A lot of work is done behind the scenes to keep St Columba’s running. The church is run almost entirely by volunteers, some in official roles, and others simply helping out here and there.
The main decision-making body is the Church Meeting. It is the right and the responsibility of church members to attend and take part in Church Meetings, whenever they can, although non-members may also attend but not vote. Church Meetings take place six times a year, usually at 7.15 pm. Usually the November meeting is held on a Saturday morning, and the Annual Church Meeting in April is held after the Sunday morning church service. Major decisions, such as agreeing the annual budget, major expenditure and the call of a minister, are taken by the members. Church Meeting also appoints officers and committees to carry out specific duties and more detailed work.
The main committee is the Elders’ Meeting, made up of 12 members who are ordained as elders, together with the minister. The elders meet every month, and exercise an overview of the pastoral, spiritual and strategic life of St Columba’s.
In addition to the Elders’ Meeting, various care teams have been appointed to organise particular areas of the church’s life, such as finance, property maintenance, youth work, worship, Bible study, visiting, stewarding, and social events. Anyone can join these teams, even if they are not members.
The principal officers of the church are the Secretary and Treasurer, although there are many others, taking minutes of meetings, organising preachers, organists, flowers, room lettings, producing the monthly magazine and weekly news sheet, running the website, representing St Columba’s at outside meetings, etc.