St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church is based in Renfrew, 6 miles west of Glasgow and in the central belt of Scotland.
Renfrew is a large town within the boundaries of Renfrewshire Council and has a population just short of 22,000 (2011 census). It is a popular commuter town with excellent road links to all surrounding areas including, Glasgow, Paisley, the Clyde Coast and the M8 which runs directly to Edinburgh. Renfrew is the home of shopping and leisure arena Intu Braehead which has an array of high street shops and recreational facilities including an indoor ski slope. It also has excellent options for local schools, leisure facilities, transport links and a number of popular rural villages. It is also just a few miles from Glasgow Airport and Paisley Gilmour Street train station with quick direct links to the Ayrshire coast, central belt and popular seaside destinations like Largs, or towns such as Greenock or Gourock. It is accessible within 30 minutes to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and just 60 minutes from Edinburgh and the East.
The demographic of Renfrew is mixed. 20% of people at the last census declared themselves as unemployed. More than 45% declared themselves as skilled, professional or managerial employed workers.More than 85% of the population is under the age of 65 with 50% of the population being between 25-60 years of age.
St Margaret’s itself sits just half a mile from the town centre in the leafy and upmarket Oxford Road adjacent to the town’s popular Robertson Park. It is a small quaint church, with connecting Church hall set on a corner plot and easily accessible to the community.
The focus of St. Margaret's worship is a said Eucharist on a Sunday using the 1982 Liturgy in seasonal booklets which have been produced to make it easier for visitors/newcomers to participate. The service begins at 11.30am with a Sunday school offered during term time. This service focuses on the gospel and therefore does not include an Old Testament reading or psalm and hymns are taken primarily from the “Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New”, utilising a wide range of traditional hymns and modern worship songs using the official ‘CAHON’ CDs as musical support, where organ or ‘praise band’ backings are used as appropriate.
An excellent sound system with loop ensures audibility for all, and this system can be linked to the electronic organ for larger services where temporary organists are occasionally brought in to play.
There is a large (permanently affixed) screen available for use with an overhead projector if required. We also provide refreshments in the church hall immediately following the Sunday service which is always well attended.
In addition a weekly Wednesday evening service is offered plus special services to mark major church festivals (Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Pentecost, Christmas Carol Service, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
St. Margaret’s is a small – but active and intensely friendly “middle of the road” church. It is a place where people from various traditions, including Roman Catholic and the Church of Scotland, are very welcome and have been happy to participate in worship.
The congregation consists of regular attenders young and old and includes a number of people whose families have always been members of St. Margaret’s. We have also attracted new members with no previous or family links and regulary encourage and welcome visitors into the church.