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The Fun Continues

  • 12 May 2013
  • lorna.graham

Every Sunday morning we have great fun at Sunday Club with stories craft singing etc.

Why not come along and join us  and bring a friend too!

Our closing service followed by our picnic takes place on 16 June.

More information to follow soon 

Christian Aid Sunday: 12th May 2013

  • 9 May 2013
  • liz.dyer

The congregations will be marking the start of Christian Aid Week on Sunday 12th May with a service addressing the theme ‘Bite Back at Hunger’.  You may have received a Christian Aid envelope in last Sunday’s Order of Service and if so, you are asked to give what you can  by placing your donation in the envelope and returning it during either service on the day.  If you did not bring your envelope on the 12th, it may be handed in on any Sunday in May.  Please remember to gift-aid your donation if you are a UK tax payer by completing the form attached to the envelope.

2 May 2013

  • 2 May 2013
  • andre.groenewald

It is wonderful to see all the daffodils and signs that summer is approaching. For a while I wondered if spring was ever going to come! So often in our lives, especially when we are struggling, it seems as if there is no hope for a better day. But we just have to look outside our windows and see the prospects of summer and be filled with hope. God is always giving us hope, not only through his creation but also in the smiles of a stranger, the gentle word of a friend and the company of dear people and family members.

We all need friends. We all need family members around us. Sometimes we do not have blood relations helping and  supporting us, but brothers and sisters in faith, walking the extra distance with us. Nanda, Henro, Nehan and I can  surely confirm the truth of this. Without blood relations, we are surrounded by brothers and sisters in faith, who love us and whom we love. This is not something new. It has been happening since the time of Jesus’ journey on earth.

For example, take Tabitha (or, Dorcas) from Joppa, in Acts 9:36-43. She was a follower of Jesus Christ, always doing good and helping the poor. She made a huge impact on the lives of all the people around her, but tragically she became ill and  died. When her brothers and sisters in faith heard that the apostle Peter was in Lydda, a town not far from Joppa, they sent him a message urging him to come at once, as Jewish custom dictated that dead bodies needed to be buried before sundown.

Once Peter arrived, he went to the upper room of her house. Her fellow sisters in Christ showed him all the good work she had done while she was alive. Peter sent out the women, knelt down and prayed. After he had prayed, he said, “Tabitha arise.” At these words her eyes opened, her life returned as if she had awakened from sleep. Peter  extended his hand to her and helped her up before he “presented her alive” to all those who knew that she had been dead.

The result of this miracle was that “many believed in the Lord” (v. 42).

 

Tabitha loved her brothers and sisters in faith and they responded to her love.  I think Peter was persuaded by this love. He had a few issues with regard to ritual cleanliness, but despite these issues and personal reservations, he acted in love and broke with the Jewish custom of coming so close to a dead body. Afterwards, he even stayed with a “tanner” named Simon in Joppa. A tanner was regarded by Jews as “unclean” and not allowed to come near the temple. Everyone who touched him or stayed with him was also regarded as “unclean”. But it seems as if the episode with Tabitha made such an impression on Peter that it changed completely all the personal reservations he had.

Maybe this is the powerful lesson of the story - namely the impact of love between brothers and sisters in faith, a love that is rooted in God’s decision to give us his only Son to redeem us from sin, death and hell.

Can we say the same of our congregations, of each other, of our villages? Are we brothers and sisters in faith who help each other, take care of one another and walk the extra mile for each other?

In many respects I think as the linked congregations we meet this criteria.  We care for other people in our communities, by our visiting people who are ill and alone; by having worship services at Stewart Court and Dickson Court. We are also starting a holiday club for both congregations, which I am really excited about.

I am sure there is nothing more powerful than love. We   believe, as it is written in Romans chapter 8, that nothing can ever divide us from the love of God. We have received this love, and whenever we share it, it becomes a powerful vehicle of change in our own lives and in the lives of others. All we need to do is to love unconditionally.

