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Conference 2021 Cancelled

We are very sorry to inform everyone that following the changes to the Covid Regulations announced by the Scottish Government today (21 December 2021), the venue for our conference has advised us that they are no longer able to accommodate us.

Following careful consideration we have concluded that it is not possible to re-organise the conference in an alternative venue while maintaining control over the numbers attending within the new limit of 200 people and with social distancing. We have reluctantly decided therefore that the conference this year has to be cancelled.

We appreciate that this will be a disappointment to many and that some have travel arrangements already made. As recently as last weekend the venue management were still of the view that the event could continue. The changes made today mean that they have taken the decision to cancel all events as 200 is not a viable number for them. We can only say that the Lord knows best.

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Isaiah 30.21

Almost Back to Normal

Please note that from Sunday 2 October 2021 we have recommenced holding a weekly gospel meeting in the gospel hall at 6.30pm every Sunday night. Although Social distancing is no longer a legal requirement, we have spaced our seating more widely than previously and ask all who attend to observe reasonable precautions. We are still required to wear a face-mask (except those who are medically exempt) even for singing and would ask for your cooperation with this.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our weekly services!

Tent Meetings Start Soon

Following recent relaxation in the covid restrictions in Scotland we plan, God willing, to be able to conduct some gospel meetings in the tent over this summer.

This is a new tent which is considerably larger than the previous one we had giving plenty of scope for social distancing. The tent has been pitched in its ‘usual’ position at The Whins, Nether Milton, Off Park Street, Crosshill KY5 8BH. The speakers will be Mr Craig Munro & Mr Jack Hay. Everyone will be made very welcome.

Sunday 8th August at 4pm
Monday 9th – Thursday 12th August at 7.30pm
Sunday 15th August at 4pm
Monday 16th – Thursday 19th August at 7.30pm

Please note that the drive-in meetings at Lochore Meadows will not take place on the two Sundays of the tent meetings.

Drive-In Meetings Recommencing

We are delighted to be able to announce that, God willing, the drive-in gospel meetings will recommence next Sunday (2 May) at Lochore Meadows Country Park at 4pm.

Drive into the main entrance to the Park and as you pass the ruin of Lochore Castle you should see stewards directing you to the site via a track to your left (opposite the golf club).

As before, we intend to also broadcast these meetings live although this time we will be using YouTube Live. We will endeavour to share a specific link ahead of the meetings but you should always be able to find live broadcasts on our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/GlencraigGospelHall

Hall Re-Opening


From Monday 26th April 2021 the restriction on numbers is being removed although all other measures remain in place (social distancing and face-coverings).

Following changes in the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 regulations relating to Places of Worship, we will be able to re-open the hall for some meetings from Friday 26th March 2021. There are however, a number of restrictions that limit what we can do. Importantly, overall numbers are limited to 50 people including children, 2m social distancing between family groups must be observed and face coverings must be worn, except by those exempted for medical reasons.

For the time-being, our gospel services will remain as on-line broadcasts only as controlling total numbers would not be possible with these restrictions in place. You will be able to follow our live broadcasts and catch up with recent broadcasts on our YouTube channel. Live broadcasts will take place each Sunday at 4pm.

Check the diary section of this site for details of in-person meetings. If you would like to attend any of these, you will be most welcome but we would request:

  • Please let us know in advance using the Contact section of this site
  • Please do not come if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19
  • Please do wear a face-covering at all times unless you are exempt for medical reasons
  • Please respect 2m social distancing while inside the Gospel Hall

Technical Hitch!

Apologies to all who tried to tune in to our YouTube Live broadcast this afternoon. We had a technical problem that meant our broadcast didn’t go out live as planned. We did manage to record it though and it has now been uploaded to YouTube.

Friday Night Bible Teaching

Many readers will know that for a number of years we have held a series of Friday Night ministry meetings in the early months of each year. Naturally, given current restrictions we are unable to hold events like these in the hall at Glencraig but, Lord willing, we do intend to broadcast a series of five meetings on-line via our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/GlencraigGospelHall.

