Rankin Parish Church
Chapelton Parish Church

Strathaven Rankin and Chapelton Parish Churches are both part of the Hamilton Presbytery of the Church of Scotland. The Vision of the Church of Scotland is to be a church which seeks to inspire the people of Scotland and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ through enthusiastic worshipping, witnessing and serving communities.

As congregations, we were linked in 1960 and have operated very successfully by co-operating together under a shared ministry. Both churches have active Sunday Schools, creche facilites and a range of organisations.

We would be especially pleased to see you in person in one of the congregations at Sunday worship (9.30am in Chapelton and, normally, 11am in Strathaven) whether you are visiting the town of Strathaven or the village of Chapelton or are new to the area. Pew Bibles are available and there is an Induction Loop System fitted in both churches.


Nativity Scene at Rankin


The Nativity outside the church has been admired by a great many as they went up and down Lethame Road. A lot of planning, expense and effort went into making the scene and it has been great to know how much it has been (and is still being) appreciated by the people of Strathaven.

As you may have heard, the Nativity scene was vandalised in the early hours of Boxing Day. It must have taken a great deal of force (and some time) to break the timbers which run along the length and height of the stable giving strength to the structure. Fortunately, however, we were able to recover all the figures, replace the windows and broken timbers and all's back as it should be. A couple of hours work - and thanks to our volunteers for fixing it!

We hope everyone continues to enjoy our Nativity!

Merry Christmas.

Rankin Church is located in Lethame Road, Strathaven ML10 6AD and Chapelton Church is in Bents Road, Chapelton ML10 6SA

For up-to-date news about what is going on in each of the churches, see their 'News' pages.

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Ensuring a Safe Church for All

The Church of Scotland has a deep concern for the wholeness and well-being of each individual. Through its congregations, working together with the Safeguarding Service and statutory agencies, the Church seeks to safeguard the welfare of all people who come into contact with the Church and its services.

The Gospel proclaims that it is the responsibility of everyone within the fellowship of the Church to prevent harm, be it physical, sexual or emotional, and we will always seek to reduce risk.

The Church's commitment to safeguarding reminds us that God cares passionately about the welfare and well-being of all people.

Latest website update: 26 December 2015

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