Messy Church is back

This Sunday, October 6th, Messy Church restarts, at 4.00 pm.

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 “Harvest” and we’ll be thinking about Jesus feeding 5000 people…with five loaves and two fish

Messy Church craft table - cropped

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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Time for Messy Church again

Messy Church logoThis Sunday, June 23rd, we have our final Messy Church before the summer, at 4.00 pm.

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 “The good Samaritan”

This is an event for families and not just for children, so the idea is that children come withMessy Church craft table - cropped 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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I believe in the church – but what does that mean?

Church - showroomChurches are everywhere, so of course we believe in them – how could you not? So what do we mean when we use the words of the Apostles’ Creed to declare our faith and we say “I believe in the church”? Are we just saying we believe in the fact of buildings or institutions (and so many of them)? Or do we mean something more, and if so, what? What is the church anyway? That’s what we’re going to be thinking about this coming Sunday. And (spoiler alert) we’re going to see that somewhere in the midst of all these different denominations and organisations, there is God’s church – the people He has brought into being through the work of Jesus and the gift of His Holy Spirit. The church is God’s family, a group of very imperfect people, who recognise our need of Jesus and His power to forgive us and to change us, so that we can love and serve God, and so that we can be a channel His love for the world. if you look at the picture, which is a photo of one of the newer churches in Glasgow, you see that they’re using a building which used to be a tile showroom. The sign is still there. And that’s what the church – God’s showroom, where his love and transforming power is seen. Amazingly, the church is God’s “show and tell”. Now, that’s something worth believing in.

If you want to know a bit more, and see how you can find your home in God’s family, you’re welcome to join us this Sunday or any Sunday at 11.00 am for our morning worship time…or if you want to talk a bit more with David, the minister, you can phone him on 07975531585 or email him at david.millerstonpastor@gmail.com.

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This Thursday, May 16th, at 7.30 pm…

Out of the darkness - bluer

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Messy Church is back

After a wee break, Messy Church is back this coming Sunday, May 12th, at 4.00 pm.

AMessy Church logot 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 “The lost son”

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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Creed – The series continues

CREED - spring series - croppedThis Sunday, the 5th, we will be thinking about God as the creator of heaven and earth. Why do people sometimes argue that science has disproved the idea of God as a creator? Is belief in God rational today? Well, Christians say that belief in a creator God is perfectly rational, and that this belief gives life sense and meaning. It also gives us a special responsibility to care for God’s creation. Being green should not be something just for school strikers and Extinction Rebellion. Being green ought to be a natural part of Christian life.

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I Believe…but believe what, and why?

CREED - spring series - cropped“I believe in God…” That’s a bold statement in these secularising days. It’s the opening line of a Christian declaration of faith known as the Apostles Creed. But just what is a creed, and why is the Apostles Creed important for us today?

We’ve just celebrated the triumph of Easter, as through his death and resurrection Jesus defeats death and breaks the power of sin. His followers were delighted and surprised in equal measure. In the weeks, months and years following his resurrection and his return to his Father, Jesus’ followers proclaimed this good news, and the church grew and spread across the world. Along with this, they also thought more deeply about who Jesus is, about his relationship with God, about the experience of the Holy Spirit, and about the church. Gradually the church began to summarise its core beliefs in documents that became known as creeds. One of the best known of these is called the Apostle Creed, and over the next few Sundays in our morning worship we’re going to have a look at it. For those who are already followers of Jesus it will be a helpful way of strengthening and deepening our faith. For those who are not yet sure of their faith or who simply want to find out a bit more about what Christians believe, we hope this will be a help to you as well. Everybody is welcome to join us on Sunday mornings at 11.00 am.

Here’s the full text of the Apostles Creed –                                                                                         I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

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Easter approaches

Brian's Easter paintingEaster is approaching – that’s a given, and there are just over three weeks to go. But how do we approach Easter? Is it just an extra holiday weekend, soon after the spring holidays at the start of April? Or an excuse for a chocfest, with a special meal on Easter Sunday, followed by a walk and an egg hunt on Monday?

For Christians, Easter is more than that. In fact, what we celebrate at Easter is right at the heart of what Christians believe. It starts with the death of Jesus on the cross, and we shouldn’t downplay the horror of that, both the physical pain Jesus suffered and also the sense of desolation as he felt that God, his Father, had abandoned him. And sometimes in our own experience we can feel that same sense of desolation, and we ask ourselves, “Where is God?”. However, the death of Jesus is not the end of the Easter story. Instead, Jesus rises from death, breaking its power and entering into new life. And the great news is that this is not just an event from the distant past which has nothing to do with us today. Instead, his death is how God deals with all the mess and sin and evil in this world, including the mess and sin in our own lives. And the new, everlasting life he enters into when he rises from the dead is life which he offers to us, so that we too can be free from the fear of death. Not only that, but it makes it possible for us to know God ourselves, in daily life now.

This is worth celebrating, and worth considering if you’ve never thought about it before. So, if you would like to join us at any of our Easter activities then you’ll be very welcome.

On Saturday 6th April between 10.00 and 11.00 am, we’ll be looking at  some of the Art of Easter, and seeing how it helps us understand the story better.

On Saturday 13th April, also between 10.00 and 11.00 am there will be the chance for quiet reflection on the Words of Jesus from the Cross

On Friday 19th April at 7.00 pm we have our Good Friday evening service, with communion.

On Sunday 21st April, Easter Sunday, at 11.00 am we have our service celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Then we stay on for a soup and sandwich lunch (and probably some chocolate eggs as well).

You’re welcome to join us at any of these gatherings.

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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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