Church of Scotland - Wick
Wick, Caithness, U.K.
The congragation have merged with Wick St Fergus Church
See the web site at www.wickstferguschurch.org.uk
Bridge Street Church Is Closed and is up for sale
End Of An Era
The current linked congregations of Wick Bridge Street and Wick Old Parish
will form a new united congregation (Wick St Fergus) not later than the
end of July 2009.
The new St Fergus congregation will operate from the present “Wick Old
Parish” Church building. The “Bridge Street” building will cease to be a
place of Worship at that time.
Also, at this point in time both the Wick Old and Wick Bridge Street
congregations and their respective organisational structures will cease to
exist and the two congregations will form a new united St Fergus
congregation with new organisational structures.
History of Wick Bridge Street
The present Wick Bridge Street
Church was completed in 1865. The congregation was then known as the Wick
Free Church. In 1900 there was a union with the United Presbyterian Church
and the name was changed to United Free Church of Scotland. There was
another union in 1929 with the established Church and again the name was
changed to the present day name of the Church of Scotland. The present
membership is 184 with approximately the same number of adherents.
Since 1843 when the
congregation was first formed there have been eleven Ministers. In July
2007 the Rev Alistair Roy MA, BD who came to Wick from Brechin in 1955
retired after serving fifty two years as Minister of Bridge Street Church.
At that point Wick Bridge Street church formed a linkage with Wick Old
parish Church and the linked charge is currently vacant
One of the most famous
Biblical Scholars of the 20th Century was the Rev Dr William Barclay,
Professor of New testament Greek at Glasgow University. He was baptised in
Bridge Street Church in January 1908.
The pipe organ came from
Wick Congregational Church in 1961.
Hanging in the Church
there is a fine oil painting depicting Jesus calming the storm. It was
painted in 1994 by the late Dr Wagih Antonios, a Coptic Christian who was
associated with Bridge Street Church while living in Wick.
30 March 09
End of an Era for two
An overview of the history of Bridge Street church where the final service
was held on Sunday 29th March 2009.
Last Service At Bridge Street Church, Wick on Sunday 29th March 2009 at 11.30am -
The final service before the Bridge Street congregation merges with
the Old Parish to become Wick St Fergus. The congregation hope
that many of their friends from around the county will join them in
their last service ending a tradition of services since 1843 - an end of
a long era.
21 March 09
Last Ever Open Day At Bridge Street Church In Wick
21 March 2009
An era is coming to an end as the Bridge Street church in Wick reaches the
final events before the congregation closes their doors for the last time
at the end of March. An exhibition of documents about the people and
events of the church since its opening in 1843. In addition the
usual teas and cakes were on offer on what was for many a sad day. A
film show was playing all day remembering past events at the church.
Music and singing provided entertainment but perhaps most it was the
reminiscences of Wickers on a bright Saturday the brought it home that
this really was the end of an era. The church saw one of its busiest
ever open days and in case anyone missed the exhibition it will be on show
again on Tuesday 24th March 11.30am - 3.00pm. The last Communion
Service takes place on Sunday 22 March at 11.30am and the final service
ever will take place on Sunday 29th at 11.30am. The congregation
have extended an invitation to everyone to the final service on Sunday
29th. The Rev Ronnie Johstone will conduct the final service to be
held in the church. The Bridge Street church congregation will unite
with Wick Old church to become Wick St Fergus - Church of Scotland
Easter Fayre 2007 Featured Old and New Photographs
Harvest Festival - Living Room Art - 23 Sept
Easter Fayre 2006 - Coffee and Collections
Easter Festival 26 March 2005
This year minister Alistair Roy celebrates 50
years as minister of Bridge St Church. the congregation set up
displays of items from the 1950's or items that were still in use back then.
Easter Festival 12 April 2004
Easter Festival 19 Aril 2003
Easter Festival 30 March 2002