Church and Congregation
Faith in God, and a commitment to follow and serve Jesus Christ is at the heart of St Ninian’s Craigmailen’s congregational life. Its congregation tries to provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere for regular worshippers and visitors alike, whether it is Sunday by Sunday, on occasions such as Easter and Christmas, or for the important events of family life, such as baptisms, weddings, and funerals. Whether you join us regularly, for festivals such as Christmas or Easter, or other occasions we hope you will find the joy and peace faith in God and Jesus Christ can bring, and the fulfilment in life that being part of Christ’s Church can bring.
The congregation and its minister serve a parish of just under 6000 on the west side of Linlithgow. The parish is mainly residential, but it has some light industrial and rural areas too. There are five schools within the parish, one of which is a Roman Catholic primary school. The minister is chaplain to Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge primary schools, and Linlithgow Academy, and has links with the other school, Donaldson's. In addition, there is sheltered housing, and one nursing home in the area, and the minster has links there too. There are wider aspects to the ministry of the congregation too. It supports and contributes to West Lothian’s Foodbank, has supported the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) for many years. In addition, it has a recently modernised, fully-furnished suite of halls that are used by church organisations and community groups such as the Rainbows and Brownies, a Drama Group, Linlithgow Reed Band, and a drop-in centre and café. The halls are also used by Friends of Chernobyl’s Children to provide accommodation and schooling facilities for children affected by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986