Archive for August, 2020

Notice is hereby given that the Vacancy Procedure Committee of the Presbytery of Annandale & Eskdale proposes to allow the congregations of Canonbie United linked with Liddesdale  to follow the protocol agreed  by the Commission of Assembly on 7th July :


  • Section 22: Preaching by Nominee:  public worship may be conducted by any means which enables all those entitled to vote in the election to see and hear the nominee conduct the same act of worship including by means of a live stream or through recorded media made available by any appropriate means, or by a combination of the two;
  • Section 23: Election of Minister and Section 24: Ballot Procedure: the vote may take place by those physically present (if any) completing a hard copy of a voting paper and those not, completing and posting or hand delivering a hard copy of a voting paper; the arrangements made shall ensure secrecy of the ballot while maintaining verification of eligibility to vote;



This action will proceed unless at least four persons, who are either communicant members of this congregations of Canonbie United linked with Liddesdale  or full members of Presbytery, together or separately submit to the Presbytery Clerk a request for this proposal to be considered at the next meeting of the Presbytery. Any such request must set out the relevant reasons. You should submit any such request in writing to Rev William C Hewitt  Annandale&eskdale@churchofscotland.org.uk by Monday 31st August 2020. If four valid requests are received, then the permission to use the Vacancy Protocol will be suspended and the approval of Presbytery will be required.




Very Rev Bill Hewitt

Presbytery Clerk

Presbytery of Annandale and Eskdale


The Presbytery of Annandale and Eskdale is a component element of the Church of Scotland, Scottish Charity Number SC0011353




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Some very good news …

We are delighted to announce that Rev Morag Crossan will preach on 20th September, at 10.00am in Liddesdale and 11.30am in Canonbie, as sole nominee for the vacant charges of Canonbie and Liddesdale.

Whilst everyone is welcome to this service, we will be limited in numbers within the Church in order to adhere to COVID-19 guidance, but hopefully we will be able to make the most of technology and broadcast the service on the internet. More details will follow!

After the service, those who are on the current Church Electoral Register will have the opportunity to vote either by post or in person, details of which will be announced soon.

We thank God for all that has led to this point, especially in these difficult times, and pray that Morag and those around her will be blessed and that God’s will is clearly discerned.

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