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 – November Services in St Nicholas 10.30am
on the 25th
December Services in St Machan 10.30am
on the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 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.
We express our sympathy to the family of Jean Gullane who died last week in Woodlands nursing home. Jean was a long time resident in St Andrews’ Court and supported Strathbrock in many ways throughout her life. Her funeral is in Thomas Brown on Monday 12 November at 2pm
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.
Tuesday 1.45 in the Church Hall
Wednesday 10.30am in Rachel’s house
Wednesday 7pm in the Church Hall.
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.
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.
Facegroup – Will be bowling at Deer Park on 20th November.
The Guild – We will meet on Tuesday 20 November at 7.15pm in Strathbrock Church Hall. The theme is The Boys’ Brigade Faith in young people.
‘Countdown to Christmas’ – On 24 November – 10-1pm. This is our new look Christmas Fair. We are having breakfast with Santa. There will be opportunities to make and take away Christmas decorations for children and adults. Stalls will include chocolate tombola, bottle stall, Christmas tree stocking gifts and surprise Christmas gift bags. Our bookstall with Christmas cards, calendars and Christmas gifts will be available. There will be a café with Christmas treats of home baking tea and coffee and rolls on bacon / sausage.
Please help us to prepare for Countdown to Christmas we are looking for chocolate, bottles and any jewellery or jewellery boxes. Please leave in Church or Church Hall Thank you. Baking would be appreciated.
50-mile Charity Walk – Newbridge to Callander, Sat 24th November, 6am-2am. For the BUSY Project, Busega Scotland, Compassion and other charities. Peter Hagenbuch 07821 922661.
Lectio Divina – Will be held on Sunday 25 November at 7.00pm in the Church Hall.
This is a method of Bible Study with a touch of meditation included. You will find it interesting.
Christmas Praise – Afternoon will be on Tuesday 4th December 2018 at 2.00pm in the hall. Once again we will be entertained by the Choir from Uphall Primary School. So please come along and support us. Thank you
Thrift Shop – Last shop raised £220. The next shop will be on Friday 7 December with lots of Christmas bargains.10-12noon in Strathbrock Church Hall. Come along for a coffee and a chat.
Christmas Ceilidh – Friday 7 December 7.30-9.30pm in Strathbrock Church Hall. Come and enjoy the music of the Livingston Fiddlers, in support of the Busy Project. Tickets £5 (£16 for group of 4) including supper; available from church office (856433) or Sheena Carroll (854458)
CHRISTMAS POST – DEADLINE FOR CARDS FOR BROXBURN IS 9 DECEMBER
Get your stamps now. “Buy your stamps early for Christmas” Cards will be collected on 2, 9 and 16 December , but cards for the Broxburn area must be received by 9 December. We have decided to keep the price of stamps at 30p, which is still well below PO prices. Stamps are available from Lynne McEwen, Myra Macpherson, Marion Millar and Harry Macpherson. Cards are delivered ONLY to Threemiletown, (NOT Fauchledean) Ecclesmachan, Uphall, Uphall Station, Dechmont, and Broxburn (up to 9 December).
Christmas Stamps will be available at Countdown to Christmas on Saturday 24 November 10-1pm.
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).
War Memorial – Permission from the war commission has been granted for war names to be erected on panels around the war memorial. This will include names of people from Uphall, Broxburn, Threemiletown, Bangour and Dechmont Memorials. If anyone knows names of anyone not commemorated please contact Mary Boylan (Dechmont Post Office) by the end of December. This will be done by 28 June 2019.
Poppies – Thank you to all who contributed by making poppies for the display around the war memorial. Your support was much appreciated.
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 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)