About

Giffnock South Parish Church is a welcoming parish church, part of the wider presbyterian Church of Scotland, in the heart of the Southside.

Through our worship and work we to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in our community; we welcome those who share our Christian faith as well as those would like to learn more.

We meet to worship on Sunday mornings at 11am.
Our welcome team look forward to greeting you.

We aim to be a sanctuary of hope and love in our community.

As a congregation, we aspire:

To share the gospel

To be inclusive

To welcome all

To build relationships

Who’s Who

Minister

Rev Catherine Beattie BDMin
Catherine came to Giffnock South in 2011, you can find out more about her ministry here.

Session Clerk

Alison Fenton
The Session Clerk is the official record keeper of the church. Her role involves preparing for Kirk Session meetings and making all the appropriate arrangements for Communion services. She liaises with the conveners of the church action groups and generally supports the Minister and work of the Kirk Session.

Depute Session Clerk

Hugh Campbell
The principal role of the Assistant Session Clerk is to record and produce minutes of the Kirk Session meetings, and to assist the Minister and Session Clerk in their various duties.

Treasurer

Iain Grimmond
As the treasurer, Iain ensures that we comply with accounting requirements, that the finances are transparent and that the church is accountable in all of its financial dealings.

Communications Convener

Clive Bell
Clive chairs the communications group, which is responsible for spreading information about church life to both the congregation and the wider community.

Events Convener

Elaine Clark
Elaine Clarke and the Events Team organise and facilitate many of the events in our church calendar. They also help other organisations such as the Guild and Community Choir run their events. The work of the Events group brings not only our members together but reaches out to the wider community in fellowship and friendship.

Fabric Convener

Willie Dunbar
The remit of the Fabric Team is to ensure that our halls and buildings are well maintained and to develop a programme of maintenance and renewal of church fabric. The Fabric Team liaises with contractors to obtain budget estimates for works. The team also oversees church fire regulations and ensures appropriate insurance policies are in place.

Finance Convener

Brian Cochrane
Brian convenes the Stewardship & Finance Committee and is responsible for managing the church budget, donations and gift aid.

Halls Convener

Brenda Williams
The Halls Convener deals firstly with people considering using our halls and ensures that bookings are feasible with regard to our Google calendar. Brenda liaises with the Church Administrator who issues application forms, contracts, and deals with payments from hall users. Finally, Brenda deals with any queries from halls users and communicates with the Fabric convener to ensure the halls are in suitable condition for our users.

Nurturing Faith Convener

Graeme Whyte

Outreach Convener

Avril Holland
Avril is Giffnock South’s main link for mission and outreach. She oversees all areas of outreach including the annual church charity, Kwenderana Group, Lodging House Mission, Fair Trade, and the Community Choir.

Youth Convener

Sandra Mitchell
Sandra oversees the work with our young people, giving advice where needed.

Presbytery Elder

Alastair Forrester
Our Presbytery Elder Alastair Forrester represents Giffnock South at the monthly meetings of Glasgow Presbytery and reports on Presbytery Meetings to Kirk Session

Administrator

Anne Marie Marks
Anne Marie runs the church office, handles the administrative responsibilities and provides a wide range of support to the Finance Team, Fabric Group, Session Clerk, church groups, Kirk Session, our Minister and also Pollokshaws church. She is often the first point of contact by phone or in person for visitors and newcomers to the church. As such, Anne Marie is a very important part of our church’s public image and outreach.

Organist

Richard Scholfield
Richard is a graduate of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where his primary instrument was the saxophone.
As the organist and choir leader, he is responsible for looking after the choir and supplying music for various services and events within the church. Richard accompanies the singing at Sunday worship on the organ and piano, also playing incidental music where required.

Caretaker

Stephen Maguire
Stephen is responsible for keeping our premises clean. He ensures that our halls and sanctuary are ready for the large number of groups using them, assists with setting up, and is responsible for security.