Thursday, 24 December 2015

Blessing for Christmas

From the last 'Advent Space' in the church, a blessing

Go safely towards Christmas Day,
trusting that love is moving towards you.
And may the God of love go with you,
the child of Bethlehem touch your life
and gifts of grace bless you every step of the way

Amen

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas Eve

Image result for christmas star over bethlehem
Thursday 24th Dec 11:30 pm
Christmas Eve Service 
(followed by a short service of 
Holy Communion for those who wish to stay)
 and 
Sunday 27th Dec. 11am 
Service of Lessons and Carols

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Advent spaces

This year, during Advent we are offering all who use the building here at Kelvinbridge a space to pause, to rest, to think, to pray, to take away a blessing.
This third week of Advent we have:

A Space for Hope



This week we focus on recognising the small signs of hope which are present among us. In these days we sometimes find it hard to see the signs of hope around us. There are so many signs of struggle, tragedy and suffering. Many are worried what the future will bring. It can be hard to sustain hope.
Let us pause and discover fragile signs of hope which we can see around us, like shoots that push up into the light.
Let us believe today that love is stronger than hate,
that life-giving things are more powerful than the things that are deathly,

Around the world there are people like us,
sometimes living in much harder places in their lives,
who also long for hope and look with eyes of faith to find the signs of hope around them
Let us pause for a moment and join our longing with theirs
If we pray, let us pray for any today who feel they have nothing to hope for.
Let us think of the things that help us to have hope in the future.
Let us be thankful for those who bring light into our lives.

Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.


A blessing
Go in hope
to discover the fragile and strong hopes which lie around you.
And may the Spirit of God dance in your path,
the Creator rise in life in surprising places
and every turn in the road bring you new possibilities.

Amen
Adapted from In this Hour: Liturgies for Pausing, Dorothy McRae-McMahon, SPCK 2001


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas services at Kelvinbridge
Sunday 20th  Dec. 11am
Family Service led by the Sunday Club.
Thursday 24th Dec 11:30 pm
Christmas Eve Service (followed by a short service of Holy Communion for those who wish to stay)
 Sunday 27th Dec. 11am
Service of Lessons and Carols

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Christmas Clothing Appeal




James Stuart the Captain of the first Glasgow Boys' Brigade Company based at Kelvinbridge writes...

CHRISTMAS CLOTHING APPEAL
As we announced a few weeks ago, the company is running a clothing collection on behalf of the charity Glasgow the Caring City. We are looking for donations of ‘quality clothing’ which the charity will deliver to refugee support centres in Eastern Europe.
The clothes collected should be practical and in good, wearable condition, but other than that, there are no real restrictions. So, YES to clothing, shoes, jackets, socks, hats and gloves; NO to tents, sleeping bags, medicines, cooking utensils, toiletries.
The collection will take place at the church on the evenings of Wed 9 December and Fri 11 December, between 7.30 and 9. I hope you will be able to support the appeal by bringing whatever you can on one of those evenings.

For more information, please contact captain James Stuart at 1stboysbrigade@gmail.com








Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Kelvinbridge this week, remembering,discussing, dreaming of sunny days!


Advent Spaces
A Space for Memories and Grieving
This second week in Advent we focus on pausing to remember in ourselves, or in others, the life experiences which may bring a sense of loss, grief or pain into Christmas.

In these days, the focus of the community is on the coming of love into the world, on the expression of that love in families,
on having friends and people who love us, on the giving and receiving of gifts:
Some of us are not surrounded by love, some of us have no families, or we are part of families which are not always expressions of loving relationship.
Some of us are carried into painful awareness of loss,
of the absence of people we have loved.
Sometimes we would rather that Christmas was past.
Some of us remember others for whom Christmas is an ordeal rather than a joy.

On this day let us stay with our real feelings about the journey towards Christmas
On this day, if need be we will grieve for ourselves or for others who do not look forward to Christmas with hopeful anticipation.

 

This bowl of salt water
symbolises the tears of the world and our tears as we approach Christmas.



If we pray, let us pray for any in pain or despair this Christmas.

Jesus said  “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

A Blessing: 
Go in peace
And may you be held in the hollow of God’s hand
for healing and comfort
surrounded each day by the presence of love
and covered by the warm bright wings of the Spirit.
Amen.

