SEECAT is holding an Information Evening on Children and Families in South Edinburgh on Monday 26th October from 7 – 9pm.
This will be in Liberton Kirk Centre, Kirkgate, and there will be light refreshments. Bethany Christian Trust and Safe Families for Children Scotland will be facilitating the evening along with someone from the Edinburgh South Social Work Team.
Do come along to discuss together how our churches can work with the community to strengthen and support families in our local area.
Our holiday club is available to any child of primary school age and is running 12-16th October each morning 10.00-12.30.
This is run with the help of Scripture Union and this year our theme is Polar explorers. If your child would like to join in, please fill in the registration form and return this via email email@example.com.
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*During May, the Trailblazers have been learning about some of the things
Jesus taught us in John chapters 14 to 16. While all age groups have been
considering the same verses, they have done so in slightly different ways.
For the All Stars group, these chapters were considered under the headings
“true path”, “true growth” and “true guide”.*
*During June, the Trailblazers will be considering the life of the early
church in Acts chapters 13 to 16.*
*Advance notice of dates for the diary: There will be an “end of school
year” family service on Sunday 21st June. The next meeting of Trailblazer
leaders and helpers has been scheduled for Tuesday 22nd September at 7:30.*
*We would welcome any new additions to the team of leaders and helpers
working with the Trailblazers. If this is something that you could get
involved in then please contact Margaret Padfield or Rona Lawson for an
informal chat about what this involves.*
*Trailblazers summer event*
*A “crafts and sports” afternoon is being organised for the Trailblazers on
Saturday 13th June. It will take place in the Liberton Northfield church
hall from 3:30 to 5:30pm and all of the children will be very welcome.*
*Training for leaders and helpers involved in children’s work*
*A training morning for all the leaders and helpers involved in the
children’s work at Liberton Northfield was held on Saturday 9th May. There
was a good turnout, with 15 people attending, and we took time to consider
a diverse range of topics. Amos opened the day with a Bible reading and
message to focus our attention on why the children’s work is so important.
Jenny Fepuleai gave us some new ideas on ways to tell Bible stories to
children, and encouraged us in a practical exercise. Ann MacLeod from St
Paul’s church in Glasgow then gave us a presentation on food handling – and
we all did well in the quiz at the end, although we do have a couple of
practical suggestions to follow up on. After coffee, Helen Palmer led us in
considering the purpose of crafts in our sessions with the children, and
gave us the opportunity to make some for ourselves. Angus Morrison (who
leads the Scripture Union holiday club we run in October) came through from
Glasgow to give us some points to consider on the way we interact with the
children. On a practical note, Jeff Hodgson talked us through the Liberton
Northfield fire policy, and then we all learned a new song from Fischy
music – “Sing a new song” – which we have since sung with the children
during the Sunday morning service. The morning was rounded off with an
excellent lunch prepared by Rebecca and we all headed home happy but with
lots to think about. Several of the presentations were accompanied by
handouts – please contact Margaret Padfield if you would like a copy of
When my loved sister Dene sent me the poem by William Wordsworth- “The Tables Turned” – and commented in her accompanying note, “….I knew that you, being a nature lover would get a lot from it,” I knew that I had to recount my own reaction to that beautiful poem. It speaks essentially of how busy we all are for far too much of the time, our noses stuck in books (….or more frequently smartphones, iPads or mobile phones, which of course were an as yet unimagined invention in Wordsworth’s day). It refers to our often complete oblivion to the ‘Nature-al’ world around us; we are so busy hurrying here and there, cramming our lives with a lot of inconsequential matter; keeping our eyes on the time, racing from one activity to another, trying to pack in as much as we can; faster, faster, faster. Everything is ‘instant’…..which, for many, is still too slow.
As I write, it is to the accompaniment of the rich, flutey, yet quietening call of a returning blackbird to our garden for the summer. It is after nine o’clock in the evening, but being early spring, it is still quite light and not yet time for bed for him. As early as 3.30am – and sometimes even earlier – I might awaken to the sweet chortling of a robin joyously proclaiming first light…. And during the weekends, when I am at home more often, the soft whisper of the bluetit and lazy, warm, cricket-like trill of a greenfinch in the hedges, evoke comforting hopes of warm and sunny days ahead.
On my ride into work on the bus each weekday, as I look around a good many folk are either beating out a text message, rolling their small screens up and down looking at past photographs taken, or playing a “solitary game” on their phones. I look out of the window. There are no wires suspended from my ears pouring music into them. I have time and space and if I’m lucky, the relative quietness to sit back and fill my soul with the wonders of Nature in all her Spring glory:
– the large, white-blossomed trees quite awesome (in the true sense of the word), like the billowing white frock of a lucky bride, extravagantly chiffoned, outdoing everything else in the garden with its wondrous beauty
– the long-awaited blue of a Scottish sky on an early spring day; the soft, sweet fragrance of the air outside.
When I alight from the bus at last at Murrayfield, and walk along the footpath to the stadium where I work, ‘clouds of deep pink’ line the far side of green Roseburn Park. The trees over on that side have given way to the stark ‘black lace’ effect of winter; the cherry trees are richly endowed in frothy pink, their very petals serrated and softly clustered, like creamy puffs – always the same, year after year.
