This Week's News

Bringing the Church to You


If you are unable to come to our Sunday service you can still connect with the Church in many ways.

  • Read our news (below)

  • Read and watch our weekly Sermons on our Blog

We are aware that the last few months have been very stressful for many.  We may not be able to visit people as we used to but we are still available to talk and share our concerns. If you need this type of help please contact one of our ministry team:

Rev Jim McNeil 

Rev Anne Shearer 

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Alva Development Trust 

Alva Development Trust Foodbank at the Cochrane Hall is providing food parcels for the Hillfoots.

The Co-op in Alva has a collection trolley and the food donated there, will be used by the foodbank in the Cochrane Hall.

You can watch our interview with Mary Laing from Alva Development Trust to find out more about the Foodbank and how vital it is to those most in need. 

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The Gate

The Gate Foodbank in Alloa is covering the rest of Clackmannanshire.  Most of the food given out now has to be bought as donations have decreased. They are coping at present, but are very grateful for any donations, either food or money. Trolleys are available in the supermarkets in Alloa if you wish to donate if you are shopping in Alloa. 

Further details of the work of the Gate can be found on their web page

  • Here are some of the items they regularly need.

  • Rice pudding,

  • Tinned Fruit (small)

  • Tinned meat, ham/corned beef,

  • Mince/Meatballs

  • Tinned veg carrots,sweetcorn,peas

  • Small tins Beans, Spaghetti,Ravioli

  • Tinned Chicken Soup

  • Individual packets of custard powder,

  • Pkts cheesy pasta

  • Instant Potatoes

  • Variety Packs Cereal

  • Jam

  • Coffee/ Tea

  • For further information regarding delivery or to uplift large donations, Please contact The Gate Charity, 2 Ludgate, Alloa FK10 2DR. Telephone: 01259 218 766

We are starting a new and exciting project and we are in need of a few bits'n'bobs.

If you can help with any of the following please give us a call and we can collect.

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Thank you


You can now donate to us via TEXT!!!

Text 'G4TE' and an amount to 70085

example: G4TE 3 to donate £3.00.


You will be charged a standard text fee plus the amount you wish to donate.

Thank you

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The service next week will be based on the passages

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a

Psalm 51:1-12

Ephesians 4:1-16

John 6:24-35

The August/September edition of the UCB Bible Study notes are now available at the church.


The minister will be off from 31st July-7 August. Rev Anne Shearer will be looking after things while he is away.


A reminder to trustees that there will be Board and Session meetings on Zoom on 10th August.

  • Prayer Requests.   If you want the church to pray for someone you can contact Sandra at We don’t need specific details, something like ‘Please pray for Ian who is ill just now.’ would be more than enough.

  • Church Funds.   Like all charities and businesses, the church will be badly affected by the lack of income coming in. If you wish to make up a standing order, or join the gift aid scheme to help out then please contact Martin Dunsmore (01259 762262 or You can also donate online Here


The latest edition of the church magazine (The Alvanac) is now available HERE, There are a few spare copies in the church for those who would benefit from a physical copy.


It’s time already to think about the autumn Alvanac! If you have any ideas for articles / anything you would like included, please give them to Kay by Sunday august 15th. Email to or phone 01259 760283.


Give Thanks for Your Vaccine with Christian Aid

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We’ve all felt the distressing effects of coronavirus and lived through the overwhelming uncertainty of the pandemic. Some of us are grieving for loved ones we have lost. But with the development of the vaccine we now have hope and we give thanks for all the NHS staff and key workers who continue to save lives across the UK.

As more of our family, friends, and neighbours receive their vaccine, we are both joyful and relieved. But we are aware that many communities around the world are suffering and don't have access to vaccines. And many of them lack the basics they need to protect themselves like clean water for handwashing.

Many people have asked if they can donate in thankfulness for the vaccine they have received, recognising that for the poorest and most vulnerable communities around the world, there is little hope of a vaccine rollout

As you or a family member is protected, please consider giving to help provide the basics, like clean water for handwashing to those who don't have access to vaccines.

Please Donate Now

All donations will support Christian Aid's response to the coronavirus pandemic in affected communities. You could help deliver essential soap and hygiene kits to the people who need them most and help train more frontline workers to share vital healthcare messages.

As we take the time to reflect on the past year, and give thanks for the hope the vaccine brings, please pray for your global neighbours around the world for whom the coronavirus pandemic is far from over. You can read our prayer here and we invite you to leave your own message or prayer of thanksgiving which we will share on our website.


Strathcarron Hospice

Strathcarron Hospice has opened a helpline to anyone across Forth Valley & North Lanarkshire, which will provide a listening ear as well as advice & information, particularly surrounding bereavement and caring for the ill, during this difficult time. 

There are friendly volunteers available from 9am until 7pm every day to have a chat with anyone who needs support or is fed up of the boredom, loneliness and isolation caused by COVID 19.

They have lots of ideas to help you through this difficult period, but most importantly they have time to listen and to chat. You don’t need to have any connection to the hospice – please just lift the phone and give us a call on 01324 827383.


Because of the change in COVID restrictions we have a greater capacity in the church and we no longer need to pre-book spaces.