Calderhead Erskine Parish Church is a congregation of the Church of Scotland in the Presbytery of Hamilton. It was formed when Calderhead Parish Church, Erskine Parish Church and Allanton Mission Church were united in 1989.

There are two centres of worship: the Church in Shotts and the Church in Allanton. The Church serves the communities of Allanton, Hartwood, Shotts and surrounding countryside.

We do hope you find our website useful and interesting.

A warm welcome awaits you at any of our worship services.

Our Minister

Rev. Iain Murdoch

Four months after the retirement of our previous Minister, Rev. Allan Brown, in August 2017, Rev. Iain Murdoch, who had served as Minister of Wishaw Cambusnethan Old & Morningside 1995-2017, became our Locum Minister, and from February 2020, Interim Moderator also.

Iain trained in Scots Law but then was a high school teacher for 15 years in Scotland and England before training in Edinburgh for parish ministry, but his main equipping for ministry has been his awareness of Christ’s grace and healing presence through years of serious illness and dark depression in his 20’s and more recently during the aggressive cancer of his wife, Elizabeth, and his bereavement.

Iain had previously served as our Interim Moderator during our previous vacancy 2007-2010 so was well known and a trusted friend. He has a concern to be used in building up Christ’s Kingdom and a local church that is light and salt for the local community; and reports that he has been encouraged.

Iain has a daughter, a son, and 3 grandchildren who help him relax. He also has a long-haired German Shepherd, Tess, as a faithful companion, who shares his love of the Scottish hills.

In Wishaw, Iain helped found a Christian community charity MADE4U IN ML2, and is currently Chair of their board.

Pentecost Service

The Moderator of the Church of Scotland invites you to a Pentecost service.

Watch on the Church of Scotland website or Facebook event from 10.00am on Sunday 31st May 2020.

On Retreat with the Spirt

This coming Saturday 30th May, might you or someone you know like to take some time on ‘virtual’ retreat? It will run from 10am and finish at 12 noon.

Pilgrimage or retreat has been an image of the Christian life for over 2000 years. Often what makes a retreat special and memorable are the things we had never anticipated, a new insight, an enriched relationship, the renewed sense of God’s presence.

And so on Pentecost weekend, the theme of the retreat is “On retreat with the Spirit”.

It will be led by seven ministry students from our Presbytery, who will each share just brief thoughts and reflections on this theme. They will do so using words and music and pictures. And we will also include a coffee time together too!

On retreat with the Spirit – taking time to ponder and pray, listen and learn and reflect and renew together.

To participate, you need to register by sending an email to: This will then enable us to send you an invitation complete with log in details, and a programme for the morning.


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