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Induction of Rev Dr Jonanda Groenewald

  • 8 June 2014
  • liz.dyer

The Induction of Rev Dr Jonanda Groenewald to our linked charge will take place on Wednesday 18th June under the auspices of West Lothian Presbytery.

The Induction service will take place at West Kirk at 7pm.

Arrangements have been made to use the car parking facilities at West Calder Medical Practice over the road from the church and a bus has been organised to leave Polbeth Harwood Church at 6.15pm for travel to West Kirk for the service.

Following the service, the bus will again be available for anyone wishing travel to Polbeth Harwood Church where a buffet supper and social will complete the evening's agenda.

Anyone wishing to travel on the bus  - either one way or both journeys - should contact the respective Session Clerks, Marian Kinsman or Stewart MacRae.

June Letter

  • 8 June 2014
  • gordon.jamieson

Dear Friends

On Sunday 8th June we gather round the Lord’s Table to celebrate Holy Communion – the family meal of the church. On that day we shall also be celebrating Pentecost – the third great festival in the church’s year. Pentecost is the day when we remember the Holy Spirit coming to the apostles in Jerusalem. It was the coming of the Holy Spirit that gave the apostles confidence to go out into the streets and proclaim the gospel, the good news of God’s saving grace in Jesus Christ, incarnate, crucified and risen.

Throughout the history of the church the Holy Spirit has empowered people to proclaim the gospel with their words and in their lives. The Holy Spirit guides, strengthens, encourages and inspires all who are willing to be led in God’s way. It is the Holy Spirit that has led people in new ways, to new places, when that has been God’s will for his people.

Ten days after we celebrate Pentecost we shall be celebrating the beginning of a new chapter in the life of our congregations as we gather, on Wednesday 18th June, for Nanda’s induction. This should be a wonderful occasion when we look forward with hope and expectation.

Through the Holy Spirit, God will lead Nanda as your minister. Through the Holy Spirit, God will lead you to support Nanda and follow her lead. As I said in the April ‘Link’, these are exciting times for Polbeth Harwood and the West Kirk of Calder!

Yours sincerely


Fit for a King - Register now!

  • 4 June 2014
  • lorna.graham

Holiday club latest, register now to ensure your place this summer!

A warm welcome awaits all children who are age to start primary school in August 2014, right up to and including children who are currently in P7 and moving on to S1 after the summer holidays.

Post boxes and registration forms are currently available in Polbeth Harwood Church, West Kirk of Calder church hall and Parkhead primary school, or you can down load a form on our web page and drop it in any of the boxes in the village.

So don't delay get your place booked today!



Fit for a King - This summer's Holiday Club

  • 4 May 2014
  • lorna.graham

Plans are now well under way for this summers holiday club "Fit for a King" which will run for one week from Monday August 4th - Friday  8th.

It is free for all primary school age children and will take place in Polbeth Harwood Church.

This will be an action packed week for everyone involved and one not to be missed!

Registration forms available soon.

Election of Minister to vacant charge

  • 4 May 2014
  • gordon.jamieson


I hereby declare that the following are the results of the voting for election and appointment of a minister to the vacant charge of POLBETH HARWOOD CHURCH linked with WEST KIRK OF CALDER:

FOR electing the Revd Dr Jonanda Groenewald                       140

AGAINST electing the Revd Dr Jonanda Groenewald                  4

and that the said Revd Dr Jonanda Groenewald has accordingly been elected and appointed subject to the judgement of the courts of the Church.

4 May 2014                         Gordon D Jamieson   Interim Moderator


May Letter

  • 2 May 2014
  • gordon.jamieson

Dear Friends

Easter is past for another year – or is it?  The eggs may have been removed from the supermarket shelves, and Easter bunnies and cards may no longer be prominently for sale, but Easter is not just a day or a weekend for the church.  Easter is always at the heart of our faith and our mission.

We are not a community of people who follow the teaching and example of a great man who died over two thousand years ago.  This would mean that Good Friday was the end, and we would be GOOD FRIDAY PEOPLE.  No, we walk with one who is risen and alive – one who walks with us every day of our lives, just as he walked with two disciples on the road to Emmaus.  We are EASTER PEOPLE – crucified with Christ and risen with Christ.

It is Easter faith which gives the church optimism and confidence as it faces the future, even though it is a difficult future with the majority of the population showing little or no interest in the Christian faith.

The month of May begins with Nanda leading worship as the sole nominee of the Nominating Committee.  Then there is Christian Aid Week, which once again challenges us with the plight of the poor in so many parts of God’s world.  The second half of the month brings this year’s General Assembly – a gathering where it is easy to think that we are managing a church in decline.

As EASTER PEOPLE, we should approach everything believing that our glass is more than half full and not more than half empty.  Jesus is risen!  He is alive!  He is with us today and every day!

Yours sincerely


Preaching of Sole Nominee

  • 25 April 2014
  • liz.dyer

On Sunday 4th May, Rev Dr Jonanda Groenewald will preach as Sole Nominee for our vacant charge.

Services will be at the usual times of 9.45am at West Kirk and 11.15am at polbeth Harwood.

Voting by members and adherents will take place at each congregation after the services and there is opportunity for those present to sign the call paperwork at the same time.

Votes will be counted under the auspices of the Interim Moderator, Rev Gordon Jamieson and the result intimated once the count is complete.

Both churches will also be open during the week of 5th May to give members and adherents further opportunity to sign the call.



April Letter

  • 7 April 2014
  • gordon.jamieson

Dear Friends

I feel that I can call you ‘friends’ as I have been coming among you for the best part of three years as one of your occasional preachers.  From 1st April I have a new role – as your Interim Moderator and part time Locum Minister until the vacancy is concluded.  This has become necessary as your Nominating Committee has chosen Nanda to be their sole nominee for the vacant charge.  To enable the formal procedures to take place - her preaching as sole nominee and being elected as your next minister – it is important that neither she nor Andre continues to be involved in any other capacity in the meantime.

I look forward to leading worship on most of the Sundays between the beginning of April and the date in June when we hope Nanda is inducted as your new minister.  The Locum arrangement is that I am employed for one day per week plus a Sunday.  The one day has to have a certain amount of flexibility as my priority will be to conduct funerals as these are required.  I shall also be available for other urgent pastoral matters.

As we move through the month of April, we move towards Holy Week and Easter.  At this time of year we are especially conscious of the extent of God’s love for his world in Jesus’ death on the cross.  We are also aware of God’s gift of new life in the resurrection of Jesus.  This year we celebrate this gift of new life in the context of eagerly awaiting the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of Polbeth Harwood Church and the West Kirk of Calder.  These are exciting times!

I look forward to being with you as Interim Moderator and Locum Minister over the next few months.

Yours sincerely


Donate a Mile Appeal

  • 28 March 2014
  • liz.dyer

The Trust’s third medical ship is currently on its 8,585 mile journey  to  Mombasa in Kenya, from where it will then be transported over 800miles by land to Lake Victoria.

Fuel costs alone for the trip are around £43.000 (£5 per mile).

Since January, donations of £16,600 have been received but there is still a long way to go before costs are covered to bring worthwhile essential  healthcare to the forgotten people living on the islands on the Lake.

If you would like to make a donation,

you can either text VINE06 £5 TO 70070 or visit the website and click on the links to ‘donate a mile’.

The website will also give further updated information