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Holiday Club-Team Meeting

Backpackers, our Summer Holiday Club, is getting closer!

If you’re helping at Backpackers then please stay behind after morning worship on Sunday 16 June as we’ll be having a planning meeting.

Looking for a place on our waiting list? Then check out our page here.

Kirking of the Queen 2019

The Bo’ness Fair is fast approaching and this year sees our partner school Deanburn Primary providing the retinue with their theme ‘Mary Poppins Returns to Deanburn’.

The annual Kirking of the Queen Service marks the start of the Fair countdown and will take place at the Old Kirk on Friday 21st June at 1.30pm. Please be seated by 1.15pm.

This is always a special community event and all are invited to the Old Kirk for this wonderful occasion.

Kinneil Band

Yesterday, a major fire took place at Newtown Park which caused significant damage to the neighbouring band hall which is home to Kinneil Band.

We have a long history with the band and several Church members and friends of the Old Kirk have been impacted by this major incident. We’ve been in touch with the Band to see if we can offer any support and would ask that you think of them in your prayers during this period.

A fundraiser has also been set up by the band which you can find here.

Holiday Club: Bookings Closed!

After opening bookings at 9am on Saturday, we had over 100 bookings in just 26 MINUTES! 😆
We’re blown away with the response so a huge THANK YOU to everyone who’s booked a place and to those who’ve been in touch.

Confirmation emails will be issued over the next 24/48 hours but if you didn’t get yours, or would like to join our waiting list, please email diane@bokonline.org.uk. While we can’t guarantee that extra places will come up, we always try to make more available if possible.

The Backpackers Team are busy getting things ready and more information will be announced in the coming weeks so make sure to check out here and our Social Media pages for all the latest news.

Cafe Connect: Moderator’s Award

On Tuesday 21 May , the Cafe Connect Team and Children attended the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly where they received the 2019 Moderator’s Prize.

The Moderator’s Shield (pictured below) is awarded to Church/School partnerships which make a practical difference to their local community. From over 80 entries, we were delighted to be selected as this years winners and to collect the Shield, Certificate and cheque for £500.

Presented by Rt Rev Colin Sinclair in front of a packed Assembly Hall, it was an unforgettable occasion for everyone involved and we’d like to thank everyone at the Assembly for giving us such a warm welcome. But our biggest thanks go to our amazing Cafe Connect children who stole the show!

You can watch the presentation here and read about the presentation in more depth here. Please do take a minute of your time to watch, you’ll enjoy our dancing!

Cafe Connect is on every Tuesday during School Term from 10.30am to 11.30am. Have a look at our page for more info and come join the fun!

teenZone BBQ

teenZone, our teen youth group, are hosting a special summer BBQ after morning worship on Sunday 9 June.

Everyone is welcome to join us and don’t worry if it rains, we’ll have it indoors if needs be!

Windmill: Thanks!

On Saturday 25 May, we had the pleasure of hosting Windmill Playgroup’s Afternoon Tea event.

It was a huge success with families and children enjoying some sweet treats, face painting and playing on the bouncy castle. Well done to the Windmill Team for organising such a great event!

Special thanks also to Diane for running our Old Kirk book stall and to Lauren who helped supply the stock.

Fundraising Lunch

Join us after worship on Sunday 19 May for a special lunch in support of Christian Aid Week.

Come along for soup, sandwiches and a blether!

New Bible Study

We host regular bible studies throughout the year on various topics and how they relate to christian life today.

This group is led by our Minister Amanda and is a relaxed, fun and different way to learn more about the bible. Our previous programme took place in Easter based around Les Miserables and we even joined in some of the songs!

Our next Bible Study sessions start on Thursday 9th May at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter.

Windmill Playgroup

We’re delighted to be hosting Windmill Playgroup’s afternoon tea event on Saturday 25th May.

Organised by Windmill’s Fundraising Group, it’s an afternoon of activities, stalls, face painting and more including kids afternoon teas and a bouncy castle.

