PRAYER FOR THE DAY Friday 21st June

Good morning.

This is the longest day – at least in the northern hemisphere. Call it midsummer if you like – or the summer solstice. It’s well known that our ancient forebears observed this cycle of the seasons and constructed temples of stone, carefully aligned to mark the moment. Stonehenge is one such place and as I speak hundreds will be gathered at dawn today to experience the arrival of the sun. We wish you well, and hope the weather is kind.

For Christians, the arrival of light into darkness is a potent theme in both our Scriptures, and our history. Jesus referred to himself as the light of the world – something which his critics would have branded egotistical, but it was said without a trace of hubris. Through the centuries, religious artists perfected the skill of staining glass and building its different colours into magnificent stories in light. From the darkness of a Cathedral’s nave, a carefully crafted window, telling the good news that the light has come, assaults the senses. There is no need of grammar and syntax for this exposition of Scripture to lodge and transform our spirits.

I wonder if for you on this midsummer day, a shaft of light would be welcome? What the mediaeval mystics referred to as “the dark night of the soul” comes in many contemporary forms. The Light of God truly is a remedy, not quick, not simple, not easy, but a remedy nonetheless. Let me pray for you.

Lord, for those who seek the light today, who live in a dark place and find it not congenial or welcoming, we ask for your light to dawn. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Easter Morning Prayer

Lord we lift our hearts to you. As the dawn breaks, may we carry the unity we share into every moment knowing that we are one with the risen Christ.

Lord, we lift our eyes to you. As the sunrises, may this moment stay with us, reminding us to look for the beautiful colours of promise in your word.

Lord, we lift our prayers to you. As the dew air falls, may we breathe this morning in and know that like the earth, you sustain us, keep us and work within us always.

And so, we lift our voices to you. We celebrate the greatest day in history, when Jesus rose from death, defeated darkness and bathed the world in stunning resurrection light. May we ever live to praise you!

Amen.

A Gift From God

This valentines day we remember the gift of love. A gift from God.

© John P. Read

Published: October 2014

Love can’t be described.
It has no shape, it has no form.
Love is not an object.
Love does not conform.

Love enters our lives
The moment we are born.
From the cradle to the grave,
Love’s in everyone.

Love burns like a candle
That sometimes flickers but never dies.
Love may be invisible,
Although it’s right before your eyes,

Love can leave you empty,
Love can make you whole.
Love can make or break you,
Love is in your soul.

Love is in your heart,
Love is in your mind.
Love doesn’t discriminate,
Love is always blind.

Love is universal,
It encompasses the globe.
No matter where you are,
Love has a language all its own.

Love is all around you.
There’s plenty of love to spare.
You cannot see or touch it,
But love is everywhere.

Love’s the greatest power,
And yet it is so small.
Love’s a gift from God
To be shared amongst us all.

Prayer requests

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Our church has provided a Prayer Book which is situated in the main vestibule for anyone to pop in a note of concern or anxiety they would like prayer for – whether for themselves, family, friends, or a particular situation. This may be anonymous if desired.

By the book pens are available, and the book is checked each Sunday morning. Those named are mentioned in prayer during our Act of Worship.

If you want to contact us sooner, please fill in the contact form below, which once submitted will go straight to our Minister, Rev Kevin de Beer, and prayer can begin as soon as possible.

What’s on at Central Church, 13th June 2018?

If you’re looking for a church that is Central to Christ, Central to you and Central to Bellshill – then look no further! Here you will find a church and a people with a real heart and soul for worship, who enjoy fellowship and socialising throughout the week. We’re on a journey together, come and join us.

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The National Weekend of Invitation takes place 15th to 17th June 2018. You are cordially and warmly welcomed to come and experience life at Belshill: Central Parish. This weekend of invitation includes our Friday night club on 15th June which is an all age group, which includes games, sports, crafts etc. Refreshments are provided. Then on Sunday 17th you are encouraged to come to Church for the 11.00am service, full details below, but all of our regular attenders are asked to invite a friend to come along. We have plenty of room so you could invite two people!

kingdom-of-god2Sunday 17th June 2018 – Sunday Service takes place at 11.00am, with Rev’d Kevin de Beer leading worship which includes the Sacrament of Baptism, with something suitable for All-ages. This month of June is where we are refreshed in a basic understanding of the Christian Faith. We turn to a few themes that help us explore the wealth that is our ‘Faith in the modern world’.

This Sunday we focus on ‘THE KINGDOM OF GOD’ with bible readings taken from Isaiah 65:17-25 and Mark 1:9-20. Hymns include ‘Our children Lord in faith and prayer’, ‘Lord you have come to the seashore’ and ‘O Jesus I have promised’. Sunday School/Young Church and Crèche facilities are available each week.

Grateful thanks are extended to our wonderful Fund Raising team who put on a splendid afternoon tea in the hall on 9th June. Central bakers outdone themselves with the vast array of goodies and treats! The final amount raised for Church Funds has still to be finalised, but will be available next week. Likewise, a massive thank you to all who supported our Big Sing in aid of St Andrew’s Hospice, that took place on 10th June. Special thanks to Alan Mathew, organist, Hugh Ainsley, compere, and those who provided refreshments afterwards.

weekly-groups

Groups meeting this week are:
Wednesday 13th – Music Makers and Shakers meets with classes at 10am and 11am.
Friday 15th June – Friday night club at 7.30pm in the Church hall
Saturday 16th – Crazy Toes School of Dance
Sunday 17th – Crèche meets in the hall and Young Church meets in the Church. Sunday service at 11.00 includes the sacrament of baptism.

