Changes to Christmas Services 2021 at KH

Sadly, due to the current Covid situation,  we have taken the decision to cancel our Christmas Eve Watchnight Service on 24th December.

In addition, the Sunday morning worship services on 26th December (Boxing Day) and 02 January will now be on Zoom, hosted and led by Steven Owens. Joining details will be circulated nearer the time.

These decisions are in line with the recommendations coming from the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland.

In the meantime we wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas.

Christmas services and events at Kelvinside Hillhead 2021

UPDATE: 21/12/21 – sadly, in line with recommendations from the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland, we have had to make the hard decision to cancel our Christmas Eve Watchnight Service. Subsequent services will be held online until otherwise communicated.

Saturday 18th December, 4pm – Cathures Christmas Concert
A short concert of unaccompanied choral music. Works from the 16th to the 21st century including The Coventry Carol, Bethlehem Down (Warlock), A Spotless Rose (Gjeilo), and of course We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Entry by donation at the door.

Sunday 19th December, 11am – A service of Lessons, Carols and Gifts
Once again our gifts are in support of the mothers and children helped by Glasgow Women’s Aid. Suitable gifts for children would be new toys, pyjamas, arts and crafts, sweets. For mums – pyjamas, slippers, gift sets, jewelry, chocolates. Financial gifts are also welcome. Service led by Steven Owens.

Friday 24th December, from 11.30pm – Christmas Eve Watchnight Service [UPDATE 21/12/21 – CANCELLED]
Gather for carols from 11.30pm. Service led by Steven Owens.

Sunday 26th December, 11am – Boxing Day Service
Sunday morning service led by Steven Owens. [UPDATE 21/12/21 – this service will now take place online via Zoom]

Sunday 2nd January, 11am – Sunday morning service
The first service of 2022, led by Steven Owens. [UPDATE 21/12/21 – this service will now take place online via Zoom]

TerraCycle recycling

Many of you have taken advantage of the TerraCycle scheme that allows you to recycle your Tassimo coffee pods by dropping them off in the container in the church carpark for collection.

Sadly, Tassimo are no longer going to be taking part in the scheme, however we’re still collecting pods until our final pick up on 14th December 2021 so please do drop off your pods by then if you’re collecting them at home.

Terracyle will still recycle a range of other products that would otherwise go to landfill. You can find out more by clicking on the link and, if you send off your shipment using the downloadable Freepost labels by the 15th December 2021, benefit KH at the same time. TerraCycle are offering us a bonus for packages received by the end of the year as a “thank you” for participation in the scheme.

Lucia Ensemble – Sankta Lucia, 10th December 2021 at 7.30pm

Lucia Ensemble warmly invite you to their upcoming concert celebrating the Swedish tradition of Sankta Lucia on the 10th of December, at 19:30 here at Kelvinside Hillhead. Tickets to the concert are free and can be obtained here.

Sankta Lucia is an integral part of Scandinavian Christmas tradition. With the light of candles, Scandinavians celebrate love, compassion and warmth in the cold and harsh winter months. This is traditionally done with a singing procession and a concert of beautiful Scandinavian choral works.

The international ensemble performing on this evening is formed of the talented students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland directed by Nils Benedikt Meier. Along with the young and lively ‘Lucia Ensemble’ choir, enjoy an interesting mix of musicians from different backgrounds, creating a lovely musical fusion of cultures.

Lucia Ensemble – Awake my heart, 15th November 2021 at 7.30pm

Lucia Ensemble warmly invite you to their upcoming concert Awake, my Heart! on the 15th of November, at 19:30 at the Renfield Centre on Bath Street. Tickets to the concert are free and can be obtained here.

Lucia Ensemble is a young, versatile and student-led chamber choir at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. With singers from 10 different countries, they are looking to develop a flexible repertoire of engaging and international choral music.

With Awake, my Heart!, they will be presenting an exciting mix of compositions from all around the world, featuring Indian poetry, American traditional church hymns and Estonian melodies. The highlights of the evening are the cantata Dein Edles Herz by Dietrich Buxtehude, and Jehan Alain’s Messe Modale en Septour, which feature soloists from their choir and instrumentalists from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Service of Remembrance – Òran Mór, Thursday 11 November 2021

Many of you will be aware that Òran Mór on the corner of Byres Road and Great Western Road, is the former Kelvinside Parish Church. As Rev Pat Lang has written previously, unlike the Belmont Church memorial, the Kelvinside war memorial was unable to be moved on the union of the churches which created our current congregation.

To remember the war dead who gave their lives for us, we will gather to hold a short Service of Remembrance in Òran Mór on Thursday 11 November. 

The gathering time will be from 10.30 am onwards. There will then be a short reflection with 2 minutes silence observed at 11am, after which the former church bells will be rung out.

Tea, coffee and chat will follow, courtesy of Òran Mór.

We are very sorry Rev Lang is not in a position to lead the service this year and she will be sadly missed. A small team from KH will lead the way in her absence.

We hope you can manage to come along. Please bring your friends, for all are very welcome.

Additionally, our Remembrance Sunday service will be held in Kelvinside-Hillhead Parish Church on 14th November 2021. We ask you to arrive at the slightly earlier time of 10.50 am so that we are prepared to observe the silence at 11 o’clock.