The Kirk Session and Elders


The Auld Kirk of Ayr

COVID-19 Duty Elder Instructions

Do not feel obliged to volunteer for door duty. Please consider carefully the additional risk to your health and wellbeing if you are within the higher risk categories as defined by current government guidance.

Scottish Government Easing of Covid Restrictions 28th March 2021

Places of worship allowed to open to extended groups subject to physical distancing and hygiene safeguards

1. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND CHURCH IF YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS: DRY COUGH; FEVER; LOSS OF TASTE or SMELL.

2. Practise good hand hygiene. Hand sanitiser is available in the main vestibule. All Duty Elders should wear the gloves provided.

3. It is recommended that all users of the Church wear a face covering.

4. Please ask everyone to maintain the 2 metre social distance.

5. One duty Elder to be stationed outside the main entrance to manage queue and social distancing.

6. One duty Elder to be positioned at main Church door (entrance). Only the Elder should open the door to reduce cross contamination. Do not hand out any hymn books.

7. One Elder to be positioned at each of the vestibule doors. Only the Elder should open the door to reduce cross contamination.

8. Instruct members arriving with freewill offering envelopes or cash offering to place these into the offering plate situated in the vestibule. The Joint-Treasurers will do the count. Do not accept/touch offerings yourself.

9. One duty Elder will take the names and addresses of all those attending and monitor the agreed capacity within the Church.

10. Duty Elders should ensure that people use the hand sanitiser and sit only where there are green markers at the seats. Members of the same family/couples can sit together.

11. Special waste bins are available in the main vestibule for used hand wipes, gloves and face coverings.

12. In the event of a member/visitor becoming unwell, assess whether it is safe to approach the person (within 2m) to assist. Only you know your personal circumstances and therefore only you can make the decision as to whether or not you assist the person. The Elder in Charge will, if required, dial 999 for ambulance services.

13. In the event of an emergency, please follow normal emergency evacuation procedures.

 


Records from the Kirk Sessions, the lowest local court of the church. After the reformation of 1560 and the formal break with Rome and Roman Catholicism, the Presbyterian Church of Scotland formed congregations with each having a Kirk Session. The records detailed in the minute books dealt with many areas of everyday life including church non-attendance. They also record payments paid out to individuals and income from individuals. As the Kirk Session, together with the heritors (local landowners), ran the parish expect to find records relating to poor relief, the local school, hospital and alms houses.