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

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Please note that the side aisle pews are for those who still want to physically distance and only pews with the WHITE NOTICE should be used.

 

There have been further changes in the church due to COVID restrictions easing - the cushions are back!  There are also now no spacing restrictions in the centre aisle and upstairs. However for those that are still wary or are looking after those with compromised immune systems the two outer aisles downstairs will still have over 1m distancing between worshipers.

 

The church will be reopening for private prayers on Tuesday 11th January and from then on will be open every Tuesday and Thursday between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

 

We will be postponing the cafe after Sunday church and the Craft Group until the start of February.

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The latest Winter 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.

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Baking for the Church

 

CoS has now relaxed its ban on home baking etc for churches it imposed during COVID.

 

However anyone preparing food or drink either at the church or at home for events such as cafes, fayres, etc must have
completed an introduction to food hygiene course.

 

This is being offered free of charge via an on line module that takes about 2 hours.

Even if you have completed this in the past you may wish to do this as a refresher.

John Willis has agreed to coordinate this so we have a register of those who have completed it.

 

You can register yourself to do the course
at https://forms.office.com/r/SQncvKdWus or by contacting John.

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Our youth group ZONES will continue on Friday at

6.30pm for Primary 1-3’s

7.15pm for Primary 4-5's

7.45pm for P6-7's.

 

The service next week will be based on the passages 

Nehemiah 8:1-3,5-6,8-10, Psalm 19, 

1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21.

 

  • Prayer Requests.   If you want the church to pray for someone you can contact Sandra at Sandra.cashmore@btinternet.com. 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 m.dunsmore53@btinternet.com). You can also donate online Here
     

  • It’s time already to think about the spring Alvanac! If you have any ideas for articles / anything you would like included, please give them to Kay by Sunday 10th February. Email to alvanac@btinternet.com or phone 01259 760283.

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Local Church Review

You can find out more about how we are working towards a better future for our congregation and our community, and download our current action plan here.

Foodbanks

 

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 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 the-gate-charity.org

  • 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

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You can now donate 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

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.
 

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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.