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Brunch at Polbeth Harwood

  • 7 August 2013
  • liz.dyer

Following the joint service held at Polbeth Harwood on Sunday 18th August, the JAM Cub will be offering hot rolls of bacon or sausage to the congregation rather than the usual biscuits with the tea and coffee. For a modest cost - the proceeds of which go to JAM Club funds - members of the congregation can have a light lunch before going off to enjoy the remainder of their day. See you there!

Children's Storytelling & Activities

  • 27 July 2013
  • lorna.graham

Looking for something at the FRINGE for the children?

Then why not check out this event, its suitable for children from 2-11 years old and takes place on Saturday August 17th & 24th

To check it out:

Event website:

Holiday Club - Last Chance

  • 27 July 2013
  • lorna.graham

With just over a week to launch we are in the fantastic position of a very full house!

We have less than 8 seats still available for our first ever production.............."SHOWSTOPPERS"

So, if you want to secure your place you will have to be fast!...very fast!

Our week will commence with a wee hint of what we have planned during our Sunday morning worship on August 4th in Polbeth Harwood  Church. This is a joint service and it will start at 10am. I hear we have a surprise visitor for the children that morning? We would like to extend a very warm welcome to one and all, regardless of age.

Then on Monday August 5th the doors will open at 9.50am to give a little extra time for everyone to get in and settled on the first morning at the club.

We are looking forward to warmly welcoming all our guests!


Pulpit Supply for August and September

  • 25 July 2013
  • jim.allan
Date Minister
4 August Gordon Jamieson
11 August Gordon Jamieson
18 August Jonanda Groenewald
25 August Gordon Jamieson
1 September Jonanda Groenewald
8 September Jonanda Groenewald
15 September Jonanda Groenewald
22 September Sadie Elliott
29 September Martin McKean


Locum Appointment

  • 25 July 2013
  • jim.allan

Good News!

It has been announced that Rev Dr Jonanda Groenewald has been appointed as our locum during the vacancy.

She will conduct worship on the first 3 Sundays of each month, the remaining Sunday or Sundays being filled by pulpit supply

Holiday Club Update

  • 20 July 2013
  • liz.dyer

Holiday Club Update

It’s now only 14 days till the start of the Holiday Club.

Preparations are nearly complete for all the games, drama, stories, crafts and fun which will take place with the kids during the week. A lot of work has been going on in the background.

There will be a final training session for all volunteers on Thursday 1st August at 7pm at Polbeth Harwood.

Anyone who is available on Saturday 3rd August is urged to come along to Polbeth Harwood from 10.00am onwards to help “set the stage” and get the theatre ready.                                                                                                                                                                                        The congregation at the service on 4th August will be able to have a preview of the theatre décor!

Donations of baking would also be welcome for the grand finale to be held on the friday evening, 9th August at 7pm at Polbeth.  Offers should be made to Lorna Graham, Aileen Hull, Marian Kinsman or Liz Dyer.

AND everyone is invited along to the grand finale to sample the range of activities enjoyed during the week.

Joint Summer Worship

  • 5 July 2013
  • liz.dyer

A reminder that this Sunday morning sees the start of joint Summer Worship for the congregations.

All the joint services throughout July and August will start at 10am.

Services in July will be held at West Kirk.

Services in August will be held at Polbeth Harwood Church.

A71 Road Resurfacing - West Calder and Polbeth

  • 30 June 2013
  • church_admin

Crucial carriageway resurfacing works on the busy A71 West Calder to Polbeth road are due to start on Monday 1 July 2013. 

The major project is expected to be completed on Friday 2 August and disruption to motorists is inevitable.  Motorists are being advised that the road will be closed for the duration of the works and diversions will be in place.  Pedestrians will not be affected.

The Council’s public transport team have worked with local bus service providers to ensure services continue with minimum disruption.  Passengers shouldn’t have to walk any further distance to access a bus as a result of the resurfacing.

For more information on the project, including diversion maps and information on public transport visit the Council's website.

Minister's Summer Letter 2013

  • 28 June 2013
  • andre.groenewald

"Hullo again”, in the words of the Reverend I M Jolly.

I cannot help but laugh every time I think of Rikki Fulton and his portrayal of a reverend that can be so typical of some minsters. A good burst of laughter is such a great stress reliever!

There are many times in my day where I cannot help but laugh either at myself or because of the things that     people tell me about life and things that have happened. I attended a conference recently which was quite serious but then someone made a remark that really relieved the tension in the whole room when everyone just started laughing.  He said that when he walks into some church buildings, he loses his will to live!

I think we can do with more laughter around without seeming shallow or ignoring reality. There is indeed “a time to laugh and a time to weep” according to Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

This text is all about life and God’s control of time. The function of this section is to call us to a view of God’s sovereignty which both reassures and yet sobers the reader. It reassures because of God’s control; yet it sobers because God’s control remains mysterious. There is     purposefulness in life because of God’s oversight of its seasons. Time means here an ‘occasion’ or ‘season’; and an activity could be translated ‘purpose’ and pinpoints what one wishes to do.

Life is composed of joy and sorrow; building and destroying; and living and dying. Each comes at the    proper time. We are in God’s hands. It is only when death comes knocking on our doors that we realize how mortal and finite we are. It is then that we have to confess that God is the creator of heaven, earth and time. It is only He who will decide when our final hour comes.

But God is also a God of mercy and love. He knew that human beings would never find happiness and fulfillment in life without His help and guidance. Through Jesus Christ He made sure that everyone who believes in Him will not die but have eternal life with him forever and  ever.

There is indeed a time to enjoy life; to value time with family; and appreciate the summer. We must make the most of every moment so that when the hard times do appear, we can face them without sorrow, bitterness or guilt.

So when we cry, may we use all our vocal cords to express our sorrow and sense of loss, and when we laugh, may we do it with everyone around us!

All my blessings and a Blessèd summer,