Sunday Services are at 11 00. except during the summer school holidays when they commence at 10 00. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday in March and October ( 11 00, 14 00 and 18 45 ) and, in addition, there is an early service (Holy Communion), commencing at 09 45, on the first Sunday of some months. A schedule of services can be found by clicking the icon "Services Schedule" under the "Worship" banner on the homepage.
What to Expect
We want you to feel very welcome so here is a bit more information about what you can expect at a service.
Our welcome team will greet you at the door and hand you an order of service for that morning which will tell you what is going on during the service. Intimations are also on this sheet as well as on the screens.
Please make yourself known to the Minister or one of the Duty Elders and introduce yourself to others in your pew. During the service (at the end of the intimations) the minister will invite you to extend the right hand of fellowship with those sitting around you.
We would invite you to sign the Visitors' Book on the oak unit at the back of the church.
We sing hymns as a way to worship God. This just means it’s a way of showing our thanks to him and expressing how we feel. The words for the songs will be projected onto our two screens but are also available in book form from one of the Welcome Team. They are available in the following sizes/types – small, melody and large print. On most occasions the organ is used for accompaniment.
Prayer is when we talk to God and a vital part of our church service. At different times in the service we will pray for different areas including prayer for ourselves, for our community and for the wider world. Prayer is normally led by the minister.
Each service generally has a talk (known as a sermon) where the minister will teach from a specific passage of the Bible that will have been read earlier in the service. This sermon helps us to understand the Bible and to learn how to apply it to our lives.
Each week an arrangement of fresh flowers is placed in the sanctuary. At the end of the morning service the flowers are dismantled, re-arranged in bunches and delivered to members of the congregation who are ill, housebound or bereaved, or whom we wish to remember for some other reason, e.g. a special anniversary.
Children are very welcome at Houston & Killellan Kirk and there is usually an all age talk after the first hymn and prayer. On completion of the hymn, the children make their way to Sunday Club through the door in the sanctuary. This is also the time that younger children make their way to Crèche and Behind the Scenes. Children, who are visiting, are very welcome to join the Sunday Club children or use the facilities in Crèche and Behind the Scenes.
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We have wheelchair access, a lift and a Disabled Toilet. Just ask if you need directions or help. The service is also transmitted through a hearing loop system. There are spaces within the church set aside for wheelchairs. Disabled parking spaces are available in front of the church.
Where do I sit ?
Anywhere you like (apart from the pulpit!). If there is a baptism the first few rows in the centre of the church are normally reserved for the baptismal party and, each Sunday, the first few rows on the right-hand side for the Sunday Club. If you are with the baptismal party just say to any member of the Welcome Team and you will be shown where to sit.
When do I sit or stand?
The simplest thing is to follow those around you. However, if you are less able or unwell, feel free to sit all the time. When invited by the minister we stand at the beginning of the service when the Beadle takes the Bible to the pulpit. After the last hymn we remain standing for the benediction and postlude. Generally, we stand for singing but stay seated at other times.
At some point in the service an offering will be taken and this is a chance to contribute to the Church and the various services and missionaries that it supports. The offertory bag will be passed along the pews.
Tea & Coffee
After the service we serve tea and coffee in the Killellan Halls (through the right-hand door in the sanctuary) and this is a great chance to get to know each other.
Please do stay on after the service if you come to visit.
If you decide to leave at this point, you will find members of the Welcome Team at the door and the Minister outside saying goodbye.
Joining the Church
If you would like information about joining Houston & Killellan Kirk, please contact the Minister or click on the church photo below for more information.
Revd. Gary Noonan, telephone (01505) 612569, email: GNoonan@churchofscotland.org.uk
James McBeath, telephone (01505) 613763, email: email@example.com
If you need further information, please see the church magazine, “The Record” which is distributed to households in the area. Click on the magazine below to see present and past copies.