Some of our special events over the Christmas period:
Wednesday 4 Treasure Kids Christmas Party, 7:00pm-8:15pm
Thursday 5 Oxygen, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Friday 6 Toddler Group, 9:30am
Sunday 8 Michael McNamee (Belguim), 11:00am
Special Offering for Convoy of Hope, Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines
Friday 13 Toddler Group Christmas Party, 9:30am
Saturday 14 Oxygen Christmas Night Out, 5:00pm @ Bathgate Train Station
Sunday 15 Rainbow Kids Nativity, 11:00am
Sunday 22 Carol Service, 11:00am
Tuesday 24 Christmas Eve Family Service, 6:30pm
Tuesday 31 Hogmanay Party & Ceilidh, 8:00pm
Tickets - £3, under 16s £1.50
Messages from the Pastors:
As I write this Christmas is less than a month away. The shops have been advertising and promoting their “gifts” for many weeks now. Many are gearing up for the big consumer spend. Did you know that last year? :
UK Internet shoppers visited retail sites 107 million times on Christmas Day.
£22.3 Billion is expected to be spent in the UK this Christmas.
One in 10 adults in November this year were still paying for Christmas 2012.
And as much as I love Christmas and all the festivities, parties and presents something is clearly wrong for many. People all across the country are getting into unmanageable debt simply to keep up with the pressure of a “spend, spend, spend mentality in society”. What is Christmas all about?
The arrival into the world of the Saviour of Mankind.
The entrance of the Prince of Peace who came to bring lasting peace.
This Christmas - enjoy the parties, presents and quality family time but remember the reason for the season. Let me close with the words of Archbishop Justin Welby who in a speech recently suggested that “it would be wonderful if people gave one tenth of their planned Christmas spending for 2013 to their local Foodbank to help those in desperate need this Christmas time”. Just a thought!
Lois and I wish you all a truly wonderful Christmas.
As we reflect on another quick year we could consider many things. For example, saying hello to new tiny people and saying goodbye to friends and family that have died. We may think about a highlight, or even a low point in our year. We could talk about all the great things that have happened in church, and some of the challenges we have faced. However, as we reflect, are we able to say that we have grown in our faith, in our understanding of God, in our maturity as Christians and in depth of relationship with each other. I trust we can say ‘yes’.
Thank you for your commitment and support. Have a great time of rest and celebration!
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas
With love from Whitburn Pentecostal Church
Thanks for taking the time to look at Whitburn Pentecostal Church’s website. We do hope that you will find something of interest in the site. We also hope that we get the opportunity to meet you personally at some of our meetings and activities. If we can help in any way please e-mail or call us. You can find the contact information below.
Andrew & Lois Smith.
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Where Are We?
We are situated in the heart of Whitburn, traditionally a mining town on the western edge of West Lothian in Scotland. We are half way between Glasgow and Edinburgh, just off the M8 motorway.
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If travelling from the East along the M8, take junction 4 and come down to the roundabout. Take first left (Whitburn/ Blackburn). When you arrive at the T-junction (new traffic lights) take a right, across the dual carriageway. The road changes quickly to two-way traffic. Follow the road through Redmill and East Whitburn until you come to the traffic lights at Whitburn Cross. Take a left and follow the hill straight up till you come to the roundabout. Take a left and follow the road along till it appears to come to a dead end. Follow it round to the left behind the houses and you are in the church car park.
If you are travelling from the West along the M8, take junction 5 (Harthill/ Shotts). Crossing over the motorway, take a left turn at the T-junction. Go straight through Eastfield/ Harthill. Follow the road till you come to a roundabout. Go through the roundabout (second exit) and continue to the T-junction (the M8 is on the left-hand side up above you). Turn right and head up the hill passing the Shell garage. At the traffic lights (Whitburn Cross) travel straight through and follow the road up the hill till the you reach the roundabout. Take a left and follow the road along till it appears to come to a dead end. Follow it round to the left behind the houses and you are in the church car park.
