We have LIVE services every Sunday at 11am, in our church and online
Join us below for Morning Service Sunday 17th October
(See 'Notices' for link to hymn lyrics and details of readings)
Last Sunday's service is available on the 'screen' below, for a week, but moves to 'Watch a Service' shortly before 11am on Sunday to make way for the new service
- Services in Church & Online
- Sunday School / Messy Church
- Church Meetings
- Zoom Help
- Contact details
More and more of us are getting used to being back in church, and you can have confidence that we follow all the guidance so we can keep you safe:
1. The requirement for social distancing has been partially removed, but the Church is in favour of maintaining the 'one metre distance' for a while yet. Our compromise is to remove social distancing in the centre pews behind the organ, while the one-metre 'tick' signs remain in the other pews.
2. Communal hymn books are not yet allowed, but you can bring your own hymnbook if you have one.
Alternatively, you can bring along a digital or paper copy, but PLEASE ensure that any digital device will be silent during the service and any paper copy is taken home with you!
You will find the hymn numbers, titles and a link to the words on our 'Notices' page.
Note: Masks must be worn by adults in the congregation while singing - except for individuals who are officially exempt. Exemptions include children and the choir.
3. As well as being required to make use of our hand sanitisers and wear face coverings, the congregation must continue to provide contact details. We use Track & Trace, so members must give advance notice to the Church Office (by Friday midday) that they will attend - contact the Church office 01355 279004 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or through Facebook Messenger. Note: Our aim is that anyone who finds the stairs to the balcony difficult can have a seat downstairs. If the church is particularly busy, we may have to ask members who don’t regularly choose the balcony to take a seat upstairs so as to free up a seat downstairs. This change will be reviewed, taking account of any comments from members.
Our congregation attest that there is nothing to compare with being in church together, in communion with others, and we know this only too well after the Covid lockdown.
But for the benefit of the housebound (temporary or permanent), those on holiday or working away, and even potential newcomers to our church, we will continue to broadcast our Sunday morning service live each week (also see other options below).
The link is indicated by a small screen photo which is found on our Home page. During the week it continues to show the previous week's service, then on Sunday, a few minutes before 11am, a 'holding' screen opens, followed by the live link.
Having been on the Home page for a week, the recording of the service then moves to 'Watch a Service' - a 'Click-on button' below the video picture.
Below that, you will find sound-only recordings of services in 'Listen to a Service'. (Audio recordings are listed in date order so if you do not see the service you want, check you are in the right 'quarter').
Know someone who is housebound with no internet?
For housebound members without access to the internet, we provide recordings in these formats: Telephone Dial-a-Service, CD, DVD, USB stick, all on request. Please get in touch with Alistair Walker, or your elder, if you would like to know more about these for a friend or relative in the church.
As you can see in the photo above, we recently held our first in-person Kirk Session meeting since Covid in Glebe St Hall, but some committees and groups may find it practical to continue with Zoom meetings from time to time, so we will keep our following 'Zoom Guides' for a while at least.
New to Zoom? It’s as easy as choosing between 1, 2, 3 and 4! (And now 5! - telephone access)
If you are new to Zoom and want to join us in a planned meeting, please get set up beforehand. Try whichever of these methods suits you:
1) Click Here (or below at 3 if you prefer pictures).
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 email@example.com .
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.
5) Accessing Zoom meetings by telephone (audio only)
1) First, you need the Zoom meeting code number from the person hosting the meeting. (They will also give you a passcode if it's needed).
2) Dial 0131 460 1196
3) When asked, use the number keys on your phone to type in the meeting code, followed by the hash key: #
4) When asked for a 'participant ID', just press # again. (A participant ID isn't often used)
5) When asked for passcode:
a) If there is one, key in the passcode the host has given you.
b) If there isn't one, then just press the # key on your phone.
6) You will get a message that you are in the 'waiting room' and the host will let you in soon...
7) The host then lets you in. You will be asked to identify yourself, and you can join the meeting.
Get in touch if you need more help - use our 'Contact Us' button or the Church Office number (01355279004) in advance, or ring the host. Alistair and Iain are also usually able to help.
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.
SCROLL DOWN FOR:
1. Sunday Service/Hymns 24/10 and17/10
2. Sunday School See note re 24/10
3. Activities for Adults
4. Hall Letting Notice
5. Volunteer? Message from Alistair
6. CFYW Change in programme
7. EKO Mag Link: October
8. Kirk Life: Prizes Needed
9. Prayer Group Diary October
10. Ch.of Sc.Prayer for 17/10
11. Get in touch!
12. Our Contact Details
Note: Our 'Getting back to Normal' page also details information about our services in these new times.
The congregation must wear masks when singing, except for individuals who are officially exempt. Exemptions include children and the choir.
We cannot yet issue hymnbooks so please bring along your own CH4 hymnbook if you have one.
You can bring along a digital or paper copy of the words (available below), but PLEASE ensure that any digital device will be silent during the service and any paper copy is taken home with you!
Next Sunday's Hymns (24th October)
To download the full hymnsheet: Click Here
The titles and numbers (which refer to our CH4 hymnbook) are: 465 (Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my Heart), 716 (Come and Find the Quiet Centre, 562 (Through the love of God, our Saviour)
Last Sunday's Hymns
We generally have a mix of music, puzzles / quizzes, games, crafts, 'circle time' chat, a prayer, and a bible story. We can cater for children in Pre-school to Primary 7. See also our Sunday School page in 'The Young at the 'Old' / Youth section.
