We are Greyfriars. Why are we here?
In May 2008 the congregation adopted a statement to help us realise why, as a congregation we exist. It is not a mission statement, nor is it a statement of purpose, rather is it an aid to help us in our mission. Following a congregational vote in September 2009 the statement was overwhelmingly amended to strengthen our congregation's desire to be welcoming to all.
Greyfriars Parish Church, Lanark seeks to serve the community and provide friendship, care and unconditional acceptance for all people.
We belong together in a diverse family united in the love of God who share in worship and the service of God while examining, nurturing and sharing our faith to become better disciples of Christ.
We therefore declare ourselves to be an "open and affirming" congregation made up of and welcoming all people into full participation in the life of the church, regardless of race, colour, gender, age, nationality, economic circumstance, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability or emotional condition.
Whilst we may not always manage to fully live out this statement it is our hope that we will continually hold it at the centre of our congregational life.
Greyfriars is a church that is open to all people, regardless of who they are or how they live their lives. If people find a place in our church family, then it is our privilege to journey with them in our shared faith.