The Free Church of Scotland is a Presbyterian and Reformed denomination. It currently has over 100 congregations in Scotland, as well as 2 in London, 5 in North America, and sister churches founded by mission work in India, Peru and South Africa. The Church also has a full-time theological college in the heart of Edinburgh for the training of ministers and other Christian workers, and sustains an extensive missionary programme relative to the size of the Church.
It is “Presbyterian”, which means that decisions are made by elders as they are grouped in the several Presbyteries scattered over Scotland. It is Reformed, which means that its teaching is Biblical, and follows the pattern of belief established at the Reformation in the 16th Century.
Dating from 1843, the Free Church owes its distinctive title to its historical struggle to remain “free” from state interference in its internal affairs. It has close and active relations with many other Reformed churches of Jesus Christ throughout the world, and stands firmly in the tradition which accepts the Bible in its entirety as the Word of God and, therefore, derives its forms of teaching, worship, ministry and government from it.
The main emphasis of our worship is the preaching of the gospel - the good news of forgiveness, and a new life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone.