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The Church of Scotland has a Presbyterian structure where Elders and Ministers share responsibility for governing the church at all levels. Both Elders and Ministers are ordained; Elders are known as “ruling elders” and Ministers are known as “teaching elders”. The Elders and the Minister of a congregation together form the Kirk Session, which the Minister chairs (or “moderates”).

St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk has a Unitary Constitution, which means that the Kirk Session deals with all matters related to the temporal and spiritual life of the congregation.

When a congregation has no permanent Minister, another Minister is appointed as Interim Moderator to lead the Kirk Session and congregation until a new Minister is appointed. St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk is presently in this situation. The current Interim Moderator is the Rev. Jim Sharp – who lives in Geneva, Switzerland, but is in regular contact with the Kirk Session and visits Colombo from time to time.

The current elders of St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk are:



Elders – both men and women – are ordained for life. Each may have a particular area of responsibility – such as Christian Education, Mission, Communications, Staff, Fabric and Finance. All are involved in the Pastoral Care of the congregation.

The Kirk Session oversees all church organisations. The Minister has a particular responsibility for the Christian education of the young and not so young.

If you have any queries or issues you want to talk about, please do not hesitate to contact the Session Clerk.