Category Archives: West-Lothian

Exciting new developments from the Local Networks Seminar 2015 – Report now available!

The 2015 Local Networks Seminar took place in Dunblane on Saturday 26th September. This year the main themes discussed at the Seminar have been used to propose an exciting new way of providing web-based resources, which can be downloaded and printed out to encourage more participation in our congregations.

After considering what other resources are available, the ECS Board now plans to invite individuals / congregations / networks, with the relevant experience and expertise, to contribute to developing and writing the new resources.

Local Networks Seminar Report 2015  also lists a whole host of topics and speakers from networks all around the country (see Appendix 3). If you are not already involved in a network, take a look and see what you might be missing! Everyone is welcome at network meetings – you don’t have to be from a registered congregation. Full information about your local network can be found here.

West Lothian Faith Group meeting Tuesday 24th of November

You are invited to a meeting of the West Lothian Faith Group is meeting on Tuesday 24 November 2015 (2.00pm-4.15pm) in the Canon Hoban Hall at St John Cantius and Nicholas in Broxburn.

The first part of the meeting will focus on the theme for this year’s Scottish Interfaith Week – Care for the Environment.  Interfaith Scotland have a range of materials on their website which may help inform the discussion on caring for the environment and mitigating the effects of climate change:  The documents ‘Our Sacred Earth’ and ‘World Faiths and the Environment’ may be particularly useful.

The second part of the meeting will focus on normal Faith Group business. Further information is available from:

Baton Relay: From Kirk Yetholm to Selkirk via Torphichen. #cop21baton

As we met Robin Mchaffie from Kirk Yetholm at Dobbie’s garden Centre Dalkeith a member of staff became interested in why we had this Baton.

We shared the story of the Baton and she became quite excited to find out if her church might be taking part and went away with a leaflet.

1. Ky to TK

While the Baton was with Torphichen Kirk it travelled and visited:

  • Bathgate High Church Guild
  • St Michael’s Church, Linlithgow Guild  (An eco-congregation)
  • 2. St Michael's Guild
  • Torphichen Primary School (An Eco School)
  • 4. Torphichen Primary School
  • Westfield Primary School (These being the two schools in our Parish).
  • Avonbridge Parish Church (our linked Congregation which is also registered with Eco congregation).
  • 5. Avonbridge Church

And it went out for coffee with several members including those who weren’t able to be at the special service held on Sunday 11th October to welcome the Baton and spread the story.

6. TK Congregation

7. TK Congregation

On Sunday 11th October we held a special service to welcome the baton, learn more about the need for Climate Justice, and reflect on why we should care, consider our actions and add our hopes and prayers to those already being carried on this journey to Paris.

The Baton was welcomed into the church with an especially composed Fanfare composed by a member of the congregation, Gina Baker and played by 6 brass instruments – 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, a French horn and a Euphonium. All played by members of the congregation.

8. Fanfare TK

The service was well attended and had been publicised both in our village newsletter and the local newspaper.

Everything had a French flavour to it including hymns with French tunes and the call to worship being spoken in both English & French.

Call to Worship: “C’est au Siegneur qu’appartient le monde avec tout ce qu’il contient, la terre avec ceux qui l’habitent.”  (French Protestant Bible)

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it, the world, and those who  live in it” – Ps 24

There was good participation and much interest in the theme and a sense of optimism that ambitious targets can be achieved.

Towards the end of the service the baton was passed around the whole congregation and ribbons in rainbow colours were added as a symbol of hope for a strong & lasting agreement to be made in Paris at the 21st Climate change summit.

9. Welcome to Torphichen Kirk

It was described as a ‘life changing service’.

We added our hopes and prayers to those of the 1000’s of people of all ages who have passed the Baton the length and breadth of Scotland in the course of 2015.

Awareness has been raised in this small community of the need and urgency for Climate justice in fun ways and while meeting new people, reviving friendships, enthusing some to do more as individuals and while enabling many to use their talents to praise God.

The service was followed by French themed food and many stayed behind to listen to French songs sung and played live (Chansons Baton) and eat Batons of bread filled with a variety of things, together with macarrons & Meringues.

A report with photo was published in:

The Linlithgow Gazette & West Lothian Courier (& Bo’ness Journal) following the service.


It has now gone by Borders Railway to Selkirk and has been taken by two members of the congregation to be handed over during morning worship. In doing this it has brought two couples who are old friends together for the first time in several years. It has been passed on with a real sense of renewal and hope for the future.

10. Baton arrives back in the Borders

Presentation from John Ferguson of EcoideaM Ltd now available to download

Presentation given by John Ferguson from EcoideaM Ltd on 26th September at the Local Networks Seminar. A full report of the day will follow.

The presentation can be downloaded in PowerPoint format here: Eco Congregation Seminar Dunblane 260915

Local Networks Seminar 2015, Saturday 26th September.

This year’s Local Networks Seminar is being held on Saturday 26th September, 11am – 3.30pm at Dunblane Cathedral Halls. Please note the date, which is later in September this year.

The main topic for the day will be “After Paris – What happens next?”

The Climate Justice Baton Relay (see has been a huge success. The Baton has been (double!) booked every Sunday, and many dates in between, since its launch in April until it departs for Paris at the end of November. Congregations from Orkney to Dumfries have taken the Baton into their churches, schools and community centres, paraded it through the streets, taken it up mountains and on pilgrimages to spread the message that now is the time for Climate Justice.

John Ferguson of the Binn Eco Park has agreed to start the discussion by giving us an overview of the issues and how these relate to what we can do in church and community.  John is a Christian, who formerly worked for the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and is now running a ground breaking environmental business. He is an inspirational speaker with a wide knowledge of and  insights into the issues. You can download a short biography for John here.

Trevor Jamison, our environmental chaplain will be offering some biblical and theological insights on the theme. There will also be time allowed for the usual exchange of news and views and networking between the networks.

A full programme for the Seminar is available for download here. Places are limited please therefore book your place by replying to by Monday 7th September.

For those unable to get to the Seminar we will be producing a Report of the day and consulting more widely on the outcomes.