HISTORY ( Part 2) 2000 forward  

On April 8th 2001, St Michaels was honoured to receive gifts of a communion table fall, along with pulpit and lectern book markers.

These were gifted in memory of one of our congregational members, by her family, and were designed and executed by the famous artist, Hannah Frew Paterson.

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Communion table fall

communion table with fall

Communion Table Fall

The design of great sheltering wings represents the archangel Michael. The wings are made of layers of silk organza, each "feather" with carefully drawn threads to give the texture and appearance of feathers.

The dragon, represents the evil in the world. Also shown is Michael's pastoral staff to care for the faithful, but turning into a sword to fight against wickedness.

The orb of the world, surmounted by the cross of Christ, shows that the realm of the love of Christ will ultimately triumph over the sin and darkness in the world.

Opposite the orb are the scales of justice, recognising that one day, we shall all be weighed in the balances. They also represent the concern of St Michael's for justice and fairness through Christian Aid, Fair Trade, Amnesty International and the Traidcraft stall.

The whole work is framed in gold kid showing the arches of the tower of our church.


Lectern and Pulpit Book Markers

The Lectern markers show the famous Alpha and Omega, meaning the beginning and the end. These symbols indicate that we have the whole gospel of salvation through Christ, in the Bible.

The Pulpit markers show the Cross and the XP sign, which is the first two letters of the name of Christ in Greek. This symbolises that Christ crucified, is preached from the pulpit.

Look closely at a map of the area and you will see streets named Primrose, Daisy, Lily, Violet, Almond, Holly, Myrtle, Ivy and Laurel Terrace etc. The markers are decorated with these flowers and leaves.


The design was made to relate sympathetically to the original paintings on the pulpit and lectern, which show the fruits of the Bible.

The colours were chosen to blend with the paintings and with the new carpet.

Thank you to the whole family, to the artist,
and to God be the glory!

The Duncan Doors

3rd June 2001 was a great day for everyone. The Connie Duncan doors were dedicated to the glory of God, and in memory of Connie Duncan who had left her fortune to the "five churches in which she had been happy".

The design of the glass is by Susan Bradbury and the wood is by Charles Taylor.
The design echoes the doors of 1883, but they are definitely 21st century in design with different textured hand-made glass.

Some of the panels incorporate the flower designs of the terraces in the parish, such as to be found on the pulpit markers.

Duncan Doors


a glass panel

a glass panel

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Restoration Project

In 1994 there was begun a process of improving the interior of the church buildings. New toilet facilities, updated heating and a complete re-decoration of the church were undertaken. This was completed around 2000. With this done, the congregation girded its loins to face the much more daunting task of restoring the structure of the building itself. There was obvious need to replace much stonework which had become eroded by time and weather. Since the aim was to secure the viability of the fabric for the next hundred years, there was also a need to make good any hidden weaknesses in the roof.

Jocelyn Cunliffe of Gray Marshall & Associates was appointed as architect and professional adviser to St Michael’s. An extensive survey of the structural state was completed and a schedule of works constructed. St Michael’s was a listed building of architectural importance and there was much elaborate and skilfully carved stonework to be replaced with exact copies. The restoration thus demanded highly skilled stonemasons and a contractor experienced in such work. The cost of the project reflected these exacting requirements and was beyond the resources of the congregation on its own.

St Michael’s was able to find a contribution of £200,000 towards the final costs of £660,888.91. The Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland were approached for support grants. Without their support, the Restoration would have been impossible and St Michael’s acknowledges the generous support it has received from both of these bodies. Additional financial support has been given by the Baird Trust and the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust for which St Michael’s is also grateful.

The project went to tender in 2005 and the successful contractor was Cummings & Co. who started work on site in 2005. The project continued until 2007 when the contractor vacated the site. The stonemasons employed on the project showed that they were fully as able as the original builders of the church and can feel justly proud of their craftsmanship. The photographs of various examples of their work makes clear how well the restoration has been carried out.

stonework windows
gable end
stonework wall

stonework door

To view the new stonework more closely

click on the individual photograph.

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stonework gable windows

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