The New Jerusalem window

Bellshill Central Church is fortunate to have many beautiful stained glass windows.

The four corner windows were gifted in memory of the Blackie Family, benefactors of the Church for many years and were dedicated on 14 October 1973. These were designed by the renowned Gordon Webster with the leadwork being undertaken by Neil Hutchison.

The pictures displayed in the windows help you focus on the stories which lie behind and which, in fact, tell the whole story of the Bible. You are welcome to visit the Church, look at the windows and then read in one of the Pew Bibles the whole story depicted in each window.

The New Jerusalem

Fourth window on the east or left side as you enter from the main door

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This window is quite complex and takes its theme from the Book of Revelations (page 313 onward in the New Testament section of the Pew Bible). The themes depicted are repeated in various forms throughout Revelations and it is worth spending some time reading the book for yourself.

The window is split into six panes and here are some suggestions for the verses which relate to each pane:

Top two panes
The new Jerusalem which will come down out of heaven from my God; or I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God – Chapter 3 v 12, Chapter 21 v 1

Right side top and centre
There in heaven was a throne with someone sitting on it.  The Greek letters alpha and omega are represented.  Alpha (Α or α) and omega (Ω or ω) are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, and a title of Christ and God in the Book of Revelation – Chapter 4 v 2

Bottom two panes
All around the throne there was a rainbow – Chapter 4 v 3

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Top right side
He had 7 stars in his right hand – Chapter 1 v 16

Top right side
Don’t be afraid, I am the first and the last. I am the living one! I was dead but now I am alive for ever and ever. Chapter 1 v 17

Two Centre Panes
From the throne came flashes of lightning. In front of the throne seven lighted torches were burning – Chapter 4 v 5

Bottom two panes
Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal Chapter 4 v 6

Bottom right side
Surrounding the throne on each of its sides were four living creatures. The first one looked like a lion – Chapter 4 v 7

Bottom Left side
The second looked like a bull – Chapter 4 v 7

Bottom Left side
The third had a face like a human face – Chapter 4 v 7

Bottom right side
The fourth looked like an eagle in flight – Chapter 4 v 7

Top Left and Centre
I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth – Chapter 7 v 1

What Is New Jerusalem?

The Bible’s answer

“New Jerusalem,” an expression that appears twice in the Bible, is a symbolic city that represents the group of Jesus’ followers who go to heaven to rule with him in God’s Kingdom. (Revelation 3:12; 21:2) The Bible shows that this group can also be called the bride of Christ.

Keys to identifying New Jerusalem

New Jerusalem is in heaven. Each time the Bible mentions New Jerusalem, it is said to come down from heaven, where angels guard the city’s gates. (Revelation 3:12; 21:2, 10, 12) Also, the city’s great size proves that it could not be on earth. It is a cube measuring “12,000 stadia,” or “furlongs,” around. * (Revelation 21:16; King James Version) Its sides would thus be almost 560 kilometres (350 mi) high, extending into space.

New Jerusalem is made up of a group of Jesus’ followers, the bride of Christ. New Jerusalem is called “the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” (Revelation 21:9, 10) In this symbolic description, the Lamb refers to Jesus Christ. (John 1:29; Revelation 5:12) “The Lamb’s wife,” Christ’s bride, represents Christians who will be united with Jesus in heaven. The Bible likens the relationship between Jesus and these Christians to that of a husband and wife. (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-25) In addition, the foundation stones of New Jerusalem are inscribed with “the 12 names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:14) This detail helps to confirm the identity of New Jerusalem, since Christians who are called to life in heaven are “built up on the foundation of the apostles and prophets.”—Ephesians 2:20.

New Jerusalem is part of a government. Ancient Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, the place where King David, his son Solomon, and their descendants ruled “on Jehovah’s throne.” (1 Chronicles 29:23) Jerusalem, called “the holy city,” thus represented God’s rulership in the family line of David. (Nehemiah 11:1) New Jerusalem, also called “the holy city,” is made up of those who join Jesus in heaven “to rule as kings over the earth.”—Revelation 5:9, 10; 21:2.

