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This Week's News
The church is now open from Tuesday for personal prayer.
Opening times are
Here is a short walkthrough video explaining what to expect.
If you want to pick up your UCB Bible Study Notes or hand in a collection, or the plastic milk bottle tops it can be done during these church opening times.
We will be celebrating Harvest on 27th of September.
Many in the area have suddenly found themselves unemployed and after universal credit pays for rent and power supply there is often very little left for food. So all donations this year will be going to the Alva Food bank that helps anyone in the Hillfoots area.
After discussions with them they DO NOT need any pastas as they are well supplied in this area. All donations will be gratefully received but there are a couple of surprise areas that need help.
Packets of multi-packet sweets like bars of chocolate. This can be used as a treat for children and a mental health boost for the family.
Pet food, having lost their job, the whole family now in financial difficulty, it can be heart wrenching to have to give the family pet away, and psychologically devastating to younger members of the family. Keeping the pet allows the family to feel stronger, fitter and more resilient to face the struggles ahead.
The service next week will be led by our probationer Rev John Gow. This will be his last official service with us.
We are looking for volunteers in the following areas.
Tech team: When we return to worship in the church the tech team will be depleted and it would be good to have new members on that team to help out. They would be required to help set up the tech equipment on a Sunday (making sure the projectors are on, the mikes are working and ensure the hymns and readings are projected onto the screen.
Recording: It is our intention to keep producing the online material that we have been recording for Sundays for all of those that need to self isolate or are unable to attend on a Sunday morning. This has been done by John our probationer but he will be leaving soon so we need a team of folk willing to help out in this area.
Bouncers: Well maybe not the type you are thinking of. But we have been opening up the church for private prayer on a Tuesday between 10am-2pm, Thursday 10am-2pm and Sunday 6-8pm. When the church is open we need people at the door to make sure that COVID restrictions are maintained.
If you feel encouraged or inspired to help in any of these areas please contact the Jim the minister at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01259760262
Alvanac. The new Autumn Alvanac is now available to read in full online. Printed copies for individuals and those elders who have requested them are ready for collection from the church.
The 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.
The Gate Foodbank in Alloa is covering the rest of Clackmannanshire. In May 2020, they had 385 referrals, up 99% on May 2019, representing 889 people, up 170% on May 2019. 60% of the referrals are for families, an increase from 40% prior to lock down. 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
Help. Anyone needing help to get in touch via their elder or John Spruce on 07747741926 or
Prayer Requests. If you want the church to pray for someone you can contact Sandra at Sandra.email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also donate online Here
During this challenging period, Life and Work is committed to helping keep the Christian community connected and have made the May 2020 issue available online. This can be accessed on their website.
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. Call 07815 680742, email Eleanor.email@example.com and webpage www.strathcarronhospice.net
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 JMcNeil@churchofscotland.org.uk 01259 760262
Rev John Gow firstname.lastname@example.org 07941 511192
Rev Anne Shearer AShearer@churchofscotland.org.uk
Sanctuary First Online Resources
Sanctuary First has been pioneering much of the Church of Scotland's online worship, the links below in this current time of isolation are more valuable than ever. All of these can be accessed by following the links shown. www.sanctuaryfirst.org.uk
Each day from Monday to Friday from 10am to 12noon - The Virtual Coffee Shop - grab a coffee at home and join us for conversation with our resident hosts Laura, Linda and Albert. Open to all. (Note: this group is not broadcast outside the coffee shop meeting).
Every evening at 6pm, join Rev Alec Shuttleworth for Evening prayer and a time for reflection.
Every Tuesday at 8pm - Connect group (Bible readings and discussion group). Email us or message via our Facebookpage to join an existing group - Or, why not use the material to run a group of your own?
We hope there is something among all of these things that you will really enjoy and get great benefit from in this difficult time
May God bless you.
The Sanctuary First Team
This past year has certainly been a year like no other, but the good news is that Christmas is happening!
Like you, we will be especially enthusiastic about reaching out to friends and family this year. With this in mind, it's a good time to let you know that the CrossReach Christmas Card and Calendar Collection 2020 will be available from CrossReach from 1st September 2020.
With new, exciting, bright cards and ever popular traditional cards, there really is something for everyone!
From 1st September you can see and order the Christmas Cards and Calendars on-line at https://shop.crossreach.org.uk/
Paper copies of the Catalogue will be sent to previous Customers at the end of this week. You can request your paper copy of the Catalogue by emailing us at , or by phoning us on 0131 454 4374.