Our History

The present congregation of Bucksburn and Stoneywood derives from two Church of Scotland congregations Bucksburn and Stoneywood.

Stoneywood was established in 1879 as a mission station of the Established church for the outreach to the paper mill workers. Its building stood on the corner of Bankhead Avenue and Bankhead Road and was known as the Bankhead Church.

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When Stoneywood fell vacant in 1988, the Presbytery plan called for the union of the two congregations, reflecting both a national and local decline and an overprovision of ministry in the general area.

After discussions and dialogue, the union was effected in September 1989 and independent arbiters chose the former Bucksburn suite of buildings. The Stoneywood Church building was sold and converted to offices.

Bucksburn church was the descendant of a Free Church congregation established at the Disruption of 1843. The church building was constructed in 1844 as a Free Church. As such it typifies the architectural style of the day and the denomination. One might describe it as a “preaching box” – short, square with a horseshoe gallery and a high central pulpit.

Over the years a small meeting room, a hall and a kitchen were added. In the 1950s this hall was greatly extended.The 150th anniversary of the opening of the building was marked with special services and a program of refurbishment of the building.

A 68-page history of the church, “Harvest:150 years of Bucksburn church in the community” was written by an elder, Mrs Moira Henderson, and is available from the church.

Whatever your interest in Bucksburn Stoneywood Church we also welcome you to join with us for worship at 10:30am Sunday mornings