About Us

Kirkliston Parish Church is the Church of Scotland parish church in Kirkliston, and we have been worshipping here since at least the 12th century.

We are a church that believes in community as we try to make Jesus and his Gospel relevant to people today.

As of 2018 we meet each Sunday for two morning services:-

  • at 10.15 am we offer a traditional service of worship
  • at 11.30 am we have a more relaxed family orientated service

Coffee is served in the church centre between services which allows a time of fellowship with attendees of both services.

At significant points in the Church calendar, such as services for communion and remembrance of contributions made in conflict situations (e.g. Armistice Day), or our Annual Stated meeting (the ASM), there will be a single joint service in the Church building at 11.00 am or 10.15 am respectively.

We would like to warmly invite you to any of our services.

To enlarge the map shown here to help you see where we are located in the village, right-click with your mouse over the map and select to ‘open link’ in a new window or new tab…

We also have touchpoints with other Churches in the area.  The only other Church in the village currently is Kirkliston Community Church with whom we engage, for example, to share activities at Christmas, village Galas, and local schools.

In Kirkliston there are three main Church Buildings;

The Church itself, which dates from the turn of the twelfth/thirteenth century i.e. around the year 1200AD, and still very much in regular use on Sundays and for weddings and funerals.

The Thomas Chalmers Centre which in its own day was the Free Church in Kirkliston from the time of disruption in the Church of Scotland in the 19th century from 1843 until 1929 when the reformation happened.  It is now very much the hub for social activity and fellowship for church groups as well as the wider community.

The manse, the minister’s official residence situated on the Main Street of Kirkliston.

Launch Slideshow of (some of) the buildings’ pictures

Who’s Who

The following table lists some of the people you might want to contact at some time, and which you can do by using the form on the CONTACT US page.  The contact message, when submitted, will generate an email which will be received and duly processed by the Kirk Admin Team.

Kirkliston Parish Church – Useful Contacts
RoleRole HolderRole/Holder Description
Minister (Interim Moderator)The Rev. John CowieCoS Minister at Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Minister (Locum)The Rev, Christine ClarkCoS Minister
TreasurerRob BrechinResident of Kirkliston for 50 years, was Fabric Convenor for ten years and treasurer for the last 15 years
Pastoral Care Team LeadLinda MossBorn in Edinburgh but has lived in Kirkliston for 47+ years. She was ordained as an Elder of Kirkliston Parish Church almost 30 years ago.
Administration Team LeadKaren McKay
Jan Wemyss
Both are long-standing active Elders in the Kirk Session
Property Team LeadWilson MarshallActive Elder in the Kirk Session
Session ClerkPaula RootsActive Elder in the Kirk Session
Roll KeeperKaren McKayMaintains church (parish) membership data
Website AdministratorBill McKaySession Elder aligned with the administration team
Youth WorkerRachel HendersonCoS employee
Finance Team LeadDavid BuchananActive Elder (recently retired as Session Clerk in 2019)
Mission & Discipleship Team LeadJohn McPheeElder and occasional preacher
Worship Team LeadJane PlumbElder, one of the worship leaders, and occasional organist
GDPR CoordinatorGeorge PlumbElder and tech. team member. Primary contact for for data protection queries and/or issues.
Youth & Families Team LeadLindsay SteinElder and tech. team member

Local Church Review

Local Church Review (LCR) was enacted by the Church of Scotland General Assembly in 2011 as the Presbytery’s contemporary process for Congregational Review.  It encompasses the relationship between congregation, Presbytery and the wider community. The Good News of Jesus Christ is made known in the relationship he had with those he met on the journey; it is this meeting and journeying that is central to LCR.

Kirkliston’s LCR of 2018

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Parish-Level Statistics

The two flip-page documents below show meaningful parish-related statistics to further inform and help the reader drill down into social aspects of our immediate community.

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Scottish Census (2011)


Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation – Figures From 2016

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