Welcome to Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Episcopal Church – an inclusive and welcoming church within the Catholic tradition.
We are part of the Scottish Episcopal Church which traces its history back to the beginnings of Christianity in Scotland and is a member of the world-wide Anglican Communion – a family of some 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries.
Whether you are a life-long Episcopalian seeking a new ‘home’ or someone just beginning to explore what a relationship with God might mean, we hope you will feel at ease with us.
There has been an organised Episcopalian presence in Paisley since 1817 when the congregation of Holy Trinity was founded. After the partial repeal of the penal laws in 1792, Episcopalians in Paisley and the surrounding area began to think about having their own clergyman. At that time, to attend church, they had to travel to St Andrew’s by the Green in Glasgow to worship at the only qualified chapel in the area. In 1817, the Reverend William Wade was sent to Paisley by the then Bishop of Edinburgh, Fife and Glasgow and by 1833 a church had been erected and named Holy Trinity. The building was extended in the 1880s under the patronage of the Earl of Glasgow. Around 1930 a small hall (or Choir Room) was added.
In 2003, the decision was taken to merge the congregation of Paisley’s St Barnabas Church (Castle Street) with that of Holy Trinity. St Barnabas’ building closed on Palm Sunday 2004. The new congregation of Saint Barnabas & Holy Trinity, meeting in the former building of Holy Trinity, was officially launched at the Easter Vigil in 2004 by Bishop Idris.