Our Kirk Session meets five times per year, setting general policy, actively and creatively steering our path of renewal, and seeking to deliver our vision of “Trinity Transforming Lives”. We have 29 serving Elders and we encourage younger members to assist the Kirk Session in its work and decisions. The Kirk Session oversees a series of “initiatives” with a few serving Elders recruiting people as required for each initiative, some of which will be short term and some long term, and open the door to new initiatives as they arise. We employ a Business and Development Manager who assists and sometimes leads in areas of events, Family Life Centre, finance and buildings.
We believe in the ministry of all God’s people where everyone has a part to play in the body of the Church and we encourage everyone to use their gifts and talents to that end.
How we learn and grow
We encourage everyone in discipleship and to explore ways of developing their spiritual life by offering a variety of resources throughout the year, including talks, topical discussions, prayer opportunities, and book groups. We also encourage people to connect with the material on the Sanctuary First website.
Cafe in the Kirk
Our cafe is at the heart of our Church community. We are normally open on Wednesdays from 11:30am until 1:30pm for lunch and light refreshments including home-made soups, sandwiches and scones. Everything is freshly prepared.
We provide table service in a warm, friendly and interactive environment. Whether you are looking for a working lunch, catching up with friends or seeking a tranquil space to contemplate, we’ll be able to help. Many of our customers are regulars whilst others express great delight at finding us for the first time.
Our Kazunzu Story
Despite the fact that, due to covid, no volunteer trips took place to Kazunzu in 2022, work has continued on the site. The local labourers have been building the community centre and are in the process of putting the roof on to the building. The plan is then to start work on the school on the site. This will enable the children who are living at Kazunzu to attend a local school rather than having to walk a great distance to the nearest one.
Eight houses have been built and furnished and a total of 58 people, 37 of whom are children,are living in these eight houses. Rather than just a “Mama” as originally planned, each house has a Mother and Father figure – some of the couples have children of their own who are living with them.
The two fish cages are in place and the tilapia (the local fish) are growing steadily. It is hoped they will be ready to be harvested in June or July. This will provide employment for the men living on site and help to make the project sustainable.
So although work hasn’t progressed as fast as originally envisaged, the work has continued and the site is developing, albeit a little slower than expected.
Having raised funds to send a team of volunteers from the church and also raised over £7000 to furnish and equip the two houses we built, as well as raising £1270 for the project from the sale of calendars, we are keen to maintain our links with Kazunzu.
The Snowdrop Café runs on Monday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm in the Main Hall. Everyone who comes along enjoys a chat, with tea, coffee and scones. Some enjoy playing dominoes or card games. From time to time, we also have entertainment.
The aim of the Snowdrop Café is to bring people of all age groups together in an inclusive and friendly environment where all will be respected and accepted. The objective is simply to provide a space to make friendships, enjoy each other’s company, help with isolation and form a sense of belonging.
The Snowdrop Café is run in conjunction with Strathcarron Hospice.
Transport can be arranged for anyone who experiences difficulties in getting to the church.
Labelled With Love was set up in the summer of 2020 to provide new school uniforms for children from families struggling financially. Links have been established with the local primary schools, social work and health organisations, and we are led by where the need is greatest in supporting children and families and showing God’s love. We have now branched out into providing other items, such as winter jackets, shoes and wellies, Christmas meals, and supporting other community organisations.
We chose our name as each bag of clothing has a label on it: ‘With love from Falkirk Trinity Church’.
Our Church Choir is important to us and contribute to worship every Sunday. New members are always made welcome and anyone interested in joining the choir should email the office for more information.
Our Guild usually meets in the Lounge on Wednesdays in February, March, October and November. Meetings start at 2.00pm and are open to men and women.
We are a very small part of an organisation of 25,000 members! Occasionally we have outside speakers, but in the main we draw on the talents and experiences of our own members, and we have been privileged to share their wide range of interests, hobbies and stories of life and faith.
We also have a Book Group which meets regularly throughout the year. Their meetings are listed on our What’s On page.
What is there for young people?
We have various groups and activities available for our young people, from baby to young adult, on Sunday mornings and during the week…
S-Kidz – each week after the first part of the service, the children leave for S-Kidz in the hall. But have you ever wondered what they do through there?
Well, after our get together and stories about our week, we watch or listen to a Bible story then learn more through games, crafts, songs and prayers all linked to the theme for the week.
We operate with a team of leaders each week and a rota of helpers. We are always looking for more helpers so if you would like to join us once in a while just let us know.
Youth Station is our group for young people from P7 – S6 and they meet each Sunday to learn more about Christian faith. They attend communion services; have talks from members of the congregation; discuss issues in life and how the Bible helps us to cope with these; help S-Kidz with things like nativity plays; take part in youth services e.g. talking, playing musical instruments; pack charity shoe boxes at Christmas and so much more.
Girls’ Brigade is a lively, vibrant organisation offering a wide range of activities for girls, from dancing to cookery, within a safe and secure environment. The 9th Falkirk Girls’ Brigade meet here on Wednesdays from 6.30pm – 8.00pm.
Boys’ Brigade gives boys the opportunity to meet together and engage in a range of fun and developmental activities and experiences, from sports to quizzes and craft activities. The 4th Falkirk Boys’ Brigade meet on Wednesday evenings in the Ettrick Dochart Community Hall. The Anchor Boys meet from 6.30pm until 7.30pm, the Junior Section from 6.30pm until 8pm and the Company Section from 8pm until 9.15pm. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What is there for the elderly and housebound?
Our housebound members are visited regularly and our Church news is distributed. A small gift and card is delivered at Christmas and Easter, cards are also sent out at regular intervals during the year.
How do we link with other churches?
With our neighbouring Churches we seek to plan how we can connect and support one another as we offer “Church” to the people in central Falkirk which covers the town centre, stretching out to Bainsford and Camelon. We aim to work together as a ministry team as part of the whole Church of Scotland which seeks to live within its means and to reform with a view to give the opportunity for growth once again.
You can watch our live services here. Recorded services are posted our Vimeo channel.