Minister's monthly letter

June 2019
Posted on 05 Jun 2019 13:03

I am sure many of you will be aware that major reforms to the governing structures of the Church of Scotland have been approved by the General Assembly. Details can be found on the Church of Scotland website; however, I thought I would include a brief summary below. (read more…)

Strathaven Memory Club
Posted on 12 May 2019 18:14

The Memory Club is off to a flying start, with good numbers attending the first two meetings and great support from a group of dedicated volunteers. (read more…)

The Rev Shaw J Paterson


Born and brought up in Lanarkshire, Shaw began training for the Ministry as a student within the Presbytery of Hamilton. On completion of his studies he was appointed as Assistant Minister at the Old Parish Church in Hamilton to undertake his Probationary Year. Thereafter, on the 29th of August 1991, he was Ordained and Inducted to the linked Charge of Strathaven Rankin and Chapelton.

With the Presbytery Plan indicating that there should be a reduction in the number of ministries in the local area, Shaw agreed to take on the extra responsibilities associated with a union. The congregations of Strathaven Rankin linked with Chapelton and Glassford linked with Strathaven East very quickly and amicably agreed to form a four way union with three places of worship. The new congregation of Strathaven Trinity met for the first time at a joint service on Trinity Sunday 2018, with the Presbytery formally effecting the union and introducing Shaw as minister to the Glassford and East congregations on Thursday 31st May 2018.

In addition to parish duties, Shaw served as a Prison Chaplain at HMP Dungavel until its closure in the year 2000.

The Presbytery of Hamilton elected Shaw as its Moderator for the session 2010-2011. As Moderator, he chaired the business meetings of the Presbytery and represented the Presbytery at official functions.

Serving on many of Hamilton Presbytery's Committees, he was Convener of the Ministry Committee on two separate occasions, with a three-year position as Vice-Convener of the General Assembly's Board of Ministry in between. In July 2003, the Presbytery appointed Shaw as Presbytery Clerk; a role he carried out on a part time basis for ten years - which was in addition to his church & parish duties.

In terms of academic qualifications, Shaw's first degree (BSc with Honours) was awarded in 1987 and had a major focus in plant physiology. That was followed three years later by a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree in preparation for parish ministry. In the autumn of 2001, he began studying Palliative Care on a part-time basis and three years later was awarded an MSc (Med Sci) from the Faculty of Medicine - which had a major focus in neonatal palliative care. All three of his degrees were awarded by the University of Glasgow.

For information: The Presbytery supervises the ministers, Kirk Sessions and congregations in its area. Amongst other things, the business of Presbytery includes setting parish boundaries, determining how many congregations and ministers there may be within its bounds, dealing with services for ministers coming to or departing from its bounds. It has supervisory responsibilities for congregations, ministers and also for students who are in training for the ministry. Both as a court and also through its various committees, it deals with a wide range of issues including education, social work, church property, inter-church relations and the Church's mission within the bounds.

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