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This Sunday our service at 11 am will be in the hall and will be followed by fellowship tea and coffee. Our service this week will be led by Silke Masih. Come along and join with us in worship.

Thanks to all those who continue to support our Foodbank Sunday on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The next collection will be this Sunday 8th March.

The Lent Studies this year will begin on Friday 6th March and end on 3rd April. They will be held in St Brides Church Hall each Friday at 12.30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

We are hopeful that the work to repair the roof in the Church might start tomorrow. The first thing that will be done will be the construction of the scaffolding which is needed before the repair can begin. We will keep you posted!

We have had a letter from Hamilton Presbytery about a conference which might be of interest and an invitation for people to attend.

World and Community Interests Committee Speakers Conference will be held on Tuesday 17th March 2020   - 7.00pm for 7.30pm start with a finish at 9.00pm. This will be held in Dalziel St. Andrew’s Parish Church Motherwell

The Guest Speaker will be Kathy Galloway who will speak on the “Theological Reflection on Migration”.

One Good Friday

One Good Friday is a UK-wide initiative to perform the same play at the same time in various towns and cities. It is led by Wintershall, the team behind the Trafalgar Square Passion Play, which has been a part of London’s Easter celebrations for ten years. We are delighted to be the only Scottish production, which will be performed in Hamilton on Good Friday, 10th April, and in East Kilbride the following day. Both performances will commence at 3.15pm, the same time as the other locations. I have every confidence that God will bless this display of faith and Christian unity.

The script is a traditional re-enactment of the Passion which will last 90 minutes. Rehearsals are in full swing and we are all loving how simply the script moves us through that fateful week.

We are delighted to have Nicky Elliott join the cast once more in the role of Jesus. There are lots of ways, still, to get involved. We have a number of gaps in the cast – so if you would like to join us for a smaller role, without having to commit to weekly rehearsal, then please do get in touch and we will arrange something that can work for you.

As well as acting there are so many other ways you could get involved in taking the Gospel into our local community. Could you help with some painting or building? Could you steward or help set up on the day? Could you help raise awareness? Could you help with catering and look after our cast and crew? Only by working together as a community of faith can we realise our part in this national project.

Please do join us and be part of something special. You can join us any Tuesday at 7pm at Hamilton Old Parish Church or – if that doesn’t suit – please contact dramakirk@gmail.com.

Sunday School is on each week. All children are welcome.

All our own Church groups and activities meet weekly but check as organisations are normally off during the school holiday time.

The Girls’ Brigade is on Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m. Please pass this information around to any school age girls from P1 to S6.

The Boys’ Brigade is on Thursdays at 6.30 p.m. Please pass this information around to any school age boys from P1 to P6.
All young people are welcome to come along at any time and can bring a friend too!

The Hub Community Café meets fortnightly.  Admission is £3.50 and includes tea/coffee, cakes and entertainment. The first date is very soon - 5th March when Linda sings Country.

The Learning Together Group meets on a Wednesday night at 7pm. Come along to join with others to discuss the Bible.

If you like to have a coffee come along to the Tuesday Coffee and Chat at 10 am. (You can also get toast if you want it!) The Tuesday Coffee and Chat never close!

The Craft and Hobbies Group is on each Wednesday at 2pm and has resumed after the winter break. Please come along and join in with the crafting and the chat!!

You will be made very welcome at any group which meets in the church – as you might expect tea and coffee feature at a good number of them!

Let me know if you would like to know about any groups or if you would like to add anything to this newsletter.

We now have a set of slides being shown before the start of the service each Sunday so if you would like anything shown on these let us know. I think people are enjoying these and are pleased to know what is happening week by week especially to their Church friends.

Photo by Etienne Bösiger on Unsplash

Scripture: Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Matthew 17:2-3 (NLT)

Today’s Bible verses tell us about something that happened and is called “transfiguration.” Transfiguration means a complete change of appearance to be more beautiful.

The Bible tells us that one day Jesus took three of His disciples, Peter, James, and John, and went up on a mountain to pray. 

As Jesus prayed, His face was changed and His clothes became a dazzling white.

Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking to Jesus. Peter and the others had fallen asleep and when they woke up, they saw Jesus and the other two talking. They were amazed at that wonderful sight! 

What an experience! Do you know what caused the face of Jesus to be changed and His clothes to become dazzling white? It was because they were in the presence of God! 

You and I have many wonderful experiences in our daily walk with Jesus. Others can see that we have the love of Jesus in our heart by seeing his reflection shining bright in us!

Dear God, we thank You for the joy we experience in Jesus Christ. Help us reflect that joy in our bright, shining faces. In Jesus' name, amen.

Remember that we share lots of information and pages from Presbytery and from different churches on our Facebook pages every day. You can read and keep informed about all that is happening in the wider church and in our local area.

We have also had information from Christian Aid about the GLASGOW GATHERING.

The day is to explore how Christian Aid responds to communities in crisis across the world.

The Keynote speaker is Nick Guttmann, Christian Aid Head of Humanitarian Division

It is taking place on Friday 21 February 10am-1pm at Wheatley House Academy, 150 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1DW. Coffee will be served from 9:30am

If you would like to know more or to attend, please contact Glasgow@christian-aid.org or phone them on 0141 221 7475.

Continue to pray for our many church friends –Sylvia, Sheena and Bill, Isobelle, Agnes and Bill, Gil and Sheena, Margaret Adam, Margaret and Jean who is in hospital. Please add Kerry to your prayers as she is having a lot of problems with her eye which is making life very difficult for her.

I know that all our friends are pleased to know they are remembered by their church family each week.

Please also pray for Bobby who is the husband of a close friend of Morag. Can I ask for your prayers for my friend Hazel who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

If you want to add anyone to the prayer list, please let me know. I know that folks do appreciate your prayers and many people have said that knowing others are praying for them helps them get through some days.
 Church is on every Sunday followed by tea and coffee so come along and worship with us at 11 am.

God bless.

Laura,

Laura Fleming- Session Clerk