NEWS AND INTIMATIONS
NEWS AND INTIMATIONS
1. ANNUAL FIRE DRILL Our annual fire drill will take after the service
today. Following the three-fold amen, the Minister will make a brief
reminder announcement and thereafter the alarm will sound.
Please then safely (at a pace you are comfortable with) make your way to
the nearest exit and gather (if staying for coffee) in either the car park or
next to the bus stop on Mayfield Road. The fire evacuation plans are noted
in the insert included with this order of service.
2. YOUNG ADULT (20s-40s) GROUP - SLAINTE. Join us each month as we
gather for community, fellowship & faith exploration. Our first gathering
will be tomorrow, Monday 26 Sep, from 7-9pm in the upstairs of the Old
Bell Inn on Ratcliffe Terrace.
3. OPEN TO ALL Coffee and tea will be served in the McDonald Hall at
the close of the Sunday morning services. Everyone is most welcome.
4. YOUTH WORSHIP - TONIGHT at 7.00pm - We will be meeting in the
Bill McDonald Hall for a night of praise, prayer and reflection. All ages invited!
5. FOODBANK DONATIONS With the great concern about the cost of
living over the winter, we are re-starting collections of tinned and dried
food (not fresh food) to give to those who will be in need. Most of the food
will be donated to the foodbank which is open on Wednesday afternoons
by our friends at Priestfield Parish Church, run via the Edinburgh Food
Project. Some will be retained here, in case anyone comes to the church
looking for food. If you would like to donate, there will be marked buckets
at the side door for bags of food to be placed in. Thank you!
6. Please support the DEC PAKISTAN FLOODS APPEAL – a message from
Christian Aid. The devastating floods in Pakistan have killed at least 1,100
people, and left more than 6 million in urgent need of humanitarian
assistance. The government of Pakistan has called for international
assistance to provide humanitarian aid, and in response, the Disasters
Emergency Committee (DEC) have launched an emergency appeal.
Christian Aid is not present in Pakistan, so are not responding directly.
Instead they are asking us to support their fellow DEC member charities, to
meet people’s basic needs such as food, clean water and shelter. They
urgently need more funds to scale up their operations - and conditions are
expected to worsen as the rains continue. The UK government has
announced it will match pound for pound the first £5 million of public
donations. With your prayers and your gifts, will you stand with our global
neighbours in Pakistan? You can donate:
• Online at www.dec.org.uk/appeal/pakistan-floods-appeal
• By phone on 0330 678 1000.
• By post to Disasters Emergency, PO Box 999, London EC3A 3AA
7. ANNUAL LEAVE Kay McIntosh DCS will be on annual leave from Friday
23 September to Saturday 8 October inclusive.
8. PASTORAL CARE AND THE PRAYER CHAIN During Kay’s annual leave,
all pastoral care matters and requests for the prayer chain are to be sent to
the Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth: 0131 667 1286 - AForsyth@churchofscotland.org.uk
9. TRAIDCRAFT STALL – TODAY (Sunday 25 September) I know you will
want to hang on to all your money bearing Queen Elizabeth’s head but we
do need you to spend cash on our excellent range of coffees, teas, biscuits,
muesli, and chocolate. See you not this Sunday but next!
10. MIDWEEK PRAYERS You are most welcome to attend a time of
peace, prayer and reflection in the church sanctuary, this Tuesday at 10.00am.
11. THURSDAY CLUB resumes on Thursday 6 October at 2.00pm. Each
week, the club will feature a talk followed by tea and fellowship. All are
12. THE NEWMAN ASSOCIATION, EDINBURGH are meeting at Mayfield
Salisbury on Monday 3 October from 7.00pm to 9.30pm. Topic - The
Synod - an evening of presentations and discussion. Speaking will be Fr
John Deighan and Sr Anna Marie McGuan RSM co-ordinators of the
preparation for the Synod of Bishops for the Archdiocese of St Andrews
and Edinburgh, Fr Tom McGill co-ordinator of the preparation for the
Synod of Bishops for the Diocese of Motherwell and Rosa Murray
representing The Scottish Laity Network. All are warmly invited to attend. A
donation of £5 from non-members is requested to cover our costs.
The Newman Association is a national organisation whose members meet
regularly in local ‘circles’ to discuss and develop their understanding of the
Christian faith. Most of us are (Roman) Catholic, but Christians of other
traditions are warmly welcome as Associate Members.
13. JOIN THE CHOIR! It is lovely to have the choir and Chamber Group
back for this Sunday. The numbers of volunteers are dwindling and it would
be great to have some new voices joining us. You would be made very
welcome. We practice for about an hour on Thursday evenings and have a
run through before the 10.45 service on Sunday. While some musical
literacy is useful it is not essential and the expert members of the Chamber
Group provide support and help in learning the music. We rehearse music
for a week two ahead so if you can't manage every rehearsal and Sunday
we would still be glad to see you for what you could manage. If you are
interested or want to find out more speak to our choir leader Walter
Thomson. 0131 662 0405 and email@example.com
14. PASTORAL CARE If you would like to have a regular home visit or
telephone call from one of our pastoral care team, please contact me and I
will arrange that for you. If you would like to be held in prayer, or would
like us to pray for someone you know, please make your request to Kay. If
you would like to participate in our confidential prayer chain praying for
these requests, please get in touch; prayer chain emails are sent out once a
week. You can email Kay on 07587 043 191 or firstname.lastname@example.org
15. SOUND DESK SUPPORT It is very important that we have an effective
sound system to support our services. For over 10 years we have been
served by a set of volunteers who each take on operating the sound desk
for one month each year at the 10.45 service. Unfortunately this group has
recently reduced in number and it is unreasonable to have ask those
remaining to increase their involvement. We thus urgently need new
individuals to join the team so that we can continue to provide high quality
sound in the sanctuary. William sets up the system each Sunday (before he
moves over to operate the live streaming) and the sound desk operator
only has to operate the sliders to turn on the microphones for the minister,
lectern reader, pulpit etc. as required. Introduction and training can be
readily provided for individuals who are prepared to join the team.
16. GIVING – QR CODE Today you will see we have added a QR code to
this Order of Service and larger versions near the exit doors. Our Quick
Response code is a handy way of using your smart ‘phone or tablet’s QR
app to link you to our Giving Page. Once you have joined the Giving Page
all the usual protocols and safeguards are still operative.
Restrictions have prevented circulation of the ‘plate’ during services but
those who would have wished to use it may make use of the bowls situated
in the vestibule and halls entrance, at the close of the service. Regular and
one-off donations are possible online at www.give.net/20311853 (scan the
QR code) Or please contact our Freewill Offerings Treasurer, Hugh
Somerville on 0131 466 2446 or email@example.com
Order of service for next week: Thursday – 6.00pm
Next parish magazine Grapevine: Friday 30 September at 6.00pm
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