A Welcoming Place!

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.

Read more about The Weekend Club here





St.Cuthbert’s Welcomes their New Curate

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.

To see photos of the Harvest Lunch click here


Verandah Cafe and Boutique

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.

Hats for Seafarers

Margaret Holmes took this photo of  14 hats and one scarf which she was about to send to the Mission to Seafarers.
She said to let the knitters know that the charity was again accepting donations of hats.