Notices for Sunday 21 November 2021

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH

This notice contains the information for the church service of 21 November 2021 at 10.30am in St. Machan Church, Ecclesmachan and important intimations. There will be no need to book a place in church, as we have moved to 1m-distancing inside the church building and our maximum capacity is 80 people. However, we still need to wear face coverings for the entire service; hand sanitisers will be available at the door and a duty elder will show you where to sit, as the inside of the church has been prepared with signs and markers of where to sit (which may mean that you won’t be able to sit in your usual spot) and which doors and exits to use. We are allowed to sing wearing face coverings. The service will also be recorded for those who will not be able to be in church, and will be made available on Youtube, Facebook and the website, by a Sunday evening. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Hanneke on 01506 206045 or

hjansevanvuren@churchofscotland.org.uk or your district elder, and we would be happy to assist you with any questions or queries.

 

B.U.S.Y. Weekly prayer point:

Please pray that God would bless our community of youngsters in Uphall and Broxburn with his Holy Spirit, and continually renew in us the joy of our salvation.

Intimations for this week:

St. Machan: Sunday worship services in St. Machan Church, Ecclesmachan, including Sunday 21, 28 November.

Tearfund Big Quiz Night Sat 20 November 7.30-8.45pm, hosted by Strathbrock Church on zoom. We are one of hundreds of churches taking part. Enjoy the fun, learn about poverty and the work of Tearfund. You will be invited to make a donation to Tearfund. Quiz questions on Sport, History, Food and Drink, Science and Nature, Geography, Entertainment, Arts and Culture, Good News. No prizes! Email phagenbuch@aviagen.com for zoom invite. All welcome!

Kirk Session Meeting: On Tuesday 23 November at 7pm on Zoom.

Service of Remembering: Sunday 28 November at 3pm in St. Nicholas Church, Uphall. This service is to remember the life of your loved one. You and members of your family are invited to come and share in prayers, lighting candles and listening to music. A list of names will also be prepared and read out. If you wish to add the name of your loved one, please send it to office@strathbrockparish.org.uk.

Advent Service: A joint Advent Service hosted by the Broxburn and Uphall Council of Churches will take place on Sunday 28 November at 7pm in Uphall South Parish Church. All are welcome!

Wednesday Prayer Meeting: Please consider joining this small group currently meeting in the Uphall Community Centre, School Place, weekly from 6.00 – 6.45 pm to pray for our needy world.  None of us really knows how to pray, but we know God hears and uses our prayers according to His will.  Hope to see you any Wednesday where you will be warmly welcomed.  (our room is warm and cosy).  Any queries phone Sheena – 01506 854458.

West Lothian Foodbank: West Lothian Foodbank are having a 3 day event at Tesco in Bathgate where it is hoped that the food donations from customers can be maximised. The event runs from 9.00am to 5.00pm on all 3 days. Volunteers are asked to commit to a 2 hour shift and the times are from 9.00am, 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm. If you are able to volunteer the please call 01501 229307 Option 5 Main Office ( Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm ) and they will be able to help you.

West Lothian Foodbank Reverse Advent Calendar: Every year West Lothian Foodbank sends out a reverse Advent Calendar of goods needed for families over Christmas. Unfortunately, the Foodbank is busier than ever in the aftermath of Covid-19 and families are in need of extra support. Please see attached the Calendar of how and where folks can support this. Drop-offs can be made between Mondays-Fridays 10am-4pm, or at the Warehouse on Sat 27th Nov and Sat 4th Dec.

Recording Services: The Sunday morning services are also being audio recorded. If anyone wishes a recording of these again contact your elder or leave a message on the answer phone in the church hall.

Mary and Martha Day: We are delighted to say that unfortunately, the Mary and Martha Day for this year is now fully booked. Thank you for the overwhelming interest. We are very much looking forward to spending the afternoon together.

Car parking – St. Machan: Please note the Ecclesmachan and Threemiletown village hall management association cannot be held liable for any incident that may occur to a vehicle or an individual in the car park. The management association strongly recommend that members of the congregation do not use the car park during the cold winter months as it can be dangerous if not treated with salt/grit which is only done for prebooked hires.

Christmas Cards and general cards: A new stock has been delivered.  Please contact Myra (853215).  Delivery can be arranged.

Origin Christmas Special Celebrate Christmas with Origin Scotland band, singers and orchestra.  Saturday 11 December at 7.30pm in Usher Hall Edinburgh. Free tickets from 0131 541 0117 or online at www.originscotland.org

SOYA: We continue to be grateful for all weekly donations of foodstuffs, toiletries and money for SOYA.  As Christmas is fast approaching we would also be grateful for donations of Christmas gifts – between now and end November.

Some suggestions: Boxed toiletries, makeup up palettes, nail polishes (with remover pads only, please), boxed chocolates, Christmas socks, scarves, etc, etc.  But please no used items or anything that could be used to harm either themselves or others.

A box for donations will continue to be placed in each church when open.  Any queries, please email Evelyn at eviethom12@yahoo.co.uk or call 01506 202642.

The Boys’ Brigade: Has restarted at 6.00pm in the South Church Hall (please note new venue).

Anchors P1 – P3 (must be 5yrs old)

Juniors P4 – P6

Both meet 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Company P7 upwards 7.30pm – 8.30pm

The Girls’ Brigade: Has restarted on Monday evenings at 6.30pm in the South Church Hall (please note new venue).

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 St Machan.

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

Flower Ministry: We continue to send and take flowers to those who are ill, bereaved, lonely or having a special celebration etc.  If you wish to donate to this, please contact Alison or Dinah.

Jigsaw Exchange: Are you looking for a diversion as the Autumn evenings draw in? The Open Door now has a wide selection of jigsaw puzzles, with prices reduced to £4 or less. Pop in for a look any Monday – Thursday between 10 and 1. All proceeds support the work of the BUSY Project. Many thanks to those who have donated puzzles.

Manse Phone Number: The Strathbrock Manse has a telephone number: 01506 206045, if you need to contact Hanneke.

Contact information:

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

Tel: 01506 856433

email: office@strathbrockparish.org.uk

online: https://strathbrockparish.org.uk/

Facebook.com: ‘Strathbrock Parish Church’

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH is registered charity SC006336