Larbert church’s birthday surprise

The original Larbert Baptist Church
The original Larbert Baptist Church

A church is marking its 110th anniversary by unlocking the past with the help of a surprise discovery.

Members of Larbert Baptist Church were stunned to 
find an immaculate 
collection of weekly church 
magazines from 1945 which were lovingly kept by one of the congregation.

Now the publications will form part of the birthday celebrations later this month along with talks from inspirational speakers and uplifting revival meetings.

Pastor Ken Bleakley said: “As it’s over 100 years, we are taking a look back.

“We are a forward-thinking church, but this will be about taking a trip down memory lane.

“Between May 11 and 18, we’ll be holding a series of traditional revival meetings with visiting speakers from the Faith Mission which is very well known in church circles.

“The speakers, Gordon Thomson and William Harrison, are very difficult to get so it’s been in the planning for some time.

“We’re delighted to have them.

“Also, after we lost one of our elderly members recently, Miss Agnes Nicoll, we found a mint collection of church magazines she had kept at home.

“Looking through these magazines will be a great way for people to look back and reconnect with the community.”

Larbert Baptist Church was born in 1904 when the baptists in the Falkirk area grew tired of commuting to get to a place of worship.

A masonic hall in Stenhousemuir was used in the early days before the old primary school became Larbert Baptist Church and remained so until 2001.

A new church was then built in Main Street, Stenhousemuir, and it was still shiny and new for the Centenary in 2004.

Since its inception, Larbert Baptist Church has been well served by its pastors.

The first, Pastor William Wyse, remained in the post for over 30 years.

Despite its 110-year history, the church has only had 12 pastors, including Ken Bleakley.

He added: “Celebrations will be going on at every meeting, and if anyone would like to get involved, they will be very welcome.”