News in brief from around the lo­cal churches

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Burn­side Blair­beth Church has started a new fes­tive ini­tia­tive. If you have been in the shops in Blair­beth, Burn­side and Spit­tal over the last ten days you might have met a sheep.

They are part of the Burn­side Blair­beth church Na­tiv­ity sheep trail.

Twenty-six shops have played host to knit­ted sheep and each sheep is in­di­vid­u­ally named.

Par­tic­i­pants in the trail try to col­lect as many of the sheep names as pos­si­ble and fill them in on their reg­is­tra­tion form.

They then bring the com­pleted reg­is­tra­tion form to a carol singing and prize giv­ing evening be­ing held this Satur­day, De­cem­ber 19, at 6.30pm at the Rodger Me­mo­rial build­ing in Blair­beth.

There is still time for you to take part in the trail and you ei­ther down­load your reg­is­tra­tion form from face­book. com/Burn­sid­eBlair­beth or you can email me­lanie.ziegler@ burn­side­blair­bethchurch.org.uk

The church’s out­reach worker, Me­lanie Ziegler said“We are grate­ful to all of the busi­nesses who have made the na­tiv­ity trail pos­si­ble.

“We hope that peo­ple have lots of fun and also find out more about the Christ­mas story. Even if peo­ple haven’t taken part in the na­tiv­ity trail we would love to see them at the carol singing and prize giv­ing.”

This year’s Christ­mas Eve Ser­vice in Ruther­glen Old Parish Church will take place at 11.30pm, with tea and bis­cuits avail­able from 11pm.

They shall be joined, as usual, by their friends from The Sal­va­tion Army whose Band will ac­com­pany the Hymn singing.

Doors will be open to ev­ery­one to wel­come in Christ­mas with us.

St Oswald’s Church re­cently earned money for some good causes.

The church held a Christ­mas fair that sold small home­made items.

They earned £143 from sell­ing the items, which will all be do­nated to char­ity.

As Christ­mas ap­proaches, a warm in­vi­ta­tion is ex­tended to the com­mu­nity to join in any or all of the Christ­mas ac­tiv­i­ties at King’s Park Church. This Sun­day, De­cem­ber 20, the morn­ing ser­vice at 11am will be a Christ­mas fam­ily ser­vice with the Na­tiv­ity be­ing pre­sented by the young peo­ple of the Church. The evening ser­vice of wor­ship at 6.30pm will take the form of carols around the Christ­mas tree.

On Tues­day, De­cem­ber 22, the weekly cof­fee morn­ing takes place from 10am to noon, while the prayer group meet from 11am to 11.30am in the lounge. Later in the day, chil­dren aged five – nine years can have fun at the youth club which runs be­tween 3.30pm and 4.45pm in the lesser hall. In the evening, any­one who en­joys car­olsing­ing is in­vited to join in‘Carol Singing around the Parish’, leav­ing from the church at 7pm.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing, Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 23 at 10.30am, the church wel­comes Bankhead Pri­mary School for their Christ­mas ser­vice. All wel­come.

Look­ing ahead to Christ­mas Eve, there will be two ser­vices. First, at 7pm, there is the Christ­mas Eve fam­ily ser­vice (with re­fresh­ments from 6.30pm). Later, at 11.15pm, the pop­u­lar Watch­night ser­vice takes place – with re­fresh­ments served from 10.45pm.

Then, on Christ­mas Day, ev­ery­one is in­vited to share in the cel­e­bra­tions of Je­sus’ birth­day in a short ser­vice be­gin­ning at 10am.

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

It will take place this 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.

Cam­bus­lang Parish Church’s Com­mu­nity Café will be closed on four con­sec­u­tive Wed­nes­days over the fes­tive pe­riod.

It will be closed on De­cem­ber 16, 23, 30 and Jan­uary 6.

It will re-open on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 13.

Cam­bus­lang Parish Church has re­cently re­launched its web­site.

More in­for­ma­tion on the church can now be found at http:// cam­bus­lang­parishchurch.org. uk/wp

Glas­gow the Car­ing City has re­cently been over­whelmed with do­na­tions and des­per­ately needs peo­ple to help out Mon­day to Fri­day be­tween

If you have any church news that you want to be in­cluded in the Re­former then con­tact jonathan.ged­des@trin­i­tymir­ror. com.

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