Real Church Real Life

Public lectures at the Faith Mission Bible College (FMBC)

On Monday 29th September we begin a series of talks from the book of II Corinthians.  The speaker, Robert Murdock, is the Principal of the FMBC.  He has served as the minister of two Churches, one in the UK and the other in Canada.  Robert is excited about having the opportunity to journey through II Corinthians in these evening lectures. The Church at Corinth stood at the crossroads of the ancient world and faced the same kind of challenges that Churches in the 21st-century in Edinburgh face.  This letter is bursting at the seams with lessons for us to discover, learn and apply to each of our lives and church fellowships. 2 Corinthians does not enjoy the popularity among Christians that it deserves.  The letter contains Paul’s most comprehensive statement in the New Testament concerning the death of Christ (5:14-21). It extols the superiority of the new covenant over the old that is paralleled only by the book of Hebrews. It brings to light the struggles in ministry in a way that no other book does. It is a letter which is full of passion and pathos as Paul defends himself and his ministry against his critics that were seeking to destabilize the Church. In short, this is a study worth being part of. Come and join us each Monday evening from 7.30-9.00 pm. On at least four of the ten evenings, men with experience in the area of study will bring a focused and practical treatment of the subject in the second lecture.

School of the Bible lectures starts at 7.30pm, with a break for tea/coffee. There is no charge for these events.

Focus on the work of the charity ‘500 Miles’

South East Edinburgh Churches Acting Together (SEECAT) are holding an event called Focus on the work of the charity ‘500 Miles’ with the speaker Olivia Giles. The event will be held on Wednesday 24th September at 7pm at the Tron Kirk, Craigour Gardens. There will be refreshments, tombola and a Traidcraft stall. Tickets are £1 from Irene Hoy or pay at the door.
Olivia Giles has an inspiring story to tell, she was working as a lawyer in 2002 when she caught meningococcal septicaemia and had to have her hands and feet amputated to save her life. In 2007 she founded the charity 500 miles, which supplies prosthetic limbs to developing countries.


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.


Safeguarding Training Sign up

If anyone who intends attending the Safeguarding training have not yet signed up, please contact Carlynn Young. Irene and Rachael are happy to discuss the training with visitation team members who are duty bound to attend this training course, or future courses.


Details of the course are as follows:



TIME:  19:00hrs – 21:30hrs



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


Fit for a King

Our Kids Club for Primary School aged children each morning October 13th-17th

Would you like to be involved? With the help of Angus Morrison and some other friends from Glasgow, we will run a varied programme where the Kids get to have fun with games, craft, songs, Bible teaching, drama, delicious snacks etc. Last year the excitement was catching and we all had a great time.

The next preparation meeting is on Tuesday

12th August at 7.30 at Liberton Northfield Church