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 ( 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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE     
 ALL WORSHIP SERVICES ARE CANCELLED
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

ACTIVITIES & MEETINGS IN CHURCH HALL
HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

The weekly service is available on Sunday 24 May 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 24 MAY

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 24 MAY  – will be one of the videos offered.

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

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH PRAYERS

Gracious and loving God,
You call us to love you with our whole being, and to love our neighbours as ourselves.
At this time of upheaval and distress for nations and people across our world, may your love hold us together.
May your love be the lens through which we see each other and your world.
Lord Jesus Christ, you are present with us, as one who knows our suffering, bring comfort and peace to all those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, work, connection and hope for the future.
May we embody your compassion – responding to the suffering of our neighbours, our families, our friends, and strangers with generosity.
Life-giving Spirit, you weave us together as the Body of Christ, strengthen our life together, even though we are physically separated. Nurture us in faith and discipleship, that we may bear witness through our living, to your abundant grace and liberating hope for all people, and the whole creation.
Through Christ our Life and Hope, we pray.

Amen.

Gracious and Loving God, You are our comforter and our hope.
Hear our prayers as we come before you as we prayer
For those who are sick – For those with chronic illnesses and underlying health concerns – For all those who are suffering.
For those who are lonely – For those who have no one to check on them – For families that are separated.
For those who are unemployed – For those suffering financial hardships – For those who face an uncertain future.
For those who are suffering from physical or emotional abuse. – For those who are struggling with physical or mental disabilities – For those who are overwhelmed by anxiety and stress.
For those who are dying – For those who have died while saving the lives of others – For all who have lost their lives.
For those who have survived – For those who have lost their spouses – For children who have been orphaned – For all those who mourn and those who comfort them.
For firefighters, police, and emergency medical workers – For doctors, nurses, and all health care professionals – For those who serve in the armed forces.
For public officials – For business leaders – For educators – For innovators and inventors who provide new solutions.
For peace in our city and in our world – For renewed friendships among neighbours – For a greater appreciation and love of all humanity.
For patience and perseverance – For calm in the midst of fear – For the grace to overcome adversity.
For generosity of spirit – For hope in times of despair – For light in the darkness.
Strengthen us in this time of need. – Inspire us to acts of solidarity and generosity and give us hope of a brighter future

Amen

A Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic*

Most Merciful and Glorious God,
We come to You in our weakness.
We come to You in our fear.
We come to You with trust.
For You alone are our hope.

We place before You the disease present in our world.
We turn to You in our time of need.

Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into Your Eternal Home.

Bring hope to all our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in Your care.

Jesus, I trust in You.

Amen.

BUSY Project update

  • Give thanks, The BUSY Project is continuing in these days of lockdown.
  • Hannah is still working three days a week. She has a core group of about 35 young people who she has invited to take part in weekly online bible studies. These take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 5pm.
  • There are additional volunteers available due to people working from home or being on furlough. There are always two BUSY adults in each Zoom call.

We hope to maintain our relationships with the young people and their families through this difficult time and are encouraged by the positive response we have got so far.

Please pray for:

Hannah

  • 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: www.thebusyproject.org.uk

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 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 Tuesday to Secretary Carol Ewing at the office (Mon – Thu 9-11am)