The Glasgow Weekend

Candles in the background.

Join the Iona Community in Glasgow from 7th to 9th June 2024.

Members, Associate Members, staff and friends of the Iona Community will be gathering in Glasgow in June to hold their AGM, hallow New Members and celebrate Columba Day.


Friday 7th June

Family Group Conveners and Regional Coordinators Meetings
at Wellington Church, Glasgow.

The leaders of our Family Groups and Conveners of our Regions will meet to share wisdom and plan for the year ahead.
This will be a hybrid meeting with the opportunity to join via Zoom. If you’re joining us online, you will receive a Zoom link once you register.

Glasgow Weekend Welcome Meal
at Wellington Church, Glasgow.

Welcome to the Glasgow Weekend! Pull up a chair and let’s enjoy a meal with Members and staff from near and far.

Worship and Wee Sing
at Wellington Church, Glasgow.

We love singing together as the Iona Community. Join us as we make a joyful noise at Wellington Church.

Book to join us for the whole weekend – or just for Friday night – using the form below.

Saturday 8th June

10am – 12pm
at Kelvinside Hillhead Church

The AGM is a moment to reflect on the work of the Iona Community over the past year. This will be a hybrid meeting with the opportunity to join via Zoom. You’ll receive a Zoom link once we receive your booking form.

Hallowing Lunch
at Kelvinside Hillhead Church

Hallowing new Members is a special moment in the Iona Community calendar. We’ll be starting our celebrations with a lunch at Kelvinside Hillhead Church.

Get Creative
or Glasgow Pilgrimage
From 2pm.

In August, we’re heading to Greenbelt Festival where we’ll host a brand new venue. On Saturday afternoon, you’ll have the chance to create décor for the “Wild Goose” venue with Jo Love.

If you prefer an active option, join Alison Phipps and Kathy Galloway on a gentle Glasgow Pilgrimage.


Hallowing Service and Reception
(for 5pm) at Wellington Church, Glasgow.

You are welcome to join us as we hallow (welcome and bless) New Members and recommit ourselves to the work and life of the Iona Community.

The Hallowing Service will be live-streamed.

We’ll be hosting a reception (drinks and sandwiches) in Wellington Church after the Hallowing Service for all including New Members, families and friends. We hope you will join us!

Book to join us for the whole weekend – or just for the Saturday – using the form below.

Sunday 9th June

Columba Day service
10.30am at Castlemilk Parish Church

Join us for Columba-inspired worship on Sunday morning at Castlemilk Parish Church. This service will be led by Liz Johnson Blythe and Fiona Macdougall.

Monday 10th June

17:30 at St Columba’s URC, 32 Priory Street, York YO1 6EX

Hallowing Service in York for Naomi Anderson and Allyson Taylor

Book your place at the Glasgow Weekend

Use our easy booking form to let us know when you’ll be joining us.

Hoping to attend the AGM or Gathering? Book here

Are you a Family Group Convenor or Regional Coordinator? Book to attend our meeting here

Getting There 

See below for travel information.


Using the First Bus app you can plan your bus trips and it will give you a detailed and timed journey with a map of the bus stops, the times, and showing where your bus is in real time:  

Please note that there are multiple bus stops on the same streets in Glasgow city centre – make sure you’re waiting at the right one! 

Buses in Glasgow take either exact change or contactless payments. If you use contactless remember to tap both and off the bus. 

To get to Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church from Glasgow city centre: catch the number 6 or 6A bus from St Vincent Place (just along from George Square), and get off at Great Western Road at Saltoun Street (you will see the botanic gardens to your right.) The church is a 2-minute walk from there. 

To get to Wellington Church of Scotland from Glasgow city centre: catch the 4 or 4A bus from Hope Street, outside Central Station, and get off at University Library. The church is a 1-minute walk from there. 

To get to Castlemilk Parish Church from Glasgow city centre: catch the 75 bus from the Ingram Street bus stop close to the Gallery of Modern Art and get off at Castlemilk Drive after you pass the McDonalds. The Church is a 2-minute walk from there. 



Note that the subway is not accessible – it has escalators and stairs, but no lifts. 

From Glasgow City Centre: Get on the subway at Buchanan Street or St Enoch and get off at Hillhead. Use the outer circle (if you get on the inner by mistake, don’t worry – you’ll get there eventually!) Both Wellington and Kelvinside Hillhead are a short walk from Hillhead subway station. 



Using the Scotrail website or app you can plan your journey:

If you are staying outside the city centre, you may wish to use the train. The nearest station to Kelvinside Hillhead and Wellington is Partick Station, but this is still a 25 minute walk. You can however, connect to the subway at Partick and get off at Hillhead, as outlined above. 



Please note that there is limited parking at Kelvinside Hillhead, and none at Wellington. The west end of Glasgow is extremely busy and we recommend using public transport if possible.  

There is a small car park on Great George Street/Lilybank Gardens called Lilybank Carpark. It is open all day and charges approx. £3 an hour. It has disabled access and electric car charging facilities. 

You can use an app to pay:  

However, the app doesn’t work with international numbers, so you will need to bring change. 



The quickest way to get from Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church to Wellington Church of Scotland is to walk. It takes approx. 14 minutes. Alternatively, you can catch the number 4 or 4A bus from Highburgh Road just off Byres Road and get off at University Library.  



Taxis in Glasgow are usually reasonably priced. A taxi from the city centre to Kelvinside Hillhead or Wellington churches will cost around £10 – £15. There are black cab taxi queues throughout the city centre, including at George Square, on Hope Street outside central station, and on Queen Street.

You can also call a taxi to arrange immediate or pre-planned pick up.

Two local companies are: 

Glasgow Taxis: 0141 429 7070 

GlasGo Cabs: 0141 332 5050 


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To find out more about how you could belong to the Iona Community, take a look at our Membership page.

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