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Coming up:

Friday 5th March

World Day of Prayer Zoom Service 2pm

Lent Bible Studies, 11am




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zoom cameraNew to Zoom? 
See this item further down the page for guidance, especially if you are interested in the new entry - Accessing Zoom meetings by telephone.
Online Sunday School / Messy Church  
 Please join us on Sundays at 9.30am -10.15am.
In February, our new theme is Lent and the journey to Easter. Since we have all given up so much lately, we will be focusing on forty things we could do to help, be kind or look after ourselves and our neighbours during Lent.
Online Sunday School is a chance for our young ones to have fun with a mix of music, puzzles / quizzes, games, crafts, 'circle time chat', a prayer, and a bible story from Anne, our Minister. We are being flexible to cater for different age groups from, say, pre-school to Primary 7. 
Examples of previous work done and emailed in are shown on the Sunday School's 'Our Space' page. 
Getting ready to join in...
To join us via the Zoom app, please could a parent or guardian contact our Youth & Families Worker, Iain Shaw beforehand: 07912 295943 or iainshaw18@gmail.com  for advice, information and joining code number.
If you can find some paper, and colouring pens, pencils or crayons in the house, maybe some glue or Pritt Stick, or something relating to the advertised theme, you could have them handy for the craft activity. 
To find out more, and see what we do, go to the Youth section on this website, (aka 'The Young at the 'Old'), then click on Sunday School for info. Resources, photos etc will be posted on the 'Our Space' page within (now moved to the top of the page from the bottom).


Sunday Services in Challenging Times 1:

Sunday Services - Video 

The latest video is available either at the top of the Home page, or in 'Other Special Notices' (or both!)

It is also on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/EKOLDPC 

Words for the readings and the hymns are shown on screen.

NB: Those of previous weeks will still be available if you click on the 'Watch a Service' button under the video. 


Sunday Services - Audio

For sound-only recordings of services, please click on the 'Listen to a Service' button under the video. These recordings are in date order. If you do not see the service you want, check you are in the right 'quarter'.

We also have a 'Dial-A-Service' system which plays a recording of our most recent service (like an answer machine). Please get in touch with Alistair Walker, or your elder, if you would like to know more about this for a friend or relative in the church.   


Know Someone with no Internet?

For members without access to the internet, we provide recordings in these formats: Dial-a-Service, CD, DVD, USB stick, all on request.  

Sunday Services in Challenging Times 2: How we produce the videos

Since Palm Sunday on 5th April 2020, our services have offered a new style of worship, in the 'virtual' setting of the sounds and images of East Kilbride Old Parish Church, but are made in the context of the current pandemic ie with no contravention of distancing rules. 

Lasting around 30 mins or less, they blend new videos, recorded by the Minister and readers in their own homes without outsider involvement, only technology! The hymns were initially those sung by our congregation in the past as we are lucky to have access to an archive of audio recordings from previous years. However, we now have a new sound - recordings made at home by a few choir members and blended together digitally.   


Virtual Tea & Coffee on Zoom, twice weekly...

... Sundays at 11.45am - 12.45pm  (Access Code 814-8227-9764)

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You are cordially invited to join in our 'virtual' Sunday Service Tea & Coffee, at 11.45am, not in the Lower Hall, as normal, but at your desk or coffee table, with whatever device you use to get onto the internet.

Bring along your own tea/coffee and biscuits (no spilling on the keyboard!!!), and we’ll just chat as we always do. Drop in, or leave, when you like. We'll aim to close at 12.45pm but we can always extend it.  

The code you need for access to this 'meeting' will now be 814-8227-9764 each week.

For the guidance on how to join us, please see below.


... Thursdays, 10am - 12noon, (Access Code 820-1455-4693)

Anne, our Minister, invites you to join her at our Thursday Coffee Morning in what we might call our 'Zoom Room’. 

