South Wishaw Parish Church

Loving God - Loving Each Other

Who we are

MISSION STATEMENT: We endeavour to be a friendly and welcoming church which promotes God’s kingdom within our parish and wider community.

VISION STATEMENT: That all members of our congregation will be engaged in providing facilities and activities that encourage and attract people of all ages to participate in events where they experience a welcome Christian atmosphere and to see the measurable growth of our church.

As a local congregation of the Church of Scotland we have pastoral responsibility for those who live within our parish boundary. This stretches from Waterloo to Wishawhill along the main route through the town centre, down to Pather towards Gowkthrapple and along to Netherton. Of course, anyone is welcome to come to our Church no matter where they live. 

Our Minister, Rev Terry Moran, is Chaplain to Thornlie Primary School and one of the Chaplains at Clyde Valley High School. Although Netherton Primary School is also within our parish this is looked after by the people at Netherton Methodist Church

Our Church leadership is formed of ordained Elders. We call this our Kirk Session (KS). Under our constitution the KS oversees the practical, business and spiritual life of our Church. The KS is moderated (chaired) by our Minister. John Irvine is our Session Clerk and Jean Dawson is our Deputy Session Clerk. All serving Elders are Trustees of our Church which is a Registered Charity. 

All meetings of the KS are open for anyone to attend. You may be invited to speak but only serving Elders may vote. A full meeting of the congregation is held annually.

To make business easier, the Elders are split into three Action Groups which have been given delegated powers to act on behalf of the KS in certain matters: 

Each Group meets regularly and reports back at least 4x per year to a full meeting of the KS. These Groups can invite non-Elders to serve on the group and all of our members are encouraged to consider being involved in some aspect of this work. 

The work of these Groups is ongoing despite the present restrictions and we would ask you to encourage them in their efforts to serve you and our community during what continues to be a difficult time for all.

Scottish Charity No. SC010775