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 –  February Services in St Machan 10.30am
on the 25th
March Services in St Nicholas 10.30 am
on the 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

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 sadness we record the death of Connie Boyle, one of our oldest members. We express our sympathy to Jane and Andrew.

We also record the death of Denis Cavanagh much loved husband of Jane. We extend our sympathy to Jane and the family.

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

Marc is making progress, he is working hard to restore his health and receiving excellent treatment.  He has great support and also been attending clinics for alternative health and well being including reflexology and yoga (he has discovered he isn’t very bendy)!! We are able to Skype every day which brings the huge gap of us being apart a little easier. He holds you all in his prayers and appreciates all the good wishes being sent across the miles with all the wonderful emails I have received.  Thank you. Sandi

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/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.

Bookstall – We have new greeting cards available also everyday with Jesus Bible reading notes available for March/April on the bookstall today. Please have a look.

Flower Calendar – The new flower calendars are available in church. Please sign on the date you wish to contribute. Thankyou to all who have contributed money or flowers this year. Please see Alison Redmond / Dinah McDonald if you have any questions.

Volunteers needed! – The Open Door needs help for Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (2 hour slot) due to retirements. Please pop into the Open Door and leave your name and phone number and we’ll get back to you.

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.

Lent Bible Studies –  “Jesus’ final week” You are invited to come in the weeks up to Easter. The books are available today in the church and from the church office priced £3.99. If you can’t manage every week that fine! There are two groups starting on Tuesday 13 February from 1.45-3pm or Wednesday 7.30-9pm. All in the church hall. Any questions please contact the church office.

The Guild – Will meet on Tuesday 20 February at 7.15pm in Strathbrock Church Hall when Rev Graham Smith will talking about ‘Life before Ministry’.

Facegroup – Meet on Tuesday 20 February at 7pm in Strathbrock Church Hall. John Campbell will be speaking about ‘Burns and the Bible’.

Flower Group – Meets on Wednesday 21 February at 7pm in Strathbrock Church hall. The theme is Spring. Please contact Marion Millar 852674 for details on what to bring.

Crafters Destash Sale – Sat 24th Feb 10am to 12.30pm – Do you craft or paint? If so, come and grab yourself a bargain. Over 30 stalls selling surplus craft supplies, books and equipment. Great variety of crafts including, card making, jewellery making, wool, fabric, craft books and equipment and much, much more. Pass on the news to your crafting friends, school teachers and youth leaders.

The café will be open from 9.30am and throughout the event so pop in and have a browse and a cuppa.

We are looking for donations for the chocolate tombola at this event. Did you get too many chocolates at Christmas? Please hand in donations to the church office.

1st Uphall Boys’ Brigade – Celebrating 69 years on Thursday 8 March in Church Hall 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Easter Craft Cafe – Sat 10th March 10am to 1pm  – In addition to the Cafe selling delicious homebaking and refreshments, there will be over 25 stalls offering high quality handcrafted items, including: ceramics, knitwear, jewellery, cards, patchwork and woodturning. There is a wide variety of crafts and stallholders.

Messy Church – This is an excellent event to come and enjoy food, games, crafts and stories with your kids. The next Messy Church events will be on 11 March and 8 April.

Thrift Shop – The last shop raised £256.94. The next shop will be on Friday 2 March from 10-12noon. Good quality clothing for all ages, books, dishes, kitchen goods, bed linen and curtains are on sale. Please come along and bring a friend. Tea, coffee and home baking are available.

Leprosy – February is the month we turn our thoughts to Leprosy work. Elspeth (McLeod) will be pleased to receive your containers or jars and when the financial reports are made next month you will read how well the congregation supported this last year. If you have very ‘heavy’ bags of coins would you please take them to the church hall and Elspeth will uplift from there. Thank you.

To all the knitting ladies – I wish to let you know I was speaking with Jennifer on Monday past and she let me know that they managed to fill over 100 Christmas boxes she sends her thanks to everyone involved. We shall be very grateful if you can continue with the knitting. With grateful thanks Jane Hewie.

The Girls’ Brigade – Year of Young People – Health and Wellbeing Sponsored Dance 5 March.

If you would like to donate please give to a GB leader or hand into the church hall.

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)