Welcome to the Parish website for the Church of our Lady & St Andrew’s, Galashiels. We hope you find that the site has a professionalism and beauty of presentation which are worthy of this ancient Church, built by the family of Sir Walter Scott in 1853. The inside of the building with its statues and paintings must rank as one of the most beautiful in Scotland and we hope you will find the reproduction attractive and dare we say, breathtaking. Also included in the website will be the activities of the Christian Community; a church is not just bricks and mortar, but a living and loving organism, reaching out not only to one another, but also to the wider community both in the town of Galashiels and also in the wider Scottish Borders. Our church has many who work quietly to ensure a caring and beautiful environment for our community, and who take part in activities and ministries to enhance our Christian life here.
Indeed, our community reaches out further than the Borders-with regular parish pilgrimages to Nevers and Lourdes—and the youth visit to Rome and participation of our youth in the Youth World Day of Prayer in Madrid 2011.
And in an age of instant international communication via the internet- world wide contact giving greater knowledge of the Lord’s world, with all its problems as well as joys, is only a click away.
The insight gained by modern communication, as we witness war and injustice across the globe, must strengthen Christian commitment to Justice and Peace. In the Holy Father’s address on the 45th World Day of Peace on January 1st of this year, he saw some answers in educating the young, the future of the church, to strive for Justice and Peace. To this end he appealed to educators, parents, family and the community to help them in this task.
It is hoped that the website will be a fund of information that will help you delve deeper into our past, share our present and perhaps walk with us in the years to come.