Two Churches, One Vision
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As of 18 November 2007, service times are: - 10.00 am at Holytown Parish Church- 11.30 am at Wrangholm Kirk.
We began a joint service on Good Friday in 2007 and have made this an annual event, with each Church taking turns at being host.
Both Churches have hearing loop and public address systems. Volunteers from the congregation and members of organisations normally undertake scripture readings.
The minister in this charge has the responsibility of being Chaplain to Holytown and New Stevenston Primary Schools. Consultation Both Kirk Sessions appointed two representatives early in 2007 to work with the Interim Minister in making the initial plans for tackling the Interim Ministry aims and objectives. We held an evening conference and consultation with both congregations.
This led us to the COSY initiative. Four groups were set up to look at different aspects of Church life in this new linked charge: Caring. Bereavement support, visiting the sick. Outreach. Including ways of increasing membership. Support. Including support for each other, fellowship, meeting for prayer, and supportfor the work of the church.Youth. Including children and families. Each of these groups has members from both Churches and we carry out this work in an enjoyable atmosphere of genuine Christian fellowship. Whilst worship is central to the life of the church, we do not include it in our COSY groups. Instead, we raise matters of worship at Kirk Session meetings, although we understand that our groups may well touch on matters relating to worship.
Following a meeting of both Kirk Sessions, we made the following promise on which to base the future ethos of the linkage:
- to be one in spirit and purpose,- to be united with Christ in serving the interests of others,- to work in ways that will enable harmony and partnership between us to grow, and - to do everything in a spirit of thankfulness and celebration of our faithHolytown Parish Church History This Church has been looking down over the village of Holytown and the surrounding area since 1837 - three different centuries - but its origins go back to at least 1688. Over the years, the village has changed as well as the lives of the worshippers but in spite of changes all around, two very important things remain constant - the Gospel message preached within these walls is faithful to the teachings of the Bible and the witness of the congregation stands firm. Kirk Session and Board There are currently 19 members in the Kirk Session. There are a further four board members.
Wrangholm Kirk New Stevenston History
The church we know today as Wrangholm Kirk was founded as a Free Church in 1843 following the Disruption. In 1890 it became a United Free Congregation and then in 1929, Church of Scotland.
The new linked charge with Holytown Parish Church provides mutual support in our partnership together and encourages us to move ahead with confidence. Kirk Session and Board There are 11 members in the Kirk Session. There are a further 7 congregational board members. Website
The Church has a web site at www.wrangholmkirk.btik.com (you're here!)
At present, we have our church building and a hall located opposite the church on the other side of Clydesdale Road.
With the linkage of the congregations, the manse was no longer required and we have now sold the manse and land to pave the way for our 'New Dawn' project. It is our hope to redesign the interior and create a multi-purpose space in the church allowing us to sell the hall and locate all our activities under one roof. The process has begun with the appointment of an architect and we have draft plans for a new interior design.
The congregation has met its financial commitments, with regular fund raising events and two days of giving each year.
We observe the Lord's Supper on the 1st Sunday of March, June, September and December.
The congregation has now updated to CH4. There is an Allen digital organ and a Yamaha digital piano.
Roll and attendance
There are currently 106 members on the Church roll, 84 on the supplementary roll and 11 adherents. There are usually around 80 in attendance each Sunday morning. This includes our Sunday school with around 12+ children.
The Girls' Brigade meets on a Monday evening. The session begins in September each year.
The Guild meets every second Tuesday from October to March. The Wednesday Prayer Group meets twice a month for prayer and reflection.
Sunday School meets every Sunday morning in Church leaving the congregation after the children's talk.
Our Community Fellowship Group is a non worship group for anyone in the community who would enjoy a bit of company. The Group meets in the Kirk Hall, Clydesdale Street on Thursday from 1.30pm-3.30pm
We enjoy chatting, knitting, crochet, playing board games and dominos - and of course a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit. Simply a nice couple of hours spent in pleasant company.
We have a choir consisting of 6 members and our own choirmaster who is also the church organist. The Choir has helped with fundraising events over the years.
A bi-monthly newsletter is produced and is also published on our website. There are plans to make this a quarterly newsletter to co-incide with each Communion.
Holytown Manse is the home for the Minister who leads both congregations. Separated from the main Holytown Parish Church grounds by a private access road, the Manse is situated in a quiet location, just off the A723. It is a five minute drive from Wrangholm Kirk: New Stevenston. Prior to the induction of the Minister, we organised a full programme of works and the manse was refurbished, inside and out. It has the following features: - Fully decorated- Gas central heating- Gas cooker- New fitted kitchen- New bathroom- Garage Location
The charge is located in the Motherwell area of North Lanarkshire.
Ideally situated in the central belt of Scotland, it is approximately 15 miles east of Glasgow and just over 30 miles west of Edinburgh.
The Church has excellent travel links, it is within 2 miles of the M8 motorway which links Glasgow and Edinburgh, and is also close to the M74, M73 and M80 motorways.
Motherwell train station is approx 3 miles away and is a main hub for most major UK destinations.
For comprehensive information about local services, please visit North Lanarkshire Council’s website at www.northlan.gov.uk