Please join us in worship LIVE each Sunday at 11am, in our church if you can
Sunday 7th August
All versions now trimmed
On video screen below for 1 week, then archived in 'Watch-a-Service' below
Also on Facebook and Youtube
Phone-in 'Dial-a-Service' (number from Church Office) both LIVE and, after 'trimming', as a recording from Monday for 1week
'Listen-to-a-Service' below holds an archive of audio recordings
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB STARTS TODAY, 8th AUGUST:
Go to the 'FOCUS' noticeboard for more
- Services in Church & Online
- Other Formats (for housebound members without internet)
- Hymn Details
- Sunday School
- Messy Church
- Contact details
Note: If you are new to our church, or any church, we have more information and a 'Newcomers Guide' on our 'Worship with Us' page. We also have elders on hand each week to help you and answer your questions - just look for their name badges.
i) Attendance In Church
Covid restrictions have all been lifted, but if members would prefer to continue wearing masks for their own peace of mind, that is, of course, no problem. Also, we have plenty of seating available in church, whether you wish to sit together or prefer to continue social distancing.
We are able to issue hymn-books once again, and we have re-introduced the Order of Service.
If you have a notice for inclusion in the Order of Service, please forward to our secretary, Louise ( firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com ) by the Thursday of each week at the latest so that she can print on Friday mornings. (Alistair Walker, Session Clerk)
ii) Attendance Online
There is nothing to compare with being in church together, in communion with others, as we know 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').
iii) Know someone who is housebound with no internet?
For housebound members without access to the internet, we can provide recordings (on request) in the following formats a day or two after the service has finished: Telephone Dial-a-Service, CD, DVD, USB stick. 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.
Hymns for Sunday Services
Hymn numbers are from 'CH4' which is the hymnbook we use in church. Here are the hymns for the service on Sunday:
CH4 198 Let Us Build A House
CH4 426 All Heav'n Declares
CH4 565 My Life Flows On
CH4 456 Christ Is The World's True Light
Meeting in the Upper Hall next to church at 11am, we cater for children in Pre-school to Primary 7. We generally have a mix of music, puzzles / quizzes, games, crafts, 'circle time' chat, a prayer, and a bible story.
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 only go in to the church on special occasions. (Iain Shaw 07912295943 /firstname.lastname@example.org)
See also our Sunday School page in 'The Young at the 'Old' / Youth section.
Church Contact details:
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1. Secretary Vacancy
2. Help Needed x3
3. Activities Update
5. Food donations
6. EKO Mag
7. Prayer Group
8. Our Contact Details
a) Church Communications Group: Facebook and Website
Could you write a few details about an upcoming event, or a short piece of news from our church and email it in? Or could you take a photo at a church activity? We need contributors for our church Facebook page and website - it's important to keep the congregation and community up-to-date with what's going on. We can also show you how to put information straight on to one or other of the two sites if you're interested. Conveniently, all these tasks can be done from home at a time to suit you. Why not try it once or twice? There's no obligation to continue if you get too busy...
Please get in touch, even just to find out more - you could email email@example.com , ring me, speak to Janice Gourlay at church, or go via the Church Office. (Christine B)
b) Recording Services
If you have more of an interest in filming and sound recording, our 'Sound Desk' is the place for you. We have an experienced 'Sound & Vision' team now, trained by Austin, who take turns in live streaming / recording the church services. It would be good to have a couple of extra people learning how to do this - get in touch and we'll show you what's involved. No obligation if you decide it's not for you. Contact Austin Hepburn, Lorraine Kerr, or speak to a member of the Sound Desk team on Sunday if you'd like to find out more. Alternatively, leave a message with the Church Office or 'Contact Us' on this website. We'd love to hear from you, however you get in touch!
c) Teas & Coffees after Sunday Service
We still need three volunteers to form a team to help serve teas and coffees after the service on around 7 Sundays a year. Please contact Norma Penman or Diana Ramsay.
3. Groups and Activities
Click Here to download the Summer version of 'East Kilbride Old Parish Church Regular Activities Programme'.
* See below and our Focus noticeboard for more details of Summer Olympics Holiday Club.
* The Guild is meeting monthly to 7th September with a different format as Summer Guild.
* Sunday School also has temporarily become Summer Sunday School (see Worship, Sunday School, Messy Church noticeboard for more). Summer Sunday School ends on Sunday 7th August, then we have our Holiday Club all-age Family Service on 14th August, and normal Sunday School returns on 21st August.
* Art & Crafts, Tai Chi, and Adult Badminton are meeting through the summer.
* Line Dancing returns 5th September.
Important: Please get in touch with Christine B. direct if you are aware of any changes to the timetable - you can phone, use this website's 'Contact Us' system, the EKO magazine email address, or leave a message on the Church Office phone.
Members of our congregation are also welcome to attend to help and meet with our Ukrainian friends. For further details contact Iain Shaw: 07912295943 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Holiday Club
Starts 10am, 8th August. See 'Focus' page for more.
We are asked to send in selfies taken on our holidays, whether in East Kilbride, Majorca, Australia or wherever. The Sunday School will put a map up on the Upper Hall wall to show where our congregation has been. If you go to more than one place, you can send more photos in to : Iain Shaw (07912295943 / email@example.com) or the Church office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
5. Community Link Support
Loaves and Fishes:
We have a box at the door of the church each Sunday for donations of non-perishable groceries to help replenish the stock at Loaves and Fishes. Items in short supply are: dried pasta; canned tuna, chicken, salmon, fruits, pastas (eg. spaghetti, ravioli), beans etc.; peanut butter; all toiletries; hygiene products; and cleaning supplies. Well done everyone who has contributed! This project will be on-going for the foreseeable future - we've already delivered 60 bags (June). (Norma Penman & Diana Ramsay)
6. EKO Magazine
'Click on the Pic' below to open up the latest EKO magazine (June, as the magazine is not published over the summer). Please note: The deadline for submission of articles for the September magazine is Wednesday 24th August 2022
7. Our Prayer Group
Our Prayer Group meets in person in the Lounge after church and welcomes your prayer requests to our Heavenly Father on your behalf. Please use the Prayer Box and slips provided at church, or send texts / emails to Marilyn Ross (just ring the office for her contact details - we don't publish them on the website). Also in the hand-delivered EKO.
If you would like to come along to the Prayer Group, which meets in the Lounge after Church each week, you will be made most welcome.
"Take your worries to the Lord in prayer. The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.”
Please note: The Prayer Diary is not published in the summer, when there is no EKO magazine. The next will be September.
8. Contact details
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; Office Email: email@example.com ; Communications Team Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; send a Website Message via 'Contact Us' on this website; Or to go to our Facebook page, click the link below.
For Primary School-aged children: 'Summer Olympics' Holiday Club, 10am - 12noon, 8th-12th August, Kirktonholme Park. Sports, Fun, Games, Arts, Crafts, Puzzles, Bible Stories & more - all free!
Places are filling fast, but have been increased to 60 plus, so if you are interested, get in touch with Iain Shaw ( 07912295943 / email@example.com) as soon as possible.)
Here are some photos from last year:
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