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Act 13, 1863 (XIII) – Declaratory Act anent Preaching Stations, Kirk-Sessions therein, and position of Elders in such Kirk-Sessions. 2nd June 1863.

The General Assembly hereby  DECLARE  that,—

I. Preaching Stations are established under the authority of the Presbyteries of the bounds, and it remains with the same Presbyteries to arrange in regard to the appointment of Elders, and the establishment of Kirk-Sessions for local discipline and management in such stations, it being understood that a minister of the Presbytery shall act as the Moderator of every such Kirk-Session.

II.  Such Kirk-Sessions cannot send representatives to Presbyteries until the Stations with which they are connected, are erected into fully sanctioned charges, by the authority of the General Assembly.

III.  Wherever the Presbytery deem it expedient, the Elders of such Stations may still be connected with regularly established Kirk-Sessions. They have the full status of Elders, and are eligible to sit in the General Assembly as representatives of Presbyteries ; but in respect that such Stations have not yet a settled ministry, wherever such Elders are not connected with Kirk-Sessions established in fully sanctioned Congregations, their certificates of being bona fide acting Elders must be given by the authority of the Presbytery of the bounds, in such manner as to the Presbytery may seem most expedient.