For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him won’t perish, but will have eternal life.
A great preacher, CH Spurgeon, once said, “I have a great need for my Christ, but I have a great Christ for my need”.
We believe the Bible that teaches it is through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we have been given the opportunity to get back to knowing God, the way He intended, personally and intimately.
We believe it was Jesus who opened the door for us to enter into a living relationship with God, when He died on the cross, in place of us.
We believe Jesus took away all our sin, that we might be forgiven and our relationship with God, that once was broken by the sin, is now fully restored.
We believe that it is through Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection, we can call God our Father and that the Holy Spirit guides us through life.
We believe the Bible is the Word of God, and is our authority in all matters as we seek to know Him in all his fullness, growing in faith while experiencing God’s love, grace and mercy together.
We believe the Bible is living and active, still providing a message that is relevant for daily life today.
We believe in God as he reveals Himself in the Bible, the One, True, Living, God in three persons; Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.
We believe those who receive Jesus as their Saviour inherit eternal life as a free gift, through believing in Him and proclaiming He is the Son of God.
We believe eternal life is an inheritance for those who put their faith in Jesus, knowing that without faith it is impossible to please God.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is still actively involved in the world today, and that He guides us into all truth, He transforms us, and helps us to grow in faith.
We believe in the miracles performed by Jesus, and that He still is a miracle working God today.
We believe that coming to church has more to it than our friendships, sharing and supporting one another, it is about putting our preferences aside, as we gather in unity to worship God Almighty and grow in knowledge of His ways and in faith.
We believe that prayer is an important aspect of our Christian faith, as we talk to God as our friend but with the respect that He is also still the God of all creation.
We also believe that God is still in the prayer answering business and love to hear stories of His amazing grace.
We believe that now is the time to kindle a relationship with this great Christ and know His love, peace and comfort, for we believe that Jesus is coming back again.
It’s a pleasure to introduce myself to you as the recently inducted minister at Coalburn and Lesmahagow Parish Church, my name is Morag Garrett.
Roy (my husband) and I have not yet moved into the area and will be travelling back and forward from Ayrshire for the time being, but we both look forward to being part of the church family and communities here in Coalburn and Lesmahagow soon, getting to know you all.
There is much to be said about the wonder of being part of God’s work here in the villages, knowing Jesus has said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (This can be found in the Bible passage John 13.34-35).
Coalburn and Lesmahagow Church has shown to Roy and me that they are friendly people, who endeavour to make the love of Jesus known to all through their worship, fellowship and fun times together, and always with a warm welcome.
Demonstrating God’s love to one another is an important part of our faith, life and witness.
On my first week as the new minister, I spoke about how God has not left us alone: we have each other, we have Jesus praying for us in heaven, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us and we have the Bible to inform us.
So, if you haven’t managed for a while, no matter the reason, no matter how long ago, or if you would like to join us for the first time, know that you are valued, by God and by us, and you have a place in the family of God among us.
I look forward to meeting you, in the meantime, I pray you will discover all God has for you and come to know Him in a new and wonderful way.
If you would like talk to me about your faith or struggles with faith, would like me to pray with or for you, please don’t hesitate to call me on 01555 890460.
With God’s richest blessing, Morag
We aim to be a Christ centred, worshipping, caring and compassionate faith community in Coalburn and Lesmahagow that remain faithful to God.
We have a desire to help others develop their faith in God, through the sharing of His Word, believing that we can encourage each other to reach our potential.
We will seek to provide opportunities for involvement both within the church and in the wider community, to help and support where we can, therefore, moving forward by engaging with those who come to church or are part of our community.
We appreciate the value and worth of every person, each of us being loved by God with the same measure, so everyone is treated with respect, care and understanding.
As Christian spiritual seekers, we have a deep desire to get back to the living, miracle working Jesus Christ, who makes all things new through the Spirit of God working in the world.
The church building is a valuable resource within the community and we want to ensure that it is open and accessible to all for the future, church members and other local groups.
We endeavour to enhance social interaction among everyone of all age groups, by providing opportunities for wellbeing, gathering and to overcome isolation or loneliness in our community.
We acknowledge the need for change in order to move our church forward so that we will fulfil our mission to further God´s kingdom here on earth.
Our Session Clerk is
Tel : 01555 820716
e-mail : email@example.com
Our Deputy Session Clerk is
If you would like to join us by becoming a member of the church, we would be happy to talk to you and discuss this in more detail.
Being a member of the church gives a deeper sense of belonging to something worthwhile through that sincere commitment.
Membership also has the added benefits of helping us feel us feel at home as we enjoy the friendship of others who have similar beliefs, hopes and interests as we grow in faith together.
Membership is a good way to become involved in the local church, whether that be at Coalburn or Lesmahagow.
However, membership isn’t a requirement to being with us as a highly valued part of God’s work here in the community, nor is it necessity to becoming an integral part of the church family.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a member of Coalburn and Lesmahagow Church, please contact Morag on 01555 890460 or on email at firstname.lastname@example.org