Larbert members will have to pick where to worship

03-07-2013. Picture Michael Gillen.  LARBERT. Larbert Old Parish Church. General views for page 6, 7.
03-07-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. LARBERT. Larbert Old Parish Church. General views for page 6, 7.

Which church will host Sunday worship will probably be the biggest issue facing two congregations due to unite.

Details of the planned union between Larbert Old and Larbert West Parish Churches were revealed to members at the weekend.

Scheduled to take place by September 1 this year, the move comes after both congregations were left without ministers: Larbert Old when the Rev. Andrew Randall left the Kirk and Larbert West after the Rev. Gavin Boswell took up a new charge in Cowdenbeath.

An original plan by presbytery to link Larbert West with Stenhouse and Carron was dropped after this.

A steering committee of six elders from each kirk session is already in place to draft the union document.

Issues to be considered include a name for the new congregation. Names of Church of Scotland parishes must have a geographical name, so it will include Larbert, but then another name is needed to distinguish it from others in the area.

With less than a mile between the two church buildings, a main worship centre also needs to be agreed.

A discussion paper notes: “This does not mean that the other buildings will ‘have to go’ but certainly does mean that they will not be used as the main worship centre. This is likely to be the subject closer to the hearts of many members from the congregations than any other point.”