​Christmas Coffee Afternoon on Saturday 25th November from 1.00 to 3.00pm

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Messy Church on Sunday 3rd December at 2.30pm

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Minister
Services
Location
Our Minister is the Rev Fiona Nicolson. Fiona conducts the service most Sundays supported by members of the congregation who form the choir and deliver bible readings.

At several special services during the year representatives of our youth organisations take an active part in the service.

Our normal Sunday services are at 11am.  On Remembrance Sunday the service is at 10.45am.

Children and young people participate in the first part of the service then leave to join the Creche, Sunday School and Youth Group.

Tea and coffee are served in the church hall after each service - everyone is made very welcome.
We worship in a red sandstone church dating from 1839.  It occupies a commanding site a short distance from Coatbridge town centre.  

New St Andrew's Parish Church was formed in 2008 as a result of a union. In fact, the current charge is the result of the unions of some seven congregations over the past five decades.   The first of these congregations was founded in 1837.
CHURCH   DIARY
December

Dec 3rd - Messy Church at 2.30pm
Dec 4th - Congregational Board at 7.30pm
Dec 10th - BB Carol Service at 6.30pm
Dec 17th - Joint Carol Service at 7.30pm
                   at New St Andrew's
Dec 19th - Community Christingle Service
                   at 6.30pm
Dec 22nd - Drumpark and Greenhill School                        Service at 9.45am
Dec 24th - Nativity Service at 11.00am
Dec 24th - Midnight Service
January

Jan 7th - Covenant Service at 11.00am
Jan 8th - Kirk Session at 7.30pm
November

Nov 5th - Communion at 11.00am
Nov 5th - Communion at 3.00pm
Nov 5th - Membership Class at 4.00pm
Nov 12th - Remembrance Sunday at 10.45am
Nov 12th - Café Church at 2.30pm
Nov 12th - Membership Class at 4.00pm
Nov 13th - Kirk Session at 7.30pm
Nov 14th - Discipleship Committee at 8.00pm
Nov 15th - Schools' Children's March 
Nov 18th - Annual Leaf Gathering at 9.30am
Nov 25th - Christmas Coffee Afternoon at 1.00pm
Nov 26th - Memorial Service at 3.00pm
Nov 27th - Property Committee at 7.00pm
Nov 27th - Outreach Committee at 8.00pm
Nov 28th - Fundraising Committee at 7.00pm

Messy Church

Messy Church is an opportunity for families to get together with other families to have fun doing arts and crafts, all with a Biblical theme. Then to explore that together through worship.

It’s lots of fun, can sometimes be quite messy and is a GREAT way to learn about God and the Bible in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. A good time for all the family! Look out for details of our next event in the Church Magazine or Order of Service and come along and give it a try ?
Café Church

Café Church is an opportunity to sit and talk with others over a coffee (or tea if you prefer), to take part in activities and discussions which explore Christian themes in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

It’s a great way to explore your faith with others and to have fun and fellowship with other Christians. Look out for details of our next event in the Church Magazine or Order of Service and come along and give it a try?
Holy communion
Prayer groups
We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of March, June and September and on the last Sunday of November.  Our Communion Service is open to all those who love the Lord.
Our Bible Study Group meets every Tuesday afternoon in the Memorial Chapel.
    Help in the community
Always welcome
We support the local community in many ways including:

- baptism, wedding and funeral services
- making our halls available for other charities
- supporting local and national charities
- running youth and adult organisations
- working with local schools
Our church is open to everyone.   Office bearers at the front door will provide a warm welcome, answer any questions you may have or address any concerns.    Please feel free to sit anywhere.          We are wheel chair friendly with ramped access to the church and hall.   (Click HERE for more information).   Come as you are.    There really is not a dress code – you can decide how smart or casual you want to be.    Just relax and be yourself.
PRAYER

Over the next few months please pray for:        

  • those who have been bereaved this year as they face Christmas without loved ones
  • the homeless who don't know much cheer at this time of year
  • our young folk that they might know the true meaning of Christmas
  • each other as we too seek to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas


  
Remembrance Sunday 2017


The Remembrance Service took place this year on  12 November.   The church was very busy with all the youth organisations on parade along with parents and friends.  The Boys’ Brigade, Girls’ Brigade and Guide colours were presented and then John Scougall, Boys’ Brigade officer laid a wreath at the communion table. 
 
