Parish Profiles


The Linkage

The linkage between the Parishes of Banton and Twechar was formed in 1975 and an excellent relationship exists between the churches.

The Parishes

The villages of Banton and Twechar are situated in Central Scotland some six miles apart with the small town of Kilsyth between them. Both parishes have the scenic backdrop of the Kilsyth Hills close by. In former times farming and weaving gave the locals their employment with coal mining becoming increasingly important during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Today the majority of the working people commute to the industrial and commercial centres of Glasgow, Stirling, Cumbernauld and Kirkintilloch. Both parishes have a primary school with chaplaincy links to the churches. There are 2 nursing homes in the area and a Cottage Hospital. Both churches have good relationships with other churches in their respective parishes.

Both parishes have a long and interesting history with Twechar being linked to the Roman invasion of Britain (Barrhill Roman Fort and the Antonine wall) and Banton being linked to the 17th Century covenanters struggle (Battle of Kilsyth 1645).

Both churches enjoy a high profile in their respective communities with church elders and members being represented on many of the committees, school boards, social groups and clubs. Elders from both churches are represented on the 'Kirks the Gither' group centred on the four local Church of Scotland churches.


The Churches

Twice a year there is a joint service of Banton and Twechar congregations which is always well attended. Please bring along friends and family who will be given a warm welcome to our service.


Support

As well as a long established Clergy Fraternal in the Kilsyth area, Kirks the Gither, which was born out of the Glasgow Presbytery Mission Plan has been in existence since 1996. Kirks the Gither gives support to all Church of Scotland churches within theKilsyth area with the mission aim: To proclaim the gospel and increase the followers of Christ.

The Future

We hope and pray that we can increase our mission and spread the gospel in our rural parishes.


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