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Welcome to Athelstaneford Parish Church, we aim to be a church at the heart of the community and all are welcome to our services and other events.

Interim Moderator: Rev Tom Gordon, tom.swallowsnest@gmail.com.

Tel 01875 812262

Locum Minister: Rev Mike Watson, mwatson@churchofscotland.org.uk

Tel 01875 320043 or 07702 229886

Session Clerk: Helen Napier Tel 01620 880536

We are linked with Whitekirk and Tyninghame.

We are seeking a new minister.  If you would like to know more about our parishes please read the parish profile.


Services are held each Sunday at 10am.

1st Sunday of the Month is Communion Sunday and also the Food Bank collection.

Children are welcome in church every Sunday. Parents of young children are invited to bring their children to any service. There is a play area with toys available at the back of the church.

We use Church Hymnary 4 for worship and a small music group plays occasionally. Members of the congregation are encouraged to participate in services, for example by doing the Bible readings and through flower arranging.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the service on the 4th Sunday of each month.

Messy Church                                                                                                                 Every few months we meet, usually in the village hall, for an afternoon of Messy Church – a time for children of different ages & their parents, grandparents & carers to come together, hear a Bible story or theme and explore it through crafts, storytelling, music & lots of fun – finishing with refreshments together.

Our next get-together is MESSY CHURCH 2020 CELEBRATION!   on Sunday 19th January  3-5pm in Athelstaneford Village Hall.  Games, music, worship, crafts & delicious food. All families warmly welcome. Do come along!

Fair Trade stall is available at special events


Sunday 15th December 5pm: Christmas carol-singing round the tree – join us outside the village hall, with refreshments afterwards.


Christmas Eve family service       6pm (Athelstaneford Church)

Watchnight Service               Christmas Eve 7.30pm (Whitekirk)

Christmas Day                                                       11am (Whitekirk)

If you, or anyone you know, would like a visit from the Minister please contact Rev. Mike Watson

Athelstaneford church is open every day between 9am and 6pm in summer and 9am and 4pm in winter. It is a warm welcoming building which has been extensively restored and refitted.  This was the final part of an eight year restoration, money being raised by the congregation and by grants.  A sound system has also been installed.

The church also houses the Nigel Tranter exhibition.

Scottish Charity No. SC009401