Pew Notes

23 February 2020

Pilgrim: Due to a family bereavement Pilgrim will begin the following week 3 March, NOT 25 February. Thank you. Nicki.


The threat posed by COVID-19 has been assessed by the Chief Medical Officer as “moderate”. This permits the governemnt to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low. Churches should follow best hygiene practices that include advising parishioners with coughs and colds to refrain from handshaking during The Peace and to receive Communion in one kind only.At present there is no Government advice that suggests that the use of the Common Cup should be suspended.Intinction is not recommended ( even by celebrants or communion administrators ) as this represents an infection transmission route.

Following consultation with the College of Bishops, John Stuart, Secretary General of the SEC, has distributed this advice from the Church of England with instructions that we follow it. To save confusion, please only share The Peace physically with your family or partner. We will be updated when necessary. Hand sanitiser is available in various locations throughout the church.

Scottish Regional Winners – St Cuthbert’s Colinton !

You may remember that last year we entered the Parish Pixels – Put Your Church in the Frame photography competition run by Ecclesiastical. St Cuthbert’s have won the Regional (Scotland) stage and will receive a prize of £1500. Our entry will now be put through to the next stage of the competition , and the winner will be decided by a public vote as well as a judging panel. Our church is one of nine churches in the UK competing for the overall title of national winner and for a prize of £5000. Voting will be open from 17 February – more details to follow on how you can vote

Please support our entry – more details on noticeboards and in the pew notes next week. Thank you !.


R&R. R&R meets again from Wednesday 8 January at the usual time of 7.30pm with time for coffee and to catch up with friends from 7.15pm. If you have not joined us before you are more than welcome to come and see if our ways of praying and reflecting are something that could be helpful to you. Each evening stands alone and people are welcome to join us either on a regular basis or whenever busy schedules allow.

R&R during Lent. We now have copies of the book “Journeys into Freedom”. These will be distributed with an instruction on how best to use the materials, at R&R on Wednesday 19 February. If you are thinking of joining us it would be really helpful to come along as there will be daily readings from that date leading into our first short session on Ash Wednesday. For further information and to reserve a book, contact Wendy or Elaine.

Christian Aid. Christian Aid Quiz Night. Saturday 29 February 7.15 for 7.30 in the Church hall. Tickets are £9.00 in advance ( includes a supper ) Organise a team of no more than 8 people.Contact Patricia for further information.

Ash Wednesday. Wednesday 26 February

10.30am Said Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

6.00pm Sung Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

Date for Your Diary : Monday 2 March – 2pm in the church. “Lent and Art” talk with Canon Dean Fostekew. All welcome.

World Day of Prayer. “Rise, take your mat and walk”. Written by Christian women of Zimbabwe. Friday 6 March, Fairmilehead Parish Church, 10.30am.

The Sign. The March issue of The Sign will be available in church next Sunday 1 march.

Weekly Prayer: Almighty God, whose son Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain, and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem, give us strength to hear his voice and bear our cross, that in the world to come we may see him as he is , through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, World without end,Amen.

What’s on this week:

Tuesday 25 February

NOTE; Pilgrim resceduled to start Tuesday 3 March

Wednesday 26 February

9.30am Prayer for the life, work and witness of St Cuthbert’s.

10.30am Said Eucharist and Imposition of Ases.

6.00pm Sung Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

7.30pm R&R Group in Church restarts (7.15 for coffee)

Thursday 27 February

2.30pm Afternoon service in church followed by refreshments

Saturday 29 February

10.00am Shalom

  Sunday 1 March

  8.30am                         Holy Communion

10.30am                         Sung Eucharist

6.00pm Evensong