Want a break from the rush and busy-ness of Christmas to take some time out to pause and reflect?
Over twenty churches in Falkirk Presbytery of the Church of Scotland are inviting people to “Come, journey with the star” in your own time and in your own way at the Howgate Shopping Centre, Falkirk over three days next week.
The dates and times are:
Wednesday 20th December, from 12 noon – 3pm
Thursday 21st December, from 11am – 5pm
Friday 22nd December, from 11am – 3pm
If you can’t make it along to the Howgate, you can also follow our Advent journey online, or on your tablet or mobile phone, thanks to our friends at Sanctuary First -click on the link to find out more.
Cumbernauld Action of Churches Together are hosting a series of Advent Meditations on Wednesdays 6th, 13th and 20th December.
They will be held in the Lady Chapel of the Church of the Holy Name, Seafar and will start at 7pm with the opportunity for tea / coffee and chat beforehand.
The next of our churches to publicise their worship services for this Christmas season is Cumbernauld Old Parish Church. Their Christmas diary reads as follows:
Thursday 14th December – 7.00pm – Boys’ Brigade Carol Service in the Forge Community Centre, Balloch. All welcome!
Sunday 17th December – 10.15am – Gift Service plus J Team Nativity Play in the Parish Church, Cumbernauld Village, followed at 11.45am by a Gift Service in the Forge Centre, Balloch.
Also on Sunday 17th December at 6.30pm in the Parish Church we have our annual Rainbow Service, a time of memorial and reflection for those who have been bereaved.
Sunday 24th December – 4.30pm – Christingle Family Service at the Forge Centre, Balloch.
At 11.30pm there is a Watchnight service in the Parish Church in the Village.
Monday 25th December – 10.15am – Christmas Day family worship in the Parish Church.
Sunday 31st December – 10.15am – Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, Parish Church, and at 11.45am in the Forge Centre, Balloch.
We continue our congregations’ Christmas worship listings by looking at what’s available at Abronhill Parish Church during Advent and Christmas this year. As with all our services, everyone is welcome.
Sunday 3rd December – 6.30pm – Christmas carol sing-along
Sunday 10th December – 6.30pm – Plaza Praise (outside in the Larch Road Plaza)
Sunday 24th December – 6.30pm Family Christmas Eve service,
followed at 11.30pm by our Watchnight service
All services have tea/coffee (and mince pies hopefully!) afterwards.
Over the next few days we’ll be posting details of some of the Christmas worship services and activities being planned by our congregations. First up. it’s Condorrat Parish Church.
Sunday 10th December — 2pm — Toddlers’ Praise in the Church Hall. This is a time when children under 5 with their families, siblings, grandparents, etc. can come together for stories, songs and activities. It’s all very relaxed and lots of fun.
Sunday 17th December — 7.00pm — Carols By Candlelight, followed by mince pies and coffee in the Church Hall.
Sunday 24th December — 11pm — Carol singing in the Church prior to our ‘Midnight’ Service at 11.30pm. Then, at 11.30pm, we’ll have a worship service to welcome in Christmas Day.
Monday 25th December — 10.30am — A short Christmas Day service for the whole family in the Parish Church.
Sanctuary First invite us to “Take a moment to feel the peace this Christmas” at a special Falkirk Presbytery Advent prayer service at 3.30pm on Sunday 26th November in Falkirk Trinity Church.
You can either join us in person or online at www.sanctuaryfirst.org.uk
Yes, we know J.A.F.A. Church should be celebrating St. Andrew’s Day on 27th November but as it’s also the first Sunday in Advent and also, as the last Sunday of December is Christmas Day this year, we decided to have as our theme ‘Advent’ instead of St. Andrew.
So on Sunday 27th November, from 4-6pm at Abronhill Parish Church, we will be exploring the theme of ‘Advent’ (the name we give to the lead-up to Christmas).
We’ll be playing a dice game using the badminton court, journeying with Mary and Joseph on the long journey to Bethlehem, making advent wreaths / crowns, making Christmas banners and, as we’ll need a star to light the way, so we’ll be making stars too.
We hope you’ll come along and join in the fun! It’s free and we get fed too!