Who We Are

Minister: Rev. Stuart Love

Stuart Love was ordained and inducted as our minister on the 27th October 2016. This is Stuart’s first charge, and he is currently the youngest minister in the Church of Scotland.

Stuart is originally from Hamilton. He began his journey into ministry at just 4 years old, when he supposedly said, “I either want to be a church minister or the Prime Minister when I grow up!”.

Stuart’s training has included academic study and practical placements. He studied for 4 years at the International Christian College, and a further 2 years at New College in Edinburgh. He has worked in a variety of different places, including Cranhill Parish Church in Glasgow, as a Chaplain in HMYOI Polmont, and most recently as the Assistant Minister in Dalziel St. Andrew’s Parish Church in Motherwell.

If you need to contact Stuart, you can email: SLove@churchofscotland.org.uk, or you can phone the church office on 0141 632 4206

You can also follow Stuart on Twitter, or read his Blog.

Session Clerk: Mr. Roger Gann

Every congregation has a Kirk Session and every Kirk Session must appoint a Session Clerk. It is an important role within the congregation.

The formal part of a Session Clerk’s ‘job’ is focused on the Kirk Session meeting – assisting the minister in drawing up the agenda, ensuring that the meeting is called properly, taking the minute of the meeting and following up any correspondence required. It is not, however, limited to these things. As the gifts of each Session Clerk are different, the things they choose to do will be different.

Session Clerks in Clincarthill are appointed for 5 years. The current Session Clerk is Roger Gann. You can contact him at: sessionclerk@clincarthill.org.uk

The Kirk Session

Made up of the Minister, Session Clerk, and elected Elders, the Kirk Session is responsible for overseeing and governing Clincarthill Parish Church.

The main responsibility of the Kirk Session is to ensure the Gospel of Jesus Christ is at the centre of all church life. Together, the Minister and Elders discuss and implement our vision, mission and ministry to the parish.

The Kirk Session also exercises something called “oversight”. This simply means that, although the main focus is vision and ministry, the Elders are responsible for making sure things are well in every area of church life.