News in brief from around the lo­cal churches

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

A Cof­fee Morn­ing with a dif­fer­ence will be held in the St An­drew’s Build­ing of Cam­bus­lang Parish Church Hall on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 12 from 10am till noon.

A warm wel­come awaits ev­ery­one who would like to come a long and enjoy a cup of tea/cof­fee, toasted fruit bread with but­ter or mince pie or warm pan­cake with jam and cream while singing along to favourite Christ­mas carols and songs.

No ticket nec­es­sary - do­na­tions will be grate­fully re­ceived for pas­toral care team funds.

Last year, Burn­side Blair­beth Church held an ex­tra Christ­mas ser­vice called‘Quiet Christ­mas’, and plan to do so again this year on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 13, at 4pm in Burn­side Church.

The ser­vice will last about half an hour, and will be quiet and re­flec­tive.

Min­is­ter Wil­liam Wil­son said: “Christ­mas can be a hard time of the year for peo­ple strug­gling with the loss of a loved one, or money wor­ries, or poor health. It can also be a hec­tic and pres­surised time of the year. This ser­vice is planned to al­low peo­ple space to stop, re­flect, and enjoy some bible read­ings, prayers and mu­sic that recog­nise the dif­fi­cul­ties we all face.”

Ev­ery­one will be made very wel­come, even if they have no church con­nec­tions. Af­ter­noon tea will be served at the end of the ser­vice.

Tick­ets are now on sale for Stonelaw Church’s Christ­mas con­cert, fea­tur­ing the amaz­ing Cale­do­nian Voices.

It will take place on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 18.

The reper­toire on the night in­cludes In Terra Pax by Ger­ald Finzi (1901 – 1956), Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars by Jonathan Dove (b. 1959) and Carols by Derek Clark (b. 1955).

Tick­ets are avail­able from the Meet­ing Place or at the door on the night, and are priced at £10.

A carol and cake night will be held at Ruther­glen United Re­formed Church, 69 John­stone Drive on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 11 at 7pm. An evening of carol singing, sea­sonal mu­sic from‘Da Capo Alba’, and fes­tive en­ter­tain­ment has been planned – so come along, join in the fun, and get your­self in the mood for Christ­mas.

This Sun­day, De­cem­ber 13, at King’s Park Church, the Sacra­ment of Holy Com­mu­nion will be cel­e­brated at 11am and again at 6.30pm.

Next Tues­day, De­cem­ber 15, a fes­tive con­cert will be given by King’s Park Brass; this be­gins at 7.30pm. On the fol­low­ing morn­ing, Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 16 at 10.30am, King’s Park Pri­mary School will be in the church for its Christ­mas ser­vice while Bankhead Pri­mary School will have its Christ­mas ser­vice on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 23 at 10.30am.

Some spe­cial ser­vices for chil­dren in­clude the Christ­mas fam­ily ser­vice on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 20 at 11am when the Sun­day school will present a na­tiv­ity play and then, on De­cem­ber 24 at 7pm there is the Christ­mas Eve fam­ily ser­vice (with re­fresh­ments from 6.30pm). On Christ­mas Day, the ser­vice be­gins at 10am.

Any­one who en­joys carol singing is in­vited to join in ‘Carol Singing around the Parish’on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 21, leav­ing the church at 7pm; for adults, the pop­u­lar watch­night ser­vice is on Christ­mas Eve at 11.15pm with re­fresh­ments served from 10.45pm.

If you have any church news that you want to be in­cluded in the Re­former then get in touch with jonathan. ged­des@trin­i­tymir­

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