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INDUCTION AT OVERTOWN Posted on 30 Jun 2017  |  Website

The Presbytery of Hamilton met last evening, to induct the Rev. Lorna MacDougall to the charge of Overtown. A rather wet miserable evening did not deter an excellent turnout, and sixteen visitors from the Presbyteries of Falkirk, Glasgow, Lanark and Stirling augmented the twenty-four members of Presbytery present. The occasion was again a joyous one, with the Moderator adding his usual light touch to the formal parts of the proceedings, and with an excellent sermon delivered by the Rev. Terry Taylor, who was herself inducted to a charge in the Presbytery three months ago. Pictured in the above photograph are Lorna, with the Rev. Neil Buchanan, Interim Moderator on the outer left, and her sister, Maudeen MacDougall, minister at Carnwath lw Carstairs, on the outer right. She is flanked by the Rev. Terry Taylor, and the Moderator of Presbytery, the Rev. Gavin W.G. Black.

INDUCTION NEWS Posted on 28 Jun 2017

Inductions to Hamilton Presbytery

The second of three inductions to charges within Hamilton Presbytery took place on Monday night, 26 June 2017, when the Rev. Bryce Calder, who has translated from Kirkintilloch: St David's Memorial, was inducted to the Pastoral Charge of Motherwell St. Mary's. Pictured left is the Rev. Bryce Calder (second left) accompanied by (left to right) the Rev. Gavin W G Black, Moderator of the Presbytery; the Rev. Arthur Barrie, Interim Moderator; the Rev. Christopher Rankine (Hamilton: Hillhouse) who led worship and preached the sermon; and the Presbytery Clerk, the Rev. Dr. Gordon A McCracken.

The Presbytery will also on Thursday evening, induct to the Pastoral Charge of Overtown the Rev. Lorna I MacDougall, who has successfully transited from the Auxiliary Ministry, having served in that capacity for a good number of years within Falkirk Presbytery.

Earlier this month, the Presbytery associated with the National Synod of Scotland of the United Reformed Church for the ordination of the Rev. Stewart Cutler, who was inducted to the Pastoral Charge of Stonehouse: St Ninian's LEP by both denominations, the joyous service being a clear demonstration of a closer working relationship between two branches of the one family. The service took place on Friday 9 June 2017.

APPROVED ARRANGEMENTS FOR ALTERATIONS TO PUBLIC WORSHIP (Summer 2017) Posted on 23 Jun 2017  |  Website

