Our Christian Beliefs

We are congregations of the Church of Scotland and part of the world-wide Christian church.

We are a Protestant church and have a Presbyterian form of government. We are part of a tradition of reformed churches of many denominations in Scotland and throughout the world.

We are also a National church ministering to the whole of Scotland through a system of parishes. Every congregation of the Church of Scotland is a parish church, responsible for sharing the Christian faith with all the people in the parish area.

As Christians we believe in one, living God : Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our one God reveals God’s own self to us in three ways: as Creator ; through Jesus Christ ; in the on-going activity of the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes we declare our faith by saying a statement of Christian belief that expands a bit on what we believe. This expresses the heart of our Christian faith and we say it together, as a congregation, at special services such as baptism, profession of faith, confirmation and communion.

Statement of Faith

We believe in one God:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God is love.

We praise God the Father:
who created the universe and keeps it in being.
He has made us his sons and daughters
to share his joy,
living together in justice and peace,
caring for his world and for each other.

 We proclaim Jesus Christ, God the Son:
born of Mary,
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
he became one of us,
sharing our life and our death.
He made known God’s compassion and mercy,
giving hope and declaring
forgiveness of sin,
offering healing
and wholeness for all.
By his death on the cross and by his resurrection,
he has triumphed over evil.
Jesus is Lord of life
and of all creation.

We trust God the Holy Spirit:
who unites us to Christ
and gives life to the Church;
who brings us to repentance
and assures us of forgiveness.
The Spirit guides us
in our understanding of the bible,
renews us in the sacraments,
and calls us to serve God in the world.

We rejoice in the gift of eternal life:
we have sure and certain hope of
resurrection through Christ,
and we look for his coming again
to judge the world.

Then all things will be made new;
and creation will rejoice
in worshipping the Father,
through the Son,
in the power of the Spirit,
one God, blessed for ever. Amen.