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


Good morning everyone,


This email contains the information for the weekly service of Strathbrock Parish Church and important intimations. The Service video can be viewed at 10.30am on a Sunday on YouTube on your TV or mobile devices, including ipads or tablets. Call up YouTube on your device and search for Strathbrock 9 May 2021. The service can also be viewed on Strathbrock Parish Church Facebook Page. To access the video, log in to Facebook, search ‘Strathbrock Parish Church’ Page and click on the video link. If you have any problems finding the service video on YouTube or Facebook we can send it to you by email or supply a DVD. Please contact the church office for this at the contact information shown below. If you know of anyone who would also like to receive this email please let them know to contact the church office.

Prayer for this week:

‘Grant me, even me, my dearest Lord, to know you, and love you, and rejoice in you…Let the love of you grow every day more and more in me, that my joy may be full in you.’
(A prayer from the 5th Century AD by Augustine of Hippo).

Intimations for this week:

Kirk Session Meeting:  The Kirk Session met on Tuesday 27 April at 7pm on Zoom and decided that we are ready to apply to Presbytery to re-open our church buildings. This is a slow and long process, and we must adhere to the guidance given by the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland. A small group has been designated to steer this process and every step of the way will be communicated with you all clearly – what will happen when and how. More details will follow in due course.


Christian Aid Week 2021: Christian Aid week is from the 10th – 16th May 2021, & they have suggested the following daily readings for us:

10th May : Genesis Chapter 1 verses 3 – 5

11th May : Genesis Chapter 1 verses 6 – 8

12th May : Genesis Chapter 1 verses 9 – 13

13th May ; Genesis Chapter 1 verses 14 – 19

14th May : Genesis Chapter 1 verses 20 – 23

15th May : Genesis Chapter 1 verses 24 – 31

16th May : Genesis Chapter 2 verses 1 – 3

If you wish to donate towards the work of Christian Aid, you can do so here:


Pentecost Sunday 23 May: On behalf of the Council of Churches Uphall South Church is organising a service at 7pm on Pentecost Sunday 23 May on Zoom. To access the service on Zoom, open your Zoom app, click on the link ‘Join meeting’ and when prompted add the Meeting ID: 927 3053 5797 and then Password: 072160.

Alternatively if you wish to phone in to the service please:  

a)  Dial 0131 460 1196

b)  When prompted enter meeting ID 927 3053 5797 followed by #

c). When asked for a personal ID enter #

d). When asked for meeting code enter 072160 followed by #

You should then be placed in the waiting room and the host will let you in as soon as he/she is online.


The Open Door: The Open Door has re-opened its Café. Monday-Thursday from 10am-1pm. Government guidelines are being followed. We look forward to seeing you for our homebaking, filled rolls, toasties and we continue our soup on Mondays. There is a large selection of greetings cards. Something new: jigsaws are being sold in support of BUSY. All are welcome!


Dolls’ Clothes for charity:

One of our members and her sister are knitting dolls’ clothes for a cancer charity, dolls of 16″ and 18″ are £6 for set of three items (items include hat gloves socks frock trousers jumper, cardigan). Contact Myra for further details on 01506 853215. Do you have any small buttons, small amounts of 3ply, 4ply or double knitting wool and would like to donate them to this project, if so please leave them in the Open Door.


Foodbank: There is an urgent need for tinned potatoes, tinned cold meat, jars of baby food, Domestos, disinfectant, wet dog food and U.H.T. Can you help?


Schools: The local churches have purchased 200 books for the children moving from primary to Broxburn Academy. These books have been produced by scripture union and promote discussion on topics like cyberbullying, making friends, what do I do if I get lost, how do I start a conversation. They are bright and attractive and P7 teachers have started using them in their transition work.

Thank you to the churches for their financial support and to volunteers who collected, delivered, printed and labelled the books. Every young person will be given their copy to keep.


Travelling Well Bible Study: The next book we have elected to study is James – Faith that Works a Life Builder Study by AT and PJ Le Peau. “We all want a faith that won’t let us down in periods of trouble or loss or uncertainty or fear; a faith that can support us through the worst – and best – times in our lives.  This faith is the kind that James writes about and which, in nine studies, we explore here”. As a group we have been meeting on Wednesday evenings through the medium of Zoom and our new study will begin on 5th May. It will take the same form. If you would like to join us or would like a copy of the book to study as an individual please contact Rachel Shepherd on or by phone on 855293.


Ancre Somme Association: Ancre Somme Association hope to install a memorial to all animals lost in wars  and would like purple poppies to be knitted. Patterns are on Youtube and the deadline is August. With planning permission the memorial will be at bottom of Ecclesmachan Road. Further details from Mary Watson or Myra Macpherson.



Please remember the young folk of SOYA, particularly at this time of sadness and constraint for us all. Evelyn is still very happy to collect any donations of food and toiletries, either from Margaret Forisky, Myra Macpherson or by calling Evelyn on 202642 to collect.  However, if you are worried about personal contact please be aware that we do have a bank account for SOYA.  Should you prefer to offer monetary donation, either by standing order or as a one-off, the bank details are given below.

Reference                 SOYA

Bank                           Clydesdale Bank plc

Sort Code                 82-69-34

Account No              60079752

Manse Phone Number: The Strathbrock Manse now has a telephone number: 01506 206045, if you need to contact Hanneke.

Office: Church Hall, 58 Thomson Court, Uphall EH52 6BY

Tel:856433 Strathbrock Parish Church

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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)