Carsphairn Parish Church

Times of Worship:

Please see the Calendar pages for more information.

Session Clerk - Mrs Irene McCreath, Tel: 07974861927

The first church in Carsphairn was built in 1635 shortly before the new parish of Carsphairn was created in 1645. In 1775 a central communion table was erected in the church at the same time as fixed pews were installed. Carsphairn has one of the few central communion tables still in use in Scotland. Significant rebuilding of the church took place in 1815 to allow far more light into the building, while still retaining the central communion table. Further extensive remodelling took place in 1933 to give the present beautiful interior of the church.

Other historical features include plaques to John Louden McAdam, who spent part of his childhood in the parish and John Semple, who ministered through the turbulence of Covenanting times in the late seventeenth century.

The magnificent church bell that tolled from 1723 until 1881, when it fell to the ground (considered to be a bad omen for the incoming minister) has been restored and is on view in the church. Early Communion tokens are on display in the porch.

Outside, in the kirkyard which surrounds the church, many interesting gravestones can be found. These include one, just inside the gate, of a Covenanter and another of an ancestor of the Canadian soldier, John McCrae, who wrote the First World War poem "In Flanders Field".

Other gravestones bear evidence of tragedy, high mortality rates, endeavour and emigration.

Unfortunately, in the last few years the building has not been open outside times of worship but a phone call to elder Anna Campbell (01644 460208) or the minister will ensure that it will be open when required. We are proud of it, the peace within it, the feeling of the continuity of the history and we want to share it.

Carsphairn is a Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) church. Everyone is welcome at our services. Special services and other events occasionally take place in the church which boasts superb acoustics. Details are available from the Session Clerk, on posters displayed in the Village Shop, or on this website.

Carsphairn Church of Scotland's OSCR entry

Worship Resources

If you want to access any past Glenkens church videos just click the link below.

Balmaclellan, Kells & Dalry linked with Carsphairn Youtube channel

Carsphairn Church

Carsphairn Fellowship Guild

Meets every 3rd Friday of the month throughout the winter (October to April) from 1.15pm - 3pm in the Lagwyne Hall Lounge or occasionally at member's house.

Contact Irene McCreath on 07974861927 or for more information.