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Patna Waterside Parish Church Parish Profile
Our congregation is
open to new ideas,
new ways to worship and has a dedicated team of
supportive office bearers, we also have the benefit of a Team Ministry
We are continually striving to move forward and to find God’s will for our
Electoral Register of the Church congregation at present is 146. Communion is celebrated on 2
recognised occasions in the year by invitation.
worship with its relaxed and friendly membership attracts between 30-40
people each week. This is increased by the children of Family Church who
are present at the beginning and end of the service.
Family Church is for children who
come to Church with their parents or grandparents and we are pleased to
have a small, but enthusiastic group of young families.
is led by our enthusiastic and talented Organist and hymns are commonly
taken from Songs of Fellowship & the Church Hymnaries 3 & 4. But as
we have Power Point any hymns are available.
We have an amazing Allen Organ, which is featured on
the Patna website
is held every 2 weeks.
have regular Prayer Meetings.
Faith Mission is held once a month.
Giving & Supporting Others
money goes to different local, national or international charities every 3
raise funds through the church money boxes.
summer we hold a summer fete and a free family party is held every
Christmas for the whole community.
recently started speciality Supper nights.
an active congregation within the community.
Quotes from Church Members
“Attending Patna Waterside Church
makes me feel good, so much so that when I am unable to attend I feel there
is something missing. I feel my role is a supportive one.”
“I think I can lift a duster or
hand out hymn books at the door without feeling I am butting in.”“This Church is the place where
we belong. The place where all our friends are.”
“If we see a job needing doing we
“I live in a nearby village and
transferred my lines to Patna Waterside when my son was born. From the
minute I entered the church I felt welcome. You are made to feel part of
the family.”“I have been attending all my
days and I need the church to be in my life. The people here are my friends
& family and I look forward to seeing them each week.”
We are the body of Christ.
members of the Kirk Session coupled with a further 6 of the congregation
make up the Congregational Board.
service begins at 10:00am
induction systems and PA systems have been installed.
of Service are produced every Sunday.
and information, including intimations are also presented on overhead projector using
fellowship with tea/coffee after each service at our newly installed coffee
bar within the church.
visitation is also carried out to the entire community through production
and distribution of cards carrying the Christmas and Easter message.
for the disabled- legal requirements regarding facilities for the Disabled
have been implemented.
-Toilet -Easy access ramp into the church
been adapted to accommodate wheelchairs
someone has been missing from church a visit is made to check all is
services held once a month.
visitation-visits to the bereaved, housebound and elderly. Also at the Lunch Club for the elderly.
Presbytery Plan C6
C6 is a
six Parish Group comprising the churches of Patna, Dalmellington, Coylton,
Drongan, Ochiltree and Stair, allowing the ministers and congregations to work
together in the sharing of their skills, gifts and resources.
*Sharing a Hope. *Seeking a Vision.
located 9 miles from the town of Ayr and 5 miles from Dalmellington. The
population of the village is over 4,000 and growing with many new houses
being built. There is a newly opened Resource Centre which houses the
Doctors surgery and a Dental surgery. Building work on a new School has commenced. This development will bring together the two existing schools
of Patna and St Xavier’s Primary onto one campus. The Library, Community
Centre, Games Hall and Sport’s Pavilion will also be relocating to the new school
Links with the Village
baptisms are conducted in the Church each year (in 2009 there were 9).
Church Weddings are becoming less frequent with an increasing number of
Patna couples choosing to be married in hotels which the Deacon is happy to
Funerals average 30 per year (26 in 2009) with a small proportion
taking place in the Church.
Community Council and Association meetings are held regularly and
members work hard to improve standards and facilities in the village.
Good relations exist between our
Ministry Team and the local Catholic Priest and ecumenical services take
place at Christmas and Easter.
The Ministry Team are well known in the school by both pupils and
their families, through the conduct of assemblies, visits to the nursery
and attendance at other school events. Links
between the village community and the Church are strong and many villagers
who are not churchgoers consider the Church to be “doing a lot of good in
The Reverend Campbell Saunders
once said of Patna
“The good people
of Patna are the friendliest people in the world”
Patna Waterside Church
services in Patna began in 1817 when an occasional service was held. By
1834 an evening service was held every third Sunday. The Church was built
in 1837 and Hall in 1898 with good accommodation for services and events.
Seating capacity of Church: 150-200 and seating capacity of Hall: 100
The first permanent Minister arrived in 1849 and over the years
there have been many Ministers serving the community.
The original Lethanhill Church joined with Waterside Church before
the merging of Waterside and Patna.
have been vacancies, with a recent break of ten years without a Minister,
since then we have improved our financial situation considerably and are
currently in a good position. Our present Deacon arrived during that
vacancy and served us until the Church was linked with Dalmellington in
2004 and continued in Team Ministry with their Minister until his
retirement in 2009.
The Deacon has recently retired but we are making a case for a
continuing missional team approach to continue here, we have recently
employed a Youth Worker to complement the Team.
“Since I came
to Patna in January 2001 I have found the congregation supportive, enthusiastic and committed to being part of a dynamic church which is
to be faithful to Christ’s gospel of love.”
Wilson, Parish Deacon, Retired.