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.

  March Services in St Nicholas 10.30am
on 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st

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.

We record the death of Ken Main (Carol’s) dad on Sunday. We express our condolences to his dear wife Margaret and to Carol, Kenny and Josh. The funeral will be held on Wednesday 6 March at 11am at Warriston Crematorium.

At the meeting of the Kirk Session held on Tuesday 26 February  it was joined by the Advisory Group appointed by presbytery to assist us in our thinking about filling the current vacancy.

Amongst other matters  and in accordance with current church procedure a vote by secret ballot was held on the question whether to adhere to the Church’s existing stand on same sex relationships in ministry or depart from it , allowing the congregation to call a minister in such a relationship.

On the votes being counted there was a majority of 13 – 7 to adhere to the current position of the Church in its attitude to the matter. Discussion on the matter is now closed.

Graham W Smith Interim Moderator

 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 –  1.45pm in the Church Hall

Wednesday – 10.30am in Rachel’s house

Wednesday – 6 – 7pm in the Church Hall.

Wednesday – Radical Bible Study 7.oopm in the Church Hall
Week 3 – 27/2, Week 4 -13/3, Week 5 – 20/3, Week 6 – 27/3

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.

Hall Cleaner – Strathbrock Church Hall needs a cleaner, are you interested?

The hours are 9am to 11am three mornings a week.

This would be worked within the School term.

You would be paid the living wage in accordance with the Church of Scotland.

For further information contact Mary Watson on 01506 853748.

Manse Decoration –  All contract work is completed and decoration will start next week. Volunteers are most welcome. Please speak to Jack Watson if willing.

Ash Wednesday Service – 6 March at 12noon in Broxburn Parish Church. All welcome.

Financial Statement – If you would like a copy of last year’s financial statement there are copies available in the church officer in St Nicholas.

Hallelujah – Thanks to all who searched the music copy of Complete Mission Praise music copy is now back in the hall in its place.

Messy Church – Next one on 10 March from 12-2pm in Strathbrock Church hall. This is for anyone 3 years and upwards please bring a adult. Fun, games and food. Stories the theme is ‘well – nobody is perfect’. Grandparents are welcome to bring their grandchildren.

Messy Church – Is our children’s church which meets once per month. We have games, Bible story, crafts as well as snacks. There is a “pool” of about 15 children who attend at various times. Thanks are due to all those who prepare and lead the games, story, several crafts, singing and of course , the hot dogs. Much appreciated. This is an important outreach.

Lent Bible Study – Will run on Sunday evenings, 10 March to 14 April and will be based on the film “The Greatest Showman”. Explores themes of faith, hope and redemption. Further details to follow.

Hall Users Meeting – The Property Group are holding a meeting on Wed 13th March at 7.00pm to which at least one member from each Organisation, Group or Committee should attend. This is to put your opinions/suggestions to the Property Group.

Mulanje Hospital – Dr Arie Glass the medical director of Mulanje Mission Hospital will be speaking about New developments at Mulanje on Wednesday 13 March at Bathgate Boghall (2.15pm), Linlithgow Cross House (4pm) and Strathbrock Church hall at (7.30pm). All meetings are open to anyone interested.

Fairtrade Fortnight 25 February to 10 March – Please look for the fair-trade sign and support this good cause as you do your shopping.

PROJECT ROMANIA – Friday 15 march 2019 from 14.00-16.00. Enjoy an afternoon tea with schloer, sandwiches, scones, tray bake and unlimited tea served to you by the 2019 Project Romania Team, whilst enjoying a display from Broxburn Academy Dance Club, followed by an opportunity to have a dance yourself. Tickets £5.00 available from the Project Romania Team members, Dance Club members. Tickets can be arranged at Tickets can be paid for at the door if email has been sent. All money raised goes towards Project Romania’s 2019 expedition.

Crafters Destash Sale – On Saturday 23rd March from 10am to 12.30pm in Strathbrock Church Hall, Uphall. This is not a craft fair, but a car boot sale for crafters.

Lots of crafters are clearing out their craft supplies to offer you some crafty bargains. Fabric, wool, card making, beads, ribbons, jewellery making equipment, craft books, haberdashery and much more….. over 35 tables of bargains to browse and buy !!!
Crafting for business or pleasure, youth / children’s leader, teachers, bargains available, come and have a look. Stock up on crafting supplies at reasonable prices.
There will be a cafe open from 9.30am, selling filled rolls, homebaking and refreshments. Why not pop in for a look and a cuppa and some crafting chat.

Crossreach Competition – Design a Crossreach Christmas card. The winning entry to be sold with the 2019 collection. Closing date for entries is Monday 1 April 2019. See church hall noticeboard for further details.

Open Door – Is looking for staff on one Friday and / or one Saturday a month. Please call in at the Open Door if you are interested.

Elders – If anyone in your district would like Home Communion please phone or email the church office.

Flower arranging and donations – The flower calendar will be available in St Machan this week. Please add your name to the most suitable date for you. Any questions to Alison Redmond.

Bookstall – Travelling Well / House group material ‘Resurrection’ is available today. Everyday with Jesus notes are also available today.

Help – Complete Mission Praise music copy is missing from the church hall. Who has borrowed it? Please return to the hall.

The BUSY Project – Invites volunteers with a desire and ability to work with young people and who are willing to share their faith. Specially to support Hannah with a Wednesday evening Bible study and lunchtime groups. Peter Hagenbuch (BUSY rep).

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. 

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

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).

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.

Leprosy Mission – 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.

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