According to tradition, at an unspecified date in the 13th century, a certain John de Gemmelstoun obtained permission from the priory of Whithorn to establish a shrine, dedicated to St. Michael, at a peaceful location beside the bank of the stream now known as the Dyrock. In Latin charters, this shrine was described as 'Ecclesia Sancti Michaelis de Gemilston', and the granting of this Church to the prior and canons of Whithorn was confirmed by Robert I in May 1325.
Every Sunday morning there is a service at 10.30, conducted according to the practice of the Church of Scotland (Reformed) followed by teas and coffee for the congregation.
Church Guild Meeting
The Church Guild meets in the McCosh Hall once a month from September to April, and continues to be a lively fellowship. Visitors at Church services and associated activities will always be made most welcome.
The present Church, believed to be the second or third on this site, was built in 1787 to accommodate 556 worshippers, at an estimated cost of £485, exclusive of the aisle reserved for the Earl of Cassillis, which was paid by the Earl himself. Of particular interest are the dark wooden pews, and the magnificent central pulpit made of stone - a handsome memorial to those who gave their lives in the First World War. On each side of the pulpit is a striking stained glass window, richly decorated with Biblical themes and motifs. The Church is approached by an attractive lych gate, which also provides access to a Churchyard of considerable antiquity.
Though all evidences of the earlier structures have perished, a place of Christian worship has occupied this peaceful and picturesque site for some 700/800 years.
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