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Spring Newsletter

Our team of Elders are currently working through their districts delivering our Spring newsletter. Along with news from Amanda, Diane and Eric it includes an update regarding our conversations with our friends at St Andrews and Carriden.

Your feedback and comments are very welcome and can be sent via the enclosed form or via email to boness.cofs@gmail.com

While our elders can’t come in for a cuppa they love a chat so say hello and let us know how you’re doing 😀

Reopening

We’re delighted to confirm that the Old Kirk is reopening its doors next Sunday (2nd May) at 10.45am for a service of reflection and prayer. At present, we’ll be open for worship on the first Sunday of every month and we’ve put all the details you need below.

Throughout the pandemic, the love and care for the safety of our congregation and town have driven our decision making. We’d like to thank our Kirk Session for their hard work and dedication as we work through these challenges together.

In accordance with the latest guidelines, things will have to remain a bit different but our aim remains to offer a safe and secure place for worship during these challenging times. A summary is below but please check out our Covid-19 page for all the details:

🎟To help manage numbers, and to aid test and protect requirements, we’re asking that everyone pre book their seat via our online system at bokonline.org.uk/bookonline⏰ Bookings for each service will be open from 1 week in advance.

🏡Bookings should only be made for members of the same household (you cannot sit next to anyone not in your household).

🚪 Please use the front door to access the building (as this aids our one way system)😷Face masks must be worn inside the building with social distancing maintained at all times.

🪑Upon arrival you will be allocated a designated seat and we would ask that you remain there until the end of the service. Seating has been organised as per distancing guidelines.

🗣Our format will be a bit different (singing is not allowed at present) but you can expect music, reflection and thoughts all with a warm welcome.

🎥Church is more than just a building, and we appreciate that some of you may not be able to join us in person during the coming period. So we’ll be continuing to post our ‘Sunday Reflections’ video series every Sunday morning on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel at the usual time.

As ever during this pandemic, this is subject to change but we’ll keep you updated as always. Thank you to all our team for their hard work in making this possible and to everyone for their continued support.❤

National Day Of Reflection

Today marks one year since the first national lockdown. It’s a been a period of great pain and challenges with over 126,000 deaths in the UK and the continuing impact of Covid-19 being felt across our community.

As we mark one year since the beginning of lockdown, this video is a space for reflection as we remember those we have lost.

#LightForLives

Next week marks the first anniversary of the beginning of the first National Lockdown.

A year! 12 months, 365 days…During which many have suffered losses… husbands, wives, parents, children, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, friends…

Why not create some space next Tuesday evening to pause and light a candle and to stand and remember and to reflect?

One Year Ago

Today marks exactly one year since our last “regular” Sunday morning service in the Old Kirk.

It’s fair to say that none of us could have expected to be here a year later but we’d like to thank all our Church Family for your incredible support during this challenging period.

We’ve continued worship every Sunday via our online Sunday Refections series and it’s been great to welcome new and familiar faces. You can check out the entire series on our videos page.

As for a return to the building, the current plan for lockdown easing provides some indication about places of worship reopening soon and our Kirk Session are reviewing this currently to plan the way ahead. As ever, this is subject to change depending on the local and national situation but we’ll announce more details as soon as we can.🌈❤️

Sunday Reflections is 50!

Tomorrow marks the 50th edition of our Sunday Reflections video series! When we started last year, we figured that it would last a couple of weeks but little did we know 🤣

It’s been great to welcome so many new faces online and we’ve been blown away by the response with over 1500 channel views per month and our Harvest Drive In video getting 1.7k views and counting 😲

Thanks to all our Church Family who’ve contributed over the last year, Amanda for her amazing leadership during this time and to all of you who’ve watched. ❤️

Presbytery Notice

As part of the Presbytery Planning process, the next Falkirk Presbytery meeting on 2nd March includes a discussion of the plan for the Falkirk area including Bo’ness.

All from the Old Kirk are invited to watch the proceedings at falkirkpresbytery.org.uk or on their Facebook page.

The formal notice of this is below:

“Intimation is hereby given that the Presbytery of Falkirk will hold a virtual meeting at which the matter of revising the current Presbytery Plan will be debated on Tuesday the 2nd day of March 2021 at 7.00pm o’clock, and that the congregation are hereby cited to observe the livestream of the meeting through the Presbytery website (www.falkirkpresbytery.org.uk) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/falkirkpresbytery) for their interests.”

Zoom Cafe

Lockdown getting you down? Missing seeing people? Needing some company?

Why not come along to our cafe without even leaving home? It’s an informal and relaxed time to catch up, blether and share whats on your mind.

Join our student Minister Mhairi from 1-2 each Thursday on zoom. Drop us a message and we’ll send you the meeting details – all welcome!

Christmas Celebration

Join us on Zoom for our special Christmas Day celebration! 