All about me – daily – there is newness in growth everywhere, and I give thanks for the gift of sight and sound, for the freedom to go at my own pace before I reach the office and get shunted into the ‘day’s doings’. I stop to look over the edge of the bridge railings that span this particular reach of the Water of Leith, past Murrayfield, and I am fascinated to see the goosanders and mallards swimming about…..or fishing….or sleeping on one leg in the sunshine, head tucked under wing.
The daffodils may be over, but their yellow cheerfulness is replaced by the lush, sweet fragrance of newly mown grass in the park, and the young rowan trees flaunting their first tiny and tender green buds of spring.
There is a deep rejoicing in my heart, born of taking my eyes out of the world’s flurried media and publications, disconnecting myself from electronics, and drinking in, in large gulps, this brand new season……looking forward to late rosy sunsets, sun-drenched days, and ripe, luscious fruits of summer, before the gold of autumn will surely follow on. Almost six months of this beauty, if we’re lucky!
It’s worth keeping my eyes and ears fully open for!
Fancy learning how to operate the sound and projection systems?
As you know, Peter Austin and David Inglis do a great job every week operating the church sound and projection systems but what would happen if they were both away at the same time – the service quality would suffer. We are therefore looking for volunteers to learn how to operate these systems in order to act as emergency cover. Having an email address is essential and if you are interested, please talk to either Peter or David.
At St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street, Edinburgh there is the 42nd Annual Book Sale with Art and Collectables on Saturday 9th May, 10am to 4pm, Monday 11th May to Friday 15th May, 10am to 3.30pm with late night opening to 7pm on Thursday 14th May.
The Undercroft Café is open all day, with prayers at 1pm each day.
As you probably know, there is a General Election on Thursday 7th May. Our church hall is being used as a polling station and we are looking for volunteers on Election Day to be on duty. The duties are in two-hour timeslots between 6.30am and 10.30pm and there is a sheet pinned on the church noticeboard in the Hall of Friendship just waiting to be populated with names. Your help representing our church on Election Day is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Ian Messer.
As you probably know, there is a General Election on Thursday 7th May. Our church hall is being used as a polling station and we are looking for volunteers on Election Day to be on duty. The duties are in two-hour timeslots between 6.30am and 10.30pm and there is a sheet pinned on the church noticeboard in the Hall of Friendship just wait-ing to be populated with names. Your help representing our church on Election Day is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Ian Messer.
Celebrate Recovery is a 12 step Christ Centred Recovery programme which aims to encourage people to address their hurts, hang ups and habits – depression, low self esteem, anger, co-dependency, addictions. ….
WE meet in the Hub – Gilmerton church, Ravenscroft Street (opposite the post office) every Thursday, 52 weeks a year with some adjustment for Christmas
The teaching evenings always have the same format – doors open at 7 for welcome and a cup of tea or coffee, the session begins at 7.30. It’s a 25 week cycle – people can come along any week, they do not have to begin at the beginning! Every session begins going through the 8 principles of Celebrate Recovery (see website or facebook) and focussing on the steps which embrace that principle, followed by a short teaching session. Then there is a short break after which the women go in to one group and the men another for a time of ‘open-sharing’. This is not a place for ‘fixing’. The programme encourages folk to work on or look towards writing up in some form a personal inventory which they can work on with an accountability partner or sponsor. Admittedly not many have reached this stage, but it is what we are hoping for so we can really begin to address our hurts, hang ups and habits. From my own experience, I would judge it to be a safe, supportive, un pressured, non judgemental environment. People drop in and out of CR. We have had as many as 35 attending – many more on testimony nights. But there is a regular core of 15-20. No formal referral is necessary – any one can walk through the door.
The last Thursday of every month we start with a shared meal at 7 followed by someone sharing the story of their journey to recovery. In May 2015 we are planning to offer food every Thursday.
Recently we started a new project in partnership with Teen Challenge. This is at the High Rises at Moredum/Little France with the Teen Challenge converted prison van and we will be there as a ‘drop in’ – folk can just drop in to the van for a cup of tea and a chat. Watch this space! Who knows the next step for some might be to come along to check out CR. Or they might want to come along to the community lunch that takes place in the Tron Church, run by Grow Stronger/Transition Edinburgh south on a Tuesday 11.30 to 2.30.
Date for you Diaries Thursday 26 March May Nicolson from Govan author of Miracles from Mayhem
* Sunday Service starts 11am every Sunday with Children’s groups commencing after a short period in the main service. Tea and coffee is served in the Friendship hall after the service.
* Bible study on Monday mornings take place at Rebecca Akhigbe house from 10.30-12.30.
* Mums and Tots runs during term time in the Falconer Hall from 2pm till 3:30pm every Monday
* Wednesday sees bible study at 7:30pm.
* New Life Tots is held every Friday in the Falconer Hall, 9.30 – 11.30am and is organised by Jan.
* ‘Prayers in the Church’ is held:
Wednesdays: 10.30 – 11.30am
Saturdays: 10.00 – 11.00am
Sundays: start at 10.30am
During January, the Trailblazers have been learning about people who met Jesus from Luke chapters 5 to 10. This included the healing of the man who couldn’t walk, the woman who washed Jesus’ feet, and Mary and Martha.
During February, the Trailblazers will be learning about King David from 2 Samuel chapters 5 to 12.
There will be a Trailblazers leaders meeting on Tuesday 10th February at 7:30pm at the home of Jan and Billy Grubb. All Trailblazer leaders and helpers are wellcome.