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Messy Church Christmas Party

Advent Fair

November is with us which means the Advent Fair is fast approaching! On 25 November the Guild will once again be providing tea, coffee and baking in the morning with soup & bread being served at lunchtime. There will be stalls including a Lucky Dip for children and an opportunity to remember loved ones by supporting Linlithgow Grange Rotary Club's 'Tree of Light'. Donations of home-baking, jam, marmalade and home-made sweets will be much appreciated as will your support on the day. Monies raised will go to Guild Projects. We hope to see you then.

A Festival of Christmas Trees

Decorated trees will be on display in the church on 8 and 9 December and we are looking for organisations within the town who would like to participate in this event.  We will supply the tree and lights and all that we ask is for you to decorate it.  If you are interested, please contact Margaret Johnston at maggij@btconnect.com for more information.

Linlithgow Churches Ecumenical Advent Carol Service

in the Kirk on Sunday 3 December at 6.30pm.  All welcome!

Orders of Service


Weekly Intimations


Knowing Christ Better

Housegroup

“Just 10 – The Ten Commandments” Housegroup Friday 24 November at 10am in Cross House. Session Nine: “Know God”. Cuppa, cake and chat afterwards. All welcome. Contact Barbara Thomson (845705).

The Monthly Prayer Calendar

The Monthly Prayer Calendar is available here.

Housegroups

For more information about fellowship groups meeting within St Michael’s, please call Alison Miller 844992, Margaret Henderson 844787 or Barbara Thomson 845705.

The Help Centre

Offers information covering many concerns.  Wondering where to access support for yourself or another?  Tel 842646, or look at www.helpcentre.org.uk

Bereavement Support

The Bereavement Support Team offers confidential one-to-one support with the aim of helping you make sense of the painful and bewildering array of responses to bereavement, and to help you adapt to the loss. Positive Pathways informal support group meets fortnightly in the Canal Tearoom. Contact Sheila Rae 847538 or sheila.ruth.rae@gmail.com.

Making Him Known to Others

Distributors required

Our bundles of Christmas cards will shortly be distributed to all homes in the parish.  We currently have vacancies on the list of distributors – if you are able to help, please contact Don Sutherland at don.sutherland55@virginmedia.com.

Prayer News Bulletin

Copies of Lorna Ferguson’s Prayer News Bulletin are now available at the back of the church.

Chapters Book Club

Our book club meets on the first Thursday of every month 3.15-4.30pm in Room 1, Cross House. Coffee cake and book discussion. Our book of choice is Dissolution – The Shardlake Series by C. J. Sansom. All welcome. Info from Sally Chambers (07732722146). Next meeting Thursday 7 December.

CD’s-Church Service

If you would like to borrow a recording of previous services, you will find CDs at the Church shop. A recording of the sermon is to be found weekly on podcast on the Church website.

Serving Him Together

Advent Fair

November is with us which means the Advent Fair is fast approaching! On 25 November the Guild will once again be providing tea, coffee and baking in the morning with soup & bread being served at lunchtime. There will be stalls including a Lucky Dip for children and an opportunity to remember loved ones by supporting Linlithgow Grange Rotary Club's 'Tree of Light'. Donations of home-baking, jam, marmalade and home-made sweets will be much appreciated as will your support on the day. Monies raised will go to Guild Projects. We hope to see you then.

Guild

Next meeting Monday 20 November at 7.30 pm in the Kirk Hall with a presentation by Sally Pattle (Far from the Madding Crowd) on "Love of a Good Book". Everyone welcome. Contact Margaret Henderson tel no 844787 for further information.

Guild proposed summer outing

to Pitlochry Festival Theatre to see Chicago on 2 June 2018.  If you would like to attend, please contact Sue Ratcliffe by the end of November, Tel: 844922

Crossreach

Christmas card and calendar catalogues are available in the church office or why not look at their online shop

Time of Stillness

On Thursdays at 2pm we meet in St Katherine's Aisle (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.  All welcome.

General Notices

Retiring Collection

from Remembrance Sunday raised £614.05 for Combat Stress – a sincere thank you to all who contributed!

Sunshine Singers:

next sing-song at 2.30pm on Friday 24 November at St Michael’s Hospital.  Switch-on of Rotary Tree of Light Saturday 25 November at 4.30pm – meet in Room 1 of Cross House at 4pm.

Safe Families for Children

has a training day on Saturday 25 November from 09.45-4pm at St John's Evangelical Church, Union Road, Linlithgow, EH49 7DY. Could you demonstrate the love of Jesus to children and families who are going through a rough time? By offering friendship, hospitality, or skills and resources you can get alongside families in the community who have no-one to turn to. Please contact the office on 0131 603 8430 to book in or for further information.

Linlithgow String Orchestra Concert

Saturday 25 November at 7.30pm in the Kirk.  Come and be delighted by their amazingly beautiful music.  Can pay at the door.

Linlithgow Churches Ecumenical Advent Carol Service

in the Kirk on Sunday 3 December at 6.30pm.  All welcome!

Christmas shopping online?

Through our link with easyfundraising whenever you make a purchase online you could be collecting free donations for the church. easyfundraising has over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to donate such as Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's and it doesn't cost you a penny extra!  Visit https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stmichaelslinlithgow/ and join for free. St Michael's will benefit from your purchases. Further details from Andrew Jones andrew59jones@gmail.com or why not give it a try.

Rev Cheryl McKellar-Young

A Joint Service to celebrate Cheryl's ministry among us will be held on Sunday 19 November, 10.00am.

Together We Pray

Together We Pray is a national prayer initiative, running from September 2017 to May 2018, calling the Church to join together in prayer. This year, the General Assembly asked the Church to focus on prayer and particularly to pray as the Church thinks about its priorities for the future. There will be a National Day of Prayer on 25th November

For more information  please go to www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/together_we_pray

The World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland

is organising a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in May 2018.  This is an opportunity for us to see not only the ancient stones, but also the ‘living stones’ of the Land of the Holy One. Date: 4–14 May (10 days).  Leader: Rev Grant Barclay of Orchardhill Church.  The guide price is £1,650 for two sharing a room with dinner, bed & breakfast and some lunches.  There will be an opportunity to visit The Holy Family Church, Reineh near Nazareth giving you the rare occasion of getting to know our twin congregation and the context in which it exists. If interested, please contact Fiona Duke 842669.

Moments in Nature

Exhibition of photography by Pat McKerrow at The Undercroft Café, St Andrew’s & St George’s West, Edinburgh. 1–22 November Monday-Friday (10am-2pm) and Saturday (11am-2pm).  Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support Scotland.

Serving the Homeless of Edinburgh

Can you help? Every night for 28 weeks this winter Bethany will provide a venue to sleep up to 60 homeless and a team of caterers to provide a substantial meal. This winter we are doing six evenings and looking for teams of six. If you would like to help please contact Marshall 07967112137 or marshall.green@blueyonder.co.uk. Thanks!

Choir Rehearsals

Thursday 23 November at 7.30pm in the Church. All welcome!  Details from Andrew Sutherland (845 868) or any choir member.

 

Gift Aid Giving

Did you know that the church can claim 25p for every £ given if the donor is a UK taxpayer and signs a Gift Aid declaration? This is true whether payments are made by regular standing order, via freewill envelopes, or by other identifiable means. For more information, or to set up/amend an existing arrangement please contact the Gift Aid Convener, Andrew Jones  andrew59jones@gmail.com or on 01506 840914.