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 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 –  April Services in St Machan 10.30 am
on the 22nd and 29th
May Services in St Nicholas 10.30am
on the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

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 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.

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

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

The days available are

Tuesday                                  1.45-3pm in Church Hall

Wednesday                            7-8.30 in Church Hall

Please let the office know which day you would prefer.

Bookstall – We have new greeting cards available also everyday with Jesus Bible reading notes available for March/April 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.

Presbytery Strategic Planning – You are invited to come along to our morning conference on Saturday 21st April 10-12noon (coffee at 9.30am, light lunch afterwards) in the Church Hall. The purpose of the conference is to respond to a set of questions provided by Presbytery regarding the health of churches in West Lothian. We would appreciate your input with regards to Strathbrock.

Facegroup – Will be held on Tuesday 17 April from 7.15pm in Strathbrock Church Hall – speaker Ann Edgar about blue badges.

Holiday Club planning – A meeting will take place on 18 April at 7pm in Strathbrock Church Hall to discuss Summer Holiday Club. Anyone is welcome to attend.

The Guild Dinner – On Friday 20 April at West Lothian College. We are very much looking forward to this. All places are now booked.

Ladies Day – On Saturday 21 April from 11 – 2pm in St Nicholas UF Church Hall, Station Road, Broxburn. God’s care and faithfulness in the seasons of life. The speaker is Moira Simpson.

Pastoral Care – Two booklets, A guide to supporting people with dementia in their local church and Diverse gender identities and pastoral care. These are two documents are available for reference in the church office. If you wish to borrow them please contact the church office.

Safeguarding training courses – The following two courses are planned for

Friday 27 April 7-9.45pm at Blackburn & Seafield Parish Church Hall, 5 MacDonald Gardens, Blackburn.
Monday 21 May 7-9.45pm at Livingston United Parish Chapel, Lanthorn Community Complex, Kenilworth Rise, Dedridge Livingston.
The courses are for any voluntary workers engaging in activities with children, young people and or adults.
Please contact Strathbrock Safeguarding Coordinator Margaret Lumsden for further details magslumsden@hotmail.co.uk or phone 863891.

Thrift Shop – The last shop raised £259. The next shop will be on Friday 4 May in Strathbrock Church Hall from 10-12noon. Please come along for a browse and a coffee. Lots of bargains.

Messy Church – This is an excellent event to come and enjoy food, games, crafts and stories with your kids. The next Messy Church event will be 13 May from 12-2pm.

Toccata Ladies Choir – Presents their 40th Anniversary concert at Howden Park Centre on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May at 7.30pm. Tickets prices at £11 available from Howden Park Centre box office.

Christian Aid coffee morning – On Saturday 19 May from 10-12noon in Uphall South Church Hall. There will be a stall including baking and other gift items. Donations of baking and gifts for the stall will be appreciated.

Gala Day – Is on 9 June and Uphall South and Strathbrock have been asked to organise and serve at this event. If you are willing to bake and or serve please add your name to the list on the bookstall.

Washing Communion Glasses St Machan – If you would be willing once a year to wash communion glasses in St Machan on the first Sunday of a month please put you name on the sheet and we will get back to you.

Future Dates

14 May The Girls’ Brigade Display and presentation of awards
17 May The Boys’ Brigade Annual Inspection and presentation of awards

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)