Rev Jim Cowan

Locum Minister


Welcome to the website for our two linked churches, whose parishes together cover three villages in the Braes area of Falkirk:  Laurieston, Redding and Westquarter.

Allow me to introduce myself.  I am a recently retired Church of Scotland minister.  I have served for over 33 years in full-time parish ministry, my last charge being Barrhead: St Andrew’s where I spent 20 happy years.

I am employed for 2 days per week in Laurieston l/w Redding & Westquarter in addition to Sunday services.  I am new to the Braes area and, although beginning my time here under lockdown was far from ideal, not to mention the uncertainty of how Presbytery’s plan for the Braes will develop as well as the question of how the merging of Presbyteries will affect the whole of Falkirk Presbytery, nevertheless I hope that as things ease we will be able to get to know each other and face the challenges of an unclear future together.  I have friend, a retired minister who always signs his letters, “In His adventure”.  I like that.  Just where God will lead his church in Scotland in the months and years ahead, we don’t know. But I am certain that we can trust him to reform his church as he has always done.


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      Laurieston Parish Parish Church of Scotland- Scottish Charity Number:  SC 007383     Redding and Westquarter, Church of Scotland-  Scottish Charity Number:  SC 008787