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									              CANONGATE KIRK
        THE KIRK OF HOLYROODHOUSE
                  May 2010




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
Caretaker              Mr Jimmy Robertson                  Tel: 556 9668
Events Administrator   Miss Jennifer Brown            Tel: 07799 414329
Open Kirk              Mr Alastair Bowe               Tel: 01573 410284
Manse Office                                               Tel: 556 3515
Harry Younger Hall     Mr Ben Smith                        Tel: 657 2701
e-mail                                    canongatekirk@btinternet.com
Website                                       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                                 Veterans’ Residences would simply not
On Wednesday 21st April I was invited             have happened without the kindness
to say Grace before a special lunch held          and compassion of two individuals
in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the             reaching out to others. Jesus simply
presence of the Duke and Duchess of               challenges us to go and do likewise.
Gloucester to celebrate the centenary of
Scottish Veterans’ Residences. SVR is             PIPE BANNERS The Kirk Session is
Scotland’s oldest ex-service charity,             confident that members of the
established at Whitefoord House in                congregation will want to contribute to
1910 to cater for veterans of Crimea,             a fund to enable the purchase of two
the 2nd Afghan War, the Indian Mutiny             pipe banners for the Royal Regiment of
and the Boer War. It owes its origins to          Scotland. Each will bear on one side the
two thoughtful men who were horrified             crest of Canongate Kirk and on the
at the sheer destitution in which                 other the Regimental badge. There is
veterans were living in Scotland’s capital        every possibility that one pipe banner
city. These days, sadly, such a sanctuary         would be carried on duty in Helmand
is still needed as much as ever, and we           Province, reminding soldiers not just of
can be justifiably proud of the support           our connection but of our prayerful
that is given to present day veterans             support Sunday by Sunday. The second
right at the heart of our parish.                 would be hung in the Kirk and
                                                  occasionally used as a further mark of
 Children of God, reach out to one another!       our role as Regimental Kirk.
 Where pity dwells, the peace of God is there;    Contributions can be sent direct to the
   To worship rightly is to love each other,      Church Office, or handed in any Sunday
Each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.     at church. A supply of specially marked
   (John Greenleaf Whittier, CH4:521)             envelopes is available and can either be
                                                  put in an offering bag or handed to a
Right at the heart of the Gospel, the             duty elder.
parable of the Good Samaritan reminds
us of the duty we each have to act like a         OPEN KIRK Now that May has
neighbour to those wounded in the                 arrived, the Open Kirk season is upon
fight, and to show kindness and                   us and we hope to have the church open
compassion to those in any sort of                as much as possible to visitors, including
need.     The last hundred years of               Sunday afternoons. The volunteers
valuable work undertaken by Scottish              board is in the vestibule. Please sign up
                                   PARISH REGISTER
Baptisms
18th April      Zoe Ella Baker
         Then he took the children in his arms…and blessed them. (St Mark 10: 16)
Weddings
10 April        David Marshall and Claire McKendrick
17 April        Steve Burgess and Julita Mazurek
                   Those whom God has joined together, let not man divide
Funerals
14 April        Alice Mackenzie              Captain's Road
          Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (St John 14:27)


to help when you can – even if it's just            Thursday 27th May, 7.30pm – Band
the odd day now and then. A special                 of the Royal Regiment of Scotland with
introductory session has been arranged              a fundraising concert.
for Sunday 16th May at 12.30pm for                  Friday 28th May, 6.00pm - Flute
potential new helpers. Why not come                 concert.
along and see what's involved?                      Sunday 13th June, 6.00pm – Concert
                                                    in aid of the Friends of St Andrew's,
EMAIL Other than attending church,                  Jerusalem.
the best way we have of communicating               For details see flyer.
with you all is through e-mail. For
example, the Session Clerk sends out                LIFE AND WORK
the Newsletter monthly and often                    General Assembly 2010 Interviews
advises of events affecting members of              with the Moderator-Designate, the Rev
the congregation. If you are on e-mail              John Christie, and the Lord High
and      do    not     receive    these             Commissioner, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn
communications, we would welcome                    Reports to the assembly. Fringe diary.
notification of your address to                     Ballot Box Views Representatives of
navad@blueyonder.co.uk         -    this            Church organisations and Christian
invitation also applies to those who                charities offer their thoughts on the
attend church who are not members but               issues that should count at the
would like to be kept in touch with our             forthcoming Westminster election.
affairs.                                            Water Works To mark Christian Aid
                                                    Week, Jackie Macadam meets a
FORTHCOMING CONCERTS                                collector who had the chance to
Sunday 15th May, 7.30pm – St                        experience the charity’s work in Kenya
Margaret Singers.                                   first-hand. A European Vision The
Saturday 22nd May, 6.30pm – Oslo                    Rev Doug McRoberts highlights the
Jammerkor from Norway.                              diversity, breadth and history of the
                                                    Presbytery of Europe. Plus: Lochaber
                                                    Presbytery, all the regular columnists,
news, letters, reviews and crosswords –    Scottish Reformation There will be a
all for just £1.60 Online: Life and        special session of the General Assembly
Work will provide updates throughout       to mark the 450th anniversary of the
the       General       Assembly     at    Scottish Reformation. This will take
www.facebook.com/ lifeandwork and          place on Sunday 23rd May from 4.00-
twitter.com/ cofslifeandwork.              6.00pm in the Assembly Hall and will
                                           include worship, drama, special music
OTHER EVENTS                               with Hyndland School choir and
3 Rifles Homecoming Parade The             orchestra,     historical  input    and
3rd Battalion The Rifles Battle Group,     reflections on the Reformation legacy
which includes B Company 1st               today. Members of the congregation
Battalion The Royal Regiment of            are invited to attend.
Scotland, will shortly complete their
tour of duty in Afghanistan. There will    The Edinburgh Marathon will cause
a Homecoming Parade from Castlehill        some disruption on Sunday 23rd May
to the Palace of Holyroodhouse on          with road closures in the area although
Saturday 8th May starting at 10.30am.      the Canongate will be open to traffic
                                           (but closed at the Abbeyhill end). For
Saturday 8 May 10.00am to 12 noon          details see the notice board.
The Order of St John Edinburgh is
holding a coffee morning at The Eric       125th Anniversary of SSAFA There
Liddell Centre, Morningside Road.          will be an Open Service of celebration
Entry £1.50 including refreshments.        at 3.30pm Sunday 30th May in St
                                           Mary's Cathedral, Palmerston Place
Christian Aid Book Sale. The annual        followed by a ticketed garden party (£5).
book sale takes place in St Andrew's &     Taking part will be the Choir of St
St George's West Church on Saturday        Mary's Cathedral, the Band of the Royal
8th May 10am-4pm and Monday 10th           Regiment of Scotland, the Lowland
to Friday 14th May 10am-3.30pm, with       Band of the Royal Regiment of
late opening on Thursday 13th to 7pm.      Scotland, Pipes and Drums of the Royal
For more details and where to deliver      Regiment of Scotland and the Pipes
donations please see flyers.               Band and Dancers from Queen Victoria
Holy      Corner        Churches     in    School Dunblane.       Tickets for the
Partnership with Christian Aid are         garden party available from the
holding a book sale at Morningside         Cathedral (0131 225 6293) or the Hive
Parish Church from Saturday 15th-          (0131 310 2876) until 20 May.
Saturday 22nd May (10-4 Saturday, 12-6
Monday to Friday).

ELDERS IN MAY
Keith McIntosh*              Jackie McFarlane             Fiona Grant
Robert Watson                Ella Wright                  Douglas Armstrong
Mairead Anderson             Stuart McFarlane

								
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