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How can Tarves and Barthol Chapel, Udny & Pitmedden and Methlick work together?

The sessions of Tarves and Barthol Chapel (TBC), Udny & Pitmedden (UPC) and Methlick met at Haddo Main Hall on the 19 September 2021 to begin the process of discussing how this might/should look like in practice. There were 30 people in attendance: 25 representatives from the four churches, including the ministers of Methlick (Rev. Dr. Will Stalder) and TBC (Rev. Dr. Alison Swindells), the Interim Moderators of UPC (Rev. Sheila Mitchell and Rev. Anthony Craig) and the Probationer from TBC (Fiona Lister). It was a good and productive meeting.

Below you will find the Frequently Asked Questions followed by News briefs from each of the meetings. Click on Read More (opens a separate PDF document)

Frequently Asked Questions

The Church of Scotland is restructuring due to a nationwide shortage of full-time ministers and a surplus of buildings.

What does this mean for the churches in this area – Methlick, Tarves Barthol Chapel and Udny & Pitmedden?

We are currently working this out but it is likely that instead of three separate parishes, we will move to become one single parish e.g. Formartine Churches.

Does a single parish mean one church congregation meeting in one location?

No. There will still be Sunday services in each of the areas. But one parish simplifies things like administration, charity numbers, bank accounts and avoids duplication of effort.

So is the church building in Methlick closing?

No.

Who will be my Minister?

Rev Dr Will Stalder and Rev Dr Alison Swindells will be the two full time ministers for the single parish and will lead/coordinate the services across each of the locations. Occasionally, other members of the church will help in leading worship, preaching etc. as they do now.

What about Elders?

There will be one Kirk Session made up of elders from each of the congregations.

When will these changes take place?

The Church of Scotland has given us a period of time to discuss how we can work together in the future so a working group of individuals from across the four congregations is currently meeting monthly to make these decisions. We have until December 2022 to sign what’s called a “Covenant Agreement” which will formalise the changes.

How Can I Have My Say?

We want to hear what you think about the proposed changes so please contact either Will (wstalder@churchofscotland.org.uk) or Alison (aswindells@churchofscotland.org.uk) if you have any further questions or if there is anything you wish to discuss.

News Briefs

Formartine Churches Joint Session Meeting - News Brief - 19 September 2021



Formartine Churches Working Group Meeting 1 Newsbrief - 12 October 2021



Formartine Churches Working Group Meeting 2 Newsbrief - 9 November 2021



Formartine Churches Working Group Meeting 3 Newsbrief - 14 December 2021



Formartine Churches Working Group Meeting 4 Newsbrief - 18 January 2022



Address

The Manse
Manse Road
Methlick 
AB41 7DG


Contacts

Email: wstalder@churchofscotland.org.uk
Phone: +44(0)1651 806264

Links

Presbytery of Gordon 
Church of Scotland
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