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NEW PRESBYTERY OFFICES DEDICATED Posted on 21 Apr 2018

The Very Rev Dr Hugh R Wyllie, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the most senior active member of the Presbytery of Hamilton, dedicated the new Presbytery offices in Rex House, Bothwell Road, Hamilton, yesterday (Friday 20th).He compared the office facilities he had known in the past with the well-equipped and accessible office of today

Referring to the Presbytery Mission statement – “To bring glory to God in working to advance Christ’s kingdom within the bounds of the Presbytery” he encouraged those present to use the new offices and the staff that are based there as a resource for congregations across the Presbytery.

The seminar room is particularly well equipped to be used for both meetings and training sessions, and is available to Kirk Sessions as well as congregations.  The first booking for Candidate Reviews has also been placed in the diary for September.

The offices remained open for viewing on Saturday.

Current Vacancies for Ministers (Charges with permission to Call) Posted on 21 Mar 2018

Bargeddie (7 March 2017) [50% Ministry - Reviewable]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Michael Lyall

Chapelhall linked with Kirk o’ Shotts (27 May 2014) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Margaret Currie

https://www.chapelhallparishchurch.org.uk/church-vacancy/

Coatbridge: Blairhill Dundyvan linked with Coatbridge: Middle (7 February 2017) [7 year Reviewable]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Neil Buchanan

Hamilton: Gilmour and Whitehill linked with Hamilton: West (25 November 2014) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Terry Taylor

Shotts: Calderhead Erskine (12 August 2017) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Terry Moran

RELOCATION OF PRESBYTERY OFFICE Posted on 19 Mar 2018  |  Website

From Monday 26 March 2018 Presbytery Office will be situated at:

Rex House

103 Bothwell Road

Hamilton

ML3 0DW

The telephone number is also changing.

We can now be contacted on 01698 285672

The email address remains the same:

hamilton@churchofscotland.org.uk

ORDINATION AND INDUCTION AT AIRDRIE Posted on 19 Mar 2018  |  Website

Airdrie is clearly the place to be!  Only two weeks after the Induction of the Rev. Dr Peter Donald to Airdrie: Cairnlea linked with Calderbank, the town of Airdrie was further blessed with the arrival of a new minister in the person of the Rev. Hanna Rankine, spouse of the minister of Hamilton: Hillhouse.  Hanna was latterly a graduate candidate with the Presbytery and accepted the Call to Airdrie: Clarkston at the end of last year. Her Ordination and Induction took place at Airdrie: Clarkston on Tuesday 13 March 2018, and Hanna is depicted her with the Moderator, Mrs Roberta Hutton, and the Presbytery Clerk, the Rev. Dr Gordon A McCracken.

INDUCTION AT AIRDRIE Posted on 19 Mar 2018  |  Website

The Rev Dr Peter Donald, formerly minister of Crown Church, Inverness, was inducted to the pastoral charge of Airdrie: Cairnlea linked with Calderbank, on Tuesday 27 February 2018. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Terry Moran, Minister at South Wishaw Parish Church, and presided over by Mrs Roberta Hutton, the first such occasion of her Moderatorial year. Dr. Donald comes with a great wealth of experience both as a Parish Minister and in the higher courts and committees of the Church, and his arrival will strengthen the capacity of the Presbytery to fulfil its wide-ranging responsibilities.

Passion Play Posted on 19 Mar 2018

Hamilton Churches have united once more to bring the Easter story to life – and this year it’s happening in the heart of the town!

Building on the success of 2017’s “Walk With Christ” where the churches took to the streets on Palm Sunday and then dramatised the Easter events throughout the week, this year sees the bold move of a full Passion Play, performed at Hamilton’s bottom cross on Easter Saturday (31st March) at 2pm.

A Passion Play is a community event that tells the story of the final week of Jesus’ life through drama. The cast comprises around 50 people drawn from the local community and led by a professional actor in the role of Jesus.

Joint church services will take place each evening, culminating in the play, as Reverend John Carswell,of Cadzow Parish Church, explains.

“Cadzow Parish Church is delighted to host Holy Week Services this year. Beginning Sunday night 25 March at 6:30 and following Monday to Friday at 7:30 we will join together with other churches, ministers and choirs for nightly worship services leading up to Easter. A special joy this year is the preparation for the Passion Play. Each night of the week a short monologue from one of the cast will start our worship. Do join us and see characters from the bible come alive!”

This year’s production of the full play means there is opportunity to see more of the events leading to the crucifixion and to meet new characters, as well as the familiar ones.

Caroline Goodship played Mary Mother last year and now has the opportunity to reprise her role. This year it includes a new and very moving scene following the crucifixion when she resolves to visit the tomb. Caroline says, 'Last year's Passion Play performance was our first and we wanted to give a taster of the Easter Story. We had no idea that it would provoke such a positive reaction.

This year's performance is richer in content and delves more deeply into the characters involved in the life of Christ, his betrayal and final resurrection.

I am looking forward to reviving the role of Mary, mother of Jesus, once again'

Services take place in Cadzow Parish Church from Monday to Friday at 7.30pm.

The Passion Play will take place at the Bottom Cross, near Asda, on Saturday 31st March at 2pm.

https://www.facebook.com/passionplaylanarkshire/

The Presbytery of Hamilton is a component element of The Church of Scotland, Scottish Charity No SC011353