Notes from the Minister – Celebrating Church

On Sunday 24 March this year we set time as a congregation to Celebrate church: in Worship we saw that many people had known different churches the length and breadth of Scotland and as far flung as Malawi and visitors from Australia. In a sense this could have been any Sunday, as barely a Sunday goes by, but we welcome visitors from around the world. Sometimes too we welcome visitors and the good thing is that they are able to stay. All of this is happening to and for us in Kelvinside Hillhead and there is no reason why this should stop.

As part of our Celebrating Church we took time out from our coffee and hot cross buns, to write down what is good about our Church. People recalled significant life events in a congregation of young and old alike and across the generations. And so one lady recalled the memory of her youngest being baptised 52 years ago. Others said they enjoyed the baptisms of older children and adults.

All this is captured in a sanctuary that enlightens our spirits with colour and detail and the illuminating light shining through the stained glass. Young and old described it as a place of calm and tranquility. A place where people’s souls were fed spiritual fruits.

Underpinning all this was the social friendships that we enjoy with one another. Delight at home baking and the opportunity to drink cups of coffee. Examples of people’s skills at making jam and chutney and knitting church mice and more.

But ours is not a church that looks inward- we are here for our community and that may be you. So please do visit – and even come to stay!

Rev Marian Cowie

Arranging a funeral

Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church is a large traditional church building with a quiet ambiance. The spacious, light and quiet sanctuary generates a deep feeling of peace in people who are suffering the loss of a loved one.

In the event of a death in the family, you should first contact an undertaker to make arrangements for the funeral. If you wish to use the Church, you should tell the undertaker – who will then contact the Minister. The detailed arrangements are then made between the undertaker and Minister.

You do not have to be a Church member to use the Church. We will organise an organist and ensure that the Church is ready for the undertaker, family and mourners.

For specific enquiries and advice on funeral arrangements, please contact the Minister, Rev Marian Cowie, using the form below.

Getting married at Kelvinside Hillhead

You can be married in our Church even if you are not members of the Church of Scotland or Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church. If neither the bride nor groom is a member of the Church, the first approach should be to the Minister for advice.

With its beautiful central aisle the church is an ideal setting for a wedding ceremony. However, other options can be explored depending on individual
preferences – including a ceremony in a public or private building, e.g. a hotel.

Contact the Minister, Rev Marian Cowie, using the form below.

Baptisms and Blessings

Baptism is the appointed way of entry into Christ’s Church.

In the Church of Scotland the sacrament of baptism can be celebrated at any stage of a person’s life.

In baptism, young or old, we are baptised into the love of God, the God who loved us before we loved Him. We baptise infants in the hope and expectation that they be brought up in the Christian Church and family of God.

Usually then our Minister is looking for signs that this is the parent’s intention in the case of a baby/child. If you do wish a child to be baptised, or to be baptised yourself, please contact Reverend Marian Cowie and the ministry team by using the contact form below.

Within the Church of Scotland we can also offer a service of blessing for our children if this your preference. We will be happy to discuss this with you.

Diary dates: March 2019

Thursday 7 March 19:30 Joint Lenten Bible Study at Wellington Church.
These are running every Thursday during Lent so are also on the 14th, 21st & 28th of March, and the 4th & 11th April.

Sunday 10 March 19:00 – Joint evening service at KH

Wednesday 13 March 20:00 – Switzerland Special (with our Guides)

Friday 15 March 19:30 – ‘A Matter of Opinion’ discussion group: ‘Time to go? Visions of the Third Age’ led by John Shaw-Dunn

Sunday 17 March 19:00 – Joint evening service at KH

Thursday 21 March 19:00 – Kelvinside Academy concert

Saturday 23 March 10:30 – Shoppers’ Coffee

Sunday 24 March 19:00 – Joint evening service at KH

Sunday 31 March 19:00 – Joint evening service at KH

Shrove Tuesday

It’s Shrove Tuesday so time to make pancakes!

At Messy Mardi Gras on Saturday morning we made and ate these pancakes – they are the drop scone type that are lovely with butter and jam, or stacked up and eaten with blueberries and syrup!

Makes about 12 small pancakes.

  • 225g plain flour
  • 2.5 tsps baking powder (or you can use self-raising flour, in which case only add a tsp of baking powder)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Enough milk to make the eggs up to 300ml


Note: if you make these in a large jug or a bowl with a lip, it’s much easier to pour the mixture into the pan than to use a spoon.

Mix the dry ingredients and make a well in the middle. Break the eggs into a measuring jug and add milk to make up to 300ml. Then add the milk & egg into the dry ingredients, a little at a time at first, so that you get a smooth batter.

You’re aiming for a similar thickness to double cream, so add less or more milk as required.

Heat a little oil or butter in a thick bottomed frying pan and pour in the batter to either make several small pancakes or one large one at a time.

The pancakes are ready for turning over when the tops are bubbling and the edges have started to set. The second side will take less time to cook – less than a minute in a hot pan.