We have both options each week - You don't have to choose, you can come to both if you like!
a) via Zoom at 9am
b) in person, Upper Hall next to church, at 11am. Children should be dropped off at the Upper Hall next to the church (up the ramp and then stairs) at 10.50-11am and collected there after the service – they will not be going in to the church (See Above re 24th October.)
Please spread the word! Iain Shaw 07912295943 / firstname.lastname@example.org
There are lots of elements involved in going live and recording our services, including for example:
- operating cameras through a control desk
- producing powerpoint slides
- choosing video clips,
- copy/recording to DVDs
and we are looking to develop our team of volunteers to do this - the bigger the team is, the better. Some tasks are done at home, some in church. You will be well trained and supported in whatever task you choose to take on. Why not give it a shot - we can organise a taster session to help you decide if it's for you! Contact Alistair Walker to discuss. Here's a personal message from Alistair:
"We urgently need a few volunteers to work with Austin to pick up some of the skills needed to deliver the live streaming of our church services. We now have three trained operators, but we really need at least the same again to be able to operate a reasonable rota to allow for holidays and other commitments.
Austin is confident that with side-by-side training and some help with the technical bits, someone with a bit of enthusiasm and an interest in acquiring additional skills would soon be up to speed.
If you, or anyone in your family, are interested in knowing more please speak to Austin or anyone on the camera team or with myself."
Sadly, it has been decided that, unless the current restrictions relax sufficiently to allow us to continue safely, we must postpone the following, possibly until the new year (2022):
> Messy Church,
> Family Film Afternoons
> Family Fun events (eg the Family Beetle Drive scheduled for October).
However, we are pleased to say that the Sunday School (above) and Children's Art group (below) can continue.
Note: While guidelines now allow us to resume personal delivery of the magazine by Helping Hands, if you wish to receive the EKO by email, please contact Isobel Gray - you can use the Church Office number: 01355 279004, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
8. Kirk Life
A request from Ken Ross, Kirk Life Convenor:
In readiness for the re-establishment of the Kirk Life programme, could I ask if any of you has anything you could donate for raffle prizes, please could you contact any Kirk Life team member, and we can make arrangements if necessary to get them picked up. Note: Messages can be passed on if you use 'Contact Us'on this website.
9. Our Prayer Group
Our Prayer Group is meeting in person once again and welcome your 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. The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.”
This Month's Prayer Diary
19th. I pray today for the people of Afghanistan who live in fear of the Taliban government and their repressive ideals.
20th. Lord, bless the people working in Women’s Aid for all the goodness they bring to these disadvantaged women and their families.
21st. Lord, I pray today for those suffering from the effects of Covid 19. May they make a full and speedy recovery.
22nd. Lord, help us to be strong in faith and faithful in our prayers.
23rd. Pray for tolerance and understanding for people different to ourselves.
24th. Lord, thank you for all the wonders of our world which we take for granted and are beautiful to behold.
25th. Lord, I pray for those who have drifted from the path of righteousness. Bring them back to a full understanding of the Kingdom of God.
26th. Lord, thank you for being with me every day and guiding me in the things I do.
27th. Lord, I give thanks for my family and all the good people I have in my life.
28th. Lord, bless all our medical scientists working to give us a better and safer world to live in.
29th. Dear Lord, let all our children become aware of your great presence in the world.
30th. God of mercy, bless all children living in difficulty and ill health. Give them healing and comfort for a better future.
31st. Lord, thank you for being with me every day, guiding me and helping me especially when the going gets tough.
Church of Scotland
10. Church of Scotland Website Prayers
Join the Church of Scotland and others in prayer every Sunday 7pm.
Churches and Christian organisations across Scotland called 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.
Introduction to the Prayer for 17th October (followed by recording):
"The faith we share affirms that it was ‘for us' that Jesus Christ ‘became truly human'. So, in faith, when we turn to God and pray through Jesus Christ, we do so knowing that the One who brings us into the presence of God has shared fully in the life we live.
"The life we live today is shaped by particular circumstances that weigh upon us collectively and personally. In the midst of life, we find opportunity and challenge, and we seek to discern the hand of God throughout it all. In the midst of life, we recall that Jesus has shared in our flesh and participated in the life of the world.
"The Letter to the Hebrews records: ‘In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears'. (Hebrews 5: 7) In so recording, the Letter affirms that the One who brings us into the presence of God has shared fully in the depths of human experience.
"There is no place in our experience at which God cannot meet us. As we cry out to God, the One who hears us is the One who has heard the cries of Jesus Christ."
Click Here to hear the prayer for 17th October, read by the Moderator
Click Here to hear the prayer for 10th October, read by the Moderator
Click Here to hear the prayer for 3rd October, read by the Moderator
... we’ve got folks watching our services in the Caribbean, the US, Germany, Scandinavia as well as various parts of the UK?
Are you among them? Do you watch our weekly service? Have you a local connection here but are now settled living away from East Kilbride?
We’d love to hear from you!
Please get in touch with us - by clicking on 'Contact Us', or via the church email address: email@example.com . You could maybe tell us a bit about yourself, where you live (in the UK or abroad), how you found us, and what you like best about our website? No personal information will be printed on the site (unless you are happy with that).
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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