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APRIL UPDATE

It is with sadness I acknowledge the Coronavirus and the impact it is having on all our lives; however, it is with immense gratitude I acknowledge the many blessings in my life and the many that God continues to bring in these challenging times.

Unfortunately, at the moment life is hard and different to what we hoped and planned and therefore Messy Church, The Family Film Evening and the Easter Holiday Club have been postponed until the current situation improves. However, we should not be despondent, we have faith in the God who does and will continue to answer our prayers and bless each and every one of us. As I write I am thankful for so much in my life - the sunshine, my family, for friends, for food, for health, for kindnesses and for a peace in my heart. As you read this think of the things for which you are grateful and as you do this thank God for every blessing. I encourage you to do this daily and feel the benefit.

On a practical note it is worth stating:

We haven't cancelled worship; what we have done is cancel a religious service at a specific time, in a specific place, on a specific day, but folks can still worship God where they are and when they are caring for grandchildren and walking their dogs; they can worship Jesus as they serve at foodbanks or picking up groceries for a neighbour; worship when they share the Spirit's peace by having a chat or singing songs over the phone to a parent; worship when they work from home; worship when they endure extra shifts in hospitals or nursing homes; worship when they email someone far away and wave to a stranger across the street; worship when they take toilet paper to a homeless shelter and volunteer to help someone.

We haven't cancelled worship, just the "official" part but that may be the smallest part of it all anyway.

In everything we do we worship God and this I am confident will continue. EKOPC has amazing people who will rally together and demonstrate their love for God in their acts of kindness for others.

We have set up a group to respond to any assistance or support which may be required by any member of the congregation over the coming weeks and months due to the current coronavirus outbreak. The group is offering through, practical and/or pastoral support, any of the following :- collect prescriptions, go for shopping , dog-walking , deliver mail, chat on the phone and/or Skype or Facetime or similar.

You may not need to access any of the services on offer immediately but may need to do so as time goes on and this service will be available until the current situation improves and we are back to normal.

To request the services of the group the following channels are available for your use - via your church elder, through the church Facebook page, email the church office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or leave a message on the church phone in the office on 01355 279004. The office answer machine is monitored remotely so don’t hesitate to leave messages.

 

For those with children here is some excellent advice for families while the schools are closed:

Please don’t feel like you have to immediately start googling curriculums, learning resources and school work. This is going to be a worrying time for everyone, and our children and young people will be able to feel it as well.

Trying to force your children to learn rarely works and arguing and fighting with them to do so is likely to make an already stressful situation much worse.

Instead why not read to them, sing and dance with them play board games and chat.

They will learn that when something bad happens their parents played with them, distracted them and loved them. They will remember this as a time of fun, rather than a scary one.

Oh, and please remember to wash your hands whilst singing!!

As always, I am very appreciative of all your support and prayers – Thank you.

In the meantime, and during the current climate please stay safe and healthy and let us all look after one another and please remember that our Church is still open its only how we worship on a Sunday morning that has changed.

Iain (Youth & Families Worker) 

 

MARCH UPDATE

I was travelling from my home to the Church one day during the recent wintry weather. I stopped at a set of traffic lights and noticed that the field to my left was full of snow, totally perfect and untouched with no human or animal having set foot in that field recently. But the road I was travelling on was full of tyre treads, footprints, grit and slush – evidence that many people & motorists had used this road and indeed were still using this road.

That got me thinking about a poem I read at school and a bible verse in Matthew 7 (13 & 14.).

The poem by Robert Frost is entitled “The Road Not Taken” and the verse in the gospel of Matthew is about the narrow and wide gates which leads to a decision about which road we wish to travel along – the one that many have used before or the one used by the few.

Instead of travelling the same road or path as everyone else before us why don’t we choose to take a different path which hopefully will lead to different results and outcomes. In essence it gives us a choice between one of two options. If we always do what we always did we will always get what we always got - the same result and nothing will change.

It’s like that in many Churches and congregations - but let us be bold and take a leap of faith and do something different, perhaps even something that has never been done before. It may not be popular and there may be many dissenting voices but unless we try, we won’t know. Believe in your heart and God will be with you on every step of your journey – in fact Jesus commands us to change – in 2 Corinthians 5 v17 it says “the old has gone - the new is here”.

If you’ve not joined us before at any of the following events – why not give it a go this time – try something different !

Forthcoming events for your diary and support: 

On Sunday 1st March our next Messy Church: entitled “Messy Church is Magic” will take place in the Glebe Street Hall from 4pm - 6pm with the theme of The Miracles of Jesus and how amazing they are. We also hope to have a magician attend to perform some amazing tricks. During the school Easter holidays from Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th April from 10am until 12 noon it is hoped to run a 3-day holiday club event for children aged 3-12 years. Publicity flyers and registration/consent forms are now available. This will be subject to getting enough volunteers to help - so if your free even for one morning please consider getting involved – a meeting for all those able to help out will be arranged soon.

