Notices for Sunday 19 November 2023

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH

This notice contains the information for the church service of 19 November 2023 at 10.30am in St. St Nicholas Church, Uphall and important intimations.

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

B.U.S.Y. Prayer Points

Each week volunteers meet with young people. Pray that we might help them realise their potential, give thanks for their abilities and strengths.

Prayer Points from Stewart Gillan Church of Scotland chaplain in Jerusalem

Pray for leadership to move beyond the current crisis

Pray for all who have lost loved ones or have been injured

Pray for a cease fire and humanitarian aid

Pray for all those Israelis and Palestinians, displaced from their homes or who have lost their jobs overnight

Pray for all those seeking to find ways to be ‘human’ in face of great inhumanity

Pray for staff at the Scots Hotel, the St Andrew’s House Hotel and Tabeetha School

Continue to pray for peace with justice

Continue to pray to hold both Palestinian and Israeli together in our hearts Through these days, may we be to each other in the power of the Holy Spirit, strength in need, comfort in sorrow, and companions on this journey of spiritual communion and mission partnership with our friends and colleagues in Israel and Palestine.

 

Intimations for this week:

Church Office Closed The Church Office will be closed this week while Carol is on holiday. The Office will re-open on Wednesday 22 November at 9am.

Hanneke on Leave Hanneke will be on leave from Sunday 19 November after the morning service, until Monday 4 December. During this time, Rev. Ian Maxwell will provide pastoral cover and can be contacted on 01506 239 840 or imaxwell@churchofscotland.org.uk. For any other issues, please contact our Session Clerk, Mrs. Lynne McEwen on 01506 855513 or lynnemcewen@hotmail.co.uk.

Church Services for November in St. Nicholas

Sundays 26 November will be led by Rev. Ken Brown

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

Sunday 3 December will be led by Mr. Darren Philipp

Sunday 10 December will be Holy Communion; Sundays 17, 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.

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!

Church Cleaning – St Nicholas and St Machan

Since we no longer employ a cleaner, anyone who feels they could assist with the cleaning of our churches each week should give names and contact details to the church office – (office@strathbrockparish.org.uk) or speak to John Stewart or Myra Macpherson. This essential but satisfying task would require a maximum commitment from 2 people at a time of 2 hours per week, e.g. on a Friday morning. With several volunteers, a rota can be arranged meaning those willing would only be required every 2 or 3 weeks. All cleaning materials, and PPE are provided.

Thank you.

Shoe Box appeal Thank you to those who generously donate to shoe boxes appeal.  They are now on the way to Blythswood and Samaritans Purse.  The knitting was much admired.

Every Day with Jesus notes We have 2 additional copies if you would like one, please speak to Wilma Gilchrist.

Union Steering Group In order to fulfil the requirements of the Presbytery Plan a group of people has been formed comprising of five representatives from each local Church of Scotland Church (Uphall South, Strathbrock and Broxburn). Since the summer this group has met monthly to discuss the official ’Basis of Union’ document we are required to complete for Presbytery. The purpose of this group is to take thoughts and suggestions about the best way to proceed back to each Kirk Session for discussion. For the time being, nothing has been decided and as the meetings progress in the new year more information will be shared with all three congregations. Please continue to pray for the group and for the three Kirk Sessions as we deliberate and discern God’s will for this union.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

US Men – Winter Programme 17 November: Take Away and Film Night – feel free to bring/suggest possible films.

The Guild We will meet again on Tuesday 21 November in the Open door at 2.30pm. This time we will be hearing about one of the guild projects we are supporting this season ‘Home for Good’. Remember to give me your choice of Carol for our December meeting.

At the last meeting we welcomed a speaker from Dignity Boxes, instead of an offering we brought items for the Boxes, and I’m delighted to say that a total of 270 items were donated along with some money from members unable to attend. Thank you and well done to all our Guild Members

Wilma Gilchrist

Convenor

Coffee Mornings

Baptist Church 23 November 10.30-12noon

Advent Bible Study On the four Fridays before Christmas (1, 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. All are welcome!

Christmas Fest – Saturday 2 December 10.00am to 1.00pm 

We are planning to have this joint event again, with the South Church.

We are looking for help to man stalls, help serve teas/coffee and help in kitchen with washing up; chocolate donations for Chocolate Tombola stall.

