On Sunday 24 March this year we set time as a
congregation to Celebrate church: in Worship we saw that many people had known
different churches the length and breadth of Scotland and as far flung as
Malawi and visitors from Australia. In a sense this could have been any Sunday,
as barely a Sunday goes by, but we welcome visitors from around the world.
Sometimes too we welcome visitors and the good thing is that they are able to
stay. All of this is happening to and for us in Kelvinside Hillhead and there
is no reason why this should stop.
As part of our Celebrating Church we took time
out from our coffee and hot cross buns, to write down what is good about our
Church. People recalled significant life events in a congregation of young and
old alike and across the generations. And so one lady recalled the memory of
her youngest being baptised 52 years ago. Others said they enjoyed the baptisms
of older children and adults.
All this is captured in a sanctuary that
enlightens our spirits with colour and detail and the illuminating light
shining through the stained glass. Young and old described it as a place of
calm and tranquility. A place where people’s souls were fed spiritual fruits.
Underpinning all this was the social friendships
that we enjoy with one another. Delight at home baking and the opportunity to
drink cups of coffee. Examples of people’s skills at making jam and chutney and
knitting church mice and more.
But ours is not a church that looks inward- we are here for our community and that may be you. So please do visit – and even come to stay!
Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church is a large traditional church building with a quiet ambiance. The spacious, light and quiet sanctuary generates a deep feeling of peace in people who are suffering the loss of a loved one.
In the event of a death in the family, you should first contact an undertaker to make arrangements for the funeral. If you wish to use the Church, you should tell the undertaker – who will then contact the Minister. The detailed arrangements are then made between the undertaker and Minister.
You do not have to be a Church member to use the Church. We will organise an organist and ensure that the Church is ready for the undertaker, family and mourners.
For specific enquiries and advice on funeral arrangements, please contact the Minister, Rev Marian Cowie, using the form below.
You can be married in our Church even if you are not members of the Church of Scotland or Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church. If neither the bride nor groom is a member of the Church, the first approach should be to the Minister for advice.
With its beautiful central aisle the church is an ideal setting for a wedding ceremony. However, other options can be explored depending on individual
preferences – including a ceremony in a public or private building, e.g. a hotel.
Contact the Minister, Rev Marian Cowie, using the form below.
Baptism is the appointed way of entry into Christ’s Church.
In the Church of Scotland the sacrament of baptism can be celebrated at any stage of a person’s life.
In baptism, young or old, we are baptised into the love of God, the God who loved us before we loved Him. We baptise infants in the hope and expectation that they be brought up in the Christian Church and family of God.
Usually then our Minister is looking for signs that this is the parent’s intention in the case of a baby/child. If you do wish a child to be baptised, or to be baptised yourself, please contact Reverend Marian Cowie and the ministry team by using the contact form below.
Within the Church of Scotland we can also offer a service of blessing for our children if this your preference. We will be happy to discuss this with you.
At Messy Mardi Gras on Saturday morning we made and ate these pancakes – they are the drop scone type that are lovely with butter and jam, or stacked up and eaten with blueberries and syrup!
Makes about 12 small pancakes.
225g plain flour
2.5 tsps baking powder (or you can use self-raising flour, in which case only add a tsp of baking powder)
1 tablespoon of sugar
Pinch of salt
Enough milk to make the eggs up to 300ml
Note: if you make these in a large jug or a bowl with a lip, it’s much easier to pour the mixture into the pan than to use a spoon.
Mix the dry ingredients and make a well in the middle. Break the eggs into a measuring jug and add milk to make up to 300ml. Then add the milk & egg into the dry ingredients, a little at a time at first, so that you get a smooth batter.
You’re aiming for a similar thickness to double cream, so add less or more milk as required.
Heat a little oil or butter in a thick bottomed frying pan and pour in the batter to either make several small pancakes or one large one at a time.
The pancakes are ready for turning over when the tops are bubbling and the edges have started to set. The second side will take less time to cook – less than a minute in a hot pan.
Roger Sturrock will be leading this year’s Lent Bible studies based on the film “The Greatest Showman”, the story of the great American showman Phineas Barnum.
The study booklet is entitled “From Now On” and deals with the great themes of hope and redemption.
The studies will begin with a showing of the film at 7.30pm in Wellington’s Woodlands Hall on Thursday 7th March followed by 5 studies in the Hall from 7.30-9.00 pm on Thursdays, 14th, 21st, 28th March and 4th, 11th April.
Coffee and tea, etc., will be available. Please make a note of these studies in your diaries and come along. Everyone is invited.