The Kirk Session at St Andrew's, like all Church of Scotland churches, is made up of elders and the minister. The elders are members of the church who have been ordained into this leadership role.
In our constitution it says that the Kirk Session has oversight of the whole life and service of the Church within its Parish; responsibility for the spiritual and temporal oversight of the Congregation’s affairs. Its spiritual responsibility involves “leadership, nurturing the spirituality of the congregation and its members, caring for the spiritual welfare of the parish and parishioners, encouraging members to participate in the worship and life of the congregation, and promoting mission and evangelism in the parish.” (the words of a past Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Very Rev Jim Weatherhead.
The members of the Kirk Session are encouraged to be an active part of one Action Group while still maintaining their role in the overall oversight of the work of the church.
We currently have 22 elders in St Andrew's and these, with the addition of the minister, are the Trustees of Blantyre St Andrew's Parish Church of Scotland.
Session Clerk: Andy Williamson Depute Clerk: Elsie Balneaves