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Welcome to the Official Site of Paisley Abbey

From its foundation in 1163 to the present day - worship in Paisley Abbey has been offered to God and hospitality extended to all pilgrims and visitors.
Paisley Abbey has as its core aims:
  • To offer worship to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • To welcome in Christ's name all who visit the Abbey for whatever reason.
  • To witness to the love of God within the community of Paisley.   
Paisley Abbey is a parish church of the Church of Scotland and the 'mother church' of Paisley.





Paisley Abbey continues to serve the people of Paisley and beyond through offering daily prayers and worship on our Website, Facebook page and YouTube channel and through caring for those in need of pastoral support.  However, there is now no income from the hire of our buildings for events, concerts and meetings, no income from the gift shop and coffee shop, no donations from visitors and at services.

The Church of Scotland has set up a way in which donations can be made either to the general funds of the Church, which have also been severely impacted by Coronavirus, or to an individual congregation such as Paisley Abbey. Simply click on the 'Donate' link below, scroll down the page, fill in ‘Gift Aid’ details if appropriate, and then, donate. THANK YOU. 




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The Abbey Church will be open for

private prayer and the Abbey Gift Shop

will be open

on Wednesdays and Fridays

1pm - 3.30pm.

The Abbey Coffee Shop 

remains closed for the time being.




10.30am and 12.30pm


The total number of people allowed to attend a service under Scottish Government and Church of Scotland regulations is 50.  As this number includes the Minister, others involved in leading worship and the Duty Team, the number of places for members of the congregation is restricted to 40. Accordingly, if you wish to attend either of the services, please email or phone the Church Manager, Linda Barrett, by 4pm on the preceding Thursday. (linda.barrett@paisleyabbey.org.uk  :  tel 0141 889 7654) Due to ongoing restrictions, services will be different in many ways, but the essential element of offering worship to God will be the same as always.

All attending should enter through the Cloisters and follow the one-way route into the Abbey. On entry, please make sure that we have a note of your name and phone number for NHS Track and Trace.   You should clean your hands with the hand sanitiser and an elder will direct you to available seats. Please wear a face covering (unless you are exempt). Toilets will be available for emergency use only. Please refrain from touching surfaces other than your seat/space in a pew and remember to maintain social distancing. As pew cushions will be removed, you may wish to bring your own cushion. There will be no choral or congregational singing but we will have a cantor.  Said responses and prayers should be spoken quietly for you and God to hear. At the end please wait for directions for leaving from a member of the duty team. 


Please remember to email or phone

the Church Manager, Linda Barrett,

by 4pm on  Thursday 

(linda.barrett@paisleyabbey.org.uk  :  tel 0141 889 7654)

if you plan to attend either of the services on Sunday




Notice is hereby given that in view of the vacancy in this congregation of Paisley Abbey, the Kirk Session is about to make up an Electoral Register. This Electoral Register is a list of those who will be eligible to vote when the time comes to elect a Nominating Committee, and subsequently in the election of a new minister.

If your name and current address are already on the Communion Roll, then you will automatically be placed upon the Electoral Register. You will need to take no further action.

If you are a regular worshipper here, but are still a member of another congregation, and you wish to participate in the election of a minister to this congregation of Paisley Abbey then you should arrange to hand in to the Session Clerk a valid Certificate of Transference before the Kirk Session meets on Tuesday 6 October 2020.

If you are a regular worshipper here, and not a member of this or any other congregation, then the Kirk Session can add your name to the Electoral Register as an “adherent”. If you wish the Kirk Session to consider this, you should obtain a form from the Session Clerk, complete it and return it to her before the Kirk Session meets.

Following that meeting the Electoral Register of this congregation of Paisley Abbey will have been prepared.

If you believe that your name should be on the Register, you can ask for confirmation that it has been included by contacting the Session Clerk.

If when seeking confirmation you find that your name is not on the proposed Electoral Register, and you believe it should be, you should inform the Session Clerk in writing before the Kirk Session meets on Tuesday 6 October to finalise the register virtually.

Interim Moderator

Very Rev Dr E. Lorna Hood


Renfrewshire Foodbank 

Collection for Renfrewshire Food Bank will resume on

Sunday 27 September. Shortages this month are

tinned potatoes, household cleaning products and

toiletries for men and women.

Thank you for your support.




The Abbey Choir sings Mass for Double Choir

by Frank Martin.

Some time ago, the Choir recorded

Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin.

This has now been made available to listen to

duirng these days when we

cannot hear the Choir 'live'












The Talk it Over Group has been cancelled until 

further notice, please check their

Facebook page for updates.









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The Fourth Cloister

Paisley Abbey is aiming to create an inspirational space that is open and welcoming to all the people of Paisley. Acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of Paisley, it is a hugely ambitious effort to restore the Abbey to its 15th century footprint and to expand the facilities available for community use.