THE KIRK OF HOLYROODHOUSE
Minister Revd Neil Gardner Tel: 556 3515
Session Clerk Mr David Croft Tel: 620 0063
Treasurer Mrs Jenifer Davidson Tel: 667 4221
Organist Mr Richard Neville-Towle Tel: 467 0066
Care Co-ordinator Mrs Fiona Grant Tel: 478 0100
Flower Convenor Mrs Anne Baker Tel: 660 1852
Caretaker Mr Jimmy Robertson Tel: 556 9668
Events Administrator Mrs Marion Brown Tel: 666 2000
Manse Office Tel: 556 3515
Web Site www.canongatekirk.org.uk
CHURCH SERVICES The usual times for Services are:
10.00 am Family Service
11.15 am Parish Worship
Normally, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism is conducted on the first Sunday of the
month, the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the last Sunday of the month.
MINISTER'S LETTER couple have given to each other and
Later this month I shall be writing to our country these last sixty years, so
another letter, on behalf of our Kirk we also offer congratulations to all
Session and congregation, offering those couples whose wedding in
loyal greetings and hearty Canongate Kirk this year has been “in
congratulations to HM The Queen all essentials exactly the same”, and
and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on who now look ahead to a long and
the occasion of their Diamond happy married life full of love, faith
Wedding anniversary on 20th and loyalty.
November. At their marriage in
Westminster Abbey in 1947, before a The concert given by John Kitchen
congregation of two thousand, the and the Edinburgh University Singers
then Archbishop of York referred to on Sunday 28th October was a
the ceremony as “in all essentials wonderfully fitting tribute to my late
exactly the same as it would have been father, Norman Gardner, and I was
for any cottager who might be married touched that Dunbar, Alyth and
this afternoon in some small country Canongate were all so well
church in a remote village…” The represented in the appreciative
essentials, I suppose, included the audience. Grateful thanks are due to
promises made and the ring everyone who contributed to the
exchanged by the young couple before retiring offering, which raised the
God. magnificent total of £860. This will
In a typical Church of Scotland go towards funding further student
wedding service – and I’m glad to say involvement in the musical life of our
we’ve had a lot of those at Canongate church in the future. In that
this year – bride and groom promise connection we have recently
to be “loving, faithful and loyal” to appointed a student assistant musician
each other, and rings are blessed and to help out on a couple of Sundays a
exchanged as a sign of the unending month. Edward Dewhirst is a second-
commitment they make through their year music student at the University of
vows. As we give thanks for the Edinburgh, and we welcome him
unending commitment that the royal warmly amongst us.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY At the recent Kirk Session meeting
11th November As usual services will Andrew Murray was formally
be held at 10am and 10.45am. There admitted to our membership and we
will be a retiring offering in aid of welcome him warmly.
Poppy Appeal Scotland. After the
main service wreaths will be laid at the
Canongate War Memorial. CONCERTS
Friday 9 November 7.30pm
Boyan Ensemble of Kiev – sacred
PARISH REGISTER songs and chants of Ukraine. Tickets
We were glad to welcome Archie £16 (£14) available at the door.
William Lockhart infant son of
William & Joanna Frain-Bell and Thursday 15 November 6pm
James Malcolm infant son of Edinburgh University Renaissance
Michael & Lynne Tilley into the family Singers 'In principio erat Verbum' –
of the church at their baptism on 7th featuring motets by Orlando di
October. James' grandparents, Jim & Lassus, Jacob Handle Gallus, Hans
Sheila Malcolm celebrated the 40th Leo Hassler and Jacobus de Kerle.
anniversary of their marriage in Tickets £7 (£4) available at the door.
Canongate Kirk on the same day.
Friday 16 November 7.30pm
Ione-Rose Mariella Evie infant Natasha Day (Soprano) and Alisdair
daughter of Malcolm & Marie-Claire Kitchen (Piano) – including songs and
Fleming and granddaughter of piano solos by Schubert, Mozart,
Richard & Thelma Ewing was also Britten and Debussy. Tickets £5 (£3)
baptised into the family of the church available at the door.
on 21st October.
