Central Church, weekly news round-up

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 143 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, 17th November, join us at 11.00am (our usual time) at the church at 346 Main Street right at the Centre of our town.  Our minister, Rev’d Kevin leads us in worship.  Our theme is All things work out in the end and readings are Amos 9:11-15 and Revelation 22:1-11, read by a church member.    Songs include the modern version of Be thou my vision, Shine Jesus Shine, and Praise to the Lord the Almighty.  The service will be live streamed via our website and YouTube channel for those wishing to take part live or later on catch up. If you would like a tape, CD or DVD of the service these can be made available by speaking to Drew Aitken. 

On duty this Sunday and looking forward to welcoming you are: C Bryden, C Jarvie, J Hargrave, S Cook, J Cook and J Mackie.

There is the usual barrel in place at the front doors of the Church for the next few weeks for donations towards our Christmas Teas. We’re looking for gifts for the tombola, and boxes of treat items for Santa, such as selection boxes, chocolate boxes, sweets, biscuits etc.  Tickets on sale soon, speak to Jane Aitken in the first instance if you need more information. THANKS IN ADVANCE

WE LIT UP RED FOR OUR PART IN POPPY SCOTLAND’S REMEMBRANCE CAMPAIGN.  FROM FRIDAY 8TH TO MONDAY 11TH NOVEMBER – CHECK OUT THEIR INTERACTIVE MAP TO LOOK FOR US. #LightUpRed 

Yesterday, we were gathered together for Remembrance at the Cenotaph and at the Church. Thanks go to Mr Tom Taylor for organising the Cenotaph service and for handling the arrangements at the church making sure the youth organisations were able to take part with dignity and respect.  He was responsible for the scattering of poppies from the gallery of the church during the 2 minutes silence, making a very moving gesture.  #wewillrememberthem #LightUpRed. Our minister led a very moving service, preaching on the theme Faith without works is dead. We were very pleased to have with us visitors from our local community, along with representatives from 1st Bellshill & Mossend Scouts, the Army Cadets – 4 PIatoon Scots Guards (Bellshill), and our own Guiding units.

THIS WEEK @ CENTRAL

  • Tuesday Rainbows 6pm
  • Wednesday Music Makers (all morning); Bowls 7pm
  • Thursday Brownies 6pm; Guides 7.45pm
  • Friday Choir 7.15pm and Friday Club 7.30pm
  • Sunday 11.00am Morning service
  • Monday Guild 1.30pm have a Scottish Quiz planned. Get your thinking caps on! Men and women are both equally welcome. 

AS THE CHURCH FOR THE TOWN CENTRE HERE IN BELLSHILL, OUR OUTREACH THIS NOVEMBER INCLUDES OUR COMMUNITY CHRISTINGLE SERVICE. 

The CHRISTINGLE SERVICE takes place on Saturday 30th November at 12noon and is for all ages, particularly families. At the start of Advent we discover the Christingle and its meaning of the light of Christ that we can take with us throughout December towards CHRISTmas day.   Please look at our eventbright link on the website and register your families’ attendance so we have enough oranges, candles etc prepared for to make your Christingle.  THIS IS A FREE COMMUNITY EVENT. 

CHRISTMAS DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • Saturday 30th November 1pm to 3pm Christmas Teas and celebrations.  Including some fun Carol singing and a visit from Santa Claus.  Tickets available soon.
  • Sunday 8th December – Communion Service, with a retiring offering for Stroke Support Group.
  • Sunday 15th December – 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight
  • Sunday 22nd December – 11am Choir Service with Music and Carols
  • Tuesday 24th December – 7pm Christmas Eve Family Service

Our church buildings are available to hire for the whole community. Whether you’re after a large hall, a small office or the church itself, we have spaces available to suit. Our Church Hall is equally suited to dance classes, coffee mornings or birthday parties. We have a spacious and functional kitchen with ample room to prepare food etc. We have a fully accessible disabled toilet with baby changing facilities. Our halls and church are fitted with WiFi. The church has large screens and sound system suitable for meetings and presentations. Our hall has portable audio visual equipment available upon request. 

Clothes Show on Monday last week was a great success.  Anne Guy thanks all the helpers, and those attending for making it a success.  Cheese & Wine last Saturday was also a great success.  Jane and the team did a fantastic job.  Between these two events around £1,000 was raised for the church. Both were great community and social nights.

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Sunday 10th November 2019 at 11.30am

Welcome and Intimations (session clerk)
Choir Introit (Bible is placed in pulpit) We shall not forget…(Sheet)
Call to worship
Hymn CH4 161 O God our help in ages past (colours are presented)
Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Time with the children    
Hymn CH4 175 Praise, I will praise you God
Offering 
Anthem – Make me a blessing in every age (Sheet)
Reading/s Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and James 2:8-17
Hymn  CH4 712 What shall we pray?
Sermon Faith without works is dead
Hymn CH4 528 Make me a channel of your peace
Prayers of intercession
Hymn The Church of Christ in every age (screen) (colours returned)

Act of Remembrance
Invitation to remain standing
Last Post – Flags lowered
2 Minutes silence – poppies scattered
Reveille – Flags raised
Laying of the wreaths with They shall grow not old………
CHOIR – final verse of We shall not forget

Benediction and three-fold amen (Sung)
God save the Queen (Flags lowered)

COMING SOON – the BIG Hymn Sing!

