You can find our two churches
on Chapel Street, off Lowther Street, in Carlisle
and just off the A7 in the centre of Longtown.
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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: REV DAVID PITKEATHLY
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.
David serves as an honorary chaplain to the University of Cumbria, as a chaplain to Longtown Primary and as a retail chaplain in the Lanes Shopping Centre. He enjoys travelling, reading and is an avid follower of current affairs. He gains much pleasure from playing and watching many sports and can be seen regularly at the home grounds of Manchester City and Carlisle United, a supporter of the Blues!
David is married to Pauline, who recently was appointed chaplain at the Eden Valley Hospice, and has one son called Ben.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2012 16:20