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How many ministers does it take to change a light bulb?

All joking aside, if you had 600 ministers, how would you allocate them across Scotland, which has a population of around 5,463,300?

If you divided them solely on the basis of population, then it would come to roughly 1 minister per 9,105 people. If you considered other factors, such as geography, economic deprivation and the Church of Scotland’s commitment to provide the ordinances of religion across the whole of Scotland, then the numbers might vary.

In order to equally distribute 600 ministers across the whole of Scotland, the Church of Scotland has taken in the above considerations and has allocated a certain number of FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) ministers to each Presbytery. Gordon Presbytery has been allocated 16 ministers. That’s a drop of 49% from the previous allocation of 31.4 ministers in 2011. Over the last number of months, the Presbytery Planning Review Group of Gordon Presbytery has been painstakingly trying to figure out how best to allocate these numbers. They just presented their Draft Presbytery Plan on 2 March 2022, and this is what it will mean for Methlick and our Area Grouping with Tarves and Barthol Chapel and Udny & Pitmedden

• Ministry Posts: Going forward, there will be 1 minister allocated to the parishes of Methlick, Tarves and Barthol Chapel and Udny & Pitmedden, which, for those who are curious, has a total population of around 6,253 and a couple of cats.

• Buildings: In terms of buildings, Methlick Church, Tarves Church and Youth Hall and Pitmedden Church are all deemed to be necessary church buildings, but it is suggested that Methlick Stables, Barthol Chapel Church and Udny Green Church are to be sold, let or disposed of within the next 5 years.

Conclusion: There will undoubtedly be a sense of sadness and loss. Gone are the days of one minister per parish. That said, as Christians, we believe that God is never gone from us. Christ remains the head of the church, and so there is hope, even though the landscape of church life will be different. There is a Working Group of the Formartine Area Churches working hard on developing a sustainable model of ministry for the future.

Watch this space for more information and a chance to ask questions and or offer your thoughts and feedback on the situation.

Your minister, Will Stalder (3 March 2022)

Would You Like To Sponsor a Ukrainian Refugee?

If so then please contact Rev. Dr. Will Stalder, Minister of Methlick Parish Church at 01651 806264 or email  wstalder@churchofscotland.org.uk

Try Alpha

What is Alpha?

Alpha is an eleven-week series that explores the basics of the Christian faith in a relaxed and informal environment. Small groups meet, watch a short video and then discuss it. Alpha courses are currently being run all over the world in a wide variety of settings from churches to prisons, schools and in people’s homes. Everyone and anyone is welcome to take part. While no two Alpha courses are the same, probably the most important part of any Alpha is the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There's no obligation to say anything and there's nothing you can't say (honest!). It's an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

What Topics are Covered?

Is There More To Life Than This? 

Who is Jesus? 

Why Did Jesus Die? 

How Can I Have Faith? 

Why and How Do I Pray? 

Why and How Should I Read the Bible? 

How Does God Guide Us? 

How Can I Resist Evil? 

Why and how should I tell others? 

Does God Heal Today? 

What About The Church? 

Day/Weekend Away (TBC) 

What Have Others Said About Alpha?

“ I found the Alpha course reassuring, informative, and sometimes challenging ..but most importantly it felt like a warm hug and a soft blanket from afar (even on a zoom call) and the wonderful people involved and the discussions we had have allowed me to move forward with my life in the knowledge that “I am not alone”.

“Alpha lets you explore ideas and thoughts across a variety of subjects and with the Bible and Faith at the centre the discussions can be wonderfully varied. Getting to know others in the group and learning through them and their perspectives is part of the bonus of Alpha. . I didn’t know what to expect but would be happy to recommend it.” 

“It was lovely to follow the Alpha Course with such a caring group of people. It was really interesting to learn together and share different points of view and interpretations as we went. “

“Alpha was a safe place for me to ask the questions I had and not feel daft for asking them.”

“The best bit about Alpha was making friends”.

Watch this space for details of when our next Alpha course will be running in 2022. If you would like to join us, please contact Jeannie (see below).

Contact: Jeannie Price

Email: jp222@btinternet.com

Phone: 07764221414


The Manse
Manse Road
AB41 7DG


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


Presbytery of Gordon 
Church of Scotland


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