The Big Sing (Hymns Old & New) takes place on Sunday 27th October at 6.30pm in the Church with organist Alan Mathew, Presenter Hugh Ainsley and the augmented Bellshill Central Choir.  We are raising funds for Project Gambia: People Feeding People.    We invite everyone to come along and be part of this evening of wonderful singing.   Hymns include: old favourites – I will sing the wondrous story, O for a thousand tongues, And can it be, Who is on the Lord’s side, Guide me o thou great Jehovah and I to the hills will lift mine eyes; and more contemporary songs – Be still, Sing of the Lord’s goodness, See what a morning, The Lord’s my shepherd I’ll not want and In Christ Alone.   

About our Charity – Project Gambia: People Feeding People is a Scottish Charity which functions to support St. John’s School for the Deaf in Serrekunda, in the West African state of The Gambia. They now also support St. Patrick’s Lower Basic School and St. Joseph’s Nursery School in The Gambia. The Gambia is one of Africa’s poorest countries, ranking 173rd out of 188 countries in the U.N. Development Programme’s 2016 Statistics for Human Development.

One of the songs we will sing…. a wonderful new song
Another great Hymn of the Church in the 21st Century. A firm favourite here at Bellshill Central

Young Church starts back….

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We’re all looking forward to Young Church resuming on Sunday 1st September during our morning service.   All are indeed welcome.

Remember ……

GIVE YOUR KIDS A GOOD START! THE CENTRAL WAY IS BEST. 

Sunday worship 31’st March 2019 at 11am

Welcome and Intimations (session clerk)
Bible is placed in pulpit
Congregational introit…Lenten Journey
Call to worship
Hymn Lord whose love in humble service (Sheet)
Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Time with the children
Hymn These are the days of Elijah (MP 1012)
Offering
Musical Reflection
Reading/s Isaiah 61:1-7 and Luke 4:14-301
Hymn On Jordan’s banks the Baptist’s cry (CH4 334)
Sermon Jesus’ Mission Statement
Hymn Christ who called disciples to him (Sheet)
Prayers of intercession
Hymn Let us build a house (CH4 198)
Benediction and three-fold amen (Sung)
(May the God of peace CH4 786)

 

Weekly news and announcements – week commencing 20th February

As the Church of Scotland in Bellshill we extend a warm welcome to any of our activities. People have been coming to this building to worship God for over a hundred years. While our town has journeyed through many changes over those years, the constancy of the witness of the “Church at 346 Main Street” has remained uninterrupted. The mission of any Church is to reflect through its presence, its music, its fellowship and its beauty the greatness of God, and we seek to do that here in all that we share.

We hope that everyone who enters these doors will find an encouraging, friendly group of people. While we are far from perfect, we are regularly discovering truths that are changing us individually and enriching our lives as a church community. As we worship together, learn from the Bible, and pray for one another, we are strengthened in our commitment to Jesus Christ as well as to each other. If this is your first time here, we welcome you, and invite you to share the joy that we have found.

Our Sunday services continue each week at 11am at 346 Main Street, where we encourage you to #comeasyouare to worship and experience the warmth and love of a Christian family on a journey of faith together.

This coming Sunday, 24th February 2019, our minister Kevin de Beer continues his new sermon series based on his book Fifteen Minutes to Read. This week’s theme is “MOSES AND THE TEN COMMANDMENTS”. Kevin conducts an act of Adult Dedication as part of our worship.

The bible readings are Exodus 20 vs 1-7 and Matthew 19 vs 16-30. Our hymns include two biblical hymns Gods law is perfect and gives life & I have brought you out of Egypt. Other hymns are Be stilland know that I am God and I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold. Multimedia duty this week by Hugh Ainsley.

Sunday school children meets each Sunday morning. Children from P1 to S6 are welcome to come along to church, and either gathers in the front pews or in the hall. You’re guaranteed a warm welcome, perhaps some hot chocolate and fun activities.

All welcome. #comeasyouare ** Please do come and take part in our worship our doors are always open and a warm welcome awaits you. The service is live streamed as usual via our YouTube channel just visit our website to take part.

ORGANISATIONS MEET AT THE FOLLOWING TIMES (beginning week commencing Wednesday 20th February)

  • Wednesday at 7.00pm the church bowls club meets. Experienced player or not, you would be welcome to come along.
  • Wednesday mornings the Music Makers and Shakers Classes continue at 10.00am and 11.00am. Please check out their own website for more details. They meet each week in our Church Hall. https://musicmakersandshakers.class4kids.co.uk/info/659
  • Thursdays – the Brownies and Guides meet. The Brownies meet at 6.15pm an the Guides meet at 7.45pm. All existing girls are welcomed back. Any new girls need to register via the website.
  • The Church Choir meets for weekly practise on Friday (22nd) at 7.15pm in the Church. We have Easter and Holy week to prepare for, so are starting early! New members welcome. Love of Music and Singing – we’ll supply the rest! **PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING WEEKS PRACTISE IS ON WEDNESDAY 27Th FEBRUARY. **
  • The Friday night club meets at 7.30pm (22nd February). They meet fortnightly in the church hall, and have activities for ALL AGES and interests. Crafting, table games, table tennis, toys for the youngsters, Wi-Fi enabled hall. Copious amounts of tea/coffee and goodies! A warm welcome to all.
  • Monday afternoon (Monday 25th February) The Church Guild meets — Open to both ladies and gents — at 1.30pm. This week is a speaker from the sailors society, the Rev Becky Haldane ring. Devotions by Helen Clark. Vote of thanks by Peggy Walker.
  • Rainbows continue on Tuesdays at 6.00pm in the church hall. All existing girls are welcomed back. Any new girls need to register via the website.

ADVANCE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • Friday 1st March is World Day of Prayer. Services at 3pm at the Salvation army and 7.30pm in Burnhead Church, Uddingston.
  • Sunday 3rd March – Baptism service and tea after church.
  • Sunday 10th March – at 11.00am is our next Communion service. All who love the Lord are invited to share in this simple meal. Retiring offering for Scottish Autism.
  • Tuesday 12th March at 7.30pm, the Kirk session and Church board meet for their monthly meetings. Remember these meetings are open to all church members.
  • Saturday 30th March – DAFFODIL TEA – more details to follow!
  • Sunday 14th April straight after church, Palm Sunday with Hot Cross Bun Lunch after the Service. No Charge. A special thank you to all our loyal and generous church members
  • Monday 15th April – 7.00pm Special service at Bellshill Central to start Holy Week, with a combined choir presenting portions of STAINER’S CRUCIFIXION with readers telling the Holy week story. ALL WELCOME.
  • Sunday 21st April – Easter Sunday. 9.00am Early Morning Service outdoors in the Church Garden followed by Breakfast in the Church Hall. 11.00am All Age Family Service with Communion.
  • Sunday 12th May at 3pm – Start of Christian Aid week with a BIG SING for all – held at Bellshill Central Parish Church – raising funds for CHRISTIAN AID

CHURCH WEBSITE

Our church website has a new address – http://www.bellshillcentral.church – Please update your bookmarks and browsers – and have a look at all the activities that take place. Please visit the updates which happen regularly, including News Items, details of our worship services, and the Church tour. There are links to our #YouTube channel, #Facebook and #Twitter pages where even more information and insights can be found. Nip online to look at what’s happening.

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 which 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

ONLINE MINISTRY

Check out Kevin’s very own YouTube Channel where he reaches out to our local community sharing insight, thought and reflection, with his current journey called #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. Kevin’s latest video blogs include themes of Now, Nowhere or is it Now Here, Named, and Affirmed. Some videos have had nearly 300 views – help spread the news of Kevin’s online ministry far and wide.

COMMUNITY BUILDINGS AVAILABLE FOR USE

LOOKING TO HIRE A HALL OR ROOM? We have spaces on most Monday & Tuesday evening’s, Friday mornings and afternoons, most Saturday’s all day, and Sunday afternoon and evening. Competitive hourly rates for this central location with parking directly opposite.

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 conferences 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 and 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.

Click here for our Lent reflections

LENT IS COMING!

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Lent is coming.
In just weeks, we enter these Holy 40 Days of prayer, fasting and service.

In the early church, this time was used to prepare new converts for baptism. They would spend extra time studying the scriptures and asking questions and praying, so that they would be ready on Easter to make their confession, and to die and rise in the waters of Baptism.

Some churches still do this. It is a great vision for a church, to be the kind of people who live and teach about Jesus and his grace in such a way that others want to know him, that people who are not baptized want to take the plunge, and be one of his followers.

For others, Lent is an opportunity to grow deeper, to learn to trust God more, to lean on the promises. Some people give up something for Lent, and others take on a new discipline.

There will be a daily prayer uploaded to our Website – look for Lent 2019. We hope that you can take part.

We offer a pray for each of us — a fruitful and a gracious Lent, time for prayer, and a transformed heart.

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.

Celebrate Christmas here at Central Church

There’s so much going on at Central Church this Christmas Season and we’d love for you to join us in our celebrations.   Come along to one or all of our events and you’re assured a warm welcome.

Christmas Services 2017

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.