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 16 December – Advent 3

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be given by Rudsambee.

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

There will be no Evening Service on 30th December.

Advent Appeal: today is our last Sunday supporting the Foodbank appeal to help needy people over the Christmas season.  Tinned and packaged food is preferable.  Bags of food, labelled ‘Foodbank’, should be left behind the ramp at the west end of the church.  Please help.  Contact: Victor Ashton vashton20@gmail.com

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.

The Neighbourhood Group is extremely grateful for the support it has received from many friends who have volunteered to help with the can collections.  We now have a full complement of collectors on Friday 21 December but still need 11 collectors for Saturday 22 December.  Each collecting shift lasts for an hour.  The first starts at 10.00 and the last at 15.00.  All additional help would be very much appreciated as it will meaningfully increase the amount we are able to collect for the Rock Trust.  Please contact Simon Bolam – simon@simonbolam.co.uk or 07850 790051

Sunday 9 December – Advent 2

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

The Preacher at the Evening Service at 8pm on Sunday will be The Rev Calum I MacLeod.

There will be no Evening Service on 30th December.

We give thanks for the life and service of Mr Norman Bissett, D6, who died on 29th November.  A Service of Thanksgiving was held yesterday in St Giles’.

We give thanks also for the life and service of Mrs Nansie Blackie, D5, who died on 27th November.  A service will be held on Monday 10th December, 11.30am, Warriston Crematorium Cloister Chapel.

Advent Appeal: supporting the Foodbank appeal, tinned and packaged food is preferable.  Bags of food, labelled ‘Foodbank’, should be left behind the ramp at the west end of the church.  Next Sunday is our last appeal day.  Please help.  Contact: Victor Ashton vashton20@gmail.com

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.

The Neighbourhood Group is extremely grateful for the support it has received from many friends who have volunteered to help with the can collections.  We now have a full complement of collectors on Friday, 21 December but still need eleven collectors for Saturday, 22 December.  Each collecting shift lasts for an hour.  The first starts at 10.00 and the last at 15.00.  All additional help would be very much appreciated as it will meaningfully increase the amount we are able to collect for the Rock Trust.  Please contact Simon Bolam – simon@simonbolam.co.uk or 07850 790051

Sunday 25 November – Christ the King

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be given by Paul Livingston, viola, and Anna Rastopchina, piano.

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

We welcome to the congregation Lord and Lady Cullen, District 5.

Exhibition: Life of St Andrew continues until 5th December (East wall): the image of St Andrew has been used throughout the centuries to develop a sense of Scottish nationhood which is both distinct and connected to the wider world. But how did Andrew become Scotland’s patron saint, and what is his legacy?

St Andrew’s Day Lecture: on Friday 30th November, 7pm in St Giles’, our inaugural speaker, prominent writer and social justice/environmental activist Alastair McIntosh, will give a state of the nation address to encourage new ideas about Scotland and the wider world.  Entry is free and all are welcome.

Picture, Poetry and Plainsong: a morning of reflection for Advent for members and adherents of St Giles’ Congregation in Meeting Room 2, The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church Halls, 25 Nicholson Street  Edinburgh EH8 9BX on Saturday 8th December 10am – 1pm.  Please note: you will NOT be asked to draw, compose or sing!   For further information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Helen Alexander, 0131 346 0685 or halexander@churchofscotland.org.uk

Advent Appeal: supporting the Foodbank appeal, running for 4 consecutive Sunday beginning today.  Tinned and packaged food is preferable.  Bags of food, labelled ‘Foodbank’, should be left behind the ramp at the west end of the church.  Please help.  Contact: Victor Ashton vashton20@gmail.com

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.

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.

Latest Newsletter

St Giles Newsletter – 2018.10

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