Church buildings currently closed due to Coronavirus.
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Sunday Services in Challenging Times 1:
Sunday Services - Video
The latest video is available at the top of the Home page.
It is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EKOLDPC .
Words for the readings and the hymns are shown on screen.
NB: Those of previous weeks will still be available if you click on the 'Watch a Service' button under the video. These services are not yet in date order, for which we apologise.
Sunday Services - Audio
For sound-only recordings of services, please click on the 'Listen to a Service' button under the video. These recordings are in date order. If you do not see the sevice you want, check you are in the right 'quarter'.
We also have a 'Dial-A-Service' system which plays a recording of our most recent service (like an answer machine). Please get in touch with Alistair Walker, or your elder, if you would like to know more about this for a friend or relative in the church.
Know Someone with no Internet?
For members without access to the internet, we provide recordings in these formats: Dial-a-Service, CD, DVD, USB stick, all on request.
Sunday Services in Challenging Times 2: How we produce the videos in lockdown
Since Palm Sunday on 5th April 2020, our services have offered a new style of worship, in the 'virtual' setting of the sounds and images of East Kilbride Old Parish Church, but are made in the context of the current pandemic ie with no contravention of lockdown rules.
Lasting around 30 mins or less, they blend new videos, recorded by the Minister and readers in their own homes without outsider involvement, only technology! The hymns are those sung by our congregation in the past - we are lucky to have access to an archive of audio recordings from years of Sunday Morning Services made each week before lockdown; it helps us create the atmosphere of being together as a congregation.
Virtual Tea & Coffee on Zoom, twice weekly...
... Sundays at 11.45am - 12.45pm (Access Code 814-8227-9764)
You are cordially invited to join in our 'virtual' Sunday Service Tea & Coffee, at 11.45am, not in the Lower Hall, as normal, but at your desk or coffee table, with whatever device you use to get onto the internet.
Bring along your own tea/coffee and biscuits (no spilling on the keyboard!!!), and we’ll just chat as we always do. Drop in, or leave, when you like. We'll aim to close at 12.45pm but we can always extend it.
The code you need for access to this 'meeting' will now be 814-8227-9764 each week.
For the guidance on how to join us, please see below.
... Thursdays, 10am - 12noon, (Access Code 820-1455-4693)
Anne, our Minister, invites you to join her at our Thursday Coffee Morning in what we might call our 'Zoom Room’.
There must be no travelling to Glebe St. Hall of course - you’ll find us on your computer, phone or tablet on Thursday, any time between 10am and 12noon. Bring along your own tea/coffee and biscuits (no spilling on the keyboard!!!), and we’ll just chat as we always do. Drop in or leave when you like. The access code number for Thursday Coffee mornings every week is 820-1455-4693.
New to Zoom? It’s as easy as choosing between 1, 2, 3 (and 4!)
NB: We now nominate a Helper if you need assistance with joining this 'meeting' on the day. 'Helpline' phone number for Sunday: 07912 295943 (Iain).
You can also get in touch if you would like advice before the day - use our usual choice of Contact details, as shown below, last item.
If you are new to Zoom and want to join us in the next meeting, please get set up beforehand. Try whichever of these methods suits you:
1) Click Here (or below at 3 if you prefer pictures).
Note: The separate code numbers for access for Sundays and for Thursdays are shown above.
2) Send us your email in advance and our reply will get you started. Either phone it in to EK 279004, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Note: you must be able to access your emails on the device you plan to use for Zoom.
3) Prefer picture guides?
a) Picture guide for people who have downloaded the 'app': Click Here
b) For people who have not yet downloaded the 'app': We recommend you watch the video at 4) below.
c) Picture guide to the control symbols when you are in the 'Zoom Room' (for beginners): Click Here for a picture of the screen in a meeting, explaining the controls eg for sound, video, etc. You can zoom in on the screen picture if required in the usual way.
4) Prefer a short video tutorial? Click Here
This is a short Youtube video made by a 'senior' couple who explain much of what we've told you above but in video format.
When you open it, change to Full Screen view by clicking the broken square at the bottom right of the video screen itself.
To go back again, click the Esc (Escape) key - top left on a keyboard, or use the Home button on an iPad.
Need more help?
We will have nominated Helpers if you have a problem joining the 'meeting'. Just get in touch using our usual contact details (below, last item) preferably in advance. But you can also ring Iain, Alistair or Anne at the time of the meeting and one of them will 'step out' to give you guidance. Most commonly the issue is putting your volume or picture on. Read the guidance notes above to familiarise yourself with the control symbols.