There must be no travelling to Glebe St. Hall of course - you’ll find us on your computer, phone or tablet on Thursday, any time between 10am and 12noon. Bring along your own tea/coffee and biscuits (no spilling on the keyboard!!!), and we’ll just chat as we always do. Drop in or leave when you like. The access code number for Thursday Coffee mornings every week is 820-1455-4693.


zoom cameraNew to Zoom? It’s as easy as choosing between 1, 2, 3 and 4! (And now 5! - telephone access)

NB: We now nominate a Helper if you need assistance with joining this 'meeting' on the day. 'Helpline' phone number for Sunday: 07912 295943 (Iain).

You can also get in touch if you would like advice before the day - use our usual choice of Contact details, as shown below, last item.

If you are new to Zoom and want to join us in the next meeting, please get set up beforehand. Try whichever of these methods suits you:

1)  Click Here (or below at 3 if you prefer pictures). 

Note: The separate code numbers for access for Sundays and for Thursdays are shown above.


2) Send us your email in advance and our reply will get you started. Either phone it in to EK 279004, or email us at ekopcmagazine@gmail.com .

Note: you must be able to access your emails on the device you plan to use for Zoom. 


3) Prefer picture guides?

a) Picture guide for people who have downloaded the 'app': Click Here 

b) For people who have not yet downloaded the 'app':  We recommend you watch the video at 4) below.

c) Picture guide to the control symbols when you are in the 'Zoom Room' (for beginners)Click Here for a picture of the screen in a meeting, explaining the controls eg for sound, video, etc. You can zoom in on the screen picture if required in the usual way.

4) Prefer a short video tutorial?  Click Here  

This is a short Youtube video made by a 'senior' couple who explain much of what we've told you above but in video format.

When you open it, change to Full Screen view by clicking the broken square at the bottom right of the video screen itself.

To go back again, click the Esc (Escape) key - top left on a keyboard, or use the Home button on an iPad. 

5)  Accessing Zoom meetings by telephone (audio only)

1) First, you need the Zoom meeting code number from the person hosting the meeting. (They will also give you a passcode if it's needed).

2) Dial 0131 460 1196

3) When asked, use the number keys on your phone to type in the meeting code, followed by the hash key: #

4) When asked for a 'participant ID', just press # again. (A participant ID isn't often used) 

5) When asked for passcode: 

      a) If there is one, key in the passcode the host has given you.

      b) If there isn't one, then just press the # key on your phone. 

6) You will get a message that you are in the 'waiting room' and the host will let you in soon... 

7) The host then lets you in. You will be asked to identify yourself, and you can join the meeting.


Get in touch if you need more help - use our 'Contact Us' button or the Church Office number (01355279004) in advance, or ring the host. Alistair and Iain are also usually able to help.  


Need more help?

We will have nominated Helpers if you have a problem joining the 'meeting'. Just get in touch using our usual contact details (below, last item) preferably in advance. But you can also ring Iain, Alistair or Anne at the time of the meeting and one of them will 'step out' to give you guidance. Most commonly the issue is putting your volume or picture on. Read the guidance notes above to familiarise yourself with the control symbols. 


“The Church is the people not a building”.

Our building may be closed, but the people of East Kilbride Old Parish Church are still here for you. Our Helping Hands and other volunteers are willing to help in many ways – just get in touch.

For example:

  • Need to hear a friendly voice, even if it has to be over the phone?
  • Need some shopping, a prescription, or a dog walker? 
  • In need of spiritual guidance, a few words of comfort, or a prayer to be said?

We check 'remotely', on a regular basis, for messages to the following:

Contact details: 

To contact us, telephone: 01355 279004, email ekopc.office@btconnect.com or you can use 'Contact Us' on this website. You can also go to www.Facebook.com/EKOLDPC  


  1. Sunday School / Messy Church
  2. FLING Families Group 
  3. Lent Bible Studies Fridays
  4. World Day of Prayer 
  5. Funeral Details (revised) 
  6. Sad Message from our Session Clerk
  7. Families Quiz Night 13th March
  8. New to Zoom - Access by Telephone
  9. EKO Magazine Info
  10. We’d love to hear from you! 
  11. Prayer Group & Prayer Diary
  12. Church of Scot. 'Call to Pray' 
  13. Our Contact Details 


Weekly Zoom Sunday School and Messy Church

Our new theme is 'Lent and the Journey to Easter'.