APPROVED ADJUSTMENTS TO PUBLIC WORSHIP ARRANGEMENTS

DATEARRANGEMENTSTIME
25 June 2017Joint worship for Craigneuk and Belhaven lw Wishaw: Old in Wishaw Old11am
2 July 2017Joint worship for Craigneuk and Belhaven lw Wishaw: Old in Wishaw Old11am
2 July 2017Joint worship for Cambusnethan Old and Morningside and Cambusnethan North in Cambusnethan Old10.30am
2 July 2017Joint worship for Newmains: Bonkle and Newmains: Coltness Memorial in Bonkle11am
2 July 2017Joint worship for Blantyre: St Andrew’s and Blantyre: Livingstone Memorial in St Andrews10am
9 July 2017Joint worship for Craigneuk and Belhaven lw Wishaw: Old in Wishaw Old11am
9 July 2017Joint worship for Cambusnethan Old and Morningside and Cambusnethan North in Cambusnethan Old10.30am
9 July 2017Joint worship for Newmains: Bonkle and Newmains: Coltness Memorial in Bonkle11am
9 July 2017Joint worship for Blantyre: St Andrew’s and Blantyre: Livingstone Memorial in St Andrews10am
16 July 2017Joint worship for Craigneuk and Belhaven lw Wishaw: Old in Wishaw Old11am
16 July 2017Joint worship for Cambusnethan Old and Morningside and Cambusnethan North in Cambusnethan Old10.30am
16 July 2017Joint worship for Newmains: Bonkle and Newmains: Coltness Memorial in Bonkle11am
16 July 2017Joint worship for Blantyre: St Andrew’s and Blantyre: Livingstone Memorial in St Andrews10am
23 July 2017Joint worship for Craigneuk and Belhaven lw Wishaw: Old in Wishaw Old11am
23 July 2017Joint worship for Cambusnethan Old and Morningside and Cambusnethan North in Cambusnethan North10.30am
23 July 2017Joint worship for Newmains: Bonkle and Newmains: Coltness Memorial in Bonkle11am
23 July 2017Joint worship for Blantyre: St Andrew’s and Blantyre: Livingstone Memorial in St Andrews10am
30 July 2017Joint worship for Craigneuk and Belhaven lw Wishaw: Old in Craigneuk and Belhaven11am
30 July 2017Joint worship for Cambusnethan Old and Morningside and Cambusnethan North in Cambusnethan North10.30am
30 July 2017Joint worship for Newmains: Bonkle and Newmains: Coltness Memorial in Bonkle11am
30 July 2017Joint worship for Airdrie: The New Wellwynd and Airdrie: St Columba’s in The New Wellwynd11am
30 July 2017Joint worship for Blantyre: St Andrew’s and Blantyre: Livingstone Memorial in Livingstone Memorial11.30am
6 August 2017Joint worship for Craigneuk and Belhaven lw Wishaw: Old in Craigneuk and Belhaven11am
6 August 2017Joint worship for Cambusnethan Old and Morningside and Cambusnethan North in Cambusnethan North10.30am
6 August 2017Joint worship for Newmains: Bonkle and Newmains: Coltness Memorial in Coltness Memorial11am
6 August 2017Joint worship for Airdrie: The New Wellwynd and Airdrie: St Columba’s in St Columba’s11.30am
6 August 2017Joint worship for Blantyre: St Andrew’s and Blantyre: Livingstone Memorial in Livingstone Memorial11.30am
13 August 2017Joint worship for Craigneuk and Belhaven lw Wishaw: Old in Craigneuk and Belhaven11am
13 August 2017Joint worship for Newmains: Bonkle and Newmains: Coltness Memorial in Coltness Memorial11am
13 August 2017Joint worship for Blantyre: St Andrew’s and Blantyre: Livingstone Memorial in Livingstone Memorial11.30am
20 August 2017Joint worship for Craigneuk and Belhaven lw Wishaw: Old in Craigneuk and Belhaven11am
20 August 2017Joint worship for Newmains: Bonkle and Newmains: Coltness Memorial in Coltness Memorial11am
20 August 2017Joint worship for Blantyre: St Andrew’s and Blantyre: Livingstone Memorial in Livingstone Memorial11.30am
27 August 2017Joint worship for Craigneuk and Belhaven lw Wishaw: Old in Craigneuk and Belhaven11am
27 August 2017Joint worship for Newmains: Bonkle and Newmains: Coltness Memorial in Coltness Memorial11am

GRASPING THE NETTLE Posted on 12 May 2017  |  Website

The Presbytery of Hamilton endorses the initiative of Grasping the Nettle, and offers encouragement to Ministers, Office-Bearers and Members to support its efforts and make use of the resources it offers to counter the arguments of the secularist lobby and contend for the faith once committed to the saints.(Jude 1:3)

Participation in the "WHAT A WONDER-FULL WORLD!" event is highly recommended.


WHAT A WONDER-FULL WORLD!

What?

An opportunity to experience a highly entertaining and thought-provoking evening of music, film, drama and conversation with special guests about the wonders of the wonders of our world.


Where?

Dalziel St Andrews Church of Scotland, Merry Street, Motherwell, ML1 1JJ

When?

Friday 16th June, 7.30pm

Who?

For details of vocalists, actors and special guests see www.graspingthenettle.org/wonder-full or pick up a flyer.

