Notices for Sunday 16 October 2022

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH

This notice contains the information for the church service of 4 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:

Communion We will celebrate Holy Communion during morning worship on Sunday 4 December in St. Machan Church. If you are watching the recording of the service later, please ensure you have your elements of bread and wine ready.

Church Services for December in St. Machan For the month of December, we will worship in St. Machan Church, Ecclesmachan, on Sundays 4, 11, 18 December.

Coffee/Tea after service Will not be served on Sunday and will resume on Sundays 11 and 18 December.

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 4, 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 servicesPlease 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.

Upcoming Events

Christmas Fest on Saturday 3rd December from 10 until 1pm in Uphall South Church Hall (joint with Strathbrock) If you would like to help for an hour (or more) on stalls or in the kitchen please contact Myra.  This event will support God’s love in action.  For more information, visit

http://centreofhope.org.uk/wp/. Goods for sale may be left in Uphall South Church Hall on Friday 2nd December between 10-11am or at 6pm.  We still need baking. If you can help, please contact Sandra Darby or Myra Macpherson.

ROSSCO Pizza – On Saturday 3 December between 4pm-7pm, Mr. Ross Milne (Church Member) will be selling Pizzas from his food truck in the St. Nicholas Car Park. Come along if you want to support his new venture.

The Guild Advent rally on Sunday 4 December at 2.30pm in St Ninnians Church. We look forward to celebrating Christmas with Alison Redmond on Tuesday 6 December at 2.30pm in Open Door.

Kirkhill Primary Christmas Fair Kirkhill Primary School is having their Christmas Fair on Tuesday 6 December at 6.30pm in the school.

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.

Travelling Well.  This week our two small friendly groups met for the last Bible study in 2022.  We will resume in 2023.  We meet on a Tuesday and a Wednesday morning.  In the new year we will continue looking at The Acts of the Apostles. Please feel free to join us.  If the days/times are a barrier, don’t let that stop you.  We will try to accommodate you by changing the time or starting an additional group. Please contact Rachel Shepherd on 01506 855293 if you are interested.

SOYA CHRISTMAS Social Work and our young folks continue to be so grateful for the food and toiletry donations they receive from you throughout the year, especially so in these pretty difficult times of rising prices, for you as well as for the youngsters in the project. Any gifts or donations will be greatly appreciated. We would love to give a Christmas gift bag, as well as a Christmas Day food bag to 100 youngsters, ie. 50 boys and 50 girls aged between 16-21.  Each gift bag will include a woolly hat, scarf, gloves or socks; boxed toiletry set; for girls a piece of jewellery and for boys some kind of novelty item (eg. torch, small tool set); for girls some cosmetics and for boys perhaps a fancy mug filled with individual cappuccino/chocolate etc sachets; a small box/packet of chocolates/sweets.

Please may I stress the following: all gifts must be new, unused; they must not include anything that could be used to hurt either themselves or others; they must not be gift wrapped, as I need to confirm to Social Work that there is nothing hurtful or injurious in our donations.

If donations could be left at St Nicholas church, Open Door, or – if not possible- call me to collect, that would be wonderful. But in any case, I would be grateful for all donations by the last Sunday in November (27th).  I am hoping that our SOYAfunds will be able to cope with the Christmas Day food, but if anyone would prefer to help with that rather than the gift bags, please call me on 07546087230.

With thanks, Evelyn McFadyen

Bookstall Christmas cards are available in the Shairp Aisle in St Nicholas

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

Tuesday House group on Tuesday at 2.15pm using ‘Decisions from life skills series.’

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 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