The Village of Chryston - North Lanarkshire - Scotland
Statement of the circumstances of the Erection of the Chryston Free Church Without entering at all upon the general Question of the Disruption of the Established Church of Scotland, referred and fully explained in the accompanying documents, we state merely a few local events. At the time of the disruption all the session of the Established Chapel in Chryston seem to have been desirous to leave the Low Church, but were unable to prevail upon their pastor the Revd. James Young to accompany them. The Free Church from the great numbers of pressing claims upon her for labourers was unable to supply such localities with Ministry, the consequence was in this and some other instances, that no movement for a time took place, a few left the Chapel and went to churches at a distance especially to the Free Church at Kirkintilloch. Some time after meetings were held by Ministers and also young men from Glasgow and a branch of Young Men's Association formed for the advancement of the interest of the Free Church. For a period of more than eight months the Ministers of the Glasgow Presbytery supplied the place with evening service, but from the point of a person to labour steadily among the people, these meetings fell off in attendance until the presbytery deemed it expedient to continue them longer. From this period which was in August 1844 nothing further was done in this matter until May 5th 1845 when a Free Church Missionary was appointed by the Glasgow Presbytery. The first meeting which he held in Chryston was on the Sabbath the 11th day of May 1845 in the work shop of Alex Stark, Wright, in Chryston. The attendance was between 30 and 40, from that period the attendance has steadily increased. Service has been regularly supplied twice on each Sabbath by William Burnet Missionary and accompanied by members of a Committee of the Glasgow Presbytery of which Wm. Forbes is convener. The first sermon was held here on the 24th Day of July 1845 the Revd. Wm. Buchanan of Glasgow, Moderator, at which sixty seven members were admitted on the Communion Roll. From the very promising condition of the Station arrangements were speedily made for the erection of a church. A site was very handsomely presented by Alexr. Clemistown, Esq., of Golfhill containing 40 fall, at the annual few rent of 10/- sterling. The ground was broke on the 5th of August 1845. The contractors for the building are Mr. Dalziel, mason, Kirkintilloch, Mr. Marshall and Mr. Bennet, wrights from Kirkintilloch. The number of adherents is at present from 150 to 160, who at present meet in the barn of Wm. Gilmour, farmer, of Hill of Chryston. The amount of subscriptions at present raised in the locality by the people themselves including collections is about £110, there has also been raised in Glasgow by Wm. Bunch £120 and we expect immediately £105 from the building fund. Making in all £335 to meet an estimated expense of £530 besides cartage and the expense of part of the building materials. Besides the subscriptions in money a great part of the carting has been done gratis by the farmers around. The Church, which is being erected from plans by Wm. Burns, architect, Glasgow, is expected to be opened by December when the Revd. Wm. Brown of St. John's Glasgow is engaged (D.V.) to officiate. And on 23rd day of September 1845 at 2 o'clock, the foundation stone is to be laid by John Bain Esquire of Morriston a magnificent friend of the Free Church, in presence of the Revd. Wm. Buchanan Willis and other ministers and gentlemen from Glasgow and also congregation and others. (signed) Wm. Burnet Missionary The Sabbath Schools are attended by about 140 children and there are four prayer meetings in connection with the congregation. W.B.
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