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Andrew and Anne Sutherland

After Communion next Sunday (28th) there will be an opportunity to celebrate the joint contribution of Andrew and Anne Sutherland to the life and work of St Michael's.

The Sutherlands have been an integral part of St Michael's over the years and we hope this will provide us with the chance to thank them and wish them well for the future.

A light lunch will be served in the Kirk Hall from around 12.30pm to which all members of the congregation are invited.

Youth and Family Outreach Worker

We are  seeking to recruit a Youth and Family Outreach Worker to become part of the ministry team.  The overall purpose of the post is to inspire and support the Christian faith adventure of children, families and young people in our church and community.  One of our main challenges is to identify and gain support for new ways in which St Michael’s can become an increasingly welcoming, evangelising, loving and learning church where children, families and young people can thrive.

More details and a Job Description is available here

Closing Date is 9th February

Choir Rehearsals

Choir Rehearsal  Thursday 25 January at 7.30pm in the Church. All welcome!  Details from Andrew Sutherland (845868) or any choir member

 

Guild

Monday 22 January in the Kirk Hall at 7.30pm.

‘Love of Scottish Music and Dance’ – with

Linlithgow ‘Linties’ and Jean Shannley Dancers.

Everyone welcome.  Contact Margaret Henderson, Tel 844787 for further information.

Orders of Service


Weekly Intimations


Knowing Christ Better

Housegroup

On Friday 26th January at 10.00am in Room 5, Cross House. All are welcome to join this informal group. Please call Barbara Thomson 845705 for more details.

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

Life and Work

The December issue is now available for collection from the pews in the North Aisle.

Prayer News Bulletin

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

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.

Knitting Club

The Kirk Knitting Club meets once a month in Cross House on a Monday at 10.30 am in Room 1. Next meeting on Monday 5 February.

Serving Him Together

World Mission Council

December/January issue is available in the church now.  This edition highlights the Church of Scotland HIV work, including new recipes for Souper Sunday. There is also news of a new partner in Prague and another one in Italy.

Guild

Monday 22 January in the Kirk Hall at 7.30pm.

‘Love of Scottish Music and Dance’ – with

Linlithgow ‘Linties’ and Jean Shannley Dancers.

Everyone welcome.  Contact Margaret Henderson, Tel 844787 for further information.

Crosswind

January magazine, Communion invitations, etc. are available in the North Aisle for collection by District Elders.

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.

Chapters Book Club

Our book club meets on the first Thursday of every month 3.15-4.30pm in Room 1, Cross House. Coffee and cake and book discussion.  Our book selection for January is – The Case of the Black Pearl by Lin Anderson. All welcome. Info from Sally Chambers 07732722146. Next meeting 1 February.

 

General Notices

Crosswind

The latest copy of Crosswind is now available here.

Fairtrade

Are you keen to support Fairtrade? St Michael’s is a Fairtrade church, and we are seeking someone to help promote Fairtrade activity within the church and be the church’s representative on the town’s Fairtrade group. If you want to know what is involved, please contact Ian Fowell or email linlithgowfairtrade@hotmail.com. 

Choir Rehearsals

Choir Rehearsal  Thursday 25 January at 7.30pm in the Church. All welcome!  Details from Andrew Sutherland (845868) or any choir member

 

Bethany Pennies

The latest donation sent to Bethany Christian Trust was for £116.02 making a total of £300.94 for the year. Thank you to all who contributed.

Prayer News Bulletin

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

Inductions

The Rev Cheryl McKellar-Young will be inducted as Minister into the pastoral charge of Fairmilehead Parish Church, Edinburgh on Thursday 15 February at 7pm. There will be a bus to take people to/from Fairmilehead on 15 February, leaving the Cross at 5.30pm. A few seats still available − cost £7 per person payable by 1 February. If you are interested, please contact Myra Lawson (842634) or Barbara Thomson (845705). 

 

The Rev Hilary Beresford will be inducted as Minister into the pastoral charge of Mansefield Trinity Church, Kilwinning on 26 February at 7pm.

Sunshine Sing-along for Memory

Takes place in the Kirk Hall on the second Thursday of each month 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. Next Sing-along  Thursday 8 February.

Festival of Christmas Trees

A huge thank you to Margaret Johnston and the Fellowship Team and to all church and community organisations who decorated trees.    Overall income for the event was £4,211.20; and the total after all expenses is just over £2,100, which will swell the amount available to the recipients of our Christmas collections this year. There are some photos from the festival here.

RE-ACT

Refugee Action would like to thank everyone who has donated clothes, blankets, boots etc. over the last year which have been delivered directly to camps in Greece and Serbia and to people holding on in the Calais Jungle.  Such items can still be handed in to 26 Friars Brae, Linlithgow in 2018. Also, some refugees in Scotland are moving into unfurnished accommodation and are without items such as white goods, bedding etc.  If you can provide such items and for further details, please contact Iain on 07887 836770.

Christian Aid

Any donation before 5 February will be matched by the UK Government. If you are a tax payer and want your donation to be treated as Gift Aid, then a £10 donation would give Christian Aid £22.50, at no cost to you.  Please visit www.christianaid.co.uk, click on Christmas Appeal and fill in all necessary details.  Thank you very much indeed and have a Happy 2018

Communion Linen

Many thanks to all those who have helped with the laying out and taking in of the Communion Linen during 2017. Your help has been much appreciated. If anyone would like to join the rota of people who carry out this task, please get in touch with Sheila Musgrave – Tel: 01506-843680, e-mail: iandsmusgrave@gmail.com

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.    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.