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Church of Scotland - Wick
Bridge St., Wick, Caithness, U.K.

The congragation have merged with Wick St Fergus Church
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Bridge Street Church Is Closed and is up for sale

Sunday:11:30 am

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Minister: Vacant

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 Church
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 Wick Churches
Moira Gunn

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 - All Invited
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 2006

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

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