Our Parish Profile
Our Parish Profile
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Here is a brief description of our Church and Parish.
Kilwinning is in North Ayrshire and has excellent road and rail links to Glasgow, Ayr, Largs, Irvine and Kilmarnock, not forgetting the neighbouring "three towns" - Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston.
Our parish is north and west of the railway line which runs from Glasgow through Paisley and on to Ayr. It takes in the areas of Whitehirst Park, Woodside, Stevenston Road and Pennyburn. The parish area is 9.48 square miles, some of it housing and much of it farmland. There are 2,711 households with 6,831 residents, according to the most recent census figures. The area can be viewed on Google Earth.
The roll of the congregation currently has 185 names. Sunday morning worship is attended by an average of 80 people, including several folk who worship with us but are not formal members of the congregation.
Within the parish boundaries there are:-
- two non-denominational Primary Schools – Whitehirst Park and Pennyburn, with whom we have good relationships, and St Luke's Roman Catholic Primary School.
- a sheltered housing complex, West Doura Court
- three new housing developments and more on the way
- Kilwinnning Sports Club which has many facilities and is very active
- three Community Centres which provides for the full spectrum of youth and adult groups
- a golf club and course
- a fire station
Within our neighbouring parish is Kilwinning Academy and a campus of the new Ayrshire College.
Kilwinning has a long history both of Christianity and initiative. The name Kilwinning means ‘saint or cell of Winning’, and after its foundation in the 8th century the town was home to a flourishing Benedictine monastery for four centuries. The abbey was built in the 12th century and disbanded in the late 16th century.
Nearby Eglinton Castle was built in 1797, and hosted a spectacular tournament in 1839, which was re-enacted in a 150th anniversary event in 1989. The castle was later demolished, and its grounds are now a public park with many pleasant walks.
Kilwinning is only a few miles from the shopping centre in Irvine. There are very popular beach walks nearby, in Stevenston, Saltcoats and Ardrossan, with splendid views west to Arran.
Commercially, Kilwinning has a history of wool-making and carpet-manufacture. Most of those traditional companies have now closed, but in recent years Ayrshire College (formerly James Watt College) has set up a campus in the town, boosting local businesses.
Our Mission Statement:-
“Our vision is that the congregation form the Christian heart at the centre of our community. We aim to:-
- Offer joyful and relevant worship as a focus for our own lives and for those who join us on Sundays.
- Offer opportunities to those who join us, to grow both spiritually and personally.
- Witness to God’s love and share the Good News.
- Serve our community in God’s name.”
It is the first Church of the third millennium built by the Church of Scotland and was dedicated in March 2001. It is one of two Church of Scotland parishes in Kilwinning; the other is Kilwinning: Old (formerly known as the Abbey Church).
The building has a distinctive round design, which creates a light and airy atmosphere. Full floor to ceiling windows frequently allow the church to be flooded with sunlight during our services throughout the year. The contemporary design includes individual seating, allowing for flexibility of use according to congregational levels.
Mansefield Trinity offers a place to belong for all who enter through our doors, a welcome and hospitality to the people of the local area and beyond. Tea, coffee and chat are offered to congregation and visitors alike after the Sunday service.
Type of Worship
Worship in Mansefield Trinity is based on the well-known Church of Scotland formula. We also include many informal elements. The praise is accompanied by a modern electronic organ and led by the choir. We often sing accompanied by guitar and other instruments, and even (by choice) unaccompanied at times.
In 2010 our Presbytery carried out a health check on all the churches within it. The team’s reflections were that our congregation demonstrated a willingness to embrace new models of worship as well as a desire to be actively involved. They have a heart for children and young people and are willing to consider relevant and appropriate ways in which worship service could be more attractive to them. At the same time, they recognise the preferences and needs of their older members. The order of service is projected on the wall with the words of hymns and Bible readings being easily seen by everyone. Before worship begins, Church News and other announcements are projected.
We have now completed four years of Messy Church where on the first Saturday of every month we are hosts to between 45 – 70 people from our local community. We have recently had visits from three other churches in the area and also one from Glasgow who would like to replicate our Messy Church. Recent topics we have covered were Christmas and Lent, and we are looking forward to Easter.
In the Church we have:-
- the Guild
- Craft Group
- Sunday School and Crèche
- Boys’ Brigade (who meet in the hall at Kilwinning Old Parish Church)
- Messy Church
- a Mothers and Toddlers Group
- a Café which is open every Tuesday from 10.30am to 1.00 pm
- a Choir with about a dozen members who rehearse on Thursday evenings at 6.30 pm
On a regular basis the premises are used by Weight Watchers, The WRI, Enable and SHIMS (Scottish Head Injuries Music Support). The premises are used by other churches, the local primary schools and organisations for conferences, and by charitable organisations for concerts etc.