Tickets are £3 and are available from Windmill Playgroup.

Thank you Fraser

On Easter Sunday we said thanks and farewell to our organist Fraser who after 25+ years is having a well deserved rest after his recent illness.

Fraser has been an amazing organist and its impossible to put into words how much he means to us all. We wish him, Louise and their family all the best for the future.

Thanks also to John Gilmour for filling this position while we make arrangements for the future.

Afternoon Tea

Our annual Afternoon Tea & Spring Fayre event takes places on Saturday 11 May from 2pm to 4pm.

This is always a popular event and our team will again be serving afternoon teas in the Church Hall. You can expect a selection of handbaked treats and goodies with unlimited refills of tea and coffee all for just £5.

Holy Week in Bo’ness

Easter is nearly here! As part of the celebrations, churches in Bo’ness are hosting some special services/events throughout Holy Week. 

Detail can be found on the poster below and everyone is promised a warm welcome at our 4 events during the week:

On Thursday, we have a special communion service at 7pm.

On Good Friday, we’re hosting a labyrinth throughout the day. Come along for a quiet and reflective space.

On Easter Sunday, our annual early morning praise will take place at our original home Old Kinneil Church  at 8am. Old Kinneil is located in the grounds of Kinneil Estate and this service is always a special and uplifting way to celebrate the good news that Easter brings. You can even bring your dog! Afterwards, we’ll be serving breakfast back at the Old Kirk.

Our Easter Sunday Family Service then follows at 10.45am. This is a special family focused event including our annual decorated Easter Egg competition – it’s always competitive so get creative!

Newsletter

As part of our website redesign, we’re introducing a new quarterly newsletter ‘What’s On’.

Our first edition will be emailed out next week and, as you’ve probably guessed, it’s got details of all the latest news and events happening at the Old Kirk. We’ll also include some thoughts and reflections from the Old Kirk team.

To get a copy, enter your email below to be added to our mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time here and we won’t share your email with anyone else.

Amandas Thoughts

Dear friends,

We’ve had a busy start to the year here at the Old Kirk, the Guild, Thursday Fellowship, Men of Faith, Good Morning Ladies, Old Kirk Youth, Craft Café and Café Connect beginning again, we also welcomed Duncan Giles to talk to us about the work of Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and how we might partner together with them to offer a CAP debt centre here in Bo’ness so that people struggling with debt and other issues in the wider areas around Bo’ness might benefit from the help of this multi award winning charity.

We were also fortunate to host a training event by One Way puppets which most of our Teen Zone teenagers and some of Sunday night’s OKy teenagers attended along with folk from other churches around Scotland and beyond since this was the only Scottish event and we look forward to seeing what fruit the training brings.

3 of us also had the benefit of attending the Sanctuary First Re-imagining church conference in January which was a brilliant weekend being inspired to think creatively about how our churches might change as we go on into the future.

There are huge but not insurmountable challenges ahead for the Church of Scotland, in 1956 the membership of the church nationally was at 1.4 million people. Now, 64 years later that membership has fallen to 336,000 and is declining year on year, losing on average the equivalent of a congregation a week as members get older and die or leave for other reasons.

We at the Old Kirk are bucking the national trend, we still have a good variety of different ages coming along on a Sunday morning, including children, young people and young adults, and we have a healthy size of congregation.

But that can’t mean that we become complacent. We have to continually explore new ways of reaching out to those in our community who aren’t part of church so that they too might come to know the love that God has for them. Not so that there are more people on a Sunday morning, or more bums on seats, but so that God’s kingdom might increase.

And so, it’s exciting at this point, still near the beginning of another year to use our imaginations…

What is your vision for our Kirk?

How do you think God’s kingdom will grow here in Bo’ness?

What can you do, to make a difference and share God’s love within our community?

What can we as a church, the body of Christ here in this place do?

Is there a need you think we need to be meeting?

Is there a group that we could be offering?

Would you be a part of it?

Blessings, Amanda

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