Weekly update from Central, Wednesday 4th April

If you’re looking for a church that is Central to Christ, Central to you and Central to Bellshill – then look no further! Here you will find a church and a people with a real heart and soul for worship, who enjoy fellowship and socialising throughout the week. We’re on a journey together, come and join us.

Sunday 8th April – Sunday Service takes place at 11.00am, with Rev’d Kevin de Beer leading worship, which includes the Baptism of baby Samuel, infant son of Sharon and Grant Malone (little brother of Bella).  The bible readings are taken from Acts 4:32-35 and John 20:19-31.   Kevin’s sermon is entitled ‘The discontented apostle’.  Hymns include God sent his son (this hymn is chosen by the Malone family), All heaven declares and We have a gospel to proclaim.  Our choir takes part by contributing a reflective and beautiful version of The Lord Bless you and keep you.

Thank you to those who participated in our Hot Cross bun event last week it was a lovely time of fellowship.   Holy week services during the week were held at the West Church and we thank those to led the services – Revd’s Calum Stark and Kevin de Beer, and also Michael Cochrane.   Thank you to all who organised and took part in out two Easter Day services – the early service and the Family service.  It was an uplifting way to celebrate as Church Family.

PRAISE IN THE PARK – takes place next weekend, on Saturday 14th April, and is organised by our Minster, Rev de Beer, on behalf of Hamilton Presbytery.   It takes place in Strathclyde Park from 1pm – 5pm, besides the Watersports building.   There will be stalls, information, Messy Church information, Church news and music.   If you would like to be part of a group of singers, contact Bellshill Central’s organist Alan Mathew.  A love of singing and music is all that is required.  We will be leading some praise items and contributing 2 other songs.

Groups meeting this week are:

  • Church Choir meets on Friday 6th April at 7.30pm in the Church Sanctuary.
  • Music Makers and Shakers meets on Wednesday 4th April with classes at 10am and 11am.
  • **Please note** Rainbows, Brownies and Guides sections that meet in Bellshill Central Church are off for the Easter Holidays.  They start back week commencing 16th on their usual days and times.
  • Friday Night Club meets as usual this Friday 6th April at 7.30pm in the Church Hall.
  • Bowls resume next week on Wednesday 11th April.

MAY CLOTHES SHOW – Anne Guy’s legendary Clothes Show returns to the Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre on Monday 7th May at 7.30pm.   Tickets will be on sale soon, but please do mark the date in your diary as these events are a real treat.   Along with the chance to buy some new clothes, you can take part in the raffles and win prizes.

CHURCH GUILD – Our Guild has now finished for the season, having had their Annual Meeting on 26th March.   Thanks go to all the hard working leaders of the guild for organising an interesting programme of events and speakers and making sure all goes to plan.   They have enjoyed visits from Burnhead guild, New Kilpatrick guild and a return visit to New Kilpatrick.  We wish them a restful and relaxing break over the next few months as they plan for next year and return on Mondays in October 2018.

PRAYER & COMMUNITY – Please visit our new Prayer page on our website- there is an online prayer request form which will send your prayer direct to our minister, Rev Kevin. Prayer Requests  – Our church has provided a Prayer Book which is situated in the main vestibule for anyone to pop in a note of concern or anxiety they would like prayer for.   We are a Parish Church and are here for you in times of joy and sadness. Kevin is available to the local community to offer spiritual support or to simply offer prayer. If there is something that you think your local church could be doing to offer services and/or support to our local community please get in touch via the Minister, Session Clerk, Facebook or website – Our church email address is bellshillcentral@gmail.com

WORD ON WEDNESDAY – Our minister, Revd Kevin December Beer, continues in his weekly “Word on Wednesday” via his own YouTube Channel.   These are shared via our Facebook page, but the best way to keep in touch is to subscribe to Kevin’s channel.  These short 5-10 minute videos focus on a reflection, bible passage and prayer. Kevin launched his “First Steps” book. Please look this up on Amazon, or contact Kevin for a copy as we hope to spread the Gospel message that little bit further in Bellshill and Mossend.

SURVEY – The Mission and Discipleship Council need your help to shape how we nurture and care for the young people in our church over the next few years. It needs to hear from you, your views and your thoughts! Please take a few moments before 31st March to visit www.churchofscotland.org.uk/youthworksurvey where you can find a series of surveys that will help give a clear picture about what is required. This is your chance to have your voice heard, don’t let it slip away!

COMMUNITY HALLS AVAILABLE FOR USE – Our hall and facilities are available at other times during the week and are available to be hired for one-off occasions or longer term lets. Please get in touch with us if you need a space to hire. We have now installed Wi-Fi which means we can offer facilities for online events taking place in the church and halls.

CHECK OUT OUR ONLINE ACTIVITIES –  Should you be unable to attend worship but would like to share in the recorded services, you can do so LIVE each Sunday from 11:00am via the Church’s website www.bellshillcentral.wordpress.com – also our Facebook and our YouTube channel are updated regularly. You can find out more information on Sunday Services, Weekly activities and catch up with our services from our uploaded videos. We are LIVE on the Internet most Sunday mornings, and occasionally with other events we hold.

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