The Bi-Centenary Window
St. Nicholas Church offers many opportunities for members of the congregation to develop their own ministry. One of the key endeavours of St. Nicholas Church is to ensure that people are cared for, both within the church and the local community.
Engaging with the local community is an important part of our Church life and encourages us to fulfil our mission statement - ‘ Following Christ's example to be a caring Church central to the life of the community.’ - as well as enabling us to engage with many people who have no other contact with the Church.
The Minister is involved in various school chaplaincies in the town.
As a congregation we believe that encouraging local groups to use our suite of halls ensures that our church stays at the heart of the community. The Church Halls consist of a suite of three halls, kitchen, toilets and office space - provide suitable accommodation for a variety of organisations The halls were restored in 1984 and further work was carried out to the main hall in 2013.
St Nicholas has a Church magazine which is published four times a year. It is the main general communication tool for our Church, and groups are encouraged to contribute to this magazine. The Church also publishes a weekly news page online that outlines the upcoming events and services, and has a special members page for news and information.
On a Sunday morning there is a Sunday Morning Club for children and ‘The Group’ for older children from P7 to S2. St. Nicholas also offers activities throughout the week including a Girls' Brigade and Boys' Brigade.
The Fellowship Group organise a number of activities to not only provide additional funds for the Church, but also ensure that the members of the congregation grow together in friendship.
In the past the group have organised an annual Burns Supper, a Spring Fair and various concerts.
The Guild: St Nicholas Church has an active Guild which meets every second Wednesday at 2pm from September until March, and has around 30 members.
Christian Aid: St Nicholas is whole-hearted supporter of Christian Aid. We host Lenten Lunches organised by the local Christian Aid Council, sponsored walks and participate in the annual house and street collections.
Good 2 Talk: The Good 2 Talk Group has now been in existence for nine years. This group provides an opportunity for people who have suffered a loss in their lives to get together and provide support.
Church Visitors/Pastoral Care: The Church visitors provide a link for members of the congregation who are housebound. Others are visited on an informal basis by friends and other members of our Church.
Hear for You: An independent charity, started and developed by members of St. Nicholas, Hear For You is a project to counsel people who may be contemplating suicide and to help and support families and friends who have been affected by a suicide. The project has 3 counsellors and operates as a separate charity and has its own board of trustees. Fund raising through the Church of Scotland's ‘Go for it’ was provided for the initial 3 year period and St Nicholas supports the funding of the project through a ‘match funding’ arrangement.