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The Church of Scotland

The Church of Scotland COMMITTEE ON Church ART AND ARCHITECTURE. MEMBERSHIP. Convener: Rev Eleanor Macalister BD. Vice Convener: Rev. Peter Gardener MA, BD. STAFF. Secretary: Rev. Nigel Robb Congregational Liaison Officer: Miss Lynn Johnson REMIT. The Committee advises congregations and presbyteries regarding the most appropriate way of carrying out renovations, alterations and re-ordering of interiors, having regard to the architectural quality of Church buildings. It also advises on the installation of stained glass, tapestries, memorials, furniture and furnishings, and keeps a list of accredited artists and craftspeople. Any alteration to the exterior or interior of a Church building which affects its appearance must be referred to the Committee for approval.

The Committee also acts in conjunction with the Church of Scotland’s General Trustees, the owners of most of the buildings, in giving approval for any alteration

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1 The Church of Scotland COMMITTEE ON Church ART AND ARCHITECTURE. MEMBERSHIP. Convener: Rev Eleanor Macalister BD. Vice Convener: Rev. Peter Gardener MA, BD. STAFF. Secretary: Rev. Nigel Robb Congregational Liaison Officer: Miss Lynn Johnson REMIT. The Committee advises congregations and presbyteries regarding the most appropriate way of carrying out renovations, alterations and re-ordering of interiors, having regard to the architectural quality of Church buildings. It also advises on the installation of stained glass, tapestries, memorials, furniture and furnishings, and keeps a list of accredited artists and craftspeople. Any alteration to the exterior or interior of a Church building which affects its appearance must be referred to the Committee for approval.

2 Congregations contemplating alterations are urged to consult the Committee at an early stage. Members of the Committee and of its local area panels are prepared, when necessary, to visit churches and meet office bearers. The Committee's services are given free. In recent years the general Assembly has conferred these additional duties on the Committee: a) the preparation of reports on the architectural, historical and aesthetic merit of buildings involved in questions of readjustment;. b) verification of the propriety of repair and renovation work forming the basis of grant applications to Historic Scotland ;. c) the offering of advice on the maintenance and installation of organs;. d) facilitating the transfer of unwanted furnishings etc.

3 From one Church to another through the regular publication of Exchange and Transfer on the Church of Scotland website;. e) the compilation of a Register of Churches;. f) the processing of applications from congregations for permission to dispose of surplus communion plate. extracted from The Church of Scotland Year Book C:\Documents and Settings\ltulloch\Desktop\Documents for new site\ABOUT 1. US\ Contact Details: CARTA, Church of Scotland , 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN. Tel: 0131 225 5722 ext 316 or 359 Email: Committee on Church Art and Architecture Reports to general Assembly Represented on the Council by the Convener Links with general Trustees Issues: Reordering of Churches removal of pews, refurnishing, new structures Lighting Colour schemes; redecoration Heating Organs: repair, replacement, restoration Disability inclusion: access, seating areas, toilets Building: new churches, halls attached to existing buildings Stained glass Memorials Telecommunications installations Disposal of furnishings Purpose: To encourage congregations, and support them through the giving of advice, and direction to appropriate resources.

4 The Committee is there to ensure the heritage of the Church is preserved in a form that is suitable and flexible for the current worship and mission needs of congregations. All decisions are made in the light of mission and worship imperatives: In what way will these proposals advance the mission and worship of the Church ?'. Other tasks: Production of guides for congregations on reordering and other issues (in printed form and on Internet). Reports for the panel of arbiters regarding Church buildings. Exchange and Transfer on the Church of Scotland website C:\Documents and Settings\ltulloch\Desktop\Documents for new site\ABOUT 2. US\ Contact Details: CARTA, Church of Scotland , 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN. Tel: 0131 225 5722 ext 316 or 359 Email: Background Information on the work of the Church Art and Architecture Committee When a new window or furnishing is to be commissioned, an interior re-ordered, an extension built, re-decoration envisaged, lighting renewed, a memorial created, a Communion cloth or pulpit fall designed, a roof replaced, a monument preserved, disabled access installed, the Committee enters into dialogue with the congregation and offers advice and information.

5 The Committee also acts in conjunction with the Church of Scotland 's general Trustees, the owners of most of the buildings, in giving approval for any alteration whatsoever to the appearance of places of worship, both interior and exterior, and the buildings which immediately surround them. In the context of the Ecclesiastical Exemption provision, by which Church buildings in use for worship which are listed or within conservation areas retain their freedom to order or alter their environment to enable them to function effectively, the Committee is the monitoring body which gives the necessary approvals before any work can be carried out. Members are appointed by the general Assembly of the Church of Scotland , to whom the Committee is answerable.

6 It consists of architects, designers, artists in different fields, ministers, with consultants in many areas, including stained glass, textiles, archaeology, bells, organs . Close partnerships are maintained with bodies like Historic Scotland , the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland , the National Museums of Scotland , the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland , the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust and other bodies with interests and responsibilities in conservation or recording our heritage. Some of these bodies have observer status on the Committee. Members of the Committee, travel from all parts of the country, from Orkney to the Borders, to monthly meetings where upwards of sixty items may be considered.

7 It is the invariable practice for members to visit congregations and buildings, often in pairs, before assisting the Committee to come to its decision. Several visits may take place before a matter can be satisfactorily resolved. Other responsibilities given to the Committee are the responsibility for giving advice in collaboration with the Scottish Federation of Organists when pipe organs need repair or replacement, when it is proposed to sell Communion ware, when arbitration takes place where a choice has to be made between Church buildings, and when a building is to be sold and its contents disposed of. To assist congregations, a series of pamphlets on a wide range of issues, from windows and memorials to disabled access, working with architects, and conservation have been produced and are sent free of charge to congregations who need them.

8 The Committee has a serious responsibility for exercising power under the ecclesiastical exemption rules which entrust to the Committee the privilege of acting in the place of the Local Authority Planning Department regarding alterations and changes to churches. The Committee is in partnership with the Mission and Discipleship Council and enjoys its support and encouragement as it works to assist the Mission and Worship of the Church . C:\Documents and Settings\ltulloch\Desktop\Documents for new site\ABOUT 3. US\ Contact Details: CARTA, Church of Scotland , 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN. Tel: 0131 225 5722 ext 316 or 359 Email.


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