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.
Christian Aid Autumn Appeal
When crisis arrived on our doorsteps this year, neighbourly love helped us through the shortages of flour, bread and toilet paper. Many of us were worried for family and friends. Around the world, however, panic-buying was far from the only cause of problems. Millions face extreme shortages because huge areas of land had the worst locust swarms in many years meaning virtually no harvest, while others experienced severe flooding, civil war, extreme poverty and homelessness. Covid-19 on top of this has meant many do not have access to health care services. Often the poor and the persecuted are the first to suffer - and to suffer disproportionately.
Christian Aid usually runs a door to door appeal in May but were unable to this year because of Covid-19. They are now seeking to make up much-needed funds. As we looked out for the vulnerable in our communities this year, so Christian Aid are running an Autumn Appeal to help the vulnerable worldwide. Could you and your neighbours help these communities around the world to help their neighbours? You can help by donating at www.ChristianAid.org.uk
Church meetings are cancelled but some online services and events are continuing. Please see individual church websites in addition to this page.
Details of Christmas 2020 events and services will be posted here when known.
Celtic Advent Wreath
A Linlithgow Advent
This year, we’re unable to gather together in the way we normally would for community events, services, and nights out, and Christmas might feel a little ‘flat’.
To try and recapture some of the magic of Christmas, from the 1st December, Liam Fraser will be offering a daily virtual Advent calendar featuring well-known sights from across Linlithgow. Each day will feature a new location and a short reflection, weaving these familiar places we know so well into the Christmas story.
West Lothian Foodbank
Reverse Advent Calendar
Buy an item each day for a month for the foodbank. Take your bag of items to St Johns Union Road car park on Saturday 5 December 10-12.00.
There will also be a collection for West Lothian foodbank on Sunday 29 November, at the Cross House car park between 2 and 4 pm.
If you can help, we would particularly welcome these items to help with Christmas parcels –
Christmas Knitted Angels
We are planning to place small hand knitted angels around the town with a message of love from the churches, for people to take and hang on their tree. To make this happen we need around 1,000 angels to launch at this year’s Christmas Tree Festival! A simple knitting pattern is available here. If you or someone you know would like to take part, please contact Trish Archibald or Margaret Henderson via St Michael's Parish church office
Carols with Compassion
The child sponsorship charity Compassion UK is holding a Christmas carol concert on Sunday 6 December. It will be at 8pm on TBN UK (Freeview Channel 65 and Sky 582) and streamed from their Facebook page and YouTube channel. Carols with Compassion will feature musical performances from Graham Kendrick, Philippa Hanna, Noel Robinson, the London Community Gospel Choir, Hillsong London, Lurine Cato, Martin Smith and Elle Limebear, alongside readings and performances by Compassion-sponsored children around the world.
There’ll also be a message on the hope found in the Christmas story brought to you by Richmond Wandera, Compassion graduate and senior pastor of New Life Baptist Church, Kampala.