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Markinch Parish Church

Markinch Parish Church

Welcome to the website of Markinch Parish Church.
Feel free to explore our site to discover more about our church family.

Under the leadership of our Minister and Kirk Session, Markinch Parish Church
provides positive spiritual direction to a diverse and enthusiastic congregation.

We are an energetic Church of Scotland parish church at the centre of old Markinch.
Founded in the 6th Century - today a lively worshipping community. Townspeople and visitors attend services and take part in a wide range of activities including, :

Study courses. Christian Aid Events, Guild Meetings, Youth Club, Children’s work, fun days, and fund raising and social events.

The Sunday service is at 11:00am, with Holy Communion being celebrated quarterly.

During the morning service there is a Crèche and Children's Church for those up to the age of 14 years. Everyone joins in the initial worship at 11:00am and then the children and young people leave for their various groups.

See our blog site at 
for the latest diary updates and intimations.



Our Minister - Rev Alex Forsyth TD BA MTh.

Originally from Kirkcaldy, Alex has degrees and diplomas in Social Science, Theology, Pastoral Theology, and Biblical Studies from Cambridge University, Overdale Theological College, The Open University, and Geneva Theological College. He was ordained in 1973.

Prior to his appointment to Markinch in 2002, Alex served the church in Birmingham, Ashington, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Leven, and the linked parishes of Edzell, Lethnot, Fern, Careston, Menmuir and Glenesk.

He  served for 10 years as chaplain to the staff and residents of ‘Northgate Hospital for Those with Learning Disabilities,’ and went on to care for staff and patients in surgical, psychiatric, geriatric and psycho-geriatric wards at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

Alex was a cadet chaplain for 25 years and recently completed 23 years as a Territorial Army Chaplain. In 1995 he was awarded the TD (Territorial Decoration.) In 2002 the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal was added to the TD and in 2005 he was awarded the VRSM (Volunteer Reserve Service Medal.)  The regiments he has served include The Royal Army Medical Corps, The Royal Scots, The Cameronians, The King’s Own Scottish Borderers, The Black Watch, The Royal Artillery, and The Royal Engineers.

In addition to membership of several major boards and committees of the national church he has twice served as moderator of the Presbytery. In 2006 he was appointed to serve on the General Assembly’s ‘Chaplains to Her Majesty’s Forces Committee.’

Alex’s wife Jean is a music teacher. They have two children. Julie is a social worker and Richard is an officer in the army.

Outside of work Alex’s interests include books, films and the great outdoors.


Markinch Parish Church associate site

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Our Church can be seen from miles around.
Every evening the Church is beautifully lit up by the nine floodlights which we have installed.

‘The Church In Markinch’

There is a book available which details the history of our Church. This 185-page book is available in both paperback and in hardback form and would be an excellent addition to anyone’s collection

The book was written by our last Session Clerk, Ian Gourlay and his cousin, Ken Wilkie.

 Prices are £9.95 for the paperback version and £18.00 for a hardback copy. All profits go to church funds

Fuller details are available here.

Our church website now gets nearly 19000 unique visitors a year since we ‘opened the doors’.
We would like to thank everyone who has visited this site, especially if you have visited us more than once. We hope that you have all learned a little about Markinch Parish Church and that you have been encouraged to return again in the future.


Address, telephone number and email address of the Minister, Session Clerk, Clerk to the Board and Church Officer.



Services / Weddings

Times of our services in the Parish Church. Details to assist in the preparation of your wedding can also be found here.

Wedding section updated: 25th January 2009


Photographs taken in the Church and around the Parish.



Diary Of Events

This page has not been updated recently.

See for the latest events and intimations


Details of meeting times of the Sunday School, Guild, Kirk Session and Congregational Board.




A brief history of religion in Markinch.


A list of Ministers ordained to preach in Markinch Parish Church over the last four hundred years.




How to contact the Roll Keeper and transfer your membership lines to us.


Contact the Treasurer, Gift Aid and Weekly Freewill Offering Convenors. We also explain the benefits of Gift Aid, which allows your contributions and donations to attract tax relief at no additional charge to you.




A publication is available to purchase and is entitled “The Church In Markinch”.

Life and Work

Life and Work is the official monthly magazine of the Church of Scotland. We inform you how to get a regular copy.



Where to find us

Maps to show our location


A list of those who provided assistance in setting up this website




Links to other useful web pages which we consider may be of interest to you.







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