General Assembly

                                  The General Assembly



Each year in May the General Assembly takes place.

 So what is the General Assembly and what is its importance?                     

From the Church of Scotland website we learn:

The General Assembly has the authority to make laws determining how
The Churchof Scotland operates. It is also the highest court of the Church
in which cases can be heard in matters of litigation. The other courts in
the Church are the kirk session and the presbytery.

The Assembly comprises around 850 commissioners who are ministers,
elders and members of the diaconate. It meets at the same time in May
each year for a week,usually in the Assembly Hall on the Mound in central

The first General Assembly was held in December 1560, which was the
year of theScottish Reformation and which marks the beginning of the
Church of Scotland as we now know it.

You can read more about the structure of the Church of Scotland in

Our Beliefs and Structure  and  

Kirk Session