Worship, Socialise and Grow with us into the Future

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Minister: Rev. Janet Mathieson

Scottish Charity Number SC009939

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Please click the link above for information on how to access Zoom


To access the Sunday School on the Web just click the box 

Williamwood Church will be publishing a News Bulletin to allow members and others to keep up to date with things in and around the Church.  To access the bulletin please use the link below.

Williamwood Parish Church News Bulletin 4 – 6 May 20

Links to the earlier News Bulletins are below

Williamwood Parish Church News Bulletin 3 23.04.20

Williamwood Parish Church News Bulletin 02.04.20

 Williamwood Parish Church News Bulletin 19.03.20

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

East Reffrewshire culture and Leisure’s  own instructors are making short videos to keep you connected and active while at home. To access these videos and for information please click the link below

Everyday Exercise (1)



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Inspire Magazine

The Inspire is our quarterly magazine, why dont you browse through the latest editions


Inspire NOVEMBER 2019

Inspire AUGUST 2019

Inspire May 2019


Prayer Circle

This is a confidential group of seventeen people who will pray for a person or a situation when it is requested.  Lorna Martin and Anne Clark can be contacted by phone or you can e-mail the minister using the contact information on the website.

Format of Sunday Services
Worship at Williamwood is at 11.00 every Sunday morning and other times as announced. The format of worship is traditional and we use CH4 and the Good News Bible. The choir lead our singing and contribute to worship with a range of anthems, both traditional and modern.
Dates for Your Diary

Please see the Yellow notices on the webpage for information at the moment.


Hall Enquiries

we are very fortunate that our halls are frequently in use. If you would like to enquire about using our halls please contact Fiona Gunning using the contact information below.

Our Mission

Our mission is to share the love of God through worship, outreach, welcome and care with people in our local community and across the world

Our Minister

Jan was called to Williamwood in November 2015.
She is active in all areas of the Church, its organisations and its people

Hello and Welcome… 

To Williamwood Parish Church on the Web

We continue to live through the season of Easter, moving ever closer to Pentecost on 31st May. We also continue to live through ‘lockdown’ observing restrictions to protect others and ourselves.
Though our buildings are closed there is a short time of worship via Zoom each Sunday. If you don’t already get an invitation to this, use the ‘contact’ box to send us your email address.
There’s also a lot of congregational activity on these web pages (try our Bake Off Challenge) and on our Facebook page ( try listening to some music)
If you need help or a chat please contact your elder or the Minister. If you live in our parish (even if you are not a member of the congregation) the church is also here for you. Please get in touch if you want to join in anything or if you need help.
May you know God’s presence with you and around you at this time.
Rev Jan Mathieson (Parish Minister)

We have a very talented congregation, here in Williamwood, who rose to the challenge during lockdown. 

The organisers hold no responsibility for the extra pounds gained eating all these lovely cakes.


Pictures of the entries are all below in a random order

Williamwood Web Worship

Worship for Sunday 24th May 2020 

 Today is the sixth Sunday after Easter- the last Sunday of the Easter season and the Sunday after Ascension Day (which was on Thursday)

The ascension stories tell of Jesus saying goodbye; of the disciples letting go and of getting ready for a new world in which they experience God’s presence differently. From now on followers of Jesus are to make visible the presence of God which we have seen in Jesus. The gift of the Spirit given at Pentecost (which we celebrate next week) enables us to do that.

Click on the Facebook icon and listen to – or join in – the hymn: Look, ye saints, the sight is glorious!   (CH4:439)

A prayer to start the day:

Holy God, in the morning of this new day we give thanks for life filled with your goodness.

Keep us grateful and keep us in your care throughout this day and all our days.

Strengthen our hope in Jesus Christ who shared, once, our human life and who now reigns in power for us that we may live as his body in the world proclaiming your name and witnessing to the power of resurrection love which lets us enjoy the eternal life you give now and for evermore.                                Amen

Gospel Reading

This reading from John’s gospel is part of what is known as the High Priestly Prayer.  It is as if we overhear Jesus praying. In the first 5 verses Jesus prays for himself. Next he prays for his disciples, entrusting the community of faith to God’s care. If you read on to verse 26 you will hear the final part of the prayer which is for believers yet to be.

 Read John 17: 1 – 11

Could you use this as a model for your own prayers?

Where have we seen the grace of God recently?

