St Giles’ Life

The congregation plays an important role in the life of St Giles’ Cathedral. On this page you will find news and updates which may be of interest to the church community, including the quarterly newsletter and intimations from services.

Latest Intimations

Sunday 11 November – Trinity 24

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be given by Edinburgh Napier University Chamber Choir, directed by Michael Harris.

The Preacher at the Evening Service at 8pm on Sunday will be The Rev Nancy Norman.

Our sympathy goes to our Finance Manager, Suzanne Whitehead, and her family on the untimely death of her son Billy, who was also on staff at the Cathedral.  A service will be held at St Giles’ on Friday 16th November at 10.30am.  The Finance Office remains open but we ask for your understanding if a response is delayed.

“Unknown”, a response to war and conflict by Alison Kinnaird MBE, is on display in the Moray Aisle until Wednesday 14th November.

The Faith in Poetry Group will meet on Wednesday 21st November 7.30 – 9pm in St Giles’ Lower Aisle.  We use The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry by Mark Oakley.  New comers will be made welcome.

The Neighbourhood Group is seeking volunteers to help with Christmas Street Can Collections taking place on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 December, this year in aid of the Rock Trust whose principle objective is to work with young homeless people between 16 & 25.  Last year, with considerable help from the congregation, choir and other friends, we received £3,219 for the benefit of StreetWork.  However, the success of the can collections is totally dependent upon much needed help to ‘rattle’ the cans within the city centre that need not take longer than one hour.  Over the two days, we are licenced to have five collectors on duty at any one time and, as the first shift starts at 10.00 and the last at 15.00, we need volunteers to cover 30 shifts each day.  If you feel able to help, please contact Simon Bolam – simon@simonbolam.co.uk – 0131 225 1849.

The Edinburgh Clothing Store is holding its 8th annual Coffee Morning on Saturday 17th November from 10.00am – 12 noon in the Braid Hall, Morningside Parish Church, Braid Road.  As always there will be a variety of stalls and competitions.  Please come and enjoy a coffee or tea and a cream scone with friends from across the city to support this vital project which helps the most needy in our community.  Tickets are £4 for adults and £1 for children.  All are most welcome.

Sunday 4 November – All Saints / Trinity 23

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be an Organ Recital given by Heinrich Walter.

The Preacher at the Evening Service at 8pm on Sunday will be The Rev Helen Alexander.

The Neighbourhood Group is seeking volunteers to help with Christmas Street Can Collections taking place on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 December, this year in aid of the Rock Trust whose principle objective is to work with young homeless people between 16 & 25.  Last year, with considerable help from the congregation, choir and other friends, we received £3,219 for the benefit of StreetWork.  However, the success of the can collections is totally dependent upon much needed help to ‘rattle’ the cans within the city centre that need not take longer than one hour.  Over the two days, we are licenced to have five collectors on duty at any one time and, as the first shift starts at 10.00 and the last at 15.00, we need volunteers to cover 30 shifts each day.  If you feel able to help, please contact Simon Bolam – simon@simonbolam.co.uk – 0131 225 1849.

All are welcome at Liberton Kirk on Saturday 10th November, 7.30pm, for Evening Songs of Praise, commemorating the centenary of the Armistice.

The Faith in Poetry Group will meet on Wednesday 21st November 7.30 – 9pm in St Giles’ Lower Aisle.  We use The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry by Mark Oakley.  New comers will be made welcome.

Cunningham House: the Neighbourhood Group would greatly welcome Christmas gifts of a practical nature for the residents (typically warm clothing such as socks, beanies, gloves, sweaters, plus toiletries and some ‘goodies’ such as sweets).  The vast majority of the residents are men.  Gifts can be handed to the Beadles who will store them safely until they are delivered before Christmas.

 

Sunday 28 October – Trinity 22

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be given by Debora Ruiz-Kordova, mezzo-soprano, and Ian Sutherland, piano.

The Evening Service at 8pm on Sunday will be a service of Holy Communion. The Rev Calum I MacLeod will preside and preach.

We are pleased to welcome Professor Joe Goldblatt as our guest speaker for the Academic Service.

We give thanks for the life and service of Mrs Meredith Macnab (D8), who died on 11th of September.

On Sunday 4th November, access to West Parliament Square is likely to be by the North/South Bridge as The Mound is closed for an event and diversions will be in place.

Friday 9th November at 8pm: a concert in aid of refugees with the Cathedral Choir. The programme includes Faure’s Requiem. The concert is free but donations will be much appreciated.

 

Latest Newsletter

St Giles Newsletter – 2018.10

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