Since we have all given up so much lately, we will be focusing on forty things we could do to help, be kind or look after ourselves and our neighbours during Lent. Please spread the word!

Zoom Sunday School Advent and Messy Church

We always have a mix of music, puzzles / quizzes, games, crafts, 'circle time chat', a prayer, and a bible story from Anne, our Minister. We'll be flexible to cater for different age groups from Pre-school to Primary 7. Examples of work done and emailed in are shown on the Sunday School's 'Our Space' page.


FLING Families Group 


 Fling is a new Zoom group suitable for families and kids: chat mixed with fun activities. The group will continue to meet virtually at 2pm on Wednesday afternoons even tough some childen return to school.  Please spread the word!

Contact Iain Shaw for joining details on: 07912 295943 or at iainshaw18@gmail.com Iain (Youth & Families Worker)


Lent Bible Studies Continue 

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It has been the usual practice during Lent for us in the Old Parish to join together with our fellow Christians in the village area in a bible study.  Obviously, this year we will not be able to do that in person, however I have prepared some material which we will use by joining together in a Zoom video call.  I have been in touch with the other churches in the village area and they will pass on the information to their folks.  

 The material will be adapted from the book, “At Home in Lent” by Gordon Giles, and will focus on the everyday objects we have around our house, and since we’re all spending such a lot of time at home, this seems very appropriate.  Each week will stand alone, so people can come to whichever session suits.  We will begin on Friday 19th February at 11am and meet each Friday until our final session on Friday 26th March.   If you are interested in joining us, please email me your contact details or phone me and I can forward the material to you.

The joining details are the same as for Teas and Coffees after the service on Sundays: Joining code is 814-8227-9764, and remember, you don’t need internet connections to join, you can join by your telephone (dial 0131 460 1196 and give the joining code).  Guidance on joining Zoom is available on the 'Our Response in Challenging Times' page above. Look for the heading 'New to Zoom? 

Anne Paton  apaton@churchofscotland.org.uk  or 07912 295940 


World Day Of Prayer  5th March 2021

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In a normal year there would be services throughout Scotland for the World Day of Prayer. But not this year. The Scottish Committee has arranged a service for the whole country. Here are the details:-

On Friday 5th March at 2pm there will be a Zoom service. ID   895 9398 3883    Password 901 1656

If you do not have internet access you can join in by phone using a landline 0131 460 1196. You will be asked for the ID and Password. There may be a cost involved.

The service will be posted on the WDP website and Facebook page for later access.

10 Days of Prayer

Starting on Tuesday 23rd February there will be 10 Days of Prayer which will be posted every morning on the Facebook page or the WDP website. The national leaders of 10 denominations are invited to share a Thought for the Day focusing on Vanuatu, the country in the Pacific that has written this year’s service. One of the Scottish Committee will end with a prayer.

There are lots of details on the website – www.wdpscotland.org.uk , including the opportunity to make a donation.

 In East Kilbride, we hope to be able to use the Order of Service from the women of Vanuatu later in the year, when we can meet again.


Finalised Details of Angus McConnell's Funeral (Slight Change of Time)

The funeral of Angus McConnell is on Wednesday 3rd March: the hearse will leave from Carrick Road at 12:30pm before driving past the Old Parish Church (12.35) and thereafter the Kirktonholme pitches (12:40). The family expect Carrick Road to be busy and would ask that anyone wishing to show their respects may be better doing so at the church or Kirktonholme where social distancing can be maintained more easily to keep everyone safe.

