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Home  >  News  >  Northern Presbyteries Announce Merger Plans


Northern Presbyteries Announce Merger Plans

Wednesday November 14 2018

The Church of Scotland Presbyteries of Shetland and Aberdeen have unveiled plans to merge.

Describing it as ‘a significant moment within the Church of Scotland’, the presbyteries announced the move after it had been formally agreed at their most recent meetings.

The proposed new Presbytery comes as Shetland moves towards a new ministry model, under which it will becomea single parish, ministered to by a team consisting of three ministers, ministry development staff, a children’s and youth worker and a parish development worker, as well as administration staff.

Aberdeen also stands to gain a full time employee to help facilitate the move towards the new Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland.

A spokesperson for the two presbyteries said: “This marks a significant moment within the Church of Scotland, as we seek to explore new models of ministry and a sustainable future for our congregations throughout Aberdeen and the Shetland Isles, building upon already strong and historic links between Shetland and Aberdeen…

“As well as marking an historic move within the Church, the formation of a new Presbytery also represents an exciting new opportunity for both presbyteries to reform and develop new models of ministry and outreach for the 21st century.”

The merger will be formalised by an Act of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, either in 2020 or 2021.


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