As the Church of Scotland in Bellshill we extend a warm welcome to any of our activities. People have been coming to this building to worship God for over a hundred years. While our town has journeyed through many changes over those years, the constancy of the witness of the “Church at 346 Main Street” has remained uninterrupted. The mission of any Church is to reflect through its presence, its music, its fellowship and its beauty the greatness of God, and we seek to do that here in all that we share.
We hope that everyone who enters these doors will find an encouraging, friendly group of people. While we are far from perfect, we are regularly discovering truths that are changing us individually and enriching our lives as a church community. As we worship together, learn from the Bible, and pray for one another, we are strengthened in our commitment to Jesus Christ as well as to each other. If this is your first time here, we welcome you, and invite you to share the joy that we have found.
Here you find the MAESTRO who has presided over some of the most engaging COVID activities in Scotland. Featured in the Motherwell Times, Life and Work and the Church of Scotland Advent Calendar we are proud and humbled by everyone’s support and participation.
You can donate directly to Bellshill Central Parish Church safely and securely online via this link
Bellshill Central Parish Church at 346 Main Street continues to be physically closed to all in person face to face meetings, including Sunday morning worship
However, we are continuing to be the church locally in the community of Bellshill and Mossend by being active online, with Kevin’s continuing pastoral work and being a family of faith. Our groups and church members are in daily contact with each other.
How are we doing this?
Our website at www.bellshillcentral.church is continually updated and refreshed. Have a look. Services and other outreach online is available here.
WhatsApp groups for our church family and most vulnerable folks. Our church chat of 50+members keep upto date, sharing important news, moments of humour and prayers. There are also separate WhatsApp groups for our choir and guild.
Online worship is our main focus, with sunday worship online at 10.45am and midweek Young church on Wednesday at 12noon. These have growing “viewer” numbers each week reaching out beyond our building in ways we’d never have imagined. www.bellshillcentral.church/watch-live
Organist Entertains provided by our own organist and maestro, Alan Mathew. Now ready for the 44th instalment which is available tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm. The series has featured in Life and Work, the national church Advent Calendar and is viewed around the world. To date we have surpassed 23,000 views! www.bellshillcentral.church/organist-entertains
As a church and community we celebrated Christmas online as normal as possible. Our fab fundraising team prepared an ” At Home” Christmas treat day, supplying cakes and sweet treats, with a Christmas card from the church. We had some fun with lovely raffle prizes and three lucky winners were drawn. Our organist prepared a Carol concert online so we could watch and join in with, with our treats.
Our Christmas eve service didn’t disappoint and our Young Church produced an exceptional nativity in COVID lockdown. The nativity was augmented by our three wise men, with readings and prayers from the Young church leaders and Rev de Beer. We were able to share in a Service of Lessons and Carols where we enjoyed some lovely carols from previous choir Christmas services, and all the readings were provided by the young folks in our church family.
Over Christmas we’ve decorated our church fench with various Christmas decorations. We wanted our church to be bright and joyful looking throughout the festive period. Our church members read a chapter from Luke’s gospel each day in advent.
Looking forward into the New Year, our existing activities will continue online and we hope that you can join us when you can. That’s the wonder of online church, you can worship where and when you are able.
Our choir is having fun with a virtual choir setting. We’ve already produced item #1 which was included in last weeks weeks worship. We are aiming to produce one item per month to see how it progresses. Its not as fun as real choir but its keeping us singing the only waybwe are allowed!
Beginning this week, and each Wednesday for the foreseeable future we are beginning a virtual prayer walk around the town of Bellshill. We will choose three streets and ask you to pray and remember all who live and work there. Look up #bellshillprayerwalk on Facebook and Twitter to follow our journey. The prayer walk will be available on the website also.
Our prayer ribbons are still fluttering in the wind outside the church on the church fence. These are a visible display of our prayers for ourselves, our town and communiy, the world. Please add a ribbon to show us you have prayed.
Bellshill Central Church of Scotland Registered Charity: SC012556 346 Main Street, Bellshill, ML4 1BA
What is a prayer walk and why is it a good thing to do?
‘How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger bringing good news, breaking the news that all’s well, proclaiming good times, announcing salvation, telling Zion, “Your God Reigns!”’(Isaiah 52:7 The Message)
A prayer walk is exactly what it sounds like: a walk filled with prayer. Prayer walking has been woven through the history of the British church for centuries. People would walk from Cathedral city to Cathedral city on pilgrimage, and these pilgrimages were all about prayer. Still today, many churches have a prayer walk around their parish boundaries. This tradition is called ‘beating the bounds’, and is an act of claiming the ground for God in prayer.
Due to COVID19 these Prayer Walks are Virtual Prayer walks
We begin with Main Street Bellshill where our church is located, our doors open out onto and where the heart of our community lies. Pray for the people who live and work here, pray for the Key Workers who are keeping things going, the retail workers, the health care workers and countess others.
A Virtual Prayer walk simply involves thinking of and praying your way around your community (either alone or in a group), praying for the places and people you would see around you. We will choose a street, an area or a grouping of streets for you to focus your prayers on each week.
God told Joshua: ‘I will give you every place where you set your foot’ (Joshua 1:3 NIV), and there is something powerful and significant about making our prayers physical: expressing our longings for places by going and standing there to pray.