We are now less than 4 weeks away from the start of the Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal 2014. Last year’s successful run within one week will not be repeated owing to logistical problems with the vehicles and drivers; we hope to better the 2013 total of 6,300 shoeboxes sorted but it will again be over a two-week period. The dates for this year are:
Monday 10th November to Friday 22nd November. There will be only two shifts per day: 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.00pm to 4.00pm. There will be no evening session.
The main work of the Shoebox Appeal in South Edinburgh is on the sorting centre at Craigmillar Park Church. It is supported by churches and organisations all over Scotland but particularly by congregations in the Newington and South-East area because members mostly live within an easy distance; and while we are always pleased to receive filled shoeboxes our greatest need is for helpers to give their time sorting the shoeboxes donated by others. In recent appeals we have handled between 5,000 and 7,000 boxes each year.
Volunteers to help with shoebox sorting in the Hall at Craigmillar Park Church. There are 2 shifts each day, from 9:30am-12:30pm and 1pm-4pm every weekday and we need at least 6 sorters per shift.
(To help with the arrangements:
If your church is already involved in the shoebox appeal, please would you pass this email to your co-ordinator and ask him or her to contact me.
- If you are not yet involved, we would like you to consider getting involved. You would need to organise a local co-ordinator and, again, ask him or her to contact me.)
On Wednesday, 29th October at 2pm Guild will have a special speaker telling us about the Torch Association.
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Would you like to help with Bethany Edinburgh Care Shelter?
Bethany provides a warm, safe place to sleep and a hot meal for the homeless every night from November-April. We are one of around 80 churches that help by cooking and serving a meal on three separate nights. We also provide a driver for the Bethany minibus to shuttle the homeless from the centre of Edinburgh to the church where they stay overnight. Last year between 30 and 45 people used this service each night. If you would like to join a team of 6 or 7 of us to cook, drive, or serve food please have a chat with Jeff Hodgson or Helen Palmer or sign up on the sheets in the hall. Other ways to help are by donation of specific food items or money and of course to pray for the homeless in our city. Our nights for this year are Thursday 6th November, 4th December and 22nd January.
induction meeting we are holding for you on theWednesday 22nd October in the main sanctuary of South Leith Baptist Church on Casselbank Street. The evening will begin at 7pm. Please do make particular effort to come if you have never been to one of these training evenings before. Don’t feel guilty about not going if you have been before or if you are busy. The Team Leaders amongst you please make sure your team is represented at the evening
and pass on this invite to those who do not use email.
People who are planning to be involved in the Care Shelter should email Bethany directly on firstname.lastname@example.org, if they are able to attend this Induction evening.
Please find below
(2) The Dedication of the Guild will take place during the Church service on Sunday, 5th October, 2014.
(1) The Church Guild commences Wednesday, 1st October 2014, at 2pm. when our own Amos will be Guest Speaker! I know you will all be very much looking forward to this and also to sharing fellowhip again. The meetings are open to all the church family whether members or not and, if you enjoy yourself, perhaps you would like to become a member.
As you will already be aware, the sound team record the sermon and post this on Youtube. These are great videos of the entire sermon which go back over 3 years. There is 48 uploaded at the moment. I have attached an embedded link on the Gallery/ Videos page of this site to ease access.
Church Treasurer Vacancy
Helen Palmer, our current treasurer, would like to end her term March/April 2015 and we are now advertising this very important and essential position. To help you find out if this may be for you, here are the basic skill requirements for the position:
The person needs to be comfortable using computers and programs (there is one specifically designed for the book keeping that we use called Finance co-ordinator). There is a church PC and several files for reference that go with the position. An eye for detail and accuracy is needed and it is also important to meet regular deadlines.
An overlap training period of at least 3 months is envisaged. You will never be without assistance in this position as help and advice will always be available from ex-treasurers.
If you are interested, Helen will be delighted to talk through what is involved.
Now online. Copies will be available on Sunday