The rural parishes of Fisherton and Kirkoswald are both areas of outstanding natural beauty with a mixture of coastline, open country, historic buildings and a world famous golf course. Situated immediately south of the town of Ayr to just north of the town of Girvan they have easy access, and regular road and rail links, south to Stranraer and ferry terminals to Northern Ireland, and north to Ayr, Glasgow Prestwick Airport and the City of Glasgow. The National Trust has two properties in the area: Souter Johnnie’s Cottage and Culzean Castle.
The main centres of population are the villages of Kirkoswald, Maidens, Turnberry and Dunure.
Kirkoswald: The village dates back to AD634 when King Oswald, having won a battle here, named the village in thanks to God. The village is full of history with connections to Robert the Bruce, John Knox, Robert Adam (who influenced the construction of the church), Robert Burns and President Eisenhower. It is also home to the graves of some folk made famous by Burns: his mother’s parents, Tam O’Shanter, Souter Johnnie and Kirkton Jean.
Maidens: A once thriving fishing village is now largely residential with Maidens Primary School and very popular caravan parks which bring in many visitors, especially during the summer months.
Best known for its famous hotel and golf course and still popular with golfers and walkers.
Dunure: Famous for its ancient castle, this historic fishing village is still a popular destination for day trippers and summer week-ends.
Fisherton: Another small village adjoining Dunure where Fisherton Primary School serves the parish.
Tourism, fishing and agriculture are the principal activities within the parishes and many of the residents also commute to work in the town of Ayr and beyond.
There are care/nursing homes in the area and there is a community hospital in Girvan with the major A&E facility at Ayr Hospital.
There are Primary Schools in Maidens and Fisherton with secondary schooling at Girvan Academy or Carrick Academy, Maybole. The University of the West of Scotland has a campus in Ayr and there is also the Ayrshire College of Further Education.
There are a number of local business throughout the parishes with larger supermarkets in Girvan, Maybole or Ayr.
The minister has opportunity to conduct wedding services in Culzean Castle and Turnberry Hotel, both of which are popular wedding locations with people from all over the world.
Kirkoswald: The church was commissioned in 1777 by Thomas, 9th Earl of Cassillis and Laird of Culzean Castle. The famous architect, Robert Adam, was working on Culzean and he was commissioned to draw up plans for the ‘new’ church although work had already started on the foundations. The ‘old’ church was built in 1244 and is still Kirkoswald Church an important landmark in the village.
The church was extensively renovated in1997. During the works the original Adam colours were uncovered and restored.
The church hall is adjacent to the church and it was built in 1970. There are two large meeting rooms, toilets and kitchen. The hall is used for a monthly lunch club and during the winter months the local ‘Young Farmers’ meet each Sunday evening.
Maidens: Right in the heart of the village and recently refurbished the hall is used for church and community activities. Each Sunday at 9 am during the month of August there are services for the many holiday makers who visit the area.
Both halls at Kirkoswald and Maidens are available for private functions and community activities – contact the Session Clerk.
While not our building Malin Court Care Home is situated in Maidens and there is a monthly service there, primarily for Maidens Hall residents, but open to all.
Fisherton: The church lies about half a mile from the northern edge of the villages of
Dunure and Fisherton in the geographical heart of the parish.
There is no church hall but events and meetings are held in the nearby Kennedy Hall, Dunure.
We recognise that we are fortunate to have such well maintained buildings. The category ‘A’ listed Kirkoswald Church is special in many different ways, including, being the only Robert Adam inspired church in the country; the only church in the United Kingdom, we believe, where a serving US President has attended regular Sunday morning worship; a building with historical connections to Oswald, King of Northumbria; Robert the Bruce; Robert Burns; and Dwight D Eisenhower.
We have a responsibility to pass on this heritage so we have been careful stewards of the building.
While we are conscious of our history, and our part in maintaining it, we realise that our calling is to work for the future.
Services take place at
Fisherton @ 09.45 and Kirkoswald @ 11.15 am with Communion on the first Sunday
in May and November. The service in Maidens Hall during August is at 9.00 am.
For us church is about spreading the word of God and telling the Good News about Jesus Christ. It is also about what we do, particularly what we do together. We are not, in any sense, a closed fellowship, just a bunch of people who believe that the message preached by Jesus Christ is worth trying to live out, not only on Sundays, but also Monday to Saturday.
It is our vision to be church “in the community for the community”. To this end, we
wish to encourage people to worship God together by
- spreading the Good News in our community,
- encouraging personal faith and devotion, and
- caring for all those in need of spiritual comfort.
We welcome everyone to our Sunday services.
We use the church buildings and Kennedy Hall for mission and outreach including: Sunday service for holiday makers; lunch club with 40-60 people attending; Sunday Club for children; and, the Guild. We have links with local schools.
The Guild from Fisherton now meets with Kirkoswald Guild at Maidens Hall during October to March.