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
“And, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, til it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.”
You will be aware that the Presbytery of Lanark and Hamilton are working to create a new Presbytery within the context of the overall Presbytery reform process within the Church of Scotland.
The steering group have organised a conference session to hear from two speakers and have a time listening to one another about hopes, fears and possibilities. The one thing that needs stated is that the new Presbytery will not simply be a larger version of what we currently have! This is the opportunity to create something new, exciting, missional and responsive to the needs of our communities.
At the conference we will be hearing from Rev Dr Doug Gay (author of ‘Reforming the Kirk’) and Rev Alec Shuttleworth who is a parish minister and Convener of the new Fife Presbytery Transition Group who have created a brand new structure with the previous presbyteries of Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and St. Andrew’s.
Within the two Presbyteries, we are hoping for wide engagement. It is vital that you book your place via the link so that we might have as many as possible participate in this discussion. The agenda and connection details will be sent out early next week.