Carlisle Church


You can find The Border Kirk


Chapel Street,

Lowther Street, Carlisle.




Though we are based in Carlisle, some of our congregation worship in Longtown together with friends from the methodist church. Our services at Carlisle are weekly on Sunday at 11am with an alternative informal worship at 9.50am on the 2nd Sunday of the month which is aptly named 10-2-10. Children too are welcomed at our Sunday club, which runs during the main service. If you visit Longtown, worship there is on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at the earlier time of 9.30am in the local Community Centre since the church building closed at the end of 2017. Visitors are most welcome to join worship in either.

CARLISLE, the administrative centre of Cumbria, is an historic border city with a population of some 110,000. In recent years the city has gained a University Campus - and now hosts the main campus for the University of Cumbria with two sites in the city adding to the established college.


LONGTOWN, in contrast is a small busy market town some 9 miles to the north of Carlisle with population of 3,000. It is situated close to the M6 with access to travel east to Newcastle up on Tyne and north to the Scottish borders. The local market and auctions serve the farming community from both North and South of the border.



Perhaps because the congregations are in England, it is felt particularly important that they play their full part in Presbytery and The Border Kirk is actively involved in the Presbytery of Annandale and Eskdale. This provides a direct link with the Church of Scotland. This active participation in the affairs of presbytery, by ministers and elders, has been of benefit to congregations and presbytery alike.

Our congregation has a history of social and community involvement utilising our city centre position. The building is well used as a community resource as the varied users of our various halls shows whilst a part-time Centre Administrator supports the work of the Church. Our members provide a valuable service through organisations such as the Thursday Lunch Club, Hospital Visiting and Social events. The Church has a wide range of ongoing activities to cater for the needs of all ages. We also have close ecumenical links with other City Churches as well as links with Ekwendeni in Malawi whose community we actively support and visit.





OUR MINISTER: Currently in Vacancy


Ordained in 1996, David became our minister at The Border Kirk in 2007. He was formerly a solicitor before studying theology at St Andrew’s University. Prior to coming to Carlisle, he was minister at Peterhead St Andrews Church for 11 years.

After serving The Border Kirk for fourteen years as Minister David and Sarah are moving to Horsham in Sussex where Sarah will commence her first calling as a Methodist Minister in September.