Notices for Sunday 3 April 2022

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH

This notice contains the information for the church service of 3 April 2022 at 10.30am in St. Machan Church, Ecclesmachan and important intimations. Ongoing Covid-restrictions mean we still need to wear face coverings for the entire service; hand sanitisers will be available at the door. 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 hjansevanvuren@churchofscotland.org.uk or 01506 206045 or your district elder, and we would be happy to assist you with any questions or queries.

A Prayer for the fifth week of Lent

‘Thank you, Father, for knowing me better than I know myself; for accepting me just as I am; for loving me and welcoming me home. Fill that space within my heart with your presence, that bathing myself in your light, I may be a light to others. Open my eyes to see the way forward for myself, for the people with whom I live and work. Open my eyes to you.’ A prayer by Stephen Verney

BUSY Prayer Points

Please pray for the Easter Buzz when we will have three days full of activities with the teens – a few who will be joining us for the first time outside of school. On Wednesday 6, Thursday 7, and Friday 8 April our days will be packed with activities – some in Uphall, some further afield. Please pray for our teens and our volunteers, for safety and enjoyment, and that they may grow closer to Jesus. For more information, please visit: http://www.thebusyproject.org.uk/

Intimations for this week:

Church Services for April in St. Machan For the month of April, we will worship in St. Machan Church, Ecclesmachan, on Sundays 3, 10, 17, and 24 April 2022.

Communion We will celebrate Holy Communion during morning worship on Sunday 3 April in St. Machan. If you are watching the recording of the service later, please ensure you have your elements of bread and wine ready.

Church Services for May in St. Nicholas For the month of May, we will worship in St. Nicholas Church, Uphall, on Sundays 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 May 2022.

Strathbrock Easter Services

On Good Friday 15 April at 2.30pm a Good Friday Service will be held in St. Machan by Revd Douglas McNab.

On Easter Sunday a morning service will be held at 10.30am in St. Machan by Revd Glenda McClaren.

Council of Churches upcoming Easter Services

Monday 11 April at 7.30pm: Praise and Prayer service in Broxburn Parish Church

Thursday 14 April at 7.30pm: Communion service in Broxburn Baptist Church.

Lent Bible Study The Lent Bible study is underway. Please join us on Mondays at 7.30pm on Zoom 4th April. To join in simply click on this link: Join Zoom Meeting Join our Cloud HD Video 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. The discussions each evening will be based on the series called ‘The Chosen’, (if you would like to watch the series for free, please follow the link:

https://watch.angelstudios.com/thechosen/watch. If you have any questions, please contact Hanneke at hjansevanvuren@churchofscotland.org.uk or mobile: 07399967211. All the representative churches within our Council of Churches of Uphall and Broxburn are invited to join.

The Guild Meet on Tuesday 5 April at 2.30pm in the Open door. We will meet Nancy Burgoyne a Dementia Care Specialist All are welcome!

Coffee morning in Uphall South Church Hall from 10.30-12noon on Saturday 9 April.

Minister on leave: Hanneke will be on leave from Sunday 10 April to Sunday 24 April. Rev. Ian Maxwell will provide pastoral cover and can be reached on 01506 239840. For all other matters, please contact Mrs. Lynne McEwen on 01506 855513 or lynnemcewen@hotmail.co.uk.

Intergenerational Church – a different start to a Sunday

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 – Every Sunday at 9.30am in Uphall South Church Hall. We kick off Sunday 17 April with an Easter Celebration. Come and see what it is all about!

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.

Princes Street Easter Play Is back on Saturday 16 April at 2pm in Princes Street gardens.  For more information contact www.easterplay.org.

SQA exams Along with many schools in Scotland, Broxburn Academy will be short of invigilators for the SQA exams this coming May, despite national advertising campaigns to attempt to recruit people. Unlike most other ‘volunteer’ roles, there would be payment! There will also be training provided.   The request is quite urgent because any new invigilators will have to complete the PVG process before being allowed to work in Broxburn Academy (and we have just 5 weeks until the start of the exams). I am happy to be a contact for anyone who would like more information about this before they apply – 07540 806359.  Susanne Wilson

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.

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.

Please note the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade will be on holiday during the school holidays and start up again after Easter.

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!

SOYA Donations 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.

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.

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.  Easter cards are now available, and these can be delivered to you.

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’

Minister: Hanneke Janse van Vuren

Manse: 01506206045

Mobile: 07399967211

Email: hjansevanvuren@churchofscotland.org.uk

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH is registered charity SC006336