Funeral Service for the late Joe Gove

The funeral services for the late Joe Gove will take place on Wednesday 20th November.

Committal will take place at 2.30pm within Holytown Crematorium

A Service of thanksgiving will take place at 3.30pm within Bellshill Central Parish Church, 346 Main Street, Bellshill, ML4 1BA.

We would ask you to hold in prayer the family at this difficult time. All who wish to pay their respects are welcome to attend.

John 14:1-3
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

This week’s news from Bellshill Central – your town centre church!

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, 24th November, join us at 11.00am at the church at 346 Main Street right at the Centre of our town.  Our minister, Rev’d Kevin leads us in worship.  Our theme is Being open to Jesus speaking and the bible readings are Genesis 12:1-9 and Mark 7:31-37, read by a church member.    Songs include Bring to the Lord a glad new song, Jesus hands were kind hands, Dear Lord and father of mankind and Lord speak to me.  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.

Our young church activities and Creche for the younger ones are held each Sunday. Children are welcome to gather in the hall before the service or sit in the church with families. GIVE THEM A GOOD START – The Central Way – with our Young Church and Creche.

On duty this Sunday and looking forward to welcoming you are: J Mackie, P Walker, H Ainsley, T Mills, Z Swan and H Daly.

There is the usual barrel in place at the front doors of the Church for the next few weeks for donations towards our Christmas Teas. We’re looking for gifts for the tombola, and boxes of treat items for Santa, such as selection boxes, chocolate boxes, sweets, biscuits etc.  Tickets on sale soon, speak to Jane Aitken in the first instance if you need more information. THANKS IN ADVANCE

THIS WEEK @ CENTRAL

  • Monday 18th Nov – Guild 1.30pm Scottish Quiz – ladies and gents both welcome!
  • Tuesday 19th Nov – Rainbows 6pm
  • Wednesday 20th Nov – Music Makers (all morning); 3.30pm Funeral Service for Joe Gove; Bowls 7pm
  • Thursday 21st Nov – Brownies 6pm; Guides 7.45pm
  • Friday 22nd Nov – Choir 7.15pm
  • Sunday 24th Nov – 11.00am Morning service
  • Monday 25th Nov – Guild 1.30pm, visit to Mackinnon Mills
  • Tuesday 26th Nov – 6.00pm Rainbows.

It is with sadness we intimate the funeral services for the late Joe Gove, member here at Bellshill Central Parish Church.   The committal takes place at Holytown Crematorium on Wednesday 20th November at 2.30pm, followed by a service of thanksgiving at the Church at 3.30pm.   We remember the family at this difficult time.   All those wishing to come to pay their respects will be make most welcome.

AS THE CHURCH FOR THE TOWN CENTRE HERE IN BELLSHILL, OUR OUTREACH THIS NOVEMBER & DECEMBER INCLUDES OUR COMMUNITY CHRISTINGLE SERVICE & OUR ANNUAL SING A SONG FOR CHRISTMAS CHARITY NIGHT.

The CHRISTINGLE SERVICE takes place on Saturday 30th November at 12noon and is for all ages, particularly families. At the start of Advent we discover the Christingle and its meaning of the light of Christ that we can take with us throughout December towards CHRISTmas day.   Please look at our eventbright link on the website and register your families’ attendance so we have enough oranges, candles etc prepared for to make your Christingle.  THIS IS A FREE COMMUNITY EVENT.

The SING A SONG FOR CHRISTMAS takes place on Wednesday 11th December at the church beginning at 7pm.   We will have our usual Christmas Carols and songs, and look forward to hearing the children from Lawmuir and Mossend Primary Schools.  We’ll have some “funny jokes”, games and interaction.    All are welcome, families especially.  OUR CHARITY IS CHRIS’S HOUSE a very worthwhile cause locally for us – Centre for Help, Response & Intervention Surrounding.   We will have refreshments afterwards. 

CHRISTMAS DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • Saturday 30th November 1pm to 3pm Christmas Teas and celebrations.  Including some fun Carol singing and a visit from Santa Claus.  Tickets available soon.
  • Sunday 8th December – Communion Service, with a retiring offering for Stroke Support Group.
  • Wednesday 11th December – 7.00pm Sing a Song for Christmas at the Church with Lawmuir and Mossend Primary schools. 
  • Sunday 15th December – 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight, followed by Mulled Wine and Mince pies.
  • Sunday 22nd December – 11am Choir Service with Music and Carols Tuesday 24th December – 7pm Christmas Eve Family Service

CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISING – We have on sale lovely professionally printed Church Calendars at £3.50, Church “Christmas” CDs featuring the choir and organ at £3.50, Tea Tickets for our afternoon teas with Santa (30th November) and the Choir a fun Church Quiz on sale at 50p from Choir Member Anne Guy. IF YOU WISH ANY OF THESE PLEASE CONTACT US VIA THE WEBSITE, FACEBOOK OR BY EMAIL to bellshillcentral@gmail.com

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. Our large and spacious Church is ideal for concerts or recitals with excellent acoustics and a digital piano available for use. Seating for over 500 is not a problem! There is full disabled access, and wheel chair adapted pews.