Wednesday 21 November 8pm
Congratulations to Neil and Kirstin Geir Botnen (Piano), Kristina
Stephens (nee Fairbairn) who were Ebbersten (Violin) and Rhoda
married on 6th October and Keith Achieng Ondeng (Voice) – an evening
and Sharon Miller (nee Hunter) of music by Grieg performed by
whose marriage was blessed by the leading Norwegian musicians. Tickets
Minister on 27 October. £7 (£5) on sale at the door.
We send our condolences to the Saturday 24 November 8pm
families of Ralph Somerville, Betty Edinburgh University Chamber Choir
Graham, Joey Callander and Sandy including music by Tavener, Bach,
Sanderson of Whitefoord House, Handel, Glinka and Finzi. Tickets £5,
whose funerals were held in October. students £2.50 on sale at the door.
Wednesday 28 November 7pm LIFE AND WORK
The Band of the Royal Regiment of A Life of Service Peter Wilson, chief
Scotland. Free admission, with constable of Fife Police, is the subject
retiring collection in aid of a military of this month’s profile and expresses
charity. concern at the increasing pressure on
Scotland’s police officers as a result of
Friday 30 November 7.30pm the loss of community. “One of the
John Marshall (Tenor), Francisco challenges is that demand is
Garcia (Baritone) and Rebecca El- increasing. Society is working less
Attar (Soprano) – an evening of light collectively together and there is far
opera classics including Verdi, Bellini, less tolerance in communities. People
Donizetti and Mozart. Tickets £8 are far more inclined to call us out,
(£6) available at the door. when in the past, people would know
each other and matters would be
Saturday 1 December 7.30pm sorted out locally.” Wilson, a lifelong
Calton Consort. includes Frank Christian, also reflects on his faith and
Martin’s Mass for Double Choir and his role as the public face of the G8
Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erde. Tickets summit at Gleneagles in 2005.
For more details see the flier on the The Saints of Scotland To mark All
notice board or at the back of the Saints’ Day on November 1, the
church. legacy of Scotland’s early Christians is
explored along with a guide to some
of the country’s lesser-known saints,
HOMELESSNESS / SUPPORT including St Boisil (the man who gave
FOR GREYFRIARS PROJECT his name to St Boswells in the
Since The Ark Meals Service closed in Borders), St Nathalan (an
June, we have been supporting the Aberdeenshire farmer who became
Greyfriars Project with long life foods bishop) and St Baithene (a cousin of
and clothes. They have recently made Columba who constantly kept a hand
a special request that we gather the raised to heaven in prayer).
following items for them:
A Year-round Operation The Lady
Tins of Corned Beef, Tuna, Beans, Haig Factory in Edinburgh produces
Fruit, Custard, Chopped Tomatoes the 4.1 million poppies sold across
and jars of Pasta Sauce, Coffee & Scotland this month. Thomas Baldwin
Sugar. No Soup, Pasta or Tea Bags reflects on the factory’s history and
are required. discovers the business of producing
poppies is not just for November.
Multi-faith Scotland In the second encouraged everyone to do their bit to
part of a three-part series, Laurence slow down the effects of global
Wareing learns about Judaism and warming. £150 was raised for the
Hinduism. Worldwide Fund for Nature.
A Bridge of Understanding
Scottish Inter-faith Week takes place CHRISTMAS CHOIR
at the end of November. Andrew We are a group of enthusiastic
Sarle of the Churches Agency for amateurs and would like to invite
Inter-Faith in Scotland outlines the more people to join the choir. If you
benefits of the week and ‘the would like to be part of it, rehearsals
increasing benefits of ecumenical co- will take place on the first three
existence and appreciation of each Sundays in December at 10.30
other’s gifts.’ between the two services. The service
of lessons and carols will be on 23
Faith in Finance Financial December. All welcome!
columnist Simon Bain meets a Scot
who is preaching the importance of
faith in financial management. Crown CHRISTMAS SUPPER
Financial Ministries is a Christian A congregational Christmas Supper
financial advice network which has will take place in the Harry Younger
now crossed the Atlantic thanks to the Hall at 7pm on 12 December 2007.
