Film Club


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.
If you have any suggestions for a film, talk to Sandy or Marie Sneddon.

The May film is:
Tuesday 8th May, Risen (12A)
Risen is a 2016 American biblical drama film directed by Kevin Reynolds; it was conceived from a screenplay written by Reynolds and Paul Aiello.
The Plot: Roman military tribune Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) remains set in his ways after serving 25 years in the army. He arrives at a crossroad when he’s tasked to investigate the mystery of what happened to Jesus (Cliff Curtis) following the Crucifixion. Accompanied by trusted aide Lucius (Tom Felton), his quest to disprove rumours of a risen Messiah makes him question his own beliefs and spirituality. As his journey takes him to places never dreamed of, Clavius discovers the truth that he’s been seeking.

Tuesday 8th June, Alone in Berlin (12A)
Alone in Berlin is a 2016 war drama film directed by Vincent Pérez and written by Pérez and Achim von Borries, based on the 1947 fictionalized novel Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada. The novel’s characters Otto and Anna Quangel are based on the real lives of Otto and Elise Hampel. When their son dies in France, the couple start writing postcards to urge people to protest against Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. The film stars Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, and Daniel Brühl.

Tuesday 12th July, Terms of Endearment  (PG)
Terms of Endearment is a 1983 American comedy-drama film adapted from Larry McMurtry‘s 1975 novel, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, and John Lithgow. The film covers 30 years of the relationship between Aurora Greenway (MacLaine) and her daughter Emma (Winger).

Tuesday 14th August, Gran Torino
Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Christopher Carley, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. This was Eastwood’s first starring role since 2004’s Million Dollar Baby. The film features a large Hmong American cast, as well as one of Eastwood’s younger sons, Scott. Eastwood’s oldest son, Kyle, provided the score. Gran Torino opened via a limited theatrical release in North America on December 12, 2008, and later to a worldwide release on January 9, 2009. Set in Detroit, Michigan, it is the first mainstream American film to feature Hmong Americans. Many Lao Hmong war refugees resettled in the U.S. following the communist takeover of Laos in 1975.

10th September, God is not Dead (2014)
9th October, War Room
13th November, Journey’s End
11th December, TBC
8th January 2019, 2001 A Space Odyssey – 50th Anniversary

Getting to know you….Fiona Sturrock

Born in Wick in 1958 (so 60 this year!)  and grew up on a mixed farm with lots of family around.  The farm provided a great learning for life and fun spending time with my father and uncle, sisters and cousins working at all the seasonal jobs.  I can drive a tractor, once running alongside a combine as it disgorged all the grain.  I can lamb a ewe and love feeding lambs.  Spring was a special time. I haven’t shorn a sheep, but I can roll the fleece for packing.
Farming is a much harder job these days and I do have sympathy for all those trying to make a living.
I headed off to Aberdeen after school, to study pharmacy at Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology, then followed by a post graduate year in Woking Surrey training with Boots the Chemists.  While I enjoyed sojourns into London at weekends, it was too far from Scotland, so I returned north to Boots in Kirkcaldy.
One weekend I was invited to a cousin’s party in Edinburgh and there I met John Sturrock.  We were married 16 months later (now 34 years ago).  We then headed over the Atlantic to live in Philadelphia while John studied for a Masters in Law.  I worked as a pharmacy technician in the University hospital.  Part of the scholarship which John had was to travel all over America.  Hard though it was we had to fill 10 weeks travelling at will round the whole country, a great experience!

We returned to Edinburgh and have been here ever since.  We have 3 ‘children’, now well into their twenties and all working in London.  We head off there as much as we can to visit.
I was baptised and brought up in the Church of Scotland and had a very happy church community.  I enjoyed singing in the junior choir and took part in all the Sunday school activities eventually helping to teach in the primary section.  While in America John and I attended a city centre Presbyterian church and was delighted on hearing the minister on our first visit was very definitely Scottish.  Ernest Somerville had ministered in Alabama during the Civil Rights actions of the 60’s and then fortunately for us served in Philadelphia in his later years.
We returned to the church of Scotland in Edinburgh attending Mayfield Salisbury, but then joined St. Paul’s and St. Georges of the Scottish Episcopalian Church.  This was as we believed to provide our family with the teenage support young people need.  When we moved house in 2015 we also moved to Liberton Northfield being just over the road!  We have had such a warm welcome and feel much at home over the last couple of years.

