News Archive: October 2020

Drama Kirk - Tuesday 27 October Posted on 15 Oct 2020

Promises of a Messiah: Jeremiah and Friends

Join the Drama Kirk team on Tuesday 27th October at 7pm as we continue our series, exploring the messianic prophecies as we approach Christmas. Who were Jeremiah and Ezekiel? What did they foretell about Jesus? How did they keep their hope alive in difficult times?

We will explore these questions together through a series of filmed scenes, monologues and improvisation as we draw closer to scripture by exploring some of its major characters.

Join us, 27th October at 7pm on

Drama Kirk’s online bible studies continue with a new series this autumn; looking at the Messianic prophecies as we prepare our hearts for Christmas.

In the second study, we meet the other major prophets, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, as well as hearing from Micah and Malachi.

1. Who were they?

2. What did they prophesy about the coming of the Messiah?

3. How did they keep their hope alive in difficult times?

The evening will provide you with the opportunity to draw closer to bible characters through performed monologues and filmed scenes. We will explore why Jeremiah was depressed and how God spoke to him in the darkest of places. We then meet Ezekiel, God’s Prophet to the Exiles and see him called to service. We discover what his prophecies tell us of the character of Jesus. Finally, we explore what the minor prophets added to the vision of Christ.

Included in the performances is an improvisation of a therapy session for these very different prophets, a fun way of getting to know their characters a bit better and imagining what it might have been like had they all got together…

You can join the study live on Tuesday 27th October at 7pm on
where there will be opportunity to chat online and reflect on what we share together.

Drama Kirk is filming a short nativity with a professional team, intended for school, church and community groups. Please do get in touch if you would like to use this resource.

It will also be included in our advent study.

SETTING APART SERVICE Posted on 14 Oct 2020

Last evening, Tuesday 13 October 2020, the Presbytery of Hamilton met at Blantyre: Old Parish Church, to Set Apart Bill Henderson (pictured right), an Elder in that congregation, as a Reader of the Church of Scotland. The Moderator, the Rev. Maxine Buck (pictured centre) presided, and the Minister of the Old Parish, the Rev. Sarah Ross (pictured left) preached on the subject of Expecting the Unexpected, (see for an edited version) and addressed some appropriate personal words to Bill at the outset. The Service was attended by five ministers and four Presbytery Elders, as well as by representatives of the Kirk Session of Blantyre: Old and a small group of Bill’s family and friends. It was a joyous occasion, even though attendance was limited due to the present Covid-19 restrictions. The service, however, can be viewed on YouTube via this link Thanks are due to the hard working team at Blantyre: Old for facilitating both the ‘live’ and ‘online’ services.

This was the first of a series of “four in a row”, but second in a series of five new Ministries, which began with an OLM Ordination on 15 September. Next Tuesday the Presbytery will Ordain and Induct the Rev. Iain Majcher to the Church and Parish of Bothwell. On the 27 October Mrs Fiona Anderson will be Ordained as an OLM at East Kilbride: Old to facilitate live-streaming, but Introduced to work alongside the Minister at Strathaven: Trinity; and likewise on 3 November Ms Lorna Fyfe will be Ordained as an OLM to work in the Coatbridge Area. To facilitate live-streaming this service will take place in the nearby New Wellwynd Church, Airdrie.


At its meeting on Tuesday 6 October the Presbytery of Hamilton resolved to Set Apart Mr William Henderson to the Readership of the Church of Scotland. The Service will take place on Tuesday coming, 13 October at 7pm within Blantyre: Old Parish Church, Bill’s Home congregation. Due to Covid-19 restrictions attendance is by invitation only, but the Service will be livestreamed via the Facebook page of Blantyre: Old Parish Church, which can be accessed via

Gary Brough - Presbytery’s Mission Partner Posted on 08 Oct 2020

A short video produced by Gary on the work of the Church and Society programme of Livingstonia Synod.

A snapshot video showing life for the Brough family in Mzuzu, northern Malawi.

The Church of Scotland Presbytery of Hamilton is a charity registered in Scotland No: SC048680.