Notices for Sunday 28 November 2021

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH

This notice contains the information for the church service of 28 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. 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.

Advent Prayer:

‘Loving God, we gather in this season of promise to worship you and sing your praise. We praise you for your love and for your faithfulness, for you are the source of all hope and from you all joy springs. You are the one we expect, but your coming is always unexpected. You are the one who turns everything upside down and you make all things new. Advent God of surprises, we worship you and we wait for you to awaken our wonder and astound us with your arrival. Amen – Prayer by Louise Gough

Intimations for this week:

St. Machan: Sunday worship service in St. Machan Church, Ecclesmachan this Sunday 28 November.

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!

Carol Singing: The Council of Churches is hosting a day of Carol Singing on Saturday 11 December at 10.30am to start at the Open Door and sing carols along the Main Street.

BUSY Christmas Carol Service: On Sunday morning 12 December at 10.30am during morning worship service we are delighted to invite you to the BUSY-project Christmas Carol Service. It will be a more informal service with testimonies from the youngsters telling us more about their experiences of BUSY – with a surprise element of joy and carol singing. Please see that attached image for more information. Christmas Jumpers and Hats welcome!

Watchnight/Christmas Day services: This year Watchnight and Christmas Day services will be a joint venture between Uphall South Church and Strathbrock. The Watchnight service will be hosted by Uphall South Church on 24th December at 11.15pm on Zoom – The code for the meeting is available upon requets from the Church Office at office@strathbrockparish.org. A Christmas Day Worship service will take place in St. Nicholas Church at 10.30am. All are welcome!

St. Nicholas: Sunday worship services in St. Nicholas Church, Uphall on Sundays 5, 12, 19 December (no service in church on Sunday 26 December) and 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 January 2022.

Sunday 26 December: There will be no worship service in St. Nicholas Church on Sunday 26 December. A recorded service will be made available to watch on Youtube, Facebook and the Church Website. This is due to the fact that we will be in church on the Saturday for the Christmas Day service.

Gift Day 2021: A huge THANK YOU to all who contributed and made donations for our Gift Day this year on Sunday 17 October. We have raised a wonderful amount of £2365 for our church. Since we could not hold any other fundraisers this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, these funds will hugely support the work of our church for this year. Thank you all!

Strathbrock Christmas Post: We will be operating this year. Stamps, 30p, are available from Open Door, Omni Care, Harry Macpherson, Mary Watson, Myra Macpherson, Marion Millar, Lynne McEwen. Collection dates are 5, 12, 19 December – covering the usual areas of Uphall, Ecclesmachan, Dechmont, Uphall Station, Pumpherston and Broxburn. The post boxes will be located in Open Door, Omni Care, St Nicholas, ScotMid in Uphall Station and the Pillar Box café in Dechmont. All proceeds go to the charities, Tearfund and The Busy Project. We still need a couple more deliverers. If you could deliver some cards – usually in or near your own area – please contact Marion Millar or Harry Macpherson.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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