Our church team works together to create a warm and welcoming place.
We have been blessed with many students and probationers and we continue to pray for them.
Our Church Vision
- To receive God’s love and to share it with others,
- Convictions about our orthodox faith in the incarnate and Risen Jesus Christ,
- To look after everyone in the church family and community by getting to know one another by listening and showing patience and care,
- A desire that our church family be a place of acceptance, belonging and healing,
- To build trained teams to assist in future ministry and outreach,
- A desire to be intergenerational, and for each age group to be cared for and to learn from each other,
- To support our frailer members, and also our children and families,
- A desire to be open to learn more about our Christian faith through prayer and bible study,
- Where we have different opinions, to seek to be respectful of other viewpoints,
- To be creative in our ways of connecting with God, and deepening our faith through, for example spiritual retreats, contemplative prayer, art etc.
- To share our faith with others in the community in relevant, loving and innovative ways.
Baptisms, weddings and bereavement
The Church of Scotland operates on a parish system - that means that each church is responsible for providing pastoral support for key events such as baptisms, marriage and bereavement in the life of people living in the local parish.
Baptism is a sacrament for children and adults. For adults, they make vows of commitment to Jesus Christ. For babies and small children, the parents make certain promises on behalf of their children. A parent or grandparent needs to have a Christian faith or be a church member in order to be able to make these vows. Baptisms normally take place during worship on a Sunday morning.
Sometimes, parents feel unable to make the vows of baptism, but would still like a service of thanksgiving and blessing for their child, and this too can be discussed.
When a couple come to the point where they want to find out more about Christian marriage, they can approach the minister of the parish in which they live. The minister can help the couple prepare for their wedding day, and for their married life together. If you live in our parish area our minister would be pleased to talk with you about your marriage.
Bereavement and funeral services
There are no charges for the minister's time at funeral services or otherwise, but you may be asked to contribute towards heating and lighting, organist's fee etc. If you have any further questions, please get in touch.
Our Minister Rev Fiona Gardner
Rev Fiona Gardner, our minister, was introduced to the church on May 11th 2011. Fiona was ordained in 1997 and, before becoming minister at Temple-Anniesland, has ministered to congregations in various parts of Glasgow. She did her probationary period here at Temple-Anniesland church with the then minister Rev Robert Johnston from 1995-97, and greatly enjoyed that placement. Little did she know that God would call her to return in 2011!
I came to Temple Anniesland church in May 2011, having previously served for a number of years before in churches in Glasgow on the south side of the river. I love Jesus, and my heart’s desire is to share His love with all those I meet.
My vision for the church is that it is Christ’s body on earth, seeking to continue His ministry. We often make mistakes, we get things wrong, but we seek to follow Jesus’ teaching, to live in the love of God the Father the Creator of all things, to be forgiven and set free by Jesus’ death on the cross, and inspired and empowered by His Holy Spirit. During Jesus’ life on earth, he had such a heart to teach and to heal, to challenge injustice, and to love those hurting in body and mind. We are called to continue this work.
Family and youth worker Louise Reid
I have been a member at Temple Anniesland church since 2014 here I have found a welcoming supportive place to continue my own faith journey. I wish to share the love, joy, hope and peace Christ brings to my daily life with others.
I have always enjoyed working with children and young people whether in my paediatric nursing career or the various arts and crafts groups I have been involved with. This has led me to the position of family and youth worker.
Through Sunday club, Messy church and Holiday clubs I enjoy building relationships with young people and their families, helping them establish and strengthen their relationship with God. In the future I want to further develop creative ways to engage with young people, offer support to families and build new and stronger relationships with those who access our church and those in our parish.
The Church of Scotland’s membership vows are:
Believing in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and confessing Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord:
Do you promise to join regularly with your fellow Christians in worship on the Lord’s Day?
Do you promise to be faithful in reading the Bible and in prayer?
Do you promise to give a fitting proportion of your time, talents and money for the Church’s work in the world?
Do you promise, depending on the grace of God, to profess publicly your loyalty to Jesus Christ, to serve him in your daily work, and to walk in his ways all the days of your life?
After a long process of meetings, discussions and voting the congregations of the former Knightswood St Margaret’s and Temple Anniesland Churches joined in a union on the 27th of January 2022 with a service of Union held at our Knightswood building.
We have a deferred union with St David's church Knightswood who also took part in the process. they will become part of the Knightswood Anniesland Trinity church in 2024.
We continue to work hard together to get to know each other, to share our strengths, and to build a stronger, loving, creative Christian community. A place where all are welcome and together we can explore our faith and share God’s love with others.
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Our Messy Church in May really lived up to its name. We had lots of fun learning about Jesus living water. We made kinetic sand, and used water to treansform our drawings.
Annie's place sing along
Christian aid lunch 2022
Easter Sunday early morning service in Knightswood Park 2023 and breakfast at St David's church
Visit to the Bield Retreat, Blackruthven, March 2022