Frequently Asked Questions
Whatever your background, age or stage, you are always welcome at Biggar Kirk. If you visit us on a Sunday you will find a mixed group of young and old from many different situations - you'll be sure to fit in somewhere.
Below are some common questions you may have if it is your first time in a church. If you have any more queries, dont hesitate to email us, or ask one of the helpful people who will greet you at the door on a Sunday morning.
How long will the service last?
The service starts at 9am currently due to COVID-19. In normal circumstances the service starts at 11.15am and is usually finished by 12.30pm.
How should I dress?
Whatever you are comfortable wearing. Most people are casually dressed, some folks will be in suit and tie, others wearing their favourite jumper and jeans. We have no expectations.
What sort of person goes?
There are families, teenagers, singles, couples, retired, students, children, pensioners, babies - folks from all walks of life.
You may well see a familiar face or two if you live in the Biggar area. Some members have been worshipping at Biggar Kirk all their lives while others have recently joined with us.
No matter whether you are a committed Christian, used to go to church a long time ago, or are seeking something more to life - there is room for all.
Can I get married in the Church?
You do not need to be a member of Biggar Kirk to be married here.
The recommended donation towards the use of our Kirk building is 400 pounds. The services the minister provides and the marriage preparation course are FREE of charge.
What should I expect when I arrive?
Someone will greet you at the front door and under the present COVID regulations they will ask you for you details for track and trace. You are required to wear a mask. The person at the door will show you to your seat. You are welcome to bring a money offering to support the work of the church as part of your worship. In these COVID times there is no collection during the service but there are some offering plates just inside the doors as you enter and as you leave. There is no requirement to give an offering, especially if you are a guest. If you have any questions or concerns please speak to the person on the door.
What happens on a Sunday Morning?
To begin, We spend some time singing praise to God - the words are always up on the video screen - feel free to join in if you feel comfortable. We sing a mixture of older, traditional hymns and modern praise, led by piano, organ, or praise band.
If you have children, there is a space for babies and primary kids to play at the front left hand side of the church, and they are most welcome to join. Just before the sermon, the children go to St Mary's Hall for Sunday Club - a fun time filled with singing some more songs, playing games, making a craft, and engaging with the Bible in groups of own age.
We always open and read the Bible. Feel free to bring your own (we use the NIV version), or there are Bibles in church which you can find near your seat. There is teaching from the Bible, usually brought by the minister, either in one single sermon or broken up into two or three parts interspersed with songs. After the teaching there is then a final song and an invitation to stay for refreshments in the hall after the service.
The first Sunday of the month are 'Communion Sundays', where we celebrate and remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross. These services might be slightly different from usual but are by no means private – you are always welcome to join with us, whoever and whenever.