Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh
Services: Sundays 10.30 am, Wednesdays 10 am
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Letter from the Manse
It is good to see members of the congregation returning to church after such a long time in lockdown. We recently had our largest congregation since lockdown began. But as some routine begins to return to our activity we must not become complacent but be sensible in observing current COVID regulations.
The other week our Brownies returned. It was such a lovely evening that the Brownie Leaders took the girls into the Manse garden. I went out to welcome them back. I told them that I had missed them and missed what they were good at. They all looked puzzled by this. I went on to explain that I had missed the things they were good at and that I missed their chatter, I missed their laughter and I missed them all running about my garden. They all smiled. We have fourteen new Brownies this term!
A year ago we were given charitable status for what was formerly the Duddingston Kirk Glebe Project, now known as Jock Tamson's Gairden. This was named after Rev John Thomson, minister at Duddingston from 1805 to 1840. The charitable status was given by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) on 1st September 2020. It was several months later that we noticed that Rev John Thomson's birthday was 1st September! So, to mark the first anniversary of the Trust we had a party in the garden involving many of the volunteers, and we even sang 'happy birthday' to John Thomson who was born 243 years ago.
Our Lunch Club has started back. Unfortunately, the bus service which had been provided by Edinburgh Council for the past twenty years is now no longer available to us. Instead, we have had a fleet of taxis to-ing and fro-ing our members to the Lunch Club and back home. I am indebted to all those who make our Lunch Club happen. This is such a wonderful and important part of our ministry. Throughout the past eighteen months, the members of the Lunch Club have been called regularly on the phone and sent gifts. My thanks to Mo Johnston and her team of volunteers who have enabled that to happen. I am also encouraged by the younger men and women that I see stepping up to be part of the Club, allowing those who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to take a more relaxed roll.
With the opening of our café in the Garden Room, the return of our Boys' Brigade, Parent & Toddlers, In-Stitches and others, there is a sense that the heartbeat of our congregation is being heard again. Thanks be to God!
Yours, Rev Dr Jim Jack