As a Church of Scotland congregation, Troon Old is governed by a court called the Kirk Session.
The Kirk Session consists of the Minister and a number of Elders, who meet regularly to oversee the smooth running of the congregation. The Minister and Elders also have a pastoral role, looking after the spiritual welfare of church members.
The Kirk Session is accountable to a higher court – the Presbytery of Ayr – and to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The Church of Scotland website has a good explanation of this presbyterian system of government.
Troon Old, like other Church of Scotland congregations, is deemed to be a charity, so the Kirk Session are also considered to be the charity’s trustees.
Kirk Session meetings are open to all, except for some rare occasions when sensitive matters must be discussed in private.
Back Row (left to right): Iain McColl, Douglas McCreath, Hugh Calderwood, Robin Samson, Bob Gemmell
Second Back Row: Alec Cowan, Adrian Eddolls, John Caldwell, Brian Duncan, Alastair Crabb, Murray Wilson, David Clark
Third Back Row: Lesley MacInnes, Judith Wilson, Tom Bonnes, Martin Cheyne, Billy McCall, Drew Lennie, Graham Sweet, Andy Hamilton, Colin Irvine
Third Row from Front: Margaret Bonnes, Jean Morman, Morar Blair, Sheila Thomson, Moira Gemmell, Sheila Currie, Anne Holmes, Eileen Symington, Carol Clark
Second Row: Aileen Galloway, Moira Simpson, Nan McKinnell, Marion Hamilton, Joy Allan, Isobel Smith, Gertie Kellie [corresponding member], Sheila Sweet
Front Row: Revd Eddie Simpson, Andy Fell, Revd Alastair Symington, Aileen Fraser, Revd Sam Harris
Not in Picture: Bill Allan, Charlotte Allan [corresponding member], Elizabeth Bone, David Bone, Mhairi Boyd, Bob Brown, Eleanor Butchart, Ann Caldwell, Hugh Campbell, Joan Duncan, Jim Edgar, Angus Godden, Dorothy Hinderwell, Brian Johnston, Jean Lawson, Elizabeth McAughtrie, Anne McCulloch, Laura MacDonald, Robin McEwan, Bill McMichael, Elizabeth Magee, Ben Maxwell, Alex Miller, Julie Neal, Jean Parker, Sandra Pirie, David Reid, Tom Robb, Harry Russell, Anne Shelley, Tommy Whitelaw