Message from Rev Neil Dougall, Interim Moderator

During the autumn it’s been good to be able to open our church buildings and to allow limited numbers to attend Sunday worship.

After Christmas day, however, East Lothian will be in Tier 4. Services in Prestonkirk and Stenton Kirk are, therefore, suspended once again.

Church life, however continues.

Traprain Parish is sharing in worship with St Andrew Blackadder Church in North Berwick. Rev Neil Dougall is both Interim Moderator of Traprain and Minister of St Andrew Blackadder.

Every week you’ll find a full Sunday Service at


Covid vaccines offer us hope that this pandemic will be brought under control soon and normal life can resume. We look forward to this and, at the same time, remember that the world’s needs are deeper than covid. It’s why Jesus came into the world. It’s why we make such a big deal of his birth every December.

May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:1

Contact: If there is something the church might do for you, please contact your elder. If you don’t know who to contact get in touch by email with the Church Office, admin@standrewblackadder.org.uk.


Welcome to the Parish of Traprain! We are a union of three ancient parishes – Prestonkirk, Stenton and Whittingehame.  Prestonkirk is in the town of East Linton, approximately twenty five miles east of Edinburgh.  The church sits on an elevated position overlooking the River Tyne. Stenton and Whittingehame are located on the opposite side of the A1 in farmland  by the Lammermuir Hills. The kirk at Stenton is on the main street whilst Whittingehame  is in fields by Whittingehame House and Tower.

We belong to the Church of Scotland. We are Presbyterian in government and Reformed in theology. Members and non-members, people of all ages and nationalities are welcome to worship with us. There is an open invitation to Christians of all denominations to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Young people are especially welcome and there are opportunities for them to participate in our life and worship every Sunday.

Pause for Reflection

Believe it or not, there are two billion Christians in the world – and that number is increasing dramatically. Almost 500 of them belong to our congregation. What a thrilling opportunity to belong to such an inspiring movement which reveals the face of Christ to our troubled world and shares the secret of life in all its fullness. Open these windows and doors and find out some more!

Anyone who is interested in knowing more about the faith and/or becoming a member of the kirk should contact the minister.

‘Lines in Pleasant Places’ is a recently made video by David P. Scott, financed by the Presbytery of Lothian and based on our summer Technology Pilot. This was conducted over six weeks together with our neighbouring charge – Athelstaneford linked with Whitekirk and Tyninghame. It celebrates the use of modern technology in the provision of a sermon in acts of worship where there is no minister present. All the services are led by elders and members.