The Christian charity World Vision 6K ‘Walk for Water’, that many of us did last year – remember the bright orange T shirts?- is almost upon us again and I would encourage anyone interested to sign up to get involved – we will set a date soon and this year it is hoped hope to have a church family picnic at the end of the walk. The walk is open to everyone - children, parents, grandparents, carers and even pets!! Please register your interest on the World Vision website, and a pack with more information including a T shirt will be sent to you.  Click Here to go to the site.

I do hope and pray that you may be able to join us at some or all of these events or at least encourage any families you may know to come along and join in the fun. As always, I am very appreciative of all your support and prayers.Thank you.

Iain (Youth & Families Worker)

 

FEBRUARY UPDATE

I was recently involved in a couple of initiatives which included other leaders, members and volunteers from across the different churches in the town who serve on the Calderglen High School chaplaincy team

Firstly, there is an SU group (called SOLID) who meet for around 45mins every Wednesday in a classroom within the drama department of the school – a few leaders of this group have had to give up for various reasons and I was asked to get involved. There are around 8-12 young people, mainly from the S1 & S2 year groups, and we explore a different Christian / Biblical theme each week through discussion, games and activities.

Secondly, I was involved in the planning and delivery of an event called Headspace, again in Calderglen HS, predominately aimed at S1 pupils but open to everyone including teachers, support staff and parents. This was a week long event with around 15 pupils at a time coming along for sessions lasting 50 mins. These are in a room specially designed for them to explore a vast array of individual stations around mental health and well-being, where they could spend some time reflecting on the topic being discussed at each station. The stations included – Anxiety, Jealously, Sleep, Exercise, Fears, Diet and Positivity, all very relevant topics which affect all young people (and also those not so young!). At the end of each session there was an opportunity, on the way out of the room, 'to throw away into a dustbin', or leave behind, all negative thoughts or things you wanted to stop, or give up, after attending the session / stations.

It was an amazing experience with huge opportunities for those involved to show Jesus’s love in action in very practical ways. There was a very positive response from the school in general, including pupils, teachers and parents. It was a privilege to be part of the team who delivered this event within our community and it was great to witness first-hand the churches working together in such a creative and practical way.

Within our own church and congregation, I am in the early planning stages of creating some new family events for the coming year which hopefully will include sports, drama, music and quizzes as well as family fun events. I still plan to run the current popular family events such as film afternoons and Messy Church and it would be great if you were able to join us at any of these events.

On Sunday 2nd February our first Messy Church of 2020 will take place in the Glebe Street Hall from 4-6pm with the theme of LOVE and the Bible verse for the session being John 3 v 16: For God so LOVED the world. I do hope and pray that you may be able to join us at this event or at least encourage any families you may know to come along and join in the fun.

As always, I am very appreciative of all your support and prayers – Thank you.

Iain (Youth & Families Worker)

 

JANUARY UPDATE 

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.

We recently held several successful events for all the family. These were all well supported and enjoyed by those who attended. These included our Christmas Messy Church, Family Film afternoon where we watched Mamma Mia & the various family Church services held over the advent period in the lead up to Christmas.

I am in the early planning stages of creating a few new family events for the coming year which hopefully will include sports, drama, and music as well as family fun events as well as continuing to run the current popular family events and it would be great if you were able to join us at any of these events.

A date for your diary is Sunday 2nd February (note correction), when our first Messy Church of 2020 will take place in the Glebe Street Hall from 4-6pm. 

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 years eve empty the jar and read the notes to remind yourself of what an amazing year you had.

As always, I am very appreciative of all your support and prayers – Thank you.

I wish you all a happy, peaceful and blessed New Year.

Iain  (Youth & Families Worker)

 

DECEMBER UPDATE

At this time of year, during the season of Advent, we reflect on the birth of Jesus and may ask ourselves the question what is our greatest need at Christmas? If our greatest need is for information, God would have sent us an educator, if our greatest need is for more money, God would have sent us an economist, if our greatest need is for pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer but our greatest need was and still is forgiveness, so God sent us a Saviour.

We recently held several successful events for all the family. These were all well supported and enjoyed by those who attended. These included a family beetle drive which was great fun from the youngest to the eldest, Messy Church where the theme was Light and the text – “Jesus is the light of the world” and most recently a family film afternoon where everyone enjoyed popcorn while watching Disney’s award-winning movie “Frozen”.

More is planned for December and it would be great if you were able to join us at the following events:

  • ·Messy Christmas – Sunday 1st December in the Glebe St Hall from 4-6pm
  • ·Family Film Afternoon – Sunday 8th December - Mamma Mia from 2-4pm in the Glebe St Hall and
  • ·Family Advent Service – Sunday 22nd December at 11am

All are welcome – please do come and enjoy this fellowship.

As always, I am very appreciative of all your support and prayers – Thank you.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and blessed New Year.

