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 – August Services in St Machan 10.30am
on the 19th and 26th

September Services in St Nicholas 10.30am
on the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th

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.

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

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.

Will start Tuesday 4 September at 2.45 in the Church Hall

Wednesday 5 September at 10.30am in Rachel’s house

Wednesday 5 September 7pm in the Church Hall.

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

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.

Holiday Club – A sincere thanks to all who helped last week. An average of 50 children attended this. Great fun! Thank you to all who prepared at home for the activities – your help was invaluable. Thank you to all who brought children parents, carers, grandparents etc. God bless you all.

The Guild and church project – The Boys’ Brigade Faith in young people.

The Boys’ Brigade continues through its Christian ethos to enrich the lives of young people, and aside from fundraising they will look to work on intergenerational activities alongside the Guild such as developing IT skills. There are jars in the Church for any spare change you may like to give to this project.

The Girls’ Brigade – 1st Uphall company restarts on Monday 27 August at 6.45pm in Strathbrock Church Hall, Uphall. Come along and bring your friends. Have fun together. All girls from P1 to S3 are welcome.

Crafters Destash Sale on Saturday 1st September 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 30 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, the new crafting season is upon us.
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.

The Boys’ Brigade – Will restart on Thursday 6 September from 6.30pm in Strathbrock Church Hall. For boys aged 5 and upwards. Come along and bring your friends

Thrift Shop – The next thrift shop will be held on Friday 7 September from 10-12noon. Please come along for a browse and a chat.

Open Door Café – Volunteers night will be held on Friday 7 September 6-7.30pm celebrating 20 years of service in the Open Door Café.

Messy Church – Will be on Sunday 9 September from 12 – 2pm in Strathbrock church Hall for children aged 3and over. Come along with an adult for an afternoon of fun, games, food, crafts and a story.

BUSY Project Summer Buzz -We’re offering weekly trips and activities for young people- check our details and bookings on our website Our weekly Bible Study, Engage, will also be continuing through the summer, on Wednesdays 6-8pm in The Open Door.
Prayer: 1 Corinthians 3v6 says: ‘Neither the one who plants nor the one who grows is anything- but only God- who makes things grow.
We can put on all kinds of activities, but unless God’s Spirit is at work stirring young hearts to trust him- it’s just some fun trips and only that! Please pray with us that young people encounter the safety of God’s love.  Thank you!

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.

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 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)