Why?

To query the view that our world and our existence are no more than lucky accidents!

For booking information visit www.graspingthenettle.org/wonder-full or ask the church representative for the event to book on your behalf.

MODERATOR DESIGNATE Posted on 08 May 2017

At its last meeting on 2 May 2017 Hamilton Presbytery approved the nomination of Roberta Hutton as its next Moderator. Roberta is a member of the congregation of Craigneuk and Belhaven , and currently serves on the Presbytery Stewardship and Finance Committee, as well as providing LCR Support. Roberta is only the third elder to hold the post, and the first female elder to do so.

JOB OPPORTUNITY Posted on 05 May 2017

CARING & HELPING HANDS PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR

Uddingston: Viewpark Parish Church has been involved in helping those in need in the community having identified significant levels of need of various kinds.We believe that the overall approach being developed in the Caring & Helping Hands Project is innovative in seeking to bring together in the one place a range of services to assist those in poverty, in debt and in need.The services offered are open to anyone in the community of any faith, denomination or none.

The Church is already involved in a number of initiatives:

  1. Home Comforts providing basic household necessities, the goods being deposited in the church and delivered to the storage area in Coatbridge: New St Andrew’s.
  2. Lanarkshire Basics Food Bank providing foodstuffs.Distribution of foodstuffs takes place from the Church on 3 half days by the Food Bank.
  3. Turkeys at Christmas providing turkeys, other foodstuffs and toys.
  4. Christians against Poverty (CAP) providing debt counselling and advice.
  5. Clothing Bank collecting and distributing clothing.
  6. Distribution of household goods and furniture collecting and distributing household goods and furniture.
  7. Refugee Support providing a befriending service to refugees
  8. Polmont ex-prisoner support providing household packs, clothing and household goods to ex-prisoners.

This range of activities presents a coherent package of inter-linked activities and seeks to support those in need across that range of activity.The Church has succeeded in attracting grant funding to appoint a Co-ordinator on a 16 hour contract.Part of the funding covers a 3 year period and the other part a 1 year period.The post, therefore, is for 1 year initially and grant funding will be sought to cover the remaining part of the salary costs for a further 2 years.

JOB DESCRIPTION

This job description outlines the key accountabilities of, and output required from the post o holder.

Hours:

The Co-ordinator post is for 16 hours per week, the precise hours to be the subject of negotiation with the successful candidate.

Remuneration

The remuneration for the post is £9611.

Reports to:

The Co-ordinator will report on a day-to-day basis with the Session Clerk of the Church.Reports will be made to a Board to be established comprising church representatives, community representatives and representatives of other agencies.

Main Purpose of Post:

The purpose of the Co-ordinator will be to oversee and co-ordinate the various strands of the work of the Caring and Helping Hands Project.

Main Duties

  • Overseeing the main strands of the project.
  • Coordinating and managing the work of volunteers.
  • Publicising the Caring and Helping Hands Project service in such a way that it is made available to the widest possible section of society.This will also involve developing links with the relevant referral agencies.
  • Publicising the work of the project in the local area and beyond to encourage donations from the wider and to extend the network of referrals.
  • Encouraging donations from the wider community.
  • Prepare grant applications to support the work of the Project.
  • Preparing reports for the Board relating to the number of clients supported along with other relevant information.

Person Specification

  • Experience of leadership and managing a team.
  • Experience of communicating in large group, small group and one-to-one settings.
  • Experience of working both on their own and as part of a team.
  • Administration/management experience.

Skills/Abilities

  • Ability to manage and inspire people.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Ability to head up PR and publicity for the centre and to persuade third parties to refer clients.
  • Excellent time and task management.

Application

Application should be made to the under-noted in writing and including a CV along with the names and addresses of 2 referees by 31 May 2017:

Mr D S Alexander

1 Hillview Crescent

Uddingston

G71 6DW

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