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Missionary Statistics

This profile of selected Census data has been prepared by the Statistics for Mission Group of the Church of Scotland for use by Congregations, Presbyteries and Councils of the Church.  This information can be found at

Study Leave Report

In June 2014 Derek Hughes had two weeks of study leave where he attended a conference in Geneva entitled European Churches Internet Conference where he along with other delegates looked at using the internet more to reach people through the church.  A report has been compiled from this and is available below.

Study Leave Report 2014 (215.4 KB)


Ministers of the Church of Scotland are authorised to perform marriages. The Church does not regard marriage as a sacrament and ministers are free to marry people who are not members of the Church of Scotland. However, if neither the bride nor groom is a member of the Church, the first approach should be to minister of the parish in which one or other of them resides. In places where parish boundaries are not obvious, the local presbytery clerk should be able to advise.

In certain circumstances the Church of Scotland permits the re-marriage of divorced people in church. Our guide to marriage includes some frequently asked questions about getting married in the Church of Scotland.


Baptism is one of the two sacraments recognised by the Church of Scotland, the other being the Sacrament of Holy Communion. In the case of infant baptism the Church expects at least one parent or other close family member either to be a member of the Church or willing to become a member. In the baptismal service those appropriate adults profess their own faith and promise to give the child a Christian upbringing. In the case of adult baptism the person himself or herself makes the appropriate promises.

Baptism is normally administered at Sunday worship in front of the congregation. This emphasises the nature of the sacrament as incorporation into the body of Christ and the life of the Church. There is a little more flexibility in the case of genuine emergencies, normally in a hospital situation.


Through its parish system and territorial ministry the Church of Scotland seeks to serve all the people of Scotland and not just the membership of the Church. Nobody in the situation of bereavement should hesitate to seek the services of the parish minister, either directly or through the undertaker.

Data Retention Policy and Privacy Notice

Please see the links to the documents containing the policies below.

Data Retention Policy

Privacy Notice


Below is a list of our recent Newsletters for download.  There is also a booklet containing the History of Dalziel St Andrew’s Parish Church and some photos of in and around the Church.

DLSA Church & History (2.8 MB)

March 2012 Newsletter (1.3 MB)

June 2012 Newsletter (936.2 KB)

September 2012 Newsletter (1.2 MB)

December 2012 Newsletter (908.6 KB)

March 2013 Newsletter (2.5 MB)

May 2013 Newsletter (741.2 KB)

August 2013 Newsletter (1.0 MB)

December 2013 Newsletter (1.9 MB)

March 2014 Newsletter (1.3 MB)

June 2014 Newsletter (1.2 MB)

August 2014 Newsletter (1.0 MB)

December 2014 Newsletter (1.3 MB)

February 2015 Newsletter (1.0 MB)

June 2015 Newsletter (1.0 MB)

November 2015 Newsletter (933.2 KB)

March 2016 Newsletter (1.4 MB)

June 2016 Newsletter (1.4 MB)

December 2016 Newsletter (1.1 MB)

May 2017 Newsletter (1.4 MB)

September 2017 Newsletter (3.4 MB)

December 2017 Newsletter (6.8 MB)

KirkMatters 180 (4.2 MB)

Kirk Matters FINAL May2018 (5.9 MB)

Cover (2.2 MB)

Kirk-Matters-September-2018-FINAL (9.6 MB)

Kirk Matters December 2018 V3 FINAL (5.2 MB)

Kirk Matters March 2019 V7 (4.9 MB)

Kirk Matters June 2019 Website (845.8 KB)

Kirk Matters September 2019 V2 (5.9 MB)

Kirk Matters FINAL Jan 2020 (2.7 MB)

202003 Kirk Matters FINAL2 (4.2 MB)