This Week's News

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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

Here is a short walkthrough video explaining what to expect when you visit the church.

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.

The new Winter Alvanac is now available to read in full.



The service next week will be based on the passages Isaiah 40: 1-11, Psalm 85: 1-13, 2 Peter 3: 8-15, Mark 1: 1-8

  • There are still DVD copies of the community memorial service recorded at the war memorial in Alva. If you would like any of them then please contact the tech team.

  • There will be a short meeting of the Kirk Session on Tuesday 8th December to agree on the conditions for opening of the church halls. The meeting will start at 7pm.

  • The 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.

    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

  • 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 Church of Scotland Youth are hosting a series of Advent services via Zoom.


These will take place on

Sunday: 29th November; 6th December; 13th December and 20th December.

The Zoom link is: 

Meeting ID: 882 4734 1046 
Passcode: 046748

Online Resources

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.

Santuary First

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.

Life and Work

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.


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