Presbytery Newsletter May

Presbytery Newsletter

2 May 2018


Welcome to the Edinburgh Presbytery newsletter. This will be the last communication from us before the 2018 General Assembly, so in this edition, we bring you news and information on the events surrounding the General Assembly.  The theme this year is "Peace be with you" and you can read the Moderator's message here




Data Protection resources available for churches



Our GDPR Data Protection training evening was well attended and, as promised, we have uploaded some of the available resources to the Presbytery website.
You can access a copy of the presentation from the evening here.
Our website also has a link to the Church of Scotland resources pages, where you can download the checklist and various audit forms mentioned in the presentation.

Finally, click here to access an interesting and informative article from Life and Work on what the new regulations mean to churches.




Heart & Soul 2018


On Sunday 20th May, the annual Heart & Soul festival will take place in Prince's Street Gardens.  Congregations should be encouraged to attend this celebratory event, that welcomes young and old alike, with a range of events, performances, information and resources.  Take a look at the programme of events here and the flyers for the various events below.




Safe Families for Children



At the May Presbytery meeting, Donald McMillan gave a presentation about the Safe Families for Children initiative and the amazing impact the volunteers and resources they provide can make to the lives of families in Scotland.  If you are interested in finding out more, you can visit their website.




The Place of Space Seminar 

Last chance to book your place on this evening of workshops to help us understand how we can better use our buildings to help people encounter God.
Click on the image below to book your free ticket.










This year, Bible Sunday is being held on Sunday 28th October. Will your church join with churches around the nation to set aside this day to celebrate the transforming impact of God’s word? Visit the website for resources and ideas.




Fresh Start’s 11th Annual Sponsored Walk will take place on Friday the1st of June.  We warmly welcome anyone who would like to take part in this scenic 8-mile walk. It begins at 09.30am at Holyrood Park, Dukes Walk entrance before walking around Arthurs Seat, along the Innocent Railway to Craigmillar, the Thistle Foundation is the finishing point, where a well-deserved lunch BBQ will be waiting for you.  Find out more.




The Rev. Angus Mathieson has been appointed Secretary of the Misson and Discipleship Council.  He says of his new role:

"I’m passionate about Mission, and Discipleship, and have been ever since living in a Columban Community House in Leith over 35 years ago, then spending nine exciting years in a housing scheme parish in Ayr.  I am excited about taking the Council’s priorities forward, and would welcome the opportunity to engage with Presbyteries – invitations welcome! I worked for the Ministries Council since its inception in 2005, and my free transfer to M&D is proving to be both rewarding and challenging at the same time."




Bridge Pastoral Foundation Gathering 2018

"Living Body - Earth and Psyche as One"

Monday-Friday, 9-13 July, 2018
St Leonards School,
St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9QJ

With Paul Maiteny, psychotherapist, anthropologist
and human ecologist.

Download brochure here
And registration form here