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Youth Group Invitation Meal

  • 10 June 2016
  • liz.dyer

How many recipe searches are being made?

How much kitchen practice is going on?

On Friday 24th June, we are inviting selected (lucky) guests to the West Kirk hall at 6pm for an entertaining meal, devised and prepared by our own fair hands! Don't panic, guests - Nik will no doubt be supervising us closely.

Sunday Club ~ Why Do We Do That?

  • 3 June 2016
  • lorna.graham

Have you ever sat there and wondered "why do we do that" in Church? On Sunday June 12th Nanda and the children share with us all the reason behind, why we do certain things in church.   A service not to be missed .

See attached file for the answers given to all these questions if you missed this wonderful service.

 

June 2016 Letter

  • 1 June 2016
  • nanda.groenewald

Dear congregations

As a wee tribute to Bill Russell, I decided to make the theme of my letter this month "music".

I think life is like a big symphony, in which each one of us has a part to play. If we keep our eyes focussed on the conductor, God, and each one of us play our different instruments with all our hearts - read the notes, play when we are expected to play and wait patiently when it's not our turn - life can be a piece of music that takes your breath away (1 Corinthians 12: 12 - 26).

As any musician will be able to tell you, some pieces are really easy to play, and some are extremely hard. But, the more you practise, the better you will be able to cope with the harder pieces. Exactly the same thing is true of life.

No matter how easy or hard, if there is one thing Bill taught me, it's never to give up. he always insisted on singing ALL the verses of a hhymn, no matter how long the hymn would be, because it was written as a unity.

And in a sense, that is exactly how he lived his life as well - full on, from beginning to end, giving attention to every little detail along the way, not missing anything, giving everything of himself until the very last minute.

At the thanksgiving service that was held for Bill at the Mure Memorial Church, the minister read a passage written by George Bernard Shaw. here is an extract of it: "I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. i rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

Now isn't that just so true of our Bill?

And such an inspiration for all of us.

Let's make the most of every single minute we have, because only God knows when the notes we are playing will become silent. But until that moment arrives, let's give it all we've got, because the mere fact that we were chosen to be part of this orchestra is an honour beyond comparison!

God bless,

Nanda

Long service at West Kirk

  • 1 June 2016
  • liz.dyer

At morning worship on 22nd May 2016, four members were presented with certificates to mark forty years' service in the congregation at West Kirk.

Stewart MacRae, Session Clerk, and George Stott, senior elder, have both served as elders for that period, during which they have given dedicated commitment to the congregation and continue to do so in their current roles.

Margaret Greenhorn and John Moffatt have been stalwart, dependable members of the West Kirk choir, Sunday by Sunday, over these forty years.

Congratulations to all four on reaching this incredible milestone.

The late Bill Russell had also been due to receive a similar certificate to mark his service as an elder for over forty years, which in latter years had also included convenership of the pastoral care committee.

Rocky's Plaice

  • 24 May 2016
  • lorna.graham

This summers holiday club is now fully booked, all seats have been reserved and we busy drawing up the menu's for a really exciting week! If you are able to travel to East Calder they are running a holiday club the same week at the same time, so all is not lost, and they have a few empty seats still available but don't wait too long. For more information or to book a place check out www.knec4jesus.org.uk or email holidayclub2015@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Bill Russell's Funeral

  • 5 May 2016
  • liz.dyer

The funeral of Bill Russell will take place on Wednesday 11th May at 1pm at West Kirk, followed by the interment at the cemetery at 2.15pm.

All are welcome back to the church hall for a buffet tea afterwards.

May 2016 Letter

  • 1 May 2016
  • nanda.groenewald

Dear Congregations,

The end of April delivered a few highs and lows - with Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday celebrations probably the biggest high and the death of the pop star Prince probably the lowest low...... I find it quite ironic that on the very same day that the Queen turned 90, Prince died ( at a mere 57 years of age). There's even some word-play involved here; "Queen" x "Prince"

That's just the way life is I guess: Somebody's big, special day, is always, somewhere, somebody else's hard, sad day. Lots of people all over the world celebrated this very special milestone with the Queen; while, on the same day, lots of people all over the world mourned the loss of their icon, to a much-too-soon death.

Life is full of ups and downs, highs and lows, and most of these are unpredictable. The only thing we can know for sure is that none of us will be here on earth forever; that life is short. In Psalm 130: 15 - 17 we read: "The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone...But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him..."

The fact that life is short shouldn't make us feel depressed, it should make us pro-active. We should make the most of each minute. We need to LIVE every moment we have, so that one day, when our time is up, we won't have any regrets. Here, the Queen is setting a fabulous example.

And you know, although we don't know how many years we'll have here on earth, we know - without even the faintest shadow of a doubt, that for every single one of them, we'll have God by our side.

What more can we ask for?!

May God bless you all,

Nanda

Rockie's Plaice....Register now!

  • 30 April 2016
  • lorna.graham
Breaded or battered?

Book your seat now for Rockie's Plaice! This summer's holiday club. Post boxes and registration forms are in Polbeth Harwood church, The West Kirk church hall and Parkhead Primary school. You can also download a form and email it to: clovenford@gmail.com.

Spaces are limited so do not leave it too late, to secure your table! It promises to be an action packed week. The club starts daily at 10 am and finishes at 12:30 pm.

Pew Cushions

  • 26 April 2016
  • liz.dyer

The pew cushions for the downstairs at West Kirk have now arrived and are in place! 

Sunday Club Superhero Day May 8th 2016

  • 17 April 2016
  • lorna.graham

During April we are exploring "Superhero's" in the Bible.

At the end of this topic on Sunday May 8th the children are all invited to come to church dressed as a "superhero" in their eyes in today's world of movies, books or cartoons.  They will head out to the hall as normal and face the challenge of an assault course dressed as a superhero! the children have been given sponsor forms to  raise some money to help cover the cost of the new pew cushions for the church.

If you would like a sponsor form you can down load it following the link. All children are invited to join us this special Sunday or any Sunday when we meet in the church at 9:45am then head out to the hall after the children's hymn for some wonderful Bible adventures and games.

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