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History

LIVINGSTONE PARISH CHURCH

Livingstone Church came into being as a direct result of the "Disruption " of 1843, as a congregation of the Free Church of Scotland and the first building , erected on land gifted by Patrick Warner was opened for worship in 1845.After only 38 years , in 1883, the congregation decided to build a new church because they were cold in winter and stifled in summer. The foundation stone was laid in 1886 and inside was placed a "time capsule" containing artefacts which were relevant to the time. The present sanctuary, upon completion in 1887, was described as "one of the finest country kirks in Ayrshire." The previous building was given over to the Continuing Free Church in 1904. In the current 1887 building, an outstanding feature of this architecturally pleasing building is the Morrison Memorial stained glass window, presented by Mr. James Morrison, the first Provost of Stevenston and for many years our Session Clerk. The window has three lights depicting the Good Samaritan, Christ Blessing the Children, and The Prodigal Son. The symbol of the Burning Bush is also incorporated, indicating the eventual re-union with the Church of Scotland. Organ enthusiasts will find the organ, installed in 1944, of interest. Originally presented to "The Highlanders Memorial Church" in Glasgow by Sir Harry Lauder, the famous Scots comedian, in memory of his son John, killed in the First World War, it is now a feature of the church. Treasured although the past may be, the advent of a new millennium led to a forward-looking congregation commencing an outreach programme in the spirit of the Church of Scotland's "Church Without Walls" initiative. The congregation reach out to the community in pastoral visitations, services in local care homes and the provision of a Christian library.

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