The lessons were read by Craig McKee from the Boys’ Brigade and Mia Robertson from the Girls’ Brigade.  Craig read from Matthew on love for enemies and Mia read from 1 John on God’s love and ours.

Fiona’s family talk was on Remember.  Eight young people helped Fiona on this theme.  They held up poppy outlines with bible texts and by a quick move, their usual red colour revealed the letters R E M E M B E R.  The poppy is a symbol of remembering those who died on our behalf.  Loving one another now is proof that we do remember those who have gone.  In addition to these eight poppies, there were lots of different poppies both inside and outside the church.  Inside, thanks to Greenhill Primary Messy Church, there were lollipop poppies, a long field of poppies and paper wreaths.  Outside, thanks to the hard work of the Outreach Committee, there were over 600  plastic poppies on the front railings.

Continuing her theme, Fiona reinforced our scripture readings that remembering is about how we conduct ourselves all the time.  We must love one another by caring, listening, encouraging, helping and getting on with others.  Remembrance is for everyone – we can all do something which can make a difference.

After Molly Biggar from the Guides led us in prayer, the colours were returned and the service ended with the National Anthem and the Benediction.
  
School Remembrance Service
Fiona conducted a Remembrance Service in the church on 10th November for Greenhill School.  The pupils took part and all their work from Messy Church was on display in the church.  There was also a silence for the Act of Remembrance.



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Boys’ Brigade Battalion Parade

The Boys’ Brigade Battalion Parade took place on Sunday 29 October 2017 and Fiona conducted the service here in New St Andrew’s.  At the service, our company, 1st Coatbridge, received the Battalion Company Section Challenge Trophy for last session.  This was presented by the Battalion President, George Bustard.  Unfortunately our captain, Jim Elliot, was not able to be present due to ill health.  In his absence the trophy was presented to his daughters, Lisa and Yvonne
  
Wedding Dress Festival October 2017


The Guild presented a Wedding Dress Festival in the church on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October.  The display depicted different styles of wedding dresses through the decades.

In welcoming everyone to the festival, Fiona hoped that all would enjoy the visit and welcomed everyone back anytime.  As she said, traditionally we have quite a few weddings in the Church and these are always happy times where precious memories are made and shared.  Over the years we have seen many beautiful brides, in a variety of fashions – each very different and unique.

Of course, the most important part of the day is the vows which each take and hear, as promises are made and blessed.  Then we are reminded of the qualities of love and of keeping on loving.  Something special for all of us to hold on to.

Netta Stoddart from the Guild thanked everyone for coming  and was sure that some of the gowns would bring back memories of our own weddings or those of friends and family.  After viewing the display in the church and looking at some wedding pictures of the congregation in the memorial chapel, there was an invitation to join the Guild in the hall for tea or coffee and a piece of wedding cake.  The proceeds from the event will be used in part to support Guild projects.
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Messy Church October 2017
  
Youth Dedication Service  2017


The annual Youth Dedication Service took place this year on Sunday 8th October.  The church was very busy with the Boys’ Brigade, Girls’ Brigade, Guides and Sunday School all assembled.   After the colours were presented, Bethany from the Girls’ Brigade led us in prayer with Heather from the Guides then reading the parable of the lost sheep from Luke’s gospel.

Fiona then talked about the greatest of the least.  The young people had to decide which was the greatest of pairs of things.  For example, an ounce or a kilogram, a foot or a metre and 70oF or 25oC and 33 or 5.  Most people got them right, although there was a bit of a discussion about the last one.   The congregation had to help out that 1 stone actually was equal to 14 pounds and nobody believed Fiona when she said that out of 1 or 11 x 9 = 99, 1 was the greatest.   She explained that as we heard in our reading, although the shepherd had 99 of his 100 sheep in the pen, it was important to him that he found the 1 lost sheep and carry it back to the pen.   Although Jesus was talking about sheep, every single one of us is important to God – he loves every one of us whether we are a member of an organisation or the congregation.

