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 morning service to chat with others over a cup of tea or coffee. 

Sunday services are at 11.00am and 6.30pm, and our online prayer meetings 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. 

From time to time, we run a Christianity Explored and Life Explored courses which are 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!

Prayer Triplets

Many of us in the congregation take part in prayer triplets.  These are groups of (usually!) three people who agree to meet together for prayer on a regular basis.  

This is a great way to hold each other accountable for our spiritual progress as we aim to grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  (2 Peter 3:18).

If you would like to join a prayer triplet, please get in touch!


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

Through the winter we have 'psalms for a winter's evening'.  We meet approximately once a month,  where one or two of us will share from psalms that we have found helpful and encouraging.  The dates are announced at the Sunday services.  

The free church has its own women's organisation called 'Women for Mission'.  Each year they run a project to support several worldwide mission projects.  In 2022/2023 the projects supported are Bethany Christian Trust (helping homeless and vulnerable people in Scotland), Sparkle Sisters (sharing the love of Christ by providing a safe space for women affected by trauma) and MISIUR (supporting families in needy communities in Peru).  

Our craft evening in December 2022 raised several hundred pounds for these causes.  

For more details on the projects supported, (and for a chance to buy the new and extremely popular cookbook!)  see:


"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.

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

Young people S1 and above have activities nights fortnightly 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.