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The General Assembly, noting that annual statutory meetings of Provincial Synods have been suspended since 2009 General Assembly, and that the reduced number of Presbyteries in the Church has resulted in this tier of Church government becoming largely redundant, and desiring therefore that Provincial Synods be dissolved and removed …
The General Assembly, recognising the need to make use of audio-visual technology in the carrying out of Church business in exceptional circumstances, enact and ordain as follows: General Principles. The General Assembly declare that the following general principles apply for the purposes of this Act. 1.1.         The General Assembly …
The General Assembly, noting the Government restrictions on travel and public gatherings due to the COVID19 pandemic, declare that the Assembly shall convene to take up urgent and time-critical business using the Zoom audio-visual technology platform. The General Assembly declare that the Assembly shall convene for one session only …
The General Assembly, 1766, having prescribed certain forms of commissions to members of Assembly, and attestations thereof, and the Assembly, 1766, having, in respect of some defects observed in these forms, made a supplement thereto; the General Assembly, now considering the disadvantage of having what belongs to the necessary …
The General Assembly enacts and ordains, That, in respect of the situation of the Northern and Western Islands frequently rendering it difficult or impossible for the Presbyteries in these Islands to assemble on particular days during the months of winter and spring, it shall be competent for these Presbyteries …
The General Assembly, on the Report of their Committee appointed to collect, revise, and classify, the existing Standing Orders, and to suggest such other Orders as might appear to be necessary, did, and hereby do, ORDER,— A. As to COMMISSIONS to General Assembly. That all Commissions transmitted to the …
The General Assembly, seeking to revise the Governance Arrangements of Edinburgh Theological Seminary in respect of the Roles and Remits of the Senate, the ETS Principal and the ETS Board, enact and ordain the following: The Senate. The Senate is the Seminary’s senior academic authority and is authorised to …
The General Assembly approve the establishment of a formal partnership between the Free Church of Scotland and Operation Mobilisation for the benefit of mobilising the denomination in international mission. They commend this partnership to the wider denomination and encourage Presbyteries, local congregations and individuals to embrace the opportunities for …
The General Assembly, recognising the need to revise and update regulations for preparing and storing records electronically, enact and ordain as follows regarding the records of all Church Courts, General Assembly Boards and Committees, and congregational Finance Committees. 1. Recording of Business. All minutes and records which are prepared …
WHEREAS it has become necessary, in consequence of the late change in the outward condition of the Church, to amend the Questions and Formula to be used at the licensing of Probationers, and the ordination of Deacons, Elders, and Ministers respectively, the General Assembly, with consent of a majority …