Maxwelltown West Church seeks to be a place of welcome to all in our parish – a centre of Christian worship and fellowship. We seek to provide a framework for family life and a place where young people may be nurtured in Christian values.
Sunday worship is at the centre of our church life. Most of our services follow a traditional Church of Scotland pattern. Generally one service each month (except in July) is a Family Service in which children and young people are involved in readings, drama, prayers, etc, and our Praise Group sings. For about 10 weeks in the summer the service is more informal and is followed by tea/coffee in the hall (which we also have at Family Services).
There are four “card” Communions each year, and one less formal Communion service. For children, K-Max and J-Max (ages 3-7 and 8-11) meet during service times, the children coming into church for the first part of the service; while children aged 12+ have Y-Max meeting at the Manse on Sunday evenings.
Courts of the Church
The Church of Scotland is Presbyterian, which means that the Church is governed by presbyters or elders. The Kirk Session consists of the minister and elders and is responsible for the spiritual oversight of the congregation and its organisations. The Presbytery comprises all ministers and selected elders from every Kirk Session within the bounds. The General Assembly is the Supreme Court of the Church, comprising some 850 ministers and elders from throughout the Church, and meets annually in Edinburgh. Each Court has a Moderator (in the case of the Kirk Session, this is the minister).
The Deacons’ Court comprises the minister, the elders, and the Elected Deacons. It is the Financial Board of our congregation and is responsible for the raising of funds, the payment of all congregational expenses, and the maintenance of the fabric of Church, Halls and Manse. Elected Deacons share with the elders in welcoming worshippers to church and in Offering duties. Deacons are appointed for a three-year term and may be re-elected.
The Congregation’s annual Budget is in the region of £90,000. This covers maintenance and running costs, payment of salaries, and our contribution to the Church of Scotland Ministries & Mission Fund, which maintains the ministry and meets the cost of the Church’s wider work. A financial statement is submitted to the Congregational A.G.M. in March.
All members are encouraged to give a regular Offering for the work of the Church. Many use Freewill Offering Envelopes or Standing Orders. Anyone who pays Income Tax should sign a Gift Aid form whereby every £1.00 given becomes £1.28 for the church.