The family have been overwhelmed with the good wishes of the community and would like to thank everyone for their kind messages. The Live Link for the funeral service is as follows: www.Obitus.com . Username: Pife 4397, Password: 071072 (Graeme Robertson, on behalf of the family)

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Message from our Session Clerk 

Our senior elder Angus McConnell passed away on 15th February at home, only a couple of days after celebrating his 90th birthday. Many people in the town will remember Angus for his work with the Sports Council or the Twinning Committee, while in the congregation of the Old Parish we will remember Angus as a lifelong member of the congregation, a steadfast and committed Christian and a wonderful friend. Last August we presented Angus with a scroll in recognition of his 60 years of service on the Kirk Session. Due to current restrictions the scroll was presented to Angus on his doorstep by his friend Jim Ballantyne. Angus played his full part in the life of the church and the congregation as Presbytery elder, organiser of church holidays, pawky speaker at Burns Suppers and in a multitude of other ways. We are privileged to have known Angus as a faithful friend throughout his life.  Alistair Walker

 We at ekopc.org.uk would like to take this opportunity to send our deepest sympathies, not only to Angus' family, but to all those in our church who have lost loved ones during this difficult time. 


Families Quiz Night 13th March

Iain Shaw, our Children, Youth and Families Worker has announced another Quiz Night - 13th March at 7pm on Zoom we expect. Joining instructions to follow...


zoom cameraNew to Zoom? 
Scroll down on the 'Our Response in Challenging Times' page and you will find step-by-step guidance on accessing Zoom meetings, especially if you are interested in the newest entry - Accessing Zoom meetings by telephone.



EKO Magazine 


The latest edition of our EKO magazine is available to read, save, or print off - just click on the link given on our 'News' page. It includes the monthly Prayer Diary.

Please contact Isobel Gray if you would like to receive the EKO by email and she will add you to the list - you can use the Church Office number: 01355 279004, isobelgray@blueyonder.co.uk or ekopcmagazine@gmail.com .

Deadline for next month's edition

The deadline for the March edition is Wednesday 24th February.  If you cannot email items to David, he is happy for you to dictate them over the phone. His contact details are in the EKO magazine.

February Magazine Delivery Change

Unfortunately, the recent restrictions impact on the arrangements for distribution of the EKO church magazine with these now, for the first time, specifically mentioned in the guidance from the national church.

Instead of the usual delivery by Helping Hands, the February magazine will have to be distributed by post.

If you still receive a paper copy of the magazine this might be a good time to think about taking an email version instead…

So, if you’d like to save the church some money by switching, please contact Isobel Gray at isobelgray@blueyonder.co.uk

Note: Delivery by Helping Hands will resume just as soon as the restrictions ease.


We’d love to hear from you!  Did You Know ?...

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... we’ve got folks watching our services in the Caribbean, the US, Germany, Scandinavia as well as various parts of the UK?

Are you among them? Do you watch our weekly service? Have you a local connection here but are now settled living away from East Kilbride?

We’d love to hear from you!

Please get in touch with us - using 'Contact Us' which you'll find in our Menu, or via the church email address: ekopc.office@btconnect.com . You could maybe tell us a bit about yourself, where you live (in the UK or abroad), how you found us, and what you like best about our website? No personal information will be printed on the site (unless you are happy with that).


The EK Old Parish Prayer Group


Our Prayer Group is not meeting at this time, but we are still taking prayer requests to our Heavenly Father on your behalf. Please send texts and emails to Marion Leddie. Take your worries to the Lord in prayer.


Prayer Diary 8th - 18th February 2021 :

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his mercy is forever sure.” 

26th. Father, help us to look after your beautiful world and everything in it properly.

27th. We thank you again Lord, for the technology that keeps us in touch with one another.

28th. Help us to face every storm with confidence, knowing that you are in control.


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Church of Scotland Weekly 'Call to Pray' 

Join the Church of Scotland and others in prayer every Sunday 7pm.

