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The 'News & Events' page has been added to provide a page to detail additional news and events connected to our Church.

This will include information on people and places with connections to Kilsyth Burns & Old.  We will also use this page to detail upcoming events within our town organised by people and groups other than our Church.  


There will be a dinner for over-70's on Saturday 21 September. Names are being taken and there will be a list in both churches.  Further details to follow.

Board, Session & Congregatinal Update, 26 May 2024

On Thursday, 16 May the most recent meeting of the Kilsyth Joint Working Group took place with Kilsyth Anderson, Paul Cathcart, Fiona Crawford and ourselves and it was jointly agreed that the proposed name for the new Church of Scotland church in Kilsyth should be sumitted to Glasgow Presbytery and the General Trustees in Edinburgh for approval. The name submitted is:


It was also decided that the Burns and Old Manse should be the manse for the minister of the new church and the Kilsyth Anderson manse (which is cuffently rented out) should remain as is and the future of the Kilsyth Anderson Manse should be reviewed when the present tenants vacate the property.

The next planned meeting of the group is scheduled for Tuesday 18 June 2024 and we hope to bring further updates to you after that meeting.


Kilsyth Rotary Club is holding a Senior Citizens Concert in the church hall on Saturday 18 May at 2.00pm. The Silver Singers, Croy Silver Band among others will be entertaining.

Glasgow Presbytery

A few weeks ago, I notified the congregation that I had received information from Glasgow Presbytery that our minister was demitting from the ministry.

On Tuesday 12 March at the Presbytery meeting, it was announced: We recognise with gratitude the ministry of Rev Bob Johnston as Minister of Kilsyth Burns & Old Parish Church since 2017 and dissolve the tie with effect from 13 March 2024. He will retain his membership of Glasgow Presbytery and his status as a Church of Scotland minister.

John Comrie, Session Clerk

Spring Fair

Our Spring Garden Fair will be on Saturay 4 May.

The next meeting is on Wednesday 4 April at 10.30am in the creche hall. Help is needed to make our fair a success - more details to follow!

Kilsyth Old Library

A fundraiser in aid of the Old Library is being held on Saturday 16 March in the Church Hall. Tickets are £5 and can be obtained from Anne Russell (01236 821758). There will be entertainment by "Harmony". Lunch (Soup, tea/coffee and goodies) will be served. The time is 12.30 for 1.00pm

A packed hall

A packed hall and the entertainers - Harmony

Christmas Tree Festival Weekend, 1 & 2 Dec 2023

It has been four years since our last Christmas Tree Festival so this year our "infamous" Burns & Old Tree Festival will take on a slightly different format.

The Church Sanctuary will be full of individually themed decorated Christmas trees and will  be open to the public only on Friday 1st December from 2.00pm-8.00pm. Admission will be - adults £3, children £1; this will include tea/coffee and Christmas Fayre.


In the large hall the stalls will be: craft, jewellery and Christmas themed. Donations of Christmas pies, shortbread, and fruit bun will be greatly appreciated.

On Saturday 2 December, the Stepps Songsters Choir, led by our very own James Greechan, will be holding a Christmas concert in the Church Sanctuary at 2.00pm. Tickets for this are now on sale. The cost  is £5 which will again include tea/coffee and Christmas fayre. Don't miss out, make sure  you get them today as there are a limited number and less than two weeks to go!

We are looking forward to this happy weekend and are looking for volunteers to steward the Church on the Friday and to help with the tea bar.  If you would be interested in helping please contact Margaret Wren on 01236 826238.

Tea Bar Poster.jpg


Here are some photpgraphs of Kilsyth War Memorial taken on 26 August. It is now 100 years since our War Memorial was unveiled.

100 years ago on 25 August 1923, Kilsyth War Memorial was unveiled. Represemtatives from schools, churches, uniformed organisations, armed forces amd elected members attended a service to commemorate the occasion with many members of the community with family connections to the memorial. Many laid floral tributes. The service was led by Rev Bob Johnston with music from representatives of Kilsyth Thistle Pipe Band and Croy Silver Band. Provost Kenneth Duffy also attended.


A big thank you to George M MacDonald (who has written a history of the War Memorial), Carol Devlin from Croy Silver Band (Carol sounded reveille) and local schools who were all represented. The service was well attended. A big thank you also to Kilsyth Old Library Committee for the welcome cup of tea afterwards.

