Sunday worship continues at 11am each Sunday morning at 346 Main Street – Bellshill Central Parish Church. Our church is Central to Christ, Central to Bellshill and Central to YOU! For 143 years we have shouted out the Good News of Jesus Christ and of His love for one and all. We offer a warm and generous welcome to all, on Sundays or throughout the week at any of our week day activities and groups. Our minister, Rev’d Kevin de Beer, loves being in our Faith Family and reaching outwards into the communities of Bellshill Town Centre, Mossend and Orbiston. As the Church of Scotland Parish for Central Bellshill, including the Town Centre, we want to you be part of what is a wonderful community of fellowship and faith. Please simply #comeasyouare!
This Sunday morning, 6th October, is our Harvest Service with Rev’d Kevin preaching on Jesus feeding the 5,000 with the loaves and the fishes. The hymns include favourites; “For the Beauty of the Earth” and “Beauty for Brokenness”. Newer hymns are “Now we sing a Harvest Song” and “Where is Bread”. Afterwards we have a Soup and Sandwich Lunch in the Hall. Thanks in advance to Stan and June Cook for the wonderful harvest display that will adorn the Church, and to Jane Aitken and her team for the wonderful lunch that will be served afterwards. The service will be live streamed via our website and YouTube channel for those wishing to take part live or later on catch up. If you would like a tape, CD or DVD of the service these can be made available by speaking to Drew Aitken.
As the church for the Town Centre, our outreach this Autumn includes a Big Sing and a Time to Remember Service.
The Big Sing (Hymns Old & New) takes place on Sunday 27th October at 6.30pm in the Church with organist Alan Mathew, Presenter Hugh Ainsley and the augmented Bellshill Central Choir. We are raising funds for Project Gambia: People Feeding People. We invite everyone to come along and be part of this evening of wonderful singing. Hymns include: old favourites – I will sing the wondrous story, O for a thousand tongues, And can it be, Who is on the Lord’s side, Guide me o thou great Jehovah and I to the hills will lift mine eyes; and more contemporary songs – Be still, Sing of the Lord’s goodness, See what a morning, The Lord’s my shepherd I’ll not want and In Christ Alone. About our Charity – Project Gambia: People Feeding People is a Scottish Charity which functions to support St. John’s School for the Deaf in Serrekunda, in the West African state of The Gambia. They now also support St. Patrick’s Lower Basic School and St. Joseph’s Nursery School in The Gambia. The Gambia is one of Africa’s poorest countries, ranking 173rd out of 188 countries in the U.N. Development Programme’s 2016 Statistics for Human Development. http://project-gambia.org/
The Time to Remember Service takes place on Sunday 3rd November at 6.30pm in the Church at 346 Main Street. Time to Remember Service is a new service for us here at Central. It aims to offer a quiet, contemplative space and environment for those who may be recently bereaved or needing time to pray for a particularly difficult situation. Please invite anyone you feel might benefit. An opportunity to come and remember your loved ones who have died, hear their names read out and to light a candle. Remember a time or difficult situation. If you would like to attend and wish a loved one’s name read out please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01698 841176. You are simply welcome to come along and listen, if that will help you through a difficult time.
Our regular activities take place during the week:
- Wednesday 2nd – Music Makers and Shakers classes all morning; Bowling 7pm
- Thursday 3rd – Brownies 6pm; Guides 7.45pm
- Friday 4th – Choir 7.15pm; 7.30pm Friday Night Club
- Sunday 6th – 10am Choir, 11am Church Service, Sunday School, Crèche, 12.15pm Soup and Sandwich Lunch
- Monday 7th – 7.30pm Guild Opening and Dediction with Communion
- Tuesday 8th – 6.00pm Rainbows; 7.30pm Board and Session Meetings
Monday 7th October our Church Guild resumes at 7.30pm with a communion service. All existing members look forward to meeting up, new members are welcome, and you don’t have to be a member (or a lady!) to come along to try us out. Next time, Monday 14th, the Guild meets at 1.30pm with a Bring and Buy organised.
Heart and Sole is our Church Walking Group – we won’t meet on Tuesday 8th October due to Church meetings taking place. Please keep an eye out for our internet news (Facebook, twitter and church website) as to when we will next meet. As the nights draw in (and get darker) we may move our walks to monthly on Sundays. We hope our regular walkers will stick with us during temporary winter arrangements.
The Bellshill Community Food Bank have ran out of carrier bags which are needed to give out the various food parcels. If you can help out the Food-bank with carrier bags, you can leave any carrier bags at Bellshill Central Parish Church anytime we are open. There is a box in the entrance to the hall, or you can pass to Lawson or Jean Kyle at the Church. You help is greatly appreciated in this important outreach program.
Our church buildings are available to hire for the whole community. Whether you’re after a large hall, a small office or the church itself, we have spaces available to suit. Our Church Hall is equally suited to dance classes, coffee mornings or birthday parties. We have a spacious and functional kitchen with ample room to prepare food etc. We have a fully accessible disabled toilet with baby changing facilities. Our halls and church are fitted with WiFi. The church has large screens and sound system suitable for meetings and presentations. Our hall has portable audio visual equipment available upon request.
Finally, we invite you to join with our minister in his weekly YouTube podcasts. Look up Kevin de Beer on YouTube. His inspirational and thoughtful messages are watched all around the world. You can also look at some of his archive videos from his Word on Wednesday series, or 21 words.