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Christmas Unwrapped

Welcome you’ve made it to our Special Christmas web page!  There’s something here for everyone!

Christmas Presents
 

Messy Christmas Crafts
 

Explore the Christmas Story through 4 creative Christmas Crafts! Click on the images below to watch how to make them.  Thanks to Alexa for suggesting we made these videos!  Enjoy!

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You can download the template for the Angel craft here.

Why not join us at our Christmas Messy Church event on Sunday 12th December at 4pm @ Avendale.  We will be learning about Jesus - Light of the World, as we look forward to Christmas.  To book you place, please email info@avendale-drumclog.org.uk

Messy Church


The Christmas Playlist


Christmas Playlist

Here’s some modern takes on the Christmas story we love.
 
Rend Collective - 'The Saviour's Day'
Irish Christian Rock Band, Rend Collective, take hipster to the next level in all they do.  Here’s their latest offering for Christmas - “The Saviours Day”.  Where is Chris going with his tree?
 


Lauren Daigle - 'Light Of The World
Lauren Daigle, (America’s answer to Adele) has been bringing real strength through her voice to the the Christian message in recent years. This powerful song explains that Jesus is the “Light of the World" - the one who shows us the way to God. 
 


Rend Collective - Joy To The World (You Are My Joy)
Next we have another offering from Rend Collective - Christmas is all about the joy of the fact that God became a man on a rescue mission to save mankind.  That is the amazing thing - that God came to earth to save mankind! Tinsel and presents are great, but real joy is only found in knowing Jesus. Mind you, looking at the group, you see how they finally get their heads round this.
 


Casting Crowns - While You Were Sleeping
Does everybody recognise who Jesus is?  Obviously not! But don’t you miss the point.  This great song by Casting Crowns takes a look at those who miss out by misunderstanding why Jesus came.  When he was born, many missed it - when he died, many didn’t recognise that he was God’s son.  When he rose from the dead, things could never be the same again.  Casting Crowns is an American band and so the song has an American slant - but it’s just as relevant for everyone in the World today.
 

We The Kingdom - God So Loved
And lastly - not strictly a Christmas song - but it’s still the message of Christmas. 2021 Grammy nominees We The Kingdom sing of probably the most famous verse in the Bible (John 3:16) - “For God loved the World so much, that he gave his only son, so that whoever believes in him should not die but live forever”.  And that is the real message of Christmas!
 


The Elastic Band - Hallelujah!

Now for something a bit more traditional, from Avendale & Drumclog's very own The Elastic Band



The Elastic Band - Here I Am To Worship
Now for something a bit more traditional, from Avendale & Drumclog's very own The Elastic Band
 


The Elastic Band - Thorns In The Straw
Now for something a bit more traditional, from Avendale & Drumclog's very own The Elastic Band
 
 


Light Up Christmas


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We love these short videos from Scripture Union Scotland explaining the real meaning behind Christmas.  Click the links and sit back and enjoy three short episodes !  Join the friends as they head off in a classic VW campervan and an unusual trailer home

Episode 1 - The Origins of Christmas
 
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Episode 2 - The Unexpected Christmas
 
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Episode 3 - The Christian Meaning Of Christmas
 
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SU Scotland owns the right to these videos.  We’d love to know what you think of them – email us at info@avendale-drumclog.org.uk
 
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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

The church meets every Sunday at 9.30am at Drumclog and 11am at Avendale.

**Please note - Due to current COVID-19 social distancing restrictions in place, we have had to limit the number of people that can attend worship services at both Avendale and Drumclog.  No prior booking is required though.** 

Sunday worship continues to be live-streamed from Avendale each Sunday at 11am on the Avendale & Drumclog YouTube Channel

At Drumclog we meet at:
Drumclog Memorial Kirk
Drumclog
South Lanarkshire
ML10 6QG

At Avendale we meet at:
Avendale Old Parish Church
59A Kirk Street
Strathaven
South Lanarkshire
ML10 6LB


For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it at both Avendale & Drumclog. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up and show you where the disabled toilet is located if required.

Our Service - Drumclog Memorial Kirk

                                        Drumclog

At Drumclog, the service begins at 9.30am with a warm welcome from our Minister, or the person leading the service. During the service we usually sing 2 or 3 songs/hymns. The Minister or a member of the Worship Team will usually read aloud from the Bible and lead the congregation in prayer. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. The Minister, or person leading the service, will then give a sermon that is Bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church.

The service lasts approximately 45 minutes.  Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.  After the service we serve refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) in our church hall.  This is a great way to meet people and enjoy fellowship together.  We would love to chat to you there!

Our Service - Avendale Old Parish Church

                                       Avendale Wide

At Avendale, the service begins at 11am with a warm welcome from our Minister, or the person leading the service.  Before the service begins, we will show a loop of news and notices on the screens in the church.  This is a good way to find out what's going on in the life of the church.  During the service we usually sing 3 or 4 songs/hymns, often led by our church praise band 'The Elastic Band'.  The Minister or a member of the Worship Team will usually read aloud from the Bible and lead the congregation in prayer.  This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it's all part of our connecting with God.  The Minister, or person leading the service, will then give a sermon that is Bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life.  Throughout the service, we may also show videos on the screens in the church to help us reflect on what is being shared during worship or in the sermon.  We then share news and notices, usually about what's going on in the life of the church.

The service last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.  After the service we serve refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) in our church hall.  This is a great way to meet people and enjoy fellowship together.  We would love to chat to you there!

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What about my kids?

At Avendale, we have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 4 years). Children under 6 months are welcome but must be accompanied by their parent/carer at all times.
  • His Kids (5-10 years)
  • Yoof (11-18 years)

Children stay with their parent or carer at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and short Children's Talk. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the Children's Talk, someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy the first time you come along to church.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, Bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

For more information about what happens in the children's and youth work please visit the Children's Ministry page and/or the Youth Ministry page.

N.B. - there is no children's programme or youth programme during the service at Drumclog.

Children

Getting Connected


Home Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our Home Groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out our Home Groups page and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a Home Group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.  If you would like us to put you in touch with a Home Group leader, please let us know via our Contact Us page.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team here

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

Other Groups in the Avendale & Drumclog Community

The following groups are also part of the life of our church:
 
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Leadership 

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Vacant - Minister   David Moreland - Session Clerk
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To find out more about our staff and leaders, please visit our Staff & Leadership page.
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes

David Moreland - Session Clerk