Open Church returns

We opened our doors again today for the first Open Church of 2021.

We’re delighted to be able to resume these hours of private prayer and contemplation, and to provide the community with a place to enjoy peaceful time out.

The Church is open:

  • Tuesdays from 12:30 – 13:30 (from 13th April 2021)
  • Saturdays from 14:00 – 15:00 (from 10th April 2021)

As was the case before Christmas, we ask that you enter by the west doors in Saltoun Street and please wear a face covering.

There are limits on numbers able to be in the building at one time, 2 metre social distancing at all times, hand sanitiser, designated seating in the pews and a one way system for moving about the building – don’t worry, our friendly stewards will keep you right!

We are very much looking forward to seeing you

Sunday Evening Services for Lent 2021

Our joint evening services at 7pm take place at the moment via Zoom. Everyone is welcome – contact Helen to join the mailing list for the links.

During Lent, our evening worship will rely on the Lent course Still Standing by Rachel Mann. The study is based on the film Rocketman which depicts the life of Elton John. A controversial choice some may think. Rachel starts from Matthew 18:3 (“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.) and introduces her book as follows:

“Rocketman, the biopic about rock superstar Elton John, might strike some as, at best, a surprising and, at worst, an outrageous choice as the basis for a Lent course. There are no two ways about it, Sir Elton Hercules John has lived a life full of excess and naughtiness that few, even in the world of rock and roll music, can match. It is worth saying, at the outset, that the film on which this course is based is 15 rated, and contains language of the strongest, earthiest sort, and depicts scenes which some will find challenging. So why select this film for a Lent course, if it is likely to upset many people? We, perhaps, because underneath the drug-taking, the bad language, and the random sexual encounters, Rocketman arguably presents the story of a person seeking not only redemption, but what it means to become a little child.” (p. 7)

We hope that you will take up the challenge of this Lent course. There is no need to buy the book (unless you want to) and we will show relevant film excerpts during the evening worship so it does not matter if you know the movie or not.

Open Church suspended for the time being

It was agreed last night at an Extra-Ordinary meeting of the KH Kirk Session that we suspend the Open Church sessions in the building on Tuesdays and Saturdays, the reasons being the continued and accelerated threat of Covid 19. 

We are very sad to make this decision, having felt that it was important to keep our doors open to be a continued presence in the West End, and a place where the community could come and take some time out from the day to day to sit and reflect.

The Session would like to thank all who have contributed over the last few months, in whatever capacity, to make it the success it has been. We will be back in contact if and when things change. In the meantime please have a Happy Christmas and restful New Year.

Remember, we can still be Together While We’re Apart.

A sunny Saturday

The sun shone on our first Saturday open hour for private prayer.

It was lovely to be back spending some time in this space, hearing the organ play, sharing peace, contemplation and prayer, and seeing (with all the appropriate precautions!) each other after so long.

Reminder: the church is now open for private prayer on:

  • Tuesdays for one hour between 12.30pm and 1.30pm
  • Saturdays for one hour between 2pm and 3pm

Doors open! Church open for private prayer from 22nd September (Tuesdays and Saturdays)

Exciting news! We’re now able to open the church building for private prayer on:

  • Tuesdays from 12:30 – 13:30 (from 22nd September 2020)
  • Saturdays from 14:00 – 15:00 (from 26th September 2020)

Please enter by the west doors in Saltoun Street and please wear a face covering.

As you will expect there will be in place all the procedures to which we are becoming accustomed in other areas of our life: hand-sanitisers; statutory notices; one-way systems; labelled socially-distanced seating.  Be prepared because, accustomed as we are to all this, it might come as a bit of a shock to find it in church.  Obviously we must keep everyone safe (and legal!)  There will be friendly stewards to help.

One thing which might not occur to you:-  to achieve the needed level of ventilation (as well as to make sure people know we’re back!) we shall have all the doors open as indeed we usually do on our regular Saturday and Tuesday openings.  Please dress for the temperature.  (Perhaps think back to what your Granny or Great-Granny wore to church when you were wee in the era before anyone expected central-heating.)

We are very much looking forward to seeing you

Joint Sunday Evening Services return… on Zoom!

Last Sunday our usual joint Sunday Evening service returned after the Summer break.

We gathered online with our friends from Wellington, Kelvin Bridge, and Hillhead Baptist churches, and guest preacher Rev David Coleman, Environmental Chaplin to Eco Congregation Scotland, for prayer, reflection and singing.

And although all was conducted remotely, there was still time after the service to catch up and chat as usual.

If you would like to join in with these weekly 7pm services, please contact Helen at children.kelvinsidehillhead@gmail.com and she will send you the link and joining info, and answer any questions you might have about how to connect.

See you on Sunday!

Together while we’re apart

Here are some of the ways we are keeping in touch as a community while we continue to be apart.

Sundays:

Karen Hendry, our Interim Moderator leads a short service via Zoom for the congregations of both Yoker and KH on a Sunday morning. To join the mailing list and get a link for these, contact Karen at khendry@churchofscotland.org.uk

Karen’s reflection at the start of the service is also available to watch after the event here.

At 11am we are invited to join together in prayer, thinking of each other. Additionally, Wellington Church continue to provide a pre-recorded service every Sunday which is made available on their website at llam.

Helen makes sure Young Church keeps going with a weekly email full of activities. If your child would like to receive this, contact her at children.kelvinsidehillhead@gmail.com

At 7pm all Christians in Scotland (and beyond!) join in prayer.

Other ways we’re getting together:

Roger Sturrock leads a weekly Bible Study on a Tuesday at 7.30pm using Zoom – contact Roger at rsturrock@churchofscotland.org.uk for more information about this and to join in.

The Wednesday lunches may not be possible at the moment, but Karen hosts a Zoom Wednesday Tea Break at 2pm (often with a quiz!) – all are welcome. Contact Karen Hendry as above to take part in this.

Finally, Guide and Brownie groups are also enjoying virtual meetings. Please contact your child’s own unit leader for more information.