Home baking would be appreciated for the baking stall; any unwanted and unused gifts which we may be able to sell on the gift stall; also, if anyone has Christmas crafts, they are able to make for the Christmas Stall. If you can help with any of these please contact Sandra Darby 07599 690 059 or Annette Frater 07981 445858

Advent Service Sunday 3 December at 6.30pm in St. Nicholas Church, Uphall. The Broxburn and Uphall Council of Churches Annual Advent Service will be a chance for us to join together and start the festive season together on a high note with hymns, readings and coffee and tea to get us in the mood for Christmas. Offerings will be donated to the Scottish Bible Society.

Mary And Martha Day

Please remember to return your completed form (or give your name to Evelyn if you don’t have a form) as soon as possible to allow us to confirm catering requirements. Money can be paid with the form or at the door on the day. We look forward to having you join us for a relaxing fun and fellowship afternoon.

Carol Singing On Saturday 16 December at 10.30am, starting from the Open Door along Uphall Main Street, finishing with Mince Pies and Coffee in the Open Door at 11am. All are welcome!

Special Service of Remembering and Thanksgiving On Sunday 17 December at 3pm in St. Nicholas Church, Uphall, our annual service for Remembering and Thanksgiving will take place to remember all our loved ones who passed away over the last two years. If you would like to have your loved one’s name read aloud during the service, please email Carol at office@strathbrockparish.org.uk.

Other Information

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 MEETINGS – Please note our change of meeting time to 2.00 – 3.00 pm weekly on Wednesdays in the Uphall Community Centre, School Place. Please consider coming along.  Prayer requests can be passed to Sheena in church or by phone (854458) and continue to be treated in the strictest confidence.

Travelling Well The two small, welcoming house groups meet, one on Tuesday morning and the other on Wednesday morning.  We are currently studying one of the Life Builder Studies entitled “The Twelve Disciples”. Interested?  Please speak to Rachel Shepherd or Annette Frater. Interested but timing doesn’t suit?  Don’t let that put you off we are accommodating and can be flexible.

Tuesday afternoon housegroup meets 2.30 at the usual place on 28 November

Litter Pickers Do we have anyone in the congregation who is a litter picker willing to answer a few questions about this on a Thursday evening at 6.30pm in Uphall South Church Hall for The Boys’ Brigade.  Please speak to Marion Millar or Jack Watson.

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.

The Boys’ Brigade is on Thursday night at 6pm in Uphall South Church Hall.  All boys welcome.

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!

Wanted containers for flowers – If you have received containers from the church we would be pleased to recycle and reuse.  Please leave in either church.

UPDATE UKRAINE/SYRIA

We continue to be grateful for all donations for Ukrainian and Syrian refugees. We have a couple of updates on these, which we would ask you to pray about.

CLOTHING, NAPPIES, ETC,

The last shipment of clothing, nappies, shoes, etc bound for Arsal and the Syrian refugee camps has been detained in Beirut by the Lebanese authorities for no real reason. Please pray for an early release of these much-needed items as winter approaches.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR TINS AND CANS

At present it is not possible for aid trucks to reach the needy folk in Ukraine, due to the intense fighting. However, the good news is that the tins and cans are sold as scrap metal and the money raised for these is being sent to the aid’s contact in Ukraine. This is then being used to buy good wood planks to help rebuild homes and shelters as well as firewood for cooking and heating. Please pray that this may continue – and please keep your donations coming.

Evelyn

UPDATE SOYA

Thank you to all who have already donated lovely items for Christmas gifts. Our target of 100 gift bags and 100 Christmas lunch bags is beginning to seem doable – Social Work are also delighted with this target. If possible, could all donations be handed in (either to the church or to the Open Door) by Monday 4 December at the very latest.

Donations can be left in either church or in the Open Door as usual and I will collect from there. At this time of year, we begin to think about our usual collection of Christmas gifts for these young adults – the only Christmas gift they are likely to receive.  This year, because of the increase in the number of young people we try to help, our target is to be able to offer gifts to at least 100 young folks, 50 girls and 50 boys.  Examples of what we have given in past years:   nice toiletry packs, small items of jewellery for the girls, a novelty of some sort for the boys, woolly hats, scarves, gloves, socks, boxed chocolates.  We would be delighted to receive whatever you are willing and able to offer.  As usual, these can be left in either church or at the Open Door for collection and wrapping.

Thank you.  Evelyn

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.

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

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