Notices for Sunday 19 November 2023

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH

This notice contains the information for the church services of 24 December and 31 December 2023 at 10.30am in St. St Nicholas Church, Uphall and important intimations. Please note the Church Office will be closed over the Festive Period from Thursday 21 December and will re-open on Monday 8 January 2024. There will be no newsletter any important information will be given by the minister and Hanneke can be reached on 07399967211 or hjansevanvuren@churchofscotland.org.uk.

The Sunday 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 would like a copy of the service on DVD, please email the office at office@strathbrockparish.org.uk.

 

Intimations for this week:

UPCOMING EVENTS

Church Services for the month of December in St. Nicholas Church

Sunday 24, Christmas Day 25 December and Sunday 31 December.

All services are at 10.30am

Watchnight and Christmas Day Services 2023

This year we will have joint services with Uphall South and Broxburn Parish Churches on Watchnight and Christmas Day.

Watchnight – 24 December starting from 10.45pm with Coffee/Tea in Uphall South Church Hall and the service starting at 11.15pm with Carol Singing.

Christmas Day – 25 December starting at 10.30am in Strathbrock St. Nicholas Church.

Coffee/tea will be served after the service on 31 December.

Church Services for the month of January in St. Nicholas Church

Communion service will be on Sunday 7 January then Sundays 14, 21, 28 at 10.30am

Advent Bible Study On the four Fridays before Christmas (3, 8, 15, and 22 December) we will have an Advent Bible Study in the Open Door at 9.30-10.30am around the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love, the four themes for the Advent Sundays before Christmas. The text for this last week of Advent is Luke 1:26-38. All are welcome!

Christmas Post A big THANK YOU to all who helped. Selling stamps; collecting from Post Boxes, sorting, delivering. The sum raised was £298.40. Well done.

Social and Fundraising Group are pleased to announce that the CHRISTMAS FEST raised a total of £916.25. £200 has been sent to Faith Mission Bookshop from the sale of cards and calendars at various events. £130 was collected from the carol singing on Main Street on Saturday. This will go to Sunndach. Thank you for your generosity.

Bible Reading list from 27 November to 31 December 2023 are available in church and as an attachment on this email. Why not meet with a friend or two over a cup of coffee/tea and discuss the text together? You might be surprised by how God speaks to us all in different ways!

Early Service – a different start to a Sunday Please note there will be no Early Services on Sunday 24 and Sunday 31 December 2023. Services resume on Sunday 7 January 2024. 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!

Church Cleaning – St Nicholas Church – Four people have kindly offered to undertake the cleaning of St Nicholas Church on a rota basis – i.e. not every week – usually for an hour or so on Friday mornings, two at a time, but it would be good to have more to “spread the load” and so help cover the many extra services throughout the year. If you have been considering offering some time please give name and contact details to office@strathbrockparish.org.uk or speak to John Stewart or Myra Macpherson. Help is now only required in St Nicholas and all cleaning materials are provided for this essential work appreciated by all who use our churches. Many thanks to those who have already responded.

 

Other Information

Open Door will be closed on 25 & 26th December and 1 & 2nd January.

Carers of West Lothian. This is a well-established charity providing information, advice and support for all unpaid carers and disabled people in West Lothian.  If you, or anyone you know, could benefit from their services and would like to know more, they can be contacted on 01506 448000 or by e mailing office@carers-westlothian.com

Wednesday Prayer Meeting Please note there will be no meetings on 20th and 27th December or 3rd January and will resume on 10th January 2024. We meet weekly from 2.00 – 300 p.m. in the Uphall Community Centre, School Place.  Please consider joining us to pray for our church, community and wider world.  Prayer requests can also be passed to Sheena in church or by phone (854458) and continue to be treated in the strictest confidence.

Foodbank Thank you for your continuing donations to the foodbank. The foodbank runs every Tuesday and Thursday between 12.30-2.30pm. Volunteers are needed for the Thursday. Please get in touch with the foodbank if you want to volunteer. Our present needs are tinned cold meat, curry sauce, rice pudding, long grain rice, toilet rolls, custard, diluting juice (1l + 1.5l)

Please leave in the Open Door or in whichever church is open.

With the food with which they are supplied, some of our clients do not have enough strong carrier bags. If you have any spare STRONG carrier bags you can donate, please pass to Myra, Harry, the Church, or the Open Door. Thanks

Broxburn & Uphall Museum Are looking for people to donate objects with a story to tell to display in the museum.  Objects or photos could be made in Broxburn or Uphall, owned or used by someone of local significance, or associated with a local business or local story!  To get in touch email broxburnmuseums@gmail.com or contact Sybil Cavanagh.

The Girls’ Brigade Is on Monday nights in Uphall South Church Hall at 6.30pm. All girls welcome.  We are on holiday 25 December and 1 January. Restart 8 January.

The Boys’ Brigade 1st Uphall Company.  The Company will be on holiday 21, 28 December and 4 January, returning 11 January.  Have a Happy Christmas from the Boys and Leaders.

Open Door Monday to Thursday 10am until 1pm. Please join us and bring a friend for coffee and a chat.  We need new volunteers please call in for details.

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.

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

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