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Current Vacancies for Ministers (Charges with Premission to Call) Posted on 06 Sep 2017

Airdrie: Cairnlea linked with Calderbank (1 January 2016) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Derek Hughes

Airdrie: Clarkston (30 September 2017) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator- Rev. Alan Gibson

Bargeddie (7 March 2017) [50% Ministry - Reviewable]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Michael Lyall

Chapelhall linked with Kirk o’ Shotts (27 May 2014) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Margaret Currie

Coatbridge: Blairhill Dundyvan linked with Coatbridge: Middle (7 February 2017) [7 year Reviewable]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Sandra Black]

Shotts: Calderhead Erskine (12 August 2017) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Terry Moran

INDUCTION AT OVERTOWN Posted on 30 Jun 2017  |  Website

The Presbytery of Hamilton met last evening, to induct the Rev. Lorna MacDougall to the charge of Overtown. A rather wet miserable evening did not deter an excellent turnout, and sixteen visitors from the Presbyteries of Falkirk, Glasgow, Lanark and Stirling augmented the twenty-four members of Presbytery present. The occasion was again a joyous one, with the Moderator adding his usual light touch to the formal parts of the proceedings, and with an excellent sermon delivered by the Rev. Terry Taylor, who was herself inducted to a charge in the Presbytery three months ago. Pictured in the above photograph are Lorna, with the Rev. Neil Buchanan, Interim Moderator on the outer left, and her sister, Maudeen MacDougall, minister at Carnwath lw Carstairs, on the outer right. She is flanked by the Rev. Terry Taylor, and the Moderator of Presbytery, the Rev. Gavin W.G. Black.

INDUCTION NEWS Posted on 28 Jun 2017

Inductions to Hamilton Presbytery

The second of three inductions to charges within Hamilton Presbytery took place on Monday night, 26 June 2017, when the Rev. Bryce Calder, who has translated from Kirkintilloch: St David's Memorial, was inducted to the Pastoral Charge of Motherwell St. Mary's. Pictured left is the Rev. Bryce Calder (second left) accompanied by (left to right) the Rev. Gavin W G Black, Moderator of the Presbytery; the Rev. Arthur Barrie, Interim Moderator; the Rev. Christopher Rankine (Hamilton: Hillhouse) who led worship and preached the sermon; and the Presbytery Clerk, the Rev. Dr. Gordon A McCracken.

The Presbytery will also on Thursday evening, induct to the Pastoral Charge of Overtown the Rev. Lorna I MacDougall, who has successfully transited from the Auxiliary Ministry, having served in that capacity for a good number of years within Falkirk Presbytery.

Earlier this month, the Presbytery associated with the National Synod of Scotland of the United Reformed Church for the ordination of the Rev. Stewart Cutler, who was inducted to the Pastoral Charge of Stonehouse: St Ninian's LEP by both denominations, the joyous service being a clear demonstration of a closer working relationship between two branches of the one family. The service took place on Friday 9 June 2017.

MODERATOR DESIGNATE Posted on 08 May 2017

At its last meeting on 2 May 2017 Hamilton Presbytery approved the nomination of Roberta Hutton as its next Moderator. Roberta is a member of the congregation of Craigneuk and Belhaven , and currently serves on the Presbytery Stewardship and Finance Committee, as well as providing LCR Support. Roberta is only the third elder to hold the post, and the first female elder to do so.

ANNIVERSARY AT GREENHILLS Posted on 01 May 2017  |  Website

The Congregation of Greenhills Parish Church, East Kilbride, yesterday celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the opening of their church for worship. The Service was attended by many distinguished guests who were welcomed by the Minister, The Rev. John Brewster, who is now in his 30th year as Minister of the Church and Parish. The Preacher was the Rev. Alan McWilliam, son of the first minister of the congregation, who extended the best wishes of his parents, and spoke of the building as being an "Ebenezer" - a "stone" of remembrance, but more importantly a spur to action, assured that the Lord is with us now as he was then.

The Rev. Gavin W.G. Black, Moderator of Hamilton Presbytery; and the Presbytery Clerk, the Rev. Dr. Gordon A McCracken, were also present and together brought greetings and extended congratulations from the Presbytery. The Rev. Dr. John L McPake, National Ecumenical Officer, and an East Kilbride minister, also extended the good wishes of the other churches in East Kilbride and the National Church. Civic congratulations were extended by Dr. Lisa Cameron, MP, and Linda Fabiani, MSP, depute presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament.

Greenhills began as a Church Extension Parish in 1971 and was "on the ground" along with the diggers and builders. It's first minister Tom McWilliam was appointed in 1972, and served until 1980. During the construction phase the developing Parish moved from the supervision of the Presbytery of Glasgow to that of Hamilton following boundary adjustments consonant with local government re-organisation. The congregation has thus been in membership of Hamilton Presbytery for just over 40 years, but has only recently voted to adopt the status of a "New Charge Development" as a final step towards achieving "Full Status". It has been a long time coming, and the congregation looks forward to enjoyment of the full rights of Church of Scotland Congregations.


The Minister and Kirk Session of Bothwell Parish Church recently welcome the Princess Royal to a service marking the restoration of the Quire of the Church which dates back to 1398 and time of the Third Earl of Douglas, "Archibald the Grim." The Rededication service on Wednesday 22nd March marked the culmination of a five year project, costing almost £2m. The Bothwell building is the oldest Collegiate Church still in use for worship, and has undergone several restorations and extensions to the original building over the years, the church itself having been restored in 1898, and the Nave and Tower altered in 1933. See for further details.

The Presbytery of Hamilton is a component element of The Church of Scotland, Scottish Charity No SC011353