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Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September 2022

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 2020

Every year, in conjunction with the North Lanarkshire Doors Open event, our Church opens its doors to visitors on a weekend in September.  This year, due to the virus restrictions, the event is being held "virtually". 

Burns and old Church on a Sunny day

The full programme of Doors Open events and offerings can be accessed here.

We have prepared a presentation to take members and visitors on a tour of our beautiful church.  The historical information was taken from our dear friend Bill Gracie's book "The Old Lady of Backbrae".  Violet Gourlay, our intrepid church photographer, provided the pictures.  Our minister, Bob Johnston, provided the narration.

To start, click on the play button in the centre. We do hope you enjoy it!


Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2019

In conjunction with North Lanarkshire Doors Open weekend our Church was open 11:00am-4:00pm on the Saturday and then 2:00pm-4:00pm on the Sunday. 

Burns and old Church on a Sunny day

We have very colourful and thought-provoking stained glass windows and History Corner to blether about former times or just come in for some quiet reflective time.

Refreshments were provided to visitors in the Lower Hall.

Both visitors and volunteers from our Church had a fun time. 

If you didn't manage along this year, we look forward to meeting you next time.


Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018

Chancel stained glass window

Kilsyth Burns & Old Parish Church participated in the annual Doors Open weekend hosted by North Lanarkshire.

Our Praise Corner became a History Corner with a display of pictures, books and bibles from years gone by.  Many visitors stated that they enjoyed the 'quiet time'.


Several visitors from around the district visited

over the two days to view 'History Corner',

'Miners Tables' and other Heritage items. 

Some visitors from England, descendants of Mr Hugh Muir and Ms Margaret Leishman, were not aware of the open event.  They dropped in and were impressed with the historical exhibits.

We also had visitors from the Scottish Military Research Group who were interested in people from the area that died in the Great war; more information on the group can be found by visiting their website SMRG.


Visitors were given tours of the historic building and were able to view the fine architecture and artifacts.


Pictured here is the Kilsyth Optimists Discovery Group Historic Quilt, which depicts the history of the town; visitors from near and far were very impressed.


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