News from Bellshill Central

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, 29th December, join us at 11.00am at the church at 346 Main Street right at the Centre of our town.  This is, the first Sunday after Christmas. We literally celebrate the gift of Jesus. The theme is The King has come and yet he has come to die and rise again.   The readings are Isaiah 63:7-19 and Matthew 2:13-23. Our hymns include Joy to the World, Child in the Manger, The head that once was crowned and You shall go out with joy. 

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.

DUTY TEAM FOR SUNDAY 29TH DECEMBER: Liz Morton, Sheena Bowman, Drew Aitken, Jane Aitken, Donis Hudson and Peggy Walker

Sunday 5th January 2020 morning worship with Sunday school and crèche facilities.  Tea and coffee served afterwards. 

Group start dates for 2020

  • Monday 6th January Guild lunch The Rolling Barrel
  • Wednesday 8th January Music makers and shakers classes
  • Monday 13th January Regular Guild at 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 14th January Rainbows at 6.00pm; Board and Session at 7.30pm 
  • Wednesday 15th January Bowls at 7.00pm
  • Thursday 16th January Brownies 6.00pm; Guides at 7.45pm  
  • Friday 17th January Choir at 7.15pm ; Friday night club 7.30pm  

HEART AND SOLE – if anyone would like to meet up one Sunday after Church in January for a walk please let Alan know so we can arrange a suitable date. 

Date for your diary 

Sunday 26th January at 7pm is a Songs of Praise and Ecumenical Service in Bellshill Central Parish Church of Scotland for all the churches in Bellshill and Mossend.   The service is organised by the Lanarkshire Organists Society and members of all local churches will participate. Please come along.   Offering for St. Andrew’s Hospice will be taken. 

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.

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We wish all of Bellshill a very Happy New Year 

One thought on “News from Bellshill Central

  1. Hi Alan

    Re Church having been in operation for 143 years – small section from ‘Annals of The Macdonald Memorial U F Church;’ printed around 1924, concerning the ‘birth’ of our Church, as follows:

    “The first occasion that the Lord’s Supper was observed was the month of October 1873 when the Rev Mr Ogilvy conducted the service. There were 63 Communicants present. Mr Ogilvy had been superintending the work of the Mission for nearly three months and had seen it launched most auspiciously upon the tide of time when he asked the Presbytery to release him from the strain of the extra work.”

    By the end of 1873, it states in the ‘Annals’ that no less than 300-450 people assembled to worship God Sunday by Sunday at both diets of worship.

    The 1873 date is recorded in one of the stained glass windows above the organ.

    Another of the windows above the organ records 1923 as the Golden Jubilee of the Church. A Service to celebrate the occasion was held on 28 October 1923 and the ‘Annals’ was written to mark that occasion.

    It might be 143 years since the Foundation Stone was laid for the present building, but the Church had been in existence for three years before that; so we should be celebrating 150 years in 2023, which isn’t that long; not three years later.

    You can start planning the Anniversary Service now!


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