About The Church
This page is all about the church!
Finding Your Way About
Just drive down East Main Street until you see us,
you can't miss it, it's a church!
You can see the church
from the main street. There
is a side street leading to
the car park at the back.
If you are using a
GPS to find us, the
postcode is: EH47 7QR
The Church Hall Building
Here is a map of the
The church hall building
contains the Church Hall,
and the Sun-Lounge which we
use for various events.
The church hall building
also contains the kitchen
and toilet facilities.
About Our Minister
Robert Anderson is our
Minister and he has been with us since
April 1998. He is evangelical stressing
the radical challenge of the Gospel of
Jesus Christ and communicating its
transforming and regenerating power in
Robert is an arts graduate, a gold
medallist and first class honours
graduate in theology of Glasgow
University and holds a doctorate from
served as a missionary theological
lecturer in Africa, as parish minister
in Overtown, as Chaplain to Edinburgh
University and as development officer
for Carberry Tower before coming to West
A strong critic of the way the Church of
Scotland is managed, Robert has
published two thought-provoking booklets
on reforming the Church of Scotland
called Who cares, wins and Changes in
Spiritual Freedom in the Church of
Scotland 1980 - 2005.
His other publications are the
autobiographical Intimations of Love
Divine, four meditations for Lent called
Stop the world! I want to think and a
lecture entitled Biblical Basis of
healing Throughout the Ages.
Robert is also a hymn writer and in 2012
published a collection of new hymns
called Grains of Gold.
As early as the 1100’s there has been evidence of
the presence of a ‘Church’ in this area, and it is recorded that
Blackburn became a Parish as early as 1335.
Since 1560, worship has
taken place in Blackburn, eventually through the Church mission in
property thought to be The Lindsay Hall.
In 1900 a union was formed
by the United Presbyterian Church and the Free Church and this
resulted in Blackburn having its own Church, the corner stone of
which was laid in 1907, the sanctuary being finally opened and
dedicated in June 1908, with the Manse reaching completion in
In 1910 Blackburn was granted the right to become a
separate charge, forming its own Kirk Session and Congregational
Board and Rev Kerr was called as the first Minister.
became known as a Church of Scotland in 1929 and became a self
supporting congregation in 1956.
Since its initial construction, the building has seen little change,
almost nothing other than cosmetic internally, and minimal external
alteration with the exception of the ‘New Hall’ built to replace the
Lindsay Hall, which, having been gifted by Rev J. Lindsay in 1936
had served the church well.
The property is in good condition and
with the recent addition of the new Manse, is indeed a credit to
those who, over the years have committed themselves to its upkeep.
The Church has had a varied and complex life, like so many such
establishments in small towns and villages, but during its life it
has retained an enviable reputation of a strong and happy family
presence within the community.
It has been served by eight
Rev S.O. Stewart
Rev D.H. Tweedale
Rev A. Fyfe
Rev D.C. Stewart
Rev J.A. Fletcher
presently Rev Dr R. Anderson, who have led the Christian worship to
the present time, after 100 years along the line.
It is great
credit to each of them, and to the many dedicated office–bearers and
members that the Church still has its place in this town, at a time
when the Christian faith is being expressed and practiced by fewer
We hope that you have enjoyed learning a little more about
our Church and that you will realise that your participation and
continued profession of faith and support are essential to the well
being and continued Christian Worship of this community.