On the afternoon of Sunday 17th October our Church hall provided hospitality for 8 “New Scots” families, from Syria, Iraq and The Sudan. Some families have been in Edinburgh for as long 3 years, but others have only arrived in the last month or so, still feeling very challenged by everything, not least the language. The Weekend Club organized a wonderful afternoon of kite making, games and provided pizza, fruit, refreshments for 18 adults and around 30 children. 5 volunteers from St. Cuthberts’ helped to ensure the families were offered hospitality and friendship. We hope to be involved in future events and looking for others to join us in making our Church a place of welcome and joy.
On 10th October, Harvest Sunday, St.Cuthbert’s was delighted to welcome Rev Dr Lesley Penny as their new Curate. Lesley had been a second year Ordinand at St.Cuthbert’s from November 2019 until March 2020 when the closure of churches, because of COVID 19, cut short her placement . She was ordained Deacon on Saturday 26th September at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
For the past 48 years Members of St Cuthbert’s have been volunteering on Thursday afternoons in the cafe and boutique in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital , serving patients, staff and visitors. Over the years the money raised has been given to the wards to benefit patients . Among the different items provided have been sports kit, craft materials, games, vouchers for breakfast in Morningside, emergency toiletries , Christmas presents, even tickets for the Festival Fringe, and many more.
Sadly this has come to an end, hastened by Covid-19. Both cafe and boutique have been closed for a year and, because of a shortage of volunteers , will close permanently at the end of March.
Many members of the congregation have volunteered over the years and we will all miss meeting and serving all who used the cafe and boutique. Perhaps another group will find ways of raising money for the wards in the future.
Thank you so much for all the people who have been knitting angels. I am so excited that we have so many! I am so impressed by the number and speed of all you knitters. We are going to be putting them out and about in Colinton and have some in the Church Garden as part of the Advent and Christmas celebrations this year.
Nicki’s Harvest Sermon starts with: “What a strange year this has been. Sunday, we would normally be celebrating Harvest Festival with a congregational soup lunch. How we miss those times together, of caring and sharing. Finding out what’s going on in each other’s lives; good and bad. Enjoying wonderful soup, prepared by volunteers. Not forgetting the joy of giving thanks with songs of praise to our Creator God. Oh, such fond memories”…..and a little later: “But because we are not together doesn’t mean that we stop caring and sharing”
Nicki wrote in our church magazine: “it gives me great pleasure to welcome Caroline Daye as our new Children, Families and Youth Worker. Caroline comes with vast experience within the Scottish Episcopal Church.”
Caroline wrote in our church magazine: ” Hi there! I’m Caroline and I’m so excited to be joining the St Cuthbert’s family as your Children, Youth and Families Worker. I can’t wait to get started working with you all in engaging children and young people, sharing our faith together as a community, to help engage those on the edges – those with questions and those who are searching for God. A little about me. I grew up in the small town of Kelso, a childhood that consisted mainly of music, figure skating and Church. At the age of 12, I went to the Provincial cheap drugs Youth Network’s annual youth week held at the Strathallan boarding school in Perthshire. During the following 12 years I was actively involved within this structure, both as a delegate (young person) and subsequently as a leader. This community was very important to me – in fact it was where I met my husband, Andrew and all of the Godparents for our three rambunctious children. Andrew and I now live near Leith with Jessica (7), Ruaridh (4) and Innes who will be 1 in March. As a family, we love food – especially sushi, pizza and pretty much anything with chips – nearly all our travels and stories will come with a food recommendation! Andrew and I are big fans of whisky and Formula 1. I also love baking and cooking food.”