News

THIS WEEK

Monday 7.30pm Prayer Meeting in East Calder Church Prayer Room
Tuesday 7.45pm Singing Group Practice in Kirknewton Church
Wednesday 7.30pm Housegroups meet
Thursday 11.30am The Lunch Club in East Calder Church Hall
12.30pm The Break in East Calder Church Prayer Room
Friday 6.30pm Boys’ Brigade meet in East Calder Church Hall




Updated 14th January 2018


ADVANCE NOTICE

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at both Churches on Sunday 28 January. As usual, there will be a Retiring Offering and, this time, the charity to benefit will be the Vine Trust (SC017386).

Updated 14th January 2018


PASTORAL CARE

Please advise Brenda, Ken, the Session Clerk or your Elder, of anyone known to you who is ill, either at home or in hospital, and who would welcome a visit.

Updated 25th June 2017


WE HAVE A CRÈCHE!!

There will now be a crèche each Sunday in East Calder Church and at Joint Services in both Churches during the summer.
Parents of crèche children can take their wee ones out to the crèche after the children's song.

Updated 25th June 2017


ENERJ

EnerJ meets in East Calder Church Hall every school term Sunday during morning worship at East Calder. We welcome all children aged 3 to Primary 7.

Updated 12th November 2017


YOUTH CHURCH

The Youth Church re-starts on Sunday 4 February 2018.
Youth Church meets in East Calder Church for 11.15am and then going over to the Hall. We welcome any young people from S1-S6 and look forward to seeing you.
We will be exploring a wide range of topics and activities throughout the rest of this year.
Please do contact this website for further information.

Updated 7th January 2018


IN FOCUS

In Focus is a time of informal evening worship, meeting in fellowship, sharing and giving thanks to God for his faithfulness towards us. Also, importantly, time for tea/coffee and chat.
Jesus said “Where two or three gather together because they are mine, I am there among you”
With this promise in mind, you are invited to come along to meet with Him and His people to learn more about Him, and hear real life God experiences of others. The programme varies week on week. Sometimes, people will share what their favourite hymns are and why; others, will share their personal experience of their understanding of God’s nature, e.g. God the shepherd; whilst others, will reflect on the verses of “When we walk with the Lord”. Our Ministry team and others will talk on Big Issues from a Christian perspective, and the songs of praise evenings will conclude the end of each term.
If you have never attended In Focus before, please come along and join in Fellowship together.
For more information on anything relating to In Focus, please contact this website. If you wish to go, but require a lift or want to go with someone, arrangements can be made.

Updated 8th January 20187


PRAYER MEETING

The weekly Prayer Meeting in East Calder takes place on a Monday evening from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in the Prayer Room at the back of the Church. Entry by the back door. Everyone very welcome.
During our time of vacancy, there is an additional Prayer Meeting at 2.30pm on the last Sunday afternoon of each month, when we can come together to pray and seek God’s blessing upon us as we go through the process of waiting for a new Minister to be called.
There is also an opportunity to come to the Prayer Room at close of Sunday worship in East Calder Church for individual confidential prayer.

Updated 8th January 2018


THE GUILD

The Guild will restart on 6th March 2018 after its winter break.

Updated 17th December 2017


BIBLE STUDY GROUP

The Bible Study Group is held in Kirknewton Church Hall on the last Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December). In addition to the formal discussion and learning, there is also fun and laughter as the group share, with each other, life’s ups and downs and put the world to rights. The group is open to everyone, ladies and gents, from both Churches and anyone who would like to come along will be made most welcome.

Updated 26th November 2017


HOUSEGROUPS

Housegroups resume this week.
Our mid-week opportunity for Bible study, sharing, fellowship and prayer has re-started. Groups will meet at the homes of two of our members on a Wednesday evening at 7.30pm and, throughout this church year, the groups will study the Gospel of John.
All welcome – if you would like more information on our house group programme, please contact this website.

Updated 7th January 2018


LUNCH CLUB

The Lunch Club will resume on 19 January 2018.
The Lunch Club will be open in East Calder Church Hall at 11.30am on the first and third Thursday of the month, with an excellent choice of tasty soups and tempting sweets.
We extend a warm welcome to all our customers old and new.

Updated 11th December 2017


THE BREAK

The Break will resume on 19 January 2018.
The Break will take place at 12.30pm in East Calder Church Prayer Room on the first and third Thursday of each month, following the Lunch Club.
During this Church year, the Break will focus on "The Sermon on the Mount".

Updated 11th December 2017


THE SINGING GROUP

The Singing Group meets weekly throughout the year on Tuesday evenings at 7.45pm in Kirknewton Church for an hour of singing, laughter and fellowship followed by coffee and biscuits. Although primarily formed to rehearse the hymns for the Sunday services we also practise other music - spiritual, classical and popular. We aim to sing several pieces a year as a group at some of the important anniversaries within the Church, such as Easter and Christmas. We would love to welcome anyone who just likes to sing to come and join us any Tuesday evening.

Updated 5th September 2016


NEWS FROM SESSION

The Mission and Discipleship Council, in collaboration with other Councils of the Church of Scotland, is seeking to support and enable congregations to get involved with the key national initiative of the Year of Young People 2018 set by the Scottish Government. As a church we aim to foster a renewed focus on, and celebration of, children and young people in our churches and communities. All churches are being invited, including those with few or no children, to explore what they can do both in church services and beyond and to explore some new ways of engaging with children and young people. Your Kirk Session decided that this congregation should participate. Accordingly, I have signed the Pledge Form and, as a whole congregation, we are now committed to:
  • Explore ways to engage with under 25’s.
  • Increase participation of our young people.
  • Celebrate all that they are and bring.
  • Pray for children and young people in our church and community.
There are posters on display to remind us all. Andrew

Updated 7th January 2018


SAFE FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN

Safe Families for Children is a charity (SC045295) which cares for some of the most vulnerable members of our society – children whose families are going through a hard time. The charity is keen to link up with local churches to pursue their work; but this would involve having volunteers from our congregation. These volunteers would help in the following ways:
  • As Host Homes: Take children into their homes for a little while giving the families in crisis space to deal with the issues.
  • As Family Friends: Befriend, mentor and support parents through their crisis helping to make the home stable again for them and their children.<; /li>
  • As Resource Friends: Provide useful items such as a cot or offer practical help such as cooking or gardening.
Full training would be provided. If anybody is interested or just wants more details, please speak to me. I have put a poster in the halls. Andrew

Updated 7th January 2018


WEST LOTHIAN FOODBANK (Reg Charity Number SC008274)

Having been back in touch with the Foodbank organisers, we have been informed that they would be grateful for donations of food items as listed below:
Long life fruit juice (not requiring refrigeration)
Instant mashed potatoes
Curry sauce
Toiletries (eg deodorant, shower gel etc)
As before, these items can be left at the front door of either Church on a Sunday morning and will be delivered on your behalf.
If anyone would like to make a donation of money it would be very gratefully received and can be done in several ways – see website
https://westlothian.foodbank.org.uk/give-help or, alternatively,
You can pay directly into their bank account using a cheque or card in your own bank branch.  The details you will need are West Lothian Foodbank, Clydesdale Bank Sort Code 82/70/05 Account no 80575476. If you can add your name as the reference this will really help them.
Or, you can send a cheque directly to them at:  West Lothian Foodbank, 33 Market Place, Whitburn, West Lothian EH47 0EU.

Updated 3rd December 2017