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Exiles Children’s Choir

Please note that due to unforeseen difficulties we are unable to include a children's choir as part of the EXILES production, so there will be no further rehearsals. Many apologies and thanks to those who came last week.

EXILES

Friday 8th March at 7.30pm and Saturday 9th March at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Adults £10  Children £7

Tickets available  Far From The Madding Crowd or www.ticketsource.co.uk

The Guild

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church  of Scotland, The Rt Rev Susan Brown, was the Guest Speaker at The Guild on Monday 4th February.  Other Guilds from West Lothian Guilds Together  were invited.  The Moderator presented Long Service Certificates to 13 women from St Michael’s who had accumulated a total of 577 years service to the Guild, the longest serving being Margaret Henderson Snr who has been a member for 69 years. Click here to see more pictures.
 

Kirk Session Update December 2018

The big news from this month’s Kirk Session meeting is that Presbytery has given us permission to move forward with looking for a new minister. There are several preliminary steps we need to take, but we hope to be able to appoint a ‘nominating committee’ by March so that the search can start in earnest. One important question that Session will discuss next month is: what qualities will the new minister of St Michael’s need? Please let your elder know what your thoughts are about this.

The agenda for our January meeting will also include the future of Cross House, with discussion based on the report which is available here. The options include refurbishing the current building, or selling Cross House and adding further new build facilities around the hall. Both are expensive and carry risks but would provide us with improved facilities. Are there other options we should consider? This is an important decision and your views would be very welcome.

Kirk Session has adopted a Statement of Values, expressing how we work together in St Michael’s. This was a fruit of the series of Session conferences that Rev John Christie, a former moderator, led over the last few months. The conferences have helped us to recognise that various past issues had caused confusion and disunity, and to re-commit ourselves to work together in renewed unity and purpose. John Christie will share something of this journey with the whole church when he conducts our special service of rededication on Sunday 13th January.

Session gave a big thank you to Margaret Johnston and her Fellowship Team for organising the second Festival of Christmas Trees over the weekend of 7th-9th December. Almost 1,100 people enjoyed the delightfully imaginative decorations, not to mention the hot chocolate, mulled wine (non-alcoholic) and tasty nibbles. Roll on the 2019 festival!

Yours in Christ,

Alan D Miller

Orders of Service


Weekly Intimations


Knowing Christ Better

2019 Stewardship of Treasure

Prayer for February

Almighty God,
You are here in the midst of all life and Your love endures forever.
In our stillness and in our busyness, our coming and our going, our giving and receiving, opening and closing – Your love endures forever. Amen

Housegroup - Friday 22 February

10.00am in Room 5, Cross House. The study is: Tom Wright’s ‘The letters of John’.1 John 5:13-21, The true God. All welcome to join this informal group. Please call Barbara Thomson 845705 for more details.

 

 

 

The Monthly Prayer Calendar

The Monthly Prayer Calendar is available here.

Housegroups

For more information about fellowship groups meeting within St Michael’s, please call Alison Miller 844992, Margaret Henderson 844787 or Barbara Thomson 845705.

The Help Centre

Offers information covering many concerns.  Wondering where to access support for yourself or another?  Tel 842646, or look at www.helpcentre.org.uk

Bereavement Support

The Team offers confidential one to one support to help you adapt to your loss. In addition, Positive Pathways support group meets fortnightly in the informal setting of the Canal Tearoom. Contact Sheila Rae 07719966273 or sheila.ruth.rae@gmail.com.

Making Him Known to Others

CDs-Church Service

If you would like to borrow a recording of previous services, you will find CDs at the Church shop. A recording of the sermon is available weekly via podcast here.

Knitting Club

The Kirk Knitting Club meets once a month on a Monday in Cross House at 10.30 am in Room 1. Next meeting Monday 4 March.

Serving Him Together

Chogoria Hospital Fundraiser

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the event on 2 February. The sum raised so far is £1,185.02

Seedlings

 Every Thursday    

If you are at home with your wee ones why not come along instead of sitting in on your own.  If your a Mum, Dad, Granny, Grandpa or babysitter just pop along to the Kirk hall for 10 am. A really warm welcome awaits with songs,crafts, a wee prayer, lots of fun and tea and coffee too. No church connection needed at all. Hope to see you there. No cost.   Please contact the office for further info, Tel: 842188.

