WELCOME to the website of Bothwell Parish Church. As Minister, I am delighted to have you visit us. As you explore our website, I hope you will be interested in and excited by what you may learn about this very special Church and its congregation.

Bothwell Parish Church is the oldest Collegiate Church in Scotland in which worship is still held and is locally known as the “Cathedral of Lanarkshire” . It is one of the most ancient, historic, beautiful and worshipful church buildings in Scotland. Our Church stands at the heart of our community.

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We are an inclusive mainstream congregation of the Church of Scotland comprised of men, women and young people of all ages and circumstance. As a congregation, we are very much aware of the privilege which is ours to worship in such a holy place and to declare by our worship and demonstrate by our actions, the importance of Christian Faith in our lives. We are proud that our Church is a Church for everyone and has the ambition to be open-minded and traditional at the same time. It is a place where you should feel free to come as you are.

I very much hope it may be possible for you to visit Bothwell Parish Church and join us in worship.  Perhaps, together, we may then seek an understanding of the mystery, love and challenge which lies at the heart of our Faith and be able to share with you something of our rich heritage of disturbing faith and courageous discipleship.

Jim Gibson

Minister of Bothwell
Chaplain in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen
Member of the Chapel Royal in Scotland

Keep this special sanctuary alive for future generations in Bothwell: – find out about the vital restoration work. OR Click to visit our separate restoration site and video