Port of Menteith Church
Scottish Registered Charity SC001864
Service Times: Sundays at 10am
Sunday Club: Sunday at 10am
Port of Menteith Church is linked with Aberfoyle Church
These two churches, along with Buchlyvie and Gartmore, Kippen and Norrieston, form ‘The Six Churches Together’ – a local grouping who share special services and evening worship.
We are a small, friendly congregation enthusiastic about encouraging and maintaining a Christian presence by the Lake of Menteith. The Lake islands have been a center of Christianity since mediaeval times and the historic ruins have a strong sense of the spirituality which infused worship there. Conscious of this precious heritage, we keep the flame of faith alive in the Kirk. The Port Kirk has served the people of Menteith for hundreds of years and the present building dates from Victorian times. We have a Sunday service every week at 10 am and are delighted to welcome visitors: the Sunday Club for 4-11 years meets at the same time. In addition there are lively evening services held once a month with the Six Churches Together, a group of Carse parish churches.
The Kirk with its beautiful location beside the Lake of Menteith is a popular venue for weddings. We hold regular musical evenings and a flower festival and the Church is open to visitors during the summer months. Come and see for yourself: the Kirk is open to everyone, whether a member or not.
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Restoring our Church
A church existed in Port of Menteith in the 13th century as one of four linked to the Augustinian Priory of Inchmahome. Today the ruined priory is an Ancient Monument, and Port of Menteith Church is the only remaining one of those churches alive and thriving. The present building is the third on the site and was built in 1878. This church features an exceptionally beautiful Stephen Adam stained glass trefoil window depicting Faith, Hope and Charity, gifted in his memory by the family of James MacOran Campbell, grandfather of Henry Campbell Bannerman, Prime Minister 1905.
The Kirk sits surrounded by its ancient graveyard on the very edge of the Lake of Menteith in the Trossachs. It is a prominent landmark, the tower clearly visible from the Lake and when approaching by road. The Sunday carillon rings out over the Lake in all weathers: brilliant summer mornings, or snowy short winter days, and, being Scotland, the dreich grey days and stormy wild ones too. All this weather has taken a toll on the grey sandstone walls and the Kirk now needs urgent repairs to make it wind and watertight once more.
We are raising funds to help restore the building and would welcome your help. If you have visited the Kirk, perhaps for a wedding or during our summer open days, please consider helping us conserve this fine building for future generations. We welcome contributions from anyone with any connection with the Kirk or none, and hope you will also support our fundraising events.
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