Scots Church was built in 1890, in the aftermath of the Gold rush which saw many Scottish people arriving and finding their new home in Ballarat. It is in the area of Ballarat known as Soldiers Hill, so named in 1859 in honour of the Colonial forces of Australia 40th Regiment stationed here. Soldiers Hill was the earliest planned suburb of Ballarat. The church was built in 1890, and was designed by local architects Figgis and Molloy. It is a fine example of late gothic architecture and has housed 130 years of Christian worship. There is a fine pipe organ, which is put to good use every Sunday.
11 am every Sunday. Our Worship Service follows traditional form, with 4 hymns, a Bible Reading, a young persons’ Address, and a Sermon. A chorus begins and ends the Service. A Morning Tea/ Light Lunch follows the Service.
Sunday School takes place every Sunday, even during school holidays and Easter and Christmas. Young people come into church at 11 am for the first part of the Worship Service, then leave at 11.30 to go into Kelvin House for Sunday School. Lessons consist of songs, Bible teaching and activities. Our Sunday School leaders are all qualified teachers and have ‘Safe Church’ accreditation. They are committed to the spiritual growth and welfare of the young people. Sunday School is for young people aged 4–14.
This is for both men and women and is held every Wednesday morning [apart from school holidays] at 10 am in Kelvin House, which is the little house next to the church. It is a time of study and discussion of a particular book of the Bible.
This group follows the Bible Study each Wednesday, from 11 am until approx. 11.30. It is a time of group prayer for the needs of the Parish, the community, our nation and for our world-wide Christian family.
This group meets weekly, 6 pm – 7.30 pm on Wednesdays. You are welcome to bring your own snack meal. It is a time of study, discussion and prayer, with the leadership of the group being shared by those participating.
This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, excluding school holidays, from 10.30 am to 11.30 am. It is a time of fellowship, with hymns and songs around the piano in Kelvin House. The background to the various hymns, as well as the significance of the words, are discussed in an informal setting.