As we can’t have our usual service, we’re having a short informal time online at 10.30am for everyone to get together and give thanks.So you can share what you got from Santa, show off your Christmas jumpers, get some last minute turkey cooking tips and have a blether with friends. 

All are welcome to join us – we’ll share the meeting details nearer the time.

Christingle

Join us on Zoom for our special family event to mark the final hours to Christmas! 🎄

Our annual Christingle event is designed for children and families to celebrate Christmas in a fun and unique way.During the service, every child is invited to make a Christingle Orange. The orange symbolises the world while the light remembers Jesus, the light of the world.

We’re working on ways that you can collect and make your christingle oranges during the event so look out for more details soon.

It’s always an extremely popular highlight of our calendar and, though we can’t do it in our normal way, we invite you all to join us online for an event of fun, surprises and more! 

Bake Sale – Orders Closed!

What an amazing response for tomorrows Christmas bake sale!

We’ve had almost 100 boxes ordered plus calendars and CD’s! Thanks for your incredible support 🙂

If you’re ordered then here’s a reminder of how it’ll work on the day:

📦Collection: Our safe collection point will be at the Old Kirk car park from 12pm to 2pm. Pop along at your chosen time and our team will have your box(es) ready to go.

🚪Delivery: If you’ve chosen delivery then our friendly team will stop by your house between 12noon and 2pm with your box(es).

💷Payments: Payment will be collected upon delivery/collection. If possible, please have the exact amount available as we won’t be able to give change (to minimise contact/handling)

Bake Sale – Orders now open!

Following the success of our ‘Social Distanced Bake Sale’ in June, we’re having another bake sale on Saturday 5th December to mark the countdown to Christmas.

Orders are now open here with collection and delivery options available.

📦Collection:Our safe collection point will be at the Old Kirk car park from 12pm to 2pm. Collections are easier for our team so if you can pop down then we’d appreciate it.

🚪Delivery:If you can’t make it, or you’re shielding etc, then we’ll deliver your cakes to you between 12pm and 2pm. Just pop in your address on our order site and we’ll drop them off safely at your door on the day.

💷Payments:Payment will be collected upon delivery/collection. If possible, please have the exact amount available as we won’t be able to give change (to minimise contact/handling).

We also have some special gifts on sale which you can order online or buy on the day:

📅Amanda has created ‘A Walker’s Eye View’ a special calendar of her stunning photos during her adventures across Scotland (£10)

💿‘Sing Along Christmas’ is a selection of festive carols made by Pamela and some of our talented musicians (£5)

As always, we’ll be making sure that everything is safe including food prep, collection and delivery. Your support is greatly appreciated and we can’t wait to see you all (from a distance!).

Christmas Bake Sale

Following the success of our ‘Social Distance Bake Sale’ in June, we’re having a Christmas Bake Sale on Saturday 5 December in aid of church funds.

As per last time, we’re selling boxes of cakes for £5 each which you can order here. Collection and Delivery options are available (details below) and we promise another batch of tasty treats from our team of star bakers. We also have some special gifts on sale which you can add to your order or buy on the day:


📅Amanda has created ‘A Walker’s Eye View’ a special calendar of her stunning photos during her adventures across Scotland (£10)

💿‘Sing Along Christmas’ is a selection of festive carols made by Pamela and some of our talented musicians (£5)

We’ll be making sure that everything is safe including food prep, collection and delivery. Your support is greatly appreciated and we can’t wait to see you all (from a distance!).

📦Collection:
Our safe collection point will be at the Old Kirk car park from 12pm to 2pm. Collections are easier for our team so if you can pop down then we’d appreciate it.

🚪Delivery:
If you can’t make it, or you’re shielding etc, then we’ll deliver your cakes to you between 12pm and 2pm. Just pop in your address on our order site and we’ll drop them off safely at your door on the day.

💷Payments:
Payment will be collected upon delivery/collection. If possible, please have the exact amount available as we won’t be able to give change (to minimise contact/handling)

Remembrance Sunday

We may not be gathering in person in the church building on Panbrae Road this Remembrance Sunday as we usually do, but the Old Kirk will still gather together to remember.

You can gather with us online for our Sunday Reflections, which this week will be a time of Remembrance, and then following that on the Bo’ness Community Council web page at 12:15pm there will be a service recorded this week at the war memorial which everyone is invited to tune into.

Even in the midst of a global pandemic it is still important to remember.

Lest We Forget.

Proposed Changes to Presbytery Plan

In advance of the next meeting of Falkirk Presbytery, we’ve been asked to make you all aware of the following citation regarding the Presbytery Plan:

“Intimation is hereby given that the Presbytery of Falkirk will hold a virtual meeting at which the matter of revising the current Presbytery Plan will be debated on Tuesday the 27th day of October 2020 at 7.00pm o’clock, and that the congregation are hereby cited to observe the meeting online through the Presbytery website (www.falkirkpresbytery.org.uk) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/falkirkpresbytery) for their interests.”