Airdrie Reformed Presbyterian Church

Weekly Newsletter



11th December 2017

Good News – December 2017

Good News is the denominational magazine of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland, which is published on a quarterly basis. It is now being published in a new format, through a new editor, Rev. Stephen McCollum, minister of Stornoway RPCS.

The aim of Good News is to provide material that will benefit our readers in their walk with God. Each issue will contain a variety of articles in a number of areas including, doctrine, church history, as well as contemporary and practical matters. There are also questions and answers for teens, along with a children’s section.

For those who attend a Scottish RP Church, you can pick your free copy up there. For everyone else the December 2017 edition can be found here Good News – December 2017 and is free to download. If you would like to subscribe to receive future editions of Good News in print form, please email the Admin. Secretary, Beth Bogue at The price for subscription is £10 per year.

Kids Club & CY Outings

Covenant Kids Club Party

On Friday night Covenant Kids Club finished for the year, and we took the children to a local ten-pin bowling place in Airdrie.  For some of them it was their first time ever to go bowling, and for several there was the added challenge of trying to lift a bowling ball that was considerably heavier than anything they had lifted before.  After showing them how to do it, and finding some lighter balls than the 15lb ones they were trying to lift, they got started and all did very well.  After the bowling there was a supper of burgers, sausages, and chicken nuggets before heading home for the evening.  We are very thankful for the children who come regularly, for their parents and grandparents who bring them so faithfully, and for the leaders who put their time into Kids Club.  We are conscious of the tremendous privilege and opportunity it is to teach them from the Word of God week by week and our prayer is that the seed sown will take root in their hearts and lives by the grace of God.


CY to Edinburgh

Also this past Friday night the CY went to Edinburgh for ice skating.  It was a very cold, crisp night, and everyone was well wrapped up.  Even those who hadn’t skated in awhile got the hang of it quickly with a minimum of falls.  Afterwards we went over to the market set up in Princes Street Gardens.  After a quick wander round with time to buy crepes and candy floss, we headed back to get the train to Airdrie.


Semester in Scotland – Trip to London (Part Two)

Prior to our week in London, I had a very romanticized view of what the city would be like. I often have done this before I visit cities: I read about them, watch movies or TV shows about them, and see Instagram posts about them. These pictures never live up to reality. Much to my delight, so much of what I had pictured and imagined London to be was real. It is a city rich with history and it really is a bookworm’s delight!


The history of London as an established city goes back to the Roman occupation of their client-kingdom, Brittania. Small tribes dwelt on the Thames for millennia before this period, but London wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for the Romans. Around 43 AD, London became a central port for the Romans. It was strategically located on the River Thames (pictured above) and at the center of several Roman roads. London has grown into a city of 8.8 million people and its significance has only grown over the last two thousand years.

Although Jordan’s blog post was about our first two days in London and our day of Oxford, I thought I’d include a few of my favorite pictures from these days.


Westminster Abbey


One of the Horse Guards


The British Museum


The West End at night


The Radcliffe Camera at Oxford




The dining hall at Christ Church College, Oxford


Christ Church College, Oxford

On Thursday, we braved the Underground and made our way to the Tower of London. It was a brisk and sunny day. We began the day with a Yeoman Warder (Royal Bodyguards) tour, which proved to be highly entertaining.


In 1066 William the Conqueror, a Norman, became King William I of England. He built a royal palace and fortress in the east of the city, now known as the White Tower, on top of an old Roman fortress. For the subsequent 500 years, this building was expanded upon and dwelt in by the kings and queens.


The White Tower

In 1220, 13 towers with inner defensive walls were built around the white tower. Then, in 1280 an outer defensive wall was built with 6 more towers. A 120-foot-wide moat was built all the way around, using the tidal flow of the Thames, by an expert from Holland.


The Tower of London is fascinating because it’s been a royal mint, a royal armory, and a royal zoo, among other things.

This palace complex became a well-known prison complex, and between the 12th and 18th centuries there were a lot of executions.

Thomas More was held in the strongest tower because he didn’t acknowledge the king as the head of the church. He was subsequently executed, in 1535.


The Yeoman Warders and their families live in the tower complex and are locked in at 10pm daily. The Crown Jewels of England are held in the Tower to this day.


Tower Bridge


Caitlin and I exploring the Tower

After a wonderful time at the Tower of London, we made our way to St. Paul’s Cathedral.


Taxis are realllyyyyyy long in England

Pictures were not allowed inside, so this is the only picture you’ll see from me of St. Paul’s. Pictures wouldn’t even begin to display the majesty of this structure, so I was okay with not taking any.

St. Paul’s Cathedral is Christopher Wren’s masterpiece of church architecture, built after the Great Fire. It was designed as an Anglican cathedral in the shape of a cross. The dome, as you can see above, is the natural heart of the building and the center of worship today. This is actually the only dome on an English cathedral. The quire, where the clergy and choir are seated, is where worship through music is centered and is positioned in front of the high altar, which faces the rising sun. The mosaics on the ceiling above the quire portray God’s creation and the fall and redemption of humankind. They were done in the Byzantine style, and have a glorious shimmering effect when hit by light. We got to sit in the quire when we went to an Evensong service, and it was a really incredible experience and something I’ll cherish for a long time.

One of the things I found interesting about the cathedral was a video illustration called “Martyrs.” This is the first video illustration in any cathedral, done by contemporary American artist Bill Viola. Fascinating, as it uses art as a shared language and slows down video to deepen our perception of who we’ve become. Here’s a link to the video if you’re interested in seeing what I’m writing about:

On Friday, we began our day at the National Gallery.


Here, we saw the art of medieval, renaissance, and baroque masters. The collection was extensive. We were there for two hours, and I felt like we barely scratched the surface! My favorite pieces I got to see were by Klimt, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Monet.


We then made our way in the cold to Covent Garden, which was all decorated for Christmas.


We made it back to Scotland safely on Friday night, and the next morning it seemed as though winter suddenly appeared!


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with friends on Saturday, and indeed have so much to be thankful for!


Julia Lodder



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Prayer Points for the Week

– Give thanks for the good year that was had in Kids Club and that they had a good time at their party on Friday. Give thanks for the children who come and for the adults who lead it.
– Give thanks for the good time the CY had in Edinburgh on Friday evening and pray for their winter dinner this coming Friday evening.


For Rev. Quigley’s recent sermon, ‘Trusting Gives Sight, Blessing, and Focus!‘, click the sermonaudio box below.


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