Planning and Development Committee presented its Presbytery Mission Plan Interim Report based on the instruction from the 2021 General Assembly that the number of centrally funded ministries in Perth Presbytery would be reduced from 26 to 16.5 ministries.
In its Interim Report the committee lays out how this reduction of 9.5 ministries could be achieved with proposals of how ministries will be allocated across the Presbytery area. It is likely that that there will be many readjustments in all areas of the Presbytery including our area here at Dunbarney and Forgandenny as we become part of a network of Lower Earn Churches possibly served by one minister. As well as looking at ministries there are also proposals for the future of buildings across the Presbytery area and it is proposed that Forgandenny Church – as one of fourteen churches - could be considered for closure.
Following on from Saturday’s meeting, the Presbytery of Perth is now entering a period of eight weeks of prayer, reflection and respectful dialogue and consultation with ministers, Kirk Sessions and other interested parties. Our Kirk Session here at Dunbarney and Forgandenny will be given the opportunity to meet with the members of the Planning and Development Committee during the consultation period and the Session will be able to put forward their views and other ideas which may help the delivery of the plan and the future of God’s work in our area. Kirk Sessions are also being encouraged to meet with other Kirk Sessions in their area to discuss the plan and to consider ways that they, through working together, could make the plan work. The Kirk Session will keep members informed of how the plan is developing.
We strongly encourage people to read the full report here
It may be helpful to watch the recording of the presentation using the following link before a discussion takes place at the local level.