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Sunday 24th November 2019 at 11 o’clock

Welcome and Intimations (session clerk)

Choir Introit (Bible is placed in pulpit) CH4 As the deer pants

Call to worship

Hymn Bring to the Lord (CH4 106)

Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Time with the children  

Hymn Jesus’ hands were kind hands (CH4 351)

Offering

Reading/s Genesis 12:1-9 and Mark 7:31-37

Hymn Dear Lord and Father of mankind (CH4 485)

Sermon Being open to Jesus speaking

Hymn We lay our broken world (CH4 721)  

Prayers of intercession

Hymn Lord speak to me (CH4 542) t. Warrington

Benediction and three-fold amen (Sung)

Recessional Hymn Amen we Praise your Name O God (CH4 824)

Getting to know you – Jim Grier


Tell us a little bit about yourself….


I grew up in Springburn, Glasgow with my mother, father and younger brother. We lived in a tenement, a room and kitchen with a shared toilet on the half landing on the stair, with three other families. In the last three and a half years I was at school I had a free school dinner ticket as my father was unable to work through ill health, but I was always sent out clean, smart and well fed. Breakfast was porridge or cereal and a fried piece, a slice of square loaf fried in lard, “real healthy eating”and yum yum.

I left school at fifteen with my three year leaving certificate in all subjects and began an apprenticeship. People speak about stereotypes, but how many know what a stereotype actually is? It is a duplicate printing plate. I did a six year apprenticeship to become a Stereotyper Electrotyper. I am also a skilled floor sweeper! Stereotyping was invented in round about 1814 by a man called Earl Stanhope, because of the growing demand for Bibles with the advent of the Bible societies. Up until that time the Bible was printed from the original type. That method had the disadvantage that the print run was limited to about 25,000 copies and the type had to be reset. That was expensive and time consuming. With stereotyping a papier mache mould was taken and you can take ten to fifteen casts of each mould. Making the process cheaper and quicker. An electrotype has a copper printing surface allowing for much greater print runs and detail. They were made by taking a vinyl mould of the type and growing a copper shell on the mould by electrolysis in a copper sulphate vat and then backing it up with molten lead, which distorted the shell and then from the back I hammered it flat.

I left my trade in 1974 and became a sales representative most of the time designing and selling business systems. From 1977 until 1985 I worked for a company called Kalamazoo and when you exceeded your sales quota you qualified to go on what they described as an incentive weekend and the last one my wife went on was a long weekend in Rome and we stayed in the Sheraton Roma hotel.

A year later things were very different, no company car and expenses replaced by a bus that never came or that’s what it felt like. What happened was my wife came in with papers in her hand in August 1983 and said “ If I did not try I would never know.” And what that was, I was to enroll for evening classes at Bishopbriggs High School to study for my English higher. I did and passed with a C. English was not my thing as you will realise as you read this. The next year I did History at Bishopbriggs and Economics at Anniesland College; I got A’s; they are more my thing. I applied to the Church and was accepted as a candidate for the ministry after a selection school in April 1985. With my highers I was accepted for a place at the University of Glasgow and there in the October exactly thirty years after I left school, and after four years graduated with a BD. I was licenced in Glasgow Cathedral by the Presbytery of Glasgow on the 3rd of July 1985 and I was ordained in Kilmore Church on the Isle of Skye April 1991. The rest as they say is history.

What do you miss about being a parish minister?
And What makes your heart sing?



I was asked “Did I miss the ministry?”. My answer is no. The last year I worked full time, I rested to be able to work. I found ministry very demanding. Now I have the garden, to say I am keen is an understatement. Two one hour spells in the morning, and the paper and puzzles in the afternoon.

I was asked what made my heart sing, easy, Rangers winning.

CHRISTMAS at Central Parish starts 30th November!

Come and celebrate Christmas here at the centre of Bellshill at Bellshill Central Parish Church – we have so much planned and we would love to welcome YOU and your FAMILY along to as many of our exciting events that you can manage to.

Afternoon tea tickets available from Sunday 17th November.

