What We Do
A warm welcome awaits you at our weekly worship services!
Join us at 11:00 am on Sunday mornings. Our service broadly speaking follows the pattern of a traditional Church of Scotland service and is led by our minister; it lasts about an hour. An organist leads the singing of both contemporary and traditional hymns. Tea, coffee and lunch are served in the Upper Hall afterwards. There is a crèche for babies and toddlers, and children aged 3 years upwards will be made very welcome in our Sunday School.
If you are visiting us for the first time, why not look at our Frequently Asked Questions to help you know what to expect. We look forward to seeing you!
The church has an important role to play in helping you to mark important milestones in life such as baptisms, weddings and funerals. If you would like to discuss holding a wedding or funeral service in our church, or having someone baptised during one of our services, please get in touch to arrange an appointment with the minister.
Baptisms and blessings
Baptism is sacred – what we call a sacrament of the church – by which a child is brought into the community of the church. It is a type of spiritual birth. Baptism involves the parents taking vows which ask for their commitment to the spiritual upbringing and well-being of their child/children. Adults can also be baptised if they have not been already. This would happen after a course of instruction. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Since 2003, the Church of Scotland has provided orders for the thanksgiving for, and blessing of, a child. The blessing ceremony takes place at morning worship following the same pattern as that for Baptism, except the wording and promises are different, and no water is used. Nothing is required of the parents in either commitment or belief. The Church of Scotland has produced a guide on the blessing of a child which includes more information.
Marriage is an ordinance of the church and a marriage service is conducted within the scope of the Christian faith and according to the rules and regulations of the Church of Scotland. Dennistoun New is a bright and attractive church which has flexible seating for up to around 300 people. We have a PA system with a Loop facility to ensure that everyone hears every important vow, and PowerPoint is also available. Marriage services are conducted and held at the discretion of the minister.
We would like to support you at your time of loss. This is always a difficult time and if you would like a Christian funeral service for your loved one please do not hesitate to get in touch with our minister.
Come and enjoy some hot food and a natter at our New Den Café on Thursday lunchtimes. We don’t price our food – all we ask is a fair price for the food or what you can afford. This money helps towards the cost of the food and the running of the café. So come along and meet us in the Upper Hall.
Like many places, the New Den Cafe was forced to close its doors during the pandemic. The re-opening of the Cafe in October 2022 was recognised by Paul Sweeney MSP:
Reopening of Honesty Cafe at Dennistoun New Parish Church
That the Parliament recognises that the New Den Café at Dennistoun New Parish Church has reopened after being closed for two years; understands that it is an honesty café because people pay as little or as much as they like, or even nothing if they cannot afford to; celebrates the café for not asking for money but instead being inclusive and supportive of all those in the community through operating an honesty jar, and thanks Dennistoun New Parish Church for creating a warm, safe place for anyone, with free wi-fi, food, company or a good blether over a cup of tea or coffee.
Motion S6M-06332: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/10/2022
An important part of our Christian witness is being a champion of social justice and working to ensure everyone is treated fairly.
We support Fairtrade, a global movement which campaigns for better prices, decent working conditions and fairer terms of trade for farmers and workers. Fairtrade is making a real difference to the lives of more than 1.5 million farmers and workers in 74 developing countries.
We have a regular Fairtrade stall throughout the year where you can buy fairly traded foods, gifts and greetings cards. We also hold an annual worship service to highlight Fairtrade Fortnight, which includes prayers, readings and reflections on the theme of global justice. We also try to have a speaker who can tell us more about the work which Fairtrade does. You can find out more about Fairtrade on the website of the Fairtrade Foundation.
In Dennistoun New Parish Church we support the work of outside agencies and organisations who look after and assist vulnerable groups and communities both in Scotland and overseas:
• The Lodging House Mission is a Glasgow-based charity dedicated to providing care and support to homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded people. We support their work through regular donations or foodstuffs and toiletries, and by collecting money during special services (such as the Harvest Thanksgiving). We also raise awareness of their work through regular updates in our magazine.
• Christian Aid works in over 60 countries helping people, regardless of religion or race, to improve their own lives and tackle both the immediate effects of poverty and its long-term causes. We support the annual Christian Aid week through financial donations and sharing information with our members.
•The Church of Scotland’s HIV Programme aims to provide practical help and solidarity to people living with HIV and AIDS across the world. Through partnerships with church-related and other faith-based organisations, it supports 27 projects in 15 countries. We hold an annual Souper Sunday service, led by elders, to raise awareness of the issues and to support this good work financially.
• Located in Dennistoun, Golfhill Nursing Home provides specialist nursing care and accommodation for up to 120 older people. Throughout the year, we conduct regular services of worship and offer sing-a-longs of favourite tunes. This helps to bring a sense of community to residents who are no longer able to attend church.
• We also support the work of overseas missionaries working with the Church of Scotland and its partners.