St Mary’s goes back to the future

St Mary's Church, Kirkintilloch
St Mary's Church, Kirkintilloch

A CHURCH congregation is preparing for the future after delving into its past.

St Mary’s Parish Church’s Future Focus project saw members create a timeline tracing the Kirkintilloch church’s history back to 1190.

Four special events, attended by several hundred people, encouraged the congregation to look to the past and the future, and to voice their hopes and dreams for the parish in the years to come.

Reverend Mark Johnstone said: “Future Focus has given the church a real energy and momentum to move forward.

“We hope that it will help us find out when people felt good about the church and felt God was with them, and let us work out how to recapture that. Hopefully it will also give us a better idea of what needs in the community the church should be engaging with and will mean we can better help the community”

St Mary’s has a congregation of 800.

To see the church’s Future Focus timeline go to: