Summer news (2) from Bellshill Central Parish Church of Scotland

Our summer services with Bellshill Central Parish Church, St Andrews UF Church and The West Church take place during the month of July. All the services start at 11am and are followed by refreshments. The service on Sunday 14 July is at Bellshill Central Parish Church at 346 Main Street, and will be conducted by Revd Kevin de Beer. There is a joint churches choir at Central Parish Church at 10am sharp. Next week we worship together at St Andrew’s Church at he Cross (Sunday 21st July).

During the joint services, please note that Revd de Beer is available for any pastoral needs by contacting the manse on 01698 841176 or emailing kdebeer@churchofscotland.org.uk.

WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM CENTRAL CHURCH?

We are a congregation of folks of all ages. We live our faith by our actions. You’ll see that we are a warm and welcoming church, and you’ll find information about our activities and some of the services we offer via our website. However, as the Church community for Central Bellshill we want to know what do you want from us? What other services or activities can we help host, organise or promote? Do you want more activities during the day, in the evening, or at the weekend? Should it be geared towards young folk, older folk or families? You tell us how we can be Central to YOU!

Our new summer walking group – Heart and Sole walking group – continues each week. We have now met twice and numbers attending are very encouraging. We have an enjoyable jaunt around Bellshill/Mossend and finish with tea and coffee afterwards. We next meet on 16th July at 7.00pm. Remember, wear suitable shoes and clothing – it might rain! Bring a bottle of water, and make sure you’ve brought some contact details (for that just in case moment! )

Our parish prayer system is in full operation during the summer period. Our dedicated prayer page on our church website will gather the information needed for to add someone, or a situation, to our parish prayers. https://bellshillcentral.church/prayer-requests/

Throughout the summer our church and halls are suitable, and available most days, for conferences, meetings, dance classes or parties. The church is equipped with large screens and hall has portable facilities. Check out the church website for some pictures of the facilities. We have competitive hourly rates, which can’t be beaten for a town centre location. Contact us via Facebook, Twitter or email: bellshillcentral@gmail.com

For those that can’t manage along in person to church remember that we have our YouTube channel with recordings of our recent church services. Our joint service on 14th July will, as all of the Bellshill Central services, be live streamed. Just visit our website for the live link.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer break. May God’s Blessings be with you. Normal Sunday services return to the churches in Bellshill on Sunday 4th August. A warm and heartfelt invitation is extended to all to come to Bellshill’s Town Centre FAMILY Church to join us where we can journey together in our relationship with God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

ADVANCE NOTICE:

  • Sunday 4th August – normal services resume at Bellshill Central at 11am. Refreshments served after the church.
  • Sunday 11th August – articles and news items to Lawson Kyle for the September issue of the Church Magazine. Please pass to Lawson or send to the Church email address – bellshillcentral@gmail.com
  • Sunday 18th August – our Annual Sponsored Walk/Run around and through the Parish. Sponsor forms are available from Alan Mathew, or by downloading from the church website http://www.bellshillcentral.church/sponsored-walk

Our online addresses are:

Summer holiday postcards…

During the summer holidays, we invite all our members, friends and Bellshill Community so send us pictures and messages from wherever you travel.

  1. Simply take a photo and make sure you have a sign (a simple piece of A4 paper will do) saying “holiday hello to Bellshill Central” 
  2. Download and print the Jesus drawing and hold in your picture. Click here to download the pdf 
  3. Remember to tell us where you are!


Either send your holiday pictures and messages to our email address bellshillcentral@gmail.com or send via messages to Facebook or Twitter


We look forward to seeing just how far Bellshill Central Parish Church folks travel this summer.

Sunday 19’th May 2019 at 11am

Welcome and Intimations (session clerk)
Choir Introit CH4 426 All heaven declares
(Bible is placed in pulpit)
Call to worship
Hymn Come Holy Spirit Come (CH4 594)
Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Time with the children
Hymn There is a longing in our hearts (CH4 720)
Offering uplifted by duty team
Offering dedicated by minister, then children leave for ‘young church’
Anthem – Cross of Jesus (from Stainer’s Crucifixion)
Reading/s 2 Chronicles 1:7-17 and James 3:13-18
Hymn How happy are all they who hear (CH4 686)
Sermon Solomon asks for wisdom
Hymn Spirit of holiness (MP 611)
Prayers of intercession
Hymn All my hope on God is founded (CH4 192)
Benediction and three-fold amen (Sung) (You shall go out with joy CH4 804)

Funeral Service for Thomas Downie

Please remember in prayer the family and friends of the late Thomas Downie whose funeral service will take place on Wednesday 1st May at 9.30am within Bellshill Central Parish Church of Scotland at 346 Main Street,  Bellshill, ML4 1BA.

God of love and mercy, embrace all those whose hearts today overflow with grief, unanswered questions and such a sense of loss. Grant them space to express their tears. Hold them close through the coming days.


Jesus, You said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” I am mourning; send me Your comfort now. Wrap around Your arms around me and hold me tight. Send angels of mercy to me. Shower Your comfort on me through those around me, and keep far from me those whose words and actions are no comfort.

Watch “Let Us Build A House” on YouTube

All are welcome! Our sending hymn this coming Sunday as we think about Jesus’s mission statement as we continue our Lenten journey

It’s a hymn of welcome with a fun text, sing-songy tune, and quite solid refrain.

The refrain really sticks with you. It’s a simple but strong text matched to a really spiffy tune.

The theological claims of the last verse appeal to many, in that our story is “claimed as words within the Word.” This names our connection to Christ well, and reminds us to fully value human experience.

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.