Our weekly services on Sundays at 11.00am and 6.00pm are open to all. You can expect there to be singing, prayers, a talk with the children, and a strong emphasis on the reading of a passage from the Bible, along with a sermon that explains the passage, and applies it to twenty-first-century life.
Our services are, we hope, accessible and welcoming – there is no dress-code (some like smart/formal; others prefer something casual, like jeans and a sweater) and you can sit anywhere you like (we have cushioned seats, not pews – which is good!) There is an offering on the way into the service – but visitors are not expected to contribute, though obviously you can if you so wish.
Our hope is that Christians will feel encouraged, supported and strengthened through the services, while those just wanting to explore the Christian faith will also find something that connects with them and gives them a hunger for more.
Most folk hang around after services for some chat over tea or coffee or juice and a few times during the year we have a lunch, when the whole church family stays after morning service for soup-&-sweet.
On Wednesdays (7.30pm) we meet for Bible-study and prayer – and this is really the engine-room of the congregation, as we believe that God hears and answers prayer.
KNOWING God; GROWING in grace; GOING in faith
(1) to glorify God by the praising of his Name – through services that are edifying for believers and accessible to outsiders; by the faithful and preaching and applying of his Word.
(2) to equip believers to live out their faith – such that they are confident in the gospel, encouraged in fellowship and engaged in the church’s ministries, and committed to prayer.
(3) to reach out to others with the gospel - supporting globa mission through prayerful interest and financial support; and enabling local mission, by encouraging lifestyle-evangelism, as well as providing evangelistic events.
Thanks for coming and taking a look at our website. I hope you’ll like what you see and be encouraged to come to some of our services – where you’ll be warmly welcomed.
My name is David Randall and I’ve been the pastor here since March 2014, and really enjoy working among the church family and in the local community. Previously I worked in accountancy in the oil industry in Aberdeen, before, having been brought up in a Christian home and professing faith from an early age, I sensed God’s called into full-time ministry. I’ve served Church of Scotland congregations in Bo’ness and Newmilns, and now have been brought here to the Free Church congregation in Falkirk.
I’m married to Linnea, and we have four children – so life is rarely dull. When not in my study or involved in family time, you might see me out running, or playing football. I also enjoy movies and reading.
Our church building is situated right beside the busy Carron roundabout, where thousands of people drive past every day. Life can often feel a bit like a roundabout – you can sometimes feel like you’re going round and round in circles and don’t really know which direction to take.
At Falkirk Free Church we believe that we’ve discovered the very best direction for our whole lives. Jesus himself said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” as he declared himself to be the way to God; the way to abundant life now, and eternal life that never ends.
Following in his way doesn’t always prove to be the easy way, but we believe it’s the right way – and we’re always eager to share what we’ve discovered in Jesus Christ with others. So I invite you to come and be part of it …
John Nimmo is one of our elders. A Linlithgow man who saw the light when a work colleague asked John, aged 19, to help him run a Boys Brigade company in Bo'ness. He knew nothing of the B.B.'s. He didn't know it was a Christian organisation or it was attached to a church. He loved the work and was a B.B. officer for 10 years. At age 25, John realised that God made us to live forever with Him and that eternal life is possible through following Jesus. He is now retired, having worked as a Planning/ Piping engineer. He is married to Joyce and they have one son and two granddaughters.
I was brought up in the village of Carron where I attended the local Primary School and also Sunday School at Carron Parish Church. Around the age of twelve and encouraged by my parents to continue on into Bible Class, I went through a spiritual rebellion and did not attend church again until my marriage to June in 1975. Church and religion were not high on our agenda. We moved to Larbert in 1984 and June started attending Larbert Old Church as she was keen for our children Graham and Linsey to attend Sunday School, with my backing of course. However, she also wanted me to attend as she felt there was something different about the preaching there but I always had a ready excuse until one Sunday morning our son Graham announced he would no longer attend Sunday School unless dad started going to Church too; quite a challenge from a seven-year old boy! The Lord works even through the voices of young children and the following Sunday, much to the family's joy, I joined them at Church. After hearing the gospel for the first time we, as a family, were regular attenders and through the preaching of two godly men, I was converted during the summer of 1985 and enjoyed serving the Lord there until 2011 when we joined the congregation for worship at Falkirk Free Church.
Jim was born in Dunfermline, Fife, and had a good Christian family life as a child. His home church was St Margaret's in Dunfermline. In Feb 1957, age 15, he joined the army, spending the next 32.5 years mainly in Germany with various units. He retired as a Captain in Aug 1989. His wife is Doreen, from Reading in Berkshire, with whom he had 3 children, James, plus Karen & Paul, who are twins, plus five grandchildren. Travel in the army did take him away periodically from the church. But he found God again in Aug 2016 at his great grandson's christening. A wonderful experience which made him want to find God - an experience he can't explain!
John was brought up in the Falkirk area and has been a long-time member of Falkirk Free Church serving as clerk of the Deacon's Court for the past 6 years or so. He worked for the Civil Service most of his career and now regards himself as "semi-retired". He is married to Wilma and lives in Stirling.
Robert Park is a born Hebridean from the Isle of Coll originally but now lives in the Falkirk area with his wife Liz. His late father the Rev Robert Park was a serving Free Church minister which gave him the great pleasure of being brought up in a Christian household. Most of his life he worked in the financial related industry but now as he heads towards retirement he works in the vehicle inspection field.
Nathan grew up in the far North West (of Scotland). He and his wife Lauren met at Kingussie High School after he moved there in 2009. They got married in 2015 and moved to Falkirk. Nathan works for a local company as a construction labourer.
Lauren is a born and bred Aviemore girl. She moved to Edinburgh to study Business Management at Queen Margaret University. She now works in the Finance Department at Stirling University and is studying for her C.A.
Neil Fellows is our sound engineer For many years with the late George Macdonald he has faithfully recorded the weekly services, winter lectures and other events.
Steven Randall manages the church website and also serves as a sound engineer. He is currently participating in a Gap Year with Scripture Union Scotland.
Anne Sanderson plays the keyboard for worship songs. She has a colourful spiritual background and would rather discuss matters of faith than play keyboard, but "somebody has to do it, and limited though my playing is (due to a damaged hand), I consider both opportunities a privilege."
Luke Randall does the multimedia projection and is our church cleaner. He is currently studying journalism at Stirling University.