✝️ Central Church News, your local Church for Bellshill ❤️

Bellshill’s Central Church (your Church of Scotland Congregation at 346 Main Street) is very much alive and busy being involved in the community which is at our heart during these unprecedented times.   

Remember that our minister is available for any sort of pastoral items, if anyone is struggling, is unwell, there is a bereavement.  Please get in touch with Kevin.   His email is kdebeer@churchofscotland.org.uk and phone number is 01698 841176.  Kevin is an approachable person, who is always ready to listen.  He’ll pray for your situation and offer support. 

Sunday worship and mid-week children’s church is continuing, albeit in an online format.   This coming Sunday, we have worship taking place online for the community.    Please visit our website at http://www.bellshillcentral.church/watch-live to take part.   The broadcasts begin at 1045am and the service itself usually starts at around 11am. The service is simultaneously aired via YouTube and Facebook both have live chat 
THIS SUNDAY FOLLOWING THE SERVICE WE HOST ANOTHER ZOOM CATCH UP. DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE FROM ALAN TO JOIN THE MEETING. ALL YOU NEED IS A LAPTOP, TABLET OR SMART PHONE.  

From 10.45am we share in some news and songs as we gather in our houses as the church.  The services are available at any time thereafter on our YouTube channel.
Join with us and be part of something special.   It’s been proven that more people than ever are “attending” church during this time of crisis, and we are so grateful that you come here, as you are, whatever your background, to the church in the town centre, for all. 

We continue to update our permanent local rate phone number where you can listen to Kevin’s weekly message and prayers.   Just call 01698 533211 and you’ll be part of our “Dial in Congregation” this is ideal for those folks with no access to the internet, so please share this as widely as possible – and also our online watch live and catch up services.

 To support our online services we are producing a weekly E-News with information that will help you in our online worship and also some pieces of news and information in and around the Church. This is available each week from our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Sign up to any of these sites for free!

We’ve set up a Bellshill Central WhatsApp group so that we can keep up the friendship and fellowship which very much is Bellshill Central Parish Church.   We have nearing 50 people part of this who enjoy a good morning message to start the day, funny stories and video clips, sometimes a quiz of places in and around Bellshill and just generally a welcoming and safe forum for us to keep in touch.   If your part of our Church Family, formally or informally, and would like to join this group please get in touch via the website or email bellshillcentral@gmail.com.  

WEEKLY ONLINE YOUNG CHURCH TIME – via the church website we are sharing something suitable for young folks and adults on Wednesdays at mid-day. Today Rev Kevin shares a book with us. It’s a out Mr Weskeys horse! We have a cartoon message and a fun worship song.   Look out for these posts on the website, Facebook and twitter.  You can catch up with them at any time, and might be an ideal thing to watch on the sofa all together.   

CHURCH CHATS – we have been sharing these videos from Church members via facebook and twitter and folk have been telling us what they have been up to during lockdown and the restrictions.  Please view the vidoes from Anne, Kevin, Sheena, Grace and Alan.  More videos will be posted this week, check out the new ones 😊 


THE ORGANIST ENTERTAINS tonight, Wednesday 29th July at 8pm, our organist entertains once more. However,  Alan is having a rest this week so we have compiled a Big Hymn Sing using items from our first Big Sing event.   Tonight is an extended episode featuring over a dozen items. 
Due to the need to help people keep as physically connected to their church building we have a new ministry which is now flourishing.    The videos are available on our church’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. They premiere on Sundays and Wednesdays at 8pm, but are available to catch up with at any time.  
Our dedicated Web page is WWW.BELLSHILLCENTRAL.CHURCH/Organist-entertains, however if you watch via Youtube you can take part in our Live Chat.   We have reached over 3000 views and the audience continues to grow.    The regular requests return on sun 2nd August at 8pm via YouTube, Facebook and our website.  Alan is always looking for your requests, so please get in touch.  

