Kirk Session Meeting: The Kirk Session met on Tuesday 27 April at 7pm on Zoom and decided that we are ready to apply to Presbytery to re-open our church buildings. This is a slow and long process, and we must adhere to the guidance given by the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland. A small group has been designated to steer this process and every step of the way will be communicated with you all clearly – what will happen when and how. More details will follow in due course.
Christian Aid Week 2021: Christian Aid week is from the 10th – 16th May 2021, & they have suggested the following daily readings for us:
10th May : Genesis Chapter 1 verses 3 – 5
11th May : Genesis Chapter 1 verses 6 – 8
12th May : Genesis Chapter 1 verses 9 – 13
13th May ; Genesis Chapter 1 verses 14 – 19
14th May : Genesis Chapter 1 verses 20 – 23
15th May : Genesis Chapter 1 verses 24 – 31
16th May : Genesis Chapter 2 verses 1 – 3
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
Pentecost Sunday 23 May: On behalf of the Council of Churches Uphall South Church is organising a service at 7pm on Pentecost Sunday 23 May on Zoom. To access the service on Zoom, open your Zoom app, click on the link ‘Join meeting’ and when prompted add the Meeting ID: 927 3053 5797 and then Password: 072160.
Alternatively if you wish to phone in to the service please:
- a) Dial 0131 460 1196
- b) When prompted enter meeting ID 927 3053 5797 followed by #
c). When asked for a personal ID enter #
d). When asked for meeting code enter 072160 followed by #
You should then be placed in the waiting room and the host will let you in as soon as he/she is online.
The Open Door: The Open Door has re-opened its Café. Monday-Thursday from 10am-1pm. Government guidelines are being followed. We look forward to seeing you for our homebaking, filled rolls, toasties and we continue our soup on Mondays. There is a large selection of greetings cards. Something new: jigsaws are being sold in support of BUSY. All are welcome!
Dolls’ Clothes for charity:
One of our members and her sister are knitting dolls’ clothes for a cancer charity, dolls of 16″ and 18″ are £6 for set of three items (items include hat gloves socks frock trousers jumper, cardigan). Contact Myra for further details on 01506 853215. Do you have any small buttons, small amounts of 3ply, 4ply or double knitting wool and would like to donate them to this project, if so please leave them in the Open Door.
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?
Schools: The local churches have purchased 200 books for the children moving from primary to Broxburn Academy. These books have been produced by scripture union and promote discussion on topics like cyberbullying, making friends, what do I do if I get lost, how do I start a conversation. They are bright and attractive and P7 teachers have started using them in their transition work.
Thank you to the churches for their financial support and to volunteers who collected, delivered, printed and labelled the books. Every young person will be given their copy to keep.
Travelling Well Bible Study: The next book we have elected to study is James – Faith that Works a Life Builder Study by AT and PJ Le Peau. “We all want a faith that won’t let us down in periods of trouble or loss or uncertainty or fear; a faith that can support us through the worst – and best – times in our lives. This faith is the kind that James writes about and which, in nine studies, we explore here”. As a group we have been meeting on Wednesday evenings through the medium of Zoom and our new study will begin on 5th May. It will take the same form. If you would like to join us or would like a copy of the book to study as an individual please contact Rachel Shepherd on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 855293.
Ancre Somme Association: Ancre Somme Association hope to install a memorial to all animals lost in wars and would like purple poppies to be knitted. Patterns are on Youtube and the deadline is August. With planning permission the memorial will be at bottom of Ecclesmachan Road. Further details from Mary Watson or Myra Macpherson.
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.
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.
Office: Church Hall, 58 Thomson Court, Uphall EH52 6BY
Tel: 01506 856433
Facebook.com: ‘Strathbrock Parish Church’
With all good wishes,
Strathbrock Parish Church