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.
If you wish to join the church service online you can do so at 11:00 am on Sunday morning.
The following options are available;
- Using Zoom on your computer, tablet or smartphone, via the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89886571793
- From any telephone, dial 0131 460 1196 and when prompted, enter the meeting id 89886571793 followed by the # key. You will then be connected to the audio service.
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.
Calderhead Erskine Parish Church is seeking a minister with faith, drive and imagination to build on the momentum established over the last couple of years. This momentum is evidenced through:
- our commitment to worship,
- demonstrating God’s love for all people through our words and our actions,
- the transformative response to the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen faith and love in action in many new ways.
The community was built on an industrial background and, while retaining a strong social identity, is now a growing base for commuters to larger towns and cities.
The church has sought to stay connected with people through its members, liaison with other churches and schools, and by reaching out to community groups and charities.
We recognise there is more to be done. We also recognise some of the challenges that lie ahead. However, we look forward to welcoming a new minister who shares our vision and feels guided to come and be a key part of our journey.
Sunday Service 2nd May
“Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action” [1 John 3:18]
Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
With a small donation and big faith, John Kirkby started Christians Against Poverty in 1996. He believed God was calling him to sacrifice his career in finance and use his knowledge of the industry to help the poor.
This video link explains;
- What need are CAP seeing in communities across Scotland & how they are responding?
- How can people support CAP? Pray and share CAP’s 0800 number (see below).
Do you need someone to talk to; you call CAP’s free phone number 0800 328 006.
Why not download the latest edition of our Church Newsletter here.