TIME OF PRAYER
We have a prayer routine at Bellshill Central Parish Church and invite everyone to take part. Sundays at 7pm we join churches across the UK in a time of prayer and reflection.  
Each other night Monday to Saturday at 8pm we ask all of our members, friends and wider community to pause and pray and light a candle for the crisis we find ourselves in.  Pause and pray for ourselves, our families, our minister, the leaders and the keyworkers who are keeping the vulnerable safe and protected.  We share an evening prayer at 8pm each night. Read it, say it, pray it. 

Via our church website and Facebook/twitter pages we are sharing daily Psalms for the Day.   If you subscribe to the website you will receive these automatically by email.  You can of course browse the website or our Facebook/twitter pages and find them just as easy.   We also share inspirational images from around the world to remind everyone that there is hope, love and security in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and God the Father.    Our website is http://www.bellshillcentral.church and the social media channels are http://www.facebook.com/bellshillcentralchurch & http://www.twitter.com/bellshillchurch

BELLSHILL’S HEARTS OF Hope & Prayer ribbons 
At the beginning of the Covid lickrown restrictions we encouraged people to help brighten up our Main Street starting at the Church at 346 Main Street – Bellshill’s Central Church, to craft a sign of colourful hope and tie it to our railings.  
We want to thank those who took part. It has certainly provided activity and shown support to many.  However, some of our hearts of hope looked a little weather beaten so some have been taken down.  This leaves lots of room for replacement hearts, and we invite anyone to fix theirs to our church railings. 
 We hope you agree that these show signs of hope and light in this difficult and challenging time.  If you are our for your daily exercise, just pass by Bellshill Central Church and tie your colourful symbol to our gates and railings.   
We want to see wonderful images of community involvement touching the hearts of everyone.  

PRAYER RIBBONS 
As we continue to move forward as restriction continue to change prayer is more important than ever. We want our community to pull together and pray for sense and patience as we progress through our phases to bring us back to normal life.  Each time you pray, tie a piece of ribbon to our gates.   Each ribbon represents a prayer offered.  The more ribbons means the more prayers offered. A visible sign of our combined prayer.

SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL PARISH CHURCH.

For Church Members – 
Please keep up to date with your financial giving to your Church.  Please continue with your standing orders and direct debits.  If you give by way of envelopes/donations save these and bring to Church when we re-open; however if you’d like to arrange to drop any accumulated free will envelopes off to june Cook she can arrange a time for this.  Just get in touch.   This means we can bank any monies you may have.  .   If you would like to change to direct bank giving please let us know and we can give you the necessary information.   There has been a significant impact on our Church finances over these many months s,o your continued generosity will be particularly important and very much appreciated.

For our community – 
we are financially supported by our members.  This is part of our vows when we join the church.   We cannot directly ask the community for financial aid, this is simply not how we work.  We as members support the church, so that the Church can support you – the local community! However, if you would like to support us by giving a one off donation or even something more regularly you can simply get in touch and we will let you know how to do this.   
Or visit the church website and use the online donation option. 
What would be more than wonderful is that you come along to church the first Sunday we can gather together in the beautiful building at 346 Main Street and support us by your presence as we rejoice in coming together.  So, we hope you can come along when that day happens.  If you want to donate just now or when you come along either would be graciously accepted.   

STATEMENT RE THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE CENTRAL CHURCH DUE TO COVID 19
In line with all Church of Scotland congregations our church leadership reviews our temporary closure of the buildings, and continue to update all members, friends and regular worshippers at Bellshill Central Parish Church.
We unanimously agree that at present we feel it still is not the time to open our buildings, and with your safety and wellbeing paramount have decided to wait until we are able to safely welcome you into church for a proper service of worship.   
There is a short video presentation available via our website and you can also read a letter which contains the same information. Please let others know of this, but we will deliver paper copies of the letters to those who need it.
https://bellshillcentral.church/2020/06/28/28-june-2020-statement-regarding-covid-19-temporary-church-closures/ 

Our motto is simple – Central to Bellshill, Central to You and Central to Christ.    Be part of the church family

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