What words – or acts – of Jesus might you use to shape how you will live into the future?

What is the greatest challenge for the community of faith today and how do we meet that challenge?

Click on the Facebook icon and listen to – or join in – the hymn: Out of sight, the Lord has gone (CH4: 444)

New Testament Reading

The beginning of the book of Acts, believed to have been written by Luke, provides a bridge between the gospel story of Jesus and the story of the earliest Church: those communities which were continuing the work Jesus began. In this first chapter he rehearses the story of Jesus’s ascension and what the disciples did immediately after that. He will go on to tell of the Day of Pentecost and then describe to growth of the early Church.

Read Acts 1: 1-14

Spend some time in prayer, thinking about what God is saying to you in this waiting time.

A Closing Prayer

Almighty and all-loving God, you have called us to be your church:

Christ’s body in our world today.

So….we pray for this world and all its peoples, especially for those living in poverty and need; bearing injustice and indignity – the dis-grace of the unequal sharing of the resources you provide for all.

We remember before you the peoples of East Africa, crops ravaged by locusts and facing famine; the peoples of North India, homes and livelihoods wrecked by the effects of cyclone; the people of Pakistan suffering the effects of an air-crash that claimed so many lives in the air and on the land; the peoples of the Middle East living in the midst of conflict, imprisoned in places where there is want and fear; the people of our own land who are hungry and fearful of what the future will bring.

Let them all know you near to strengthen, guide and bless.

We pray for the leaders of nations that they will do what is right and good for the welfare of their people and shun easy popularity, careless talk and uncaring decision-making.

We pray for all who are ill, suffering from Covid-19 and for all who care for them.

We pray, too, for those enduring other illness or disease – and for all who are suffering or sorrowful.

Be with those who are isolated, alone and lonely; those who draw near unto death; all who are anxious or worried; all separated from loved ones and all who mourn.

Keep them in your care.

We pray for this earth: fragile, delicate and beautiful that we may care for it more wisely and tenderly, healing the wounds inflicted by humankind, causing climate crisis, extinction, pollution.

Make us better stewards we pray.

We pray for your church that it may be enlivened to serve you better in the world, in the future that awaits us.

As members of your church let us grow in grace that we may live out our calling as your people showing your love in the world until our days here are done and we are re-united with all we have loved and all your saints in the kingdom of your glory and in your eternal love and life through Jesus Christ, our risen, ascended, reigning Lord in whose name we pray.                                                           Amen

Click on the Facebook icon and listen to – or join in – the hymn: Crown him with many crowns……..    (CH4:459)


As you wait patiently on the Lord may you know God’s presence.

As you live in the Lord may you know his peace.

As you enter the future that awaits you may God’s Spirit guide you.

May God bless you always.                          Amen.


   About Us

Williamwood Parish Church is a very busy and active part of the community.  We strive to ensure that our Church and halls are used to their full potential.  We have just come to the end of our year long 80th Anniversary Celebrations, where we had several social events which were enjoyed by all.  A state of the art new heating system has just been installed and are now looking at other ways to increase the buildings energy efficiency as well as  improve and maintain the buildings.

Weekly worship on a Sunday morning is of course always at the heart of the life of our Church and we continually strive to move forward into a bright future. Throughout the church year there are special services when we celebrate particular occasions.  The main celebrations of Communion in Williamwood are on the first Sunday of March, June, September and December.  Additional communion services may be held, for example at Easter. There can be lots going on especially over the Christmas period so keep an eye on the website for information.

For Further information on the History of Williamwood follow this link

Follow this link to read the Tribute to Flo smith

Some members of The Kirk Session

Kirk Session members are the elders of the Church and are chosen from those members of the Church who are considered to have the appropriate gifts and skills to pursue the spiritual affairs of the Congregation. The Kirk Session meets regularly on the 3rd Wednesday of January, March, May, September and November.  Additional meetings may be called for specific purposes.

The Congregational Board

Here are some of the board members who are appointed from within the Congregation.   Board Members are nominated and then appointed at the Stated Annual Meeting and serve for a period of three years after which they may seek re-election. They contribute to the management affairs of the Church.  Board Meetings are February, April, June, October and December

Norah Gray Retires

The Church choir recently spent a very pleasant evening on the occasion of Norah Gray’s retiral. The minister and session clerk were present when the choir said a very reluctant farewell to Norah after 60 years.

