Church Life

How we work

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.

What groups do we have?

Our Church Choir usually meets once per month on a Thursday evening with some additional evenings in the period before Easter and Advent/Christmas. Practices are held either in the Main Hall or the Archway Room from 7.30pm-9.30pm.

The choir usually also practices before each Sunday Service at 10.15am prompt in the Archway Room. New members are always made welcome. Anyone interested in joining the choir should speak to Bob Tait on Sunday.

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.

The Church of Scotland Guild provides many excellent resources and materials to go along with the yearly themes

Our Walking Group usually meet on Monday evenings at 7pm from March until September to go on pleasant walks around Falkirk. The meeting point for walks changes regularly and new walkers are always welcome!

The group also arrange some Saturday walks throughout the season too.

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…

Wee Bairns is our creche and members of our congregation look after babies from weeks old up to Primary One age to allow their parents time to enjoy the service.

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.

Youth Forum is an informal gathering from time to time of some of our youth leaders and young people and their families.

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 4th Falkirk Girls’ Brigade meet in the Ettrich Dochart Community Hall on Thursdays from 6.15pm until 7.30pm. The 9th Falkirk Girls’ Brigade meet in Falkirk Trinity Church 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 and Junior Section meet from 6.30pm until 7.30pm and the Company Section meet from 6.30pm until 8.00pm. For more information, contact forthfalkirkbbcaptain@hotmail.com

What is there for the elderly and housebound?

Our housebound members are visited regularly and our Church news is distributed. Flowers are also delivered both to celebrate happy occasions and when there is ill health or bereavements. During covid, we delivered a small gift and card at Christmas and again at Easter.

The elderly are also welcome to join the Wanderers excursions.

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.

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