New Jerusalem brings blessings to people on earth. New Jerusalem is depicted as “coming down out of heaven from God,” showing that God uses it to affect matters outside of heaven. (Revelation 21:2) This expression links New Jerusalem with God’s Kingdom, which God uses to accomplish his will “as in heaven, also on earth.” (Matthew 6:10) God’s purpose for people on earth includes these blessings:

Removal of sin. “A river of water of life” flows from New Jerusalem and supports “trees of life” that are “for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:1, 2) This physical and spiritual healing will remove sin and enable people to gain perfect life, as God originally intended.—Romans 8:21.

Good relations between God and humankind. Sin has alienated humans from God. (Isaiah 59:2) The removal of sin will allow for the complete fulfillment of this prophecy: “The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them.”—Revelation 21:3.

The end of suffering and death. By means of his Kingdom, God “will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.”—Revelation 21:4.

The Christmas Window

Bellshill Central Parish Church is extremely fortunate to have many beautiful stained glass windows.

The four central windows were gifted by Matthew Corbett, in memory of his son Sergeant James Brownlie Corbett of the Royal Air Force, who was shot down and killed over Holland on 26 May 1943. These windows were designed and fitted by the Abbey Studio under the direction of Frank Ryan. They were dedicated on 7 October 1962.


The Christmas Window.

second window on east or left side as you enter from the main door

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The whole Christmas Story is told in this window.  At the top left hand side, the Angel Gabriel can be seen speaking to Mary: (See Luke Chapter 1, verse 26; starting on Page 73 in the Pew Bible)

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“The angel came to her and said, ‘Peace be with you!  The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!’  The angel said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you.  You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and you will name him Jesus.”

The window pane below that moves on to Luke Chapter 2, beginning at Verse 8.  This is a section of the Christmas story which many ‘older people’ can recite by heart using the King James Translation:

 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.   And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.   For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.   And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.   And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.

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At the top right hand side of the window, we see Mary and baby Jesus as the shepherds would have found them (verse 16).

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Below that, the story moves to Matthew Chapter 2, verse 10 (page 4 in the Pew Bible) where we read about the wise men (or kings) following the star until they found Jesus.

“When they saw it (the star) how happy they were; what joy was theirs!  It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  They went into the house and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshipped him.  They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”

The bottom pane of the window shows the escape into Egypt.  We remember how Joseph was warned in a dream that Herod planned to kill Jesus.  Matthew 2, verse 14:

“Joseph got up, took the child and his mother and left during the night for Egypt where he stayed until Herod died.”

 

The Last Supper

This weekend, Sunday 9th December, we celebrate communion as part of our morning service. We celebrate Communion quarterly at present, in March, June, September and December – on the second Sundays at 11 o’clock.

There’s many different reasons as to why many Reformed Presbyterian churches observe a pattern similar to Bellshill Central Parish Church of Scotland as to the frequency of these services

  1. Presbyterian tradition choose to have communion only quarterly or monthly is they fear the sacrament will lose its special quality.
  2. In centuries past, people could partake of the Lord’s Supper only if they had a communion token or communion card. They earned these by attending preparatory classes (before each communion observance) or passing catechism tests and having elders approve their conduct and beliefs. For Christians from this background, having communion every week can seem to require an impossible standard of preparation.
  3. The Disruption of 1843 caused a great division with the church in Scotland. As a result some 400 (plus) ministers of the church of Scotland joined the Free Church. This resulted in a shortage of “ordained” ministers in both the Established and Free Church congregations. One affect of this was that communion was celebrated less often as ministers had to visit congregations in a rotational basis for a time. In many congregations this in effect meant celebration of communion 3-4 times per year. However, congregations nowadays celebrate communion with much great frequency, some weekly, some monthly, some quarterly, and some on special days in the Christian year such as Easter, Pentecost, Christmas etc. In addition to our four quarterly services, we also have communion on Easter Sunday, Pentecost and Maunday Thursday of Holy Week.

There are four permanent items on display in our church that remind us of communion.

The first is a depiction of the Last Supper in a lovely tapestry which is found in the West corner of the church. It was gifted in memory of David and Mary Inglis.

Underneath this tapestry is a glass display cabinet. Within it are two communion flagons from 1891. The term ‘flagon’ dates from the 17th century and was used to describe any vessel for serving wine. In church, the flagon replenished the communion cups.

