Community


"Jesus came not to be served, but to serve"

“St Michael is kind to strangers” is the motto of the town of Linlithgow, and St Michael’s has played an active part in the community for centuries. Our crown spire, a modern representation of Jesus’ crown of thorns, and a symbol of hope, can be seen for miles around. We play an active role in the annual Riding of the Marches and the Children’s Gala Day each June, and community leaders gather in St Michael’s on Remembrance Sunday each year. St Michael’s is a place of comfort for the bereaved, and of celebration at weddings and baptism.

Our church banners on Cross House let the community know what is happening within our walls, we also work hard to be a church without walls. We work closely with the Linlithgow Young People’s Project, West Lothian Foodbank and Bethany Trust.

Much of what we do is on our website and you may have heard a lot about it, however a lot of our work is invisible. For example we have a team of church visitors who are out and about visiting those who are often housebound. We also offer bereavement support and there is a small support group for those going through IVF.

Each year at the end of October, we hold a service for memory and thanksgiving for all those who have suffered loss, to which everyone is welcome to attend. Please be in touch with us if we can be of assistance to you.


Bereavement Support

Living through Grief. Grief is a natural healing process, not an illness. The death of someone we love can be devastating and is the most painful and complex loss we are ever likely to experience. Sooner or later grief comes... read more

Singalong for Memory Next occurring: Thu 13th Jul

Caring for those living with memory loss and their carers. In our Kirk Hall on the second Thursday of each month from 12­.30pm join us for a light lunch and then an hour of singing for memory. All welcome. No church connection... read more

Pastoral Care

In Acts 20:28 Paul says, "So keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock which the Holy Spirit has placed in your care. Be shepherds of the church of God which he has made his own through the sacrificial death of his... read more

Sunshine Helpers

Our Sunshine Helpers go to St Michael’s hospital to share memory books, play dominoes, chat and draw with those who are in need of company. If you would like to become a sunshine helper then please contact Rev Cheryl McKellar... read more

Memory and Thanksgiving

This service for the bereaved is held once a year at the beginning of November. Music, prayers and readings with an opportunity to light a candle in memory of the one you love. The service is followed by teas and coffee. All... read more

Sunshine Singers Next occurring: Fri 30th Jun

Our Sunshine Singers go along to St Michael's Hospital on the last Friday of each month to sing from memory with those who are in hospital. Should you wish to join and become a sunshine singer please contact Myra Lawson or Rev... read more

Sunshine Gardeners

Our Sunshine Gardeners help to make St Michael's Hospital gardens more beautiful for those who are in hospital there. If you would like to become a Sunshine Gardener and give of your time please contact the church office. 01506... read more

Caring Cafe

The Caring Cafe provides a meeting place in the heart of our community that gives people with dementia and their carers a chance to meet others in a similar situation. Our church volunteers help at the cafe and there are staff... read more

Dementia Sensitive Worship

This takes place within St Michael's hospital and Linlithgow care Home on the second Tuesday of each month led by Rev Cheryl McKellar Young. Services within the church for those living with memory loss and their carers is in... read more

Parent and Toddler Group Next occurring: Tue 29th Aug

The Parent and Toddler Group runs on Tuesdays and Fridays during the school terms. The Group stops at the end of June and recommences in August. For places contact Margaret Henderson c/o the Church Office.  'Toddlers' was... read more

Help Centre

The Help Centre Website   www.helpcentre.org.uk    seeks to provide information and support for anyone with a problem, which is proving difficult for them to resolve. Perhaps it is a family matter, caring requirement, health... read more