38th Rainbows and 38th Brownies at Liberton Northfield will be looking
at how people live with disabilities to give the girls some idea of how
different people live and overcome hurdles. Both Rainbows and
Brownies will be having a week of Bullying awareness and how we can
support each other. This December the Rainbows and Brownies will be
visiting a local home for the elderly to sing some carols and give the
residents and small gift.
Rainbows have some spaces in January so if you know someone who is
5-7 years and would like to join us, then you can register your interest
38th Rainbows and 38th Brownies at Liberton Northfield will be looking
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the
“Landlubbers” holiday club that ran during the October half term break.
A team of 24 “adult volunteers” and 6 “junior helpers” made this club a
success, covering a wide range of tasks – building relationships with
children, presenting the Bible teaching, leading crafts and games,
preparing snacks, and building scenery – to name but a few.
A total of 52 children were registered for the club, with an average of 36
children attending on each day. Only 6 of these children are regular
attendees at Liberton Northfield – but it was good to welcome back
familiar faces from previous holiday clubs, and from the rainbows and
brownies groups that now run at our church – as well as meeting new
families from our community.
The children were full of enthusiasm for all the activities, and it was
encouraging to see around 25 children bringing their families to the
“finale service” on the Sunday at the end.
A big thank-you to all the volunteers, and also to those who supported
us in other practical ways, bringing shoe boxes for the craft activities
and sheets for the scenery. We also appreciated the support of
congregation members who prayed for the club throughout the week.
The November film is on Thursday 15 th November:
yes a Thursday – the Hall Convenor (me) double -booked the Tuesday
date! The film is Journey’s End.
Journey’s End is a British film adaptation of the play Journey’s End by
R. C. Sherriff. Written by Simon Reade and directed by Saul Dibb, it is
the fifth film adaptation of the play.
The film is set in northern France in March 1918 as C Company, led by
Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin) arrives to take its turn in the front line.
Told that a German offensive is imminent, Stanhope drowns his fears
in whisky while the other officers (Paul Bettany, Tom Sturridge and
Stephen Graham), and their cook (Toby Jones) attempt to distract
themselves in their dugout with talk of food and life before the war.
They are joined in the trenches by Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), a new
young officer fresh out of training who is excited about his first real
posting and the chance to serve under his schoolboy hero Stanhope.
Raleigh’s naïve enthusiasm contrasts with the other men’s mounting
fear as the tension rises and the attack draws ever closer.
Sunday 4th November – Theme: God makes animal and people
Sunday 11th November – Theme: God with us
Sunday 18th November – Theme: Look for the star
Sunday 25th November – Theme: Good news for Mary
Trailblazer had a great Autumn Hallelujah Party on Saturday 27th with
lots of leaf and pumpkin games and crafts. Thank you to all the
Trailblazer leaders and helpers who make the party possible.
Trailblazer Library Corner
Trailblazers are welcome to borrow books from the library, we just ask
that you fill in the borrow book with the details.
Dates for the diary:
Christmas Film Afternoon – For everyone from P1 to high school,
Saturday 8th December 4.30-6.30pm
Nativity Service – For all Trailblazers
Sunday 16th December, Morning service
God Bless all the Trailblazer Leaders/Helpers
7 th Nov. Quilting Group – Liz Duke
17th Nov.(Saturday) Coffee Morning 10-12am
21st Nov. Annual Business Meeting
5th Dec Christmas Meal
Sunday 7th October – Theme: God makes light, day and night Sunday 14th October – Theme: God makes land, plants and sea Sunday 21st October – Holiday Club Service Sunday 28th October – Theme: God makes sun, moon and stars
Hallelujah Party Trailblazers will be having their Hallelujah party on Saturday 27th October 2-4pm. A place for us to celebrate Jesus’s light through this Halloween time with lots of games, crafts and food. Permission slips will be being handed out over the next few weeks, it would be good to have this back before the event, so we have an idea of numbers but on the day is fine too.
Trailblazer Library Corner Unfortunately, on Sunday 14th and 21st October this corner will be getting used for holiday club so will not be set up to use but will be back on Sunday 28th October.
Sparklers Due to the lack of volunteers, Sparklers will be parent lead on Sunday 14th and Sunday 28th October, the story and activity sheet will be available for parents to use. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
God Bless all the Trailblazer Leaders/Helpers Jenny Thomasi
The congregation of Liberton Northfield became vacant on the Induction of the Rev. Mike Taylor to his new charge on 22nd September 2018. Liberton Northfield has therefore been referred to the Deployment of Resources Committee, which next meets on 23rd October, and is responsible for reviewing vacancies in light of the Presbytery Plan before deciding whether to give permission to call a new minister.
It is very important, during this time of vacancy, for the congregation to share in this journey together. We can do this by praying regularly for our congregation and for the progress of the vacancy procedure.
In our system, the Presbytery will meet and communicate with the Kirk Session. The Kirk Session can and will undertake to share information about the vacancy process with the congregation when this information becomes available. Please do understand there will not be new information to share each week, sometimes there will be a month or so between meetings and receiving new information.
As part of the 150th anniversary celebration of our church next year, we want to produce a 2019 calendar. To do this we require photos of the church (exterior or interior) or manse or organisations at work (assuming we have appropriate permissions). If you can help, please contact Ian Messer; you will get photos returned.
The church CD’s are an important outreach for people who cannot come to the actual service, however there is a cost to this, a blank CD costs approximately 25P. Session passed a request to ask regular users to donate £1 per month into the open plate collection to cover the cost of this important ministry.
