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LAURIESTON, REDDING AND WESTQUARTER PARISH CHURCHES

minister

Rev Dr J Mary Henderson

MA BD DipEd PhD

Welcome

Welcome to the website for our two linked churches, whose parishes together cover three villages in the Braes area of Falkirk:  Laurieston, Redding and Westquarter.

Laurieston Church, formerly known as St Columba's, came into being when the West Church, formerly the United Free Church, was closed in 1945.  Redding and Westquarter Church was built in 1907, and the congregation was granted full status in 1959 after previously becoming a Church Extension Charge in 1948, thus achieving independence from Polmont Parish, of which it had formerly been part.  The two churches have been linked since 1980, which means that they share the one minister, but each have their own Kirk Session and Congregational Board.

Those of you who are interested in history will find more details elsewhere in this website, but far more important is what the churches are doing now in the local communities which we serve

Worship takes place every Sunday in Laurieston Church at 10 a.m. and in Redding and Westquarter at 11.30 a.m.  There is a small Sunday School which meets in each church from around September to June, but children are welcome throughout the year and activity bags are available to keep them occupied when Sunday School is not in session.  Both churches are known for the warmth of their welcome, and worship is followed each week by the opportunity to share fellowship over a cup of tea or coffee.

Each church has its own Guild, which meets in Redding Church Hall on Tuesday afternoons and in Laurieston Church Hall on Tuesday evenings from October to June, and offers a varied programme of speakers and activities.

Laurieston church choir takes part in worship every Sunday, and welcomes invitations to sing elsewhere.

Our congregations are part of the Braes group of churches in Falkirk Presbytery of the Church of Scotland.  Joint Holy Week services were held for the first time in 2010, and we hope to build up closer links with neighbouring churches as time goes on.

Community involvement is also important to us.  Our halls are used by a number of outside organisations, and the minister is chaplain to the two local primary schools in Laurieston and Westquarter.

Christian faith is at the heart of everything we do as members of the church, but that does not mean that we have all the answers, or that you need to have a firm Christian commitment in order to visit or worship with us.  We are all at different stages in our journey of faith, and warmly invite you to join us in any of our activities, or to make contact through the website.

 

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      Laurieston Parish Parish Church of Scotland- Scottish Charity Number:  SC 007383     Redding and Westquarter, Church of Scotland-  Scottish Charity Number:  SC 008787