My Dear Friends in Maxwelltown West,
We move into a new year with our way forward towards a new Ministry still unknown. As the many of you who came to the last Presbytery meeting will know, we were given a 6 month period to come up with proposals of our own when the option by Presbytery of a 7 year reviewable tenure was rejected by the Church. Our Interim Moderator and a few ad hoc members are doing their very best to come up with acceptable alternatives, so we have to wait and continue praying for guidance in this matter.
Over the course of the winter the Kirk Session has been in conversation with Presbytery’s Ministry and Resources Committee about the future of Maxwelltown West. Despite the Presbytery Plan recently agreed with the Ministries Council indicating that Maxwelltown West would be allocated one full time ministry on an unrestricted tenure (in other words on the same basis as before) the Presbytery Committee proposed that Maxwelltown West be allocated a full time ministry on a reviewable tenure of seven years.
Bondo: The Bondo project continues to develop. Since starting in 2007, we have assisted in the construction of six earth toilets, two deep wells and a small church with a recent classroom addition. The initiation of a Credit Scheme two years ago, from funding provided by us, has resulted in numerous small businesses being developed.