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Chogoria Coffee Morning

With the New Year comes our first fundraiser coffee morning in aid of Chogoria Hospital, Kenya from 10am to 12:30pm. Donations of home-baking, tablet, jam and marmalade welcomed. Please contact Margaret Henderson (Tel. 844787) or Sue Ratcliffe (Tel. 844922).

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

Adult singers wanted

to be a part of EXILES, St. Michael's production in aid of Refugees. Come and swell the ranks of the church choir on 8 and 9 March. Rehearsals: 24 January in the kirk, 8pm, ready to sing at 8.15pm. The top car park will be open. Further info: exiles2019@gmail.com

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

Sunday 20 January, St Michael’s RC Church at 6.30pm –  all Linlithgow churches taking part.  Refreshments after service in St Margaret’s Hall.  Speaker: Rev Colin Johnston. All welcome.

Orders of Service


Weekly Intimations


Knowing Christ Better

2019 Stewardship of Treasure

Prayer for January 2019

Lord God, at the beginning of this New Year when what lies ahead is unknown to us, help us to focus on what we do know. We thank you for the many gifts that we have received over the years and pray that we may focus on these as signs of your goodness, kindness and faithfulness. Amen

Housegroup

Housegroup: Friday 25 January ,10.00am in Room 5, Cross House. The study is: Tom Wright’s ‘The letters of John’. 1 John 2:15–29 – You have the Anointing. 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

Prayer News Bulletin

Copies of Lorna Ferguson’s Prayer News Bulletin are now available at the back of the church.

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.

Serving Him Together

Chogoria Coffee Morning

With the New Year comes our first fundraiser coffee morning in aid of Chogoria Hospital, Kenya from 10am to 12:30pm. Donations of home-baking, tablet, jam and marmalade welcomed. Please contact Margaret Henderson (Tel. 844787) or Sue Ratcliffe (Tel. 844922).

Seedlings

Seedlings - Every Thursday    10am–11am - Re-starts 10th January

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

Guild meeting in the Kirk Hall on Monday 21 January at 7.30pm when our Locum Minister Rev Colin Johnston will talk of his "Sojourn in Egypt". Everyone welcome to join us. For further information, contact Margaret Henderson Tel no 01506 847487.

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 ‘Extraordinary People (Enzo MacLeod Series)' by Peter May .  All welcome. Info from Sally Chambers (07732722146). Next review meeting Thursday 7 February.

 

General Notices

Sunshine Singers

Next sing-song at 2.30pm on Friday 25 January at St Michael’s Hospital.

Adult singers wanted

to be a part of EXILES, St. Michael's production in aid of Refugees. Come and swell the ranks of the church choir on 8 and 9 March. Rehearsals: 24 January in the kirk, 8pm, ready to sing at 8.15pm. The top car park will be open. Further info: exiles2019@gmail.com

Coffee mornings

Coffee Mornings – 10am

19 January –  St Michael’s RC (St Margaret’s Hall) in support of Mary’s Meals

2 February –  Chogoria Coffee Morning (Kirk Hall)

16 February – Linlithgow Grange Rotary (Kirk Hall)

Concert in the Kirk - Saturday 19 January

Linlithgow Arts Guild Concert in the Kirk at 7.30pm. The Gesualdo Six – A Cappella spiritual to lighthearted singing.  Tickets: Far From the Madding Crowd or 07731 614 179.  Full price £14 (u26 £6). Children free accompanied by an adult.

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.

World Mission

The Oct/Nov edition of WM (World Mission) magazine is in the church (on table opposite the stall), which is free to take.  The theme “Being International Family” covering stories about Czech/Scottish friendships, reflections on an interfaith conference with ideas of new resources to help us all engage with the World Church.  News also of an Israel Palestine 10-day study tour run by CoS from 21-31 March 2019 – details on the back page or contact WM: wmoutreach@churchofscotland.org.uk Tel:  0131 225 5722.

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 24 January. 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 10 January.

Communion Linen

Many thanks to all those who have helped with the laying out and taking in of the Communion Linen during 2018. Your help has been much appreciated. If anyone would like to join the rota of people who carry out this task or want to find out more about how they can help then please get in touch with Sheila Musgrave Tel: 01506-843680, e-mail: iandsmusgrave@gmail.com.

 

Latest Magazine

Autumn 2018 edition of  Crosswind Magazine is now available to download from the Crosswind page.