Craig Munro intends to speak on Paul’s Missionary Journeys. The live broadcasts will take place each evening at 8pm on:

  • Friday 12 February – Acts 16: Philippi
  • Friday 19 February – Acts 17: Thessalonica
  • Friday 26 February – Acts 18: Corinth
  • Friday 5 March – Acts 19: Ephesus
  • Friday 12 March – Galatia

I would be grateful if you could share these details with the assembly and any others who may be interested in joining these events.

If you would like dial-in details for telephone access, please get in touch via the Contact section of this site. Please note that we have a limited number of telephone subscriptions available so please only use this option if YouTube is not possible.

You can find the video recordings of previous broadcasts here.

We will be putting a link to the YouTube videos up following each meeting. You will be able to find these here.

Move to YouTube

At the end of last year those of you using the Periscope app to access our Gospel broadcasts will have started to receive a note that the app will be discontinued from the end of March 2021. So far as we know, all of our previous videos will remain available at www.pscp.tv/GlencraigGH. Future broadcasts from Sunday 24 January 2021 will, God willing, be broadcast via our YouTube Live channel. You should be able to access this at www.youtube.com/channel/UC0zBqOmSnnsCjKIRgd9e7SQ/live.

Virtual Bible Teaching Meeting

As many of the friends of Glencraig Gospel Hall will be aware, we would normally have a conference for Bible teaching on the last day of the year. In recent years this has been held in the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes. Naturally, this year we are unable to hold this long-standing event. Instead, we held a virtual Bible teaching meeting using the Periscope app. If you missed the live broadcast you are very welcome to catch up on our Periscope channel.

A Wonderful Time of the Year?

So many of us have had our plans for the Christmas holidays disrupted this year. From optimism only a couple of weeks ago about licensing of vaccines and the promise of a bit of relaxation from all the Covid-19 rules, we are back into something that looks so close to lockdown as to make little difference.

Thoughts of enjoying Christmas with family and friends have had to be hurriedly amended, for some a cause of real anguish and serious mental distress. All in all this has been a difficult year and it could easily get us down as we grind towards its conclusion, even if we manage to do so tucking into a Covid-responsible Christmas dinner.

I wonder though, whether a quieter time over the Christmas period might give us all a bit more time to reflect on what it is all about. At some level I think we all know that Christmas is not really about boozy office parties or a frank exchange of brexit opinions over the turkey with Aunty Agnes.

So what is it all about? Does it really matter? Should we just treat it as one huge social and commercial hoopla or is there a serious truth behind the Christmas story that it is still worth getting hold of? I truly believe that there is. The basic facts of the story are still reasonably well known even in a largely secular country. The stable, the shepherds and the wise-men remain staples of school nativity plays and Christmas cards, even if the former have been severely curtailed this year. But for many people it means no more to them than stories of Santa, elves and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life

John 3:16, the bible

What you think about Santa, etc is really of no consequence. What you think about the baby in the manger is of fundamental importance. The verse quoted above was written by a man who personally knew Jesus of Nazareth and His mother, Mary. John’s history of the Lord Jesus’ life was written in the first century within a matter of decades of the events recorded. This, and the other gospel accounts written by Matthew, Mark and Luke, have come to us completely unchanged. The story of this life is not a myth or a legend – it is a historical fact. It is astonishing and it is supernatural, yes, but it is true.

It is John who tells us that the One who lay in the manger was God. The divine trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit were involved in sending the Lord Jesus Christ to earth. This was no ordinary baby, He was the Son of God!

She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21, the bible

Matthew tells us why He came. As every good school nativity play records, the angel announced to Joseph that the child should be called Jesus, which means ‘the Lord saves’ because “He will save His people from their sins.”

This is largely forgotten in the Christmas story today. Unless, of course you listen carefully to the words of the traditional Christmas carols.

How silently, how silently,
the wondrous gift is giv’n!
So God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of the heav’ns.
No ear may hear his coming,
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him still
the dear Christ enters in.

o little town of bethlehem, Phillips Brooks

The story of the first Christmas leads inexorably to the story of Easter, the death burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. It was why He came. And it is why the Christmas story is still worth remembering today and every day.

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