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Act 1, 2010 (I) (Class 1) – Act anent the Appointment of a Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly. 19th May 2010.

  1. The General Assembly, recognising the divisive nature of the worship issue and the desire on all sides not to be rushed prematurely into a conclusion, endorse the proposed Plenary Conference and instruct the Board to organise the same at a suitable point in advance of the Plenary Assembly proposed in paragraph 3 below.
  2. The General Assembly appoint a Plenary Assembly, with the consent of Presbyteries, to take place before the end of 2010. The General Assembly ordain that the said Plenary Assembly consist of all ministers with a seat in Presbytery together with an equal number of elders. The General Assembly further direct that the said Plenary Assembly shall take up and dispose of a Report from the Board of Trustees with recommendations anent the form of worship to be practised in the Free Church of Scotland and that no other business may be transacted by the said Plenary Assembly. The General Assembly also ordain that the current Standing Orders of Assembly apply mutatis mutandis to the Plenary Assembly and that the current Moderator shall be Moderator of the Plenary Assembly, failing which the Plenary Assembly shall have powers to appoint a Moderator from among its commissioners.
  3. The General Assembly instruct all Presbyteries of the Church to appoint Commissioners to the Plenary Assembly consisting of all ministers with a seat in Presbytery together with an equal number of bona fide ruling elders, these Commissions to be in the hands of the Principal Clerk of Assembly not later than one month before the date on which the Plenary Assembly shall convene.
  4. The General Assembly instruct Presbyteries to organise a day of prayer within their own bounds, at a suitable date prior to the date of the Plenary Assembly, focused on the issues pertaining to worship presently under consideration and also on the necessity to maintain the unity of the Church.