Intimations

Spreading the good news of Jesus Christ in our Parish

If anyone is ill, or for any other reason you think they would appreciate a visit, please put their name in the care folder or inform the Pastoral Care Group, via ( Fraser Graham 852610 or Jane Stewart 852983) Please continue to inform the Minister of anyone ill or in hospital.

Care Group – The Pastoral Care Workgroup offers practical assistance to members of the congregation via the Care Group. If you have talents or even just time to help others with odd jobs, transport, etc. and would like to offer this type of help, please contact a member of the Pastoral Care Group, Fraser Graham on 852610 or Susanne Wilson on 0131-283-1499.

Remember – June Services in St Machan 10.30am
on the 24th

Note – July Services in St Nicholas 10.30am
on the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th

Transport to Services Need transport to a service? Contact the Office by Thursday and someone will get back to you.

Welcome Packs – Do you have anyone new in your street?  Has a house changed hands?  Perhaps you would like to hand over a welcome pack?  These contain useful phone numbers as well as church information. These are in orange and blue folders and available in both churches.

Congratulations to Alastair Macpherson on receiving an award from NHS for 10 years voluntary service at St John’s Hospital. Alastair was presented with a lanyard and a certificate. He had a great day out. Well done Alastair.

Farewell afternoon – Marc and Sandi would like an opportunity to say goodbye to the congregation. An afternoon tea will be held in the Church Hall on 24 June at 2.00pm to which all are invited.
You will have the opportunity to contribute towards a gift for Marc and Sandi. Envelopes will be available from your Elder, to be returned by 17 June.

Scotland’s first ever Year of Young People is happening in 2018.

The Church of Scotland plans to be actively involved, through events and activities, celebrating church engagement with children and young people at local, presbytery and national levels.

We want children and young people to be at the heart of designing, developing and deciding what shape the year takes and how churches get involved.

For further information view www.churchofscotland.org.uk/yoyp

Bible Study/House & Prayer Groups

Please help us to be watchmen and women and be encouraged to spend one hour praying for our Church, Community and Nation.

8.00 to 9.00am 1st Saturday in month in Church Hall.
6.00 to 7.00pm On Wednesday in Church Hall.

Travelling Well / House Group – The groups are planning to study John’s letter – Discovering Genuine Christianity.

The days available are

Tuesday                                  1.45-3pm in Church Hall

Wednesday                            Rachel’s House 10.30am

Please let the office know which day you would prefer.

Bookstall – We have new greeting cards available also everyday with Jesus Bible reading notes available for July/August on the bookstall. Please have a look.

Hymn Books – If you borrow a Church Hymn book please return it to the door as you leave. Hymn books cost £10 and can be ordered at the bookstall.

Pastoral Care – Two booklets, A guide to supporting people with dementia in their local church and Diverse gender identities and pastoral care. These are two documents are available for reference in the Church Office. If you wish to borrow them please contact the Church Office.

Gala Day – Thank you to all who supported the teas by baking and serving last Saturday. Thank you to the gala group and helpers who organised events. Thank you for the sunshine.

Bluegrass Concert – At Winchburgh Parish Church, Wed 20th June 7pm. Carpenter & May – top US band! Superb musicianship and highly entertaining. Tickets from Winchburgh Church or Peter Hagenbuch 07821 922661

Kirkhill Primary Leavers Service – All P7 parents/carers are warmly invited to join us to give our Primary 7 children a huge send off on Wednesday 27 June at 1.30pm in the school hall

Uphall Primary Service – Will be held in St Nicholas church on Friday 29 June 9.30am and 10.15am for services.

Thrift Shop – The July shop will run from Tuesday 3 July to Friday 6 July from 10-12noon and also on Thursday 5 July from 6-8pm.

Showstoppers – Is the theme for the Holiday Club this year running from 13-17 August. In Strathbrock Church Hall from 10-12 noon . Forms are available in Church today at the bookstall for anyone who would be willing to help. Planning is now underway. A volunteers night will be held on 20 June in Uphall South Church Hall at 7pm.

