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 & Evelyn 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 – December Services in St Nicholas 10.30am
 10th, 17th, 24th & 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.

It is with very great sadness that Marc has again suffered a set back in his recovery which has become very apparent during our break down in Suffolk.  I am sure many of you realised that Marc was not back to his old self and that his phased return to work was cut short.  

With a happier bit of news our Grandson was born on the 4th December weighing a good 8lbs 5!  Mum, Dad and baby (no name yet) are all doing very well. 

We hold you all in our prayers and send our love to you.   Sandi and Marc

Bible Study/House & Prayer Groups

Wednesday            Prayer meeting in Church Hall from 6-7pm. Please join us.

Bookstall – There is a new bookstall which includes EDWJ notes and Christmas cards as well as other books and cards. CrossReach Christmas cards catalogue also available.

Bible reading notes – Everyday with Jesus are available on the bookstall today.

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

The days available are

Tuesday/Wednesday             10.30-12noon Rachel’s house

Tuesday                                  1.45-3pm Church hall

Wednesday                            7-8.15pm Church hall

Please let the office know which day you would prefer.

Join our Advent Journey – Church of Scotland Advent Calendar This Advent, journey with the different characters in the Nativity story. Every day, a new video, reflection or prayer will be revealed behind the windows of our online Advent calendar. Sign-up now at http://churchofscotland.advent-calendar.net to receive daily alerts linking you to each day’s new Advent window. And invite friends and family across Scotland and around the world to open our Advent calendar by sharing this link http://churchofscotland.advent-calendar.net

CHRISTMAS POST 2017 – LAST DAY FOR BROXBURN CARDS

Get your stamps now. “Buy your stamps early for Christmas”   Cards will be collected on 10 and 17 December, but cards for the Broxburn area must be received by 10 December. Stamps, price 30p, are available from Lynne McEwen, Myra Macpherson, Marion Laing, Sandra Redmond, Marion Millar and Harry Macpherson. Stamps are also available from The Open Door and Church Office

Cards are delivered ONLY to Ecclesmachan (not Threemiletown), Uphall, Uphall Station, Dechmont, and Broxburn (up to 10 December).

As we are only having ONE service in December, sorting can only begin AFTER the service (and not DURING second service as we usually did) and therefore cards may not be ready in time for deliverers to collect immediately after the service.

There is a Post Box available in Omnicare Pharmacy in Uphall.

Messy Church – On Sunday 10 December 12-2pm in Strathbrock Church Hall. The theme is Joseph – Obedient and faithful. Children over 3 welcome and please bring an adult.

Retiral Offerings – Poppy Scotland raised £241.30 and HIV retiral offering and soup lunch raised £244.25. Thank you for your generosity.

Carol Singing – On Saturday 16 December from 10.30am at the Open Door for about half an hour followed be coffee and mince pies.

Christmas by Candlelight – In St Nicholas Church on Sunday 17 December at 7pm. Please come along. Some of our G.B. and B.B. will be taking part. All Welcome. Please bring a torch with you.

Christmas Fair – Total raised was £1200. Thank you to all who contributed in any way towards this wonderful total.

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. Every day with Jesus notes are available on the bookstall today or from the church hall cost £3.25. Cards and Christmas gifts are available at the bookstall today.

Thrift Shop – The thrift shop raised £313.11 in December. The next shop will be on Friday 3 February 2018 from 10-12nooon. A big thank you to all who help in any way either in donations or in setting out and serving.

Christmas Praise – Thank you to everyone who helped at the Christmas Praise. Thank you also to all who came and supported it. We had a great afternoon and the children from Uphall Primary School Choir were wonderful and enjoyed by all. Wilma Gilchrist  Pastoral Care Workgroup

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.

Prayer Call – 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.

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. 16-21 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)