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Thief Steals Church Bell

  • 25 July 2011
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The 12inch ship’s bell that has been used to mark the beginning of the service at Polbeth Harwood Church every Sunday for the last five years has been taken from the inner courtyard some time between 12.30 pm on Friday and 10 am on Saturday 23 July 2011.

The shiny brass bell is thought to be worth a three-figure sum of money but is more of sentimental value to the congregation.

Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft.

A police spokesperson said: "We know whoever was responsible used a ladder to climb the outer wall at the main entrance, so we are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at the time, and who may have seen something suspicious, to get in touch.

"This bell has been used at the church for the past four or five years, and will be sorely missed by the congregation for its sentimental value.”

Anyone with information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

JAM Club: Easter Drama 2010

  • 1 May 2010
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Easter Drama 2010

This Easter the JAM Club performed a Drama in 4 Acts:

  • Act One: Guarding the Tomb
  • Act Two: Mary Magdalene
  • Act Three: Road to Emmaus
  • Act Four: Footprints

This was all set against a backdrop of a scene of the tomb, including a stone which was rolled away during the performance.  The creation of this set was all thanks to the imagination and dedication of John Stirling and many thanks go to him for his outstanding creative achievement once again.

Photographs of the Drama can be viewed below:


Early Easter Morning Service

  • 4 April 2010
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Early on Easter Sunday morning (7 am) around 50 people gathered at the 'Auld Kirk' to celebrate Easter Day. 

Worship was led by Rev David Albon, Father Chris Heenan, Rev Colin McAuley and Diane Stirling.

After sharing in the Peace of the Risen Christ, we sang "Alleluia, alleluia, Give thanks to the Risen Lord...".  A prayer followed, before a scripture reading from Romans 6:3-11.  Father Heenan then led us in the Renewal of Baptismal Promises.

Before the reflection, delivered by Rev McAuley we sang "Spirit of God", again accompanied by Rev Albon on his guitar.

The reflection gave consideration to the new life created with the symbol of a daffodil, (not yet out in flower).  Rev McAuley planted this blub in the ground and asked those who will pass by the 'Auld Kirk' in the coming days to take a moment to pause in reflection and to watch the daffodil as it comes to full bloom.

Thereafter those attending the service made their way to Limefield Church Hall where an Easter Breakfast was waiting for all to enjoy.

Easter Services

  • 27 March 2010
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Details of Easter Services at Polbeth Harwood and the West Kirk can be viewed below:

Palm Sunday 28 March:
9.30 am - West Kirk Celebration & Palm Procession
11.15 am - Polbeth Harwood Palm Procession & Celebration

Monday 29 March:
6.30 – 7.30 pm - West Kirk open for prayer and reflection.

Tuesday 30 March:
6.30 – 7.30 pm - West Kirk open for prayer and reflection.

Wednesday 31 March:
6.30 – 7.30 pm - West Kirk open for prayer and reflection.

Thursday 1 April:
9.30 am - Parkhead Primary School Easter Service at West Kirk
7.00 pm - ‘On the night He was betrayed:’ A United ‘Potluck meal’ and celebration of Communion at Polbeth Harwood.

Good Friday 2 April:
7.00 pm - ‘Before the Cross:’ Good Friday United Service at West Kirk.

Easter Sunday 4 April:
7.00 am - Ecumenical Celebration of Easter in the Auld Kirk yard, West Calder
7.30 am - Easter Breakfast in Limefield Church Hall.
9.30 am - West Kirk Easter Sunday All Age Worship & Sacrament of Baptism
11.15 am - Polbeth Harwood Easter Sunday All Age Worship

Used Stamps For Charity

  • 23 March 2010
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The JAM Club together with the congregation have been collecting used postage stamps over the last year for charity.  This has proved very popular and productive for both the JAM Club and the congregation.

The Charity chosen by the JAM Club was Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and I'm sure that the charity will find all 10,575 stamps or 5 kilos very useful for their charity indeed! 

We hope to have someone from the charity come and speak to us on a Sunday in the not to distant future about the valuable work they do with the hearing dogs and how our stamps help in this process.

New Year Joint Service

  • 3 January 2010
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Today saw the traditional joint service with the West Kirk congregation, held at Polbeth. We managed to navigate the vast quantities of snow, some better than others, for our service this morning. It seemed therefore quite appropriate that the theme of the service was the Magi and the difficulties that they faced on their way to see the new born King.
After the service we all headed to the hall to have a nice glass of ginger or blackcurrant wine, sherry or a warm cup of tea or coffee and plenty of mince pies and shortbread to go around!
May 2010 hold many blessings for you all! Happy New Year! :)