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What’s coming up at Christmas

Please continue to join us at our 9.30 am & 11.30 am services as we celebrate the season of Advent on Sunday 2, 9, 16 and 23 December. Each week, as we countdown to Christmas Day, an Advent candle will be lit and one of our Advent boxes will be opened.

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Wednesday 5 December 7 pm: English Language Classes Carol Service

Everyone is invited to come along and share in this special service of readings and carols with our friends who speak English as a secondary language. Refreshments will be served afterwards.


Saturday 8 December 12.30pm: The Beacon Community Christmas Dinner

A time for senior citizens to share a meal, catch up with old friends, make new friends, have fun and enjoy time together at Christmas.


Sunday 9 December 6.30 pm: Family & Community Carol Service

Get your Christmas jumpers on and join us for this family-friendly service as we explore the Christmas story with songs, readings and stories. We are delighted to welcome back the choirs from Dunclug and St Brigid’s Primary Schools who will be singing during the service. Supper will be served.


Friday 14 December 6.30 – 10.00pm: The Movement & SMMR FEST present- A NEON CHRISTMAS!

Come swagged out in white or neon and bring your mates, ready for a night of worship, words, prizes, plus an absolutely lit UV Rave! You don’t want to miss it!


Sunday 16 December: Christmas Sanctuary (Reflective Prayer and Worship)

Join us for this special evening of prayer and worship as we take time out in the busyness of the Christmas season to reflect on the heart of Christmas.


Thursday 20 December 8pm: Hope House Carol Service

Join us in Hope House (7 Alexander Park) as we retell the Christmas story with familiar carols and readings.


Sunday 23 December 6.30 pm: High Kirk Carol Service

We gather as a church family to celebrate the birth of Jesus with familiar readings and songs. Our special Christmas choir will be leading us in worship. Remember to stay after and enjoy some mince pies!


Tuesday 25 December 10.30 am: Christmas Morning Family Service

“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11. This short, family-friendly service is a wonderful opportunity to start your Christmas Day by celebrating Jesus’ birthday together – Come and join the celebration!


Sunday 30 December 10.30 am: Morning Worship Service (no evening service)

We gather at the end of the year to thank God for 2018 and to commit 2019 to Him.


Saturday 5 January: Day of Prayer

The prayer room will set up and opened for New Year prayer and recommitment. Sign up for a 1-hour slot at the information desk and come pray.


Sunday 6 January 9.30 & 11.30 am: New Year Recommitment & Communion Services

If you haven’t been at church in a while, why not come and join us on the first Sunday of this New Year. “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act.” Psalm 37:5

What’s coming up at Christmas

Please continue to join us at our 9.30 am & 11.30 am services as we celebrate the season of Advent on Sunday 3, 10 and 17 December. On Sunday 24 December we will have a combined morning service at 10.30am. Each week, in preparation for Christmas, we will light another one of our special Advent candles and will also open one of our Advent boxes.

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Sunday 3 December 6.30 pm: Family & Community Carol service

Get your Christmas jumpers on and join us for a 1-hour family-friendly service. We will be exploring the Christmas story afresh with songs, readings and stories. We are also looking forward to welcoming back the choirs from Dunclug and St Brigid’s Primary Schools. Please stay and join us for supper afterwards in the McCaughey Hall.


Sunday 10 December 6.30 pm: Christmas with The Movement

Andrew and our young people will lead this special service of Christmas praise, prayer and stories.


Sunday 17 December 6.30 pm: Christmas Carol Service

We gather as a church family to celebrate the birth of Jesus with familiar readings and songs. Our special Christmas choir will be leading us in worship. Remember to enjoy some mince pies in the McCaughey hall afterwards!


Sunday 24 December 10.30 am: Please note there will be one united morning service at 10.30 a.m.


Christmas Eve Evening at 6.30pm: Christmas Sanctuary (Prayer and Worship).

Norman and Stuart will lead a special evening of reflective prayer and peaceful worship on Christmas Eve as we take time out in the busyness of the Christmas season to reflect on the heart of Christmas.


Sunday 25 December 10.30 am: Christmas Morning Family Service (No evening service)

“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11.