These nights are held on the second Tuesday of the month in the Falconer Hall. We begin at 7.00pm with tea/coffee to get settled for the film which commences at 7.15pm; there is no charge for the evening event and you can bring a friend, or as many friends as you like
The October film is: 9th October, War Room
War Room is a 2015 American Christian drama film directed by Alex Kendrick and written by himself and Stephen Kendrick. It is the Kendrick brothers’ fifth film and their first through their subsidiary, Kendrick Brothers Productions. The film was released in North American theaters on August 28, 2015, and received generally negative reviews from critics, but became a box office success and a sleeper hit, grossing $74 million worldwide
The Plot: Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter and their dream house but appearances can be deceiving. Their world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a ‘war room’ and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden
struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends with his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident.
COMING SOON: 13th November: Journey’s End Journey’s End is a British film adaptation of the play Journey’s End by R. C. Sherriff. Written by Simon Reade and directed by Saul Dibb, it is the fifth film adaptation of the play. The film was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The Plot: The film is set in northern France in March 1918 as C Company, led by Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin) arrives to take its turn in the front line. Told that a German offensive is imminent, Stanhope drowns his fears in whisky while the other officers (Paul Bettany, Tom Sturridge and Stephen Graham), and their cook (Toby Jones) attempt to distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and life before the war. They are joined in the trenches by Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), a new young officer fresh out of training who is excited about his first real posting and the chance to serve under his schoolboy hero Stanhope. Raleigh’s naïve enthusiasm contrasts with the other men’s mounting fear as the tension rises and the attack draws ever closer.
The 150th Anniversary of Liberton Northfield Church
Editor’s Note: Margaret has been tidying and discovered a very interesting book in the vestry titled ‘The Kirks of Edinburgh’ by A. Ian Dunlop, 1988. It cover’s church information from 1560 to 1984 and verifies the foundation of our current building in June 1869. Here is the Liberton Northfield information contained in the book: Liberton Northfield The church is on the south Side of Gilmerton Road at the corner of Mount Vernon Road. It is a plain building on a SW/NE axis with a stone
tower and spire at the north corner. Two low transepts to seat 500 were added after the building was erected in 1870. A raked floor has above it an interesting timbered roof. The two-manual organ (made in Britain, probably by C & F Hamilton and then used in a Huguenot church in France) was installed in 1903 on the SW wall and in front is a pulpit slightly off-centre to the west with a communion table and oak furniture on the shallow dais. There is no stained glass.
Behind the church is a suite of halls – a small one erected shortly after the church was built to which extensions were made by Basil Spence. The manse is 9 Claverhouse Drive.
The Rev. Walter Fairlie and many of the congregation of Gilmerton QS joined the Free Church at the Disruption. They worshipped first in a hall at Gilmerton and in 1844 a church was opened for them in the village of Stenhouse. The remain of this building may still be seen. There was a school in the basement. The foundation stone of the present church was laid in June 1869. The architect was J. W. Smith. Transepts and hall were added later by Peddie and Kinnear in 1873. There was fire damage in the vestry in 1962. The hall facilities were extended towards Mount Vernon Road after the Second World War. The first manse was at the junction of Ellen’s Glen Road and Lasswade Road (1858). Then a move was made to 270 Liberton Drive and another to 320 Gilmerton Road in 1956. The present manse was purchased in 1967.
A hall was built at Walter Scott Avenue in the Inch housing scheme and dedicated on 17th June 1956. It was sold to the Roman Catholics in December 1971. Gilmerton Free became Liberton Free in 1856, Liberton UF in 1900, Northfield in 1929 and subsequently the name was changed – about 1956 – to Liberton Northfield.
150 years – Commemoration and Celebration
Although we probably won’t have a minister at the start of 2019, that should not stop the church family from commemorating and celebrating this significant, exciting landmark in our churches history. Session have instructed Billy Gordon and Ian Messer to form a
‘steering committee’ to produce a plan of events in 2019. It’s a blank canvas just now. Briefly, the first step is to form a Steering Committee of approximately 15 people. Don’t be upset or disappointed if you are not on this committee as the vision is for this committee to split into numerous sub-groups to organise specific events. Step 2 is a survey form going to the congregation asking members to write down their top 3 event suggestions. The committee is then tasked to, along with their own suggestions, produce a 2019 calendar of events. The vision is to involve all church organisations and organisations using our halls, and all age-groups in the events during 2019.
Evening Services September to end November 2018: Unity, Diversity and the Apostle’s Creed
Our Evening Services will be starting up again on 2nd September at 6:30pm in the Falconer Hall. We have a mix of worship, Bible reading, teaching, discussion and prayer followed by tea and coffee and all are welcome to come along. Sometimes we have a Bible Study format, other times we draw inspiration from an Iona Community style of service, and on occasion we have more traditional format.
Before the summer we were exploring some of the paradoxes of our faith (if you are interested I can lend you the book, Paradoxology by Krish Kandiah, that we were following). During this next period of time until Advent (to end of November) we will be exploring the Apostle’s Creed. The Apostle’s Creed is a statement of faith with content which can be accepted as being “orthodox ” (correct belief) among a wide and diverse range of Christian churches.
As we explore the Apostle’s Creed and what its statements of faith, we will also be reflecting on its use in keeping us true to the Gospel whilst allowing us to celebrate diversity, and how we might maintain “unity without uniformity” and “diversity without fragmentation” in an age of “anxiety and divisiveness”. We will also explore its application to our lives – not just in terms of what we believe (orthodoxy) but also in terms of how we behave (orthopraxy). In addition, we will be using one Sunday evening each month to reflect on what we have been learning during the Morning Services. During the first of these (mid September) we will be reflecting on what we have been learning from the Book of Ruth, including how we might be ruth-full rather than ruthless!