Presbytery Newsletter 28 March

Presbytery Newsletter

28 March 2018


Welcome to the Edinburgh Presbytery newsletter.  Midway through Holy Week, with just a few days to go until Easter Sunday, we would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a happy Easter.
It's a busy time for us all, but we hope you find the time to read these updates.  If you have anything you would like us to share or have feedback, please contact our Communications Coordinator - NEW EMAIL:  




Presbytery data protection training event scheduled.



The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply from 25 May 2018 bringing with it new rights for individuals to control how their personal information is collected and processed. 
To ensure that all our congregations comply with the Regulation we have invited Jennifer Campbell of the Church Law Department to hold an information evening on Thursday 26th April 7-8.30pm in Davidson’s Mains Church, and we are asking every congregation in the Presbytery to send two representatives to come and learn about the new processes. You can sign up here.




An all-female top table at March Presbytery meeting



Attendees at the March Presbytery meeting will have witnessed the first ever all-female top table.  Pictured above (L-R) Grace Mackay, Secretary, Marjory McPherson, Clerk, Carol Ford, Moderator,  Hazel Hastie, Depute Clerk and  Moira McDonald, Depute Business Convener.  
Some likened the lineup to a Presbytery version of The Spice Girls, which begs the question... which one is which?




Online resources available for The Year of Young People





During 2018, The Year of Young People, The Church of Scotland is offering access to an online toolkit, which gives a number of ideas of things to do and ways to involve young people in church life, however they connect to your church.  You can access the toolkit via the link below.




Access toolkit








Request for noticeboards

Willowbrae Parish Church have asked if anyone can donate internal noticeboards (ones that you can pin information to) or even unwanted desk dividers that can be used as noticeboards.  If you have something suitable, please contact Rev. Malcolm Ramsay





Place of space conference

The Resourcing Mission Committee has organised an event to help churches think about the way we use the buildings that God has given them for outreach. 


Both the Convener of Mission and Disciple and the Chair of the General Trustees are coming to share their wisdom as well as people from churches who have gone through building changes already.


For more information please see below and if you would like to attend, please register here.






Meet Your MSP is an SCPO project that aims to build links between congregations and the recently elected members of the Scottish Parliament.

They want to help church communities to be at the heart of the decisions that affect our everyday lives – and what better way to get involved than for your church or community group to meet local MSPs early in their term of office.
Find out more about this project here.




Polwarth Church uses Presbytery grant to set up baby and toddler group



The Resourcing Mission Committee received a report from the Polwarth Church Outreach Worker following receipt of £330 Grant funding from Edinburgh Presbytery given to help start new Baby and Toddlers Groupsto reach out to their local community and build new relationships.  The grant money was used to advertise the sessions through new colourful banners and online.  This has resulted in a 30% increase in attendance.  The grant also funded a new wall-mounted baby changer for fathers.  The report says  "The grant has undoubtedly been a great help in getting this project started and has given the church the opportunity to connect with new local families."





The Edinburgh Easter Play will take place in Princes Street Gardens on 31st March.  Please click on the poster below to watch a video of the play's production.  You don't need a ticket, just turn up before 2pm.






BILL VIOLA: THE ROAD TO ST PAUL’S is a powerful, moving portrait of the world’s most influential video artist and his wife and close collaborator, Kira Perov. It is an up-close documentation of their 12-year odyssey to create two permanent video installations for St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. Martyrs (2014) and its companion piece, Mary (2016), symbolise some of the profound mysteries of human existence. 
The film has its Scottish premiere at St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh on 29 April 2018.




We'd very much appreciate if congregations could be informed of this
exciting event and of the opportunity it gives to feel part of a global movement
to take steps towards Peace ---Peace in ourselves, Peace in our world.
With many thanks,
The Polwarth Labyrinth Team.








An Evening with Richard Holloway, 4 April 2018

Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL
Richard Holloway was Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. A former Gresham Professor of Divinity and Chairman of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 
Tickets here








Two FREE Go For It training events in April



Go for it are running two training courses in April:
Let’s Evaluate: Outcomes and Indicators is a free event delivered by Evaluation Support Scotland and will provide you with the opportunity to increase your understanding of the importance of outcomes and indicators, write clear outcomes and set indicators to help measure whether you are achieving your outcomes.
Understanding Data Protection is a free event delivered by the Law Department and the Go For It team within the Church of Scotland and will provide the opportunity to increase your understanding of Data Protection and the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

You can find out more about these events and register here.









Preparations are underway for the successful and friendly Holy Corner Booksale which will take place during Christian Aid Week, 12th -19th May 2018.  We need donations now of books - paperbacks, hardbacks, fiction, non-fiction, old and new - we happily accept all sorts of books!

Donations can be left Monday - Thursday between10am and 12pm at the side door of Morningside United Church,15 Chamberlain Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DJ.  If you'd rather have your books collected please call 0131-229-0090  or email to make an alternative arrangement. 
More details about the book sale can be found here