After the dedication of the Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade, Fiona paid tribute to Irene Krebs, who was standing down as Girls’ Brigade captain and had great pleasure in commissioning Linzi Munro as her replacement.  Presentations were made to five boys who achieved the Queen’s Award and also to Jim Elliot in recognition of 30 years as Boys’ Brigade captain.
After Lewis from the Boys’ Brigade led us in the offering prayer, the colours were returned, the National Anthem played and the service concluded with the Benediction. 
  
  
Silent Auction 2017
A Silent Auction was held on Saturday 30th September.  Items were handed in during the week for sorting by the Fundraising Committee.  Lots of people attended and the fantastic sum of £1,046 was raised.
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Messy Church with the Schools   2017 - 2018
The monthly lunch time club with the schools has restarted.  In September the theme was Joseph.
Fiona took the Drumpark and Greenhill Harvest Service where the talk was on giving thanks and giving something back.  The Drumpark pupils had collected for the Shoebox Appeal and the Greenhill pupils for Home Comforts. 
In October the topic was thanks for harvest and our world. THANKS has been written in fruit, flowers and vegetables.
In November the theme was Remembrance.   The pupils produced lots of things with a poppy theme.
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The Rev Ian Brady - 50th Anniversary
During this year’s Harvest Service, Fiona commented that the harvest month of September was special to her.  This year in 2017, she was celebrating 12 years as our minister here at New St Andrew’s and 21 years since her ordination.  She was delighted to welcome the Rev Ian Brady and his wife Pat to our service.  Ian was celebrating 50 years since his ordination and induction as minister of Gartsherrie Parish Church, the building in which we now worship as New St Andrew’s.  Ian spoke of his fond memories of the building, the people and his ministry from way back then.  He thanked Fiona for inviting him back and wished the congregation well.  Afterwards, in the Hall, Fiona presented Pat with flowers and invited Ian to cut a celebration cake recognising his 50 years in the ministry.
  
Harvest Sunday 2017
Our Harvest Service took place on Sunday 10th September this year.  During the service we considered the importance of giving thanks through our words and actions as we celebrate Harvest together.  Afterwards there was a Harvest Stall in the Hall for items made and grown by us.  All of the proceeds, along with the givings from a retiring offering went to St Andrew’s Hospice. The total raised was £675.  Once again, a special thank you to the Sunday School for collecting tins for the Community Foodbank.
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Schools End of Term Service
 

Drumpark and Greenhill Primary Schools had their end of term service in the Church on Tuesday 27th June.   The children took part by singing songs, helping with the offering and doing readings and poems.   Our talk reminded us that, although we are all different, God’s net of love is wide enough to hold us all.    Each fish which was put into the net had the names of every child and member of staff from both schools.  We also enjoyed the singing of a 60 strong youth choir.
  
Boys' Brigade Parents' Evening


This took place on Friday 5th May and there was a great turn out.   Three boys were presented with the President's Badge.  They were Loius Beattie, Craig McKee and and Adam McRae.  Also six boys were presented with the Boys' Brigade highest award - the Queen's Badge.  They were Graham Arbuckle, Robert Ballantyne, Alastair Peat, Ewan Ross, David Stewart and Scott Thomson. Congratulations to these boys and the entire company for such a successful year.
Messy Church with the Schools
The Discipleship Committee is doing taster sessions of Messy Church with Drumpark and Greenhill schools where Fiona is chaplain.

We have a monthly lunchtime club at Drumpark which, although the time is short, is great fun.

At festival times we will be having visits from P3 to P7 children from Greenhill for an hour of Messy fun.

This time we have been focussing on Easter and it has been good fun as well as giving us some colourful and messy displays.
  
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Souper Sunday - February 2017
                                                               
  


John Williamson welcomed everyone to Souper Sunday explaining that today’s service was a special act of worship led by members of the congregation.  Souper Sunday is an initiative of the Church of Scotland HIV Programme.   It allows congregations to look at some of the issues around HIV, as well as to raise money for projects around the world that are responding to the challenge of HIV.

Ann Clemenson led us in prayer after the first hymn.

John Scougall explained to the children that today one of the things we are going think about is salt and what difference it can make.  Using a packet of salt and shake crisps, he asked the children to taste the crisps without salt.   Everybody found them tasteless. All agreed that when the salt is added they taste much better.   John explained that Jesus tells us that we are like the salt, by doing small things to help others we can make a big difference.

John read the lesson which was from Matthew 5:13 – 16, where Jesus talks about salt and light.

