Breakaway Larbert church to hold its first service

Carrongrange School.
Carrongrange School.

A breakaway church will hold its first service this Sunday in its new home – a Larbert school.

The Rev. Andrew Randall will lead the congregation and is confident the majority of active members of his former charge, Larbert Old Parish, will join him in worship.

The Rev. Andrew Randall preached at Larbert Old Parish Church for the final time last week

The Rev. Andrew Randall preached at Larbert Old Parish Church for the final time last week

His decision to quit the Church of Scotland followed a decision by its General Assembly to move towards the formal acceptance of ministers in same-sex relationships.

In June, Mr Randall announced he, along with 13 elders of Larbert Old, wanted to quit the Church of Scotland and join the new reformed International Presbyterian Church.

It will hold its first services in Carrongrange School at 10.30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Yesterday (Wednesday), Mr Randall, who preached for the final time at Larbert Old last Sunday, said this was the start of a new era.

He said: “As we have already made clear, it is because the Church of Scotland has effectively rejected the Bible as the authoritative standard of faith that we could not remain within the denomination.

“Leaving the national church was the only way we could continue to commend the Bible’s message with integrity.

“However, now is the time to look forward. We are excited to be embarking on a new venture for the good of Larbert and the glory of God. Grace Church Larbert will place the gospel of Jesus Christ at the heart of its ministry, and will seek to make this good news known to all in our community.”

The minster said the new church members had looked at several options for a venue but Carrongrange best suited their needs.

Interim Moderator, the Rev. John Brown, will lead an all-age service in Larbert Old at 11 a.m. on Sunday.