Veteran and local Historian George M MacDonald has written a history of the war memorial and laid a commemorative wreath. This can be made available. The following is an extract from this:

"At long last, and after many of the inhabitants had almost given up hope of seeing a public war memorial in their midst, Saturday saw the unveiling of the monument an accomplished fact. The monument is in the form of a Celtic cross of Aberdeen granite, standing 18ft high. The work was executed by Messrs Scott & Rae, Glasgow at a cost of £500. 1,171 men from Kilsyth enlisted in His Majesty's Forces and there were 227 who did not return. Rev Duncan Cameron, Parish Church, dedicated this memorial for ever to their memories and might God grant unto us that the memory of these heroic men might ever be fresh and beautiful in our souls."


Our BB Anchor Boys require another person to register as a Leader. The age requirement is 17 years or older. This is necessary for the company to continue to function. They meet on a Tuesday evening from 6.15pm - 7.15pm. If you are interested, please contact John Comrie, 07943 522180 who will pass on your details.


The Communion Table Bible was presented to Rev Henry M Smith by the Connor family in 1957. 


Rev Smith subsequently gifted the Bible to the Church and it sat on our Communion Table for decades.

Sadly time took it's toll on the Bible leaving it fragile and falling apart.  In 2022 the Mission Group proposed having the Bible rebound. 


The beautifully rebound Bible, still with it's original inscription from the Connor family, was re-dedicated on Sunday 25th June 2023 and sits proudly once more on it's stand on the Communion Table.

All are welcome to view the wonderful restoration of our Communion Table Bible.


We're delighted to welcome Rhionna Inwood, who is a final year student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as our permanent pianist.

We hope she enjoys playing the piano for us as much as we enjoy listening to her.



There will be a dinner for over-70's on Sunday 30 September. Names are being taken and there will be a list in both churches.  Further details to follow.

Church Fayre


Here are a few photos from the recent Church Fayre.

The sum of approximately £2,300 was realised and everyone enjoyed the afternoon.



Yes, the Church Fayre is back but on a different date. This year our Church Spring Fayre is on Saturday 13 May from 2.00pm until 4.00pm.

Our stalls are:

Books, CDs, DVDs, Jigsaws, Candles, Unwanted Gifts, Christmas Ornaments and Decorations, Plants, Home Baking, Teas, Coffee and Baking.

Items for our stalls can be brought to Chuch any Sunday or to the large hall o Friday 12 May from 2.00-3.00pm.


The choir is holding a Christmas Concert in the church on Saturday 3 December at 2.00pm.

As well as our choir singing, we will be joined by a few guest soloists, and we will also enjoy listening to our very own talented James Greechan.

There will also be audience participation in the singing of some well known carols. Tea, coffee and Christmas fayre will be served in the hall after the concert. 

Tickets priced £3 will be on sale from Sunday 13 November after the morning service in the large hall.

We are all really looking forward to this joyous occasion.



Sunday 7 August at 11.00am.

This is a service to acknowledge the losses during the pandemic but also to give thanks and celebrate our church moving forward. (In the sanctuary and on Conferoo.)

There will also be a dedication of the Peace Garden.


Our Christmas Fayre takes place this Saturday, 26 November from 11.00am until 1.30pm. Please come along and enjoy all the "fun of the fayre". Tea, coffee and all the usual stalls will  be there for everyone.


A new group has been formed at the Anderson Church called "Tea and Tunes". This is for older people who like music, those living with dementia and their carers. Tea, coffee and a biscuit are all provided and is free to attend.

Autumn dates are: 13th and 27th October, 10th and 24th November and finally 15th December.

Summer dates are Thursday  9th and 23rd June, from 1.30-3.00pm. All welcome.Contact Hazel on 07986861834 for further information.



On the 1st Sunday of Advent the church was delighted to present Cathy McFarlane and Margaret McKenzie with Long Service Certificates for 60 years and 50 years respectively of being at the heart of the choir.

The minister thanked them and acknowledged the importance of all the many roles within the Church, and the people who fill them joyfully and faithfully. Without true servants like Cathy and Margaret there simply would not be a church.  


After the service tea, coffee and a delightful celebration cake was enjoyed by our wonderful 'Choir Angels'.