  1. What is a favourite hymn, and why?
    Oh – difficult – I love so many both modern and traditional. It rather depends on words, which resonate at the time and so too the melody.
  2. What is an early church memory?
    Aged 6 or 7 during a sermon leaning back against the church pew, raising my straw hat up and down in competition with my sister, to our mother’s horror!
  3. What’s your earliest childhood memory?
    On the farm where I grew up, being outside on my own and bringing back new born mice on a shovel for my mum. The farm hands were threshing barley and found them!
  4. In an alternative life, what job would you have chosen?
    Definitely nursing – it was my first choice – but finally chose pharmacy and headed to Robert Gordon’s in Aberdeen.
  5. What are you reading at the moment?
    The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian McLaren. Dipping into this again – always refreshing and encouraging; and Death of a Gossip – a Hamish MacBeth mystery passed on by an American friend who loves Scottish crime novels.
  6. What would be your ideal holiday?
    Somewhere warm – along with a pile of books, near a swimming pool or nice beach. John can come too!
  7. What is your most prized possession?
    My engagement ring, had to have the claws repaired recently – they were worn.
  8. What luxury item would you take to a desert island?
    My shower!
  9. What do you do to relax?
    Watch a good film – cycle, walk or swim – or do a bit of gardening.
  10. What is a favourite quotation?
    ‘To thine own self be true.’ – Shakespeare but first heard from my mum!
  11. What kind of music do you listen to?
    Whatever John is playing loudly!! I enjoy a wide range.
  12. How would you like to be remembered?
    As being loving and kind, oh and fun!
  13. What gets you up in the morning (apart from your alarm clock)?
    Good coffee! Enthusiasm for life and the day ahead which always includes contact in some form with family and friends.

Heart and Soul – Message from Rev Bryan Kerr

Minister, Greyfriars Parish Church, Lanark
Dear colleague,
I would like to invite you and members of your congregation to Heart and Soul 2018, taking place on Sunday 20 May from 12:30 – 6pm, Princes Street Gardens. We hope and pray that this eighth annual event will again be a true celebration of the Church within the centre of our capital city. For the first time, as part of the Year of Young People, we are also hosting a free youth event in the Gardens on Saturday 19 May from 7-9pm.


Visitors will notice significant changes to the event in 2018. As well as reflections and ideas from organisations and congregations of the Kirk on the theme of ‘Peace be with you!’, those who attend will experience a change to the layout of the park. Instead of tents lining the avenues, several meandering paths into new villages have been created to draw visitors into the tents, away from the avenues. Great care has been taken to ensure that all the villages are accessible for those with mobility issues.


We would like to encourage you to invite Sunday Schools and families to join us at our new Family Stage where we will be hosting a giant picnic with Fischy music, games, stories and lots of fun from 12:30 – 3pm. As the theme of the event is ‘Peace be with you!’ we are encouraging everyone to … ‘Bring Your Piece’ and join us at the picnic.


The youth event on Saturday evening will be something very special. We are working in collaboration with Powerpoint Scotland and have invited the Christian EDM group LZ7, to play for an event which aims to attract up to 1,000 young people for a mix of live music, enthusiastic & exciting worship and fellowship.


In another ‘first’ for this year’s event we are hosting the “In Conversation” tent. It will feature a timetable of interesting talks with contributions from Sally Magnusson; Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood OBE with Louise MacDonald (Young Scot); Ross Greer MSP with Very Rev Dr Derek Browning and Robin Downie; Anna Magnusson with Rev Dr Margaret Forrester; and Scots in Great War London Group. Church Elder and BBC’s Hugh Pym will host “In Conversation”.


Add in to all of that over 60 congregation and exhibitors sharing their work and ministry, a packed Main Stage programme of bands and drama, Peace @ St. Cuthbert’s Church, a massed worship service at 5pm in the Ross Bandstand and thousands of people to meet and talk to we hope and pray that there is truly something for everyone at Heart and Soul.


I would invite you to share this information with your congregation, children’s leaders, youth leaders and any others you feel might be interested. If you feel able, it would be wonderful if you were able to share some of the information of the event in your weekly sheets, or congregational emails.


For more information I would encourage you to visit our website


Come join us on Maundy Thursday as we journey through the events of the night that Jesus was betrayed.

Come join us on Maundy Thursday as we journey through the events of the night that Jesus was betrayed.

SEECAT Awareness Evening

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.

Children’s Group Updates


*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

 Awaken to the Gifts of Nature!


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!

Kathleen Munroe

Fancy learning how to operate the sound and projection systems?

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.


42nd Annual Book Sale

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.


Church Hall Polling Station

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.


Church Hall Polling Station

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.