Notices for Sunday 10 April 2022

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH

This notice contains the information for the church service of 10 April 2022 at 10.30am in St. Machan Church, Ecclesmachan and important intimations.

Covid-restrictions: The recent changes to Covid-restrictions mean that it is no longer a requirement by law to wear face coverings for worship services. The Strathbrock Kirk Session, however, agreed to request people to keep wearing face-coverings for entering, moving about in, and exiting the church buildings to keep those most vulnerable safe. Once seated face-coverings may be removed. It will be up to an individual to decide whether or not to remove their face-coverings once seated. Hand sanitisers will be available at the doors.

The service will also be recorded for those who will not be able attend church, and will be made available on Youtube, Facebook and the website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Hanneke on hjansevanvuren@churchofscotland.org.uk or 01506 206045 or your district elder, and we would be happy to assist you with any questions or queries.

A Prayer for the sixth week of Lent

A Prayer of Unknowing By Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude, page 79.

‘My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen.’

BUSY Prayer Points

Thank God that some of our Easter activities are fully booked! Please pray God’s Spirit will be with us all, and bless us. That kids would make connections and feel welcome. For more information, please visit: http://www.thebusyproject.org.uk/

Intimations for this week:

Church Services for April in St. Machan For the month of April, we will worship in St. Machan Church, Ecclesmachan, on Sundays 10, 17, and 24 April 2022.

Strathbrock Easter Services

On Good Friday 15 April at 2.30pm a Good Friday Service will be held in St. Machan by Revd Douglas McNab.

On Easter Sunday a morning service will be held at 10.30am in St. Machan by Revd Glenda McClaren.

Council of Churches upcoming Easter Services

Monday 11 April at 7.30pm: Praise and Prayer service in Broxburn Parish Church

All are very welcome. We will have a retiring offering for the Scottish Bible Society’s Ukraine fund and we will serve teas and coffees in the hall afterwards.

Thursday 14 April at 7.30pm: Communion service in Broxburn Baptist Church.

Coffee morning in Uphall South Church Hall from 10.30-12noon on Saturday 9 April.

Intergenerational Church – a different start to a Sunday

Strathbrock and Uphall South Churches are joining in a grand new adventure, called ‘The Early Service’ – an intergenerational service where we worship God together through songs, prayer, conversations, questions, and activities that involves ALL AGES – Every Sunday at 9.30am in Uphall South Church Hall. We kick off Sunday 17 April with an Easter Celebration. Come and see what it is all about!

Princes Street Easter Play Is back on Saturday 16 April at 2pm in Princes Street gardens.  For more information contact www.easterplay.org.

Communion We will celebrate Holy Communion during morning worship on Sunday 1 May in St. Nicholas. If you are watching the recording of the service later, please ensure you have your elements of bread and wine ready.

Church Services for May in St. Nicholas For the month of May, we will worship in St. Nicholas Church, Uphall, on Sundays 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 May 2022.

Travelling Well  The Groups have now completed the Lifebuilder Study “Waiting for God” which we all found interesting and appropriate to everyday life today. We are two small and welcoming groups and some time after Easter we will be embarking on a new topic. We invite you to consider joining one of the groups on our journey, or, if demand allows, set up an additional group. If you are interested to know more or declare an interest contact can be made through either of the details below:

Through the Office email – office@strathbrockparish.org.uk

Rachel Shepherd email – douglasshepherd16@gmail.com, Tel. 855293

Mary Swarbrick – mary.swarbrick3@gmail.com, Tel. 856143

[Note that the Tuesday afternoon group of long standing still meet (alternate Tuesdays) although their studies differ].

Minister on leave: Hanneke will be on leave from Sunday 10 April to Sunday 24 April. Rev. Ian Maxwell will provide pastoral cover and can be reached on 01506 239840. For all other matters, please contact Mrs. Lynne McEwen on 01506 855513 or lynnemcewen@hotmail.co.uk.

E-mail changes Please remember to inform the Church office when your own email address changes so we can update our contact list. Please Email office@strathbrockparish.org.uk with your new address.

SQA exams Along with many schools in Scotland, Broxburn Academy will be short of invigilators for the SQA exams this coming May, despite national advertising campaigns to attempt to recruit people. Unlike most other ‘volunteer’ roles, there would be payment! There will also be training provided.   The request is quite urgent because any new invigilators will have to complete the PVG process before being allowed to work in Broxburn Academy (and we have just 5 weeks until the start of the exams). I am happy to be a contact for anyone who would like more information about this before they apply – 07540 806359.  Susanne Wilson

Wednesday Prayer Meeting Wednesday Prayer Meeting: We continue to meet weekly from 6.00 – 6.45 pm in the Uphall Community Centre, School Place, where you would be warmly welcomed. Prayer requests can be passed to Sheena in church or by phone (854458) and are treated in the strictest confidence.

Prayer Cross Issued monthly on the 1st Sunday of the month (see attachment). Please use the topics as a guide for prayer throughout the month. If you have difficulty accessing the cross, please contact the office. There are printed copies of the prayer cross available in church today.

Prayer Chain: The prayer chain is available for urgent requests which are treated in strictest confidence. Please phone Sheena Carroll 01506 854458.

Please note the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade will be on holiday during the school holidays and start up again after Easter.

The Boys’ Brigade Meets at 6.00pm in the South Church Hall. All boys are welcome:

Anchors P1 – P3 (must be 5yrs old)

Juniors P4 – P6

Both meet 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Company P7 upwards 7.30pm – 8.30pm

The Girls’ Brigade Meets on Monday evenings at 6.30-7.30pm in the South Church Hall.  Please enter from Alexander Street – back door of hall.  All girls welcome!

SOYA Donations Please remember our needy SOYA kids.  Donations of foodstuffs as well as toiletries are always urgently required and most gratefully received. For foods, please consider tinned meats, veg, soups, rice, pasta, mashed potatoes; and toiletries such as deodorants, cleansers, toothpastes, shaving foam/gel (but no razors please). Donations can be left in the churches as usual, or call Evelyn on 07546 087230 if you wish donations uplifted.

Foodbank Thank you for your continuing donations to the foodbank. Our present needs are tins of custard, rice puddings, noodles, vegetable stock cubes, UHT milk, toilet rolls, Domestos and spray disinfectant.  Please leave in the Open Door or in whichever church is open.

Care Van If you are having a clear out of your wardrobe and have any good quality clothes that may be suitable for the care van or any new underwear.  Please email the office or contact Peter Hagenbuch.

Flower Ministry: We continue to send and take flowers to those who are ill, bereaved, lonely or having a special celebration etc.  If you wish to donate to this, please contact Alison or Dinah.

General greeting cards: Please contact Myra (853215).  Delivery can be arranged.  Easter cards are now available, and these can be delivered to you.

Contact information:

Office: Church Hall, 58 Thomson Court, Uphall EH52 6BY

Tel: 01506 856433

email: office@strathbrockparish.org.uk

online: https://strathbrockparish.org.uk/

Facebook.com: ‘Strathbrock Parish Church’

Minister: Hanneke Janse van Vuren

Manse: 01506206045

Mobile: 07399967211

Email: hjansevanvuren@churchofscotland.org.uk

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH is registered charity SC006336