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: 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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 - 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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0131 225 5722.
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
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 email@example.com or on 01506 840914.
The latest Crossreach Newsletter is available here. More information about Crossreach itself is available on their website.
Thursday 24 January. Further info: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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: email@example.com.
Autumn 2018 edition of Crosswind Magazine is now available to download from the Crosswind page.