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

Lent Bible Studies 2021 – starts 16th February 7.30pm

Once again, Roger Sturrock is running his Lenten bible study. These run on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm and will start tonight, Tuesday 16th February, and thereafter on the 23rd Feb and 2nd, 9th, 17th* and 23rd of March.

(*Note that the 17th March meeting is on a Wednesday)

All meetings are via Zoom. Contact Roger by email, or on 0141 942 8001 for the meeting details.

The studies will be based around the film “The Way” starring Martin Sheen, and the group will be reviewing film clips as an aid to discussion.

Additionally, a bible study booklet is available from Amazon, both in print and in a cheaper Kindle edition. This is completely optional and you don’t have to buy it to participate, but it does contain a wealth of additional material.

Ringing our (virtual) bells to celebrate the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

christianCND.org.uk/ban

At 12pm today the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force, so join us in making a joyful noise to celebrate the beginning of the end for nuclear weapons.

Bells will be ringing across the nation at 12 noon, and many of us will be standing on our doorsteps with bells and whistles to make a noise in celebration.

The Treaty comprehensively bans nuclear weapons among the countries that have ratified it – 51 so far, with many more to come, as over 80 countries have completed the first stage of signing the Treaty.

We join Scottish CND, the Church of Scotland, and people of all faiths and none across Scotland to hope and pray that the UK will join them.

#NuclearBan #TPNW

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.

Order of service for Remembrance, Tuesday 10th November 1pm (during 12.30-1.30 open church hour)

As our open church time from 12.30pm-1.30pm today is the closest to Remembrance Day, there will be a short act of worship, beginning at 1pm. All are welcome

Order of Service

Call to worship:
Hymn: O God our help in ages past (during which the wreath is laid)
The Last Post
2 Minute Silence
Reveille
Poem: Lawrence Binyon
Lord’s prayer
Short Reflection
Organ: Nimrod (Elgar)

Remembrance Day and Poppy Scotland

On Tuesday 10 November we shall be open for private prayer as usual between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

However for a brief time in the middle of that hour, there will be an appropriate readings and prayers for the Remembrance Day season and a wreath will be laid.

Poppies and a collection box for Poppy Scotland will be available in church at all opening times until and including 10 November. (Gift Aid forms are also available.)

Poppy Scotland also have a facility on their website for you to make a donation online.

Open for quiet time and contemplation

Once again, we are open for an hour tomorrow afternoon, Saturday 16 October between 2pm and 3pm, as a space to sit quietly, for contemplation and for prayer.

The organ will be playing at times, and there will be a brief spoken prayer, but otherwise this is a time to reflect and enjoy the peace and silence.

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

The church is open twice a week:

  • Tuesdays from 12:30 – 13:30 
  • Saturdays from 14:00 – 15:00 

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

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.

Christian Aid week 10th – 16th May

Christian Aid have risen to the occasion with a number of methods and activities to help us continue to support their work this lockdown Christian Aid week.

We may not be able to collect envelopes or make our donation as we would usually do, but you can share a Christian Aid e-envelope here.

We may not be together in person at church at the moment, but we can join together in Christian Aid online events such as 11am live daily reflections every day this week, and daily 7.30pm quizzes for the whole family on Facebook live.

Your gifts will save lives.