The Scots Kirk, Paris, is a congregation of the Church of Scotland, the national Church in Scotland.
An English language Protestant church, it welcomes all, and aims to serve the needs of people of different nationalities and denominations who live throughout the Paris region.
The Scots Kirk Paris is the only Church of Scotland congregation in France, but is one of twelve European mainland congregations in the Presbytery of Europe. These congregations are in major cities in Europe, with others in Bermuda and Sri Lanka.
It is Presbyterian in government and belongs to the world-wide family of Reformed churches who trace their origins back to the Genevan reformation of the 16th century and the Scottish Reformation of 1560. As a Presbyterian church, the power of decision-making is vested in a series of church courts.
The Kirk Session is responsible for the spiritual oversight of the local congregation and for the stewardship of its finances and property.
The Presbytery, the regional council of the Church, supervises congregations within a specific geographical area.
The supreme court of the church is the General Assembly, which meets annually in Edinburgh.