Church buildings currently closed due to Coronavirus.
Our latest Sunday Service is currently available on
'Our Response in Challenging Times' (scroll down on this page).
Go and tell others....
For previous services, please click on the 'Watch a Service' button, below left.
Sunday Services in Challenging Times 1:
Click Here to view the service for 5th July.
Sunday Services - Video
While the latest 'Online Sunday Service' video is not yet available at the top of our Home page, you can just click on the link above.
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. If the order of services is a bit mixed up, please bear with us; we are reporting it.
Sunday Services - Audio
For sound-only recordings of services, please click on the 'Listen to a Service' button under the video.
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 under, 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 an elderly 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.
Note: Christine B would like feedback on how these aids work in practice, so if you use them, please let me know how it went, using the usual contact methods, eg below, last item thanks!
Need more help?
We will have nominated Helpers if you need help with 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. (Though, perhaps due to staffing issues in the pandemic, our pieces have not always been printed correctly, but the newspaper has promised to correct the problem.
“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?
Parents, Childcare and Play Workers!
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.
The Prayer for 28th June:
Living God, the God who creates,
You have made us in your image
That, in our giving and receiving,
We might better reflect your image.
For this gift we praise and thank you.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Living God, the God who gives,
Your gift to the world
Is revealed in your Son,
The image of the invisible God.
For the renewing presence of your Son, we praise and thank you.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Living God, the God who renews,
You call us to renew our relationships with one another
That, in so doing,
We might renew our relationship with you.
For the welcome you offer in renewal, we praise and thank you.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Living God, the God who welcomes,
You welcome us when we return to you
Weary and heavy laden.
Receive us as we are and forgive us when we stumble.
For the love we experience as we are welcomed, we praise and thank you.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Living God, the God who loves,
You offer us good gifts
And invite us to receive them.
In response, we offer our lives and all that we are.
For the sure promise of your love, we praise and thank you.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Click Here to hear the prayer for 28th June said by the Moderator
Click Here to hear the prayer for 21st June said by the Moderator
Click Hereto hear the prayer for 14th June said by the Moderator
Click Hereto hear the prayer for 7th June said by the Moderator
Click Here to hear the prayer for 31st May said by the Moderator
Click Here to hear the prayer for 24th May said by the Moderator.
Click Hereto hear the prayer for 17th May said by the Moderator
Click Here to hear the prayer for 10th May said by the Moderator
Click Here to hear the prayer for 3rd May said by the Moderator
Click Here for more details of the Call to Pray.
EKOPC Prayer Diary for July (August):
THE PRAYER GROUP
Prayer group is not meeting at this time .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.
1st. We pray for peace in America and world wide.
2nd. Father ,we pray that churches of all faiths will be opened soon so we can benefit from worshipping together
3rd. Thank you Lord for the knowledge and reassurance that every prayer is heard.
4th. We pray Father, that today's generation of young folk will remain optimistic and secure in their future.
5th. Thank you Lord, for the technology that enables us to keep in touch.
6th. We pray for the Kirk Session ,our Minister and Elders as they continue to make plans for the life, work and witness of the congregation in this lockdown period.
7th. Lord we pray that we never forget your love for us "we have an anchor".
8th. Father, we pray for the Black Lives Matter campaign, that would help to rid our world of racism and that people of all colours would stand up for this.
9th. We pray Father, that when this situation comes to an end, we would appreciate our world more and the God who gave it to us.
10th. We thank you Lord, that even though these times have been hard, each day has been a blessing.
11th. We pray for God's guidance on the new moderator the Rt. Rev. Dr. Martin Fair as he begins his moderatorial year in very unusual circumstances.
12th. Lord God, make me clay in your hands.
13th. Father, we pray for scientists the world over who are trying to find a vaccine to combat the coronavirus that their researches may soon find good results.
14th. We thank the leaders and workers in our congregation for the good things taking place.
15th. Praise God, The Maker, for the world of nature, the busyness of the bees, the colour of the butterflies wings and the chirping of the sparrows.
16th. Heavenly Father, please put love in our hearts and peace in the world.
17th. We pray that people would keep to the rules of the lockdown and avoid a spike of the virus.
18th. We pray Lord, for hope, faith and trust in each other.
19th. Lord, guide our politicians and give them courage to stand up to evil.
20th. We thank you Lord, for all the volunteers all over the world who are giving their time and talents in serving.
21st. Lord, help me to live in the present and look forward to living your plan for my future.
22nd. Fear not for I am with you, says the Lord our God.
23rd. We give thanks for relatives, neighbours and friends who all the time are keeping in touch with one another so that, although there is "physical distancing" ,there is also "social closeness"
24th. Lord, give us patience at this time and help us to be more tolerant of each other.
25th. Help us Lord, to see the light in the darkness and to recognise what it means to be a Christian.
26th. Thank you for unexpected kindness given to us recently and help us to count our blessings one by one.
27th. Lord, fill our lives with thoughts of kindness and fill our hearts with love.
28th. Thank you Lord, for the church teams who ring and chat, shop, deliver mail and make possible the opportunity to worship. Building is closed Church is not.
29th. We commit to God's care all who have lost their jobs as a result of lockdown and it's effect on their places of work. We pray that God's grace will be with them and their families.
30th. Lord, we pray for the children stuck at home that you would help parents to cope.
31st. We give thanks for organisations like Christian Solidarity Worldwide which campaigns for religious freedom for all faiths ,pray that Christians in Pakistan for example, may be protected from a wrong use of the blasphemy laws.
1st. Lord we pray for all in the NHS and ask that they would cope with the situation that they are in.
2nd. Lord, please comfort the people who are housebound and give them patience.
3rd. We pray for work of the Leprosy Mission which is trying to continue to treat people with leprosy despite the difficulties caused by the Coronavirus.
4th. Lord, bless all the key workers who are keeping our country going in these unusual times.
5th. Father, thank you for loving us in spite of our faults and weaknesses.
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.
Our Youth and families Worker is running a Treasure Hunt this Friday (3rd July) for a week I have set out a walking treasure hunt around the village area.
Come along and give it a go....... and Why not let others know about this event and encourage them to take part as well.
Please see the Online Holiday Club Section for full details.
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)
New Hygiene Rules for Lockdown? Hope Not!
It turns out that sometimes spelling IS important...
Can't see what is wrong with this photo?:
'Tongues' are what you lick with, 'tongs' are used to pick up food hygienically.
A Craft Pic Iain made during Online Sunday School
Thanks to Iain for this. The photos of the children's work will be posted to the Sunday School 'Our Space' page.
Click Here to read about an amusing* mistake made by a council signwriter in times of Covid 19. People who think too much fuss is made about grammar should read this especially!
* Actually, maybe not so amusing if you were unexpectedly given a parking fine!
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