With the clocks having gone forward at the weekend, in 'isolation' state there is now the benefit of longer daylight hours to help raise our spirits - along with this week's attached daily readings and thoughts to strengthen us in these challenging times.
Church from Your Couch
Hymns at Home: In The of Danger and of Doubt
This is a new feature.
As of this morning, the country has started a time of lockdown. This is going to be an immense challenge for us all and, young and old, we are being encouraged to keep ourselves healthy in whatever way we can.
This includes our spiritual health. Fortunately, here we can get useful and inspirational guidance and the attached daily 'exercises' give us a focus.
These can be read online or printed off and If you know of a neighbour or relative who would welcome the material, please pass on the word.
Stay safe and keep well.
Church from Your Couch
Hymns at Home - CH4 153
Our minister, Nanda, has always been in the habit of posting her regular Sunday sermons on the website. Many of you will already know to find them under "Sermons". They are all still there!
In these fast changing and challenging times when no services of public worship are taking place, she and Alison continue their reflections, but now also include a linking bible reading and prayer.
A well as reading them online, these 'sermons' can be downloaded and printed off - maybe you know a relative or neighbour who would value these words of comfort, hope and inspiration at this time of great uncertainty.
The Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, will be joining the Archbishop of Canterbury and other church leaders to issue a call for a national Day of Prayer and Action on 22 March 2020 - which of course, is also Mothering Sunday.
You can read all about this on the Church of Scotland website.
West Calder Community Centre is now closed so until further notice, Foodbank donations can be handed in at any of the main supermarkets which have collection points - Tesco, Bathgate; Morrisons, Sainsburys and Asda in Livingston
You will all probably be aware that the Scottish Government has advised that people should minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations, and smaller gatherings, listing areas which were of concern.
In the light of the above, and in line with the communication from the Church of Scotland Task Group, all gatherings for worship will cease at the West Kirk of Calder and Polbeth Harwood Church until further notice.
This is with immediate effect and will include Easter services.
Our churches will however be open to the whole community for personal prayer on Sundays between 10am and 12 noon. This is NOT intended to be a gathering - people can come and go as they please between these times.
Notices will be put up outside the Church as well as on our website and Facebook page. However, it would be very helpful if you would let people know who may not see these notices or notifications.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any kind of support during this time.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)
The attached document has been issued by West Calder Medical Practice to all patients indicating a change in appointments in response to advice on health issues around Covid 19.and clarity on self isolating.
Any changes to this practice - and any updates - will be available on the Practice's website and on social media.
The Trustees of the West Kirk are considering replacing the existing hall with a modern and flexible building more suited to our requirements now and in the future.
in conjunction with Community Links Scotland we are conducting a feasibility study and we would like your input. Please take a few minutes of your time to complete this short survey at:
by 6th April 2020 Thank you.
Paper copies are also available in the church and church hall