Glasgow Road , Paisley PA1 3PA
Telephone: 0141-889 7060
e-mail: Church Office
Scottish Charity No: SC007484
SHERWOOD GREENLAW CHURCH
THE SHERWOOD GREENLAW STORY
Sherwood Greenlaw Church came into being as a result of the union of the former Greenlaw Church and the former Sherwood Church.
Greenlaw Church was originally established by the kirk session of Paisley Abbey to meet the need for the extension of the Abbey's mission to what was then the New Town development in the east end of Paisley. The proposal to establish the new church was first considered by the Abbey kirk session in February 1887, and the opening dedication service of the new church was held on 19th January 1889. Greenlaw remained as what was known as a "Chapel of Ease" associated with the Abbey until it was raised to full status as a separate charge on 30th March 1896.
Sherwood Church had its beginnings in 1891 as a daughter church of the Free High (later Orr Square Church of Scotland). Following the Disruption of 1843, there were six Free Churches in town, but until the formation of Sherwood there were no new churches built in the town by the Free Church. Sherwood was the Free Church's first and only pre-union church extension charge in Paisley, and just as Greenlaw had been built by the Church of Scotland to serve the needs of the expanding New Town in the east end of Paisley, so Sherwood was built by the Free Church for the same purpose. Thus it came about that there were two large churches in close proximity to one another in the east end of Paisley, one being the Church of Scotland and the other the Free Church.
In 1900 Sherwood, along with many other Free Churches, entered into a union with the United Presbyterian Church to form the the United Free Church of Scotland, and later still in 1929 came back into the reformed Church of Scotland.
Sherwood's commodious suite of halls was opened in 1925, and is a credit to the vision and generosity of the far-sighted members of those days.
The Service of Union of the two congregations took place on 22nd January 1997. As part of the Basis of Union, it was agreed that the place of worship should be Sherwood Church whose halls would suffice for the needs of the new congregation.
On 14th February 2010, a Service of Dedication, conducted by The Right Reverend William C Hewitt, B.D., Dip.P.S, the Moderator of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland, marked the opening of the Welcome Lounge, a new feature at the east door to the Church.
This provides a much more friendly approach to both the side door to the Church and to the halls, and offers a comfortable area for parents waiting to collect children. It is also used for smaller meetings and acts of worship.
The funding for the Welcome Lounge was provided by a combination of fund raising events, pledges from members of the congregation, and some generous legacies from the estates of deceased members.
1893-1901 Rev Walter E Lee
1901-1907 Rev Thomas Wilson
1907-1914 Rev G Nisbet Dods
1914-1950 Rev John Chambers
1950-1975 Rev William Robertson
1976-1991 Rev John P Renton
1991-1997 Rev Helen Percy
1891-1896 Rev Hugh Black
1897-1902 Rev R Sangster Anderson
1903-1909 Rev A Boyd Scott
1910-1915 Rev James Reid
1916-1924 Rev James G Lunn
1924-1928 Rev Duncan W P Strang
1929-1946 Rev David McQueen
1946-1950 Rev Stuart W McWilliam
1951-1964 Rev William Yule
1965-1992 Rev Duncan McLachlan
1993-1997 Rev Alasdair F Cameron
Sherwood Greenlaw’s Ministers
1997-2012 Rev Alasdair F Cameron
2014- Rev John Murning