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Home  >  Features  >  Looking Back: Harvest of New Churches

Looking Back: October 1964



Still they grow – the new communities. And still the churches rise for their people. As we go to press, reports come in of the opening of new buildings in Aberdeen, Ayr, East Kilbride, Kirkcaldy and Glasgow.


On Wednesday, 2nd September, a new church hall, adjacent to Templehall Church, Kirkcaldy, was dedicated by the Moderator of the Presbytery of Kirkcaldy, the Rev. Alex. C. Barr. The parish had grown so large that it was decided recently to divide it into two, and a new Church Extension Charge, under the name of “Torbain”, has now been established. The buildings for the new charge are now in the planning stage.

On Friday, 4th September, a new church to seat 750 for the congregation of the South Church: East Kilbride, was dedicated by the Rev. W. F, Grieve Moderator of the Presbytery of Glasgow.

The new church, being seven-sided is of an interesting an unusual design. The cost is approximately £42,000.

Glasgow’s church building programme tops the £1m mark.

Three new churches are ready: Colston Milton, Stamperland and Easterhouse Lockwood. Each cost around £200,000 and will serve 4,000 people.

The Rev. Professor John M. Graham, C.B.E., D.L., D.D., dedicated the new church to seat 500 persons and cost approximately £30,000 at Northfield, Aberdeen on Sunday, 6th September.

Northfield Church is situated in the midst of a large new housing scheme with approximately 12,000 people, and at one time it had the largest Sunday School in Scotland.

On Wednesday, 9th September, a new church for the congregation of Castlehill: Ayr was dedicated by the Rev. J. B. Yorke, Moderator of the Presbytery of Ayr.

With the growth of housing development in this area, the Auld Kirk of Ayr began mission work in the buildings of the former Forehill Farm in 1954 and carried on this work until 1956. In October of that year the congregation of Castlehilll Parish Church came into existence with the induction of the present minister, the Rev. D. P. Munro, within the building of the Auld Kirk of Ayr.

The congregation now has a membership of 1,325 and over 800 young people connected with it.