Central to CHRIST – Central to YOU – Central to BELLSHILL

Central this CHRISTmas

Central Church, weekly news round-up

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, 17th November, join us at 11.00am (our usual time) at the church at 346 Main Street right at the Centre of our town.  Our minister, Rev’d Kevin leads us in worship.  Our theme is All things work out in the end and readings are Amos 9:11-15 and Revelation 22:1-11, read by a church member.    Songs include the modern version of Be thou my vision, Shine Jesus Shine, and Praise to the Lord the Almighty.  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. 

On duty this Sunday and looking forward to welcoming you are: C Bryden, C Jarvie, J Hargrave, S Cook, J Cook and J Mackie.

There is the usual barrel in place at the front doors of the Church for the next few weeks for donations towards our Christmas Teas. We’re looking for gifts for the tombola, and boxes of treat items for Santa, such as selection boxes, chocolate boxes, sweets, biscuits etc.  Tickets on sale soon, speak to Jane Aitken in the first instance if you need more information. THANKS IN ADVANCE

WE LIT UP RED FOR OUR PART IN POPPY SCOTLAND’S REMEMBRANCE CAMPAIGN.  FROM FRIDAY 8TH TO MONDAY 11TH NOVEMBER – CHECK OUT THEIR INTERACTIVE MAP TO LOOK FOR US. #LightUpRed 

Yesterday, we were gathered together for Remembrance at the Cenotaph and at the Church. Thanks go to Mr Tom Taylor for organising the Cenotaph service and for handling the arrangements at the church making sure the youth organisations were able to take part with dignity and respect.  He was responsible for the scattering of poppies from the gallery of the church during the 2 minutes silence, making a very moving gesture.  #wewillrememberthem #LightUpRed. Our minister led a very moving service, preaching on the theme Faith without works is dead. We were very pleased to have with us visitors from our local community, along with representatives from 1st Bellshill & Mossend Scouts, the Army Cadets – 4 PIatoon Scots Guards (Bellshill), and our own Guiding units.

THIS WEEK @ CENTRAL

  • Tuesday Rainbows 6pm
  • Wednesday Music Makers (all morning); Bowls 7pm
  • Thursday Brownies 6pm; Guides 7.45pm
  • Friday Choir 7.15pm and Friday Club 7.30pm
  • Sunday 11.00am Morning service
  • Monday Guild 1.30pm have a Scottish Quiz planned. Get your thinking caps on! Men and women are both equally welcome. 

AS THE CHURCH FOR THE TOWN CENTRE HERE IN BELLSHILL, OUR OUTREACH THIS NOVEMBER INCLUDES OUR COMMUNITY CHRISTINGLE SERVICE. 

The CHRISTINGLE SERVICE takes place on Saturday 30th November at 12noon and is for all ages, particularly families. At the start of Advent we discover the Christingle and its meaning of the light of Christ that we can take with us throughout December towards CHRISTmas day.   Please look at our eventbright link on the website and register your families’ attendance so we have enough oranges, candles etc prepared for to make your Christingle.  THIS IS A FREE COMMUNITY EVENT. 

CHRISTMAS DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • Saturday 30th November 1pm to 3pm Christmas Teas and celebrations.  Including some fun Carol singing and a visit from Santa Claus.  Tickets available soon.
  • Sunday 8th December – Communion Service, with a retiring offering for Stroke Support Group.
  • Sunday 15th December – 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight
  • Sunday 22nd December – 11am Choir Service with Music and Carols
  • Tuesday 24th December – 7pm Christmas Eve Family Service

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. 

Clothes Show on Monday last week was a great success.  Anne Guy thanks all the helpers, and those attending for making it a success.  Cheese & Wine last Saturday was also a great success.  Jane and the team did a fantastic job.  Between these two events around £1,000 was raised for the church. Both were great community and social nights.

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Sunday 17th November 2019 at 11 o’clock

Welcome and Intimations (session clerk)

Choir Introit (Bible is placed in pulpit) Then I saw a new heaven….(MP 669)

Call to worship

Hymn Be Thou my vision (CH4 465)

Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Time with the children  

Hymn Lord the light of your love (CH4 448)

Anthem – Soon and very soon (CH4)

Reading/s Amos 9:11-15 and Revelation 22:1-11

Hymn God is working his purpose out (CH4 235)

Sermon All things work out in the end

Hymn Children of God, reach out to one another (CH4 521)  

Prayers of intercession

Hymn Praise to the Lord the Almighty (CH4 124)

Benediction and three-fold amen (Sung)

Amen we praise…(CH4 824)