New to our church
You may be on holiday, visiting friends or new to the area. Perhaps Dunfermline has always been your home but you have never come Gillespie before. Or perhaps you are completely new to church - whatever your situation WELCOME!
Walking into a new place can be daunting, so we hope this information is helpful, and that we will see you at one of our services or groups soon. Everyone is welcome and come as you are - dress casual.
If you have any specific questions about the Christian faith feel free to take time to speak to our Pastor.
Where and when does the church meet?
We meet in the main church building, Chapel Street, every Sunday at 10.30am. There is limited parking outside (there are 2 disabled spaces in front of the church and 8 to the side of the church – access off Pilmuir Street). However, additional parking is available across Carnegie Drive at Council carpark (next to Fire Station Creative); Council carpark at St. Margaret’s Cave off Chalmers Street both with free parking on a Sunday, or you can park at Tesco (2hr limit).
We also meet every Thursday at 7.30pm for prayer with Reflective Time (2nd Thursday of the month) and Praise & Prayer (3rd Thursday of the month). Also out monthly Encounter Service (first Sunday of the month at 6pm) incorporate contemporary praise and Biblical teaching. Check our calendar for details.
What can I expect when I visit?
When you arrive, you will be welcomed by a member of the door team. Let them know if it is your first time and they will get you settled – freshly brewed coffee, tea and juice are available. Once in, you will experience lively worship, biblical preaching and friendly people who want to learn more about God, and grow in friendships with one another.
If you want an earlier start – we have prayer in our Upper Room for 9.40am, for the church, our work, our worship and our people.
Are there groups for my children and teenagers?
We seek to be a multi-generation church and have people attending from every season of life – pre-primary though to very long retired and everything in between. We all meet together as a church family for the first 20 minutes approximately, during which there is a short talk aimed at the younger folk in the church. After we have sung praise the children and young adults leave for their own groups. All the groups finish at the same time. You are then welcome to grab the children and have a tea / coffee / juice after the service as you meet, chat and make new friendships.
What facilities do you have for those with specific needs?
If you use a walking aid you can access the church at the side door. Once inside, the halls and sanctuary are all on the same level for every service. We have a hearing loop and service sheets (with large print version available) are available as well as screen projection. Our toilets are accessible to all.
What if I’m not a Christian?
Gillespie Church is a relational community of people who take Jesus seriously but not ourselves that much. We struggle together, worship together, have fun together, and strive to make a difference in the world. We know that life is not always easy and answers can be hard to find too … so we welcome you wherever you are. You can belong before you believe.
We obviously want you to believe and come to a living faith in Jesus, however we know that people are in different places in their relationship with God, with their own questions. We strive to be a place where you can walk at your own pace, and ask questions too.