This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, the day when the nation pauses to remember those who have fallen in two world wars, and in many smaller conflicts since. In our church service we will also be remembering, and observing two minutes silence at 11.00 am. As well as this act of remembrance we will also spend time praying for peace in a world still torn apart by conflict. Our service begins at 10.50 am, and you are welcome to join us if you want to mark the day.
After a break over the summer, and on a new day, we are delighted to let people know that our playgroup “Little Butterflies” restarts this Thursday. Mums, Dads, grandparents and carers are all welcome to come along to the church with their little ones at 10.00 am for a time for the children to play and for everyone to enjoy a chat over tea and coffee.
For more information please contact Donna Todd who coordinates the group, on 07508723318
The calendar tells us it’s summer, but this is Scotland. So, outside, it’s been raining, and as I write this it’s damp and overcast, and I find myself getting excited about a day that, according to the weather forecast, offers “a mixture of sunshine and showers”. No wonder people who can afford to will head off seeking the sun somewhere else. While you’re in Scotland, acknowledging it’s summer can seem a question of faith.
And speaking of faith…that’s one of the things which Christians do. It’s how the good news of Jesus spreads, as we talk about it with family, friends, neighbours and communities. Over the next few Sundays we’re going to be thinking about why and how we do this, and how we do it well. We’ll be thinking about just what is the good news that we can share, how we can do it, and how we respond to the questions which can make it hard for people to believe. So whether you’re a Christian wanting to know more about this or someone who is wondering about faith in Jesus and wanting to have some of your questions answered, you’re welcome to join us each Sunday at 11.00 am.
And wherever you go during this summer, I hope it’s a good and relaxing one for you.
The Easter celebrations may already seem a long time ago – but for Christians these weeks after Easter are a time to reflect not just on the fact that Jesus died and rose, but on what this all means. For the next few weeks we’ll be looking at some passages in Matthew’s Gospel which help us see some of the different ways in the Easter story matters to us today.
April 23rd – Jesus died and rose for sinners
April 30th – Jesus died and rose for those beyond hope
May 7th – Jesus died and rose to defeat the evil one
May 14th – Jesus died and rose to build the church
May 21st – Jesus died and rose for those who don’t matter
May 28th – Jesus died and rose to free the rich
June 4th – Jesus died and rose for the nations
You are welcome to join us at any of these Sunday morning services.
All around the world this weekend Christians will be celebrating the events of Easter – Jesus death on the cross followed by the wonderful surprise of his resurrection. Through the cross, Jesus takes on himself God’s judgement on sins, and through the resurrection, death is defeated. New life is offered to all who turn to Christ – and all this is worth celebrating. If you want to know more about Easter then you are welcome to join us at any of our services this weekend.
Good Friday – April 14th – 7.30 pm
A service of readings, prayers and Holy Communion
Easter Sunday morning – Lochside service –9.00 am
An open air service near the carpark at Hogganfield Loch, with other local churches
Easter Sunday morning – “Good news” –11.00 am
Jesus has risen and sin and death are defeated, so we gather to celebrate this amazing good news.
Can you imagine a world in which people love their enemies and forgive each other the hurts they cause? A world in which people are not caught up in the frantic hunt for stuff but instead learn a contentment and joy in what they have? A world in which people are not judged and brought down by others? Many people would say that it’s impossible, that folk who imagine such a world are living in dreamland. Well, that’s the vision which Jesus gives his followers in his teaching that Matthew records in his Gospel. Today we call it the Sermon on the Mount. Each Sunday in our morning services for the next few weeks we are looking at this amazing vision. How can it come to be? And that’s the challenge – because if we want it to become a reality, it needs to start with us. It needs to start with us admitting that if we’re going to live like this we need to be changed from the inside out. So, if you’re caught by the vision, or if you want to find out why Christians can seem like we’re living in dreamland, you’ll be very welcome to come along and join us, any Sunday at 11.00 am.
Christmas Eve Watchnight Service
Saturday 24th December at 11.30 pm
Our traditional Watchnight service with carols, Bible readings, and a reflection on the birth of Jesus. It’s a chance to enter Christmas Day with a focus on the Christ child at the heart of Christmas
Christmas Day Celebration
Sunday 25th December at 11.00 am
We gather on Christmas morning for a short, informal celebration of God’s gift to us – with carols and cake!
Bring in the New
Sunday 1st January at 11.00 am
A chance to begin the New Year with God as we gather for a time of looking back and reflecting on the old year, and commit our selves to following Jesus into 2017
We’re delighted to welcome back Alastair McDonald for a Christmas celebration concert in the church on Thursday December 15th. Alastair is a singer, an entertainer and a storyteller, who has appeared in numerous TV programmes, notably co-hosting “Songs of Scotland”. In this concert he will bring us a mixture of folk songs and traditional seasonal material, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. It’s so easy for Christmas to become simply a festival of food and “stuff”, so this concert gives us a chance to spend time to laugh, to sing, and to focus on God’s gift of his son to us.
The concert is on Thursday December 15th, at 7.00 pm. Tickets cost £5.00, with part of the price going towards Glasgow City Mission’s Winter Night Shelter project – read more about that here. You can purchase tickets on the door, or if you wish to reserve them in advance please phone 07975531585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re delighted that our new playgroup, Little Butterflies, has just begun. The first get-together of this group for mums (and Grans or dads or other carers) and their pre-school children was on Wednesday 2nd November, with around a dozen wee ones there. The playgroup meets in Millerston Church Hall each Wednesday from 11.00 to 12.00, and its a chance for the children to play and interact with each other and for their parents or carers to meet up and have a blether at the same time.
The group is coordinated by Donna Todd and Lizzie Stephenson. If you’d like to know more, please contact Donna on 07469235272 or by email at email@example.com .
The Alpha course is a well-known course which introduces people to the basics of Christian faith and life. Over a series of weekly gatherings over a meal and discussion of DVD material, those who come get an understanding of what life is all about and what it means to live life in relationship with Jesus Christ.
What happens on Alpha? We will meet at 6.30 (and it’s okay to come a bit later if you like), we’ll have a meal together and then watch a 30 minute programme which explores an aspect of faith and life. Then we have a chance to talk together and to ask further questions (and any question is okay). You are welcome to come and try it out for an evening and see if this is a course for you. Our theme for this first week is
“Christianity – boring, untrue, irrelevant?”
Who is it for? For anyone, whether you think of yourself as religious or not, who wants a chance to think about the big questions of life and Christian faith. We will be running the course here at Millerston church on Monday evenings through the autumn, beginning on October 3rd. Sadly Bear Grylls will not be appearing in person in Millerston, but he is one of many people who have done the Alpha course and found that their faith came alive through it. You can hear his story here.
If you would like more information, please contact David Miller, the minister, on 077975531585