Category Archives: West-Lothian

Big Green Coffee Morning at South Queensferry, Saturday 26th May

Queensferry Parish Church are holding a coffee morning on the Saturday 26th May (10.00-12.00) about how not to use plastic. They will have stalls for the from Any But Plastic and the One World shop as well as information from Zero Waste Scotland, Changeworks, The Marine Conservation Society and others – so it promises to be very informative as well as getting a good cup of coffee in a non plastic cup!

St Ninian’s Craigmailen receives Gold Eco-Congregation Award

St Ninians Craigmailen Church Linlithgow was recently awarded a Gold Eco-Congregation Award. This photograph shows the eco group from the church and a member of the Brownie Guides receiving their plaque. This is our highest award, currently only held by three congregations.

Our award assessors said:

“Clearly there is a strong, and enthusiastic, small team who lead and
initiate Eco-congregation activities. Overall, this congregation came across as being vibrant and
enthusiastic, providing good examples collectively and individually as well as clearly making a
difference locally, nationally and internationally. They deserve the Gold award and will provide a
good example to other churches of what can be achieved in a small to medium sized congregation.
Well done, may your enthusiasm continue to develop and inspire the next generation.”

To find out how your congregation can apply for an award click here.

 

Livingston United Parish Church wins Bronze Eco-Congregation Award.

Livingston United Parish Church is the latest congregation to win one of our new Eco-Congregation awards, at Bronze level.

The assessors particularly identified the following for commendation:

  • The way this big dynamic ecumenical church communicates and has environmental work permeating through all services, groups and activities within the congregation.
  • Communication is excellent.
  • The spiritual living section was particularly impressive with lay leading and a recognition that
    worship isn’t just a Sunday service but is Messy Church, Afternoon Teas, Youth Groups.

Here are some photographs of their recent work:

A Prayer for West Lothian by Sylvia Forshaw (Torphichen Church)

Eternal Lord of historic buildings and ancient towns, new developments and changing communities you are amazing.

Glorious Lord of lochs and rivers, canals and reservoirs we witness your beauty in our everyday.

Magnificent Lord of libraries and museums, heritage centres and historic monuments your love for us is everlasting.

Compassionate Lord of hospitals and health centres, fire stations and police stations forgive us when we are too caught up in our own emergencies to care for others.

Bountiful Lord of shopping centres and supermarkets, high streets and farmers’ markets, thank you for providing all our needs.

Sustaining Lord of sports centres and swimming pools, running tracks and golf courses we are so grateful for our wellbeing.

Educator Lord of schools and colleges, nurseries and playgroups thank you for the opportunities to learn throughout our lives.

Enabling Lord of motorways and country roads, footpaths and bridleways, guide us in all of life’s journeys.

Creator Lord of farms and fields, country parks and open spaces inspire us to be guardians of your creation.

Loving Lord of family and friends, neighbours and colleagues, we know you are listening, help us to listen too.

Gracious Lord of churches and Sunday schools, societies and youth groups we thank you for this time together to share new growth, new hope, new laughter and new songs.

We ask that your love and your strength will empower us to be channels of your love and hope to those whose lives we touch,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen