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The Free Church of Scotland dates from the Disruption of 1843 when the Evangelical Party in the Church of Scotland withdrew from the Establishment.
The Free Church has continued down until the present day. At the Commission of Assembly in January 2000 a division occurred because a majority was determined to act against the constitution of the church. A number of ministers and elders signed a ‘Declaration of Reconstitution’ in which they pledged themselves to continue the Free Church in a constitutional manner. They are the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing).
The Form of Presbyterial Church-Government (1645)Download document
Declaration of Reconstitution of the Free Church of Scotland (2000)Download document
The Right of Continued Protest (2013)Download document
The Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) is a reformed, presbyterian and evangelical church.
Our church's doctrine is detailed in the Westminster Confession of Faith which was drawn up by the Westminster Assembly which met from 1643-48.
We worship according to the regulative principle which means that only what God prescribes in His Word is allowed in public worship. As a result we praise God from the Psalms of David only, using a metrical version and without the accompaniment of muscial instruments. We do not observe festival days, believing that the only day which God requires us to keep holy is the first day of the week, the Sabbath or Lord's day. Public prayer is led by men and the preaching of God's Word is generally by ordained ministers, as is the administration of the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's supper.