Dalserf Parish church belonging as do all other parish churches in Scotland to The Church of Scotland, has a congregation of around 180. The population of the parish is approximately 2500. The government of the Church of Scotland is Presbyterian. There are several different kinds of constitution Church of Scotland congregations may have. Dalserf’s constitution is called Quoad Omnia which means that the congregation is governed entirely by one court – the Kirk Session which comprises the minister and the elders. Some of the work of the Session is devolved to committees which include elders but are by no means made up exclusively of elders.. The committees in Dalserf at present are:- the Outreach and Development Committee, the Youth Committee and the Open Day Committee. All important decisions have to be made by the Kirk Session.
We have two church buildings – Dalserf down in the Clyde Valley just off the A72 between Garrion Bridge and Rosebank and Rorison Memorial Church in Ashgillhead Road. Ashgill.
Rorison is our main hall accommodation with a large hall and a small hall separated by a moveable partition providing when necessary a very large space for events such as ceilidhs and concerts. There is also a smaller area known as “The Sanctuary” which is used for Sunday (monthly) and mid week (fortnightly) worship, Guild meetings and Kirk Session meetings, Girls’ Brigade devotions and committee meetings. We also have a lovely hall in Dalserf Village “Hamilton Hall” close to Dalserf Church used used for tea and fellowship after the Sunday service but also for a variety of other uses – Sunday Pathfinders (Sunday school), Sunday creche, Bible study group, occasional congregational lunches and the increasingly popular Saturday Teas. In addition to church use the hall is hired by The Lanarkshire Vintage motorcycle club and a local councillors surgeries and on several occasions has been used by the Machan Trust.
All age groups are catered for. The Guild meeting every second Wednesday has around 25 members. There are a good number of young folk from 5 to 18 years of age in our Girls’ Brigade company.
Sunday worship at Dalserf is at 11.30am all year round and at Rorison Church on the first Sunday of the month at 2.30pm. In addition to the meetings and services listed there are two groups meeting on Monday’s for Bible Study, prayer and fellowship. One in Hamilton Hall and one in a members home.
The Parish of Dalserf comprises the villages of Ashgill, Shawsburn, Netherburn and Rosebank as well as the hamlet of Dalserf itself. The parish boundaries extend considerably, beyond the villages to include a number of farms and many other isolated dwellings.