In the main window behind the organ pipes – The MacDonald memorial window – the left panel commemorates an early communion service at the very start of the congregation in 1873. A gold communion cup is shown.

Finally, located centrally within the choir box is the communion table. Inscribed upon it is the “This do this in remembrance of me” found at Luke 22:19. These words were spoken by Jesus himself at the last supper.

Right before Jesus’ death, he instituted a special meal for his church to observe. Historically, this meal was called the Eucharist, which means “thanksgiving.” Often today we call it communion or the Lord’s Supper. Although churches differ on how frequently we should take communion, the universal consensus among Christians is that this meal is an important part of our faith.

When Jesus was reclining with his disciples, after breaking some bread and distributing it to them he said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Lk. 22:19) Many Christians have taken this to mean that during communion, we are to do our best to recollect the story of Christ’s death. We remember the gospel, and as we’re reminded, the gospel stirs our hearts in worship.

When we celebrate communion we replace the blue table cloth, pulpit fall and lectern falls with white cloth/falls. Until only a few years ago, we also dressed the church for communion. This was by having white pew cloths on the hymn boards of each pew, in effect creating a table for everyone.

The tradition of communion linens began in the early centuries of Christianity. They are representative of the devotion and purity of God’s Faithful, as well as the linens in which the body of Christ was wrapped when He was laid in the tomb.

Easter Sunday window

Bellshill Central Church is fortunate to have many beautiful stained glass windows.
The four central windows were gifted by Matthew Corbett, in memory of his son Sergeant James Brownlie Corbett of the Royal Air Force, who was shot down and killed over Holland on 26 May 1943. These windows were designed by the Abbey Studio and dedicated on 7 October 1962.

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The pictures displayed in the windows help you focus on the stories which lie behind and which, in fact, tell the whole story of the Bible. You are welcome to visit the Church, look at the windows and then read in one of the Pew Bibles the whole story depicted in each window.


Easter Sunday

(second window on the west or right side of the Church as you enter from the main door)

Like all the central windows, this window was dedicated in memory of James Brownlie Corbett, a young man who was killed during the Second World War.

At the bottom of the left hand pane of the window the Boys Brigade logo can be seen. It seems likely, therefore, that James was an active member of the BB before his untimely death.  The BB Company of the former Macdonald Memorial Church was the 2nd Bellshill Company. Above that, a peacock can be seen with its resplendent plumage.

Apparently, ancient Greeks believed that the flesh of the peafowl did not decay after death and so it became a symbol of immortality. This symbolism was adopted by early Christianity and thus many early Christian paintings and mosaics show the peacock, particularly those relating to Easter.

 

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At the top of the right hand side of the window, there is a picture of a lamb, often used as a symbol of Christ.Below that the Church of Scotland logo of the Burning Bush and the words can be clearly seen Nec tamen consumebatur, translated as: ͚But it was not consumed. (Exodus 3; 2 – Pew Bible page 58)

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After the despair of Good Friday, this window shows the joy of Easter Sunday. Read about it in Matthew 28 (page 44 of the Pew Bible)
On the left side the soldiers can be seen lying on the ground beside the stone which had been at the mouth of the tomb. Above them Christ has arisen and can be seen with two angels at His side. ͚The guards were so afraid that they became like dead men.͛
On the right side, Mary Magdalene and ͚the other Mary͛ can be seen carrying spices to the tomb, being met by an angel. ͚The angel spoke to the women. ͞You must not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has been raised just as He said.͟ The women left the tomb filled with joy and ran to tell his disciples.͛

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The Law and Temple Window

Bellshill Central Parish Church is extremely fortunate to have many beautiful stained glass windows.

The corner windows were gifted in memory of the Blackie Family, benefactors of the Church for many years and were dedicated on 14 October 1973. These were designed by the renowned Gordon Webster with the leadwork being undertaken by Neil Hutchison.

The pictures displayed in the windows help you focus on the stories which lie behind and which, in fact, tell the whole story of the Bible. You are welcome to visit the Church, look at the windows and then read in one of the Pew Bibles the whole story depicted in each window.