YOUNG CHURCH CHURCH FAMILY OUTING – Saturday 23rd June 2018.
The Young Church are again organising an outing to Kelburn Park and you are invited to come along! If you would like to be part of the fun and fellowship please let Drew Aitken or any Young Church leader know, and return the tear-off slip asap as spaces will run out quickly! The bus will leave from the Church, and return to the Church around 6pm on the 23rd June.

YOUNG CHURCH PRIZE GIVING SERVICE – Sunday 24th June 2018.
Our Young Church session comes to an end on 24th June with the annual prizegiving service at 11.00am, which is an all age service. The Young Church will take part by reading the bible lessons, participating with the Duty Team and leading us in Prayer. All families are encouraged to come along and support the young folks. The hymns are joyful and energetic, and Kevin’s theme for all ages is “The Cross” – After the service, the traditional church family BBQ takes place in the hall and church garden.

Pcustom-postcards-LMJhRwWAuj63m86AVaOST CARDS TO CHURCH – As we approach the summer holidays send us postcards from your travels or just send us pictures to the facebook page and we’ll share your messages each Sunday morning.

PRAYER & COMMUNITY – Please visit our Prayer page on our website (look for the prayer button at the top) – there is an online prayer request form pwhich will send your prayer direct to our minister, Rev Kevin. Prayer Requests – Our church has provided a Prayer Book which is situated in the main vestibule for anyone to pop in a note of concern or anxiety they would like prayer for. We are a Parish Church and are here for you in times of joy and sadness. Kevin is available to the local community to offer spiritual support or to simply offer prayer. If there is something that you think your local church could be doing to offer services and/or support to our local community please get in touch via the Minister, Session Clerk, Facebook or website – Our church email address is bellshillcentral@gmail.com

Join us for united Summer Worship

ADVANCE NOTICE OF JULY JOINT SUMMER SERVICES
All services start at 11.00am in each church
Sunday 1st July – Bellshill Central Parish Church (joint Summer choir meets at 10am)
Sunday 8th July – St Andrews UF Church
Sunday 15th July – Bellshill West Parish Church
Sunday 22nd July – Bellshill Central Parish Church (joint Summer choir meets at 10am)
Sunday 29th July – St Andrews UF Church (Communion service)

Advance dates
Saturday 23rd June – Young Church outing to Kelburn Park
Sunday 24th June – 11.00am Young Church all age service, with Prizegiving, followed by BBQ

The Rev Kevin de BeerONLINE MINISTRY – Check out Kevin’s very own Youtube Channel where he reaches out to our local community sharing insight, thought and reflection, starting with #FirstSteps, #Wordonwednesday and now with #21words. A link to his channel is available from our website, or simply look up Kevin de Beer. Subscribe and continue to follow his inspirational messages.

COMMUNITY BUILDINGS AVAILABLE FOR USE – Our hall and facilities are available at other times during the week and are available to be hired for one-off occasions or longer term lets. Please get in touch with us if you need a space to hire. We have installed Wi-Fi which means we can offer facilities for online events taking place in the church and halls. Visual display screens are fitted in our sanctuary and are ideal for confernces and presentations. Portable visual equipment can be made available for use in the Halls and Vestry. Please ask.

CHECK OUT OUR ONLINE ACTIVITIES – Should you be unable to attend worship but would like to share in the recorded services, you can do so LIVE each Sunday from 11:00am via the Church’s website http://www.bellshillcentral.wordpress.com – also our Facebook and our YouTube channel are updated regularly. You can find out more information on Sunday Services, Weekly activities and catch up with our services from our uploaded videos. We are LIVE on the Internet most Sunday mornings, and occasionally with other events we hold.

Prayer Requests

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Our church has provided a Prayer Book which is situated in the main vestibule for anyone to pop in a note of concern or anxiety they would like prayer for – whether for themselves, family, friends, or a particular situation. This may be anonymous if desired.

By the book pens are available, and the book is checked each Sunday morning.  Those named are mentioned in prayer during our Act of Worship.

If you want to contact us sooner, please fill in the contact form below, which once submitted will go straight to our Minister, Rev Kevin de Beer, and prayer can begin as soon as possible.

 

 

Prayer Requests

Our church has provided a Prayer Book which is situated in the main vestibule for anyone to pop in a note of concern or anxiety they would like prayer for – whether for themselves, family, friends, or a particular situation. This may be anonymous if desired.

By the book pens are available, and the book is checked each Sunday morning. Those named are mentioned in prayer during our Act of Worship.

Visit our prayer page and submit an online request – follow this link

Prayer is the way in which we communicate with God, and he wants to get to know us better.

 

Prayer Requests

Our church has provided a Prayer Book which is situated in the main vestibule for anyone to pop in a note of concern or anxiety they would like prayer for – whether for themselves, family, friends, or a particular situation. This may be anonymous if desired.

By the book pens are available, and the book is checked each Sunday morning. Those named are mentioned in prayer during our Act of Worship.

Visit our prayer page and submit an online request – follow this link

Prayer is the way in which we communicate with God, and he wants to get to know us better.

 

Day of prayer – services at 11am and 11.30am 

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Saturday 25th November 2017
11am-12noon at Bellshill Central Parish Church

A wonderful reminder – we pray for the church and for the world in all the ways that we can. (Psalm 30 verses 11-12)

Prayer changes people and together we participate in the glorious, life-affirming movement of God’s Spirit

Rev. Kevin de Beer leads two special prayer services (11am and 11.30am) and you are warmly invited to come along.

Special Day of Prayer

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Saturday 25th November 2017
11am-12noon at Bellshill Central Parish Church

A wonderful reminder – we pray for the church and for the world in all the ways that we can. (Psalm 30 verses 11-12)

Prayer changes people and together we participate in the glorious, life-affirming movement of God’s Spirit

Rev. Kevin de Beer leads two special prayer services (11am and 11.30am) and you are warmly invited to come along.