 Adapted from In this Hour:Liturgies for Pausing, Dorothy McRae -McMahon SPCK 2001

Advent Characters and Questions
Reflection and discussion
Wednesdays in Advent


Wednesday 8th Dec. 1pm.
 Joseph, the Stand-in-Father (Matthew 1. 18-25).

The Voyagers Club

Thursday 9th Dec. 7:30pm
Heather Willimot will give an illustrated talk on Sardinia and Sicily.
£2.50 to cover tea and other expenses
All Welcome

Friday, 4 December 2015

Just a reminder...!

Come in from the cold for coffee (or tea) a mince pie (or apple pie) carols (in Christmas jumpers) and much more!
KELVINBRIDGE PARISH CHURCH
Belmont St
COFFEE&CAROLS

 in the
Church Hall
SATURDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2015
FROM 10.30am TILL 12.30pm

with home baking and gift stalls
                         TICKETS  £2.00

Monday, 30 November 2015

Saturday

Come in from the cold for coffee (or tea) a mince pie (or apple pie) carols (in Christmas jumpers) and much more!
KELVINBRIDGE PARISH CHURCH
Belmont St
COFFEE&CAROLS

 in the
Church Hall
SATURDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2015
FROM 10.30am TILL 12.30pm

with home baking and gift stalls
                         TICKETS  £2.00


Advent Spaces

As the church celebrates the season of Advent, this year we are offering all who use the building here at Kelvinbridge a space to pause, to rest, to think, to pray, to take away a blessing.
Each week will have a different focus.
There will be:

*A Space  for Peace

*A Space for Memories and Grieving

*A Space for Hope

*A Space for Love

This week we offer


       

      A 
Space for 
   Peace







          A SPACE FOR PEACE
          If we feel pressured and anxious at this time,
let us take time out, lay down our concerns and matters for decision for a few minutes, so we can begin to think more clearly with new energy.

Christmas is a time when we hope for gifts of peace.
Let us reflect on the ways in which we long for peace, and be open to new insights.
If we pray, let us pray for peace in these days,
personal peace, peace for those we love  and peace for the world.

Jesus says  ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid’. John 14:27

A Blessing...

Go in peace,
the peace which passes understanding.
And may the gift of quiet be still within you,
the gift of calm surround your soul
and God walk with you in wisdom and grace.
Amen

Adapted from In This Hour: Liturgies for Pausing, Dorothy McRae-McMahon, SPCK 2001

Saturday, 14 November 2015

The Guild at Kelvinbridge






Continuing the three-year, themed cycle of work which has seen its members reach record levels of giving, even in these straitened economic times, the focus of the Guild's work is to be bold and strong in our communities, nation and world, both in sharing our faith and resources, and in doing everything in our power to bring about positive change.
The strategy 'Be Bold, Be Strong' will see members invited to raise awareness of, pray for, and fundraise for the following areas of work with these partner organisations.
These six projects running from 2015-2018 will surely inspire and encourage members to support them with "worship, prayer and action."

2015 - 2018 projects

  • Ascension Trust (Scotland)

    Ascension Trust (Scotland)

  • Care for the Family

    Care for the Family

  • Christian Aid

    Christian Aid

  • Feed the Minds

    Feed the Minds

  • Mission International

    Mission International

  • Prospects

    Prospects


This Sunday, 15th November there will be the 
Guild Dedication Service 
at Kelvinbridge at 11am
We will hear about the Guild Projects for the three year period 2015-2018












































The Guild will be serving a fundraising lunch on Sunday 22nd November after the service, entry by donation, to raise funds to support these projects.

This Sunday we will also remember the themes of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign
Details below are taken from the Guild facebook page 

Church of Scotland Guild
Towards the end of this month, we begin '16 Days' - a special focus of prayer for those affected by domestic violence, coinciding with a wider campaign of activism against gender-based violence (see The Official 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign page). In our prayers, we also remember those affected by AIDS, and pray for International Justice Day too.
From 25 November - 10 December, we're joining together wherever we are at 4pm each day to pray. If you'd like a copy of our printed prayer diary, with a Bible verse and prayer for every day, please do get in touch.