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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.

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

A word from Diane

This is our first newsletter this year and I wish to begin by thanking the many volunteers who helped at the additional services and concerts over the Christmas period.  It was great to welcome so many people to the Old Kirk and to share the Christmas story with them.

Thanks also for the very generous donations for Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal, Bethany Christian Care Night Shelters and Storehouse Foodbank.  Teenzone used some of the proceeds raised from their soup lunches to donate presents for teenagers to the local Salvation Army Gift Appeal.  The Salvation Army helped over 100 young people in Bo’ness who otherwise would not have received Christmas presents.  The Kirk Session is concerned about poverty in our community and are looking at ways in which we can help particularly during school holidays and also by working with agencies like Christians Against Poverty.

Churches throughout Scotland have been facing a decrease in attendances and income and we are very fortunate that there has been a bit of an increase in attendance at our services and also at Messy Church which now meets monthly and at our weekly Youth Group.  All Kirk Sessions were  asked by the General Assembly to hold a special meeting to discuss the future and after a very interesting discussion we submitted our response.  We are always looking at new ways to spread the gospel and serve our community and would welcome any comments or suggestions.  We will shortly be taking part in a Local Church Review which replaces the old 5 yearly visits from Presbytery and all members of the congregation will be encouraged to take part and give their views on the last five years and for the future.

I recently attended the “Re-Imagining Church Conference” organised by Sanctuary First and was encouraged and inspired to hear what’s happening in other churches and the challenges ahead.  All churches and parishes are different and we must all use the gifts which God has given us to find new ways to “be church” and serve the Lord and our community.  I would encourage everyone who has access to the internet to follow Sanctuary First and I hope you will find their short daily reflections helpful.

Diane

Lent Bible Study

We’re running a new bible study programme to mark Lent and the countdown to Easter.

Join us on Thursday 7th March at 7.30pm where we’ll be looking at Les Miserables and how its core message relates to christian life..

It’s a a relaxed, fun and different way to learn more about the bible. We’ll also be looking at the film version so yes, you can join in with the songs!

Messy Church

Messy Church is our monthly programme designed for families and children of all ages. It’s a packed 2 hours of crafts, games, music, videos, stories and much more. It’s relaxed, informal, focused on fun and we’ll even provide your tea!

Our next Messy Church session takes places on Sunday 14 April from 3pm to 5pm.

All are welcome to join us and pre booking isn’t required, you can just turn up on the day (all children must be accompanied by an adult). But the best bit is that Messy Church is open to everyone! All are welcome so if you haven’t been to Church before, or haven’t been in some time, then this is the place for you!

Check out the pictures on our Facebook page for a taste of what we get up to!

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Cafe Connect

Looking for some company? Fancy a blether with a cuppa? Or want to join in a singalong of some old favourites?  Then Cafe Connect, our weekly Wednesday Morning friendship group, is the place for you!

Loneliness is an increasing issue for people as they get older so we’re delighted to be helping Deanburn Primary School in an effort to tackle this. It’s a fun hour of activities led by the children  and includes snacks, activities and some time to chat and unwind.

Join us every Wednesday during School Term at 10.30am.

Craft Cafe

Our weekly Craft Cafe is a chance to unwind and make new friends with a shared interest. All are welcome to bring along their project and enjoy a cuppa/blether.

Join us every Tuesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

OKy

Are you in S1+? Are you bored on a Sunday night? Need somewhere to hang out with your friends? Then we can help!

Our Youth Group, OKy,  meets every Sunday from 7pm to 9pm in the Hall.

Music, Snacks, Outings, Ping Pong, Pool and much more!

Good Morning Ladies

Our fellowship group for females of all ages and denominations meets on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 9.30am to enjoy breakfast, praise and a short talk.

Join us for breakfast, chat and praise – a great way to start the day!

We next meet on Saturday 16 February at 9.30am. 

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Guild

guildThe Guild is a movement within the Church of Scotland for both women and men and has been part of the life of the Old Kirk for over 100 years.

We welcome all who would wish to join us at our meetings, regardless of gender, age or anything else. We meet every fortnight at 2pm in the West Room and promise a warm welcome!

We next meet on Wednesday 27 February at 2pm.

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Men of Faith

Men of Faith is our fellowship group open to males from any denomination across Bo’ness and the wider area. We meet on the 1st Saturday of every month at 9am to enjoy a hearty breakfast followed by praise and a short talk.

We next meet for breakfast and praise on Saturday 2 March at 9am. 

We have a great bunch of regulars from various denominations, church backgrounds or neither and our invitation remains open to everyone. So if you fancy something different to start your weekend (or don’t have anything in for breakfast!) then come give us a visit.

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Rag Bag Collection

Do you have any old clothing that you’re looking to get rid of? Then don’t throw them in the bin, bring them to Church instead!

We now have a Rag Bag Collection point outside the church office for any textile items that you wish to recycle. Items must be bagged and can include clothing, paired shoes, bags and belts. For each kilo donated, the Old Kirk will receive 40p which will go towards church funds.

Life & Work

Life and Work is the monthly magazine of the Church of Scotland.

If you would like to order a copy, or arrange a subscription, please email Christina.

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