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Churches and Christian organisations across Scotland are calling on Christians to pray at the same time in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Thousands of people across Scotland have been answering the call to pray during this time of sacrifice, difficulty and bereavement. Prayer has become increasingly a valued time for Christians as they pause to pray, conscious that many others will be sharing the same prayer at the same time. It helps create a sense of community when we are isolated through lockdown.

Click Here  for more details of the Call to Pray. 

The Prayer for 28th February


“There are times in the Gospels when it is clear that the disciples of Jesus have real difficulty in understanding his teaching. On one such occasion, Jesus speaks openly about what lies before him and afterwards Peter ‘took him aside and began to rebuke him’. (Mark 8: 31-32) Peter is clear that death and resurrection are not part of that future and, as he speaks, it is equally clear that he has not yet understood the way that Jesus must take.

“There are times in the past months when all of us have had real difficulty in understanding the challenges faced within our society and across the globe. We have been unclear as to what the future holds and the path to be taken. In all of this, we have not been alone.

“As the Gospel account unfolds, Jesus gathers the crowd around him and invites them to ‘take up their cross and follow me’. (Mark 8: 34)

“As we journey into the future and follow the path taken by Jesus, we know that we are not alone. We journey in the way of the cross and in the hope of the resurrection.”

We pray:

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
Be with us through Your Son
Who has journeyed in the way of the Cross.
Grant to us grace and faith that we might follow Him.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
In all we face,
Be near to us, and all whom we love,
And guard us safe in Your presence.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
Be with those who fear this day
And who struggle to see the future.
Lead us from the darkness into Your light.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
Be with those who grieve this day
And who feel bereft of comfort.
In Your compassion, be near to them.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
In all that is faced by our society today,
Grant wisdom, insight and understanding
To those who are called to govern our nation and act on our behalf.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
Be with us through Your Son
Whose journey in the way of the Cross
Yields the hope of the Resurrection.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


Click Here to hear the prayer for 28th February said by the Moderator. 

Click Here to hear the prayer for 21st February said by the Moderator.

Click Here  to hear the prayer for 14th February said by the Moderator.

Click Here  to hear the prayer for 7th February said by the Moderator.


Contact details

We are here to help in difficult times! To contact us, use any of the following (all now monitored daily, despite the office being physically closed):

Telephone: 01355 279004; Email: ekopc.office@btconnect.com ; Send a Website Message via 'Contact Us' on this website;  Or to go to our Facebook page, click the link below.  

  facebook www.facebook.com/EKOLDPC

Uplifting Pieces and 'Funnies'..

..to lift people's spirits and raise a smile during these hard times. Please contribute your photos, stories, links etc! 

Allan and Jill Cowan’s Lockdown News (see 'Myra’ below)
Most of you will know the Cowans below - Allan is a former Session Clerk and Jill was a Sunday School Teacher (and now helps with the online Sunday School/Messy Church). 
Jill is proudly showing off her tomato seedlings (in a beautifully decorated pot).  We know from past photos that she is very creative, (garden displays, crafts, knitting etc).
You can see Allan is a keen golfer (It looks as if it was cold that day!), and he joins Jill in that. Allan's been working from home a fair bit over the last year, but he's also been a great support with keeping this website updated.

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.... and from Gavin B: 

 You probably know Gavin from his Bible reading at church, and perhaps from his being a 'Helping Hands' volunteer (shopping and prescriptions).

He enjoys dog walking... Here he is with his  eight-year-old dog, Jasper. Gavin tells me that, with his wife Jill working from home, Jasper has been totally spoiled this last year!

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Iain (with Alfie) say 'Hi' to Myra

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Most of you know Iain Shaw is our Children,Youth & Families Worker. Here he is with his dog Alfie.

Iain has been kept very busy at church in lockdown: Sunday School/Messy Church, Wednesday's 'Fling', assisting people with access to Zoom, and organising our Church 'Helping Hands' volunteer group, Facebook page, Quiz Nights, Village Treasure Hunts and other tasks too numerous to mention! 

Myra's News in Lockdown 

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Chatting to Myra J recently, she told me she misses seeing other church members, though phone calls keep her updated with the news.

