Coffee and Quiet at Christmas this Saturday

Coffee and quiet - candleIn the middle of all the rush and noise of Christmas, and perhaps before the stress of the final push to Christmas Day takes over, why not take a few minutes to come and sit in the quiet of the church. There will be spaces where you can sit and pray, with some ideas to help guide you if you wish, or you can just sit quietly and pray, meditate or reflect yourself. There will be a chance to listen to some Christmas music, and to reflect on the heart of the Christmas story. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. You are welcome to stay for as short or as long a time as you like.

The church is open this Saturday, the 15th, from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

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Messy Christmas this Sunday

Messy Christmas logoThis Sunday at 4.00 pm we have our Messy Christmas celebration. We’ll think a bit about the Christmas story through crafts, play, songs and a story, and finish with a simple meal together. The whole event will run till about 5.30. It’s a fair bet that this may include mince pies. Everybody is welcome to come.

Messy Church is an event for families and not just for children, so the idea is that children come with parents, grandparents or carers. We realise that lots of people can’t come to church on a Sunday morning, and lots of people find the formal style of church a bit dull or difficult. So Messy Church is at a time which we hope will suit families better and in a form that involves doing fun things together.

If you’d like to know more about it, please contact David by email at david.millerstonpastor@gmail.com or by phone on 07975531585

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Time for the Big Quiz

big-quiz-night-logoThis Saturday is the day of The Big Quiz, organised by Tearfund, the Christian relief and development charity. Several hundred churches across the UK are taking part in what aims to be the country’s biggest multi-venue quiz, and Millerston Church is one of the venues. So, if you enjoy quizzing, you’re very welcome to come along, and join a team, or bring some friends and form a team. With rounds on General Knowledge, Geography, Film and TV,   Sport and Music, and a special video round on Food and Drink presented by TV chef Tom Herbert, there will be questions that people of almost any age can answer. We start at 7.15 with some snacks and then launch the quiz at 7.45. We’re suggesting a donation of £5.00, which will go towards Tearfund’s work among Syrian refugees in Lebanon, though that is a suggestion and not an admission fee – everybody is welcome to come and to make any donation they like.

If you’d like to know more about it, please contact David, the minister, on 07975531585 or by email at david.millerstonpastor@gmail.com

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What’s on in November

This month has got quite a bit of extra activity going on

Messy Church logoFirst up, on Sunday November 4th, we have Messy Church, at 4.00 pm, exploring the theme “Jesus, the Light of the World”. Messy Church is a church activity where families come together to think about some of life’s big questions, and to have fun while we do so. We join in crafts, play, songs and a story, all on the same theme. Finally we have a simple meal together. The whole event will run till about 5.30. Messy Church is  for families and not just for children, so the idea is that children come with parents, grandparents or carers. If you’re able to come, whether you go to church regularly or whether you’ve never been before, you’ll be very welcome.

Then on Saturday November 10th, from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm,  we will be holding our Coffee and craft fayre 2018annual coffee morning and craft fayre, with home baking and a range of crafts for sale – Hogganfield Loch tile coasters, Christmas table decorations, macrame plant hangers, candle holders, cards, home made jam and more. You are welcome to come along and join us for a cup of tea or coffee, to browse our stalls, and to find some unique handmade gifts for Christmas.

Remembrance pictureSunday November 11th is Remembrance Sunday, and this year has a special significance as it is exactly 100 years since the First World War came to an end. Our Remembrance activities will have  special poignancy this year because of this. Our service will begin a little earlier, at 10.50, so that we can observe a 2 minute silence at 11.00. We will focus on the theme “Remembering war, praying for peace.”

Then on the following Saturday, November 17th, we are one of the venues across the country for what is hoped to be the UK’s largest multi-venue quiz. This is organised by the  Christian relief agency Tearfund, in aid of Syrian refugees in camps in neighbourinbig-quiz-night-logog            countries such as Lebanon. With rounds on General Knowledge, Geography, Film and TV,   Sport and Music, and a special video round on Food and Drink presented by TV chef Tom Herbert, there will be questions that people of almost any age can answer. So why not come along and join a team, or even bring a team, and enjoy a night of fun, knowing that at the same time you will be helping to make a difference in the lives of some of the world’s vulnerable people.We suggest a donation of £5 per person, but you are welcome to make any contribution you would like. The quiz starts at 7.45 pm, with refreshments from 7.15 pm. You are welcome simply to turn up on the night, but it will help us with our planning if you let us know if you plan to come along. And for more information about any of these events, please contact David, the minister.

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All things new…

loch - sunshine - croppedClimate change, oceans choking with plastic, cities choking with pollution – the world is clearly not how it’s meant to be.  And so much of this is the fault of humans. Our actions affect the planet, and our fate seems to be linked to the fate of the planet. So, is the situation hopeless? Is there any point even trying to change things?

This Sunday, in our final harvest season service, we are looking at God’s promise to make all things new, to redeem all those who choose to follow Him, and to restore this broken world. It is this hope of a world renewed which should inspire all Christians to care for God’s creation, as we anticipate what he will ultimately do.