Waverley Care is Scotland’s HIV and Hepatitis C charity providing services all over Scotland.   The Church of Scotland HIV Programme supports a small part of the work of Waverley Care.   Alexis Crichton told us about one of their volunteers called Sandra who started volunteering in the early 1990’s helping out in the drop in café.  She now helps out as a befriender.  The benefit for her is the feeling that she is giving something back by supporting people in difficult times.   Jim Murray then told us about another Jim, who, in retirement got involved in volunteering with Waverley Care.  He liked the fact that the focus is always on the people.

Dorothy Dunlop, in the sermon, commented on the bible reading, a short extract from a conversation with Jesus, where Matthew captures two powerful, fabulous metaphors for what a life with Jesus looks and tastes like.   Today we are a little ambivalent towards salt but in Jesus’ day salt was a powerful commodity and an essential part of life.   Light, on the other hand, is not a commodity to be bought and sold.  Nor is it something tangible that you can touch, hold or quantify.   In a very small way, the Church of Scotland HIV Programme has tried to be salt and light for people stigmatised by HIV and the very real physical and emotional issues that stigma brings.

Joan Hamilton continued the theme with the church’s programme trying to be the salt and light, making things taste a little better and the dark places a little brighter.  Jesus posed challenges to his friends and they became the salt and light.  Over the years, we have been salt and light in Christ’s name.  As the church’s work continues both at home and abroad, we can be the salt and light to the people we meet.

Fiona Marwick led the prayers of dedication and intercession after the offering was received.

Dorothy concluded the service thanking everyone who had taken part.   She reminded us all of the retiring offering to assist with the Church’s HIV programme and also that there was a simple snack of soup and bread in the hall after the service.​


Thinking Day - February 2017​​

  

The Thinking Day Service took place on Sunday 19 February.  The Guides, along with the Boys’ Brigade and the Girl’s Brigade attended the service where the theme was Symbols.  The young people assisted Fiona throughout.
 
After the presentation of the colours, Mia Robertson from the Girls’ Brigade led us in prayer.   Molly Biggar and Sophie Robb read the lesson from John 15, where Jesus calls the disciples to remain in Him, the true vine.







In Fiona’s first talk on symbols, we all had to look and identify symbols which the young people held up.  No great problem with McDonalds and Scotrail but we struggled with the sign for a viewpoint on a map.









In the second talk, the youth organisation logos were on display and the young people agreed that when these are worn, people expect good behaviour which the organisations represent.   Similarly, when Christian symbols are worn, people’s beliefs are displayed and others will observe the way we act, behave, speak and think.  Even without symbols, from our attitudes people should be able to look and know our beliefs.







After the Guides renewed their promise, two girls were presented with certificates related to the Helping Hands Challenge set up in conjunction with St Andrew’s Hospice.  Grace Kirkpatrick received her award for naming the badge and Christie Cook received her award for designing the badge.

Robert Ballantyne, from the Boys’ Brigade, led us in prayers for others and after the final hymn, the colours were returned.
  
  
Helping Hands Challenge


The Helping Hands Challenge was set up in conjunction with St Andrew’s Hospice at the suggestion of its development adviser.  The hospice, along with other charities, had been invited to a county event to promote their charity to the girls.  The Guide division decided to take forward a challenge and create a badge to continue the relationship as the nominated charity for Coatbridge was the hospice.

The challenge was in three parts.  Firstly, to raise money for charity by filling empty Smartie tubes.  Secondly to learn about the charity and thirdly to do good turns and help others.  The girls required to do good turns to earn the money to put into the Smartie tubes.  Some £1100 was raised across the Coatbridge division.

Additionally, there was also a challenge to design and name a badge.  Two girls from our company won this challenge.  These girls were Grace Kirkpatrick who named the badge and Christie Cook who designed it.  The girls received certificates from Fiona at this year’s Thinking Day service in church.
  

