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A Message From Our Minister

  • 9 June 2024
  • lorna.graham

Dear Friends

Summer is here! One of the many things I love about Scotland, is that the seasons are all so different. The lush green colour all around us announces loud and clear that it’s summertime! (And sometimes we need the greenery to remind us, because the temperature doesn’t always seem to know that it’s supposed to be warm now!)

No matter what the season though – God is always in control. In Psalm 76 we read: God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth. The day is his, and his also the night; he established the sun and moon. It was him who set all the boundaries of the earth; he made both summer and winter.

It's my prayer that this summer you will all find some time to rest and recuperate, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy the sunshine.

At our churches, the summer services will be as follows: During the month of July, we will have united worship at the West Kirk of Calder, with services starting at 9:45am; and during August, we will have united worship at Polbeth Harwood Church, with services starting at 11:15am. A warm welcome awaits every Sunday, and although it’s school holidays, there will always be something fun for the kids to do.

May God bless you all this summer, and always.


A Message From Our Minister

  • 25 December 2023
  • lorna.graham

Dear Friends

As if in the blink of an eye, were are finding ourselves at the end of 2023… I hope that you had a special Christmas, remembering that Jesus was sent to earth to bring us light.

And it’s my prayer that in 2024, we will all be guided by this light, with every step we take.

May God bless you in the new year.


A Message From Our Minister: October 2023

  • 30 September 2023
  • lorna.graham

Dear friends

It’s harvest time – time to say thank you to God for everything he gives us.

In 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 we read: “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

This is an explanation of how we can thank God: He gives us what we need, and in sharing that with others, we give thanks to him.

Sharing is such a special thing to do. If you share what you have with someone else, you will lose something that was yours, but at the same time, you will gain something else – joy. And joy is something that can fill you in a way food never can. There is so much more than food that we can share – we can share burdens, we can share love. And in giving these things away, we get so much more in return.

So this harvest – let’s give to others, and by doing that, give thanks to God!

May God bless you all,


A Message Fron Our Minister: July 2023

  • 5 July 2023
  • lorna.graham

Dear friends

Summer is here! Time to take a breath, relax, and enjoy the sunshine.

Every single time the seasons change I am newly amazed at how magnificently God created the world. Autumn, winter, spring, summer – every year, no exception.

In Psalm 8 we read:

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory in the heavens…
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what are people that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

Yet, God cares for us – every single day. No matter what season it is in nature, no matter what season you are experiencing in your life… God is always there for us – every day, no exception.

So wherever you are this summer – may the sun shine on you, and may that remind you of the warmth of God’s love.

Please remember that we have joint worship services over the summer – all starting at 10am on Sunday mornings. During July these services are in the West Kirk of Calder, and during August in Polbeth Harwood Church.

May God bless you this summer, and always.