Union

UNITED CONGREGATION

of

FALKIRK OLD PARISH CHURCH & ST MODAN'S PARISH CHURCH

1986


In the mid-eighties St Modan's Parish Church was faced with huge problems - deteriorating buildings and insufficient resources to maintain or repair them. With great regret, but also with great courage, the members decided to seek a union with another congregation. After much discussion and negotiation, the service of union was held on 22 October 1986, and Falkirk Old & St Modan's Parish Church came into being.

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The St Modan's congregation belonged originally to the Evangelical Union, taking the name when it was restored to the Church of Scotland in 1896 as a "Chapel of Ease" of the Parish Church, having moved to Bank Street. It became an independent congregation in 1915, occupying its imposing MacGregor Chalmers building, now sympathetically converted into apartments.

The Minister of St Modan's, the Rev. Ron Smith, became Associate Minister of the united charge, working with the Minister, the Rev. Leith Fisher of the erstwhile Old Parish. The success of the union was very largely due to the gracious cooperation of the ministers in this new arrangement.

Of course it took a while for the "marriage" to settle down, but it has proved to be a good and positive experience. Twenty-two years and three ministers later, it is hard to see the join.

A long-cherished dream was realised when the proceeds of the sale of the St Modan's church building eventually enabled the construction of the new suite, appropriately named St Modan's Halls, to the west of the Old Parish building,

Falkirk Old & St Modan's Parish Church serves the two former parishes, comprising most of the Town Centre, the High flats, and the area south of the Slamannan Rd, including Hallglen where shared facilities in the Community Centre give the church a presence and second worship centre.

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