You can catch a train from Edinburgh or Glasgow, to Bathgate, Armadale or Fauldhouse. Then you would need to catch a bus to Whitburn. You can look at timetables on the following links.
Whitburn Pentecostal Church
Reveston Lane • Croftmalloch Road • Whitburn • West Lothian • EH47 8HJ • 01501 741447
Scottish Charity No. SC008274
In fellowship with Assemblies of God (GB)
What Do We Believe?
We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
he descended into hell.
The third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the universal, holy church,
the fellowship of all believers,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen
Read the Statement of Faith for the Assemblies of God.
Who Are We?
We are a gathering of people from all over West Lothian (and beyond). There is a wide range of people in the church, from many walks of life. The church community is active in many ways and we endeavour to cater for all ages. The music is lively on a Sunday morning when we gather for worship. We like to think that we are welcoming and friendly, so if you decide to pay us a visit we hope you will agree with this.
A Brief History ::
Whitburn Pentecostal Church began in the summer of 1977 when a group of Christians worshipping in Harthill Pentecostal Church but living in Whitburn had the burden & vision to plant a local church. Early meetings were held in Croftmalloch Primary School on Sundays & Wednesdays along with a Sunday School.
The church grew quickly in its early days and in the summer of 1984 the present church building was built at the end of Croftmalloch Road. The pioneer pastor Tom Martin resigned in 1989 and Andrew Smith was approached to take on the leadership of the church from June 1990.
The building was extended in 1992 - to give more space to the growing congregation and offer extra office space.
In 1996 Mark Ritchie became full-time youth pastor - serving for 3 years in this role before leaving to go as a missionary to Sefton Village in the Philippines.
Over the years the church has sent several into mission work both home & abroad - from as diverse places as Belfast to China.
In September 2004 Andrew Smith was approached to take on the leadership position of Regional Superintendent with Scottish Assemblies of God. He agreed on a part-time basis (50% local church / 50% superintendency). At this point Steve Roy came to work as Whitburn’s Assistant Pastor in a full-time capacity.
In the summer of 2006 ANSWER day-care centre was opened to the local community - a beautiful, purpose-built day centre next to the church building. ANSWER came into being as a result of the vision of the leadership of Whitburn Pentecostal Church (under a separate charity) and is meeting many needs in our local community.
We want to be a high profile church serving the people of West Lothian.
We have recognised that our church already plays a wider role in West Lothian than simply being a local church for the people of Whitburn. Just under half of the current congregation already live out-with Whitburn. We gather from many places, such as Mid Calder, Livingston, Breich, Stoneyburn, Fauldhouse, Shotts, Harthill, Law, Ravenstruther, Armadale, Bathgate, Blackburn and Falkirk. When we say “high profile” we are not looking to be something special for the sake of being seen. We want to make God famous. Our boast is that He is great and can accomplish great things through us when we surrender our lives in service to His purposes.
Watch the video if you have a few minutes to spare.
Thanks to Bluetree for permission to use their song in our video.
We exist to equip the church to connect with Christ and care for the community.
Our desire is that everyone in our church aspires to being a person who has an intimate relationship with Jesus and express the love of God in the various communities that we represent; and not only that but to encourage others to do the same.
Following the example of Christ himself, we believe that Compassion is an attitude that must be expressed in action. Demonstrated by a dedication to love, care and delight in helping others, especially those in difficulty and crisis.
The essence of mission is connecting with the world in which we find ourselves, recognising that community starts when we walk out our own door and can lead us to any part of this world. It is our desire that every person finds and makes the most of these connection points and seeks to be an influence for good.
We believe in the importance of family. It is our aim to help build a church where loving relationships are at the heart of everything we do. A place of acceptance and belonging, where everyone can find their place and part.
The heart of Jesus’ mission is an ongoing process of making disciples, people being transformed through new ways of thinking and acting. We recognise the need for Spiritual disciplines in this process such as prayer, meditation, scripture reading, generous giving and receiving as well as the expression of Spiritual gifts.
In everything we do, we seek to honour God and inspire people through a commitment to excellence and quality, regardless of the size or visibility of the activity.