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Brief History

Alexandria Parish as it exists today at the entrance to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, was ‘born’ in 1994.  The family tree of the Parish is impressive and encompasses centuries of worship and witness in the Vale.
In Alexandria Parish Church, we have a rich heritage and we cherish that; we are grateful for the family of faith from which we have emerged in the Vale of Leven over the years and are deeply aware of our responsibility to continue the work begun and nurtured by our forebears in the faith. This section of the website will let you some of our heritage and we always welcome visitors to our services and buildings. 

In the not-so-very distant past there were three churches in Alexandria – the Old Parish in the Main Street, now a children’s soft-play area and dance studio; the old North Church in Bank Street and Bridge Street Church in Upper Bridge Street, the congregation having moved there from a smaller building in Bridge Street which is today occupied by Alexandria Baptist Church.  It would be proper to mention ‘the Wee Tin Kirk’ as well which ‘grew’ from the Old Parish and took root in Argyll Street.   Add to the mix, Bonhill North Church – Mount Zion – which due to the frenzy of readjustment in the Church of Scotland in the last quarter of the  twentieth century, found itself in linkage, then in Union with Alexandria Old Parish Church.  In the 1960s, the congregation of Bank Street Church was translated to a brand new building – the present  Alexandria Parish – in Balloch; in  1987, Bridge Street Kirk united with the Old Parish to form Alexandria St Andrews.

Stained Glass

 

The recent addition of two 'Heritage' windows donated through subscription from members in memory of family and friends adds to the legacy of stained glass within the Sanctuary. We now have four modern pieces by renowned Scottish, Roland Mitton.