A traditional service of worship takes place in the church at 10.15am finishing around 11am followed by coffee and fellowship in the Church Centre as normal; so, a slightly earlier start and a more traditional style of service. Children are welcome to remain with their parents throughout the service should this be their preferred option or choice on the day
An informal type of worship service which we call Connections takes place in the Church Centre hall from 11.30am. People are free to come and go as they wish, coffee is available throughout and a children’s programme will be available. We aim to conclude the service between12.30 – 12.45pm, and, all are invited to stay and share a simple lunch together.
Although there are two services regularly, we are one congregation at Kirkliston and will come together at different points in the year for a single blended service – e.g. Holy Communion (quarterly), Remembrance Day and Christmas Day, and fellowship is encouraged throughout.
Everyone is invited to worship in whichever service they wish and some may choose to do both, or alternate. The vision includes reaching out to others who have little or no experience of church, inviting them along and being an expression of church for those who might not necessarily connect with a more traditional model.
We face a challenging, yet exciting future!
Kirkliston’s previously stable population of around 4,000 has doubled to over 8,000 in the past 7 years, and planned housing developments will increase this to around 12,000. New housing is also planned for Newbridge, the other village in our parish.
So we have a mission field of hundreds of new homes. Some will have church connections elsewhere, but many have no faith or church connection. They need to hear the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so a key focus for us now and in the future is to develop fresh ways of expressing God’s love to both the newer as well the older parts of the parish.
We have identified 5 key focus areas:
1) Respond to the population growth and changes:
- We have given one of our elders’ teams primary responsibility for Kirkliston’s new housing areas.
- We will develop and increase mission activities.
- We will explore fresh ways of building relationships, especially with the new family households.
2) Continue to develop leadership skills in elders and others:
- We rotate team leadership every 3 years.
- We will increase knowledge and skills by studying and using material such as the ‘Learn’ series.
- We will give members more opportunities to lead parts of worship and other activities.
3) Develop the worship life of the congregation:
- We will implement the agreed outcome of the recent review of worship services (ongoing work in progress as at October 2019).
- We will continue to explore and encourage creativity within worship in all services.
- We will develop a culture of worship, aiming to make it an everyday experience for all.
4) Carry out the necessary alterations to our buildings to meet future needs.
- We will continue to improve and upgrade the facilities in the Church, Church Centre and Manse to ensure they remain well-equipped and ‘fit for purpose’.
5) Carry out a full review to determine the future sustainability of having 2 listed buildings.
- The aim will be to have ‘well equipped spaces in the right place’ to meet the needs of the future.
We look forward to continuing to build God’s Kingdom in this parish, with His guidance and with the new Minister He leads to us, one who shares our vision to reach out into this community, bringing a ‘harvest of souls’ and transformation to many lives.
It is Jesus who promises to build his church, we are simply called to ‘go and make disciples’.
The Kirk Session