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 Old holds its annual ‘Rainbow Service’ in the Parish Church on Sunday 18th December at 3pm.
This short service is for those who have been bereaved, either recently or some time ago, and find the ‘jolly’ side of Christmas painful or tinged with sadness. We invite you to come along for a service of worship, remembrance and reflection.
During the service you will have the opportunity to tie a coloured ribbon to the Rainbow Tree in memory of a loved one, as well as take one home as a keepsake. Please note this service is not suitable for young children.
The Rainbow Tree will remain in church until Easter Day, when all the ribbons will be carefully removed, ironed and made into something beautiful.
A new online advent calendar will bring the spirit of Christmas to life with 24 specially created videos made by Church of Scotland ministers.
The online calendar will release a daily video from a unique collection whose tone ranges from the joyful to the spiritual. The calendar is available to download now, before it goes live on the 1st of December.
Every day of advent will see a new video message released and, by clicking on the window for that day, people can view the short film. The calendar is online now and can be accessed via the Church of Scotland Facebook page and on the Church website.
Source: The Church of Scotland
Abronhill Parish Church will be open on Friday, 3rd July between 11.30 and 12.30 to allow people to come together for private prayer and reflection and to join in the national minute’s silence at midday for all affected by the recent tragedy in Tunisia. A Book of Condolence will also be available for anyone who wishes to sign.
The latest book in the popular Pray Now series is now available to buy.
Based on the theme ‘Living Stones’, which was also the theme for this year’s Heart & Soul event timed to coincide with the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the book explores through prayer and meditation the ways in which architecture, landscapes and people inspire us in our relationship with God.
Living Stones 2015 guides the reader through the year, with 52 chapters, offering both a weekly and daily prayer resource of a Bible verse, meditation, morning and evening prayers, additional Scripture reading suggestions and a blessing. There are also prayer activities and space for users of the book to make their own personal notes and observations.
Rev Carol Ford, convener of the Pray Now Writers’ Group, says: “Living Stones prompts us all to meditate and pray about our personal and communal response to God’s love in our daily living. Hopefully, the content of this book offers comfort, reassurance, challenge and food for thought as well as providing a structure for daily devotions and stimuli for our own prayers.”
Living Stones can be purchased directly from St Andrew Press at a cost of £9.99 (discounts on bulk orders are available from St Andrew Press).
Cumbernauld Churches Together are holding a series of six Lent Meditations during February and March. These will be held on Thursday evenings in Condorrat Parish Church and are open to all. Although each of the reflections is part of a series, you can attend as many or as few of them as you choose. We start with tea / coffee at 7.00pm and aim to finish around 9pm.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church holds its annual service of memorial and remembrance next Sunday 14th December at 3.00pm in the Parish Church, Cumbernauld Village.
This service is especially for people who have been bereaved – recently or long ago – and who find the ‘jolly’ side of Christmas painful and wish to remember loved ones quietly. The service will last about 45 minutes and there will be tea and coffee afterwards.
Please note that the service is not suitable for very young children (under three) but there will be a crèche and helpers available to look after the children during the service.
The Rainbow Tree will remain in church after the service, with another at the Forge in Balloch, and you are welcome to add ribbons to it any Sunday during the winter months.