Weekly News from Central Church

Morning worship on Sunday 4th December takes place at 10.45am at Bellshill Central Church, 346 Main Street.  This is the 2nd Sunday of Advent.  Our minister, Rev Kevin de Beer, will lead worship in a service themed “Conflict along the way”.   Our readings are taken from Matthew 2:1-8 and Matthew 10:11-32.  Our hymns include Once in royal David’s city and Who is on the Lord’s side. We light the 2nd of our advent candles and continue with  Like a Candle Flame – our Candle Song. Activities for children and young adults are available in our Young Church groups that meets during the service.  All are warmly welcome to our service of worship.  We’re a warm and welcoming church family at the heart of Bellshill.  We would love to see you join us.


SHOPPERS CAROL SERVICE – SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER – 12NOON – Rest your feet and come along and sing carols and listen to the Christmas story at Central.   Everyone loves a Carol – don’t they?  We have some craft activities for children, you are all welcome – all ages.


CHRISTMAS AFTERNOON TEAS – SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER – 1PM – IN THE CHURCH HALL.  Tickets are £5, and £2 children.   Tickets are required.  Please buy at the church or from any member of the fund raising team, which includes Lesley Marshall, Jane Aitken, Susan McGleish, Chemaine Jarvie, June Cook.    We’ll have a party atmosphere and a visit from Santa!!!


img_0475-1SING A SONG FOR CHRISTMAS – Bellshill Central’s Annual Christmas Concert takes place on THURSDAY 8TH DECEMBER in the Church at 7pm.   We are supporting the Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre this year with all donations received going there.   Mossend Primary School Choir, SoundSational Community Choir, our Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, Church Choir and the super Fiona MacDonald are all headlining acts to wow you with Christmas Music and Songs.  Of course there are Carols for all – it wouldn’t be Christmas with no Carols would it?   Alan Mathew, organist at the church says “Please do come along and support us as we once again come together in song at Christmas.  It is important that we do so as a church and community, where we support the Neighbourhood Centre which is an integral part of Bellshill.  We are looking forward to seeing and hearing all the different acts that are taking part, and we will have our usual Best Bellshill Cuppa” afterwards”


Over £380 was raised by Anne Guy’s clothes show last week towards church funds.  Many thanks to Anne Guy for organising this great fund raising and social event and to those who came along and support on the night.


Our church guild continues meeting weekly.  This coming week on Monday 5th December at 1.30pm we have an Afternoon entitled “All Friends Together” with Patsy Muir talking on the Guild Project.   Liz Morton leads the devotions and Cathie Bryden gives our vote of thanks.   All ladies and gents are welcome to come along to a warm and welcoming group, full of fellowship.  Forward notice of the Hamilton Guilds Carol Service on Monday 7th December at St Johns Church Hamilton from 2-3pm.   Full event details for the year are available online.


Our Rainbows (5-7yrs) have also resumed on Tuesdays in the Church halls at Bellshill Central.  The Rainbows meet from 6pm-7pm.  Any girls interested are invited to come along to the church hall to join with other girls from the local area.   Information online at www.rainbows.girlguiding.org.uk


Both our Brownie (7-10yrs) and Guide (10-14yrs) packs have resumed on Thursday nights in the Church Halls.  Brownies meeting from 6.15pm-7.30pm and the Guides from 7.45-9.15pm.  Any girls interested should come along to the church hall to join in the fun and be part of the Guide Family.  More information can be found at www.girlguiding.org.uk/brownies or www.girlguiding.org.uk/guides


Our indoor bowling club has also resumed on Wednesday nights in the Church Hall.   Bowlers of all ages and abilities are warmly welcome to come along.  You are guaranteed a cheery welcome and some friendly competition.   Just who will be the best bowler this season?  You will have to come along to find out!


Church choir next meets on Fri 25th Nov for a  Practise at 7.30pm, Thurs 1st Dec for Practise at 7.30pm, Wed 7th Dec for Practise at 7.30pm, Wed 14th Dec for Practise at 7.30pm, Thurs 15th Dec for Practise at 7.30pm, and Sunday 18th Dec for Practise at 9.45am.   All are welcome to come along and join us.   We are currently working towards our involvement in Christmas Services and the Sing a Song for Christmas Concert.


The Friday night club has enjoyed their Christmas get together on Friday 25 November, as everyone’s diary has filled up rather quickly.  Fun was certainly had, and some hot nibbles were gratefully received – thank you to the cooking goddnesses! Our session continues in the new year where Table tennis, crafts, and other activities are open to all ages. All are welcome to this family friendly activity night.


Christmas at Central!

  • Saturday 3rd December – 12noon til 1pm – Shopper’s Carol Service – the whole town is invited to sing favourite carols and hear the Christmas story re-told.
  • Saturday 3rd December – 1pm – 3pm – Christmas Afternoon Teas (with a visit from Santa) – tickets available soon
  • Sunday 4th December – 10.45am – 2nd Sunday of Advent
  • Thursday 8th December – 7pm – Sing a Song for Christmas – raising funds for Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre. Guest acts include SoundSational, Mossend Primary School Choir, Church Brownies, Guides and Rainbows, the Fabulous Fiona MacDonald (female vocalist) and our own Church Choir.  Come along for festive fun and cheer.
  • Sunday 11th December – 10.45am – 3rd Sunday of Advent with Holy Communion.
  • Sunday 18th December – 10.45am – 4th Sunday of Advent with the Choir.
  • Sunday 18th December – 7pm – Carols by Candlelight.   The Church will be candle lit and you are invited.   Bring your torch along or simply use your camera phone as a torch to add to the atmosphere.
  • Saturday 24th December – 7.30pm (please note correct time) – Christmas Eve – All Age Nativity Service.
  • Sunday 25th December – 10.30am (please note the earlier time) – Christmas Day – All age service.


Our Church YouTube channel is now live!  We are now uploading our worship services online and please visit and worship with us.  We are especially pleased to see people worshipping with us when they can, using their PC or tablet or mobile device.   Please like our videos and send us a message.  Whether you worship with us in person or online you are part of our church family.


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