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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.



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.


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


Friday 16th June, 7.30pm


For details of vocalists, actors and special guests see or pick up a flyer.


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

For booking information visit 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


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.


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


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


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.


  • 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 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


G71 6DW

Current Vacancies for Ministers (Charges with Permission to Call) Posted on 01 May 2017

Airdrie: Cairnlea linked with Calderbank (1 January 2016) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator - Rev. Derek Hughes

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

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

ANNIVERSARY AT GREENHILLS Posted on 01 May 2017  |  Website

The Congregation of Greenhills Parish Church, East Kilbride, yesterday celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the opening of their church for worship. The Service was attended by many distinguished guests who were welcomed by the Minister, The Rev. John Brewster, who is now in his 30th year as Minister of the Church and Parish. The Preacher was the Rev. Alan McWilliam, son of the first minister of the congregation, who extended the best wishes of his parents, and spoke of the building as being an "Ebenezer" - a "stone" of remembrance, but more importantly a spur to action, assured that the Lord is with us now as he was then.

The Rev. Gavin W.G. Black, Moderator of Hamilton Presbytery; and the Presbytery Clerk, the Rev. Dr. Gordon A McCracken, were also present and together brought greetings and extended congratulations from the Presbytery. The Rev. Dr. John L McPake, National Ecumenical Officer, and an East Kilbride minister, also extended the good wishes of the other churches in East Kilbride and the National Church. Civic congratulations were extended by Dr. Lisa Cameron, MP, and Linda Fabiani, MSP, depute presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament.

Greenhills began as a Church Extension Parish in 1971 and was "on the ground" along with the diggers and builders. It's first minister Tom McWilliam was appointed in 1972, and served until 1980. During the construction phase the developing Parish moved from the supervision of the Presbytery of Glasgow to that of Hamilton following boundary adjustments consonant with local government re-organisation. The congregation has thus been in membership of Hamilton Presbytery for just over 40 years, but has only recently voted to adopt the status of a "New Charge Development" as a final step towards achieving "Full Status". It has been a long time coming, and the congregation looks forward to enjoyment of the full rights of Church of Scotland Congregations.

Passion Play Posted on 21 Apr 2017

Emotions peaked on Friday night in Hamilton when those watching the crucifixion were moved to tears.

This scene formed part of the Passion Play performed by Hamilton churches.  It began with a street procession on Palm Sunday and culminated with the resurrection on Easter Day.

If you want to see all the vignettes click on this link

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