Guild meeting Wednesday 29th October

Jennifer Merrilees has very kindly accepted the Guild’s invitation to be the guest speaker on Wednesday, 29th October, at 2pm to give a talk
about the Torch Association. We are all very much looking forward to learning more about the work the Torch Association does. All are welcome
and – bring a friend!

Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal 2014

We are now less than 4 weeks away from the start of the Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal 2014.  Last year’s successful run within one week will not be repeated owing to logistical problems with the vehicles and drivers; we hope to better the 2013 total of 6,300 shoeboxes sorted but it will again be over a two-week period.  The dates for this year are:

    Monday 10th November to Friday 22nd November.  There will be only two shifts per day: 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.00pm to 4.00pm.  There will be no evening session.

The main work of the Shoebox Appeal in South Edinburgh is on the sorting centre at Craigmillar Park Church.  It is supported by churches and organisations all over Scotland but particularly by congregations in the Newington and South-East area because members mostly live within an easy distance; and while we are always pleased to receive filled shoeboxes our greatest need is for helpers to give their time sorting the shoeboxes donated by others.  In recent appeals we have handled between 5,000 and 7,000 boxes each year.

We need:
Volunteers
to help with shoebox sorting in the Hall at Craigmillar Park Church.  There are 2 shifts each day, from 9:30am-12:30pm and 1pm-4pm every weekday and we need at least 6 sorters per shift.

(To help with the arrangements:
If your church is already involved in the shoebox appeal, please would you pass this email to your co-ordinator and ask him or her to contact me.

  • If you are not yet involved, we would like you to consider getting involved. You would need to organise a local co-ordinator and, again, ask him or her to contact me.)

 

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.

 

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.