Church family

The church is the houshold of God and being part of the church involves sharing our lives with our brothers and sisters. 


Hope Church is a friendly congregation with a relaxed, family atmosphere. Most of us belong to Coatbridge but we also have one or two folk from overseas. Visitors are made very welcome and there is opportunity after the service to chat with others over a cup of tea or coffee. 


Sunday services are at 11.00am and 6.30pm, and our community groups are at 7.30pm on Thursdays.


Our Sunday morning services usually last for around one hour and there is a children's talk given every morning. We use the New International Version of the Bible and the main part of the service is taken up with explaining and applying the passage that has been read from the Bible. We sing both psalms and hymns. 


We regularly have a congregational lunch after the morning service which helps people get to know one another better. 


Before the evening service, there is a prayer meeting at 6.00pm. At the prayer meeting, we have a short Bible reading and then we pray for a number of topics that have been shared in relation to the local context and further afield. This meeting is a vital part of our work as a church and is open to all.


From time to time, we run a Christianity Explored course which is designed to help those new to the church or to Christianity learn about the Christian faith and have their questions answered in an open, friendly atmosphere over a meal. 


A number of activities run on a regular basis. For an overview, see the entries under Activities in the menu. 


We are always glad to welcome new people, do get in touch if you would like to join any of our events!

MEN

Men are conspicuously absent from many churches. That is partly because of the rejection of Biblical teaching on the roles of men and women in the church which has led to much confusion and to many men regarding the church as an instution for women. The reponse "I'll get the wife" is one that is familar to anyone who has done any evangelistic visitation in Scotland!


We have a men's group that meets once a month. The aim is to encourage one another by the study of the Scriptures and sharing of our experiences. 


We have also organised one-off events such as a men's quiz night, and hope to do more of these.

Women

The ladies of the congregation are active in a number of different activities.


The Free Church has its own women's organisation called Women For Mission. The Dress a Girl project was an imaginative partnership with other churches in a sewing project to provide clothing for girls in Uganda.


Women in the congregation also held several successful fund raising days for MacMillan Cancer Care and a craft fayre which raised funds for Haven of Hope (India), Operation Mobilisation and Glasgow Pregnancy Crisis Centre.


A Ladies Craft Evening runs every first Friday of the month where ladies of the congregation get together for a cuppa and their favorite hobby activities. 


Children

"Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court."  Psalms 127:3-5


Children are a very important part of our church family. Children of all ages join us for the first part of the Sunday morning service. Then halfway through the service:

  • Infants go to creché.
  • Pre-school and P1-P5 go to Sunday school where they can learn about Jesus and enjoy each other company.
  • Young people P6+ remain at the service. After the service, they get together to reflect briefly on what they have heard in the teaching.

We also run summer holiday clubs for children age 4+ with Bible teaching, lots of fun and games. 


Young people P6+ have activities nights once a month called "Hangout".


Every volunteer involved in the children ministry has had a background check and is committed to making the ministry a safe, Biblically relevant, and fun environment for the children.