Is there a ban on serving alcohol on the premises (C of S)

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  1. Eoghan

    Eoghan Puritan Board Senior

    Some time ago a Burns Supper held on church premises was refused permission to serve alcohol with the meal. That now seems to have been reversed/overturned. Is there a ban on serving alcohol in general church rules or would that be left to individual constitutions? (are there individual constitutions?)
     
  2. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    Our session has adopted a policy banning alcohol on church premises as well as at official church functions off campus. I believe it was driven more by liability concerns than moral grounds.
     
  3. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    Same here. I really don't have a moral problem with it, nor would non-fundamentalist churches, either. I think the problem comes with liability. Or scenario: there is a dinner on the ground and someone has a nice box of Cardbourdeaux and the adults are enjoying "a godly glass." A police officer (out of uniform) happens to be visiting and then notices a 15 year old "sneaking a sip" and draws the conclusion that this church is distributing alcohol to minors.
     
  4. Scottish Lass

    Scottish Lass Puritan Board Doctor

    We specifically forbid outside groups from having alcohol, for liability.
     
  5. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    Speaking toward the original question as to the CoS, I couldn't find any policy statements online or anything in their suggested draft policy statements for congregations on that subject.

    Health and Safety:

    http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/2834/law_health_safety_statement.pdf

    (example of implementation here:)

    http://www.topcop.org.uk/index_htm_files/Peebles Old Parish Church of Scotland Health and Safety.pdf

    Safeguarding Children:

    http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/...e/0012/3216/safeguarding_policy_statement.pdf

    Acts of the General Assembly can be found here:
    Acts of the General Assembly - Church of Scotland

    This may be what you are looking for (from the index)

    "Use of Church buildings II 2000 (135)" but I can't seem to locate the entry that goes with that index item.
     
  6. clark thompson

    clark thompson Puritan Board Freshman

    My church discourages any use of alcohol.
     
  7. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    Sounds like something that needs to be discussed with the church leadership over a beer.
     
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