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Glasgow Free Church FC - End of Season 2016 / 17 Update

The first season of the newly amalgamated Glasgow Free Churches team finished a couple of weeks ago. The last few matches of the season saw some topsy-turvy results and ending third from the bottom of the division means an anxious wait to see whether or not we are relegated. It all depends on how many new teams come into the league and how many are disbanded.

A huge thank you to Lenny Hastings for all his hard work in running the team. The positives from the year are a new influx of players, many from Dowanvale Free Church, and a decent run to the quarter-finals of the Fraser Trophy. But in the main, the squad will be happy to put 2016-17 season behind them, have a break and then come back ready for pre-season training. That will begin on Thursday the 27th July at Queen's Park Recreation Ground. Any players 16 or over wishing to join up for the new season should put the date in their diary.

Glasgow Free Church FC - December 2016 Update

Despite the frosty weather of late, the football team have still managed a few games. It looks like being a long winter though and if the number of postponements builds up it will be a very busy spring to catch up! The most recent results are as follows:

West Hamilton 5 - Glasgow FC 3

Glasgow FC 7 - King's Park 5

Glasgow FC 3 - Woodhill 2

This year marks the 5th anniversary of Lenny Hastings leading GFCFC and we take this moment to thank him for his dedication, time and masterminding on and off the field over the past five years.

Service Arrangements for Christmas and New Year 2016 / 2017

Wednesday 21st December - Prayer meeting as usaul

Saturday 24th December - No Aleluja service

Sunday 25th December - 11am Service as usual - no evening service

Wednesday 28th Decemebr - No prayer meeting

Saturday 31st December - No Aleluja Service

Sunday 1st January - 11am service as usual: 6.30pm service at the manse

Wednesday 4th of January - 7.30pm Prayer Meeting as usual

National Day of Prayer 30th November 2016

The Free Church of Scotland has called for a National Day of Prayer on Wednesday 30th November. Our congregations up and down the country will be setting aside time for extended times of prayer and encouraging all members to do likewise.

We welcome other churches to pray alongside us and indeed where possible to join with us at prayer events.

With this in mind we, in Govanhill Free Church (26 Belleisle Street, G42 8HJ), invite you to make known our programme for the day. We would be delighted if people from neighbouring churches and Christian organisations in the area were able to join with us.

 

National Day of Prayer 30th November

1-2pm - Worship and prayer (in Slovak with English interpretation)

2.30-5.30pm - Open prayer (individually or in small groups)

6-7pm - Worship and prayer (in English with other languages as available)

7.30pm - National Day of Prayer Service at Glasgow City Free Church (265 St Vincent St, G2 7LQ)

For more details and resources go to https://freechurch.org/missions/day-of-prayer

Slovak Roma Conference @GovanhillFreeChurch (posted 28th Oct 2016)

The last week in September was filled with the 4th Annual Roma Confrerence at Govanhill Free Church. This year Rev Martin Kacur was supported by a team from 6 diffrerent slovak congregations and led the conference entitled "Come to the King!". The conference covered questions such as "How should we live in God's Kingdom?" and "Who is our King?". The confrenced climaxed with baptisms at the Saturday evening Aleluja service and communion on Sunday Morning. Everyone is looking forward to next year already.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service on the 6th November 2016 at 11am

This year's Harevst Thanks Giving Service will be held in conjunction with our multicultural First Sunday service. The theme of the sermon will be "I am the Vine" and we will hear about and have the chance to support the work of Tearfund in Chad. We invite you to join us and please invite friends and family to join us - there will be a light lunch provided following the worship service. You can visit tearfund.org/en/give/harvest for more info about Tearfund's work in Chad. 

Glasgow Free Churches Football Club update (posted 29th Oct 2016)

After an initial bright start to the season, things have started to get difficult. After failing to gain a place in the Atholl Cup semi-finals they went on to lose two and draw one of their league matches. The draw was especially painful as Glasgow FCFC were literally ten seconds away from a 2-1 victory! Despite this, the squad remains in good spirits and numbers are strong too, with at least 15 available every Saturday thus far. 

Results

Glasgow FC 1 - Cumbarnauld Colts 4

C7 5 - Glasgow FC 2

Glasgow FC 2 - Irvine Nazerene 2

Slovak Roma Cafe / Seminars (27th Sept 2016)

Rev Martin Kačur, along with a team from Slovakia, will be with Govanhill Free Church from 28th Sept through to Sunday the 2nd October. The team will be running afternoon seminars (from 1pm) and an evening cafe (from 6pm)

The theme of the week is 'Come to the King!'

Evening Cafe topics:

Wed: Come to the King!

Thurs: Who is our King?

Fri: How to live in the Kingdom?

Sat: When is the King coming back?

Seminars will be on practical christian living: including marriage, raising up children, how to share the gospel and how to serve in the church.

Their time with us will finish on Sunday the 2nd of October with our First Sunday communion service at 11am at which Rev Martin Kačur will preach on

Glasgow Free Churches Football Club update (30th Aug 2016)

Pre-season training got underway at the end of July, although there tended to be low numbers due to holidays etc. One pre-season friendly was played and the new 'Glasgow Free Churches FC' recorded their first victory! This was followed with another win in the first game of the season against Woodhill. A score of 2- 0 saw goals from Darren Hercher and David Quinn. Man of the match was awarded to GFCFC's Callum Fyfe. Training continues on Thursday evenings and the vast majority of matches played on Saturday mornings with a 10am kick-off. It is hoped a good number of guys from Dowanvale, Glasgow City and Govan Free Churches will be joining the squad this season in addition to some new local Govanhill talent and of course many players from the previous 'Govanhill Free Church FC' team. Please keep this revamped initiative in your prayers.