Iain (Youth & Families Worker)

 

3rd November Messy Church  Shines!

The theme of our latest (now monthly) Messy Church was 'Light'. There were the usual games, bible stories, craft activities, food and singing. We made beautiful bottles filled with lights see pics in the Photo Gallery.

 

YOUTH AND FAMILIES WORKER NOVEMBER UPDATE

I have spent a lot of time recently planning various events and have reflected on all that entails. There is preparing posters, flyers, newspaper articles, website updates etc in order to promote these activities both within and out with our Church.

Recently a small group of us has been exploring a few new avenues of “advertising”.

The first avenue being explored is the possibility of our Church having a social media page on Facebook. This is where many people get their information about forthcoming events and seems to be their first point of contact for news and information about a great many things. The group will continue to meet and an informed decision will be made in due course.

Secondly, the advertising of forthcoming family events is now on the TV screen within the Post Office in the Village. While people wait in the queue to be served, they can read all about what’s happening at EKOPC.   I also leave flyers and general information on the counter for people to pick up if they need information about a particular event or activity. Please let me know what you think of this if you are in the Post Office.

All this advertising and promotion of what our Church is doing reminded me importantly that as Christians we already have a good news story to advertise and that is the Good News of Jesus Christ. We must not forget this main message as we try to encourage both members and potential future members to be enthusiastic worshipping, witnessing, nurturing and serving people within our communities.

As always, I am very appreciative of all your support and prayers - thank you            

Iain (Youth & Families Worker)

 

MESSY CHURCH
These sessions were introduced at the Old Parish at the start of this year and have proved popular with children and adults alike - notably, with newcomers as well as existing church members. It's a great way for a new family to put a toe in the water and give Church a try. As a result the Messy Church afternoons will now become a regular part of the church programme on the first Sunday of the month, 4pm - 6pm in the Glebe St Hall.  

 

YOUTH AND FAMILIES WORKER'S OCTOBER UPDATE 

At the end of this month the clocks go back an hour and that made me think of time.

Time is a precious possession in today’s fast-moving world and we are very much a time conscious generation. We all have the same amount of time – 24 hours a day but how do we choose to use our time?

At the beginning of October my daughter, Laura, turns 21 – I still remember very vividly and with great joy the day she was born as if it were only yesterday – how time flies by!!

God is in complete control of all time – he began the world according to His timing and He will return in His time.

Please take time to read the great “A Time for everything” passage in Ecclesiastes 3 (1-8).

Within our Children’s, Youth & Family work here in our congregation the time has come to change a few things –

The Young Mothers Group has changed the start and finish time of its Tuesday morning meetings in order to better accommodate the young mothers who attend – it will now start at 9.30am and end at 11.30am. Further information on this group can be found elsewhere in this magazine.

The Youth Group for secondary school aged young people has changed both its meeting day and time. The group previously met on a Sunday evening from 7.30pm-9.30pm in the Lounge Area & Lower Hall at the Church but in an attempt to attract new members the group will now meet on a Friday evening in the Glebe St Hall from 7pm -9.30pm for games, crafts, speakers, outings, quizzes and much much more !

Please pass on these new timings and arrangements to anyone in your family, friendship circle or neighbourhood who has young children or teenagers who meet the criteria for these groups.

Our Sunday School sections & Creche continue to meet on a Sunday morning, please encourage any children or young person you may know to come along and enjoy the fun and activities on offer every Sunday morning.

For families we have just had another successful family film afternoon watching Inside Out the award-winning Disney animation film about feelings and how we cope when things change in our life. A few new families joined us who I hope will come back to some or all of the other events we have planned in the coming months.

We have our next Messy Church event on Sunday 6th October in the Glebe St Hall from 4-6pm – please see the poster in this month's magazine for more information and finally we have a Family Beetle Drive & Bingo Night in the Glebe St Hall on Friday 8th November from 6-8pm where everyone is welcome – please see the poster in this magazine for more details.

Subject to demand I would like to run some events for children over the School October Week (Monday 14th – Friday 18th Oct) in the mornings from 10am – 12noon. Please keep an eye on the church intimations and website for more information in the coming weeks. I would also need a few volunteers to help at some or all of the sessions – so if you are free and willing to assist please text, email or speak to me please. My contact details are below.

Within our congregation we have been trying and will continue to try to find new expressions of faith or new ways of “doing Church” to encourage more young people and families to know the love of God and in response take an active interest and participation in the congregation’s life.

Take a bit of time today to turn to God and pray to Him to ask how you should best spend your time for his glory.

As always, I am very appreciative of all your support and prayers - thank you.

Iain (Youth & Families Worker) 

 

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East Kilbride Old Parish Church
Montgomery Street
The Village
East Kilbride
Scotland
G74 4JS

Telephone:
01355 279004
Office opening times:
Tuesday & Friday
9:30am to 12:30pm
Email:
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