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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 the-gate-charity.org
Prayer Requests. If you want the church to pray for someone you can contact Sandra at Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com). 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.
Meeting ID: 882 4734 1046
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.
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.
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.