Musselburgh congregation bids to halt falling membership

North Esk Parish Church, Musselburgh.

North Esk Parish Church, Musselburgh.

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Northesk Church in Musselburgh is hoping to work with other Church of Scotland congregations in the area to find ways of attracting younger members.

Lothian Presbytery of the Church of Scotland recently completed a local church review at Northesk, which five years ago came up with a development plan to address its declining membership.

While the review concluded that the hope for growth had not been achieved, it noted there was a “determination to continue to work on the development needed”.

The Kirk Session has now agreed a number of priorities for the next stage of the plan. These include drawing together people under 45 from local churches to develop “something new” which would appeal to younger generations.

It will also look at ways of developing existing worship and activities for the under 50s, as well as the many over 50s who the church is not reaching.

The issue was reported to last month’s meeting of Presbytery, where members offered the congregation their full support in facing the challenges ahead.

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