We are the Parish Church for Bishopton and worship on this site has been taking place within this church building since 1815. Prior to that there had been a religious presence on this site for several centuries and our parish was one of the original parishes of the Presbytery of Paisley when it was constituted in 1590, after the Reformation in 1560.
Our Sunday Services start at 11.00 am and last for approximately one hour. Communion is celebrated four times a year, in February, May, August and October, plus an extra communion service on Maundy Thursday at Easter. Early Bird services are held in The Cornerstone on the 1st Sunday of every month in addition to our regular service, unless otherwise stated. Please see the Newsy Mail for up-to-date service information.
On arrival at the front door you will be greeted by our Welcome Team. Please make yourself known to them as ‘new to our church’ and introduce yourself to others in the pew. Church intimations are included on the large TV screens at the front of the church.
The church is a side-aisle church with the pew rows in the centre, these two aisles leading to the chancel, which is that part of the church containing the Communion Table, the Choir and the Pulpit. The organ sits at the base of the pulpit.
The upstairs gallery, which can be seen in the photograph adjacent, has a ‘semi-circular’ seated area which has several small family style booths … and there is a traditional seated pew area at the rear.
Disabled Access and Facilities
The church has external access for the disabled via a stair-lift. Within the downstairs pews there are two areas designated for wheelchair users and in addition there is also a disabled toilet facility and a hearing loop system.
Our church services vary depending on the Christian calendar, other major events or national occasions. They generally comprise of an introit by the church choir, a welcome by the minister followed by hymns, bible readings, a sermon and a closing hymn. Depending on the occasion there can be variations in the structure of the service.
Children are viewed as paramount to the well-being of our church and we have an enthusiastic group called ‘Sunday Kidz’. Apart from the first Sunday of the month, the SK children meet at the church steps OR at the SK Corner in the Extension Hall just before 1100. The group then proceed to the church sanctuary with the SK leaders, Linda / Janice / Laura. After Yvonne’s worship introduction the children return to the Extension Hall to take part in SK activities.
SK activities are aimed generally at children in the Primary 1-7 age group: pre-school children are also most welcome, and appropriate toys/mats can be provided. Parents or guardians of the pre-school children are, of course, welcome to stay with their children. On the FIRST SUNDAY of each month children are welcome to attend the Early Bird Service in The Cornerstone at 0930. At this service children should be accompanied by parents / family member
Each week an arrangement of fresh flowers is placed in the sanctuary, this frequently being provided by a church member in memory of a loved one. At the end of the morning service the flowers are removed, re-arranged into smaller bunches and delivered to members of the congregation who are either ill, housebound, bereaved or whom we wish to remember for some other reason e.g. a special anniversary.
Singing and Music
We have an excellent mixed choir supported by our organist, this making for a full and uplifting experience. Our services start with an introit from the choir and normally include 4 or 5 hymns, sometimes interspaced by additional music/songs depending on the occasion. The words for the hymns and songs are projected onto the screens. The words for the hymns are also available in book form from the Welcome Team, this being in either normal print, large print … and with music. Occasionally, we have the added enjoyment of having our Church Praise Band accompanying the organ and choir.
After services, tea and coffee are served in the adjoining extension hall where members and visitors can enjoy fellowship, a good chat and catch up with the relevant news.
Joining the Church
If you would like information about joining Bishopton Parish Church, please contact the Minister or Session Clerk.
Minister: Rev. Yvonne Smith,
Tel: 01505 862161 Mob: 07540 592937
Session Clerk: Douglas Hope
Tel: 0141 812 4680 Mob: 07793 847593
Bishopton Parish Church adheres to the Church of Scotland’s policies and practices regarding Covid-19, details of which can be found at:-https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/resources/covid-19-coronavirus-advice.
If you need further information please see the church Network Magazine.