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September 2018

Post of Organist West Kirk

  • 20 September 2018
  • liz.dyer

Here at West Kirk of Calder, West Calder, we invite applications for the post of Organist.

The instrument is a well maintained two manual pipe organ and regular worship commences at 9.45am on Sundays.

The salary offered is in line with Church of Scotland Organists Salary Scale.

Enquiries / applications to our Session Clerk:

Stewart MacRae, 

23 Westmuir Road,

West Calder

EH55 8EX          Tel: 01506 872486

Email: asmacrae@btinternet.com

'There was a Soldier'

  • 17 September 2018
  • liz.dyer

Opencast are to perform their Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show for the community around West Calder

 at West Kirk of Calder on Friday 26th October 2018 at 7.00pm

 The show commemorates West Lothian’s contribution to WWI, telling the story through song, poetry, humour and visuals.

 How it started…….

We were clearing out my late aunt’s house a few years ago,” explains Liz Reid, the show’s co-creator, “and came across a bundle of letters addressed to her from a young soldier in the First World War.  Tied with a faded pink string, the letters and memorabilia from her sweetheart on the front line entranced Liz and her friend Mary Boylan.

The bundle of letters from David Wallace Dinwoodie stopped short with an almost-inevitable black-bordered envelope announcing his death in action. Liz and Mary  had to find out more. 

They did some research then visited his grave in France. “Then a few years later they saw a show in Glasgow called Far from Ypres, written by Ian McCalman. Ian made the format of the show freely available to anyone wanting to produce a similar story about the war in their own area.

Mary and Liz decided to research West Lothian’s experience of war in order to tell the story of so many young men, like David, who left their area with such enthusiasm and never returned. The resulting musical show There Was A Soldier… features David as the main character, and incorporates two songs written in an old jotter by Broxburn man, George Coyle, in  Flanders 100 years ago.

“Reading his good-humoured songs written on the front line, you can imagine he must have been an inspiring and positive man to be with in those terrible conditions,” Mary says.

The cast features young singers from local secondary schools , who are all of similar ages to the young men who left West Lothian for war.

Now...we’re still looking for stories of local people and pictures (if you have any) which might be able to be used in the show or displayed in the Church Hall after the event.

If you do have anything, or require any additional  information, please contact Karen Elliot, Email: kelliot250666@gmail.com 

 THIS GUARANTEES TO BE A TRULY AMAZING AND MEMORABLE EVENING. DO JOIN US

Tickets—which are free— will be available shortly

 

September 2018 Letter

  • 3 September 2018
  • nanda.groenewald

 

In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 the apostle Paul said that he had a “thorn in his flesh”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Paul could well have meant this metaphorically, but let me tell you – after our holiday in South Africa, I think I understand a wee bit better what Paul meant – namely that something was hurting him badly!

You see, while in South Africa, poor wee Nehan fell full force into a huge thorn that sucks into your flesh. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. The thorn was stuck in his hand… He tried pulling it out himself, then big brother Henro had a shot, and even daddy André tried his best – but to no avail. And through all of this the screaming just got louder and louder. When I saw the agony on Nehan’s  face, I just knew I had to get that thorn out – so I bit on my teeth…and I pulled it out! But by this time his whole hand was swollen and red and very painful, even without the thorn in it. The poor child couldn’t use his hand for 2 days!

But luckily, being just the way kids are, before long something else happened that was exciting, and the thorn was quickly forgotten. After all this, my boys decided that “Africa is not for sissies”! It’s so nice to be back home here in Scotland, where if your child falls, the only thing your need to get rid of is the mud on his hands and knees!

Nobody knows exactly what Paul was referring to when he spoke about “the thorn in his flesh”, but it must have been something that hurt him constantly.                                                                                                                                                                                   Only difference is, THIS thorn was never going to be pulled out by anybody…

So Paul decided that if he couldn’t change his situation, he’d just have to change his attitude. Which made him decide to delight in his weaknesses, because then, he said, he’d remember that in himself he can do nothing, -  he is utterly dependent on the grace of Christ.

May we all have that very same attitude in this new academic year – if we have any thorns in our flesh that we CAN pull out – let’s do that straight away, and leave the past in the past. But if there are things in our lives that bother us that we cannot change – let’s accept it, let’s even delight in it, because if we have Christ in our lives, in the words of Paul: “When we are weak, THEN we are strong.”

May God bless you all in 2018/2019,

Nanda