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Uncertain Days for St Andrew's

In the late 1980s and early 1990s the Presbytery’s Unions and Readjustments committee (now known as Parish Planning) was going through a very enthusiastic stage! With the membership of St Andrew’s having dropped to 211 it was not considered by some a viable option to keep the church open.

With the other Church of Scotland congregations in the town also in numerical decline, it seemed that yet another union was necessary. The most obvious union would be for a link between St Andrew's Parish Church and Low Blantyre’s other parish church – the Livingstone Memorial. After a long series of meetings with the presbytery committee a compromise was reached. St Andrew’s would be allowed to call another minister but on ‘terminable tenure’ basis. This meant that the ministry would not be permanent and could be terminated by the Presbytery within a few years to allow a union with another church.