In 1620 Longside’s first Church building opened its doors to a scattered and remote congregation. Roads were virtually non-existent, making travel to the nearest Churches at Old Deer or Peterhead difficult. So, with the approval of the Earl Marischal, on whose lands it was situated, a new Church was provided for our forebears, the residents in the area. The building, now the roofless ruin in the churchyard, clebrates its 400th anniversary this year.
To mark the occasion, we have been working closely with Longside Primary School. The whole school have visited the “New” Church over three days, learning something about the building and what goes on in it. Click button below for details of events.
Each Wednesday throughout the year at 10am in the Main Street car park, we will be reading portions of the Bible aloud in both English and Doric as part of the Bible 2020 programme.
Proceeds from any Longside400 events will go to the Church’s chosen charity, Build Africa. This is an education charity aiming to tackle poverty through education. Build Africa partners with remote and rural communities where children are leaving school without basic skills. Just as Longside Church was the seat of education, both spiritual and secular here 400 years ago, Build Africa is serving a need in today’s world which was fulfilled by our predecessors here in 1620.