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Appendix 1 Urray & Kilchrist Church Statistics (as at April 2009)

1. Present Constitution

Model Deed

Number of members Number of adherents Number of office bearers

82 31 25

Of whom living in parish Of whom living in parish Of whom elders

66 28 12

2. Membership trend over last ten years Year Number of Members Admission by Profession of Faith Admission by Transference Admission by Resolution Removal by Death Removal by Transference Removal by Resolution

200 0 146 3

200 1 122 0

200 2 123 5

200 3 119 0

200 4 119 0

200 5 117 0

200 6 118 0

200 7 116 0

200 8 111 0

2009

1

1

4

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2 4

5 10

2 6

3 1

0 0

1 2

2 0

0 2

0 1

1 0

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

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3a Times of Sunday Worship and Approximate Attendance West Church East Church East Church Hall

1st. & 3rd. Sundays 2nd., 4th. & 5th. Sundays Every Sunday

11.00 am 11.00 am 6.30 pm

45 No Sunday School 80 incl. Sunday School 15

3b Additional Information Is there

a b c d

An Associate or Community Minister? A Probationer ? A Lay Agent employed by the Board of national Mission? Any other assistance employed by the congregation?

7

No No No No

82 0


4. Organisations and Groups (including Christian Education and Youth Work) Name of organisation or group Year Sunday School (P1-P7) Sunday School (S1-S6) Creche Guild Morning Prayer Group Evening Prayer Group Challengers Youth Club Youth Fellowship Banner Group Kirk session

5

Buildings (Seating Capacity)

Building East Church West Church East Church Hall

6

Membership trends over last five years 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 32 36 25 20 16 8 8 7 7 6 4 4 3 3 3 21 20 20 19 17 8 12 14 15 17 11 10 7 9 9 26 35 36 34 13 4 0 16 10 12 4 4 4 4 4 15 15 15 15 12

Seating Capacity 200 230 300

Distances from neighbouring churches in Muir of Ord (not Church of Scotland)

Church Community Church Free Church of Scotland

Distance (metres) 100 500

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7 Some Aspects of the Work of the Minister Baptisms Year/Infant

2004 0

2005 1

2006 0

2007 0

2008 1

Church Weddings Year

2004 2

2005 1

2006 1

2007 3

2008 2

2004 16

2005 9

2006 13

2007 14

2008 9

Funerals Year

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Financial Information

Year Total Ministry Costs

2005 22295

2006 23763

2007 24815

2008 26037

Ordinary General Income

39330

49958

43328

43685

Offerings (inc. Tax recovered)

37617

40514

40396

40957

Communicants + Adherents

208

204

200

192

Av. giving per member and adherent (total offerings inc. tax recovered divided by membership

181

199

202

203

Amounts in Fabric Fund as at 31 Dec 2008 excl investments West Church Held by General Trustees

946 9889 1904 (Capital ÂŁ812; Revenue ÂŁ1092)

Other Funds General fund Sunday School Mackenzie Tomb

8370 3043 461

Investments as at 31 Dec 2008 General fund Fabric Fund Mackenzie Tomb

8296 233 252 9


Sunday School 3334 West Church 14000 SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) ANALYSIS STRENGTHS •

Two good weekly prayer groups (morning group of 18, evening group of 10) and prayer triplet groups

A substantial number of willing leaders and good teachers in the youth organisations.

There is a good variety of different organisations with willing leaders, from Guild to Sunday School. All are well structured, organised and equipped.

Good core of committed Christians

Good facilities and well tended buildings

Individual groups work well within themselves

Very good relations with neighbouring Free Church and The Community Church. Joint Outreach initiative very successful. Joint fellowship a regular feature of church life.

All teaching focused on the Bible

The Kirk Session getting involved in leading worship in church and in the community

Summer Holiday Bible Club run for some 12 years attracting 40-70 children

Four Working Groups for Worship, Mission, Pastoral Care and Education/Communication reporting to the Kirk Session

Many from the church involved in parish committees, clubs, sport, etc.

WEAKNESSES •

Ageing congregation having difficulty attracting children and young people

Always the same leaders. A fair number of worshippers do not get involved throughout the week in any of the organisations

Many lack confidence in sharing their faith.

Liberality insufficient to support church. A substantial sum is required from central funds

Very few are interested in missionaries

Too many missionaries to support financially

Perception that we have monies. However, it is tied up by legacy conditions

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Insufficient elders to cover all districts. Lack of training for elders

OPPORTUNITIES •

Growing community with several new housing sites recently built and being built

Outreach among those who have lapsed. Back to church Sunday

Internet web site being set up

Influence of the media, Internet, multiplex cinema, satellite television

The large hall could easily accommodate more community groups. Local community organisations already using the church premises

Working with the two primary schools in the Parish

Many in the community are sympathetic to the church even although they do not attend

Generosity of many in the church who give of their time, talents and resources

Considerable numbers of youth in the community

No restrictions on the tenure

Outreach into community comprising street ministry and meeting room, lunch club, contact the elderly, community youth groups using church hall

THREATS •

Declining congregation.

Attraction of many other Sunday activities

Secular society. Ignorance of the commandments, Christian ethics and The Bible. Lack of interest in baptism, marriage and Christian morality.

The perception that good works makes one a Christian

Young people move to work outside the area

Parents dropping of children at Sunday School and crèche but not staying for the service

Changing work patterns 24/7

Influence of the media, Internet, multiplex cinema, satellite television

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