St John's Parish Church of Scotland
Onthank, Kilmarnock

Registered Scottish Charity SC033107

Cairn outside church

Our Community Page

The parish, which originally consisted of Onthank and Altonhill, has now expanded to include Wardneuk, Southcraigs and an area behind Altonhill where a further 450 new houses are being built. Our church stands very much in the centre of the parish and we see ourselves as an important part of the community.

We have links with the schools in the parish and with the Morven Centre (a Church of Scotland Crossreach organisation). We also hold regular services at Crossgates Care Centre and Gracelands Nursing Home and we have a monthly service in Creighton Court on the last Tuesday of the month at 11.30 am.

Our halls are used regularly by community groups as well as our church organisations. These bookings can change from week to week so if you wish to hire our halls please contact our Hall Convener by emailing and she will inform you of current availability.

At the moment we have the following community groups using the halls:


This group meet in the large hall on Thursday evenings from 6 pm, in various stages of ability until 9.30 pm. There are also some classes on Tuesday evenings.

Contact: Paul Reid on the night.

Badminton Club (Ladies)

This group meets in the large hall on Wednesday mornings between 9.45 and 12 noon.

Contact: Maureen Taylor Tel: 01563 533557


Please find attached some information on all the Link Up projects happening in the North West of Kilmarnock.  If you’re interested in getting involved in any of the projects they would be delighted to see you there.

Best wishes,
Sarah Kennedy
Community Development Worker
New Laigh Kirk / St John’s Onthank

Link Up the North West – Current Groups and Activities (Oct 2015)

Link Up works with people living in North West Kilmarnock to develop community activities and bring people together. We are currently working with a wide variety of groups of the local area if you’re interested in getting involved in any of these groups please get in touch:

North West Archery Club – our archery group runs an adult’s session on Monday nights from 7.30-10pm and a kid’s session on a Sunday from 2-4pm. Archery is highly accessible sport and the sessions are open to everyone. To find out more visit their Facebook page or email

Community Cinema at Onthank – our cinema screens films in Onthank Community Centre. The group meet on regularly to plan screenings and discuss ideas. If you’d be interested in being involved visit their Facebook page or contact Neill on 07809 331225

Community History Group – our community history group meet fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons in St John’s church. They are currently working to create an exhibition of local photographs, film and objects. Get in touch with Link Up if you’re interested in joining the group.

North West Photography Group – our photography group currently meet fortnightly on Wednesdays 7-9pm in Onthank Community Centre. Get in touch with Link Up if you’re interested in joining the group.

Longpark Community Garden – our community garden group look after 16 raised beds in Longpark. They grow flowers and vegetables and put on small events for the local community. If you’d like to get involved please get in touch.

We are always looking for new groups, activities and ideas – if you have activities you’re interested in or would like to see in the area please get in touch and we would happy to discuss how we can help make them happen.

Contact details:

Neill Patton

Phone: 07809 331225