Intimations

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Sunday 26 January 2020 – Epiphany 3

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday features The Kevock Choir, directed by Graham Lovett, in a concert to mark Homeless Sunday.

Evening Prayer at 8pm on Sunday will be a service of Holy Communion. The Rev Craig Meek will preside and preach.

The funeral of Mrs Sheena Winney is on Tuesday 28 January, 11.30am, at Dunfermline Crematorium.  A Thanksgiving Service will be held at a later date in St Giles.

We give thanks for the life and service of Dr E Ian Adam, D4, who died at the weekend.  The funeral is on 6 February, 1pm at Warriston Crematorium.

FreshStart is seeking help to provide specific items, urgently needed, for the ‘starter packs’ distributed to those moving from being homeless into accommodation.  The items requested include: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, shower gel, washing-up liquid, toilet cleaner, multi-purpose spray, toilet rolls, laundry tablets, white cloths, dinner and side plates, double bedding (sheets and duvet covers); all would be very much appreciated.  If they are delivered to St Giles’, we will ensure they are speedily transferred to FreshStart.

The Chinese lantern installation of the “Burns & Beyond” celebration continues to transform the Cathedral with a canopy of over 400 lanterns.  St Giles’ is running a programme of free daytime events and the festival organisers are providing an evening illumination and soundtrack (ticketed, please see https://www.burnsandbeyond.com for more information).

The book “Stall Plates of the Thistle Chapel” is currently available in the shop for £5.00 (75% reduction).

Open Streets returns on 2nd February and on the first Sunday of each month thereafter.  As before, anyone requiring essential access 10am-6pm, including Blue Badge holders, should contact the organisers directly and ask to go on their Exceptions List; you will need to provide vehicle details and preferred timings so that this can be given to barrier staff in advance, and you (and your car) will be walked in by event team staff for public safety reasons.  Contact: Tracy Wedderburn (Event Manager, Open Streets Edinburgh) on 07919 894587 or email emailtracyfoster@gmail.com .

Heriot Watt University Chaplaincy hold their annual public lecture on Monday 3 February at 7pm, James Watt Centre, Riccarton.  “Making Money for Doing Good: how faith-based entrepreneurs are helping to combat global poverty” is given by Dr Richard Higginson, author and founding Director of “Faith in Business”.   Light refreshments from 6pm.  Tickets are free but please register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2020-heriot-watt-university-chaplaincy-annual-lecture-tickets-80456659033 or contact the Chaplaincy 0131 451 4508 / chaplaincy@hw.ac.uk

On Thursday 20 February, 6.30pm, Blackwell’s Bookshop welcomes Jill Weber, author of “Even the Sparrow: A Pilgrim’s Guide to Prayer, Trust and Following the Leader”, as she shares her story of a life of prayerful detours that have led her from a truck-come-prayer space in an impoverished Canadian neighbourhood to becoming the leader of international community of urban ‘monastics’.

 

Sunday 19 January 2020 – Epiphany 2

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be given by Cantica Alba, directed by Michael Harris.

Evening Prayer at 8pm on Sunday will be conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod.

We give thanks for the life and service of Mrs Sheena Winney (D4), who died on 16th January. Details of the funeral will be announced shortly.

In celebration of Burns Night and Chinese New Year falling on the 25th January, a stunning Chinese lantern installation has been created to transform the Cathedral with a canopy of over 400 lanterns as part of the “Burns and Beyond” celebration. St Giles’ will run a programme of free daytime events and the festival organisers will provide an evening illumination and soundtrack (ticketed). Please see https://www.burnsandbeyond.com for more information.

Edinburgh Churches Together holds an ecumenical service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020 on Wednesday 22 January at 7.30pm, City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square. Guest speaker: Rt Rev John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh (SEC), theme “Unusual Kindness”. The service will be followed by refreshments. The materials for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been chosen by the churches of Malta and Gozo. The theme is taken from the Acts of the Apostles when St Paul and those with him encountered unusual kindness from the inhabitants of those islands where he was shipwrecked.

On Sunday 26 January at 6pm The Kevock Choir will present a charity concert in support of Homeless Sunday. Attendance is free but a collection will be taken in support of the Bethany Christian Trust. All are welcome.

Heriot Watt University Chaplaincy annual public lecture “Making Money for Doing Good: how faith-based entrepreneurs are helping to combat global poverty” is given by Dr Richard Higginson on Monday 3 February at 7pm (refreshments 6pm) in the James Watt Centre, Riccarton.

The book “Stall Plates of the Thistle Chapel” is currently available in the shop for £5.00 (75% reduction).

 

Sunday 12 January 2020- Epiphany 1

Copies of Orders of Service with enlarged print are available from the stewards at both morning services for those who require them.

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be given by The St Giles’ Piano Trio.

Evening Prayer at 8pm on Sunday will be conducted by The Rev Craig Meek.

St Giles’ is hosting the launch of an important new publication, The History of
Scottish Theology, on Tuesday 14 January at 5.30 pm. Following a brief
introduction from co-editors Mark Elliott and David Fergusson, a three-person
panel will reflect on each of the three volumes, followed by general discussion
and a drinks reception. All are welcome.

The Kevock Choir will be presenting a charity concert in St Giles’ on Sunday
26 January at 6pm (St Giles’ at 6) in support of Homeless Sunday. Attendance
is free but a collection will be taken in support of the Bethany Christian
Trust. All are welcome.

Thanks to the superb generosity of the congregation and our many friends, a
considerable quantity of Christmas gifts was delivered by St Giles’ to
Cunningham House ahead of Christmas Day; the gifts were much appreciated.
particularly by those for whom Christmas otherwise has little joy to offer —
many thanks indeed to all who contributed.

As a result of the combined efforts of the many volunteers, who ‘rattled cans’
in the city centre on the Friday and Saturday before Christmas. together with an
amazingly generous gift from the Choir, St Giles’ donated £3,481.15 to
Cunningham House in support of its work to provide accommodation to
homeless individuals as they seek rehabilitation back to normal living. A huge
thank you is due to all who helped to make this venture such a success.