Erskine church members debate union with Falkirk Old & St Modan’s

Erskine Parish Church could close if the congregation agree to a union with Falkirk Old and St Modan's
Erskine Parish Church could close if the congregation agree to a union with Falkirk Old and St Modan's
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A congregation has to decide whether it wants to quit the building where members have worshiped for over a century.

As part of Church of Scotland cost-cutting, the number of ministers in parishes across the country is being cut.

Falkirk Presbytery needs to lose six posts and, in the final stage of its plan for the future, the congregation of Erskine Parish Church is to be asked if it agrees to a union with nearby Falkirk Old and St Modan’s, whose members will also be consulted on the change.

The Erskine charge has been vacant since the retiral of the Rev. Glendon Macaulay.

If members agree to the union when they meet on October 27, it will then go to Presbytery in December for rubber stamping.

Last January, the 10-year plan to link congregations and redraw parish boundaries was agreed by Presbytery after more than 18 months of consultation. However, the town centre changes had still to be determined.

The current proposal will see two ministry posts at Camelon Parish Church, one at Falkirk Old and St Modan’s and one at St Andrew’s West.

The Rev. Robert Allan of Falkirk Old said if both congregations agree to the union then a decision would then have to be made on the future of the Erskine building, which dates back to 1905.

He said: “We are facing a similar situation to others across Scotland as most churches have a sense of history. However, we are facing difficult times and we have to try and find a way forward.”

The congregations at St James’ and Bainsford Parish Churches will meet next month to decide if they agree to link.