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.
ALL WORSHIP SERVICES ARE CANCELLED
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
ACTIVITIES & MEETINGS IN CHURCH HALL
HAVE BEEN CANCELLED
While the church premises (churches and hall) remain closed until further notice due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation details of Sunday morning worship are available on church website. Unfortunately suspended until further notice are the Girls’ Brigade, Boys’ Brigade, Guild, Facegroup, Thrift shop and other hall user groups.
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND
PRESBYTERY OF WEST LOTHIAN
(To be intimated to the Congregation of Strathbrock on Sunday 2nd August, 2020.)
In accordance with the Protocol amending the Vacancy Procedure Act (Act VIII, 2003) approved by the Commission of Assembly on 7th July, 2020.
Notice is hereby given that, on Friday 14th August, 2020, the Vacancy Procedure Committee of the Presbytery of West Lothian proposes to consider the arrangements for the sole nominee, the Rev Hanneke Janse Von Vuren to conduct worship on Sunday 30th August, 2020. This action will proceed unless at least four persons, who are either communicant members of this congregation of Strathbrock or full members of Presbytery, together or separately submit to the Presbytery Clerk a request for this proposal to be considered at the next meeting of the Presbytery. Any such request must set out the relevant reasons.
You should submit any such request in writing to the Rev Thom Riddell, 4 The Maltings, Linlithgow EH49 6DS, by Sunday 9th August, 2020. If four valid requests are received, then consideration of the arrangements for the Rev Hanneke Janse Von Vuren to conduct worship will be suspended and the approval of Presbytery will be required.
Thom Riddell, Presbytery Clerk
NB: This intimation is also to be displayed as prominently as possible at the church building for seven days
STRATHBROCK 9 August 2020
“Blessed are the persecuted”
The weekly service is available on Sunday 9 August 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 9 August
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 9 August – will be one of the videos offered.
We will deliver a weekly message until this lockdown situation is over.
Elders are asked to distribute this communication to their district.
Please share as widely as possible
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.
STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH PRAYERS
A Prayer for Hope
Heavenly father, I am your humble servant,
I come before you today in need of hope.
There are times when I feel helpless,
There are times when I feel weak.
I pray for hope.
I need hope for a better future.
I need hope for a better life.
I need hope for love and kindness.
Some say that the sky is at it’s
darkest just before the light.
I pray that this is true, for all seems dark.
I need your light, Lord, in every way.
I pray to be filled with your light from
head to toe. To bask in your glory.
To know that all will be right in the world,
as you have planned, and as you want
it to be.
Help me to walk in your light, and live
my life in faith and glory.
In your name I pray, Amen.
A prayer for the work of The Children’s Society in a time of coronavirus
God of compassion, at this time of crisis,
we bring before you the peoples of our country and the world.
We ask for your blessing and strength for those working tirelessly to protect and save life.
We pray especially for vulnerable children and young people who are at greater risk during this time:
those who are not safe at home;
those who may be plunged into even greater poverty;
those whose fragile mental health may worsen;
those who feel abandoned and alone.
Draw near to all who suffer in mind, body or spirit.
We also pray for staff of The Children’s Society as they find new ways to support these young people in challenging circumstances.
Please bless their efforts and keep all with whom we work safe from harm.
We ask this in the precious name of Jesus.
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:
- 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)