The Giving of the Law/The Building of the Temple

This window is the first window on the West Side of the Church as you enter from the Main Vestibule.

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This window is split vertically into two separate storiesOn the left, Moses can be seen carrying The Ten Commandments with, perhaps, Aaron and Joshua beside him.  In the background, Mount Sinai is dazzling with the Lord’s presence.  According to a section at the back of the Pew Bible, this happened between 1700 BC and 1250 BC.  Moses had led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and, at Mount Sinai; God gave Moses the Law and made a covenant with the people – an agreement of special relationship between the Israelites and God.

  1. Worship no god but me.
  2. Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth.
  3. Do not use my name for evil purposes
  4. Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy.
  5. Respect your father and your mother
  6. Do not commit murder.
  7. Do not commit adultery.
  8. Do not steal.
  9. Do not accuse anyone falsely.
  10. Do not desire another man’s house; do not desire his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns.

The whole story can be read in the Book of Exodus, starting at page 56 of the Pew Bible.

img_20181118_23033568808158643922605.jpgThe right hand side of the window tells about ‘The Building of the Temple’ and King Solomon can be seen with the plans in his hand and one of the workers with a piece of wood in his hand.  To put a date on this event; Solomon ruled between 970 BC and 931 BC and in 1 Kings 6 (page 336 of the Pew Bible), it states that Solomon began building the Temple 480 years after the people of Israel left Egypt and it took 7 years to build.

The story can be found in The First Book of Kings and the First and Second Books of Chronicles, starting at page 329 of the Pew Bible.  King David had wanted to build a temple as a permanent home for the Covenant Box which held the Ten Commandments but God would not allow it because David had spilled too much blood as a soldier.  However, David had drawn up the plans for the whole building, down to the last detail, all as instructed by God and he passed all this on to his son Solomon.  David had also bought the land and organised a lot of the materials.

It can be can read that David gave 100 tonnes of gold and 240 tonnes of silver for decorating the walls.  Other leaders and officials gave 170 tonnes of gold, 340 tonnes of silver, 620 tonnes of bronze, 3400 tonnes of iron.  There were also precious stones donated.  When Solomon started the building, he had 70,000 men transporting materials and 80,000 quarrying stone with 3,600 acting as supervisors.  The wood came from Lebanon; cedar, cypress and juniper.  It was tied into rafts and floated by sea to Joppa and then taken to Jerusalem and Mount Moriah.  There is also a lot of description of the inside of the building.  With all the gold and silver, it must have been really grand but, in 2 Chronicles 2, Solomon says:

‘I intend to build a great temple, because our God is greater than any other god.  Yet no one can really build a temple for God, because even all the vastness of heaven cannot contain him.  How then can I build a temple that would be anything more than a place to burn incense to God?’

When all the work was done, Solomon arranged for the Covenant Box, containing the tablets that Moses had received from God on Mount Sinai, to be brought to the Temple.

 

The Creation Window

Bellshill Central Parish Church is extremely fortunate to have many beautiful stained glass windows.

The four corner windows were gifted in memory of the Blackie Family, benefactors of the Church for many years and were dedicated on 14 October 1973. These were designed by the renowned Gordon Webster with the leadwork being undertaken by Neil Hutchison.

(first window on the east or left as you enter from the main door)

This window is split into six panes and tells about the Creation as described in Genesis (pages 3 and 4 of the Pew Bible):

 

Then God commanded, “Let there be Light.” And he named the light ‘Day’ and the darkness ‘Night.’ That was the first day.
Then God commanded, “Let there be a dome to divide the water.” He named the dome ‘Sky.’ That was the second day.

 

Then God commanded, “Let the water below the sky come together in one place so that the land will appear.” He named the land ‘Earth’ and the water ‘Sea.’ Then he commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of plants.” That was the third day.
Then God commanded, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate day from night.” So God made the sun and the moon and the stars. That was the fourth day.

 

Then God commanded, “Let the water be filled with many kinds of living beings and the air be filled with birds.” That was the fifth day.
Then God commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of animal life.” Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us.” God looked at everything he had made and he was very pleased. That was the sixth day.

