Carlisle Church

The Border Kirk Parish Profile 


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.



The Kirk Session

As a Kirk Session we have a clear commitment to work with our minister to plan for our current and future ministry. As a congregation we have a track record of participating in worship and together we prioritise the well-being and pastoral care of all in our church family, including our minister.

The church has adopted a unitary constitution with 30 active elders forming the Kirk Session. The Kirk Session meets at least bi-monthly with additional meetings as required and has appointed small groups within session for the management of the various areas of church activity.

  • Buildings
  • Mission, Outreach and Communication
  • Pastoral Care, Nurture and Hospitality
  • Stewardship and Finance
  • Worship and Learning