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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Messy Church launches

This Sunday, March 25th, at 4.00 pm we are having our first Messy Church.

Messy Church is a church expMessy Church logoerience 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 is our first Messy Church, so we’ve chosen the theme of Beginning, and we’re going to think about the Bible story of how God made the world and what that means for us today.

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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Messy Church begins

Messy Church logo 

We  invite you to                                                                                  Messy Church                                                             Sunday  25th March, 4.00 pm

 Messy Church is a church experience for all ages, with lots of crafts, play, worship and food, and we think about some of the big question of life and how God makes sense of them. This is our very first Messy Church, and we’d love you to join us, whether you go to church regularly or whether you’ve never been before. We start at 4.00 pm and spend time doing crafts and games and then have a short worship time. The whole event will run till about 5.30. This is our first Messy Church, so we’ve chosen the theme of Beginning, and we’re going to think about the Bible story of how God made the world and what that means for us today.

Messy Church is 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 – after a day chilling or a trip out somewhere perhaps, and finishing in time to get all ready for school the next day – and in a form that involves doing things together.

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 more, please contact the minister, David Miller, on 07975531585 or by email at david.millerstonpastor@gmail.com.

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Coffee and Quiet – Towards Easter

Coffee and quiet - candleThis Saturday, March 17th, between 10.30 and 12.00 our church sanctuary will be open for anyone who wants to drop in and spend some time in quiet reflection and prayer. There will be some prayer stations set up to help guide your thoughts towards the Easter Story, so you can use these or simply sit quietly for as long or as short a time as you like. There will also be tea and coffee in the vestibule if you would like. You are welcome to come.

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Communion Sunday

This Sunday, March 11th, we celebrate communion at 11.00 am. We will be thinking about the theme of servanthood and sacrifice in the life of Jesus, and how if we want to be followers of Jesus these should be the characteristics of our lives as well.

We welcome everyone who knows and loves the Lord Jesus, and who wants to know and love Him more, to join us.

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