St Andrew’s Wallace Green and Lowick Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) is one of only eight Church of Scotland congregations in England. The membership is made up both of Scots and English and, as in most Presbyterian churches, great emphasis is placed in worship on the preaching of the Word.
As well as the services in Berwick there are also occasional services in the village hall in Lowick – eleven miles south of Berwick. Our Mission Statement is:- “With prayer and God’s grace to welcome others into our fellowship. Through worship, outreach and love, to build our church as Christ’s body with Christ at the centre of all that we do.”
Worship within the Church of Scotland is for everybody, regardless of age, nationality, status or ability. Patterns of worship vary from church to church and this generally means that people can find a place of worship where they feel comfortable.
The official statement of the Church’s faith can be found on The Church of Scotland’s Faith Pages.
Members of the Kirk Session are the charity trustees.
The Kirk Session members are the ordained elders of the church and are chosen from those members of the congregation who are considered to have the appropriate gifts and skills. The minister, who is a member of the Kirk Session, is elected by the congregation and inducted by the Presbytery. The Kirk Session, which meets at least five times in a year, is responsible for the spiritual and material affairs of the church. It is supported in its work by four sub-committees, which cover Finance, Property, Pastoral Care and Mission/Nurture. These committees are made up of elders and congregational members.
St Andrew’s Wallace Green and Lowick Church of Scotland, Berwick-upon-Tweed’s financial set up is fairly normal for a Church of Scotland congregation, in that income is received mainly from members of the congregation, almost exclusively through the weekly freewill offering system and standing orders, enhanced by tax recovery from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). From time to time, this is further enhanced by special events such as Gift Days and normally there is an annual event to help swell congregational funds.
The congregation is fortunate to have reasonable investment income, which again contributes to the running of the church. These funds were originally derived from the generosity of a donor in the late 1980s and have been enhanced by the sale of church buildings, mainly arising from the union of congregations throughout the years.
The congregational reserves are held for future expenditure, such as fabric maintenance and the day-to-day running of the church.