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 ( Wilma Gilchrist on 01506 327890) Please continue to inform the Office 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 the Pastoral Care Group, Wilma Gilchrist on 01506 327890.



Strathbrock Church

While the church premises (churches and hall) remain closed until further notice due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation. Sunday morning worship continues to be available on YouTube and Strathbrock Facebook page.

Weekly Service


The weekly service is available on Sunday 20 September at 1030.

There are hymns, with words and music, so we can all join in the service together.

To find the service, go into any search engine (e.g. Google, MSN, Safari, Explorer)

and type in STRATHBROCK 20 September

The video should appear on YouTube.

It is also on Strathbrock Parish Church Facebook and Harry Macpherson Facebook pages.

If you have a Smart TV (which most are now), the Service videos can be viewed on YouTube on your TV.

Call up YouTube, sign in, and search for STRATHBROCK.

The service – STRATHBROCK 20 September- will be one of the videos offered.

We will deliver a weekly message until this lockdown situation is over.

If you have problems finding the Service video, we can send it to you by email or supply a DVD.

Just contact us and request it sent to your email.

Take care and keep safe.


God of forgiveness,
We thank you that love abides in the depths of your heart
And that you will to forgive us through Jesus Christ.
Knowing this to be so, we cry out to you.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of forgiveness,
We thank you that you know our hearts
And that you accept us as we are.
We turn to you in the hope of forgiveness.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of forgiveness,
We thank you that your promise is sure
And that there is forgiveness with you.
We embrace you, knowing that you have already embraced us.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of forgiveness,
Create in us a pure heart,
That we might love more deeply all who are made in your image.
As we have been embraced by you, we embrace the world of your creation.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of forgiveness,
May love abide in our hearts as it abides in the depths of your heart.
As we have been forgiven through Jesus Christ,
May we celebrate this gift in the company of all your people.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


Sole Nominee

The Kirk Session met by Zoom to count the votes cast for our Sole Nominee Rev Hanneke Janse Van Vuren the votes cast are as follows

Votes for 156   –   Votes against 2

The Kirk Session agreed  the congregation have voted to accept the Rev Hanneke Janse Van Vuren to the charge of Strathbrock Parish subject to Presbytery procedures.


Due to certain restrictions because of Covid-19, the Macmillan Coffee Morning which has normally been held in Strathbrock Parish Church Hall, will not be taking place this year.

However, I would urge anyone who wishes to donate, to do so in any of the following ways
1. By mobile phone text CUPCAKE to 70550 to donate £5
2. Online at
3. By phone at 0330 102 7890 with Debit or Credit card
4. via PayPal
5. Post a cheque to Macmillan Cancer Support, World’s Biggest Coffee Morning,
PO Box 4240, Bracknell, RG42 9QL or through JustGiving – Macmillan Cancer Support.

Let’s pray that 2021 will be different and we can enjoy the social aspect of getting together while helping to raise funds for such a good cause.
Annette Frater

Walking Group – Saturday 3 October. Please meet at the Church Hall at 0930

Remembrance Day 8 November

The Remembrance group await guidelines from Royal British Legion, National Government, West Lothian Council.

The new chair is Jim Readman succeeding the late Ellen Glass.  It is proposed that his year the event be skimmed down – no parade, no band, no singing.  Further details will follow as the become available

The Open Door – is now open 10.00–13.00, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with social distancing. Opening days are reviewed each month. A new card stall is available.

SOYA – Donations of food and toiletries are welcome to support young people aged 16-25.  Please leave with Evelyn of Myra

Walking Prayer Group – The walking prayer group meet on Wednesdays (weather permitting) 6-7pm Please meet at the Open Door.

‘Travelling Well’ House Groups – meet for Coffee on Tuesdays 10.45 to 11.45, at Uphall Golf Club. Social distancing rules apply.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade – are still not able to meet face to face due to the current restrictions but are keeping in touch by delivering activity packs and updating information. Further details contact:-

Boys’ Brigade on

Girls’ Brigade on

Please pray for:


  • leading a team of volunteers working in a completely new way.
  • contacting our young people and their families by mail, email or phonecall
  • planning the online bible studies
  • wisdom in how to deal with young people who need reassurance and comfort during these uncertain times
  • dealing with the administrative tasks of sorting permission forms and following guidelines

BUSY young people

  • that they will engage with the BUSY activities
  • that by taking part, they will have fun and continue to grow in faith
  • know that God is with them even though many other things in their lives have changed

BUSY Management Team

  • give thanks for new members in our management team and new volunteers
  • give thanks for an increase in funds allowing us to continue working for now
  • that we will give Hannah both the practical and prayerful support needed

Thank you for your prayer support.

For more information look on our website:

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.

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.

Travelling Well / House Group

Monday – 7.00pm Lent Bible Study in Church Hall

Tuesday –  1.45pm in the Church Hall

Wednesday – 10.30am in Rachel’s house

Wednesday – 6.00pm – 7.00pm 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.

Bookstall – Every day with Jesus notes are available on the bookstall. We also have a selection of charity Charismas cards, calendars, diaries books and small gifts. There is also a large selection in the Church Hall.

Postage Stamps – Please leave your used stamps in the box in the Hall.

Jewellery Boxes If you have any empty jewellery boxes please give to Corrine Nairn or leave in Hall or Church

Mobile phones  – Please ensure your phone is switched off completely during the service to avoid embarrassment and to prevent interference with the church sound systems from incoming transmissions. Thanks.

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.

Hall – We have a large hall and number of smaller rooms. If you are interested in hiring any of these please contact the Church Office (856433) and someone will get back to you.

The BUSY Project – Invites volunteers with a desire and ability to work with young people and who are willing to share their faith. Specially to support Hannah with a Wednesday evening Bible study and lunchtime groups. Peter Hagenbuch (BUSY rep).

Leprosy Mission – 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 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.

Prayer Room – Room 2 in Church Hall is now open Mon- Thu 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 Tuesday to Secretary Carol Ewing at the office (Mon – Thu 9-11am)