Thank you for supporting us and using the Sanctuary First website. This year has seen big changes in how we organise and develop Sanctuary First. After 34 years of ministry in St Andrew’s Bo’ness, where Sanctuary First was initially developed, the time was right to explore how Sanctuary First might grow into an online congregation.

Falkirk Presbytery agreed an ambitious plan to create a pioneering ministerial post to work out creative ways the church can use the internet to reconnect with those who have become dis-engaged from traditional worship, and to find ways to create a digital network, initially across presbytery, linking into congregations who are ready to explore what it might mean to be ‘a Church online’. I was appointed in April this year as minister of Sanctuary First.

We have over the years sought to create space on the internet for reflection and spiritual growth, developing an environment of reverence and challenge through daily prayers and reflections. In addition we have published two books of prayers and and we have a substantial library of original video material designed for use in worship. More recently we have been experimenting with live streaming of events designed to engage with those who have given up on traditional forms of church.

We have a long way to go with the development of Sanctuary First but we hope that you will stay with us and help us build a worshipping community that is reaching out daily into the world creating networks through which the gospel message can be transmitted and lived out. We strongly value your feedback and would encourage you to get in touch and leave comments on what you find on our site. Your responses will help shape the future of Sanctuary First.

Albert Bogle