This Sunday, 18th August 2013, sees the formation of our linked 'Nominations Committe' (Vacancy Committee to people who have walked this path before).
Abbotsford have to choose 7 people from our Electoral Roll and our linked charge at Dalmuir Barclay have to chose 6 from theirs (Abbotsford has an ever so slightly greater number on their Electoral Roll). If we get more than the required number nominated then we have to take it to a vote. Never an easy thing when there are so many talented people, as someone has to lose out.
Those chosen, just ordinary members or adherents from each congregation, will then have the task of finding a new minister and in doing so will shape the future of worship in these places.
Daunting with a capital 'D'
However, by early afternoon on Sunday, the choices at both churches will have been made and the people chosen will, over the next few weeks, take the first steps to finding that new minister.
It could be said that it has been a longer journey to get to this position than we would have liked and not the best start to the linkage. However, against that, it can be argued that it now gives our churches a chance to get togther and forge a new beginning with a minister who will hopefully be an integral part of both 'Church Families'. Someone who we can all work with in a common cause.
Let us pray for those who choose and those who are chosen.
So be it!