Praying at home

Perhaps you find it hard to pray at home? You aren’t alone in this!

Being stuck at home can be boring, frustrating, or lonely, even if there are other people in the house with you! And if you are very unwell, or worried you might become so, it can be frightening, too. God is with us in these situations, whether we are conscious of his presence or not. Remembering this, and relying on him in prayer, can help you to keep going.

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God wants us to turn to him in all our troubles and perplexities, even if we can’t always find the “right words”. And remember – the rest of the church is praying for you!

Our church building is still temporarily closed, for your safety and protection

Under the current guidelines we could now open the building for private prayer but our leaders have decided not to at the moment and here’s why we made this decision….

If you came for private prayer we would have to;

  • Ask you to wash your hands or sanitise them at the door
  • Ask you to wear a mask
  • Ask you if you had COVID 19 symptoms, underlying health problems (and turn you away if the answer to any of these was “Yes”)
  • Encourage you to sit at a particular seat (we know how much Church people love this!)
  • Ask you not to sing
  • Ensure you left by another door
  • Then clean and sanitise every surface people touched ….

Alternatively you could ….

  • Sit and pray in your favourite armchair in your house with a nice mug of tea or coffee ☕️
  • Go for a walk, short drive, cycle, run and pray (Yip praying with your eyes open is allowed)
  • Pop round to a Church friend and have a nice chat and wee prayer together in their garden

Talking to God is a conversation that requires no special place, objects, people or words. He loves you and He is listening when you pray, wherever you pray. So, just go for it 👍 🙏

The Church building is temporarily closed but God’s ears and heart are open wide.

We share prayers and prayer pointers each day via Facebook and Twitter. Join us. Pray long or short. Pray from the heart.

28 June 2020 – Statement regarding COVID 19 Temporary Church closures

In line with all Church of Scotland congregations we reviewed our temporary closure of the buildings, and now would like to update all members, friends and regular worshippers at Bellshill Central Parish Church.

There is a short video presentation below, 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.

A thought on the Church being ALIVE & PRAYING during lockdown

Here’s a wee update re Central Parish Church and the Church building. We could now open the building for private prayer but for the moment we have decided not to and here’s why we made this decision….

If you came for private prayer we would have to;

  • Ask you to wash your hands or sanitise them at the door
  • Ask you to wear a mask
  • Ask you if you had COVID 19 symptoms, underlying health problems (and turn you away if the answer to any of these was “Yes”)
  • Encourage you to sit at a particular seat (we know how much Church people love this!)
  • Ask you not to sing
  • Ensure you left by another door
  • Then clean and sanitise every surface people touched ….

Alternatively you could ….

  • Sit and pray in your favourite armchair in your house with a nice mug of tea or coffee ☕️
  • Go for a walk, short drive, cycle, run and pray (Yip, praying with your eyes open is allowed)
  • Pop round to a Church friend and have a nice chat and wee prayer together in their garden

Talking to God is a conversation that requires no special place, objects, people or words. He loves you and He is listening when you pray, wherever you pray. So, just go for it 👍 🙏

The Church building is temporarily closed but God’s ears and heart are open wide.

We share on our Facebook and twitter channels a prayer or meditative image each morning and night, to help your prayers. We post via this website a Psalm from God’s Word – usually each afternon. These regular updates bring the Church into your Home. The Church has always been it’s people, not merely the buildings. We pray that we will be able to open our doors fully once it is safe to do so, and that we will welcome you in with open arms. Until then the Church is active and present in Bellshill and beyond. We are your Church of Scotland presence in Bellshill please get in touch should you need to. We welcome any contact from the people that we are called to serve.

THE BELLSHILL CENTRAL BAKE OFF

Are you Bellshill’s answer to
Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood?

We are organising the Bellshill Central Bake Off, for our church members and wider community. During these lock down weeks there have been shortages of flour, eggs, sugar, caster sugar, icing sugar and much much more! We can only assume that everyone has been busily practicing their winning recipes and decorating skills for the Great Bellshill Central Bake Off!

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So your instructions are as follows:

  • Your entry must be all your own work! No cheating!
  • We encourage you to dress appropriately – dress up if there’s a theme, or wear your best or most outrageous pinny!
  • We want you to document the entire process (pictures and videos are mandatory)
  • Please show us your planning, research and recipe choosing process
  • What are your ingredients – line them up lets see what you are using
  • What are your utensils and other baking equipment – line them up too, like soldiers getting ready for battle!
  • Show us your baking skills, stirring, whipping, beating etc.
  • Show us the baking process (remember those oven mits and gloves!)
  • Then you can sit back and relax whilst the oven does some work!!!! Will you have a cuppa whilst you wait? Remember a picture.
  • OK – the oven has done its job! It’s time to let your creation rest and cool.
  • Does it need decorating?
  • Get busy! Be creative! — AGAIN PICTURES ARE MANDATORY
  • Once your done, take your final picture.

ENTRY PROCESS

  • ENTRY £5
  • CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS TUESDAY 30TH JUNE – ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5PM
  • Send your pictures and videos to either the church email address bellshillcentral@gmail.com, send as a direct message to our Facebook Page or Twitter Account, or direct message Alan via WhatsApp (don’t use the Church Chat).
  • Please remember to tell us what your entry is, as we are not able to taste your entries in this occasion
  • Entries will be judged on all aspects of the process – preparation, mixing, baking, decorating, finished product

GOOD LUCK!!