Boys’ Brigade

Even More Competition Results


Battalion Vaulting Competition

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The company section won the Battalion vaulting competition on Friday 10th February continuing their fantastic session.  The team members were Ewan Ross, Scott Thomson, Callum Nelson, Robert Ballantyne, Alastair Peat, Adam McRae, George Duigan and Zac Roberts under the coaching of Jim Findlay  and Stuart McDougall.
Guild

Commemorative Badges

​At the meeting of the Guild during Guild Week, Moira Kyle and Jean Reid were presented with commemorative badges recognising 60 years each as Guild members.   Both Moira and Jean have been, and continue to be, active members of our Guild and we congratulate them on their loyalty and support.
  Boys’ Brigade

More Competition Results


Battalion 5 a side Football


On Saturday 28th January the Junior section won the Battalion 5 a side competition.  They topped a four team group winning all their games.  They also won a semi-final before facing the 1st Airdrie company in the final.  In a topsy turvy final, the boys took the lead with our opponents missing a penalty but equalising late in the game thus taking the final to penalties.  In the penalty shoot out we were victorious by 4-3.   Well done to all teams taking part showing true BB spirit.   Our team was Harris McCloy, Ethan Fleming, Harrison Howe, Zac McCann, Brodie Thomas, Cal Gilkinson, Matthew Renicks and Harry Lindsay not forgetting coach Ballantyne.


Battalion Scripture Knowledge Competition
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On Monday 30th January the company section won the Battalion Scripture Knowledge competition for the first time. Well done to the team of Robert Ballantyne, Craig McKee, Callum Nelson and Zac Roberts.
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Well done to both these teams.
  
Boys’ Brigade

Competition Results



Battalion Swimming Gala

The boys had a fantastic night at the Battalion swimming gala at Bellshill swimming pool.   Three boys from the Junior section did well with Ethan Fleming winning a silver medal.   The Company section saw Lewis McKean and Blair McKean winning two gold medals each and Craig McKee won two silver medals.   These three boys along with Scott Thomson came second place in the relay.   As a result of these achievements, the Company won the over all competition.  All boys taking part did well and a great night was had by all.



Battalion Cross Country Competition

The Company section won the Battalion cross country competition which was held recently at Coatbridge Outdoor Sports Centre.    In the Junior event, Blair McKean received a medal for third place and over all the Junior team came third.    Lewis McKean came second in the Intermediate event and Adam McRae was third.  There was no team event at this level.    Scott Thomson won the Senior event and the Senior team was placed first.  With these placings, the Company was the over all winner.    Additionally, four of our boys have been invited to run in the national cross country competition.
Nativity Service - December 2016
The Sunday School and Youth Group presented the Nativity story in Church and afterwards we were all invited over to the hall for tea and mince pies.

During each Sunday in Advent, a new window frieze was displayed telling the Christmas story.


Boys’ Brigade Christmas Appeal 2016


























This year all three sections of our Boys’ Brigade decided to help those children less fortunate than themselves by making up shoe boxes containing items suitable for children.   This included colouring books, pencils, sweets, small toys, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap.   In fact, anything for children that could fit in a shoebox.   This appeal has been really successful as can be seen by the number of boxes filled, wrapped and ready for distribution. 

Remembrance Sunday 2016

The Remembrance Sunday service took place on the 13th of November.    The church was very busy with members, young people, youth organisations, leaders, parents and friends.    After the colours were presented, the Act of Remembrance was marked by the congregation standing for two minutes silence.   Our Guide Leader laid a poppy wreath and young people brought forward books of remembrance in memory of the 301 men and 1 woman from our church who lost their lives in defence of our country.

Members of the youth organisations then assisted Fiona in thinking about remembrance.  Emma from the Guides read the lesson from Deuteronomy where we are invited not to forget the things we have seen.  Remember them as long as we live .  Teach them to our children and grandchildren.   Adele from the Girls’ Brigade then led us in prayer.

The names and service records of four men who gave their lives were read out by members of the youth organisations.  This information was then placed on the table in the chancel along with symbols of love, peace and remembrance.  Also on the table were poppies, barbed wire, a candle and a wooden Celtic cross.   In reflecting on remembrance in action, the young people were great in discussing the significance of these items.

The second reading from John was read by Alastair from the Boys’ Brigade.   We heard that we must love each other at all times.  Even if we do not always agree, we must always love each other.  Fiona reflected that this is not easy but we must try to care, listen, encourage and help others.   This should start with us and a ripple effect will then include others.  Fiona reminded us all that remembrance is for everyone, whatever stage they are at in life and concluded her epilogue with a poem about hope.