St John's-Renfield Church
22 Beaconsfield Road, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0NY
1931, James Taylor Thomson
Visit our light-filled sanctuary by James Taylor Thomson featuring stained glass by Douglas Strachan, Scotland's finest stained glass artist, and Gordon Webster, and Elder of our church.
Architect James Taylor Thomson won the 1927 competition to design St John’s-Renfield Church with his plan for an imposing building in the Modern Gothic style. Thompson also designed High Carntyne Parish Church and was involved in designing the chapel of the University of Glasgow and much of the 1937 Empire Exhibition site in Bellahouston Park.
The church is built on a constrained cruciform plan with a very tall nave, chancel and transepts and lower side aisles. The most notable external feature is the highly ornate, open-work lead flèche. The external walls are built of stone from Auchenheath near Lanark and the internal walls are of Northumbrian stone. The church was dedicated in January 1931. Inside, the height of the building and the large windows give a sense of spaciousness and light. The fine pendant lights and the carved oak pulpit, communion table and chancel stalls are all in keeping with the overall design of the building. The striking stained glass east window is by the distinguished Aberdonian stained glass artist Douglas Strachan (1875-1950). There is also a series of notable small stained glass windows in the side aisles, the work of Gordon Webster (1908-87) who lived and worked in nearby Cleveden Crescent. Examples of the work of both artists can be found in churches and cathedrals across Scotland.
In 2008-2009 a major conservation project supported by Historic Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Architectural Heritage Trust was undertaken. The distinctive lead flèche was completely restored and major repairs were carried out to the roofs and high-level masonry. We completed the renovation of our magnificent pipe organ in 2018.
Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 1pm-4pm. Visitors are welcome to join us for worship at 11am
Tours: Sat & Sun, available on request / on arrival; 20 mins
Tour meeting point: Main Door
Booking not required
Accessibility: Limited Access - ramped access to the building; double doors. Stepped access to the chancel. Garden not fully accessible.
Facilities: Seating, toilet, wheelchair accessible toilet, refreshments, hearing loop, information available in large print.
Parking: On-street parking available free of charge.