Notices for Sunday 21 August 2022

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH

This notice contains the information for the church service of 21 August 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 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.

Church Services for August in St. Machan For the month of August, we will worship in St. Machan Church, Ecclesmachan, on Sundays 21, 28 August

Early Service – a different start to a Sunday

Every Sunday at 9.30am in Uphall South Church Hall, 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. Everyone and anyone are welcome!

Teas after the services Please enjoy a tea/coffee and a chat after the service in St. Machan teas will be served on Sundays 21 and 28 August. If you are willing to join the rota, please contact Marion Laing or Myra Macpherson.

Church Services for September in St. Nicholas For the month of July, we will worship in St. Nicholas Church, Uphall on Sundays 4, 11, 18, 25, September 2022

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

Guild Annual Gathering There are 4 tickets available for the Annual Gathering on Saturday 10 September 2022 in the General Assembly Hall, Edinburgh.  Please contact me if you would wish one.  Wilma Gilchrist Convenor.

KNEC Guild The Guild of Kirknewton East Calder Parish Church will hold a fundraiser musical concert in aid of Kazunzu Village of Hope – a Guild partnership with the Vine Trust on Saturday 24 September at 7pm in East Calder Church. The talented singer, Rebecca Pennykid, will sing well-known songs and as well as hymns. Teas and coffees will be served afterwards, and donations can be given at the concert. If you do wish to attend, please contact Elizabeth Pennykid by the 20th of September on cealpennykid2007@gmail.com or phone her on 01506 491149 (please see attached flyer).

Tuesday Housegroup meeting on Tuesday 30th August.

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.

The Boys’ Brigade & The Girls’ Brigade will restart in August and September respectively.  Watch out for more news!

Community News

  • Farewell to Rev. Georgina Nelson, the head of spiritual care in St John’s Hospital, who is retiring in the next two weeks.  She has served in this post for 27 years and has been a great support to the community of West Lothian.  We pray for a happy retirement.  Her successor is Rev Lynne MacMurchie.
  • Canon Jeremy Bath of St John’s Cantius and St Nicholas will be leaving after seven years of work in our community. We wish him well as he moves to St Machans Lennoxtown.  His successor is Father John Deighan from St Machans Lennoxtown – a straight swap! We pray for both of these men in a time of change for them.

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.

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:

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

Tel: 07862 953847

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