A warm welcome to this Parish Profile for Paisley Lylesland parish church. We trust that you will find it informative and truly representative of the life and work of this congregation. Lylesland parish lies in the south-east part of the town of Paisley. It is an urban parish with little or no industry within the parish bounds. The charge is now vacant due to the translation of our previous Minister, the Rev. Alistair Cook, to Hawick St. Mary’s and Old Parish Church linked with Teviot and Roberton. Paisley Lylesland is a member of the Presbytery of Paisley and Greenock. The Presbytery Plan provides that Lylesland is to have a Minister without restriction as to his or her tenure. At its meeting on 14 March 2017, the Presbytery confirmed its adherence to its plan and gave Lylesland permission to call a minister without restriction as to the period of his or her tenure. In terms of the ‘Ministers and Deacons in Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriages Act (Act 1 2015) (as amended by Acts 1, IX and X 2016) the Kirk Session has voted to depart from the traditional teaching of the Church. Read more...
Who We Are
Lylesland Parish Church is a congregation of the Church of Scotland, which covers the whole of Scotland through its parish system. The Church of Scotland is Trinitarian, which means that we believe that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It belongs to the reformed tradition. And it is Presbyterian, which means that the ministers and elders together govern the church, through Kirk Sessions, local Presbyteries and the annual General Assembly in Edinburgh. It exists to glorify God and to work for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom throughout the world. Lylesland takes its place within this context as a local church with particular responsibility for the parish in which it is set. We are called to be the body of Christ here.
Our Minister :
We have a Locum called Christine MacDonald who takes our service on Sundays and we also have our Interim Moderator John Murning.
Further updates will follow very soon on our current position
I am Christine Macdonald,The locum at Lylesland Parish Church. I am a Reader in the Church of Scotland , and elder in my home church ,Johnstone High Parish Church.
I was set apart as a Reader in the Church of Scotland in 2012, and have been involved in pulpit supply around the Greenock and Paisley Presbytery.
This is my first appointment as Locum and very different from my previous working experience. I was in the workplace for many years.
I worked in Accounts departments in various roles,Wages,Sales Ledger,Contracts,Purchase Ledger.These roles were carried out in various industries,Printing and Publishing(WM. Collins),Newspaper industry(Herald and Eveneing Times),Higher Education,Construction and Engineering.
Though,this is completely different from my previous worklife,I am enjoying the challenge of being Locum at Lylesland. As I near the end of my first year here, I must thank the congregation for making me very welcome,the Kirk Session,the Congregational Board and all the Office Bearers and the folks who work quietly behind the scenes for all their support and continued hard work.
It was of great help to me to find out that some of my fellow members at Johnstone High Parish have friends in Lylesland Parish Church. I felt I had a connection to Lylesland before I arrived.
It has also been a great help to find that I have 3 fellow Readers in the congregation who have offered to help out if I need Pulpit Supply,which is greatly appreciated and a great bonus for me and any prospective Minister of this church,along with the blessing of a great congregation who listen, and ask questions.
Not forgetting the fellowship in the various organisations and social events, Tuesday Tearoom, which meets every Tuesday Morning and the Lylesland lunches and afternoon teas on the last Friday of the month.