Being part of the Church of Scotland, Forth St Paul's Parish Church is a Presbyterian Church. This means it is governed by Elders who oversee the pastoral and spiritual matters in Forth St. Paul’s Church.
Our Church is a place where people from all walks of life and from all the villages around Forth (and beyond) are equal and loved; where we are reminded that God loves each one of us wholeheartedly and wants to get to know us. It is a place where we can meet God away from the busyness of our lives, learn more about Him and be encouraged, strengthened and find faith, hope, love and eternal life - 'Finding your Faith'.
Inclusive Church Statement.
Forth St Paul’s Parish Church seeks to serve the community and provide friendship, care and unconditional acceptance for all people.
We believe in inclusive Church - church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.
The logo and motto for Forth St Paul’s Parish Church. The main part of the logo is a compass showing the four cardinal directions: North, East, West and South as well as the middle ordinal direction: NW, SW, NE and SE. The main direction indicator (black) is like the cross of Christ. Christ died on the cross and rose again on Easter day. The cardinal directions spell out NEWS, Christ came to bring the Good News from God to humankind preaching and teaching to show us how we should to live our life. He tells us that the greatest commandment is to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind.’ and the second is ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’.
The ordinal direction indicator (silver) shows the motto: your village, your church. This indicates that Forth St Paul’s Church is the Parish Church for all the villages in the parish as well as Forth there are Wilsontown, Climpy, Braehead, Tarbrax and Auchengray. The compass represents the church right in the middle reaching out to all the villages around. No matter where you life Forth St. Paul’s is your church and is part of the community, if you want to find faith or to grow in faith then Forth St Paul’s is the place to come. ‘Your village, Your church, Finding Your Faith’
The centre of the logo shows a ring of yellow, this represents infinity or eternity, it is yellow to represent light. Jesus came to earth as a Light to the World to shine in the darkness and he told his followers: ‘I am the Light of the World. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life.’
The three main parts of the logo and motto go together to make the whole logo.
Forth St Paul’s is a Church for all the people in the community and this year we appointed a new Parish Co-ordinator , Karen Nicol, she has been doing enterprising work with the young folk and families in our community. This work will expand over the next few years and we hope to introduce new groups to encourage community involvement. In order to do this we are exploring ways to develop our buildings so that the Church becomes more welcoming and relevant in the community.
Rev. Elspeth MacLean is the minister at Forth St. Paul’s Church
Forth St Paul`s Parish Church, 66 Main Street, Forth, Lanark, ML11 8AA
Forth St Paul`s Parish Church ( Church of Scotland ) Charity No. SCO03080 Congregation No. 130713
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