Nicki’s Letter 2 April

Dear Friends,

As we approach Holy Week and are not able to physically join together for worship and reflection, I attach a few resources, you may find useful.

  • The Liturgy for Morning Prayer. I host a service using Zoom, Monday to Friday at 9am.  Do let me know if you wish to join and I will send an invite.  You do not have to commit to every service, just join me as and when is convenient.  (I believe one invite gives you access to any day – I’m still learning!).  During Holy Week we will use ‘The Suffering Christ’ and after Easter ‘New Life the Lord’.  You can obviously use these at home without joining the Zoom call and be confident that you are ‘plugging in’ to many others praying throughout the Scottish Episcopal Church and wider Anglican Communion.  If you would like a printed copy and don’t have a printer, I could try to get a copy to you, or you could pick one up from the porch of the Rectory.
  • On Good Friday we would usually have a 3-hour vigil of readings, reflections and music, ending with the Liturgy of the Good Friday Sacrament. I have condensed this service into a booklet  to use beginning Saturday, April 4th, ending on Good Friday, with a reading and reflection for each day to help us journey to the cross.

You should be receiving our usual order of service each week to help us worship in our homes, remembering, and praying for, all those who would usually be around us.

The SEC broadcasts a service each Sunday at 11am which you can access on Facebook or YouTube.  Alternatively, you can watch it a little later, when it will be downloaded on to their website.

https://www.scotland.anglican.org/how-to-join-our-online-sunday-worship/

Other resources available:

Pray as you Go – a daily 15-minute audio recording of Ignatian prayer and reflection:

https://pray-as-you-go.org/home/

BBC Radio 4 Daily Service:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wzfs/episodes/player

Evening Prayer from Taizé, live at 7pm:  http://www.taize.fr/en_article27540.html

Celtic Daily Prayer:  www.northumbriacommunity.org/offices/midday-prayer/

For the youngsters amongst us, the diocesan youth worker is placing resources here:

https://edinburgh.anglican.org/youth-and-children/

I trust that you will all receive your Palm Crosses and Easter Card by Palm Sunday.  Apologies for putting them both in the same envelope, I was trying to save money.  To celebrate the day, some people are putting green leaves on their front door with their palm cross above it.  Maybe we could follow that at Easter by putting an Easter wreath on the door, similar to Christmas?

Marie continues to work from home but Caroline and Philip have been furloughed under the government scheme, until the situation changes.  Neither will lose out financially and agreed to do this. I would appreciate if you would not contact them, regarding anything to do with their duties at church, for the moment.   Thank you.

Be assured that you are all in my thoughts and prayers and I will endeavour to keep communication channels open and inform you of relevant information or resources when I can.  Don’t forget to check our website, Facebook, Instagram and twitter too.

Stay safe and remain strong in faith.

Love, Nicki

St.Cuthbert’s has appointed a new Children, Families and Youth Worker

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 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.”

 

Regional Winner of Parish Pixels Competition

We are delighted to be the Regional (Scotland) winners of the Parish Pixels Competition, run by ‘Ecclesiastical Insurance’.
The prize is £1500 for St Cuthbert’s, and we very much appreciate this generous prize.  We are now through to the UK Final – one of 9 photographs – and voting is OPEN!
To support St Cuthbert’s entry – please visit
https://www.ecclesiastical.com/latest-news/parish-pixels/
which will take you to the voting page.  Select our photograph, and you will receive an acknowledgement for your vote.  Thank you!

‘Like the ice appears to break the window, we are a beautiful church in a broken world doing our best to live as Jesus commanded.’

Welcome to our new Student

Dr Lesley Penny is in 2nd year at SEI training for ordination. On 24th November she started her 50 hour placement here, with us, at St.Cuthbert’s.

Lesley is a vet and, in her day job, works at Edinburgh University. She is married to Colin, also a vet, and they have 2 teenage daughters.

Secret Knitters Latest Garments

Margaret Holmes submitted a photo to the website and  wrote: “I have attached a photo of knitwear I am about to send to Knit for Peace.
There are 9 little jackets, a larger jumper and a blanket.  All of which I am sure will be appreciated”.

Becoming a Dementia Friend

Dementia Friends Scotland is an Alzheimer Scotland initiative to raise awareness of dementia and reduce the stigma about this condition.  Nicki arranged for a speaker to come from Alzheimer Scotland to come and talk at St.Cuthbert’s.  Anne McWhinnie told us about the things we could do to help people living with dementia and how they could still be a valued part of their local community. It was an informative and fun session and many of us came away having increased our knowledge of dementia and a better insight about how we could help people living with this illness. https://www.alzscot.org/our-work/dementia-friendly-communities/dementia-friends-scotland

Wekulele Group entertain B&B

On the first Saturday in September the Colinton Wekulele Group gave their 1st public performed to the Brew & Blether gathering.  They played their ukuleles while song sheets were provide for the audience to sing along  to old favourites.  A welcome cup of tea and a slice of cake were provided by the catering ladies, much enjoyment was had by all.