Extensive modifications to the Cairns
buildings have supported and promoted the physical, emotional and spiritual development of
the church: a 7-day-a-week adventure which is reflected in a 7-day-a-week church alive,
spiritual, bright and welcoming, reaching out to serve the needs of the congregation and
The entrance in Buchanan Street does not differentiate between
spiritual or community activities; it is the milling space at the centre of the complex
which provides the pivot between the quiet reflective character of the sanctuary, and the
buzz of activity which emanates from the rest of the building.
Cairns is first a place of spiritual care and development. Its
approach respects the various points that people have reached on the journey of faith.
This is focused principally on our Sunday services held in the
sanctuary where an atmospheric space has been created by the rich coloured carpet,
comfortable seating and variable sound and lighting.
Our new seating arrangements allow us to see each other face to face
and to be more conscious of what is going on in each other's lives.
Our Communion services 'in the round' are more reminiscent of the
family meal which Christ shared with his disciples as opposed to the hierarchical three
decks of High Priests, fellow Priests and Laity which is the more common layout of
churches built in the last 3 centuries.
Evening 'Reflections' have been held in the Sanctuary during the
seasons of Advent and Holy Week. On these occasions, the imaginative use of words, music,
candlelight combined with time for quiet reflection have proved very helpful to those who
have come not just from our own congregation but from other churches or no church.
We continue to seek out fresh ways of showing how the Christian message
is alive today.
The Story of Cairns Church
The story begins in 1787 when some stalwart members of New Kilpatrick Parish Church in
Bearsden (then known as Newkirk) decided to break away from the Established Church because
of dissatisfaction with the system of patronage - a dissatisfaction that came to a head
when the patron, the Duke of Montrose, pushed through a very unpopular ministerial