I would like to close with this story:

There is an old Chinese tale about a woman whose only son died. In her grief, she went to the holy man and said, “What prayers, what magical incantations do you have to bring my son back to life?”

Instead of sending her away or reasoning with her, he said to her, “Fetch me a mustard seed from a home that has  never known sorrow. We will use it to drive the sorrow out of your life.”

The woman went off at once in search of that magical mustard seed.

She came first to a beautiful mansion, knocked at the door, and said, “I am looking for a home that has never known sorrow. Is this such a place? It is very important to me.” They told her, “You’ve certainly come to the wrong place,” and began to describe all the tragic things that recently had befallen them.

The woman said to herself, “Who is better able to help these poor, unfortunate people than I, who have had misfortune of my own?” She stayed to comfort them, then went on in search of a home that had never known sorrow. But     wherever she turned, in hovels and in other places, she found one tale after another of sadness and misfortune.

She became so involved in ministering to other people’s grief that ultimately she forgot about her quest for the  magical mustard seed, never realizing that it had, in fact, driven the sorrow out of her life.

We can do the same – making a difference  every moment of every day with the love we have received from our God, who saved us from the agony of sin, death and hell!          

All my love,
André

May Candy Bar

  • 1 May 2013
  • liz.dyer

This Saturday, 4th May, the monthly Candy Bar takes place at the West Kirk, staffed this month by the Choir and friends.

As usual, morning coffee will be served from 10am along with the opportunity to purchase from the Cake & Candy stall. This is followed at 12 noon with the availability of a home made three course meal.

Why not come along and enjoy the food as well as an occasion to meet up with friends.

Cancellation of Five Sisters Zoo Visit

  • 30 April 2013
  • liz.dyer

Following the tragic fire at the zoo, West Kirk Pastoral Care Group have cancelled the trip previously organised for Wednesday 8th May.

A future visit will be arranged once there is further information on the situation at the zoo.

Shakespeare Bible Connection

  • 23 April 2013
  • church_admin
Shakespeare

Some interesting reading about Shakespeare's possible connection to the King James Version of the Bible (Psalm 46) here as part of the Word of the Week series written by David Swinney.

Sunday Lunch - May

  • 22 April 2013
  • sandra.dixon

The date for our next Sunday lunch is 12 May.  For anyone who has not joined us in the past, the lunch is held immediately after morning worship and is supplied by The JAM Club.  Roll and bacon is £2 and roll and sausage £1.50. This is inclusive of unlimited tea and coffee.  There is no need to pre-order so please come along and support this.  Everyone who has been before will agree that this is a wonderful opportunity to relax and chat.  If you don't have time to stay, we can make you rolls to go!

Easyfundraising

  • 22 April 2013
  • sandra.dixon

To help raise funds for our church, Polbeth Harwood Church have registered with easyfundraising.  To get involved, all you need to do is follow this link  http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/phchurch and register your details.  Every time you shop online, provided you go through the easyfundraising website, you will earn commission for the church.  The great thing about this is that it does not cost you a penny extra.  The commission is paid by the websites you use.  The more people who register the more money we can raise so, if you haven't already done so, please take two minutes today to get started.

Ecumenical Pentecost Service

  • 18 April 2013
  • liz.dyer

The Christian Community of West Calder and Polbeth will be celebrating Pentecost on Sunday 19th May with an ecumenical service in which all the various churches in the area will be participating.

The service, to which everyone is warmly welcome, will be held in Polbeth Harwood church at 7.00pm.

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14 April 2013

  • 13 April 2013
  • church_admin

Welcome to the revised website for the congregations of Polbeth Harwood Church with West Kirk of Calder.

Please signup for our website news emails which will keep you up to date with events in both congregations.

A message from our Interim Moderator, Rev. Dr André J Groenewald will follow shortly.

Our previous websites are temporarily still accessible here: West Kirk and Polbeth Harwood

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