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Act 6, 2002 (VI) – Act anent Rearrangement of Synods. 28th May 2002.

The General Assembly ordain that the Synods of the Church be rearranged as follows:

1 The Synods of the Church shall be four in number, viz., Western, Northern, Southern, and North America:

1.1 The Western Synod shall be comprised of the Presbytery of Skye and Wester Ross, and the Presbytery of the Western Isles. The Synod shall have its statutory meeting on the second Wednesday of April each year, meeting alternately in Stornoway and Portree.

1.2 The Northern Synod shall be comprised of the Presbytery of Inverness, Lochaber and Ross, and the Northern Presbytery. The Synod shall have its statutory meeting on the last Tuesday of March each year, meeting alternately at Inverness and Golspie.

1.3 The Southern Synod shall be comprised of the Presbytery of Glasgow and Argyll, and the Presbytery of Edinburgh and Perth. The Synod shall have its statutory meeting on the third Tuesday of April each year, meeting alternately at Glasgow and Edinburgh.

1.4 The North American Synod shall be comprised of the Presbytery of the Great Lakes and Western Canada and the Presbytery of Prince Edward Island. The Synod shall have its statutory meeting on the first Tuesday following the 17th April each year.

2 With the exception of the North American Synod, whenever a Presbytery is required to appear at the bar of the Synod of the bounds, and seeing that there are but two Presbyteries in each Synod as forementioned, it shall be necessary to have a Presbytery from another Synod to act as an Assessor Presbytery, it being understood that this requirement applies only to such business as requires a Presbytery to appear at the bar of Synod. In the case of the North American Synod such cases as require either of the two Presbyteries comprising that Synod to be at the bar of Synod shall be forwarded directly to the General Assembly, or Commission of Assembly, whichever is the more appropriate.

2.1 In such instances as referred to in 2 above, the General Assembly appoint the Northern Presbytery as Assessor Presbytery to the Western Synod; the Presbytery of Inverness, Lochaber and Ross as Assessor Presbytery to the Southern Synod; and the Presbytery of Edinburgh and Perth as Assessor Presbytery to the Northern Synod. The General Assembly ordain that these appointments be renewed each year, and that it shall be the responsibility of Synod Clerks to advise the Clerk to the appropriate Assessor Presbytery when that Presbytery’s attendance is required.

3 The General Assembly, recognising that the need for Synods to appoint corresponding members to other Synods is no longer of any obvious advantage, authorise Synods not to appoint corresponding members to other Synods, should they so desire.

4 The General Assembly ordain that the first meeting of those 4 Synods shall be as follows, and the Moderators named shall be responsible for convening the respective Synods:

The Western Synod: Wednesday, 9th April 2003, at 3.00 p.m. in the Free Church Seminary, Stornoway. Rev. John H. MacLean, Moderator.

The Northern Synod: Tuesday, 25th March 2003, at 3.00 p.m. in the Free North Church, Inverness. Rev. Douglas MacKeddie, Moderator.

The Southern Synod: Tuesday, 15th April 2003, at 3.00 p.m. in Dowanvale Free Church, Glasgow. Rev. A.J. MacDonald, Moderator.

The North American Synod: Tuesday, 22 April 2003, at Livonia, U.S.A. Rev. D.A. Macleod, Moderator