Would you like to help with Bethany Edinburgh Care Shelter?

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 careshelter@bethanychristiantrust.com, if they are able to attend this Induction evening.


Church Guild commences

(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.

Sermon Videos

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

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.

Trailblazer Leaders meeting

The next trailblazers leaders meeting will take place on Tuesday 23rd September at 1930hrs.  The location will be the home of Jan and Billy Grubb.


Contact Rona for more detail

Trailblazer Training

As some of you may already be aware/met, Yvonne McCorkindale supports those who work with children, young people and families within the Presbytery of Edinburgh.  Various workshops, events and training are ran throughout the year, across Edinburgh, for all those individuals who are involved with children’s ministry.

After enquiring about one of the workshops which Yvonne runs, we thought that it would be extremely beneficial for all Trailblazer leaders and helpers, to attend the following workshop on:



TIME:  19:00hrs – 21:30hrs



During the workshop we will be exploring:

How important are they with the children we interact with? How do we value children? In what ways do we value them?

What are we using? Is it good? Am I bored with it? Are the children bored with it? What are other folk using? What else is ‘out there’?

What do we need to make us as good as we can be? What do we bring personally to our work with children?

What is working, what isn’t What do I need to change or add or completely get rid of.

This will be an interactive workshop where we will be invited [but not pressurised] to share with each other, ideas, suggestions and resources and get us thinking.

There will also be hand-outs and resources on display that can be borrowed


HOW TO SIGN UP:  Please put your name on the Trailblazer Training poster, which can be found in the friendship hall by Sunday 31st August 2014.  This will enable Yvonne to finalise the numbers and work out groups.

If you have any questions about whether you should attend this course or would like to discuss anything further, then please speak to:  Carlynn Young, who would be happy to speak to you.


Fully endorsed and supported by Liberton Northfield’s Kirk Session.


Referendum Support

The Scottish Independence Referendum will be held on Thursday 18th September and our church hall will be used for this event. We need to provide a rota of volunteers to man the church from 6.30am until 10.30pm. The rota is in 2 hour slots for volunteer names and is located on the Hall of Friendship notice board. Please add your name to the rota and if you have any questions contact Ian Messer.