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 the Pastoral Care Group, Wilma Gilchrist on 01506 327890.

January Services in St Nicholas 10.30am
on 27th

February Services in St Machan 10.30am
on 03rd, 10th, 17th & 24th

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.

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.

Tuesday  1.45 in the Church Hall

Wednesday 10.30am in Rachel’s house

Wednesday 7pm in the Church Hall.

House Groups will restart in February

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 two documents are available for reference in the Church Office. If you wish to borrow them please contact the Church Office.

Ecclesmachan Parking – Please do not park on the access to Manse cottage or on the corner as you turn into that access. There must be room for emergency vehicles to have access to the cottage. Extra parking available at Oatridge college.

Cleaner – Required for Strathbrock Church Hall, 6 hours per week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Working hours are linked to the school terms. Contact Mary Watson (Hall Convenor) on 01506 853748.

Manse Decoration –  Can you give a few hours to painting (emulsion) and decorating. Please speak to Jack Watson.

Count Rota 2019 – we are looking for one new volunteer for the Count Rota in 2019. This means helping with counting the weekly offering on four Sundays in the year. The count takes place in the Church Hall after the church service and generally takes 20 – 30 minutes. If you would like to help, please speak to Susanne or contact the Church Office. Thank you.

Broxburn Baptist Church – Will be hosting an evening with the Livingston fiddlers on Tuesday 22 January starting at 7.15pm. They would like you to join for toe tapping and hand clapping event. Tea will be served. Lynne McEwen 07960276330

Flower Fun – On Wednesday 23 January at 7pm in Strathbrock Church Hall. Please contact Marion Millar for what to bring.

Broxburn Parish – Are holding an Ecumenical Service on St Johns Cantius on Wednesday 23 January at 7pm for the whole of West Lothian churches. The theme is ‘Justice only Justice You Shall Pursue’. The guest speaker is Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Associate Minister of Dunblane Cathedral and Head of Christian Aid Scotland.

Jesus at Home – Saturday 26th January with Michele and Peter Guinness in Biggar. How do we make our homes places of love and joy, where we celebrate the life God has given us, and where Jesus is a welcome guest? Morning Ladies Session 10.30am-12pm in St Mary’s Hall, ML12 6DE Biggar. Light buffet lunch after. Evening worship and teaching at 7pm in Biggar Kirk, Biggar ML12 6DT. Open to all. Tickets from Eventbrite (Jesus at Home). Peter Hagenbuch 07821 922661

The Guild – Will be on Tuesday 29 January from 7.15pm in Strathbrock Church Hall. This will be Bible Study.

Thrift Shop – The next shop will be Friday 1 February 2019. 10-12noon please come along for a browse and a cuppa! The total income for Thrift Shop in 2018 was £2811.70. There was no shop in March due to snow – Well done shop team.

Messy Church – Will be on Sunday 10 February from 12-2pm in Strathbrock Church Hall. This is for anyone 3 years and upwards please bring a adult. Fun, games and food.

Looking Forward ~ Events

23 March          Destash Sale

29 March          Murder Mystery

26 April            60’s, 70’s concert

28 April            Souper Lunch

17 May             Boys’ Brigade 70th Anniversary Dinner

Teas – Would you be willing help one Sunday a month to help with teas after the service in St Nicholas. Please contact the office.

Guild and Church Project  – For the next six months is on Order of Service sheet.

Flower arranging and donations – If you would be willing to join the flower ministry in St Nicholas please contact the office or Wilma Gilchrist. The flower calendar will be available in St Nicholas this week. Please add your name to the most suitable date for you. Any questions to Sandra Redmond and any donations to Dinah MacDonald. 

Christmas Offerings

Sale of Christmas stamps raised – £391.07

Total collected at Christmas services  – £726.76

The grand total of £1,117,83 will be divided equally between our three charities, as follows –

Payments of £372.61 will be sent to Busega Scotland and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The amount of £42.51 which was collected from the Open Door carol singing will be added to the payment sent to Scottish Association for Mental Health, meaning they will receive £415.12.

The Girls’ Brigade – Has restarted at 6.45pm on Mondays. Come along and join the fun. We expect a visit from the fire brigade on the 21st. One of our topics is the emergency services.

The Boys’ Brigade – Has restarted and is making its plans for the 70th birthday of the Company.

Postage Stamps – Please hand them into the church hall for the Leprosy Mission.

Open Door – The Open Door is looking for plastic’ take away’ food boxes. If you have any please hand into the Open Door or Church Hall.

Open Door – The Open Door needs help one Saturday a month. Can you be this person? Please contact the Open Door.

Prayer Cross Rota – Are you looking for a new area of service to the church in 2019?

We are looking for more people to prepare the Prayer Cross.  If you would like to add your name to the rota please speak to Jane (852983) or Sheena (854458).

Names for War Memorial at Strathbrock Centre, Broxburn.

The deadline for submission of names for the War Memorial (both World Wars) is the 31st January. This includes those were born or lived in Broxburn, Uphall, Dechmont, Uphall Station and Ecclesmachan. It doesn’t matter if they are already on a memorial elsewhere, locally or abroad. Anyone who knows of a name that should be included because it is missing from the memorials in the various Broxburn Churches can contact Mary Boylan, Dechmont Post Office, EH52 6LG.

Bookstall – Christmas cards and calendars are available.

Foodbanks – Are they needed?  In September and October 2017  Foodbank at Broxburn provided meals for 47 Adults and 18 Children. In the same period this year Foodbank at Broxburn  has provided meals for 79 adults and 34 children – an increase of  74%. This may not all be due to the introduction of Universal Credits this year but we know that many clients report difficulties. Your continuing support is appreciated.

SOYA – As your thoughts turn to Christmas, please will you spare one for our SOYA young folk.  If you are able, please would you give a gift for either boy or girl, aged 16-21 years, who otherwise will receive nothing on Christmas morning.  Christmas toiletry packs, socks, scarves, hats, sweets, etc – whatever you can will be so gratefully received.
Thank you.  Evelyn (202642 for further info).

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.

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 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)rd, 10th, 15th