The Guild - Monday 18 February

The Guild meets in the Kirk Hall at 7.30pm. Our Speaker is from the "Free to Live Trust: the Seema Project", one of the projects we are raising funds for this session. Everyone welcome. Members are reminded the deposit for the summer outing is required this evening. Further info: Margaret Henderson Tel 015068 44787.

Time of Stillness

2pm in St Katherine's Aisle (entrance via south door during winter opening hours). Discover what 15 minutes of stillness can do for you. Tea and cake afterwards. All welcome.

Chapters Book Club

Our book club meets on the first Thursday of every month 3.15-4.30pm, Cross House. Coffee cake and book discussion.  Our book of choice is "Shadow" by Michael Morpungo..  All welcome. Info from Sally Chambers (07732722146). Next review meeting Thursday 7 March.

 

General Notices

Exiles Children’s Choir

Please note that due to unforeseen difficulties we are unable to include a children's choir as part of the EXILES production, so there will be no further rehearsals. Many apologies and thanks to those who came last week.

Sunshine Singers

Next sing-song at 2.30pm on Friday 22 February at St Michael’s Hospital.

Parents & Toddlers

Congratulations to the Parent & Toddler Group on celebrating its 30th birthday last week.

St Michael’s GB is 30 this year!

Please come along to our fundraising coffee evening in the Kirk Hall, on Wednesday 27 March at 6.30pm-8pm.  Coffee, cake, games and chat.

Bo’ness Filling Station

Next meeting Thursday 7 February, in Matty Steele Building, North Street. 7.00 p.m. coffee and cake for 7:30pm start. Speakers Rev Iain Sutherland heads up Local Houses of Prayer (LHOP) in Scotland. This ministry, started in Wales at the Ffald-e-Brenin retreat, now being established throughout UK.

Coffee mornings

Coffee Mornings – 10am

9 March – Friends of Girl Guiding (Kirk Hall)

16 March – 2nd West Lothian Explorer Scouts (Kirk Hall)

30 March – 4th West Lothian Scouts (Kirk Hall)

Global Strategy

Anyone interested in learning about the progress being made by 194 Countries of the World as they endeavour to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 should email wandeross@hotmail.com

Nativity Play

Stephen Blake's photo's from the Nativity Play are here.

Thank you from….

Re-Act (Action for Refugees) would like to thank all those who donated warm clothes/sturdy footwear/blankets/ camping equipment etc during 2018. Similar items will be welcomed through 2019. The Re-Act collection point in Linlithgow is at 26 Friars Brae.

Festival of Christmas Trees 2018

After another successful festival of Christmas Trees we've put a load of photos on our Facebook page.

Christian Aid

In tune with the upcoming presentation of “Exile” by St Michael’s Drama group, Christian Aid delivers assistance to refugees around the world. Please help in this year's door-to-door collection 12–18 May. For further information, please telephone 842646. Thank you every offer of help.

Stamp Appeal

 Please bring in all your stamps for the World Mission Council appeal to help young people with learning difficulties in the Ukraine. Boxes in the Church and Kirk Hall.

Data Protection

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in the UK on 25 May 2018. It replaces the existing law on data protection (the Data Protection Act 1998) and gives individuals more rights and protections with regard to how their personal data is used by organisations. 

St.Michael's have adopted the following :

Data Protection Policy

Data Retention Policy

Privacy Notice

Gift Aid Giving

Did you know that the church can claim 25p for every £ given if the donor is a UK taxpayer and signs a Gift Aid declaration? This is true whether payments are made by regular standing order, via freewill envelopes, or by other identifiable means. For more information, or to set up/amend an existing arrangement please contact the Gift Aid Convener in confidence - Andrew Jones – at giving@stmichaels-parish.org.uk or on 01506 840914.

Crossreach

The latest Crossreach Newsletter is available here.  More information about Crossreach itself is available on their website.

Choir Practice - Thursday 21 February

All adults welcome. Further info: matt@stmichaels-parish.org.uk

 

Bethany Pennies

The latest donation sent to Bethany Christian Trust was for £162.62 bringing the total for 2018 to £403.80. Thank you to all who contributed.

Sunshine Sing-along for Memory

Takes place in the Kirk Hall on the second Thursday of each month 12–1.30pm. All those living with memory loss and their carers are welcome. No church connection necessary. Light lunch and singing. Further info from Norma Costley 01506 843255. Next Sing-along Thursday 14 March.

Latest Magazine

The latest edition of  Crosswind Magazine is now available to download from the Crosswind page.