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Cardross Parish Church Profile


Cardross is situated 20 miles west of Glasgow on the banks of the River Clyde, and six miles from the magnificent landscapes of Loch Lomond. Our village has excellent road, rail and bus links to Glasgow city centre. The population of the village is around 2500. Cardross is approximately four miles south-east of Helensburgh.

The parish comprises both social and private housing, with 120 new houses being built in the last ten years. The village is served by a local primary school with nearly 200 children attending, most of whom have been at the local playgroup or private nursery. The village has a number of shops, including a post office, pharmacy, hairdressers and newsagents. Cardross also has a bowling club, tennis club, an 18 hole Golf Course, and village football team.
Cardross Parish Church enjoys strong links with the local Roman Catholic Church, village primary school and wider community.


The Church was first mentioned in 1226 in a Charter of Maldoven, Third Earl of Lennox, which granted the Bishop of Glasgow “the Church of Cardinros, with lands, tiends, fishings and pertinents of every kind, in pure and perpetual alms, to be devoted to the use of the Bishop’s table.” Throughout the centuries, Cardross has always had a church within its parish.

In May 1941, the Church was one of a number of buildings destroyed by heavy bombing. After the war the tower of the bombed church was retained as a War Memorial, and the building in Station Road - opened in January 1872 as a Free Church - was adapted for use as the present Cardross Parish Church.

As a Millennium project, the old Church tower was completely restored and at a Service held on 10th October 1999 was rededicated “to the glory of God, as witness to past faith and future hope.”

Sadly our minister, Rev Andrew Scobie, passed away recently after 45 years of long and distinguished Ministry.


Church: Our church has been well maintained both internally and externally. As part of the church’s millennium project, additional bells were added to create a full octave. Within our church sanctuary, there are magnificent embroidered panels by Hannah Frew Paterson, silk hangings by Susan Sumsion, depictions of the four seasons by Sadie McLellan, etched Gospel windows by John Lawrie and, most recently, stained glass windows by Susan Bradbury, installed in March 2012 in memory of our late minister, Andrew Scobie. All of these attract many visitors throughout the year.

The church has wheelchair access. Adjacent to the sanctuary, there is a small office, vestry and cloakroom.

Halls: At Cardross we are fortunate to have an excellent suite of halls which were built in the 1950’s and recently extended. The suite of halls contains one large and one small hall, meeting rooms, computer room, kitchens and cloakrooms, and are accessible for wheelchair users. These facilities are [extensively] used by church organisations as well as many village groups. The halls are situated in spacious grounds which are well used by both the congregation and our wider village community.

Manse: Our church manse is currently up for sale. It is hoped to purchase another manse before our new minister takes up their position. Should this not be possible, suitable rented accommodation will be made available.


Church Organisations

Kirk Session

Congregational Board

Messy Church

The Guild


Lent and Advent House Groups

Coffee club


‘Focus’ Magazine

Website -

Facebook -

Regular elders' visits

Church office and secretary

Hall lets/Community links


Art Club

Women's Rural Institute




Knitting group

Cardross, Colgrain and Craigendoran Senior Citizens' Group

Ecumenical activities

Annual soup lunch and prayer chain with St Mahew’s RC Church

Mission and Charity

Christian Aid

Romanian Shoeboxes

Kalimpong orphanage

Fairtrade stall

‘Home from Home’ donations

Contact group

Hospital tea bar

Fund-raising coffee mornings, concerts and two fairs per year

Faith suppers

Seniors Lunch Club




The Church operates under the Model Deed Constitution, with 36 elders on the Kirk Session. All elders are members of the Congregational Board together with 12 elected congregational members.


The membership of the church is 422


Services currently take place at 11 am each Sunday, and are led the Revd Margaret McArthur. Members of the congregation regularly take an active role in assisting with worship by reading prayers and lessons. The congregation has one Presbytery Reader within its membership. Sung worship is from CH4 and is led by a congregational choir, under the guidance of the organist and choir-mistress. The Revised English Bible version of the Bible is provided in the pews. Our average attendance is approximately 80. Young people attend the first part of the service, before retiring to continue their worship in their own groups.
The congregation employs a Church Secretary. The duties of Church Officer are carried out by a team of volunteers.


Like all churches and communities we face challenges, but we passionately believe that these can be viewed as opportunities to move our church forward through the 21st century. Our church has been built up by strong spiritual leadership, generous support and goodwill by successive generations. Both members of the church and the wider community have faced far greater challenges than we face today, and have overcome these, leaving us the rich legacy which we continue to enjoy today.

Daily bible verse

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.

—1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NIV)

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Our minister

Our minister is the Reverend Margaret McArthur.

You can call her on 01389 849329

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