Weekly news from Central Church

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, 15th December, join us at 11.00am at the church at 346 Main Street right at the Centre of our town.  We light our Third Advent Candle. Our minister, Rev’d Kevin leads us in worship.  Our theme is Getting ready for the impossible. The bible readings are Isaiah 35:1-10 and Matthew 11:2-11, read by a church member.    Songs include Hark the Glad Sound, Christmas is Coming, Shout to the Lord and Tell out my soul.  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.

In the evening we have our Candle Light Carols service at 6.30pm. The church is filled with flickering candles. We sing traditional Christmas Carols interspersed with readings, read by four of our young members – Emily, Michael, Lyle and Amirah. Afterwards you are invited into the Church Hall for Mince Pies and Mulled Wine.  Carols include: In the Bleak mid-winter, Joy to the world, We three kings and O Holy Night.   We have the superb Fiona MacDonald singing for us again.  Please make sure you are there to witness a beautiful and warm service.  

TONIGHT (Wednesday 11th December) AT 7PM in BELLSHILL CENTRAL PARISH CHURCH WE HAVE OUR ANNUAL SING A SONG FOR CHRISTMAS. This is a charity fund raising night for CHRIS’S HOUSE – a worthy local charity.   We look forward to hearing and singing with the kids from Lawmuir and Mossend Primary Schools.   The Church choir will sing some songs from our Christmas Musical.  We urge the whole community to come along on Wednesday night, to really get into that Christmas spirit, enjoy hearing children sing AWAY IN A MANGER, and having fun.    Entry is TOTALLY FREE, but a donation will be taken for CHRIS’S HOUSE if you can contribute.   Refreshements in the hall afterwards. Remember your Christmas Jumpers!

COMMUNITY TIME TO REMEMBER SERVICE is on Wednesday 18th December at 7pm here in Bellshill Central Parish Church. This  is  a  community  event where  you  can  remember  a  loved  one  lost  recently,  or  some  time  ago.  Afterwards you are invited to Foster’s offices (a few doors away) for a tea or coffee.

What’s on this week at Central Church

  • Wednesday (today) – Music Makers (all morning); 7pm Sing a Song for Christmas – Remember your Christmas Jumpers!
  • Thursday – Guides 7.45pm; Choir singing at Highgate Care Home
  • Sunday – Morning Service 11am with Sunday School and Crèche; Candle Light Carols 6.30pm followed by Mince pies and Mulled Wine
  • Monday – Guild at 1.30pm Mince Pies and Carols.
  • Wednesday – Music Makes (all morning); 7pm Memorial Service at the Church (in partnership with Fosters Funeral Directors)

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.

Reflection for Advent Peace 

From light comes life.
Deep in expectant earth, a seed stretches.
Through the fire-start of imagination, an idea takes root.
In a passionate flash, love glows with infant intensity.
Safe in the womb, a child senses its season turning and stirs.
It is Advent, something coming, vulnerable in its unstoppable desire…
God, unquenchable light, may they grow – the seed, the love, the idea, the child.

In the settle and stir of a burnt-orange sunrise, in the lilting laughter around
a table full of friends, in the flash of clarity that turns on the light of
insight and leads us towards wisdom, we find the peace that passes all
understanding.
But there are things we need to understand. Help us hear you in the
stories of those who struggle. Peace is what the prophets foretold.
Peace is what is sacrificed when profit takes precedence.
We light a candle for peace and pray for the courage to stand up for it.

In this second week of Advent, as the waiting and expectation heighten,
deepen our desire for peace. Like the wise called to journey in
those early dawning days, may we seek, strive, search for peace. Like the
prophets old and new, may we cry out for its coming.
We light a candle for peace. May it light the way.