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Kirk Survey Oct 2018

June opened the meeting with the following reading:-

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him.  Romans 10:12

 

Years ago in Brazil, a contingent from a native Indian tribe was scheduled to meet with President Ernesto Geisel. The men arrived wearing their traditional clothing, and were denied an audience with the President because they weren’t properly dressed in suits and ties.

The incident made the Brazilian national news. So the native men told the press,

“We now insist that any government official visiting an Indian village must wear a feathered Head dress and body paint!”

Everyone has a tendency now and then to have the attitude, “My way or the highway!” They refuse to interact with others because of what they see as irreconcilable differences brought about by generation gaps and culture. But the truth is that your way may not be the only way of doing things.

That’s why God calls all of us to break through those barriers… to cross cultural boundaries and to bridge generation gaps in order to further His Kingdom.

It’s not your way or the highway.      It’s always God’s way first.

Follow His way by stepping out of your comfort zone and engaging people of different life styles and ages. When you do, you’ll find you’re much more alike than you’d ever imagined!

The Session met on Thursday 18 October and considered the findings of the survey. The report and Plan were approved. The next step is to submit the survey and collated information to the fabric committee of Orkney Presbytery and the General trustees with view to :

 

Remodelling the hall and vestry. This will require the services of an architect. An application will be made for financial assistance to the General Trustees .

 

2) Upgrade the heating, insulation and glazing of the whole building.  Specific advice will be sought from the Church of Scotland heating engineer/consultant who will  liaise with the architect .

 

3) Improve comfort levels of seating. Offer a choice of seating by reducing the number of pews and enhancing comfort of those remaining, by provision of purpose made pew cushions and replacing the removed section of pews and with suitable chairs.

 

4) Contact the people who volunteered to be part of a working group and prepare an Action Plan to progress the project.

 

The complete documentation can be found by following these links:

documents/kirk-survey-2018/1.-kirk-survey-appendix-1.pdf

documents/kirk-survey-2018/2.-survey-analysis-appendix-2.pdf

documents/kirk-survey-2018/3.-orphir-and-stenness-report-oct-18.pdf

documents/kirk-survey-2018/4.-plan-oct18.pdf

 

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