                  “For the beauty of the earth: Three sermons for Harvest season                              3 – All things new…”

You are welcome to join us at 11.00 am

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Harvest time…and Messy Church this Sunday

Harvest - croppedEach year at harvest time, when the leaves change colour and farmers begin to gather in their crops, churches across the country take time to give thanks to God. He is the one who has made the world, and who sustains all our lives on this planet, so it’s right that we acknowledge Him. It’s also an opportunity to pay it forward. For the next three Sundays, September 30th, October 7th and October 14th, as an expression of thanks to God, we will be donating money and non-perishable goods (tins, dried foods, etc) to Glasgow City Mission.

For each of these Sundays we’ll also be thinking about how we should live in this world that we have created…and, if we’re honest, that we need to admit that we have messed up. This Sunday, 30th September, we will be thinking about the theme

“In the beginning, God created…”

Messy Church logoThen on Sunday afternoon at 4.00 pm we will have our first Messy Church since the summer, when we will be thinking about Jesus’ saying “I am the vine” and how we need to stay connected to him if we’re going to flourish.

Messy Church is a church activity where families come together to think about some of life’s big questions, and to have fun while we do so. We join in crafts, play, songs and a story, all on the same theme. Finally we have a simple meal together. The whole event will run till about 5.30. Messy Church is  for families and not just for children, so the idea is that children come with parents, grandparents or carers. If you’re able to come, whether you go to church regularly or whether you’ve never been before, you’ll be very welcome

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Messy Church is on again this Sunday

Messy Church logoOnce again, and for the last time before the summer, we will be holding Messy Church, on Sunday June 24th, from 4.00 pm till about 5.30.

At Messy Church families come together to think about some of life’s big questions, and to have fun while we do so. We join in crafts, play, songs and a story, all on the same theme. Finally we have a simple meal together. Our theme for this Sunday is “Jesus the Bread of Life”

This is an event for families and not just for children, so the idea is that children come with parents, grandparents or carers. It’s running at a time which we hope will suit families well – after a day chilling or a trip out somewhere perhaps – and in a form that involves doing things together. And we’ll finish in time to get all ready for nursery or school the next day

Everyone is welcome to come and join us, whether you go to church somewhere or whether you never go at all. If you’d like to know any more details about it, please get in touch, by email at david.millerstonpastor@gmail.com or by phoning 07975531585.

We hope to see you there if you can make it.

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What the disciples did next…

In our Sunday morning services we are looking at what the disciples of Jesus did after his resurrection and his ascension. Luke records this in the book of Acts, tracing the birth of the church from Pentecost and its rapid growth in Jerusalem through events like the first Christian martyr (Stephen) and the conversion of Paul to the church spreading into Europe and as far as Rome itself. But is this just a study of ancient history? Not at all – the story of the church is still going on. It’s a story of people finding forgiveness, new life and new purpose in Jesus. It’s a story of how people followed, and still follow Jesus, even when things get tough. Whether we already follow Jesus or whether we’re interested in finding out why people did and still do become followers, Acts has got a lot to teach us. You’re welcome to join us on Sunday mornings at 11.00 to join in our worship and our discovering.

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Time for Messy Church again

Messy Church logoThis Sunday, May 13th, at 4.00 pm, we have our second Messy Church.

Messy Church is a church experience where families come together to think about some of life’s big questions, and to have fun while we do so. We join in crafts, play, songs and a story, all on the same theme. Finally we have a simple meal together. The whole event will run till about 5.30. This time we’re going to think about the theme “Jesus, the Good Shepherd”

Messy Church is an event for families and not just for children, so the idea is that children come with parents, grandparents or carers. It’s running at a time which we hope will suit families well – after a day chilling or a trip out somewhere perhaps – and in a form that involves doing things together. And we’ll finish in time to get all ready for nursery or school the next day

Everyone is welcome to come and join us, whether you go to church somewhere or whether you never go at all. If you’d like to know any more details about it, please get in touch. My email is david.millerstonpastor@gmail.com and my mobile number is 07975531585.

We hope to see you there if you can make it.

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Celebrate Easter – the day that changes everything

So whatBrian's Easter painting’s Easter all about?

Eggs, bunnies, a good Sunday roast and a spring break? All good things, but what if there’s more? What if the Easter story that the Bible tells, that Jesus was executed on a cross, that he was buried and that he rose again on the third day, what if this story is true? What a difference it makes. It means that death is not the end, that for all who turn to Jesus there is the promise of new and eternal life. It also means that there is forgiveness  for those times when we mess up, when we do something that we know is wrong or that hurts others, and that we wish we could undo. If God can bring Jesus back from the dead, then He can certainly bring new  hope to our situations that seem hopeless. That’s the good     news of Easter, and that’s why we celebrate. If you want to know more, and hear about  the meaning of Jesus’ death and the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, you’re welcome to join us at any of our Easter events.

 Good Friday – March 30th – 7.30 pm                                                                                 A service of readings, prayers and Holy Communion

Easter Sunday morning – April 1st

Lochside service – 9.00 am                                                                                                   An open air service near the carpark at Hogganfield Loch, with other local churches

Easter Sunday celebration –“Easter: Fake news or true?” –11.00 am            Jesus has risen and sin and death are defeated, so we gather to celebrate this amazing truth

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