St Michael’s: Let there be light!

SFLG_   6.15 p.m. LINLITHGOW. The Cross and thereafter to St Michaels Church.
SFLG_ 6.15 p.m. LINLITHGOW. The Cross and thereafter to St Michaels Church.

The lights of St Michael’s Church were burning bright at the weekend after the official switch-on of their brand new £306,000 lighting system.

The new system, which uses low energy LED lighting, is expected to reduce the church’s energy bills and highlight the building’s architectural features.

The lights were switched on at a special service in the famous Linlithgow landmark on the evening of November 2 after a torchlit procession up the Kirkgate from the Cross.

Five young members of the congregation - Morag Mayland, Stephanie Allatt, Louise Clark, Molly Kelly and Michael Clark - were tasked with throwing the switch.

The lighting system is part of a major modernisation project within the church, which involves the inclusion of an integrated wifi system, creating the possibility for church events to be streamed live on the internet.

The wifi system also allows the lighting to be controlled by a hand-held remote control unit with different light settings for ordinary services, weddings, funerals and performance events such as concerts.

The project received significant financial backing from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and LandTrust which contributed £73,000 and £60,000 respectively.

The church plans to hold further fundraising events, including a Christmas concert by the Edinburgh choir, Cadenza, to raise the remaining £10,000.

Margaret Henderson, the chief fundraiser, said: “I’d like to thank all of the individuals and organisations who have responded to our 
appeal for funds”.