Neilston Parish Church
Neilston Parish Church
We are delighted to announce that on Sunday 1st November, Matthew Ritchie, Probationer Minister, will preach as Sole Nominee for the vacant charge of Neilston.  

If you would like to attend worship that day you must phone 07846 022879, between 10:00am and 7:00pm, from Monday 19th up to and including Saturday 24th October.

The usual restrictions on numbers allowed in Church will still apply and we have no discretion in this. If we have more names than our capacity, we will hold a ballot to determine attendance. Anyone not able to attend will still be able to watch, listen or read the service in the usual ways. Ballot papers for voting will be issued to all on the electoral register.


At a meeting held virtually on Wednesday 7th October 2020, the Nominating Committee chose the person who they wish to propose to this congregation of NEILSTON PARISH CHURCH to be our new minister. The name of the person proposed is MATTHEW RITCHIE BA, Probationer Minister.

Arrangements have been made for MATTHEW RITCHIE BA, Probationer Minister, to conduct public worship in Neilston Parish Church on Sunday the first day of November at 11 o’clock.

The Presbytery of Clyde have approved that

Only a small representative number of members of the congregation who will be chosen by ballot will be present when MATTHEW RITCHIE BA, Probationer Minister, conducts public worship.

A recording of MATTHEW RITCHIE BA, Probationer Minister conducting public worship will be available from 3pm the 1st day of November at 3 o’clock, online on our YouTube channel (https// . 

The service can be accessed also via our Telephone broadcast service, also from 3pm. Call 0141 815 1174.

Immediately after that service, a vote on whether or not MATTHEW RITCHIE BA, Probationer Minister, should be appointed as the new minister of this congregation of NEILSTON PARISH CHURCH will be opened. Anyone whose name appears on the Electoral Register of this congregation of NEILSTON PARISH CHURCH shall be entitled to vote. No-one else shall be entitled to vote. Those who are entitled to a vote, shall receive a paper ballot with a unique number written on it.

Votes returned without a unique number will not be counted. The unique numbers will not be linked to how votes are cast. All votes must be cast or returned not later than Saturday the 7th day of Nov at 12 o’clock.

Maureen Leitch Interim Moderator

A Prayer of Welcome

Neilston Parish Church has a prominent position in the heart of the village, at the corner of Main Street and Broadlie Road.  

Further details about the church building  can be found in the History section of the website.

The Manse sits at the corner of Manse Road and is approximately 300 metres from the Church.

It was purpose built in 1955 and commands magnificent views towards the city of Glasgow and beyond. It is set in its own grounds which are private and manageable. There is a separate garage and additional ample car parking space.

The Manse was refurbished in 2007 and has been continuously well maintained.



Dining Room

Living Room




Four Bedrooms


The Church Halls are situated on the High Street approximately 200 metres from the Church.

The premises comprise the large front hall and small back hall, two anterooms, kitchen, toilets and the Church Office.

The halls are in frequent use by both Church and community organisations for weekly meetings and other special events throughout the year.

The use of the halls is arranged through our Halls Lettings Team.

Disabled access is by way of a ramp at the rear courtyard between the front and back halls.

The village of Neilston is a distinctive and growing village community set within a large semi-rural Parish.

We are situated in the uplands of East Renfrewshire, ten miles south-west of Glasgow, five miles from Paisley, close to Glasgow Airport and lying just off the A736 Glasgow-Irvine road.  We have great transportation links including a train service to Glasgow Central and bus services to Barrhead, Paisley, East Kilbride and Glasgow.

During recent years, with the building of a considerable number of new homes and many young families moving into the area, the village has seen a steady increase in population.

East Renfrewshire is one of Scotland’s leading education authorities. Pupils in the village are served by the Madras Family Centre, Neilston Primary School, St Thomas’ Primary School, St Luke’s High School (Barrhead) and Eastwood High School (Newton Mearns). The latter is approximately 4 miles away and is reached via our rail link to Patterton Station. The Minister at Neilston is traditionally Chaplain to Neilston Primary and part of the Team Ministry at Eastwood High School.

Our village has excellent local amenities including:

Health Centre



Leisure Centre (swimming pool and gym)


Post Office

Several children’s play areas

Outdoor gym on Kingston Playing Fields

Petrol station and other garages with car repair and MoT facilities

Co-op Supermarket and several other convenience stores


Restaurants, bars, coffee shops and various take-away food facilities

Barbers, hairdressers and beauty salon

Two local bowling clubs (Neilston and Crofthead)

Neilston Football Club

Neilston Curling Club

Fereneze and Caldwell Golf Clubs

A number of local clubs and activity groups meet regularly at various venues including the church halls, the council-owned Glen Halls, and the Scout Hall.

Neilston residents are also very proud of the Neilston Agricultural Show, the oldest cattle show in Scotland, which takes place annually on the first Saturday of May (

There is a supportive relationship among residents, and villagers have actively undertaken various campaigns aimed at development and improvement. On the closure of the Clydesdale Bank, Neilston Development Trust (NDT) led the Community Buy-Out of the bank building. As a result, “The Bank” is now a community owned and operated facility featuring a community garden and office and meeting space. While currently being upgraded, It has been a venue for a range of leisure and learning activities, community events, and information surgeries. (