Christians Against Poverty training course in Edinburgh, 17th September 2016: 

This training day is to teach how to run a CAP Money Course in your church. The training day will be held in Edinburgh on Saturday September 17 th . The CAP Money Course is a tool that could be of great help to many people living around our church building, and no doubt farther afield too. A link which allows you to download the brochure for the training day and find out more about the Money Course is available below. The booking deadline is September 8 th . Anyone interested in attending the training day should speak to the minister or Penny Macleod.

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News Flash: Alternative Meeting Places This Week (posted 20th July 2016)

Due to refurbishment work on the interior of our building, the services on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July (this Sunday) will move location.

Saturday 23rd July - Aleluja! 5.30pm in Queen's Park-Govanhill Parish Church (Govanhill Trinity building), 24 Daisy Street, G42 (next to Neighbourhood Centre)

Sunday 24th July - 11am service in Queen's Park-Govanhill Parish Church (Govanhill Trinity building), 24 Daisy Street, G42 (next to Neighbourhood Centre)

Sunday 24th July - 6.30pm service at the manse, 8 Myrtle Park, G42 8UQ

'First Sunday' Multicultural Worship Service: 2ndy July at 11am (posted 28th June 2016)

On Sunday the third of July our 'First Sunday' service will be led by Edinburgh Theological Seminary student Isaac Speirs. Together we will explore Jesus' statement that he 'is the door'. The service will be in English and translated to Slovak with readings in Roma, Farsi, Dari, Urdu and Gaelic.

Our hope as a congregation is that we all experience something of spiritual value from bringing together, as best we can, the different languages and cultures that make up our church family. Our prayer in these days is that all will commit to this expression of both the unity and the diversity of the Body of Christ.

Pre Season Training Starts (posted 27th June 2016)

Well, it is official. Govanhill FC have merged with Dowanvale FC to form a new team, Free Churches of Glasgow, for season 2016-17 in the Strathclyde Evangelical Churches League. Pre-season training starts the last week in July and the first competitive match of the season is likely to be August 27th. Please spread the word as the new team are happy to welcome new players, and pre-season training is the place to start as it is open to all even if you don't in the end sign for the team.

Get in touch for more info

17th June 2016

PRAISE GATHERING has its origins in a choir which came together in 1985 to sing the ‘Psalms Alive’ songs, inviting singers - skilled and unskilled, but with a heart for God - to come and take part in this corporate act of Praise. The history of PG is therefore really a history of God at work in the lives of ordinary people who have experienced His love and forgiveness in their own lives, and for whom praising and worshipping with their voices is an expression of gratitude which can facilitate the joy of His presence. Over the years, many people have responded to that invitation and this year there are c350 singers drawn from 140 Scottish churches. (extract from https://praisegathering.org.uk/about)

 Tickets are available now for the 25th and 26th of June at 7.30pm.

 Karen Clark, Mária Jurčová, Jarka Institoris, Margita Balogova, Sheona MacKenzie & Fiona Boyd from Govanhill Free Church will be singing: Come along and hear them praise their God & Saviour.

Isaac Speirs, a third year Edinburgh Theological Seminary student, has started his placement at Govanhill Free Church and will be here until the first Sunday in July. We pray that he and his wife Kirsten will quickly settle in among our congregation and that it will be a beneficial time for them as Isaac continues to pursue his calling to preaching and pastoral ministry. If you wish to support / come along and hear him preach, get in touch. 

 He will be preaching on Saturday the 18th of June at 5pm, Sunday the 19th of June at 6.30pm and Sunday the 26th at 11am.

Football Season Draws to a Close: Well, technically there is still one match to play. But with championship and relegation issues already decided that end of season feel is very much in the air. Once again thanks are due to the team coach, Lenny Hastings. There is a lot involved in running a football team and Lenny does it seamlessly. This season was particularly challenging with many players not available every weekend leading to some pretty makeshift 11s taking the field for a few matches (one game on a beautiful evening in Ayr saw us start with a back four with a combined age of 170 – we only lost 2-1, which seemed quite good under the circumstances!).

Next season an application to the league has been made for a joint Free Churches of Glasgow team, with Dowanvale Free Church agreeing to partner with us. Pre-season training will begin mid-July, so any aspiring players watch this space!

Final results were: Woodhill 2 Govanhill FC 2; Govanhill FC 1 St. Silas 1; Govanhill FC 7 Woodhill 1; Port Glasgow Juniors CSC 1 Govanhill FC 0(posted 9th June 2016)

LAST MINUTE NEWS FLASH: Final game of season 2015-16 is Govanhill v Parkhead Tolcross Utd. at Airdrie Sports and Leisure Centre, KO 11AM (note change of time).

On the 1 st May we had the first 'First Sunday' service. Around 60 were present representing the different nationalities who make up our congregation. The praise, prayers and scripture readings were in English, Slovak, Roma, Farsi, Dari, Urdu and Gaelic. The message was based on Jesus' words 'I am the bread of life' and Jarka Institoris spoke to the children. Once again we were grateful to Mária Jurčová, Margita Ujlaky, Sheona Mackenzie and Fiona Boyd for leading the singing. Our prayer is that this would become such a regular part of congregational life, that we forget about the planning and organising that goes into it and focus ever more on the God who brings us altogether into his family. The next 'First Sunday' is the 5 th June at 11am and we encourage you to join us. (posted 3rd June 2016)