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Church Update

ST MARY’S CHURCH KIRKINTILLOCH –SEPTEMBER 2021➢ As you know, social distancing has been rescinded in Scotland, although the church of Scotland is still advising us to stick to one metre distancing at the moment. 

 ➢ Given the considerable rise in cases of COVID recently,we have decided that we will stick to one metre social distancing in our church at present, but we will remove the tape in our church, although the guides on duty who will take you to your seat will still only use every second pew. This means that we are taking a step in the ‘right’ direction whilst continuing to take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of everyone who attends our church services.

 ➢ The wearing of masks, even when singing, and our ‘track and Trace’ system will still apply and we would also ask you to continue using our one-way system meantime. 

 ➢ We would like to thank you very much indeed for all ofyour help and support during this difficult time and we would ask for your continuing support for a just little longer.

 ➢ The above changes to the way that we manage our church will apply from Sunday 12th September 2021, but we will keep them under constant review and when appropriate we would intend to ease these restrictions further.

➢ Other arrangements as described in the original re-opening document of 25th August 2020 will still apply.

Ruth Profile …

I grew up and went to school in Clydebank – many of my family still live there – and, after participating in the school production of ‘Oliver’, I caught the acting bug! In secondary school I took part in lots of plays and got myself an agent, making a few brief (blink and you’ll miss me!) appearances on TV. I went to Glasgow University, studying History

and Theatre Studies and, whilst there, went to Ghana in 2002 for a month through Girlguiding. The trip changed my outlook and, I believe, the path of my life, and within a couple of years of that trip I was exploring my calling to Ministry. I was accepted as a Candidate in Training for Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 2005 and returned to Glasgow to do my BD. I completed my probationary placement in Arbroath: St Andrew’s Church under the supervision of Martin Fair (The Very Rev Dr!) and was ordained and introduced as the Associate Minister of that place in December 2009.
Another change in direction came after being invited to return to Glasgow to do a PhD (yes, I am an eternal student!), and so I did, in September 2010. It was during that time I met and fell in love with Steven and we were married in May 2014 before beginning my ministry in the linked charge of Clydebank: Abbotsford linked with Dalmuir Barclay. In 2016, we were greatly blessed with the arrival of Grace, just a month after I graduated with my PhD and that, kind of brings you up date.


Welcome to your New Home.

“EXCITING NEWS: THE MORRISON FAMILY HAVE ARRIVED”Ruth, Steven and Grace have arrived at their new home, St Mary’s new Manse. The picture shows our Fabric Convenor David Tinto handing the keys of The Manse to Ruth and family. We welcome them all to St Mary’s and to Kirkintilloch and wish them well in getting settled in their new home.

Video of Services

In these difficult time of COVID-19, with restricted numbers who can attend it is vital that our Church still reach out to our community congregation and friends. Services are filmed and carried on YouTube, premiered at the regular time of service (for Sunday,11.00) While we miss gathering together for worship, YouTube does deliver two great advantages in that you can watch or re-watch at any time and we can welcome visitors from a’ pairts – indeed worldwide – whether these be our own folk who have moved away or even those who have never heard of the “Fort at the end of a range of hills” (Kirkintilloch). Please join our virtual but very real service on St Mary’s YouTube Channel

Induction for Rev Dr Ruth Morrison



As you will all know, we decided in June 2021 that we no longer required to use the booking system that we put in place at the beginning of COVID pandemic as we were able to increase the number of ‘locations’ in our sanctuary. This has proved to be successful, and we have always had sufficient ‘locations’ for those who wish to attend worship in person.

However, we are concerned that at the induction of our new minister on Thursday 19th August, our current number of ‘locations’ could be oversubscribed. 

As we do not want to have to turn anyone away, we have decided that for this one occasion only we will revert to our original booking system.

Therefore, for those of you who wish to attend the induction of the Rev. Dr. Ruth Morrison into the charge of St Mary’s Parish Church on the evening of Thursday 19th August 2021, I would ask that, as previously, you contact the Church Office by telephone between 09.00 and 13.00 from Wednesday 11thAugust until Wednesday 18th August, both dates inclusive, and give them your name, the number of people in your group attending and your telephone number.

This will enable us to ensure that you are allocated a ‘location’ in the church.

Should you want more information regarding this change in procedure for this one occasion, please contact John Pears on 0141 762 1205.  

John Pears

28th July 2021

Rev Dr Ruth Morrison

Rev.Dr. Ruth Morrison’s Induction on the evening of Thursday 19th August, the ‘Booking System will be re-instated for that single service only. Further details regarding this arrangement will be announced nearer the time.