volunteer interest of two professional Tickets, which will be sold on a first
financiers. come first served basis, are limited to
a maximum of 90 and will be available
And more…. Comment, book from Sunday 18 November, priced
reviews, travel, finance, lively letters, £7. Members will have the
news from far and near, prize opportunity also to make a
crosswords…. all for £1.60! If you contribution to the Supper menu, via
would like to receive a regular copy a notice which will be issued shortly.
through the church please contact
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Saturday 1 December
CLIMATE CHANGE TALK The Edinburgh Erskine Christmas
Martin Baker's talk on "Climate Fair at the Edinburgh Erskine Home,
Change, Wilderness and Civilisation - 468 Gilmerton Road from 10 am to
A Scottish Perspective" was a thought 12 noon. Entry £1.00 including
provoking explanation of how climate refreshments. Stalls include raffle,
change will affect us all. Martin also tombola, home baking and gifts.
Sunday 2 December 4pm EDINBURGH INTER-FAITH
Unveiling of the Nativity Scene and WEEK
Carol Service in Princes Street 21 November to 13 December
Gardens at the foot of the Mound. A series of events will take place over
Featuring the Exile Gospel Choir this period details of which can be
accompanied by St Peter's RC Primary found at www.eifa.org.uk. These
School. Donations will be collected include:
for Origin Scotland in support of
charities in South Africa. For details Saturday 24 November 2-3.30pm
visit www.edinburghschristmas.com Meet your Sikh Neighbour.
Edinburgh Sikh Gurdwara, Sherrif
Thursday 6 December 7pm for 7.30 Brae, Leith. Visitors will hear an
The annual Carol Concert in aid of the introductory talk on Sikhism and,
Edinburgh Erskine Home featuring following an open question and
the magnificent Cadenza Choir at St answer time, will be offered a meal.
Andrew and St George's church,
George Street. Sunday 2 December 1-2.30pm
Meet your Muslim Neighbour
Thursday 6 December 7.30pm Annandale Street Mosque and Islamic
An evening with Alexander McCall Community Centre. There will be an
Smith at Morningside United Church, introductory talk on Islam and,
Chamberlain Road. Tickets £2.50 following an open question and
from 0131 447 6994 10am-noon answer time, refreshments will be
Thursdays and Fridays or go to offered.
Proceeds to African HIV/AIDS Wednesday 5 December 7-9pm
charity and Girl guiding UK. Copies The Imam & The Bishop – a Muslim
of Alexander McCall Smith's books Christian Dialogue: A Meeting of
will be on sale at the venue. Hearts and Minds. Shaykh Ibrahim
Mogra will be in conversation with
Thursday 17 January 7.00pm Bishop Brian Smith. St John's Church,
Continuing our own winter series of Princes Street.
occasional talks in the Harry Younger
Hall, Professor David Purdie will give Thursday 6 December 7-9pm
a talk on "The Enlightenment," Meet your Buddhist Neighbour.
illustrated with images from the Edinburgh Buddhist Centre, 30
National Library. This will also Melville Terrace. Visitors will hear an
feature songs from the period from introductory talk on Buddhism
Aileen Carr (contralto). followed by a question and answer
ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS Other charities which offer similar
GIFTS schemes with aid going overseas
Are you fed up with giving and include Oxfam and Practical Action.
receiving gifts which no one really
wants? There are several charities CHRISTMAS TREES
which offer alternative ways of giving The Bethany Christian Trust are
which will help people who are less raising funds this year by selling
fortunate than we are. Christmas trees with the proceeds
going to homeless people at the
The Rock Trust has asked us to Bethany's Care Shelter. The sale of
highlight their ethical gift campaign just one tree will provide a hot meal,
which gives gifts such as a winter fuel bed and breakfast for a homeless
pack, a supermarket voucher, young person. For details visit
parents pack, household pack etc. to www.caringchristmastrees.com or see
young people supported by the Rock the leaflets on the table. They are also
Trust. For details see the flyer on the looking for volunteers to help with the
table or go to www.rocktrust.org. scheme.
ELDERS IN NOVEMBER
Lt Col K McIntosh Mr R Moodie Mr D Armstrong
Gen Sir Michael Gow Mrs F Grant Mrs J McFarlane
Mrs D Marshall Mrs M Anderson Mr S McFarlane
Col R Watson Miss R Wright