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Alva Parish Church moves services online


Churches and congregations in the Wee County are embracing technology to keep services going during the coronavirus lockdown.

As many adjust to not being able to deliver regular Sunday morning worship within the church building itself, ministers are looking to provide spiritual guidance on the internet.

Alva Parish Church is one to make the switch, with services appearing on, Facebook and YouTube.

And it has been a huge success too, Rev Jim McNeil's children's talk (pictured) on Facebook recently drawing 1,500 viewers – 10 times the number that would usually be watching in church.

Not everyone has internet access, however, so Rev McNeil along with his team, including associate minister Rev Anne Shearer and probationary minister John Gow, have taken the extra step to provide services on a dedicated phone line.

Worshippers can dial 01259 606303 and hear the most up to date service.

John Gow said: "If you can't see us then at least you can hear us.

"The church's doors may be temporarily closed, but god's word is still open to everyone."

From the Alloa Advertiser on 1st April

Church Quiz. 

This month's General Knowledge quiz is now available to download here. 

There will be no entry charge and so no prize. 

Answers to last Months Quiz can be found here




  • The reflections next Sunday will be led by John and based on the readings

  • Acts 1:6-14, Psalm 66: 1-10, 32-35, 1 Peter 4: 12-14, 5:6-11, John 17:1-11

  • The Gate Foodbank.  The Foodbank has seen an large increase in referrals over the last few weeks. For the week ending Sunday April 19th they had 87 referrals. They are coping with the demands at present, but continue to rely on donations from the people of Clackmannanshire. Trolleys are available in the supermarkets in Alloa if you wish to donate when you are shopping in Alloa. They are emptied on a regular basis. The Co-op in Alva has a trolley and the food donated there, will be used by the food bank in the Cochrane Hall. Further details of the work of the Gate can be found on their web page  Hopefully, once all this is over, I will be able to take the donations from church members directly to the Foodbank each week.

  • John Gow has an online Bible Study underway - it’s a six-week look at the Book of Psalms, on Thursdays at 7pm via Zoom, starting on 7th May.  If anyone is interested in taking part, they can email for more details and the meeting ID reference. Find out more here

  • 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

  • Alvanac. We have moved the Alvanac online!
    Please click here to read the latest news from the Parish.  If you would like to share any news, articles, wee stories of your experiences through this strange time, they would be very much appreciated. Please email Kay at ; or phone 01259 760283 or ‘snail mail’ to 28a Ochil Road.

  • 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 and webpage 

  • Support for the NHS - Bell Ringing.   Just to let the congregation know that from next Thursday it is our intention to ring the church bells at 8pm to coincide with the clapping in support of all those helping us get through our struggles just now.  If anyone wants to volunteer for this privilege then they can let the minister know.


  • Sunday 31st May 10-10.30am – Pentecost – streamed on the Church of Scotland website Facebook
    The Moderator will lead a service to mark the birthday of the Christian Church with contributions from many different places. Like the disciples on that first Pentecost here is the invitation to step confidently into whatever the future holds.  We would like to invite you to make this the service for your congregation on that Sunday so that as much of the Church of Scotland as possible will be gathered in fellowship and praise.

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.

  • 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 Sunday at 3pm - Sunday Live Worship service.   Open to all live on the website and live on facebook @SanctuaryFirst.

  • 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?

  • Every Friday at 9pm - Weekly Review and Chat with Albert, Laura and Iain of the Sanctuary First team and guests - Watch live on facebook @SanctuaryFirst or later on the website.

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

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