We were delighted to have the company of members of Greenock Burns Club "The Mother Club" at worship on Sunday 7th May 2017. Jamie Donnelly, senior vice president and front middle in the photo, was our reader.


Today(7th May) we welcomed our Sunday School regulars Alex and Anna Kerr, and their parents Lorraine and Scott, for their baptism in front of family, friends and the Lyle Kirk congregation. Also in the picture are Godparents Louise Antoniou and Colin Beaton. We were the joined by our Minister Rev Owen Derrick.
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett


The Lyle Kirk congregation today (Sunday 12 Feb) witnessed Carole Chamberlain and Hugh Gilliland being ordained as Elders; and Carole, Hugh, Caroline Shaw and Helen Thomson being admitted as Elders to Lyle Kirk Session. Congratulations! Photo left to right: Rev. Owen Derrick, Helen Thomson, Caroline Shaw, Hugh Gilliland and  Carole Chamberlain.
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett


Today(Sunday 5 Feb) we welcomed Corey Graeme Ross for his Baptism, along with his parents Libby and Craig and his Godparents Rebecca Mooney and Mark Ross. The Lyle Kirk congregation were joined by lots of his family and friends, and pride of place his sister Amy.


Today(Sunday 15 Jan) we welcomed Rory Ewan Cameron for his Baptism, along with his parents Ewan and Laura Cameron and his Godparents. The Lyle Kirk congregation were joined by lots of his family and friends. And Rory was so well behaved, probably because he was fascinated by Rev Owen Derrick's new specs.
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett


Photos of the front of Newark Street Church with the Rhododendrons cut back.
Photographer Gordon Spence


Paul and Stacey - the new Mr & Mrs Coulter - on their wedding Saturday 17 September 2016.
Photographer George Munro


Baptism from the service on Sunday 18th September 2016
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett


Baptism from the service on Sunday 11th September 2016
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett

Baptisms from the service on Sunday 28th August 2016
Reporter and Photographer Adrian Howlett


"Cheryl Boyle Rolph from USA arrived in Scotland to walk in the footsteps of her ancestors, one of whom was baptised in the Old West Kirk on the 15th January 1809 when it was situated in it's original site on the shore. Cheryl and her friend Margaret were met at the Esplanade site by a small group who were able to show her round and tell her about the history of the church. Her Grandfather Andrew Hill (pictured with his wife) emigrated to America in 1882 but it was his grandfather, also named Andrew Hill, who was baptised in the Old West.
Cheryl was fascinated to hear the old stories and took very many photographs of the church which she can add to her collection gathered during her Scottish Pilgrimage.
Cheryl left a Connecticut quarter dollar with us which had been minted in 1999 and the reverse features an Oak tree, an integral part of Connecticut's heritage and existence. How appropriate when her journey had taken her to the Wellpark Mid Kirk, Greenock where she enjoyed morning worship, the entrance to this building originally overlooking where Greenock's famous Oak tree once stood."


Lyle Kirk came together on Sunday 28th February to support the Church of Scotland HIV programme "Changing the world one spoonful at a time". The service was led by members of the congregation and then we were treated to a simple lunch of soup and bread. Those present were then invited to make a donation to the HIV programme.

Thank-you to all those who were involved in running the service and helping with the lunch, and a special BIG thank you to Margaret Foggie who organised the whole event and made the Mushroom soup, and Liz Howlett who made the Lentil soup. Anyone for seconds....

Reporter Adrian Howlett & Photographer Fiona Rushton


Love Always Wins. Yes that was the message from the Youth Service on Sunday 21st February 2016 at Lyle Kirk.  It was great to see so many young people in church - they came from the ATC (Air Training Corps), Boys Brigade, Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Cubs, Beavers and of course our own Sunday School. We all had fun with the balloons - what a new experience for our congregation! And at the end of the service we all watched the ATC hold their passing out parade for new cadets. The parents all looked so proud, and the celebration cake was very tasty... See you all soon!