This short, family-friendly service is a wonderful opportunity to start your Christmas Day by celebrating Jesus’ birthday together. Come and join the celebration! [N.B. there will be no evening service on 25 December]


Sunday 31 December 10.30 am: Morning Worship

We gather together on the last day of 2017 to thank God for the year that has passed and to commit 2018 to Him. Stuart will lead this service and Norman will bring us God’s Word. [N.B. there will be no evening service on 31 December]


Sunday 7 January 6.30 pm: New Year Communion

We begin our new year by celebrating Communion together. This service is a good opportunity for all of us to recommit ourselves to the Lord for 2018. “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act.” Psalm 37:5 (ESV)

Home

Home is a new preaching series beginning Sunday morning 30thApril.

Church ought to be like a home to us. It is home for those who are believers – we are meant to feel at home in this place where we are loved by our Heavenly Father and by our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Home is the place where we can be ourselves and are loved for who we are more than what we do or what we have achieved.

Home is the place where we find our identity – the place to come back to when we are messed up, lost and confused. Home should be welcoming and hospitable.

As part of the series we encourage people to invite friends and work colleagues as we explore what it means to come home to God our Creator and Father.

God has placed eternity in the hearts of every person, we are restless until we find our spiritual home in God.

High Kirk’s Got Talent Take 2

Following on from the unprecedented success of our previous event held back in 2014, High Kirk’s Got Talent (Take 2) took place on Saturday 25th March.

As a church we are about to embark on our Building Project and this was one of many opportunities over the coming months that you as members (along with extended family and friends) can help towards raising the necessary funding.

The proposals in our new building scheme will provide a more enhanced, welcoming environment with greater flexibility and additional space to help us do ‘church’ better as well as to better facilitate our current ministries and those that are yet to come. However, on the night of #HKGTT2, we wanted to draw our focus away from the ‘building’ and to remind ourselves that as a church we are about people and are blessed as a congregation in so many ways by our people.

With a wide range of acts and items, this was an evening for both young and old alike.

You can get an idea of the acts that took place, from the videos and photos below.

There will also be a DVD of the night to purchase, with all money raised going to the Building Project fund.

The Seed is Sown

The Seed is Sown

Think of your first memories of church. If you’ve grown up in the church from a young age, your thoughts probably begin with Sunday School.

Our faith journeys started around tables, hearing the old faithful stories. Noah and the ark showing us that nothing is impossible with God. David and Goliath teaching us that even if we’re weak, God can use us to do incredible things. And the great account of Calvary, and the hope and forgiveness we find in Jesus there.

We think back to the teachers who inspired us and led us to know Christ for the first time, the songs that we still remember to this day, the friendships we made.

The influence our Sunday school teachers had on us, continues to impact us to this day. So I want to insure the impact we have on our children is positive, helpful, and leads them closer towards Christ.

Our vision, is to see children grow in their love for Jesus and each other. Our aim is to love them as membImage result for cs lewis children are not a distractioners of our church family, learn from them and teach them,  to serve them as fellow disciples and to reach out to them with the hope of the gospel, and release them to reach out to their worlds.

To be a Sunday school teacher is not a job or Sunday routine but a privilege, to be chosen and used by Jesus. These children deserve our best, our dedication and our prayers. This is the authority Jesus has given us, trusting to us this perfect and beautiful message that offers real and true life to our children. And I believe that often we can be shortsighted and unbelieving about what the message of gospel can do to them. But the disciples were teenagers when they were called, whole families were gathered in churches in Acts and no where in the bible does Jesus reserve His teaching for adults only. He welcomed the children, picked them up and held them close to His heart. [Matthew 19:14] They are invited to relationship with Jesus. They are not excluded. They are not too young. [1 Timothy 4:12] They are welcome before Him always.

This ministry is a whole church investment. Disciples making disciples of all ages. It’s about relationship, about loving the other [John 13:34-35], about pushing each other towards Jesus. [Hebrews 10:24] Being committed to each other, and the glory of God.

Let’s be re-inspired by the significance of this ministry. By the joy experienced in the Father’s heart when a seed is planted in the heart of a child. [Mark 4:1-21] The simple and beautiful truths that sink deep into their hearts; that they are loved, known and forgiven. Sunday school is one step on their journey of faith. One step on their journey towards Jesus, towards serving Him, towards being the leaders of our churches, towards changing their culture and generation with the love of Jesus.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6

We always need more disciples willing to take on this vital role of discipling children!

If you’d like to get involved in this ministry, please talk to Gillian or Nikki. Or feel free to contact the church office at office@highkirk.org.uk.