Code of Conduct

Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland, Code of Conduct

At the June 2021 meeting of the Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland, Presbytery agreed to a Code of Conduct and instructed all who are charity trustees of Presbytery to familiarise themselves with the Code of Conduct.  To access the document, please select the following link –

Code of Conduct Aberdeen and Shetland Presbytery – June 19 2021

Presbytery Plan for Aberdeen and Shetland – 4th July 2020

Please note that as a result of decisions made at the General Assembly held May 2021, the Presbytery Plan has been suspended.

At the meeting of the Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland held on Saturday 4th July 2020, Presbytery approved its ten year Plan. This followed an extensive consultation and listening exercise which has taken into account concerns raised by congregations.  The Plan has been approved by the Faith Nurture Forum.  Please select the link below –

Website – Approved Presbytery Plan for July 4th 2020

A a guide – Within the Plan, buildings are categorised A,B,C, or D. This is in accordance with the General Assembly’s Appraisal Act and applies across all congregations in the Church of Scotland.  The categories are as follows:

A –  That the building is expected to remain in use beyond the lifetime of the Plan;
B – That the building is expected to be closed during the lifetime of the current Plan, under an adjustment contained therein or otherwise;
C – That the building is expected to be disposed of as soon as possible under an adjustment contained in the Plan or otherwise;
D –  That the Presbytery is unable to make a determination in relation to a building.

Local Church Reviews (LCRs)

Kirk Sessions who are planning for, or in the process of, meeting with members of the Presbytery Visitation and Oversight with regards to a Local Church Review of their congregation may wish to consult Action Plans devised by other congregations. These plans may be used as a guide or pointer for preparation of the Kirk Session’s own Action Plan.
Please see the links below to access recent Action Plans which have been agreed by the congregation and also brought to Presbytery.

Advice for Kirk Sessions Considering Building/Repair Works

Kirk Sessions Considering building or repair works may wish to access the Church of Scotland’s General Trustees website for some general information along with consulting the Presbytery Property Committee.

If it is decided that works should proceed then the General Form should be completed and returned to the Presbytery Property Committee.

All relevant forms and information regarding property matters are available from the Church of Scotland website by clicking here.

This web page is part of the General Trustees’ Resources section of the web site and it is always the best source of Property advice and information.

Please note that the “General Form” supersedes “Form A”. In addition, please also consider looking through the Presbytery devised document titled “Process Control Guidelines” which contains guidance and will give an indication of the process involved over work on church buildings.

Annual Due Diligence Audit Report – In advance of the inspection of Property Registers and Manse Condition Schedules of which is undertaken in the early part of the year by the Property Committee, please consider accessing the document titled “Due Diligence Guidance” which lists the documents of which should be made available to Presbytery at the inspection.

Property Conveners and Session Clerks may also wish to access a document titled “Schedule of Quinquennial and Intermediate Inspection Reports” which lists all properties and the year of which inspection is required. Click here to access the document.

General Trustees Web Page
Download the General Form
Process Control Guidelines