Darnley was a new estate created in the south of the city following a period of regeneration in Glasgow.
The Head teacher of the new school Mrs Rene Wotherspoon who was a member of the United Free Church in Govanhill requested a Chaplin for the School from the Church.
This led to the first services being held in the school on October 1976 by the then Chaplin Rev John Banks.
I was one of the people who attended that first service. I like the others on that day were church members who had moved away from their own church and were looking for a new place to worship near our home.
With a growing membership and with Sunday school experience I was appointed Sunday School Superintendent as we had a large Sunday school of over 100. This was a daunting time for the new congregation and as the membership rose we established ourselves in the community.
In 1977 an appeal was launched for £100,000 by the United Free Church for a building to be built on land given by the City Council.
The appeal went out to the whole Denomination in Scotland, and money was raised far and wide through various fundraising activities.
The Congregation at Darnley contributed with their own fundraising and one of them was all members having a church box in their home which raised a significant amount of money.
The £100,000 was raised with the faith and love of all the members of the churches in Scotland and the site was dedicated in March 1980. The building work started and the first service took place on Sunday 21 December 1980. The Official opening took place on 24 January 1981.
During all of the activities in creating a building we also had the pleasure of having our own Minister ordained in March 1979 and Rev Colin Brown has been with us since.
The Church continues to grow in the community of Darnley and our Hall was added to the building during some refurbishment in 2003.
The local area has dramatically changed since I came to live in Darnley, then all of the houses were of a block style which was seen as a modern tenement home.
Now only three of the blocks remain also refurbished, the church is surrounded by new modern houses both Housing Association and Owner Occupied and a large Sheltered Housing complex is next door to us.
Darnley has moved on and changed over the last thirty years but the Church remains in the Centre of the Community
Mrs Elizabeth McNaughton