Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh
Sunday Services are at 10.30 am
Wednesday Stillness Services are at 10 am
Letter from the Manse
Our new service time of 10.30 am is settling in very well. It is good to see a packed church every week. It was wise of the Kirk Session to consult our members about the new time and I also saw great wisdom in us choosing a time whereby everyone was experiencing change.
Now that the holiday period is over, September sees the beginning of a new way forward. As part of this new beginning, I intend having monthly evening services with a difference. These will take place in the Millar Hall and be ‘café style worship’. This will take place around tables and offer an opportunity to discuss Bible passages. This is intended to be a different form of worship that hopefully will appeal to many. The first evening service will take place at the Millar Hall on Sunday 15 September at 6.30 pm.
As we begin a new session, we have become hosts to an after-school group called Highland Fling. This is a privately-run organisation offering after-school care for children. Highland Fling have around 24 full-time employees, many of whom are trained school teachers. They have been in existence for around twenty years and until recently were renting accommodation in Portobello Town Hall. Unfortunately, the Council has closed the Town Hall for urgent repairs and Highland Fling have become homeless. This hall let will take place every afternoon in the Church Hall at times when it was already available. There will obviously be a financial gain to congregational funds from this let but I am hoping that our relationship with Highland Fling will be more than that. I hope that we can work as partners and that a fruitful relationship will develop. I am excited about having children, their parents and the staff of Highland Fling around.
Last month I reminded you of our Presbyterian roots in the phrase Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda; that great statement of our Reforming Fathers that the ‘Church must always be reformed and always reforming”. Whilst we are working through the objectives recently agreed to and set by the Kirk Session, I am continually reminded of God’s unfailing blessing to us as I hear from members amazing stories of God’s grace and love to us and for us. May God continue to bless you and your family as we embark on this wonderful journey of faith together.
Rev. Dr James Jack