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Scots Night

  • 18 January 2015
  • liz.dyer

Doing anything on the evening of Saturday 24th January?

On a dark, perhaps snowy, winter's evening there's no need for you and your family to leave the village to enjoy yourself!

Come along to a Scots Night in the West Kirk hall that night, starting at 7pm, where, as well as a warm welcome, there will be a traditional meal, music, fun and dancing.

All for £10 per adult and £6 for a child.

Tickets are available from Jill Murray, Victor Ferguson and Bill Russell (Phone 871693)

Minister's Office Hours: Dec 14 & Jan 15

  • 5 December 2014
  • liz.dyer

 Due to heavy commitment in the run up to Christmas, the minister will suspend her Office Hours at both Polbeth Harwood and West Kirk from Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th December.

She will be available again on a weekly basis  in 2015 from

                                                                 3rd February at Polbeth Harwood

                                                                4th February at West Kirk

Successful Christmas Fayre

  • 2 December 2014
  • liz.dyer

Congratulations to Linda Eardley, her hard working team of helpers and all who donated and supported the Polbeth Harwood Christmas Fayre last Saturday. A marvellous total of £1726 was raised!

As well as the ever popular Santa in his Grotto - at which there was a long queue, face painting proved popular (with even a tiger prowling the premises!) and all the usual stalls were doing brisk business. Finding a free seat at the teas was well nigh impossible too.

A successful afternoon socially for the community as well as a financial one for the congregation.

Bible Blether

  • 28 November 2014
  • nanda.groenewald

In the New Year I would like to start a new monthly get-together for anybody who is interested in the background of the Bible. It will be an informal evening of talking about the “why, how, what”-questions in regards to the Bible and things we do in the church. Hence, Bible Blether!
If we understand why people did certain things in Biblical times, the message for today is so much easier to understand; and if we understand why we do things in a certain way in the church, we will find what we do more meaningful.
If you would be interested in attending, please talk to me. 
Whether you want to come to learn more about the BIBLE, or whether you just want to come for a coffee and a BLETHER, please let me know so we can get it started!

December Letter

  • 28 November 2014
  • nanda.groenewald

Dear Congregations

My boys are busy writing their letters to Santa. They’re not ready to post it yet, just in case they think of something else they want to ad! And that got me thinking…

Letters have been an important part of life in the early Church too. The apostle Paul travelled from city to city to share the good news about Jesus Christ with the people, and as soon as he left a city he started writing them letters to answer questions they had and also to encourage them to stand strong in their new-found faith. Some of these letters are included in our New Testament.

In one of these letters, Philippians 4:4-7, Paul said: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!...Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all human understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Paul had to endure lots of trials and tribulations because he stood up for his faith. But he never once allowed anything to put him off from believing in God. So when he says that we can ask God anything we want, I take his word for it, because he is speaking from experience. Paul doesn’t say that God will always give you what you’ve asked for straight away, but that he will give you what you need. And if you have the courage to ask, the one thing you will most certainly get, is the peace of God. Because very often, that is all we really need. The peace to move on, to accept, to let go, to adapt, to forgive… The peace of knowing that God is in control of your life, no matter what.
So let’s all ask God for everything we need and everything we long for this Christmas, but let’s also accept that His peace, the peace that transcends all human understanding, is the biggest gift anybody could ever ask for – and we’ve already been given that in Jesus Christ.

May God bless you all this Christmas, and be close to you in the new year.


Polbeth Harwood Remembers

  • 15 November 2014
  • liz.dyer

During morning worship on Remembrance Sunday, not only was a wreath laid in the church garden but, in this centenary year, the children from JAM Club released red balloons  - one for each person from the area who died in the fighting during World War 1.

Later the same day, at the informal service held at Dickson Court, a single red balloon was also released in memory of all those who had died in battle over the last 100 years.

(See the gallery for further pictures)

Minister's Office Hours: 18th & 19th November 2014

  • 14 November 2014
  • liz.dyer

The minister will NOT be in attendance this week at Polbeth Harwood on Tuesday 18th Nov nor at West Kirk on Wednesday 19th Nov.

She will be available again the following week.

New Elders ordained at Polbeth Harwood Church

  • 2 November 2014
  • liz.dyer

At morning worship on Sunday 2nd November at Polbeth Harwood Church, Sandra McCabe and Jessie Kelly were ordained as elders in the Church of Scotland

It was with great pleasure that the congregation witnessed these two ladies, who have already given years of work and support to their congregation, commit themselves further to the service of the Church here at Polbeth Harwood.

We wish them every blessing in their new role.

Admission of Elder at West Kirk

  • 2 November 2014
  • liz.dyer

On Sunday 2nd November, as part of morning worship, Alan Redmond was admitted to the eldership at West Kirk and welcomed by the minister, his fellow elders, and the congregation. We are delighted to welcome Alan to our session and wish every blessing on him and his family as he takes on this responsibility and service in our midst.

Alan had been ordained previously in another parish prior to transferring with his family to West Kirk.


Long Service Certificate

  • 2 November 2014
  • liz.dyer

At morning worship on Sunday 19th October, Gordon Erskine was presented with his Church of Scotland long service certificate.

Gordon was ordained as a deacon in 1964, and two years later, in 1966, he was admitted as an elder in the Church - officially serving for 50 years.

Congratulations, Gordon. What a record!              

And he still takes a very active role in Polbeth Harwood Church, where he holds the post of Fabric Convener and in West Lothian Presbytery, where among other activities he is presbytery elder for Polbeth Harwood.