Lerwick and Bressay Parish Church

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Lerwick and Bressay Parish Church is the largest Church of Scotland congregation in Shetland, serving the islands' capital Lerwick and the surrounding area.

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There are three regular places of worship:

  • Gulberwick Church (approximately 4 km south of Lerwick), with a Sunday service at 10.00 am.[1]
  • St. Columba's Church in Lerwick town centre, with a Sunday service at 11.15 am. This building was renovated during 2008.[2]
  • Bressay Church, on the Isle of Bressay, with Sunday services at 6.30 pm in summer months (and 3.00 pm November-April).

St. Columba's building is now the only Church of Scotland parish church in Lerwick. This building was constructed during the late 1820s. It is the largest church building in Shetland (and is a listed building). The church organ was installed in 1871. It was only the second Church of Scotland church building to be so equipped, following in 1866 a relaxation of the Church law on instrumental accompaniment to music in worship.

As of 2014, the minister is the Rev Dr Caroline Lockerbie.[3] The previous minister (2002-2010) was the Revd Gordon Oliver BD, who was previously minister at St Andrew's Church, Lisbon, Portugal and moved to the Parish of Latheron, Caithness in 2010.

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Times of Services". Lerwick & Bressay Parish Church. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  2. ^ Louise Thomason (5 December 2008). "Big Kirk transformation complete". The Shetland Times. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  3. ^ http://www.shetland-communities.org.uk/subsites/lbpc/minister.html

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Coordinates: 60°9′9″N 1°8′15″W / 60.15250°N 1.13750°W / 60.15250; -1.13750