Notices for Sunday 29 January 2023

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH

This notice contains the information for the church service of 29 January 2023 at 10.30am in 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.

Intimations for this week:

Church Services for January 2023 in St. Nicholas For the month of January, we will worship in St. Nicholas Church, Uphall, on Sunday 29 January.

Please note: Worship for the month of February will be in St Nicholas Church, Uphall. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the heating in St Machan is not yet fixed.

Bible Reading list from 30 January to 19 March are available from today in church and as an attachment on this email.

Coffee/Tea after service  on 29 January.

Communion We will celebrate Holy Communion during morning worship on Sunday 5 February 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.

Church Services for February in St. Nicholas For the month of February, we will worship in St. Nicholas Church, Uphall, on Sundays 5, 12, 19, 26 February.

Coffee/Tea after service In St Nicholas on Sunday 12, 19, 26 February.

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!

Offering at Church services – Please place offerings in the plate at the church entrance on arrival so that the offering can be taken to the chancel at the beginning of the service. Because of continuing Covid-19 health and safety issues some of our normal routines during services cannot yet be restored and the collection of our offering by elders is one example. Thank you.

Leave Hanneke will be on leave for the weekend of 10-12 February. Pastoral matters will be covered by Rev. Ian Maxwell, and he can be phoned on 01506 239840. Our Session Clerk Mrs. Lynne McEwan can be contacted for any other urgent matters on 01506 855513.

Rev. Douglas McNabb will lead worship on Sunday 12 February in St. Nicholas at 10.30am.

Uphall South Sanctuary Refurbishment Project Update

Dear friends,

As you will be aware from the Newsletter sent out to you on 3 November 2022, at the Session Meeting held on 25 October 2022, Strathbrock Kirk Session agreed to contribute funds from the sale of the Strathbrock Church Hall to the Uphall South Sanctuary Refurbishment Project totalling £ 60,000.00. This figure we agreed at that time was based on a quote from the building contractors that was set at pre-Covid lockdown rates. However, given the reality of the rising costs of building materials and costs of labour, the previous quote of £ 120759.79 increased to £ 146559.79. The Kirk Session met this week and agreed to increase the Strathbrock contribution based on the current quote from the builders to an amount of £ 75,000.00 in order for building works to start in the upcoming couple of months. This investment we believe will be beneficial for our working closer together with Uphall South and to be able to use the newly refurbished multi-purpose building for events and meetings. This is part of our Partnership Agreement with Uphall South. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your elder, or myself on hjansevanvuren@churchofscotland.org.uk or 01506206034.

With all good wishes,

Hanneke

Upcoming Events

The Girls’ Brigade on Monday nights in Uphall South Church Hall at 6.30pm.  All girls welcome.

The Boys’ Brigade at 6.00pm on Thursday nights in Uphall South Church Hall.

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.

HELP FOR UKRAINE Do you have a warm winter coat or jacket that you no longer wear or need?  Can you spare it for someone else? We have recently been made aware through the media of a desperate need for warm outerwear in Ukraine – and of a charity in Edinburgh that will collect these and send them by container as soon as possible to be distributed by an on the ground charity in Ukraine. Please hand those into the Open Door between 10am and 1.00 Mon to Thurs.

Tuesday House Group begins on 31 January at 2.15pm at usual venue.

Open Door Monday to Thursday 10am until 1pm.  Please join us and bring a friend for coffee and a chat.

The Guild will resume with the first meeting on Tuesday 7 February at 2.30pm in the Open Door. Speaker is our organist Sybil Cavanagh speaking about old Uphall.

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.

Flower calendars If you wish to donate flowers and have a particular Sunday on the calendar, please contact Dinah or Alison or write your name on the calendar on the noticeboard.

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.

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