New addition to the Minister's 'Pastoral Letter' Section in 'News'
You will have seen that when you click on 'News' there are three options:
- (Church) News
- Pastoral Letter
- Youth & Families Worker Update
The Minister's Pastoral Letter is normally updated each month after its publication in the church magazine, the EKO.
Since Lockdown, she has also been writing a reflection piece for the East Kilbride News each week, alongside one from Father Rafal Sobieszuk of St Bride's. Copies of her reflections are now available to read in 'News/Pastoral Letter' in case you missed them.
Note: We also contribute to the 'Churches' column in the EK News so do be sure to tell any friends without the internet to check that out for our news as well as for the Minister's message.
“The Church is the people not a building”.
Our building may be closed, but the people of East Kilbride Old Parish Church are still here for you. Our volunteers are willing to help in many ways – just get in touch.
- Need to hear a friendly voice, even if it has to be over the phone?
- Need some shopping, a prescription, or a dog walker?
- In need of spiritual guidance, a few words of comfort, or a prayer to be said?
We check 'remotely', on a regular basis, for messages to the following:
Our Online Activities for Children and Parents
Online Sunday School
Be sure to visit our Online Club in the Youth section if you have contact with children and would like some ideas for fun activities. Some of them are also of interest to adults.
Why not let us know which you like best by using the usual contact details posted on the site?
Church of Scotland
Links to Church of Scotland News
At the bottom of our 'News' page, we provide links to different pages of the Church of Scotland website, but we try to highlight their special news and events here too:
A 'Call to Pray' since May 2020
Join the Church of Scotland and others in prayer every Sunday 7pm.
14 churches and Christian organisations across Scotland are calling on Christians to pray at the same time in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Thousands of people across Scotland have been answering the call to pray during this time of sacrifice, difficulty and bereavement. Prayer has become increasingly a valued time for Christians as they pause to pray, conscious that many others will be sharing the same prayer at the same time. It helps create a sense of community when we are isolated through lockdown.
Click Here for more details of the Call to Pray.
Click Here to hear the prayer for 26th July said by the Moderator.
Click Here to hear the prayer for 19th July said by the Moderator.
Click Here to hear the prayer for 12th July said by the Moderator.
Click Here to hear the prayer for 5th July said by the Moderator.
The EK Old Parish Prayer Group
Our Prayer Group is not meeting at this time, but we are still taking prayer requests to our Heavenly Father on your behalf. Please send texts and emails to Marion Leddie.
Take your worries to the Lord in prayer.
EKOPC Prayer Diary for August :
1st. Thank you Lord, for caring and loving us.
2nd. Heavenly Father, as I open my eyes to the world, please open my eyes to what you want me to do.
3rd. Thank you Lord, for the numerous examples in the Bible, you chose to use weak men and women to carry your mission. Help us not to run away from our responsibilities when you call us to do your work in our church.
4th. We give thanks for the loveliness of the trees and flowers, and countryside and the whole natural world of God's creating and sustaining.
5th. Father God, give comfort to those undertaking long term health treatment at this time.
6th. Lord, thank you for being our strength and shield.
7th. Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me.
8th. Lord, we thank you for walking with us through the seasons of our lives.
9th. Thank you for the ministry we have received from Fiona during her time with us and bless her as she prepares to minister now in Strathaven.
10th. Lord, I cherish in my heart your gift to me today.
11th. We pray for God's blessing on all who are returning to work, that they may be able to work safely.
12th. Heavenly Father, comfort and care for all the sick and lonely.
13th. Lord God, we pray for the people of Hong Kong that they would be delivered from the might of China.
14th. Thank you Lord for the people who show kindness and thoughtfulness.
15th. I am so very grateful for the blessing of living, breathing, loving and sharing.
16th. Father God, give us fresh eyes to recognise the countless blessings that surround us.
17th. Pray that the people who are waiting for the results of Covid tests and of hospital tests, will be upheld by God's loving care.
18th. Father, help us to appreciate and be thankful for all we have.
19th. Be still and know that I am God.
20th. We pray for all involved in our schools as they prepare to reopen and all who work in schools, all the pupils including the children who are starting school, or moving from primary to secondary and all their parents, pray that all may be safe well and happy.
21st. We thank you Lord, that we are fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads and would ask you to care for the homeless
22nd. Father give us grace and patience when others wrong us, to forgive and not to hold a grievance just as you do not hold our sins against us.
23rd. Give thanks for all the renovation work on the abbey building on Iona has started up again after the lockdown and we pray that the final £65,000 will be donated to the £3,700.000 project which is nearing completion.
24th. We pray for guidance for world leaders who are coping with civil unrest in the midst of the pandemic.
25th. Thank you Lord, that we can have the confidence to know that you are always with us.