Norah’s name meant music in Williamwood. She was always there to sing solos, play the organ, and take choir practices when we were without an organist and, if any musical event was to be held, Norah was the first one to be consulted.

Norah will be greatly missed by the choir but we know that, Sunday by Sunday, she will be in the church supporting us.


Many congratulations to our organist Sarah Alexander on receiving her degree of Bachelor of Music with Honours from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on Thursday- what an achievement!




Williamwood Church may be the place that you choose to get married.  We have prepared a leaflet to give you the basic information and the contact details of the people you need to get in touch with as you plan your special day.





If you are thinking about having your baby baptised, please contact Rev Jan Mathieson on 0141 579 9997.


Williamwood Parish Church – 4 Vardar Avenue, Clarkston, G76 7QP

Sunday Services

Sunday Service  –  11.00am

Sunday School  –  10.50am

Phone & Email

Minister – Rev. Mathieson  01415799997





11.00am – WORSHIP


7.00am – 9.00am  –  OSCARE PRE-SCHOOL

9.00am – 1.30pm  –   CLARKSTON NURSERY GROUP

3.00pm – 6.00pm  –   OSCARE AFTER-SCHOOL


6.45pm – 8.30pm –  128th JUNIOR SECTION 



7.00am – 9.00am  –  OSCARE PRE-SCHOOL

9.00am – 1.30pm  –   CLARKSTON NURSERY GROUP

3.00pm – 6.00pm  –   OSCARE AFTER-SCHOOL

4.20pm – 9.00pm  –  McCARTHY SCHOOL OF DANCE

7.30pm  –   (Alternate Weeks)THE GUILD


7.00am – 9.00am  –  OSCARE PRE-SCHOOL

9.00am – 1.30pm  –   CLARKSTON NURSERY GROUP

3.00pm – 6.00pm  –   OSCARE AFTER-SCHOOL

6.30pm – 7.45pm  –  3rd WILLIAMWOOD BROWNIES

7.30pm – 9.00PM  –   GUIDES


7.00am – 9.00am  –  OSCARE PRE-SCHOOL

9.00am – 3.15pm  –   CLARKSTON NURSERY GROUP

9.45am – 11.45am  –  WILLIAMWOOD TODDLERS

3.00pm – 6.00pm  –   OSCARE AFTER-SCHOOL

3.30pm – 5.00pm  LEGO THERAPY (Ladies Choir Room)

6.30pm – 7.30pm – RAINBOWS 

7.30pm  –  CHURCH CHOIR (Session House)



7.00am – 9.00am  –  OSCARE PRE-SCHOOL

9.00am – 3.15pm  –   CLARKSTON NURSERY GROUP

3.00pm – 6.00pm  –   OSCARE AFTER-SCHOOL

6.30pm – 7.30pm  –  128th BB ANCHOR BOYS

7.35pm  –  128th BB COMPANY SECTION

7.35pm  –  128th BB SENIOR SECTION (or as arranged)


9.00am – 5.00pm  –  McCARTHY SCHOOL OF DANCE


2019 – 2020

To see the archive of previous photographs just follow this link

Links to the Wider Church




What congregation are Saying

My wife Val and I joined Williamwood Church in 2012 and along with our two children, Andrew who’s 11 and Shona who’s 8, we are all involved with the life of the church here.
Andrew is at the Boys’ Brigade, Shona is in the Brownies, Val is an elder and I’m part of the property team looking after things like fire safety and security.
We all enjoy being part of the family of Williamwood whether it’s the services and Sunday School each week or the different special events like concerts, coffee mornings and trips.
It’s great to be part of such a friendly group of people who are all working together to share the Good News and trying to make a difference for the better in our community.

Alan Brown

As Session Clerk it is an honour to serve the Rev Jan Mathieson and sixty three Elders who diligently visit their district at least four times a year with an invitation to Holy Communion and also visit our organisations’ twice a year. Contact me on  0141 321 8033, or e mail –   

Margaret C.T. Robertson

I was baptised in Williamwood Church in 1981 and since then have been brought up to feel at home in the Church.  I went through all sections of the BB and am now an adult officer.  I started my piping career as a young junior section boy.  I am now an active elder of the Church, and would like to encourage people to attend and help it to continue to grow.

Alan Black


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