It is a more or less open secret that I am planning to retire in 2017. This letter is to give you more information about my plans.
At the end of January I informed the Presbytery Clerks of my intention to retire at the end of June 2017. With that letter, a process has been initiated which will be worked through in the coming weeks and months.
I informed all the members of the Kirk Session and Congregational Board on 19th January of my intentions, and informed those at Sunday worship on 22nd January. Whilst I know that news travels quickly in Carnoustie (!), I wanted the rest of the congregation to know of my intention, as Elders began delivering their Communion Invitations.
While Presbytery will be the body to take forward the notification of retirement, I am anticipating that the demission will be processed at 27th June 2017 meeting, although it could be the meeting at the beginning of May. Whenever it happens, representatives of the Congregation will be invited to attend.
At that meeting, Presbytery will have a proposal put before it which will include details of the date of demission, permission to call, who is appointed to the Presbytery Advisory Committee and who will be appointed Interim Moderator. It is the responsibility of the Kirk Session to appoint a Locum in the vacancy with the approval of Presbytery.
I am intending that I will cease to be your minister on Friday 30th June 2017. My last Sunday service will be 25th June 2017. This would be 28 years to the day since my first service in 1989. Carlogie School are holding their end of term service on Thursday 29th June in Newton Church and as their School Chaplain for 28 years I wanted to be able to conduct that service. We plan to leave the Manse for our new home in Edinburgh on Saturday 1st July 2017.
More information will be given in the coming months and I will have the opportunity to say more in the June issue of UPDATE. For now, there is still plenty of work for all of us to do and I will continue to serve you in the months remaining.