 

Second World War Memorial

Located in the Church Vestibule are three plaques – two commemorating the Great War (WW1) 1914-1919 and one commemorating the Second World War (WW2) 1939-1945.

Dedicated to the Glory of God and in loving memory of this from this church who gave their lives in the Second World War.

It contains the names of seven men who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving for their King and country during 1939-1945

The inscription bears the phrase Greater love Hath no man. From John 15:13

Thomas Watson, 483 Squadron RAAF, is the last name of the memorial.

Details about Thomas are also found on the war memorial Scotland website here

Here are three pictures of Thomas, his log book, and the plane he flew in.

Great War Memorials

Located in the Church Vestibule are three plaques – two commemorating the Great War (WW1) 1914-1919 and one commemorating the Second World War (WW2) 1939-1945.

The first plaque lists the names of those who died during the Great War, with the inscription THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.

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The second plaque lists the names of the men from the congregation who served in the various armed forces during the Great War.

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Download a PDF version of the plaques – here. Where you can see in greater detail all of the names included.


FROM “ANNALS OF THE MACDONALD MEMORIAL U F CHURCH” (1924)

The Great War

While yet the year 1914 was no more than two-thirds gone, the sounds of a great conflict were rumbling through the air. By the first week of August, our own country was involved and everyone knows what that meant for men and women and little children. To thousands, the word Sacrifice took on a more sinister and intense meaning than had been known before. Through the length and breadth of the land, the call was for Service. Men wanted! And the response was magnificent. True, in ignorance they went; ignorant of almost all the horrors of up to date warfare. But they went! And all of our churches over the whole country bear proud, if sad testimony to the fact.

The first intimation of the immense struggle and its far flung disturbances is found in the September records of the Macdonald Memorial Church when, with one voice, the use of the hall was granted in advance, if the need should arise, for quartering soldiers. Four weeks and the halls of the country required for the needs of war! Was there anything during these days that engaged the attention of the people but that gigantic struggle on sea, land and in the air? The call for men was not long abroad when the young men of the congregation were beginning to respond. In all, of those who joined the Colours and served in the Great War, no less than 109 went from the congregation. It would have been a happy experience if we could have recorded that all these men returned but it was not to be. The homes of the congregation have had to bear heavily, if silent, the price of gallantry and service. What it has meant to them only the inmates fully understand. The home, like the heart, knoweth its own bitterness. There is in the vestibule of the church a tablet commemorating the service of all those who went and another commemorating those who made the supreme sacrifice.

It was, of course, not till the completion of the war that the setting up the Memorial Tablets was taken in hand. Those who undertook the scheme were Messrs Blackie, Doncaster, Lyle and Neill. They secured plans and estimates from several firms and finally the office bearers decided to give the work to Archibald Hamilton of Glasgow, for an estimate of something like £72. As may be seen, the tablets were done in brass mounted upon mahogany – a simple yet handsome design eminently suitable for the purpose, where the names need no embellishing but are glorious in themselves. An appeal was made to the congregation for a liberal collection by envelope and the response was the handsome sum of £64 2s 6d. For those who have survived the great struggle, perhaps even greater than this handsome testimony, will be to realise those ideals in peace set forth in the red flame of war.

Ours the years’ memorial store
Hero days and names we reckon
Days of brethren gone before
Lives that speak and deeds that beckon

One in name, in honour one
Guard we well the crown they won
What they dreamed be ours to do
Hope their hopes and seal them true

This war was noted for its wonderful “advance” in aerial warfare and these activities and engagements were not confined to the customary Front but extended anywhere and everywhere that the combatants chose to go. Night raids for destructive purposes were soon a common occurrence. Zeppelins and aeroplanes were heard in the dead of night. To impede their movements and direction the lighting restrictions were introduced with the result that the church was no longer a possible place for evening worship and the congregation retired to the hall. In this way, the second service was conducted week by week for some time.

