NEWS AND INTIMATIONS
JOHN ROSS VIDEO Liza Qiu, from the Northeast Seminary and Dongguan
Church in Shenyang, China, has sent a video describing John Ross and his
time in China. It shows very good photographs of the church in John’s time
and today. It can be viewed below.
1. OPEN TO ALL Coffee and tea are served in the McDonald Hall at the
close of the Sunday morning services. Everyone is very welcome.
2. SERVICE ON SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY - 30th ANNIVERSARY On 5
February we will have a service to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the
union of Mayfield and Salisbury churches. In a year which will see us work
to unite with two other congregations this will give us an opportunity to
mark our respective histories and how we have melded into a new
3. RECENT BEREAVEMENTS It is with much sadness that we share the
news that Barbara Dodds died on 5 January. Her funeral and service of
thanksgiving will take place on Tuesday 31 January at 10.00am at
4. CAFÉ TIME – FOR MARYS MEALS Saturday 4 February 10.00am to
12noon at Priestfield Church: all welcome. No charge and all donations will
go to Mary’s Meals', a charity which serves nutritious school meals to
children living in some of the world’s poorest communities. The promise of
a good meal attracts these hungry children into the classroom, giving them
the energy to learn and hope for a better future. They are already feeding
2,429,182 children every school day. It costs just £19.15 to feed a child in a
place of education for a whole school year.
5. YOUTH GROUP
Please note that there is NO Youth Group on Sun. 29 Jan. We will be
meeting on Sunday 5 February for a LGBTQ+ and faith discussion night for
all ages (P6-S6) from 6:15-8:00pm
Breakfast Club Outing (12-16+ Young Church): On Sun 5 February, we will
be having our annual breakfast outing at Victor Hugo's near the Meadows.
If you'd like to attend, please sign-up by emailing Hillary before Mon. 30
Jan. Cost is £5 per youth. Consent forms and money are due on the day of
the outing.to attend, please sign-up by emailing Hillary before Mon. 30 Jan.
Cost is £5 per youth. Consent forms and money are due on the day of the outing.
6. WARM SPACES We are joining a local initiative with other churches
and faiths congregations. Combined, this should help to provide warm and
welcoming spaces for five days a week. Our warm hub is every Friday from
1pm to 4pm in Church House, where everyone is most welcome for tea,
coffee, snacks and conversation.
7. 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
8. THURSDAY CLUB takes place every Thursday at 2pm in the Bill
McDonald Hall. This week, Mary Welsh will give a talk which will be
followed by tea and fellowship. All are very welcome!
9. A BRIEF UPDATE ON THE EDINBURGH FOOD BANK There has been an
unprecedented rise in the demand for support from food banks. This year,
the Trussell Trust have started to supply NHS with food boxes, 250 to date.
Each food box (crate) is packed at their warehouse where donations are
sent. Each box contains enough basic food for 2/3 days and all the
essentials. Additionally toiletries, sanitary products and nappies are offered
dependent of need. The individual’s voucher identifies the household size
to ensure that all the family needs can be met. Emergency packs are given
to those without a voucher and information on how to get one. Donations
are date stamped so extras / unpopular donations, healthy cereal, flour etc.
are given to Social Bite who provide home and train opportunities and a
weekly meal service. They also run the restaurant Vesta in Edinburgh.
Each food bank centre tops up its boxes as needed, however, storage space
and the risk of vermin accessing food can be a problem. Consequently it is
requested that any donations are left in the designated box/ via a
designated collection point at our church or one of the supermarkets.
Many thanks for your ongoing support. Joan Adam
10. GIVING – QR CODE 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 safeguards are still operative.
PLATES: Those who would have wished to use it may make use of the
offering plates 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
Scottish Charity Number SC000785
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