News

THIS WEEK

Monday 7.30pm Prayer Group in East Calder Church Prayer Room
Tuesday 7.30pm The Guild in East Calder Church Hall: "Life on a croft"
7.45pm Singing Group in Kirknewton Church
Wednesday 7.30pm Housegroups resume
Thursday 11.30am Lunch Club in East Calder Church Hall
12.30pm The Break in East Calder Church Prayer Room


Updated 16th October 2017


500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION

A Service will be held in the Kirk of Calder on Tuesday 31 October at 7.00pm to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
This will be an ecumenical service, marking the occasion in a spirit of friendship. While the division of the Church is something we cannot celebrate, we can see what is positive from our past experience and look towards the future together.
The service will be based on the Order of Service and Resources produced for the occasion by the Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain. The theme is Remembering, Reforming, Repenting, Rejoicing, Reconciling. The guest preacher will be Very Rev Albert O Bogle, BD MTh, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2012.
The Kirk of Calder extends a warm invitation to you to join us in shared worship on this significant occasion.

Updated 2nd October 2017


1517–2017: FIVE HUNDRED YEARS ON, DO WE NEED TO REMEMBER THE REFORMATION?

What became known as the Reformation movement began on October 31st, 1517. You are invited to come along to a series of three meetings looking at the origins and significance of “The Reformation”
All meetings will take place in the Bathgate Partnership Centre, South Bridge Street, on the following Thursday evenings, starting at 7.30pm
Thursday 26 Oct: The Background to the Reformation: A changing world and the call for reform in the church.
Thursday 2 Nov: The Reformation Generation: who were the Reformers, and what did they wish to achieve?
Thursday 9 Nov: What does the Reformation have to say to us today? A look at the effects of the Reformation, and at some of the issues which continue to cause friction and which still divide the churches. All meetings will be led by the Rev John S. Bremner of Bathgate E.U.United Reformed Church, and will include plenty of time for questions and discussion. All welcome!"

Updated 9th October 2017


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


KIDS KLUB FOR CHILDREN AGED 3 TO PRIMARY 7

On Sunday 22 October, the Kids’ Klub will replace EnerJ in East Calder Church and all children are more than welcome to join us.
There will be consent forms at the front of the Church, so please make sure that you complete a form before we leave the Church.
If your child has any medical conditions, or will have medication with them, please help us by telling one of the leaders (whether you’ve already filled in a consent form or not!). Thank you.

Updated 16th October 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


YOUTH CHURCH

Youth Church has resumed, meeting 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 10th September 2017


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.
The programme for October continues as follows:
22 October: Elizabeth will reflect on verse 1 of the hymn "When we walk with the Lord" and chorus "Trust and obey".
29 October: Gordon will speak to the fellowship - topic to be confirmed.

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 16th October 2017


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 12th June 2017


HOUSEGROUPS

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 24th September 2017


LUNCH CLUB

The Lunch Club has re-started and 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 24th September 2017


THE BREAK

The Break has resumed and 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".
This week: "Blèssed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Updated 16th October 2017


MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

We would like to invite all the men of the Church to an informal meeting on the morning of Saturday 4 November, to discuss how the Men’s Fellowship is taken forward. 
This will involve a lighter version of the breakfast, tea and coffee, and all the men of Kirknewton and East Calder Church are very welcome, whether they have been associated with the fellowship in the past or not. 
The arrangements are to meet at East Calder Church Hall at 8.00am for an 8.30am start, finishing no later than 9.30am.  
For any further information, please contact this website.

Updated 24th September 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


KNEC FACEBOOK PAGE

Wouldn't it be great if Kirknewton and East Calder Church had a Facebook page so that people who don't come around our Church can still see the everyday goings-on of our community here within the two villages? The good news is that we already do but, as a Church, we could be using the Facebook page a lot more, to communicate more of what our Church is doing here.
Maybe you are a group organiser in the Church and you would like your group to be advertised to the wider community of Kirknewton and East Calder. If you share a picture and a few words on the Church Facebook page you can instantly reach hundreds of people in the village just by the touch of a few buttons.
Perhaps you feel like the world of Facebook is beyond you but you still fancy the idea? Why not contact David and give us some material we can share for you. The Facebook community loved hearing about our Church family outing and Robert and Margaret's Diamond wedding anniversary.
Maybe you are already a dab hand at Facebook and use it within your family. Why not share a craft your children did at EnerJ or share what encouraged you in the sermon by posting about it on Facebook and tagging Kirknewton and East Calder Church.
Facebook is a great way to invite hundreds of local people to events your Church group is hosting. Let us use this well-established internet tool and share our Church community with many more people.

Updated 2nd October 2017


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:
Tinned potatoes
Tinned fruit
Diluting juice
Long life fruit juice (not requiring refrigeration)
UHT milk
Instant mashed potatoes
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 2nd October 2017