Notices for Sunday 6 June 2021

Prayer for this week: Loving Lord, we praise you for you are magnificent. There is none like you. We pray that as Christ called on His followers to be salt and light, you will strengthen us to be salt and light – to have an impact on the communities in which we live. We pray that, as we seek to witness for You in the world, we will always do so in a loving and gentle way, remembering that we need to be faithful to our calling to love our neighbours – whoever they may be – as ourselves. Guide us in your abundant love, through the Holy Spirit, we pray in Jesus Name. Amen.

Intimations for this week:

Re-opening of St. Nicholas Church for in-person worship: The Kirk Session is delighted to announce that we are in the process of preparing St. Nicholas to re-open for in-person worship on Sunday 13th of June. The maximum amount of people allowed in the building at any one time is 50 due to the 2m social-distancing rule. We do not wish to turn anyone away at the door and therefore we will be working with a booking system on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once a particular Sunday is fully booked, you will be given the option to book for the next Sunday. We will only be taking bookings week-by-week. Please contact Mrs. Carol Ewing to book a place from a Monday to a Wednesday between office hours of 9am-11am, on Mobile phone: 07862 953847 or

Email: office@strathbrockparish.org.uk. Things will look a little bit different than normal: we will all 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. 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.

Church Office: The Church Office email address is changing to office@strathbrockparish.org.uk

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

The Walking Group: We are delighted that the walking group will be starting up again. If you would like to join us for a walk, please meet us on Saturday 5th June at 9.30am outside Strathbrock Parish Church Hall.

The Guild: The next 3 year strategy is Look Forward in Faith and the theme for this year is ‘Lights and Bushels’.

The 6 new projects are:

BEAT: Blether with BEAT about eating disorders

Pioneers Chocolate Heaven: Christian organisation taking worship and employment to unreached communities in South East Asia.

Starchild: Finding the light in every child: inequality and inclusion for disabled children in Uganda.

Home for Good: finding homes for vulnerable children

Unida: Hear our Voice: Training women to be ministers and leaders in churches in Brazil

The Vine Trust Kazunzu village of Hope Tanzania: Help build homes to support children orphaned by HIV around Lake Victoria.

The Guild Annual Gathering will be held on 4th September 2021 either in the Caird Hill, Dundee or online. A Big Sing is planned for Friday 11th June 2021. I hope we can all see that the Guild is continuing to function during this time and we would welcome your prayers.

The Open Door: Open Door is looking for volunteers to join our team.  If you feel this is something you would be interested in please call in at Open Door for further information.

The Faith Mission Bookshop: The Faith Mission Bookshop has opened again and we were pleased to receive a box of general greetings cards. If you require any please contact Myra MacPherson on 01506853215.

Travelling Well Bible Study: As a group we have been meeting on Wednesday evenings through the medium of Zoom. If you would like to join us or would like a copy of the book (James: Faith that Works) to study as an individual please contact Rachel Shepherd on sheprd16@yahoo.com or by phone on 01506855293.

Foodbank: There is an urgent need for tinned potatoes, tinned cold meat, jars of baby food, Domestos, disinfectant, wet dog food and U.H.T. Can you help?

Pray for India: Leprosy Mission is asking for prayers and donations for India. For more information please follow this link: https://leprosymission.scot/covidindia/#donateform

Christian Aid Week 2021: Christian Aid week was from the 10th – 16th May 2021, but we can still donate towards the wonderful they do. If you wish to donate towards the work of Christian Aid, you can do so here: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/christian-aid-week.

Dolls’ Clothes for charity:

Thank you for your generosity in giving towards the dressing dolls for breast cancer charity. We now have sufficient supplies for our work at present. We are most grateful and encouraged.

SOYA:

Please remember the young folk of SOYA, particularly at this time of sadness and constraint for us all. Evelyn is still very happy to collect any donations of food and toiletries, either from Margaret Forisky, Myra Macpherson or by calling Evelyn on 202642 to collect.  However, if you are worried about personal contact please be aware that we do have a bank account for SOYA.  Should you prefer to offer monetary donation, either by standing order or as a one-off, the bank details are given below.

Reference                 SOYA

Bank                           Clydesdale Bank plc

Sort Code                 82-69-34

Account No              60079752

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’