As part of our stewardship of time in our congregation we are encouraging people to commit to a time of prayer and Bible reading each day. Not everyone is able to come to a Bible Study in the church because of work or family responsibilities so we are suggesting people might like to follow a hard copy book or kindle edition. There are many different styles and formats. Nowadays we can download these books onto our ipads, phones or computers if that suits our lifestyles and budget. If you want to do that, you might look at Scripture Union which offers Daily Bread or Word live, BRF which has Guidelines or the Upper Room or Lenten Study guides e.g. Maggi Dawn ‘Give it up’ or N.T Wright ‘Lent for everyone Year C’ but there are hundreds to choose from. We are also inviting you, if you wish and have time, starting on Sunday 9th March to come back into the church with your tea and coffee and have a blether about what you have struggled with or found inspiring in the previous week as you have been reading and praying.
Is it wrong – or is it normal and healthy – for a Christian to have doubts? Is there any evidence for a God who loves us? We hear from many witnesses. At the heart of a Christian answer stands Jesus himself. We consider his ‘strange and beautiful story’ and reflect upon his teaching, his death, his resurrection and his continuing significance. We will meet on five consecutive Tuesdays in the church halls starting on Tuesday 11th March at 7.30 with a break for tea and coffee in the middle. You won’t have to talk if you don’t want to. All welcome whether you already have a Christian faith or just want to explore what you believe.
will be on Thursdays 12.15 – 1.15 £3.50 adult £2 child starting on 13th March. Bring your friends and family along or come and meet new people.
Donations of crusty bread, pancakes, scones and tea-bread would be much appreciated. All profits will be shared between the Scottish charity 500miles Registered Charity Number: SC038025
(for more info see http://www.500miles.co.uk) and a local charity.
Here are a few photos to show the fun we had running or walking the miles to Bethlehem, making crafts, playing games, making an alternative crib and enjoying something to eat as well as a short time of worship thinking about the importance of giving at Christmas.
Recently our Starlights and 11.30 Klub have been learning about love and what weddings are about. One Sunday they invited us to be part of their wedding celebrations. Some of our choir and congregation came suitably dressed. One member brought a 75 year old wedding dress. Some couples had recently enjoyed important wedding anniversaries. The groom almost took cold feet. The bride was suitably nervous. The mother of the groom was delighted her ‘son’ had finally found someone to love! They chose ‘Taller than the mountains’ as their wedding hymn. We were all invited to join them for the drinks and cake after the service.
Lots of people in our church have been involved in planning this event. Different groups have been given a part of the church to portray a reflection of what their faith means to them using flowers and their creative gifts and talents. We hope people will come and enjoy the beauty and perhaps also be inspired or challenged to think about their own faith journey.
Thursday 7th June 7-9pm, Friday 8th June 1-3pm and 7-9pm, Saturday 9th 11am-4pm, Sunday 10th service at 11am
Entry costs just £3 and includes a cup of tea, coffee or juice and a cake.
CHILL, CREATE, CELEBRATE, CHOMP – get messy for Easter and enjoy all-age family fun: crafts, songs, stories, hot meal – no charge – all children need to be accompanied by an adult. We’ll finish around 6.30.
The Lenten Lunch Bunch were, as always, delighted to see all those who came along to sup our soup, and should like to thank those who contributed in any way. We raised over £1000 and this will be divided between our own Fabric Fund and the Wellhall Drop-in Centre run by Hamilton Churches. Elizabeth Jack, Wooly-Wonder-Woman herself, had a great stall too – it’s so popular we sometimes lose sight of Elizabeth, but we know she’s in there somewhere!
Lenten lunches start Thursday 1st March 12.15-1.30 £3.50 for adults and £2 for children. Proceeds will be divided between Hamilton Churches Drop-in Centre SC 024242 and our own church SC 013037 to help pay for property repairs. We will be on every Thursday until 29th March.
A chance to have a light lunch, meet people and help others at the same time.