Notices for Sunday 6 March 2022

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH

This notice contains the information for the church service of 6 March 2022 at 10.30am in St. Nicholas Church, Uphall, 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 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.

A Prayer at the beginning of Lent

Today is the second day of Lent. Between now and Easter Sunday many Christians around the world will be fasting, praying, and preparing their hearts to remember the death and the resurrection of Jesus.

‘Jesus, You are the way, the truth and the life. Through this season of Lent, as we reflect on Your holy Passion, may our love be rekindled, that we might live sacrificially, and wholly for You. Jesus, we do everything in our power to avoid pain and escape suffering but, fuelled by love, You chose to endure it all, You chose to embrace death so that we could live right with God. Today we say thank you for not turning back. Jesus, Son of Man, this Lent we choose to pick up our crosses and to follow You. Help us to stop selfishly climbing the ladder of success and instead humbly walk with You, wherever You lead us. Amen’

Prayer on Lectio365 app

Intimations for this week:

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 Church during the 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.

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, 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 hjansevanvuren@churchofscotland.org.uk or mobile: 07399967211.

Coffee Morning Uphall South Monthly Coffee Morning will take place on Saturday 12 March 10.30-12 in Uphall South Church Hall.

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 Guild Meet on Tuesday 15 March in the Open door. Project Pioneers – Chocolate heaven, South-East Asia: This project will help build and develop a factory to support the production of sustainable chocolate production in South-East Asia. The project’s success will be measured by: more farmers receiving fair prices; more workers experiencing regular employment. All are welcome!

Support for Ukraine The Church of Scotland has links with and partners in the Reformed Church of Hungary, who are working tirelessly to support refugees fleeing the Ukraine. Please read the attached letter from The Very Rev. Susan Brown, the Convener of the Faith Impact Forum of the Church of Scotland and if you do wish to make a donation, please use the bank details shown in the letter.

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. Please Note next meeting to be held on Wednesday 9th March.

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.

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!

Dignity Boxes Many thanks to all the donations already received. The Dignity Box will be in St. Nicholas for the four Sundays of March. Donations of Soap, Shower Gel, Deodorant, Shampoo/Conditioner, Shaving Foam or Gel, Toothpaste/Toothbrushes are welcome. 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.

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.

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

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

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