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2nd December 2018

11am 1st Sunday in Advent - Morning Worship

Gift Sunday – supporting the work of East Renfrewshire Foodbank and Glasgow City Mission

We are collecting food items for East Renfrewshire Foodbank:

they need UHT milk, long life fruit juice, sugar, jars of jam, small jars of coffee, tinned fruit, creamed tinned rice, jars of pasta sauce, tinned tomatoes and tinned vegetables

OR give a financial gift for the work of Glasgow City Mission

4-5pm Advent Bible Study, Glenburn Parish Church, Paisley


9th December 2018

11am 2nd Sunday in Advent - Morning Worship


2pm 🎺Renfrew Burgh Band 🎷– playing a selection of well-known Christmas music


4-5pm Advent Bible Stud,y Neilston Parish Church


3pm – 6.30pm – Visit our stall at the Neilston Christmas Celebration


16th December 2018

11am 3rd Sunday in Advent - Morning Worship


2.30pm Hope and Healing Service– This service is for anyone who is feeling a little ‘blue’. We know not everyone always feels cheery at this time of year


4-5pm Advent Bible Study, Glenburn Parish Church, Paisley


23rd December 2018

11am 4th Sunday in Advent – Join us for a good sing at our annual 🎶Community Carol Service 🎶


4-5pm Advent Bible Study, Neilston Parish Church


Christmas Eve - 7pm  Family Service at Glenburn Parish Church, Paisley


11.30pm Christmas Eve Watchnight Service


Christmas Day1
10am  Service with Communion – St Andrew’s Parish Church, Barrhead


10.30am Christmas Day Family Service– Bourock Parish Church, Barrhead


30th December 2018

11am Morning Worship – Reflections led by the Choir.  


Look at the Candy Cane, what do you see?

Stripes that are red like the blood shed for me

White is for my Saviour, who’s sinless and pure!

“J” is for Jesus, My Lord, that’s for sure!

Turn it around and a staff you will see

Jesus my shepherd was born for me!

Happy Christmas

The story of the candy cane shows that the candy cane was designed to be a delicious reminder of what Christmas is all about: Jesus. 

According to legend, the candy cane was first created back in the 18th century. At that time, in certain areas of Europe, there was said to be a ban on public displays of Christianity. Christians were oppressed and no Bibles or crosses could be owned at the time.  One man found this upsetting and wished he could share the love of Jesus and the joy of Christmas with the people round about him.

When Christmas came around, children didn’t get to see nativity scenes or enjoy learning about the truth of Christmas. As a candy maker, this man prayed to find a way that he could offer local children a Christmas gift that would allow him to communicate the real story of Christmas.

His prayer led to an idea--The Candy Cane.

  • The Shepherd's Staff: He chose to make the candy cane in the shape of a shepherd’s staff. After all, Jesus is the shepherd to his followers and the Bible notes that the “sheep” (i.e. us) would hear His voice and follow him (Psalm 23:1, John 10:11, John 10:27-30, Isaiah 40:11).
  • The Letter J for Jesus: Not only was the candy cane in the shape of a staff, but when held upside down, it formed a “J,” which stood for Jesus (Luke 1:31, Matthew 1:21).
  • He is A Rock: The candy maker chose hard candy for the candy cane, which was done to remind children that Jesus was our “rock,” dependable and strong (Psalm 31:3).
  • By His Stripes: Wide red stripes were added to the candy cane, representative of the crucifixion and the blood Jesus shed for our sins.
  • Red - His Shed Blood: Through his blood, we are given salvation and life (Revelation 1:5, John 3:16, Luke 22:20).
  • White - Purification from Sin: There are also white stripes on the candy cane, which represents the holiness, and purity of Jesus, who was sinless (I John 1:7).
  • Sweet Fragrance of Christ: Peppermint was the flavor that the candy maker chose for the candy cane. Peppermint was very similar to hyssop, which was used for sacrifice and purification in the Old Testament.  It can also remind us of the spices brought by the Wise Men when they came to visit Jesus (Psalm 51:7, John 10:29, Matthew 2:11).
  • Broken For Us: Of course, when the candy cane is eaten, it is often broken, which the candy maker meant as a reminder that when Jesus was crucified, his body was broken (I Cor. 11:24).
  • Love of Christ: The candy cane was also made to be given as a gift, representing the love of Jesus when he gave us the gift of salvation.

Although no one is quite sure if the legend of the candy cane is really true, the beauty of the legend is a reminder of God’s love for us around Christmas.