Biggar is a small, vibrant market town with approx. 2000 inhabitants, and acquired burgh status in 1451. It is a thriving community with a diverse range of activities on offer and a number of small individual shops which help to retain the character of the town. The majority of the prominent buildings in the town are Victorian.
There were originally 3 churches in the town – One is still active – Biggar Kirk. One has become the main building for our six local museums – Moat Park Heritage. The third is now The Gillespie Centre, which is run by the Gillespie Association as a Community Centre in partnership with the Church.
The local tourist information is, at present, sited within Biggar Gallery – a craft/photography shop at the top of the main street (01899 221442).
Our church is part of the Reformed Presbyterian tradition but we welcome believers of every denomination to our services. Our congregation is made up of worshippers from all walks of life and from various traditions, but we come together to worship and to serve God.
You are most welcome in Biggar Kirk, whether as a visitor to the town or as a new resident to the area. It is our hope that you will be a frequent visitor or become part of our church family.
There has been a place of worship on this site stretching back into the mists of time when early Celtic Saints brought the Gospel into this part of Clydesdale. The first stone built church, dedicated to St Nicholas, is recorded as being in existence as early as the 12th Century and, in the vestibule of this building, hangs a list of ministers from Pastor Robert of Biggar in 1164, down to our current minister
The church interior that you see today is the result of the restoration of 1935 when the plaster was stripped away to reveal the rubble work below. This was done in the mistaken belief that this is how the church would have looked when it was built, but it is nevertheless pleasing. Most of the furnishings, including the communion table, pews, pulpit, lectern, etc., date from this period. The architect was Latto Morrison who is commemorated in the west window. Some interesting items from the earlier church were uncovered at this time including the piscina which was found embedded upside down in a wall under the plaster and can now be seen in the South wall of the Chancel.
The church has a total of 13 stained glass windows, the earliest dating from 1870 and the most recent, installed in 1991, by local stained glass artist, Crear McCartney, which depicts the Times and Seasons and is the only non-figurative window in the church.
Sunday services begin at 11.00 am, with a 9.30 communion service on the last Sunday for each month
Sunday clubs for age 3 and above leave the congregation approx 11.15 am and attend St Mary’s hall.