Myra enjoys watching the Sunday service on her IPad, and loves those where people are allowed to attend – she’s keen to spot familiar faces.

“I’m really glad I went to the Church’s Click-It class”, she said. (See photo above, with Ian W. her tutor)

“In lockdown I can watch family videos on my IPad – the walk along Glen Nevis, for example, and I can see the wonderful ‘North Coast 500’ drive on YouTube, as well as playing online solitaire”.

But I particularly love to see photos of my church friends…."

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Noah's Story as a Sea Shanty

A group of Church of Scotland ministers, elders and members have taken inspiration from the recent maritime musical trend sweeping the nation and swapped sermons for sea shanties - with their own nautical number telling the story of Noah. To find out more, go to our News page, but here's a copy of the song video to lift your spirits right now. Click Here (But beware, you'll be singing and dancing for the rest of the day! 


... And Now the Crocuses!

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The Snowdrops Arrive at Last!

Next the crocuses, then the daffodils, the tulips - and Summer!

Send me in your photos of these flowers as they appear, just as Jill and Iain did: Either email to ekopcmagazine@gmail.com or message to Christine B.

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snowdrops from jill


A Smile for you!

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I've had a copy of the poem below on a home-made bookmark for decades, but have just come across it again.

I thought it would be good for 'The Lighter Side' ....

... but then I read the last couplet.


Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu.

When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.

I passed around a corner and someone saw my grin.

When he smiled, I realised I'd passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile, then I realised its worth,

A single smile, just like mine, could travel round the Earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.

Let's start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected...

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Sunset over the Heritage Loch

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Is this Snow ever going to go away?



Amazing things we see in Winter

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 View over Stewartfield Loch



Wise Words (passed on by Iain)

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Ships don't sink because of the water around them...

Ships sink because of the water IN them!

Don't let what's happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.

Isaiah 43:2


Do you have any good news stories? Funny snippets? Cartoons? Pretty pictures? Juicy gossip? (only if it's in good taste and ok to print!) Send your contributions to any of the usual contact details or use the 'Contact Us' button.


Now keep scrolling down (or go to the top menu) for our other sections:

Church Welcome and Introduction including: General Information; Location Maps; and 'Contact Us' message facility.

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Worship with Us, including information on Church Services as well as Communion; Accessibility and Extra Support; a 'Newcomers' Guide  

News: Church News; Pastoral Letter; Youth & Families Worker Updates

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Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals 

Activity Group Pages (Youth and Adults)

Faith Matters

History and Graveyard

NB: Work and Workings of the Church is yet to be opened...


Welcome to East Kilbride Old Parish Church!

Join us for worship on
Sunday Mornings from 11am – 12noon.

We hope you will feel a warmth and friendliness and that your experience of our worship together is enjoyable, meaningful and encouraging. Please also look out for activities you could be a part of during the week – there are lots of opportunities to meet with a friendly crowd! East Kilbride Old prides itself in being known as a welcoming church.


From the church of the past to the church of today…

“This website includes a section on the history of the church and its graveyard because we know may visitors are interested in this. The current building dates back to 1774 (though there has been a church on this site since pre-Reformation times).

When today’s church was built, it stood in the midst of a small village. Today it stands in the midst of a large new town with a population of around 75,000 people.

Beautiful as it is however, our church is not the building, but the people. Within that building, there is a warm church family. People of all ages meet together, all striving to reach out to the community we serve in the Village area and East Mains.

We have active organisations for children and adults, giving a wealth of opportunities for fellowship and sharing, and everyone is assured of a warm welcome.”

Rev. Anne Paton

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Join us for worship this Sunday

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Church & Halls

Glebe St Hall

East Kilbride Old Parish Church
Montgomery Street
The Village
East Kilbride
G74 4JS

01355 279004
Office opening times:
Tuesday & Friday
9:30am to 12:30pm




Scottish Charity No: SC000609