The Girls’ Brigade – Is now in recess until 27 August

The Boys’ Brigade – Is now in recess until 6 September

Recording – If you are interested in having a recording of any Sunday service. Please speak to Wilma Gilchrist or phone the Church Office on 856433.

Remembrance – Can you please help by knitting or crocheting some poppies. We plan to cover the fence in front of the war Memorial with poppies. Patterns are available from the bookstall in Church and Church Hall. Please hand in completed poppies by mid October.

Spectacles Collection – A big thank you to all who have contributed to this appeal. Over 100 pairs of spectacles have now been given to Vision Aid Overseas for further use. This is an ongoing appeal and contributions are always welcome.

Readers in Church – Would you be willing to read from the Bible about twice a year in Church? For further details and guidance please contact the Church Office.

Facebook – We are looking for help in this field – Please contact the church office in the first instance.

Stamps – Please save your postage stamps for Leprosy leave in church or church hall.

Leprosy – 1p/2p we would be grateful if you would like to contribute please take a blue box from the book stall.  Please save your used stamps for the Leprosy Mission and hand them into the office or to any Elder.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – At Strathbrock Church Hall. We will be pleased to receive mobile phones, stamps and postcards.

Flower Ministry –  Each Sunday our churches are enhanced by flower displays and we are grateful to those who do this.  Have you ever wondered what happens to flowers after the service.  They are distributed (by another team) to those who are celebrating a birthday, an anniversary; where there has been a sadness (bad news, death); to those who need to know that someone is thinking of them etc.  How do we fund the flowers?  By donations from the congregation to remember special occasions in their family life.  Now we need some ‘small’ contribution to top up our flower fund.  Flower boxes are at entrance to both our churches or put in an envelope in the offering plate marked Flower Fund.  Thank you

Foodbank There is a basket in Uphall Scotmid for the collection of donations.

Soya – We are happy to receive food, (small tins of fruit) toiletries and laundry items for young, disadvantaged people. 18-25 years, who do not receive sufficient money to buy their own. Please leave in church or the church hall. For further information please speak to Evelyn McFadyen (202642).

Prayer Cross/ Prayer Chain – Become more involved in our Church’s prayer ministry. We are looking for people willing to prepare the weekly Prayer Cross – about 3 or 4 times per year. Also looking for people to join the prayer chain- our “quick response” team for situations requiring urgent prayer. Please speak to Jane Stewart; Sheena Carroll; Myra Macpherson.

Recording Ministry – If you are interested in receiving a CD of the Sunday service please contact Church office on 01506 856433.

Prayer Meeting – Please come and join the fellowship of this small group where no one is a prayer expert – just sharing a desire to see situations changed through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Look forward to seeing you in the church hall prayer room on Wedensdays 6-7pm.

Prayer Room – Room 2 in church hall is now open Mon- Fri during office hours of 9-11am, offering the opportunity for a quiet time of prayer / meditation.  Please make use of the prayer wall for any prayer requests you may have.  Literature is available for guidance and books may be borrowed.  (Additional donations of books on prayer would be welcomed).  Please make use of the facility.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU – Our Church Hall is both a centre for worship and a community centre for the area of Strathbrock and offers a variety of activities for all ages. Our Church Hall is located at 58 Thomson Court just off Ecclesmachan Road Uphall.  Should the people of the Church be able to assist you in any way please contact us. We have two Churches available for weddings and funerals and a large hall available for functions. A wide variety of information can be found on our Church web site at www.strathbrockparish.net or by contacting the Church Secretary.  Telephone  01506 856433.

Vestry Hour – If you wish to discuss weddings, baptisms, church membership and other matters please contact Church Office on 01506 856433 in the first instance.

Intimations – by e-mail by Thursday to Secretary Carol Ewing at the office (Mon – Fri 9-11am)