In September of 1916, Mr Steele (Minister of Macdonald Memorial) was approached to go and work with the Troops in France in the service of the YMCA. He brought the matter before the Session and they unanimously acquiesced in his decision to go. The period was for three months. The Rev W R Thomson of the West U F Church (the present Bellshill St Andrew’s) kindly consented to act as Moderator during the minister’s absence. Just before Mr Steele left for France, he issued a pastoral letter to the congregation which was accompanied by a list of preachers during his absence. This thoughtful and friendly act on the part of the minister was very much appreciated by the congregation. Mr Steele was away during the first three months of 1917 and, during his absence, the office bearers gallantly kept the flag flying at home. This, of course, with the assistance of the ladies of the congregation, who diligently had their hands busy providing comforts for the soldiers and sailors. The Ladies’ Work Party has played an important part in the life of Macdonald Memorial U F Church, sometimes inconspicuously plying the busy needle and sometimes in the grand style as subsequent events will show. They arranged to send comforts to the soldiers and Mr Steele, therefore, was very grateful to receive from their hands some portion of these gifts that he might distribute them in the area where he was engaged. Moreover, a patriotic concert was arranged and similarly Mr Rusk gave a lantern lecture on the War, both of which efforts were to provide funds for these laudable schemes of the ladies. In the month of March an urgent letter came from the YMCA telling of the splendid work of the minister with the Troops and soliciting an extension of service for him. The Session felt they must needs listen to such an appeal and with the unanimous assent of the congregation, expressed their willingness to “carry on” for another month. So after a very successful, if arduous, four months, Mr Steele returned to the Home Front at the end of April.

Communion Table and Lecterns

We look first at the Communion Table. It is placed centrally within the choir box. Our communion table is made of wood and was gifted to the Macdonald Memorial congregation in 1930 by Gavin Blackie JP.

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The use of a simple table, generally built of wood, instead of an altar made of stone reflects the Reformed churches’ rejection of the suggestion of sacrifice in the rite: they believe that the Passion of Jesus Christ was a perfect sacrifice for sins made once for all (Hebrews 9:25-10:4).

Having or not having a Communion table was a subject of dispute within Scottish Presbyterianism in the 17th century, with the Independents opposing its use.

There is an inscription of This do in remembrance of Me carved along the top above three carved gothic arches. The inscription is taken from the Last Supper (Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24), indicating the belief in Holy Communion being a memorial rather than a sacrifice.

There are “motifs” carved into the detail of the table including the Cross, Trefoil and Quatrefoil. The Cross is significant as it is depicted as empty, and reminds us of Christ Risen from the Dead. The Trefoil signifies the Holy Trinity, The Quatrefoil leaves represent the four evangelists of the Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Now we look at the two lecterns, also found in the Choir Box.

A lectern (from the Latin lectus, past participle of legere, “to read”) is a reading desk, with a slanted top, usually placed on a stand or affixed to some other form of support, on which documents or books are placed as support for reading aloud, as in a scripture reading, lecture, or sermon.

The free standing lectern is where the Bible Readings are read from each week during Sunday Worship, placed on it is the Good News Translation of the Bible. It was gifted by the family of William and Margaret Ferguson to The Macdonald Memorial Church in September 1972.

The brass table lectern is found on the Communion Table. The open bible placed on it shows significance of the Word as central to our Reformed Presbyterian worship. There are again symbols on this lectern. At each corner is found a quadruple pattern signifying the four evangelists. Hidden from view, underneath the Bible, is found a glorious engraving of the IHS symbol – a Christogram – a combination of letters that represent the holy name “Jesus.”

Escape into Egypt window

The Church is very fortunate to have this window and it is unique in that it was designed and made by one of the Church Members.

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It is found in the east (or left) stair in the vestibule as you enter the Church, and is one of three lancet windows in the east stairwell. A lancet window is described as a slender pointed arched window. Read more here

 

 

The window shows part of the Christmas Story in that we see Joseph with Mary carrying Jesus as they escape to Egypt. See Matthew 2; 13 (Page 5 of Pew Bible):

The Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph and said, “Herod will be looking for the child in order to kill him. So get up, take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt and stay there until I tell you to leave.”

Lesley Jackson was a 5th year pupil at Bellshill Academy when she began this remarkable project and it took her two years to complete. The window was installed in the Church around 1991 in memory of her grandfather, Tom Downs, who was a former elder and Session Clerk of the congregation.

Lesley, now Mrs Marshall and a Church Elder, continues to be an active and committed member of Bellshill Central Church.