26th. Lord ,help us not to sit in judgement when others make mistakes but instead to support them and show them that God loves us despite our many failings.
27th. We pray for God's help and guidance for all who have lost their jobs because of the effects of the virus on the companies they worked for.
28th. Lord, thank you for your wisdom, understanding and strength.
29th. Help us to look after our beautiful world properly.
30th. Thank you Lord, for the many people who have recovered from the virus.
31st. We pray for all charities who are not getting any income during this time and therefore not able to do their work.
The Prayer Diary is available in the EKO magazine, which can be found on our 'News' page.
We are here to help in difficult times! To contact us, use any of the following (all now monitored daily, despite the office being physically closed):
Telephone: 01355 279004; Email: email@example.com ; Send a Website Message via 'Contact Us' on this website; Or to go to our Facebook page, click the link below.
Click Here to read an academic piece entitled: 'Those who laugh are in control: Finding humour in lockdown' by Dr Stephanie Schnurr at the University of Warwick. Here's an excerpt, a joke referring to the suggestion that women created the coronavirus:
“Think about it lads…
- no sports
- all pubs shut
- 14 day quarantine (so you can finally get those odd jobs done)
- symptoms are flu-like…they know that’s your kryptonite
- they even had the audacity to name it after a beer!”
A special moment in a Stewartfield garden...
What a Year
While reading some of our old 'Youth and Families Worker Updates' this morning (one of our 'News' pages), I came across the following lines under 'January'. I thought I'd share them with you :
- "At the beginning of a new year we tend to reflect on the year just ended and have hopes, dreams and ambitions for the year ahead. My hope for the coming year is that you will all find the hope that Jesus offers – the hope that lasts forever, no matter what life throws at you".
- "A new year thought for your consideration – take an empty jar and at the end of each week in 2020 add a note with a good thing that happened that week then, on New Year's Eve, empty the jar and read the notes to remind yourself of what an amazing year you had".
I wonder if any of you took up Iain's suggestion to put notes into a jar ? Did you manage to keep them positive? What a diary they will make to read on New Year's Eve! (Christine)
In the Time of Pandemic
Thanks to Anne S for sharing this uplifting poem by Kitty O'Meara which has gone viral.
And the people stayed home.
And they read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.
And they listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.
Click Here to hear the poem read aloud. There'll be a short advert first but if you wish, you can click on 'Skip Ad' to remove it.
Creativity in Lockdown
Here's a picture sent to us by Jill and Allan which must delight children. Look closely and you'll see that the rainbow on the fence is made out of golf tees, the train out of blue carpet, and the rails are a ladder. Amazing creativity!
Lynne's Bake a Rainbow Challenge
Adults and children alike can enjoy this activity, which we 'pinched' from the Online Club page.
NB: Recipes and design outlines are available if you Click Here.
DONT FORGET to send in photos of your creations - see the 'poster' below for details.
The Church isn't empty, the church has been deployed!
Iain sent this pic in, and I think it's quite relevant, don't you? When I write the update for the East Kilbride News 'Churches' column each week, it strikes home just how much is going on in our church, ie the real church, which is made up of the people, if not in the church building.
Now keep scrolling down (or go to the top menu) for our other sections:
Church Welcome and Introduction including: General Information; Location Maps; and 'Contact Us' message facility.
Worship with Us, including information on Church Services as well as Communion; Accessibility and Extra Support; a 'Newcomers' Guide
News: Church News; Pastoral Letter; Youth & Families Worker Updates
Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
Activity Group Pages (Youth and Adults)
History and Graveyard
NB: Work and Workings of the Church is yet to be opened...
Welcome to East Kilbride Old Parish Church!
Join us for worship on
Sunday Mornings from 11am – 12noon.
We hope you will feel a warmth and friendliness and that your experience of our worship together is enjoyable, meaningful and encouraging. Please also look out for activities you could be a part of during the week – there are lots of opportunities to meet with a friendly crowd! East Kilbride Old prides itself in being known as a welcoming church.
From the church of the past to the church of today…
“This website includes a section on the history of the church and its graveyard because we know may visitors are interested in this. The current building dates back to 1774 (though there has been a church on this site since pre-Reformation times).
When today’s church was built, it stood in the midst of a small village. Today it stands in the midst of a large new town with a population of around 75,000 people.
Beautiful as it is however, our church is not the building, but the people. Within that building, there is a warm church family. People of all ages meet together, all striving to reach out to the community we serve in the Village area and East Mains.
We have active organisations for children and adults, giving a wealth of opportunities for fellowship and sharing, and everyone is assured of a warm welcome.”
Rev. Anne Paton