Messy Church has been running since 2013 on a monthly basis (see Events for coming dates). Through crafts families are able to explore together, alongside the church family, Bible stories and themes relating to everyday life. (last time it was ‘What we treasure’) We hope and pray to see a full fresh expression of church emerge among parents and children in Stewartfield.
Café style church is held on the first Sunday each month. People meet and get to know each other while exploring life-related topics through a variety of media. No previous experience of church is required to join in and take part.
On Sundays we regularly receive requests for prayer and these are prayed for in the service of worship. People additionally ask the minister and others in church to pray with them for a particular need without mention to the whole church. When the church meets in smaller group meetings, there is always prayer at these meetings. The church promotes trypraying to encourage people who have not had regular experience of praying to begin. We regularly celebrate God’s answers to prayer.
Stewartfield Church regularly celebrates with local people significant occasions in personal and family life, continuing this tradition of the Church of Scotland. Marriage, the birth of children, anniversaries, and the death of loved ones. As far as possible, these occasions are held not only as events in the life of the family, but also as occasions of the whole church at worship, praise and prayer.
A variety of groups meet in the year for use of the Bible. We’ve met with people of other churches in Lent to study ‘Receiving Christ’. We met with a person recovering from an accident and studied the Book of Ruth and laws promoting women. We studied the Apostles Creed with a group seeking baptism. Mostly our groups meet in private homes. Bible use is central to groups which meet to plan Messy Church and Café Church.
The concept of the mural to feature Scots words in everyday use as placenames in East Kilbride came from conversations between the minister of the church in Stewartfield and local schools and the National Museum of Rural Life. Rev. Douglas Wallace visited children in primary 6 at Kirktonholme Primary School last year, asking them to provide artwork and text on the meaning of Scots words in various East Kilbride placenames. It was a rich time of discovery.