STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH
This notice contains the information for the church service of 27 February 2022 at 10.30am in St. Machan Church, Ecclesmachan and important intimations. Ongoing Coivd-restrictions mean 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. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Hanneke on 01506 206045 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or your district elder, and we would be happy to assist you with any questions or queries.
Intimations for this week:
BUSY Prayer Point
Week 4 That we would be a blessing and encouragement to the high school, staff, teachers and pupils. That we would take every opportunity to support their work with Teenagers.
Church Services for February in St. Machan For the month of February, we will worship in St. Machan Church, Ecclesmachan, on Sunday 27 February 2022.
Church Services for March in St. Nicholas For the month of March, we will worship in St. Nicholas Church, Uphall, on Sundays 6, 13, 20, and 27 March 2022.
Communion Sunday 6 March in St. Nicholas during morning service we will celebrate Communion together. If you are watching the recording of the service later on, please make sure you have your elements ready if you wish to celebrate with us.
The Guild Meet on Tuesday 1st March in the Open door. The speaker will be Alistair Clunie on the theme, ‘Experience of working with the Baptist World Mission’. All are welcome!
World Day of Prayer will be held in Uphall South church on Friday 4 March at 2pm. The theme is ‘I Know the Plans I Have for You’ written by Christian Women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. All are welcome!
Congregation Conversation You are all invited to a Congregation Conversation on Sunday 13 March after the morning worship service in St. Nicholas. The aim of this conversation is to inform us of the ongoing discussions regarding the Presbytery reform happening nationally across the Church of Scotland and what this means for this area.
The Council of Churches Care Homes – monthly service. If you wish to watch this – please visit Strathbrock Parish Church website at http://www.strathbrockparish.org.uk/ as this month was planned by Strathbrock Parish Church.
Lent Bible Study This year we aim to hold a Lent Bible Study online on Monday evenings at 7.30pm on Zoom for the 5 Mondays (7, 14, 21, 28 of March and 4th of April) before Holy Week. All the representative churches within our Council of Churches of Uphall and Broxburn are invited to join. The discussions each evening will be based on the series called ‘The Chosen’, reflecting the life and ministry of Jesus (if you would like to watch the series for free, please follow the link: https://watch.angelstudios.com/thechosen/watch. You can also download The Chosen App on your smart device on any of the playstores available under the name ‘The Chosen’ to watch it for free). To join the first Session on Monday 7 March at 7.30pm on Zoom, simply click on this link: Join Zoom Meeting
Or open Zoom on your smart device or computer, click on ‘Join Meeting’ and enter the details as required: Meeting ID: 921 3261 1288 and Passcode: 636987. If you have any questions, please contact Hanneke at email@example.com or mobile: 07399967211.
Dignity Boxes Many thanks to all the donations already received after the first week of having the Dignity Box in St. Machan. The box will be in St. Machan for the rest of the Sundays in February and will be moved to St. Nicholas for the four Sundays of March. Donations of Soap, Shower Gel, Deodorant, Shampoo/Conditioner, Shaving Foam or Gel, Toothpaste/Toothbrushes are welcome for the months of February and March when we will host Dignity Boxes in our church buildings. If you would like to know more about the charity, please visit the website: https://www.dignityboxes.co.uk
SOYA Donations: As we enter the second month of the year, please remember our needy SOYA kids. Donations of foodstuffs as well as toiletries are always urgently required and most gratefully received. For foods, please consider tinned meats, veg, soups, rice, pasta, mashed potatoes; and toiletries such as deodorants, cleansers, toothpastes, shaving foam/gel (but no razors please). Donations can be left in the churches as usual, or call Evelyn on 07546 087230 if you wish donations uplifted.
Origin Scotland Symphonic Praise will be held at St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh on Saturday 5th March. Please Book at https://www.originscotland.org/bookings/ or call us on 0131 541 0117. Tickets are strictly limited due to capacity restraints.
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.
Where do our stamps go, where do our milk bottle tops (all colours go)
This year we are sending our stamps to the Church of Scotland. The women’s Development centre in Kandy Sri Lanka. Details available here: https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/campaigns/stamp-appeal. Bottle tops go to a recycling centre in the borders to be recycled into parts for wheelchairs. Please leave either stamps or bottle tops in church.
SU Scotland The next SU weekend camp for the West Lothian and Falkirk area will take place on the weekend of 20 – 22 May. It’s for young people in P5 up to S6 and is now open for booking. You can see details and book on our website: https://www.suholidays.org.uk/holidays/events/2022-05-20-forth-valley-weekend/ If you’d like to know more please get in touch. If you can spread the news to your contacts in churches and schools that would be great. Gavin Thomson
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.
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 requests can be passed to Sheena in church or by phone (854458) and are treated in the strictest confidence.
The Boys’ Brigade: Meets at 6.00pm in the South Church Hall. All boys are welcome:
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: Meets on Monday evenings at 6.30-7.30pm in the South Church Hall. Please enter from Alexander Street – back door of hall. All girls welcome
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.
General greeting cards: Please contact Myra (853215). Delivery can be arranged.
Office: Church Hall, 58 Thomson Court, Uphall EH52 6BY
Tel: 01506 856433
Facebook.com: ‘Strathbrock Parish Church’
Minister: Hanneke Janse van Vuren