Who we are

Who we are

Monkton and Prestwick North Parish Church is part of the Church of Scotland and serves the areas around Prestwick Airport. We are ordinary folk who meet together to worship, serve and enjoy God.

We have a service each Sunday at 11am in our main building in Prestwick and two events each month at Monkton Community Church:

The Gathering from 4-6pm on the second Sunday of the month and

Messy Church from 4-6pm on the fourth Sunday of the month

Our Vision

At MPN Church we want to be a people who are

connecting with God, each other and the world

and our understanding of what we want to be has been helped by a poem our minister David has kept since first reading it over 30 years ago – it talks of church as worshipping, biblical, praying, Spirit filled, family, evangelising, serving and liberated.  (read the poem here)

How we do this is shown below, but it is not meant to be an exhaustive, or prescriptive, list:

Worshipping Jesus

  1.  We find the centre point of our worship in the person of Jesus, His work on the Cross and His resurrection. (Phil 2:5-11)
  2. We learn an awe of the presence and glory of Father, Son, and Spirit and submit our lives accordingly. (Phil 3:7-14; Rev. 5:11-14)
  3.  We realize that our worship is a declaration of war and an assault against our enemy, Satan. (Rev. 12:10-12)
  4.  We worship with our songs and prayers, but also with our acts of mercy, our stewardship, our outreach and our inner-life. (Amos 5:21-24; Mic. 6:6-8; Matt. 6:24)
  5. We worship as individuals and as a community to build one another up in the faith. (Col. 3:15-17; Heb. 10:25)

Rooted in Community

  1. We encourage people into deepening personal relationships that exhort, challenge, care, and encourage what it means to live as a Christian in our world today. (Rom. 12:4-16)
  2. We actively pursue honesty, forgiveness, reconciliation, resolving conflict, bearing one another’s burdens, and confession to give other followers of Jesus access into one another’s lives. (Gal. 6:1-2; Eph. 4:30-32)
  3. We simplify life from the world’s many distractions to live as a community intended for God’s purposes. (1 Tim. 6:6-12; 2 Tim. 2:4)
  4. We actively pursue understanding and using the spiritual gifts we have been endowed with together for Christ’s purposes. (1 Cor. 12:7-14; Eph. 4:11-16)
  5. We celebrate together the sacraments of baptism and communion as symbols of our connectedness to Christ and each other. (Matt. 3:13-17; 28:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-34)

Equipping through the Word

  1. We teach the Bible as God’s perspective on the unfolding of His plan for redemption and how we fit into His story. (2 Tim. 3:14-17)
  2. We equip adults, students, and children to study the Bible for themselves and to learn how to apply its teachings to our thoughts, motives, deeds, and goals to better serve Jesus. (Ps. 19:7-9; Heb. 4:12)
  3. We study the Word of God to become equipped for relationships, ministry, and worship. (Ps. 1:1-3)
  4. We encounter God Himself as the Holy Spirit opens up God’s word to us through preaching, teaching or group study of the Bible. (1 Cor. 2:10-13)

Cultivating the Inner Life

  1. We develop contemplative habits so that we can learn to recognize the voice and movement of the Spirit of God and follow His leading. (Heb. 5:14)
  2. We allow the Spirit to form Christian virtues and character in us through the disciplines of community, Bible study, missional living, prayer and worship. (1 Cor. 9:23-27)

Living an intentionally missional life

  1. We live out the great commission of making worshipping disciples on local, national, and global levels who will, in turn, make more disciples. (Acts 1:8; 2 Tim. 2:2)
  2.  We commit the stewardship of time, money, and energy to reaching out with compassion to the marginalized and the poor through ministries of mercy. (Deut. 15:7-8; Mic. 6:8; Luke 4:17-21)
  3. We engage in seeking justice for the poor and oppressed. (Ps. 10:17-18; Isa. 1:17)