This Sunday’s service will be a particularly poignant one for the congregation members at St Mary’s Parish Church in Motherwell.
For it will be the final time in the pulpit for the church’s long-serving minister the Rev David Doyle who is retiring after more than 27 years at the church.
Mr Doyle - whose father Ian was also a minister at St Mary’s in the 1950s - was brought up in Motherwell and attended Glencairn Primary School before the family moved to Glasgow in 1960.
There he went to Glasgow High School and studied at Glasgow and Cambridge Universities before entering the ministry and taking up his first charge in Kincardine.
He spent 10 years there before taking over at St Mary’ where he has been ever since.
David (67) could have been retired already by now but decided to delay his departure until after last year’s celebrations to mark the centenary of the church building in Avon Street.
He said: “The centenary year was one of the reasons why I delayed my retirement a little longer. It was a great year and a significant one for the congregation and I was glad to be a part of it.
“The centenary has encouraged and sustained the work of the church within the area.
“Life as a minister is very much tied with the job and that I think will be the major difference for me. I will miss the constant contact with people and the congregation, but friendships will remain.”