Notices for Sunday 11 December 2022

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH

This notice contains the information for the church service of 11 December 2022 at 10.30am in St. Machan Church, Ecclesmachan and important intimations.

Covid-restrictions: It is no longer a requirement by law to wear face coverings for worship services but if you feel you want to continue to wear them, please do. 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.

Intimations for this week:

Church Services for December in St. Machan For the month of December, we will worship in St. Machan Church, Ecclesmachan, on Sundays 11, 18 December.

Coffee/Tea after service  on Sundays 11 and 18 December.

Christmas Offerings As we are joining services together with Uphall South and Broxburn Churches for Watchnight and Christmas Day, please note that retiral offerings will be collected at both services for the wonderful work of The BUSY Project working with the teenagers in our community.

Early Service – a different start to a Sunday

Every Sunday at 9.30am in Uphall South Church Hall – an intergenerational service where we worship God together through songs, prayer, conversations, questions, and activities that involves ALL AGES. Everyone and anyone are welcome!

Strathbrock Christmas Post Stamps, 30p (a strip of 7 for £2), are available from Open Door, Omni Care, Harry Macpherson, Myra Macpherson, Marion Millar. Collection dates are 11, 18 December – covering the usual areas of Uphall, Ecclesmachan, Dechmont, Uphall Station, Pumpherston The post boxes will be located in Open Door, Omni Care, St Nicholas, Uphall South, ScotMid in Uphall Station and the Pillar Box café in Dechmont. All proceeds go to charity, SMILE (Middleton Hall) and Disaster Emergency Committee

11 December is the LAST collection for Broxburn

Offering at Church services – Please place offerings in the plate at the church entrance on arrival so that the offering can be taken to the chancel at the beginning of the service. Because of continuing Covid-19 health and safety issues some of our normal routines during services cannot yet be restored and the collection of our offering by elders is one example. Thank you.

SOYA   Very many, many thanks to all who contributed in any way towards giving of Christmas gifts to our SOYA kids.  We are so grateful to have been able to give 220 Christmas gift and lunch bags to Social Work for delivery by them to 60 girls and 50 boys throughout West Lothian.   Without your kindness and generosity their Christmas would have been so much the poorer.  EVELYN

HELP FOR UKRAINE  Do you have a warm winter coat or jacket that you no longer wear or need?  Can you spare it for someone else? We have recently been made aware through the media of a desperate need for warm outerwear in Ukraine – and of a charity in Edinburgh that will collect these and send them by container as soon as possible to be distributed by an on the ground charity in Ukraine.

David and I would be very happy to collect any coats or jackets that could be left either in St Machan vestibule on Sundays 11th and/or 18th December, or in Open Door on Mondays 12th and /or 19th December. We will then deliver them to the charity as soon as we receive donations.   EVELYN

Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving and Remembering Service on Sunday 11 December at 2.30pm we will have our annual service of Thanksgiving and Remembering for our bereaved. Please come along to light a candle, reflect, and remember your loved one.

BUSY Carol Service will be hosted by King’s Church on Sunday 11 December at 3pm in the Uphall Community Centre. Please come along and enjoy the service the BUSY kids have prepared.

Watchnight Service on Saturday 24 December at 11.15pm in Uphall South Church.

Christmas Day Service on Sunday 25 December at 10.30am in St. Nicholas Church.

New Year’s Day Service on Sunday 1 January 2023 at 11am in Broxburn Parish Church.

The Guild will resume in February 2023

Bookstall Christmas cards are available in church

The Girls’ Brigade on Monday nights in Uphall South Church hall.  All girls welcome.  Christmas holidays Monday 26 December, 2 & 9 January 2023.

The Boys’ Brigade at 6.00pm on Thursday nights in Uphall South Church hall.

Christmas holidays Thursday 22 & 29 December, 5 January 2023

Wednesday Prayer Meeting Please note there will be no meetings on Wednesdays 21 and 28 December and 4 January.    Meetings will resume on Wednesday 11 January 2023.   Please also note the prayer chain will remain active for urgent requests.

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.

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.

Bottle tops and stamps are still being received for recycling please leave in church or the open door.

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.

Contact information:

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