Sunday 26th November – Feast of Christ the King
On Sunday 26 November the congregations of St Columba’s and St Peter’s met together for the Eucharist at St Columba’s – at 10.30 am – a compromise between the normal times for the two churches. The initial reason was that St Peter’s were unable to use their temporary accommodation in St John’s at Linlithgow on this day, but the result was that the two congregations were able to get together for a happy joint service.
The choirs of the two churches combined to lead us in singing the hymns, and to give us an anthem: Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, with Margaret Lumsden playing the organ. Bruce Jamieson from St Peter’s read the Old Testament lesson and the epistle; Sandra Dobson from St Columba’s led the prayers.
After the service St Columba’s provided the coffee, and St Peter’s some of the eats – but not all of them because there was also a cake to celebrate another special event: Kathleen Stutt’s 80 birthday. The celebration was laid on as a surprise by the Fish family. Kathleen was in splendid form (see photo), and was accompanied by daughter Elaine (Fish) and granddaughters Emily and Georgia, who provided the fantastic cake in the shape of a teapot.
Kathleen has been a pillar of St Columba’s since her childhood and is a dearly loved member of the congregation, so it was a great occasion for us all to give her our congratulations, love and very best wishes.
Early evening of Friday 17th November, a minibus drew up at St Columba’s, and out stepped Jurij Maruk and his choir of 8 – the Voskresenije (Resurrection) choir of St Petersburg. The four female singers are professionals in training from the Conservatoire and the four gentlemen fully trained singers, all who sing unaccompanied and led by their conductor Jurij.
After a delicious meal – Liz’s yummy Highland Pie, they changed into their costumes as our community streamed through our doors to take their seat for an evening to remember. To a full house we were entertained to sacred Russian songs and the second, with ladies wearing their beautiful shawls, to Russian Folk songs.
We all went home with them – sounds in our hearts, some to enjoy hospitality with Carola, some to Carola’s son and daughter in law and the rest home with me to the Rectory. Not quite sure what our postie thought on Saturday morning when he was met by my three Russian men on the doorstep!
Yes it was hard work organising this event but it was so…..worth it. Half of the proceeds from the tickets went to the choir for their touring and training funds; the rest to St Columba’s.
On Friday 22nd September we held a Ceilidh. Tickets were sold out quickly for what was a great evening of music and dance. Music provided by the Livingston Fiddlers (including our own Gwyneth Young). Thanks to everyone who played. Thanks also go to our marvellous caterers for the wonderful spread. The whisky skittles went down a treat too!
Sunday 17th September
During our morning worship two of our members were baptised. It was a wonderful occasion and as per our custom we enjoyed a great buffet afterwards. (no pic unfortunately). However, here are photos of Andrew and Brian after their Baptism.
We welcome you, we will care for you, we will share our faith with you.
At long last, the Choir had an outing for a meal on August 2nd. We have been talking about having one for quite some time. It might be a minor miracle that it eventually took place!
We went to the Oatridge Hotel in Uphall. We had a great time. The food was very good – as was the service. A definite recommend as to where to go for a meal locally. You won’t be disappointed. The price was reasonable too. We certainly won’t be leaving it as long for our next outing.
Summer Fun Day
Here are a few pics from the Family Fun Day
Easter Day – Christ is Risen … He is Risen indeed; Alleluia!
The Church looks resplendent with our lovely array of flowers
Good Friday – Seven Last Words of Jesus
The Youth Club met on Saturday 8th April
Here are a few photos of some of the activities enjoyed
Saturday 1st April saw our Craft Fair take place. What a success it was.
A good crowd came during the day to see the great array of handmade crafts on display. Ably supported by our catering team, the bacon rolls went down a storm! We had to send out for more supplies… the question on everyone’s lips – when is the next one?
Here are a few photos of the day
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Monday 27th February
Torphichen Inn was the venue of the fundraiser for St Peter’s extension.
The ladies are in front of the witches and the gents in front of the warlocks – the new modern murals of Tam o’shanter in the Inn. The sum of £290 was amassed for the extension fund. Here are a couple of photos of the evening.
Sunday 26th February
Our monthly Choral Evensong was a bit different to others this month. During our Service we were please to witness David Graham-Service receive the St Cuthbert Award from Bishop John. (This award was created by Bishop John to recognise the work of individuals within churches who share their time and gifts not only for the life of the congregation but for service in the wider community.)
Some 30 people attended. Those from our own congregation together with some from St Peter’s, Linlithgow. Kathleen Neeley from The West Lothian Foodbank also came along. After Evensong we all enjoyed a time of fellowship. Needless to say there was a buffet and refreshments served!
Here are a few photos of the evening. Well done David.
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