The Kirk has a number of working groups that help run its day-to-day operations. This includes:
The Common Life Committee (formerly the Strategic Co-ordinating Committee) meets in the Kirk 4 times a year. The main purpose of the committee is for representatives from the ministry, associated organisations, staff and volunteer groupings to update the committee on their area of interest, to share ideas and make suggestions. The Group is not a decision making body but any matters requiring a decision are forwarded to the Kirk Session. The committee is chaired by the Minister.
The FMG is responsible for the Kirk’s finances and investments, and is made up of the minister, a treasurer, the operations manager, the Greyfriars Charteris manager and three further trustees. The committee meets nine times a year and has the delegated responsibility for the financial management of Greyfriars. Key decisions and large changes are referred to the Kirk Session.
The Kirk Session meets a minimum of four times a year, and is the governing body of the church. Every congregation is a registered charity, and so the Kirk Session act as charity trustees. The Kirk Session is made up of members of the congregation, who have been ordained as Kirk Elders, and is chaired by one of the ministers, who acts as the moderator. The Kirk Session discusses everything from our vision of ministry in our community, to practical matters such as maintenance of the Kirk buildings, including the buildings of the Grassmarket Community Project and the Greyfriars Charteris Centre.
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the opening of Greyfriars for worship. A range of celebrations to mark this milestone are currently being planned, with more details to be announced next year.