Gardner Memorial Church

Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God

  Our Renovation Work continues thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland 

 Our church

Welcome to the Gardner Memorial Church in Brechin

The red sandstone building has stood for more than a century on a site that was once a market garden and it is not only a memorial to the Reverend Alexander Gardner, but also to his son, a brilliant young lawyer who, sadly, died by his own hand.

It is also a testament to the talent of the architect, Sir John James Burnet, whose work is still highly regarded.

you are welcome.

Our Church Office

is open Tuesday - Friday

10.00 - 12.30

Tel. 01356 629191


Whether you're a member of another church, or a member of no church,

you are welcome.

Whether you come in faith, or with questions and doubts,

you are welcome.




Every Sunday 11.00am except

Remembrance Sunday 10.45am

   Christmas eve service 8.00pm 

Christmas Day service 10.30am                     


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The Gardner is one of two Church of Scotland congregations in Brechin, and we are a "linked charge" with Farnell Parish Church, which means we're two separate congregations who share a minister.

The Gardner works with other Church of Scotland congregations as part of the Esk Parish Grouping, as well as with other denominations who form Brechin Churches Together.

We are a welcoming, friendly and growing congregation, of all ages and backgrounds, who try to express and 

communicate God’s love in our daily lives.

We affirm a quiet but steadfast faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. We believe that this faith is best expressed in welcoming those of all backgrounds, putting into practice the words of the hymn:

 "All are Welcome in this Place."



Sunday Worship

Our Sunday services start at 11 .00 and last around an hour. Many of us gather in the hall for a coffee and chat afterwards.  Messy Sunday every 1st Sunday of the month,  we also provide crêche support year-round for younger ones.

While the format of our services is familiar,with Bible readings, prayers and hymns, our preaching aims to be lively, current and thought-provoking.

Pray, let us laugh.

We are not inclined to take ourselves too seriously, and are used to laughter and applause in the course of a service.



Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”


Gardner Memorial Church

On his death in 1894, the Reverend Alexander Gardner left the sum of £7,000, in memory of his son, towards the building of a new church in Brechin. The Milnes of Mooranbank, local land owners, donated a further £7,000 and Sir John Burnet was appointed as the architect for the new church.

Sir John James Burnet was born in 1857 and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris before joining his father’s practice in Glasgow. He became one of Scotland’s leading church architects and over a period of some twenty years designed a family of ‘long, low, friendly churches’ throughout the country

The building is built of red sandstone and has a number of interesting features from its Art Nouveau entrance gateway to a medieval monastic style cloister, a singularly unusual feature in any Scottish church. The interior of the church is constructed on a number of different levels, progress from the entrance being ever upwards towards the chancel, whilst the roof is of a highly crafted open timber collar braced construction unique to the church and incorporates a rood beam with three niches, deliberately left empty to avoid thoughts on man’s workmanship rather than that of the Creator.

There are a considerable number of both wooden and stone carvings throughout the church ranging from angels on the pulpit to animals on the choir stalls and devils in the stonework.

The site also includes a church hall, with an ornately plastered semi-circular barrel roof and a small stage, a session house, modern kitchen and an ornamental garden adjacent to the cloisters. 


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