Structure & Constitution
Apologies! This material continues to be in the process of being re-assembled to permit web access; it cannot be extended beyond that available here until discussions on a revised constitution are completed, and a report made back to the congregation, most likely at an annual congregational meeting.
As a very brief summary, the Rector has responsibility (under the Diocesan Bishop) for the spiritual well-being of the parish, whilst the Vestry has responsibility for the secular matters affecting St Peter's (for example, finance and compliance with the law) and for supporting the Rector in their responsibilities.
At the EGM held on Su 9 March 2014, adoption of a new constitution was approved, subject to further consideration being given to the position of the Alternate Lay Representative. The required second EGM was duly held on Su 1 June 2014. The constitution which was then approved by St Peter's can be downloaded from here - draft constitution 2014. However, before it can come into effect it has to be approved both by the Bishop of Edinburgh and by OSCR, processes which remain to be completed.
It may slso be helpful - or at least of interest to the curious! - to see the tracked changes, which come in two parts:
|Changes 1980 - 2010|
|Changes 2010 - 2014|
The reason for the two part approach, is that a revised constitution was agreed by St Peter's in 2010, but for various reasons not implemented. What was proposed in 2014 was an updating - both for canon law and for secular law - of the 2010 document. Note that in the event of any conflict between the tracked changes identified and the draft constitution, it is the latter which takes precedence!
Anyone who has particular questions should direct them as seems most convenient to either the Treasurer or the Secretary:
Meanwhile, the two most important documents detailing our governance remain the constitution of 1980 and - regarded under Canon Law as part of the constitution - our Memorandum of Agreement with St Columba's, Bathgate.
For the present composition of the Vestry, see the People Page.