Welcome to Troon Old

Whether you’re a member of the congregation, a resident of Troon, or are just passing through…

Welcome Home Children of God!

Grace and Peace to you from God, and from our Lord Jesus Christ.  Welcome home Children of God.

Each service of worship begins with these words.  They remind us of God’s loving intent towards creation and our response to that embracing love.  We are far from perfect but try our best to live out of such a love.  We don’t promise to have all the answers, but we try to walk together in the questions.

You will find all kinds of different folk at Troon Old, even a Tennessee Hillbilly for a minister.  We come from all over Troon, from all parts of Scotland, and a few us from around the world.  We don’t all believe in the same ways, or vote for the same parties or serve with the same gifts.  Yet we are bound by the same love of God who reminds us that if our hearts are united in Christ, our heads don’t have to be.

Whatever questions or doubts, wounds or gifts you bring to life, we believe you are beloved of God.  We hope you will feel warmly welcomed in our midst.  The Apostle Paul says “you are no longer strangers and aliens, but citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”  As such we try to see each other as God sees us, as beloved children of God.

We hope you will stop by and see us.

Montage showing troonold.org.uk website on computer screen, tablet and smartphone.

A New Website!

If you’re reading this you’ve probably noticed that we have a new website at troonold.org.uk.  It’s designed to look equally good on computer screens, tablets and smartphones, but has all the main features of the old website, and some new, including:

  • Sermons Online with audio recordings and interactive Scripture references.

This is more than a makeover, the website now works in an entirely new way.  It’s now built as a blog (short for “web log”) which means all its content is stored in the form of dated posts, just like a diary, or ship’s log.  So if you scroll down our home page below the Welcome message, you will find a big list of all those posts, newest first.

The beauty of this approach is there are multiple ways to access information, you don’t have to rely on the main menu at the top of every page.  Try exploring the lists of Recent Posts and Categories in the left margin (below the main page content if you’re on a tablet or smartphone).  Or the Category and Tag word clouds in the footer area.  And don’t forget the Search function, just look for the magnifying glass at the top of the page!

We are also aiming to integrate the new website with social media like Facebook.  Watch this space.

Finally, it’s now easier than ever to contribute to the website, so let’s make it a real community effort!  Interested?  Talk to Brian Duncan or email webmaster@troonold.org.uk.

Theological Heritage

As Presbyterians we think in our believing, and believe in our thinking.  If our are hearts are united in Christ, our heads don’t have to be.  We firmly believe in unity without uniformity.  As children of God we can learn how to disagree well.  The particularities of our theology and polity guide the ordering of our lives according to the word of God.

The Church of Scotland is Trinitarian in doctrine, Reformed in tradition and Presbyterian in polity.  It exists to glorify God and to work for the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom throughout the world.  As a national Church, it acknowledges a distinctive call and duty to bring the ordinances of religion to the people in every parish of Scotland through a territorial ministry.  The ecumenical heart of our tradition always makes us attentive to unity of the church universal.  Click on the link below to learn more about our history and beliefs.
http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about_us/our_faith

Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda.

We often speak of the old and misused motto: The Church reformed, always being reformed.  It is important to note that God is the reformer and we are the ones be being reformed.  For more information on this concept please click on this helpful article from the PC(USA).
http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/today/reformed/