Ser­vice will mark church mile­stone

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

A Stir­ling land­mark cel­e­brates its 150th birth­day next week.

Al­lan Park South Church in Dum­bar­ton Road com­mem­o­rates 150 years of con­tin­u­ous wor­ship on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

And to mark this mile­stone a ser­vice of thanks­giv­ing will be held at 7pm with the Moder­a­tor of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly of the Church of Scot­land, the Right Rev Dr Derek Brown­ing, preach­ing the ser­mon.

Also present will be for­mer min­is­ter Rev Mor­ris Coull, Fr An­drew King­ham (St Mary’s RC Church), Rev Christoph Wutscher (rec­tor of Holy Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church), Rev Lynne Mack (Moder­a­tor of the Pres­bytery of Stir­ling) and cur­rent min­is­ter Rev Alis­tair Cow­per.

They will be joined by the Lord Lieu­tenant of Stir­ling and Falkirk Alan Simp­son, Stephen Kerr MP, Bruce Craw­ford MSP and Provost Chris­tine Simp­son.

The church build­ing was com­pleted in 1867 at a cost of £4983 8 shillings and 11 pence af­ter a feu was ob­tained from the Pa­trons of Al­lan’s Hos­pi­tal for ground be­neath the town wall, known as Bus­bie’s Or­chard or Gibb’s Gar­den. Mr Gibb was the owner of the Royal (now Golden Lion) Ho­tel.

The build­ing to­day is re­mark­ably sim­i­lar ex­cept for the ad­di­tion of the large hall in 1935 and the re­moval of the high­est point of the bell tower in 1953.

Mod­erni­sa­tion has taken place over the years and to­day the church is equipped with an au­dio-vis­ual sys­tem, en­abling it to be used by dif­fer­ent groups in the Stir­ling area and be­yond.

The spa­cious church halls are in daily use by a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent groups and wel­come peo­ple of faith or of none. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to the spe­cial ser­vice.

Land­mark Al­lan Park South Church

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