SCONE AND ST MARTINS PARISH CHURCH
After a period of interim ministry, the Union of Scone Old with Scone New linked with St Martins, has resulted in a vital, enthusiastic and hardworking congregation of just over 800 members. We are now looking for a minister who will lead and work with us, as we seek to extend the life and work of our congregation and better serve the needs of our community. Our parish is partly suburban and partly rural.
During the vacancy many of our worship services have been conducted by the Very Rev Dr James Simpson. Not only has he often commented on the size, enthusiasm and friendliness of the Sunday morning congregations, but has also been greatly impressed by our Boys’ Brigade Company, one of the largest and finest in Scotland.
Could you be our next minister?
You will help and inspire us to
- meet the opportunities
- be a vibrant,
forward-looking Christian community providing spiritual care and love for all
- have a deeper and closer relationship with our
Lord and Saviour
- help our members to develop and use their time
and talents to serve the Lord
- build on our strengths and identify areas for
- support us as we reach out to all in our parish
- communicate clearly and engage with the wider
We commit -
- to support our minister in all that they wish to do
- to build on our strong foundations
- to enrich and extend the life and work of our congregation
- to continue to be open to new ideas and to be forward-looking
- to ensure that our Church, worship and pastoral care continue to be relevant to all ages and the changing needs of the 21st century
About our Parish
The village of Scone, where our manse is situated, is less than one mile from Perth’s northern edge and only 10 minutes by car or bus from the centre of the city. The beautiful surrounding countryside provides ample opportunity to exercise and to enjoy nature and wildlife with easy access to coast, highlands and all major population centres in Scotland.
The congregation comes from a wide geographical area which includes the communities of Scone, St Martins, Balbeggie, Guildtown, Wolfhill and Stormontfield. In addition to Scone, services are currently held at St Martins, approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Scone.
With a population approaching 6,000 and plans for further development Scone offers a range of retail outlets and services including library, health, veterinary and trades. There are good indoor and outdoor recreational facilities with numerous flourishing clubs and societies catering for all ages. A significant amenity appreciated by many is a bus service at 12 minute intervals to Perth.
Excellent primary education is provided at Robert Douglas Memorial School in Scone while secondary pupils travel to Perth Academy. Further information about the schools can be obtained directly from them or their websites - www.robertdouglas.pkc.sch.uk; www.perthacademy.org.uk.
Health care in the area is provided by a local health centre, a general hospital in Perth and a large teaching hospital at Ninewells, Dundee (approximately 22 miles away).
Harvest Thanksgiving, engaging with the community
Burns’ Supper, a social and fundraising event
Working closely with our Boys' Brigade
There are 2 services each Sunday; one service is held in Scone and another in one of our rural locations – St Martins Church, Guildtown Village Hall or Balbeggie Village Hall. The first service of the month is attended by everyone in the parish and is normally held in Scone. The Presbytery Plan states that St Martins Church will close by June 2020 at the latest and plans are already in hand to deal with this.
Monthly Sunday afternoon services are held in 2 residential homes in Scone and these are usually led by members of the Pastoral Care Committee.
We continue to develop a close working relationship with the 3 primary schools in the area (Scone, Guildtown and Balbeggie). The children also attend the Churches on occasions such as end of term services.
Happy faces at a recent service
The Kirk Session has a good gender balance of committed people who are working within a system of committees under the unitary constitution, taking account of the gifts and talents available in the congregation.
The organisations and activities within the congregation include -
Provision for children on a Sunday including a crèche
Boys’ Brigade Company of approximately 45 boys
Guild (both male and female members)
Prayer and Bible Study Groups
Lunch Club open to all in the community
Church Car Service
Jigsaw - weekly after school club (in association with SU)
Parish magazine distributed 10 times per year to the whole congregation
Hub Community Café
The congregation is financially sound and is able to meet all its commitments. The Church Treasurer is supported by a strong Finance Team which meets regularly to review finances and sets and monitors the annual budget.
Please look at our full Parish Profile by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
In addition. our 2 suites of halls at Burnside and Balformo Road are used extensively by community groups/activities including Guides, Brownies, Badminton Club, Bell-plate Group, Yoga, Scottish Country Dancing, Mother and Toddler Group, Scone and District Historical Society, Music Makers, Encore Choir, Karate, Judo and Bridge.
There is a part-time Church Secretary who works from the Church office 2 mornings per week giving administrative support to the Minister and to the Kirk Session in general.
Baptisms, marriages and funerals are presently conducted in both churches. In addition, funerals are carried out at Perth crematorium.