Church Organist and
Leader of the Choir
The constitution of our church provides for a Kirk Session made up of the Minister and
Elders who together regulate all religious matters pertaining to our church while all secular issues are managed by our Congregational Board, made up of elected members from our congregation. It was a decision of the two former congregations that formed Wick St Fergus on the union, from 3rd April 2009 (the date of the union) as most appropriate for the future regulation of the united congregations.
There are two sub committees of the Congregational Board, the Stewardship and Fabric Committees, which respectively deal with fundraising and community outreach and practical matters relating to our building and its contents.
Election to the Congregational Board is by the congregation at the Annual General Meeting and we are fortunate to have willing members with diverse skills to serve on the Board and its committees. Elders are appointed by the Kirk Session.
See below information about some of the key people of our church and their roles.
The Session Clerk is the minister's right hand man, or woman as in this case, responsible for calling meetings of the Kirk Session, keeping minutes of its meetings and dealing with correspondence, overseeing the functioning of the Kirk Session, and reporting annually on the congregation to Presbytery.
The role requires knowledge of Church practice and procedure.
In addition the Session Clerk is the point of contact for arrangments for a christening, wedding or funeral.
John Nugent B.D. Hons. came to Wick as a locum for two weeks in January 2009 shortly before the union of Wick Bridge Street Church and Wick Old Parish Church on 3rd April 2009 to form Wick St Fergus Church. He stayed on.
Prior to the call to this charge he worked in the Ministry of God's Word in Germany, Orkney, at Camas Outdoor Centre, Ross of Mull. He is an associate member of the Iona Community.
John is a keen musician and his guitar and other string instruments, and Christian songs from parts of Africa are often featured in the services he leads at Wick St Fergus Church
Born in Largs, Ayrshire where she studied music at Ardrossan Academy Ruth Ferguson first learned to play the organ and at the tender age of 14 she became church organist and choir mistress and accompanist for three school choirs and two orchestras. She has been church organist since arriving in Wick in 1970.
The choir of Wick St Fergus Church under her leadership are excellent all rounders, with a varied repertoire including songs from the 40s and 50s and even on the topic of food.
She has a colourful and varied shoe collection.
Martin Duffy is spouse of the Session Clerk and is responsible for Wick St Fergus finances. His duties include -
Ensuring policies comply with OSCR regulations,
preparing accounts at the year end prior to presenting them for audit, setting a yearly budget and maintaining smooth running of all church finances and money handling procedures.
His grey hairs have nothing to do to with his duties nor his relationship to the Session Clerk.
Chairperson to the Congregational Board and Trustee, the Stewardship Committee Convenor (role shared with Harry Gray) and the Gift Aid Convenor.