Weekly News from Central 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 147 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, 1st March, at 11am our minister Rev’d Kevin starts a 5 week series for the season of Lent.  Just come along and join us at 11.00am at the church at 346 Main Street right at the Centre of our town. The readings are Psalm 32 and Matthew 4:1-11. Our hymns include: Praise my soul the King of Heaven, If you believe and I believe, Tree of life and Love will be our Lenten calling.   Our choir lead us in some reflective time, before our bible readings, with a lovely Taize Song with some spoken words from Zandra and Cathie.

Tea and coffee and goodies are served in the hall after the service and we welcome everyone to come through to join us.   This is a great time of fellowship and catch-up.  Much enjoyed by all.

Our Sunday services are live streams via our Church Website and YouTube Channel and are uploaded for viewing later at your leisure. Services are able to be reproduced on Tape, CD and DVD. Portable DVD players are also available. Please just get in touch with Drew Aitken at the Church.

HEART AND SOLE – Our Church Walking Group – next meet on 22nd March after the Church.  Please bring along a sandwich to have (or to share) over a cuppa in the hall.   We will likely walk Strathclyde Park stopping for a cuppa before heading home.  Remember to dress appropriately!

PASTORAL CARE is important in our Church Family.   Please let the minister, session clerk or any office bearer know of anyone who is ill, struggling, or simply just in need of a visit.  We do try and regularly keep in touch with folks, but in times of need we can be there.   Contact details are on our weekly Pews News, but please use the contact option on the website too.

Dates to note:

  • Sunday 8th March – Communion Service with Adult Baptism, at 11am with a retiring offering for the British Heart Foundation
  • Tuesday 10th March at 7.30pm, our board and session meetings
  • Saturday 28th March – Daffodil Tea tickets on sale very soon, also pay at the door
  • Sunday 29th March – Stated Annual Meeting with presentation of accounts.
  • Saturday 4th April – Come and Sing Stainer’s Crucifixion, organised by the Lanarkshire Organists (12pm rehearsal, 4pm performance)
  • Sunday 5th April – Palm Sunday Service, Hot Cross Buns served afterwards.
  • Easter Sunday – 9am Garden Service, 9.30am Breakfast in the Church Hall, 11am All Age Service with informal communion

The Church, Hall and rooms/kitchens are available to hire to the community. They are ideal for group activities, parties, lectures, coffee mornings, meetings etc. The Church has multimedia facilities. The Hall has portable Audio and Visual equipment available. Competitive rates available. Please just get in touch. We are open to the community. 

Other activities/groups taking place this week are:

  • Wednesday – Music Makers and Shakers (all morning); Bowls Club 7pm;
  • Thursday – Brownies 6pm; Guides 7.45pm
  • Friday – 3pm World Day of Prayer Service at St Andrews Church; 7.15pm Church Choir, 7.30pm Friday Night Club
  • Sunday – Morning Service 11am, Young Church and Crèche 11am;
  • Monday – please note no guild on Monday this week.
  • Tuesday – Guild trip to Bearsden New Kilpatrick Guild, bus leaves from outside the church at 1.30pm; Rainbows 6pm

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER service takes place at St Andrew’s Church on Friday 6th March at 3pm.  The theme this year is “Rise, take your mat and walk”

Pancake Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday (known in some countries as Pancake Tuesday) is a day in February or March preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those (including Louisiana) where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of fat eating or gorging before the fasting period of Lent.

This moveable festival is determined by Easter. The expression Shrove Tuesday comes from the word shrive, meaning absolve.

Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans,Methodists and Roman Catholics,who make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.

Being the last day before the penitential season of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations, before commencing the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent. The term Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of theLenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday

An invitation to Church – Sunday 1st March 2020 at 11 o'clock

Welcome and Intimations (session clerk)

Sung Welcome CH4 40:1 (congregational)

(Bible is placed in pulpit)

Call to worship

Hymn Praise my soul the king of heaven (CH4 160)

Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

All Age Time

Hymn If you believe and I believe… (CH4 771)


Anthem – TBC

Reading/s Psalm 32 and Matthew 4:1-11

Hymn Tree of life and awesome mystery (CH4 401)

Sermon Lent as sorting out the voices…

Hymn Our Lord you were sent to a place (Screen)

Prayers of intercession

Hymn Love will be our Lenten calling (Screen)

Benediction and three-fold amen (Sung)

Sung Blessing May God’s Blessing (MP 460)