Just a reminder that 17th October will be our Harvest Thanksgiving service. Like last year, monetary gifts will be accepted and passed on to Falkirk Foodbank (the Trussell Trust), to help people in our local community who are struggling. Thank you.
All Church of Scotland congregations are being encouraged to have a church-wide National Giving Day this autumn. For Polmont Old this took place on Sunday 3 October (Communion Sunday). This is intended to give all of us, of all ages, an opportunity to reflect on God’s presence with us through these challenging times and to offer gifts of thanksgiving back to God.
We are pleased to say there is now an option for online giving via our website. All gifts as part of this initiative must be received by the Finance team by 31 October 2021.
As normal fundraising activities have not been possible for over eighteen months, we hope many members and friends will be able to take part in the National Giving Day. We will be grateful for all donations, whether they are large or small. Please pray that the money raised can be used to help our congregation continue to experience God’s love and to reflect that love into the community in these challenging times when it is needed so much.
Please note that the money given as part of this National Giving Day initiative will not be assessable for Ministries and Mission purposes. Put simply, this means the money will stay with us and none of it will be passed to “121”, so it is not intended to replace your normal regular giving. If you wish your gift used for a specific purpose, we will respect that request. For gifts with no specific purpose identified, the Kirk Session will be able to choose how to use the money, provided that it will be used in line with the charitable objectives of the church.
There will be a service of ordination and appointment as an ordained local minister for Philip Hacking at Polmont Old Parish Church at 7pm on Thursday 12th August. As capacity is severely limited you are invited NOT to attend in person but to hold Philip in prayer at the time of the service. You are also invited to view the livestream on www.falkirkpresbytery.org.uk or www.facebook.com/falkirkpresbytery
“This little light of mine”, chosen by Allison, is our final Easter hymn. But “is it really an Easter hymn?” I hear you ask! Well, as Christians are “Easter people”, and we would have no Christianity and no Christian hymns without Jesus’s resurrection, I’m happy to include it. It is such a joyful hymn, expressing the joy of having the light of the living Christ in your heart. What can you do today to let your light shine?
Thank you to Alex for playing all the hymns for us this week.
Our hymn today is “How Great Thou Art”, chosen by Ann. It is based on a Swedish traditional melody and a poem, written in Swedish by Carl Boberg in 1885. Since then it has been translated into many languages. The version which we sing in English was translated by Stuart K. Hine, who also added two verses of his own. While you could call it an “old favourite”, it is also popular today with worship bands. Come back tomorrow for our final Easter hymn!
For Thursday we have another powerful modern hymn chosen by Jean. “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” was written by Stuart Townend. Is it one of your favourites too? I hope you are enjoying the selection of hymns this week, chosen by our members. Tomorrow we will have an older hymn, but one that is still popular today.
Today we have Allison Andrews’ favourite Easter hymn, “Hosanna, loud hosanna”. Allison says “My childhood favourite of sitting in Polmont Old was, and still is, “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”.
Come back tomorrow to enjoy another Easter favourite.
Today we have another two of your favourite Easter hymns for us to sing along with at home. First we have “The Old Rugged Cross” chosen by Jean. Then an anonymous choice, “Because He lives”, by Bill and Gloria Gaither. What a great selection of hymns you have chosen for us all to enjoy this week!
Happy Easter everyone! Thanks to all those who submitted their favourite Easter hymns for us to share on the website. Today we have two hymns for you to enjoy. Jean has chosen the powerful spiritual “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”. Then we have the equally powerful modern hymn “In Christ Alone”, by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, which has been chosen by Allison. Come back tomorrow for another two Easter favourites.
Across Scotland the Guild (which includes our Fellowship) has raised more than £520,000 over 2018-2021 in support of their Project partnerships. A celebration video is available at:
The video has been produced to celebrate this achievement and thank all supporters.