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.

Word on Wednesday

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The Rev Kevin de Beer

Our minister, Rev Kevin de Beer, has launched his own YouTube channel where his weekly “Word on Wednesday” short reflection videos are posted each Wednesday morning.

~ Exploring the Christian faith – knowing, living and sharing faith ~

Kevin believes that as the social media presence of the church grows it is a good platform to reach out to people. He said: “We are fortunate to have a team that worked hard on our Internet presence and I was asked to post 31 days of prayer last summer which was well received. “The gift of sharing prayers was repeated throughout Lent and this too was well received. “As the Facebook page of Bellshill Central has grown in its reach and influence, we have decided to launch ‘Word on Wednesdays’ – a three-minute biblical reflection, followed by a prayer.”

We have as a church also published ‘First Steps – Journeying in Faith, Hope and Love’ and has 50 copies to give to people in Bellshill who have questions concerning God and the Bible. The Rev de Beer said: “We believe that the church offers a community where people can gather to worship, to ask questions and give loving service.”

Weekly Church News

Here at Bellshill Central, you will find a warm welcome from committed Christian people who are serious about their faith journey but also enjoy having a good time. You will find passionate worship, which seeks to incorporate both the traditional and the new, and preaching that tries hard to make the Scripture message relevant to our daily living. If you want a Church that will honour your journey of faith and challenge you to go deeper into your relationship with Jesus Christ, then this is the place for you, and we are delighted to welcome you. Let no one feel a stranger in this place! 

The next Sunday  service  at Bellshill Central Parish Church is on Sunday 30th July led by Rev de Beer at 11am.  This will be the last of our summer joint services with St Andrew’s and West Churches.   This service also includes the sacrament of Communion, celebrated in an informal style.   The bible readings are taken from Deuteronomy 24:10-22 and Mathew 20: 1-16.   Our hymns include “Christ Triumphant, ever reigning”, “Tell me the stories of Jesus” and “I want to serve the purpose of God in my generation” A joint choir practice will take place at 10am within the Church hall for anyone taking part.   Activities for Children and Young Adults activities will be available during the service.  Tea and coffee are served after the service.   We  would be delighted to welcome you in the LORD’s name. If you are a visitor to our church, do make yourself known to one of the welcome team.  We are a warm and welcoming church at the heart of our town — Central Church is Central to Bellshill, Central to Christ and Central to YOU!
We Live Stream our Sunday Services via our YouTube Channel – please join our online congregation from 11am if you are not able to come to church and worship with us online.

From SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST our MORNING SERVICES WILL START AT 11 O’CLOCK for a trial period up to the end of the year.   Details are also included in our church magazine and on posters outside the church.   Sunday 6th August is also our monthly tea and coffee after worship – a great way to start August don’t you think.  The theme of the minister’s sermon on 6th August is “I feel like I am from another planet” and we explore the readings from Psalm 22:1-11 and 22-28 and Matthew 6:25-34.

We are a Parish Church, and are here for you in times of joy and sadness.  Our minister, Rev Kevin de Beer, is available to the local community to offer spiritual support or to simply offer prayer.  Each week in our Sunday Service we offer prayers for those needing remembered.  If you would like to add names to our prayers, or require the services of your local Parish Church please get in touch – contact details are available on our website and our church notice board.    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

SUMMER FUNDRAISER – Church members are taking part in the £2 summer fund raiser scheme again, making £2 grow for the church.  Look out for various things taking place – such as coffee mornings, car washes, sponsored runs etc.   AS well as being a good source of funds for our ongoing work these ideas always end up being great social and fellowship events to which all are welcome. Again, watch out on facebook, our website and verbal notices on Sunday mornings.

Our weekly organisations are looking forward to resuming the fun, activities and friendship in August and the new sessions.   Please check out our facebook, our website and verbal notices on Sunday mornings for details of any extra activities during the summer.   Church Choir resumes in a few weeks on Friday 18th August at 7.30pm in the Church.

We are pleased to welcome back Music Movers and Shakers to our hall on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm.   Also starting this summer, on Saturday 19th August 10am-1pm, we have the Crazy Toes School of dance using our premises.   Please visit our website (Regular activities page) for details and links.  The groups would welcome your support.

SUMMER CHOIR meets each Sunday morning at 10am in the Church Hall during the rest of July and August for anyone interested in helping lead our praise each Sunday.   Depending on who is there we will look at a quick fun easy piece for use in that Sunday’s service.

ADVANCE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Friday 8th September our Annual Church Quiz takes place under the watchful eye of Quizmaster HUGH AINSLEY.  Tickets are on sale at £5 each.   Players are invited to come along in teams (inventive names are a MUST!).   The usual rounds will take place – Sport, TV, Films, Music and many more!   We invite our Friends from St Andrew’s, West, EU churches and other local churches to come along too.

Sunday 10th September 2017 at 11 o’clock – Holy Communion with a retiring offering for the Moira Anderson Foundation (a National Charity dedicated to supporting those affected by childhood sexual abuse. They support children and adults of both genders in whatever way they can).

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.

CHECK OUT OUR ONLINE ACTIVITIES – our website at www.bellshillcentral.wordpress.comwww.facebook.com/bellshillcentralchurch and our YouTube channel. You can find our more information on Sunday Services, Weekly activities and catch up with our services from our uploaded videos.    We are occasionally LIVE on the internet with events we hold.  These are usually streamed via YouTube, and links are available from our Facebook and Website addresses.