Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh
Sunday Services are at 10.30 am
Wednesday Stillness Services are at 10 am
Letter from the Manse
Our Christmas celebrations seem only a distant memory but we did some wonderful things these last few months.
Our Christmas Season started, as usual, with our Christian Aid Give a Day’s Pay, our Shoebox Appeal for children’s gifts through Samaritan’s Purse and then our Christmas Appeal for the Church of Scotland’s Cunningham House Night Shelter for the homeless. This was a fitting way to begin our Advent by thinking of others.
Our parties kicked off with a wonderful Yuletide Gathering of around seventy of our senior members in the Church Hall. I was then invited to various celebrations with the Art Group, the Garden Club, the Third-Tuesday Group, and our own staff Christmas Lunch. Feeling a wee bit like an over indulged Vicar of Dibley, I moved on to our other celebrations!
The Kirk was decorated with the theme of ‘nativity’ and my thanks to everyone who loaned us their nativity sets and to those who decorated the church. We had over forty sets originating from five continents! The scene was set for our children’s nativity play. Given the young age of our children, this year we had a nativity film featuring the Sunday Club in partnership with our Drama Group. A wonderful production appeared with the children able to play several parts each in the film.
The week before Christmas we hosted four children’s nativity services with over 500 children present including the whole of Duddingston Primary School, our Parent & Toddlers Group, and Highland Fling after-school care. Our Carol Service the Sunday before Christmas was a huge success led by our choir of 20 plus, together with Ken Taylor conducting and John Anderson on the organ.
Our Watchnight Service offering was in excess of £900 and will benefit several charities nominated by the Kirk Session. I was particularly taken at the Watchnight Service by the warmth of the congregation, many of whom were people that I have baptised over the years, including quite a few teenagers whom I had baptised as babies and who all made me feel quite old!
Our Christmas Day service was well attended and I always enjoy exploring the children’s toys. My thanks to Martin Scott and to Liz for participating in a little drama about the Inn Keeper who could only say ‘no’ but eventually changed his mind. We also had present at this service a young couple who had just got engaged in the manse garden on their way to church – I think a first for Duddingston!
After such a busy but most enjoyable time, the year ended with the news that Liz had been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Needless to say we were both delighted.
I would like to thank everyone who made our December such a memorable one and, on behalf of our Ministry Team, I wish you and your family a wonderful year to come.
Rev. Dr Jim Jack