Sunday 17th May 1-6 pm
Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
Heart and Soul 2015 is a large-scale celebratory event organised by the Church of Scotland. It coincides with the beginning of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland taking place just a few hundred metres away. The event is designed to celebrate the life and work of the church in Scotland. It’s free to attend and all are welcome!
We’re contributing to the Fresh Expressions stories, at least a little. We’ve explained that the video clips seen by the Kirk Session encouraged new possibilities and allowed us to develop our thinking. You can read more stories from Fresh Expressions.
This Saturday 2nd May, Rachel Hutcheson (Moderator of the National Youth Assembly) and Rt Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly are going to be climbing Ben Lomond – our “Moderators’ Munro Challenge” was to raise awareness of and raise money for Christian Aid in the 70th year of its work across the world. Our good intention, however, has now become an urgent cause. Because together with Christian Aid we have decided that all of the proceeds raised on Saturday will be given to the Christian Aid Nepal Earthquake Appeal. You can contribute at http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news_and_events/news/recent/moderators_munro_challenge_becomes_urgent_fundraising_effort_for_nepal and you’re urged to do so.
We are grateful to those who have volunteered to take part in collecting during Christian Aid week, 10-17 May. To help us understand Christian Aid’s work better and to offer us an opportunity to support its work, there will be a lunch right after worship on 10th May. Everyone is welcome.
On Sunday 17th May we are having a Praise Night in aid of Christian Aid at 6.30 in the church. Audrey and the singers will be leading us in our worship, as we think of the work of Christian Aid and sing songs on the journey from Easter to Pentecost.
We are arranging a trip to the Isle of Whithorn on Saturday 26th September, taking in St Ninians Cave, Whithorn Priory and Museum. We would leave about 9 am and return about 9 pm, with a stop on the return journey home for an evening meal. We hope that friends from St Matthews would join us.
A sign up sheet is in the foyer and we would ask you to sign up by this Sunday, 3rd May, so that we can judge whether this is viable.
You can donate to Christian Aid’s Appeal by visiting their site on http://www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/areas-of-concern/nepal-earthquake.aspx