Previous General Assemblies

2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Church of Scotland's annual General Assembly was held online the evening of Friday 2 October and all day Saturday 3 October. The Commissioners, Youth Representatives and Corresponding Members took part remotely—from congregations and presbyteries around the country and indeed the world.

A special ceremony to install Rev Dr Martin Fair as the new moderator was held in May, along with an online version of Heart and Soul.

2019

The Church of Scotland held its annual General Assembly from 18-24 May 2019 at the General Assembly Hall on the Mound in Edinburgh.

The theme for the General Assembly 2019 and for the Heart and Soul festival was 'Follow me'.

More than 730 commissioners from congregations across Scotland and more than 150 people from associated partners and other organisations came together to take part in debate, tradition and worship

General Assemblies before 2019

Reports and deliverances presented to General Assemblies prior to 2019 are available on our publications page.

Commission of Assembly

A Commission of Assembly, formed from around one-tenth of the Commissioners who attended a General Assembly, was appointed by the General Assembly of 2019. The Commission can take decisions in place of the General Assembly in certain situations.

Certain decisions, deemed 'straightforward, time-critical and non-controversial' have been taken by the Commission, on behalf of the General Assembly. These decisions include:

  1. Elect the Rev Dr Martin Fair (Arbroath: St Andrew's) as Moderator of the General Assembly 2020-2021
  2. Pass Acts uniting (1) the Presbyteries of Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, and St Andrews to form the Presbytery of Fife, (2) the Presbyteries of Aberdeen and Shetland to form the Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland, and (3) the Presbyteries of Dumbarton and Greenock & Paisley to form the Presbytery of Clyde
  3. Agree that membership of the Social Care Council will, with effect from 1 June 2020, be reduced to 12 in accordance with a revised nomination process
  4. Make certain appointments to Standing Committees as proposed by the Nomination Committee, and to Trusts as requested by these Trusts
  5. Agree that the Ecumenical Relations Committee shall act on behalf of the General Assembly in the dissolution of Local Ecumenical Partnerships
  6. Amend the process for appointing the Committee to Nominate the Moderator and ask the Nomination Committee to populate that Committee, so that it can select a Moderator for 2021-2022
  7. Amend the Income Protection and Ill-Health Act (Act VI 2019) to reflect Income Protection provision commencing at 78 weeks rather than 52
  8. Consider temporary measures to alleviate blockages to filling vacancies and conducting the business of the Church during the current COVID-19 crisis

Full details of the Commission's meetings and deliverances can be found on our Commission of Assembly page.