We are a congregation of the United Free Church of Scotland. We meet for worship in the Community Business Hub in the old Royal Bank building in Quakerfield on Sundays at 10.30am. Previous to this we met in the old church with the clock tower beside the car park in Main Street, Bannockburn. In 2009 we celebrated 50 years in that building, but the congregation has been active in Bannockburn for over 200 years. We moved out of that building in September 2022
A 25 page history of the congregation by Kenneth Scott has been published (£3), and can be viewed by in the 'History of Murrayfield' section of the website. He quotes a local historian who wrote "The first sermon was preached in a tent. They then got into a large unfinished house, which they occupied until the church was built."
Our mission statement can be seen on the home page and the front page of every edition of our newsletter 'Up Front':
'We are here to serve God through lively worship, prayer, fellowship, concern for others and sharing our faith. Our aims are to be a more caring Church, encourage the young to explore the Christian Faith and to spread the Good News about Jesus in the community.'
Our minister is Rev Gary Barclay (pictured below), a native of Aberdeen, who has been settled in Bannockburn with his wife and family since January 2002..
(from United Free Church of Scotland website)
Gary was born in Keith, Banffshire in 1960 and moved to Aberdeen when he was five. He attended Torry Academy and started attending a church youth group which met in the Academy on a Saturday evening. He then began attending Torry UF Church, where at age 15 he came to faith under the ministry of Rev J G McPhee.
On leaving school he worked with British Rail in Signals and Telecommunications. Sensing a call to Ministry, he completed evening classes at Aberdeen College of Commerce and undertook a BD degree at St. Andrews University, graduating in 1994. He was called in 1994 to be minister at Croftfoot UF Church in Glasgow, where he served for 8 years until being called to Murrayfield UF Church, Bannockburn in 2002.
As well as his work in these congregations and communities, he has served the Church as Moderator of the Presbytery of the East and of General Assembly. Nationally he has served at different times as Convener of the Evangelism and Youth Committee, the Administration and Finance Committee, the Ministry Committee, and the Overseas Committee. Gary is married to Elspeth and has a daughter and two sons.
On this page you'll find pictures and information about the elders in our Church.
Click on the thumbnails in the middle of this page to see a larger picture and a brief description of each elder (pictures are not currently available for all elders).
John Cross is our Session Clerk. He served as Moderator of the General Assembly from June 2018 - June 2019.
Elizabeth Hastings delivers recordings of services to the housebound, and organises the Walking Group, which has taken part in many charity walks.
Bobby Gray is known to play various roles during services: sometimes he is an actor, sometimes a pray-er, and sometimes a guitarist.
Mary Spence is the rollkeeper, and is one of the helpers with the Start Up project for the homeless in Stirling.
Mary Scott runs the workstall, and keeps elders up to date with information from meetings they miss.
Jean Bell served as our previous Session Clerk and continues to represent the congregation at Presbytery and General Assembly.
Derek is Bannockburn born and raised. He’s been a part of Murrayfield Church since getting married in it during 1985. His particular involvement in church life is printing the church newsletter and taking the occasional Sunday service.
Kenneth Scott is our church historian. He also organises the rotas for members who take part in the worship services.
John Martin keeps a close eye on the property, is Clerk to the Congregational Board, and looks after Gift Aid donations.
Ann Lomax is our link person with Operation Christmas Child's shoebox campaign.She also provides our tea and coffee on the last Sunday of each month..
Alex Morgan was our previous Christmas Shoebox co-ordinator.