What’s on at Central Church, 28th February 2018

If you’re looking for a church that this Central to Christ, Central to you and Central to Bellshill then look no further! Here you will find a church and a people with a real heart and soul for worship, who enjoy fellowship and socialising throughout the week. We’re on a journey together, come and join us.



This coming Sunday’s service, Sunday 4th March 2018, is at 11.00am when our Minister, Rev’d Kevin de Beer, leads us in morning worship for All Ages.   This is the first Sunday of the Month so we have our regular refreshments after the service in the hall.  Please do stay behind for tea/coffee and biscuits.   The theme for this week is Aggression – and also the 3rd Sunday in Lent

Our hymns this week include Sing for God’s Glory, Give thanks with a Grateful Heart & The Heart of Worship.   Our bible readings are Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19 (Call to worship), 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 & John 2:13-22.  Crèche facilities are available every Sunday for the youngest of Children. We would be delighted to welcome you. Let us build a house where all can dwell – All are welcome in this place!

48DC625C-DB4E-4503-AEDA-996CFF47F08B-COLLAGEA huge thanks to everyone who supported the Lanarkshire Organists/Bellshill Central and Dalziel St Andrew’s songs of praise in Sunday 25th February.  The service was held at Dalziel St Andrew’s Church – and thanks to Rev’s Derek Hughes and Kevin de Beer, and organists Eric Geddes and Alan Mathew.   Over five hundred pounds was raised for St Andrew’s Hospice on the night – well done everyone. 

Saturday 10th March at 2.30pm our Church hosts a concert organised by Lanarkshire Organists.  It is a choral concert with Schola Benedicti.   The choir are really quite accomplished.   They sang in the Vatican last year for His Holiness The Pope.   Tickets are £5, available from the Church, or simply pay at the door.

img_0154Next week we celebrate communion (Sunday 11th March) at 11.00am. All are indeed welcome.    

During this service we will present long service certificates to members of the Kirk Session and Young People’s team.   This is a major occasion for the people who have service this and other churches over the past decades.

Our elders receiving certificates have 260 years service between them!  Young Church leaders have 120 years between them.  That’s 380 years service in one day to celebrate!

Our organisations meet this week on the following days and time – a warm welcome awaits you:

  • Wednesday at 10am Movers and Shakers, 1pm Probus CLub and 7pm Carpet Bowls.
  • Thursday at 6pm the Brownies and 7.45pm the Guides
  • Friday at 7.30pm Church Choir in Church Hall
  • Saturday at 10am Crazy toes dance school
  • Sunday at 11am Young Church and our fabulous Crèche, with Sunday worship for All Ages
  • Monday at 1.30pm the church guild meet and  remember this group is open to both men and women – all welcome.   Peggy Walker will offer our weekly devotions.
  • Tuesday at 6pm Rainbows
  • Other dates are on our Diary Dates page on the website. Please go online to check.

Some advance dates:

  • Tuesday 13th March 7.30pm Board and Session meetings in the Church Hall.
  • Sunday 18th March straight after morning worship – our annual stated meeting.  All members of Bellshill Central are urged to stay behind to hear our annual report and accounts for 2017, to give thanks for our achievements and plans for 2018.
  • Sunday 25th March straight after the morning service – our annual Hot Cross Bun event in the Church halls.  We have the usual selection of Hot Cross Buns, lashings of luscious butter and plenteous supply of tea and coffee.
  • Sunday 1st April – Easter Sunday – check back for more info on Easter Day services and holy week joint worship with all Bellshill Churches being involved.

Please visit our new Prayer page on our website- 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

Our minister, Revd Kevin December Beer, continues in his weekly “Word on Wednesday” via his own YouTube Channel.   These are shared via our Facebook page, but the best way to keep in touch is to subscribe to Kevin’s channel.  These short 5-10 minute videos focus on a  reflection, bible passage and prayer. Kevin launched his “First Steps” book. Please look this up on Amazon, or contact Kevin for a copy as we hope to spread the Gospel message that little bit further in Bellshill and Mossend.

Our hall and facilities are available at other times during the week and are available to be hired for one-off occasions or longer term lets. Please get in touch with us if you need a space to hire. We have now installed Wi-Fi which means we can offer facilities for online events taking place in the church and halls.

Our website, Facebook and our YouTube channel are updated weekly. Links are available on the links section of this site. 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. These are usually streamed via YouTube, and links are available from our Facebook and website

Sunday 18th February 2018 at 11 o’clock

Welcome and Intimations (session clerk)
Choir Introit | Today I awake (CH4)
Call to worship Psalm 25:1-10
Hymn 171 | Give to our God immortal praise (T. Church Triumphant)
Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Time with the children
Hymn 809 | Blessed be the Name of the Lord
Offering and Dedication
Choir Anthem | Lord I want to be a Christian (sheet)
Reading/s | Genesis 9:8-17 and Mark 1:9-15
Hymn 160 | Forty days and Forty nights
Sermon | Wilderness
Hymn 444 | Lord speak to me that I may speak (T. Warrington)
Prayers of intercession
Hymn 200 | Great is Thy faithfulness
Benediction and three-fold amen (Sung)

An interview with Hugh Ainsley

Continuing our effort to introduce the folks of Bellshill Central to the rest of the church family, visitors and the wider community we are interviewing various “well kent faces” from the congregation.  This time we interview our friend Hugh Ainsley, who is also an Elder at Bellshill Central.

12973353_10153597006827613_796509675598373409_oMy first name is actually George. My father was George Henry Ainsley and was always called Harry, so I suspect that is why my parents always used my middle name.

I lived at home with my parents until I was 30 and in 1984 moved out, buying my first home in MacDonald Grove, Bellshill. As a child I had gone with my parents to Flowerhill Church in Airdrie but my mother stopped going to church when I was in my teens, although my father continued to attend. On moving to Bellshill I decided to try out my local church and enjoyed the services at Orbiston with minister Charlie Greig. I continued to attend Orbiston even after I moved to Larkhall and then after working for 8 months in the Middle East when I came back to Orbiston Martin Johnstone was the new minister.

It was Martin who asked me to become an elder, although I pointed out that I wasn’t good at talking to people and wouldn’t be comfortable doing elder visits. Because of this and also since I didn’t live in the parish I was given the postal district to take care of and also took on the role of looking after the church roll. By this time I had moved house again, back to my roots in Airdrie, just a mile from where my parents still lived, but I continue to attend Orbiston. When the churches were due to merge and there was a lot of uncertainty I considered moving to Calderbank church which is near where I stay but I decided to wait and see how the merger would go and made up my mind to decide once a new minister was appointed. As the churches merged I made many new friends from the MacDonald Memorial congregation and like I think all the other members I enjoyed working with our locum Iain and so I had made up my mind to stay unless I really didn’t like the new minister when he/she was appointed. (Kevin, I’m still here!)

My favourite hymn is probably “How Great Thou Art”, although I am also fond of any hymn sung to either Sibelius’s Finlandia or Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. Another reason for my deciding to stay with Bellshill Central was my enjoyment of the organ and I have enjoyed working with Alan for many of our special events.

As you all know my day job is being a maths teacher at Larkhall Academy. For the past three and a half years I have been on phased retirement working only Monday to Wednesday. However I am kept extremely busy with a lot of voluntary work and (including the church board and session) I sit on about 10 different committees and so have meetings to attend most weeks. I am convener for Scottish Schools badminton and Area Organiser for Lanarkshire Schools badminton and also am a member of the Technical Commission for International Schoolsport Federation Badminton, being involved with the running of the World Schools championships every two years. Most recently this has taken me to Bulgaria, Malta and Taipei. If I am not in church on a Sunday I will usually be sitting at a desk with my laptop running a badminton event. I also am a member of Hamilton District Sports Council and I now do a lot of work for the United Kingdom Maths Trust, and have been a coordinator of maths competitions in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Carlisle.

When I am at home I enjoy working in my garden, reading books and listening to music. I enjoy classical music, particularly the works of Tchaikovsky and Wagner. My favourite classical singers are Placido Domingo and Jessye Norman and my favourite non classical artist is the French conductor Franck Pourcel who died in 2000. I am trying to complete my collection of all the tracks he ever recorded and have well over 100 CDs, LPs and tapes of his music. My music collection consists of around 2000 albums and my book collection is also well over 1000 so it is just as well that I am now progressing to having my music and literature on my kindle as I am running out of storage space.

I would like to see people throughout the world working together to avoid conflict. In the badminton world I have seen so many people each trying to do their own thing and not working with others for the better good. In my early years on the ISF technical commission we had difficulty at the meetings because my colleague from France didn’t speak good English and my French wasn’t good enough to follow a discussion in a meeting. I therefore think we need to do more to try to learn foreign languages as I don’t believe we should always expect everyone else to speak our language.

At school the three subjects I didn’t like were P.E., music and art. Strangely enough I then got involved with sport and have enjoyed playing tennis, golf, squash and badminton although the only one I still play is badminton. I also developed a liking for music but have never really got around to appreciating art.

My only relatives are 2 cousins, both of whom are older than me and we only meet 3 or 4 times a year. I find it difficult to make friends and am particularly uncomfortable in crowds unless I have a job to do and so enjoy the companionship of the church here at Bellshill Central.

Sunday 26th February 2017 @ 10.45am

We prepare to Worship God
Entry of choir & minister
Welcome and Intimations (session clerk)
Choir Introit – Light of the world (Here I a to worship)
Call to worship: Php 2:1-4
Hymn 640 The Church’s one foundation
Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism including the Sung Blessing “The Lord Bless you”
Hymn 225 He’s got the whole world in His hands
We listen to God’s word
Anthem – How beautiful upon the mountains
Reading/s 1 Corinthians 12:12-18 and 27-31a and Philippians 4:4-9
Hymn 804 Awake my soul and with the sun (Part One & Doxology)
Sermon – Paul extends the call to community
We respond as Christ’s folk
Hymn 746 What a friend we have in Jesus
Prayer of Intercession
Hymn 224 He who would valiant be
Benediction and three-fold amen (Sung)
We go out to Love and to Serve