Along with our linked Parish of Spott, Belhaven Parish Church has had a vacancy for the role of Minister.
The process to select and appoint a new Minister is laid down in Church of Scotland law.
This process begins by setting up a nominating committee.The role of the nominating committee is to select just one person and to nominate them for the role of Minister.
The next stage is for the person who is nominated to preach at the church and, immediately after this service, for the congregation to vote whether to accept or not accept the person concerned as their new minister. After the vote, the nominee is told the result and asked whether he or she will accept the role.
The good (/ wonderful /amazing /exciting) news is that we have worked through this process and have invited Neil Watson to be the new Minister of the linked Parishes of Belhaven and Spott. We are really looking forward to working with Neil on the next stage of our exciting journey.
We are not quite finished yet however!
The final part of the Church of Scotland process for inviting a new Minister to take up their post as Minister is “the call”. This is a statement inviting the new minister to take up the post. The really important thing is that this “Call” is signed by as many members of the congregation (and other regular attendees) as possible.
To allow this to happen, the Call will be made available for signature in Belhaven Church immediately after the service on Sunday 10th September 2017 (so from about from 12.30p.m. to 1 p.m.), and on Thursday 14th September 2017 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon.
If you cannot make it on these occasions but want to sign the call to support the appointment of Neil as our Minister, please contact your elder or one of the church officers.