The Rev. Sang Y Cha was appointed minister of St. Mungo’s in 2011. Born in South Korea and brought up in New Jersey, he moved to the UK to study theology.
Elders are appointed by the Kirk Session to act as trustees and help in the general management and organisation of the Church. Members of the congregation are allocated to a district and can expect visits from their district Elder throughout the year.
What to expect on a Sunday
Anyone can attend a Sunday service in the Church – you don’t have to be a member. The days of having to wear a hat and gloves or a good suit and tie to church are long gone.
When you arrive at the Church there is an elder in the Porch to meet you. Under current Church of Scotland guidelines, you are required to sanitise your hands on entry and pick up a hymnbook from the table. When you enter the Sanctuary, you will see the plate for the offering at the left hand side and you will be asked to give your contact details to the elder sitting at the right hand side. You can sit in any of the pews which are not taped off – the choice is yours. The Sunday School children often sit in the front pew at the right hand side.
The Order of Service tells you the sequence of the service and is projected onto the wall at the front of the Church. The Hymns are the songs that we sing. We usually stand to sing them and the organist plays the tune once through before we stand which lets us find the hymn and know what the tune sounds like. If you are unable to stand or don’t feel comfortable standing then please stay seated.
The Bible readings are read by someone who goes to the front of the church and you can follow it in your own bible if you wish.
The children can sit with their parents during the service and they leave during the last verse of the hymn after the Children’s address to go to their own groups. The Sunday School caters for those aged 3 up to P7 pupils.
After the Minister’s sermon – and you are encouraged to laugh at his jokes – the collection is brought down to the front of the Church. The money collected goes towards the work of the Church.
After the service teas and coffees are served in the social area at the back of the Church and this will give you the chance to meet friends old and new before you go home.
The church has a ramp at the main door so that wheelchairs and others with mobility issues can get in easily. We often find that those with wheelchairs sit in the side aisles or you may wish to sit in the social area.
We look forward to welcoming you to St Mungo’s whether you are here on holiday, have just moved to the area or just want to come to Church.