Sunshine Sing-along for Memory
Takes place in St Michael's Kirk Hall on the second Thursday of each month (not August) 12–1.30pm. All those living with memory loss and their carers are welcome. No church connection necessary. Light lunch and singing. Further info from Norma Costley 01506 843255.
Thursday for Coffee: Come along and enjoy a cuppa, home baking and chat with the group which meets on Thursdays in Cross House between 10–11am. All are welcome
This has been suspended until further notice
Time of Stillness: On Thursdays at 2pm we meet in St Katherine's Aisle, St Michaels Parish Church. (entrance via south door during winter opening hours). Come and discover what 15 minutes of stillness can do for you. Nothing will be asked of you. Tea and cake afterwards. Info from St Michael's Church Office. All welcome.
This has been suspended until further notice
ST JOHN'S COMMUNITY CAFE hopes to provide a neutral place for church and community to connect and is run by volunteers whose aim is to provide a warm welcome and to support local causes.
The Cafe is open every Friday from 10 am until Noon at 183 High Street. Everyone is welcome, and we would love to see more of the community dropping in for a cuppa. Profits each month are donated to a local charity. The cafe is currently closed due to the pandemic but is funding coffees for those in need at other local cafes.
Save your stamps!
At this time when so many cards and letters come through the post, please save all the stamps – even 2nd class. Your used stamps can help fund the Women’s Development Centre in Kandy, Sri Lanka, to support women who have survived sexual violence and family rejection and to help them return to education or learn new employment skills.
We’ll arrange a central collection point for your stamps in due course – or you can forward them now (by post!) to World Mission Stamp Project, PO Box 9191, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, ML2 0YB. Further information is available at https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/world-mission/get-involved/campaigns/stamp-appeal.
Please see individual church websites in addition to this page.
St John's are beginning their next round of 'Learning Streams' from the week following 11th April for 6 or 8 weeks, depending on the topic. The courses are open to all and are online via Zoom. All courses are free.
People can join as individuals or if a group wanted to join and be together during breakout room times that would be possible too.
Below are more details. Click on the links for further information, and to the sign-up sheets.
Deeper into Paul:
A course to equip us with tools to help us work out a deeper and clearer understanding of Paul's teaching. This course is written for people who are already broadly familiar with Paul's life and letters. Each evening begins with a talk, followed by small group discussions.
The course is led by Douglas Briton.
Parenting for faith:
Equipping parents to raise God-connected children & teens
Led by Ross & Jo Morgan
This is a video-based course for parents, godparents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, foster parents, children’s and youth leaders, church leaders and family friends — in fact, anyone who wants to support a child or teen (of any age) in their spiritual development.
5 Keys to Encountering Freedom:
Led by Audrey Couper, Heather Begarnie & David McNinch
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free!” Our freedom was, and is one of Jesus’ big passions, to see us living free from all that has kept us bowed down or chained, and instead knowing the reality of being ‘transformed from glory into glory’.
But what does that mean in our day to day lives? Whether you want freedom for yourself or to share it with others, this series is a good starting place.
Linlithgow churches are organising an online Hustings for the Scottish Parliament election on 6 May.
This will be held on Sunday 25 April 7.00 - 8.30pm, preceded by prayers.
All parties have been invited. The 4 constituencycandidates will give a short presentation and answer questions, the other parties (for the regional ballot) will give short statements of their policies.
See separate page
Thy Kingdom Come
In just six years since it was launched in 2015, Thy Kingdom Come has become a global movement of prayer involving Christians from all around the world. The Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rev Martin Fair, is inviting us all to join him in this year's time of prayer from 13th-23rd May: "I would personally be thrilled to see individuals and congregations from across the churches in Scotland getting thoroughly involved this time".
All it takes is a personal commitment to pray, with a special focus this year on praying for 5 people that they might come to know the love and blessings of God. Further info, and lots of resources, available here
Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid Week 2021 will take place on 10-16 May, and with Covid-19 and continuing conflicts in so many parts of the world, the needs are as great as ever. While there will again be no door-to-door collection, e-envelopes will be available through churches and Facebook early in May. There are also plenty of ideas to spur your creativity and generosity on the Christian Aid website. And before May, how about fundraising for Christian Aid by doing your own Kiltwalk-inspired challenge over the weekend of 23-25 April? Find out more and sign up here.