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This Saturday not only sees the beginning of June, but is the last candy bar before the summer break.
Traditionally, this candy bar serves a buffet lunch in addition to the regular morning coffee and stalls.
So if you're hurrying off to another event eg the local Gala Day, but are looking for a quick but satisfying lunch without the hassle of preparing it yourself, why not pop in and enjoy the food and some fellowship.
Sunday 16 June is our closing service at Sunday Club. A special day for the children who have been able to join us throughout the past year.
The minister will present the children with a book and those leaving us to move on up to secondary school after the summer holiday's will be presented with a Bible.
Our annual family picnic follows the service when we will meet in Polkemmet Park at noon.
Children of all ages.... young and old are invited to join us at the park, please bring your own picnic lunch please note there is a cafe within the park.
After lunch we will have some fun novelty races and there will also be a short treasure hunt for anyone who wishes to take part. All Sunday Club children will be treated to a visit to the Scottish Owl Centre in the park. More information about the centre can be found here.
Hope you can join us!
Only 72 days to go .........
The big count down is under way to an action packed week for primary school age children this summer in Polbeth Harwood Church!
During the week, planned workshops will provide the children with the opportunity to explore exciting bible stories through creative media, messy challenges, whacky games and colourful crafts. Singing, aerobics, jokes the list goes on and on.....a must this summer!
Our daily drama introduces the children to a variety of characters such as; Malcolm Muddle the producer, Petula Plie a feisty French dance teacher and Lisa Lipstick the cosmetic technician! ….will they manage to save the failing theatre?? The daily drama is a favorite part of the day for the children, It connects to the daily theme, providing comedy and laughs for all.
Numbers are limited so, to avoid disappointment please ensure you register your child soon!
Registration forms are available from 2 June in both Churches or in West Calder Library.
SHOWSTOPPERS – Monday 5 – Friday 9 August, 10 am – 12.30 pm
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 takes place on 16 June at 9.45 am.
Then everyone is welcome to join us in Polkemmet Park at noon for our family picnic followed by games, races and a treasure hunt.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.