Welcome to worship, with a warm welcome especially to visitors. Please sign our visitors’ book on the Welcome Desk in the vestibule. Any who wish further information about Morningside Parish Church or a visit from the Minister are invited to complete a Pew Card and give it to an office bearer as you leave.
A Loop System for the hard of hearing operates throughout the Church. Additional personal infrared hearing equipment is also available in the vestibule. Please ask for assistance.
Large Print hymnbooks are available in the vestibule. Please return them to the vestibule after use.
Hospital and home visits: the Minister and Pastoral Assistant will visit those who need pastoral care at home or hospital. If you know of anyone who needs a visit, please let the Minister or Pastoral Assistant know by contacting them directly, or leaving a message at the office, or using one of the pew cards.
Joining the Church Family: If you would like to become a member of our Church family please contact the Minister for further details.
Good Neighbours: Has someone new moved into a house near you? Invite them along to church, or contact the Minister or Church Office with the name and address of your new neighbour. If they live in our parish, we will send a welcome letter and some information about the Church.
Baby and Toddler Group: the group meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-11.30am in the church halls. This group is open to everyone – please spread the word.
Wednesday Coffee Morning: 10am-11.30am in the church halls. Please spread the word to everyone in the church & community.
Loose Change Offering: at the beginning of each Sunday morning service there is an opportunity to contribute to the charities supported by Morningside Parish Church namely, Scottish Love in Action, The Edinburgh Clothing Store and Edinburgh Headway, by placing any loose change in the offering plate that is on the Welcome Desk in the vestibule.
Morningside Parish Church Website: can be found at www.morningsideparishchurch.org.uk with details of services and sermons and information about the Church.
Intimations 19th May
1. 9.30am: Early Morning Service:(in the Church Hall) Tongues of Fire.
2. 10.30am: Morning Worship: Disturbance. Guest Preacher – the Revd John Cameron. Tea and Coffee will be served in the hall after both morning services.
3. Assembly Sunday – Heart and Soul 2013: As part of this year’s General Assembly there will be a wonderful celebration of the life of the Church of Scotland in West Princes Street Gardens today, 1pm – 6pm. The broad theme is based the Celtic heritage of our Church and the 1450th anniversary St Columba landing on Iona; and the deep roots of our Church can be demonstrated in the deep faith of the present. Please go along and find out more about the work of our Church in Scotland. (No evening service in our church tonight)
4. Gift Aid envelopes (white with blue writing) are at the end of each pew for members and visitors to use. By using an envelope – if you are a tax payer – and filling in the details – your offering benefits the church even more and at no extra cost to you!
5. We congratulate Lesley Fraser, who has accepted a position as Children and Family worker at Craigsbank Church. Lesley will finish her employment with us in June. As well as thanking her for her work here, we wish her well for the future.
6. Nursing Home Weekday Services: next service – 2.15pm, Wednesday 29th May at Ashley Court, 33 Craighouse Terrace. Singers to help boost the singing would be appreciated
7. Friends of Morningside: A new history brochure of the church will be launched on Saturday 25th May. The brochure is a self-tour guide of the Church and is available to all members of and visitors to the Church. There will also be a guided tour of the Church, led by the Minister, on the 25th. Please go to the Christian Aid fair, and join in some or all of the tour (which takes over an hour) in the Church at 11am. The history brochure will be available in the Church vestibule
8. Christian Aid Spring Fair: Saturday 25th May 10am-2pm in the church halls. Refreshments, stalls, storytelling, children’s activities and lots more. Admission free.
9. Holy Land trip: a meeting to find out more about a possible trip to the Holy Land in November 2014 will be held in the new hall Tuesday 28th May at 7.30pm. This possible trip will be open to Greenbank and Mayfield Salisbury parish churches. The meeting is an information one and attendance doesn’t mean commitment!
10. Bible Reading in Church: One or two members of the congregation have asked if they could join the Bible reading rota at Sunday morning worship. If you would like to be one of the readers (you’re given the lessons in the week preceding the Sunday, and if you’re unsure about any of the words or pronunciation the Minister is always happy to help!) then please let the Minister know. You can leave a note in his pigeon hole in Church, or phone him on 447 1617, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Fresh Start: This month we are looking for the following items for the Starter Packs – Cutlery knives, bars of soap, cereal bowls, duster cloths, toothbrushes and toothpaste, light bulbs. Thank you.
12. Morlich House: The coffee morning on 27th April raised the wonderful sum of £1,075.10, some of which will be spent on the garden. Our grateful thanks to all who supported us.
13. The Open Door Spring Fayre raised £420. Our special thanks are given to Morningside Parish Church for your support.
14. Religious Observance in non-denominational schools: Edinburgh Presbytery noted that there are two active petitions on this matter coming before the Petitions Committee of Edinburgh City Council on 3rd June. You are strongly encouraged to register your support for the Church’s stance on the Council website: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/directory_record/221887/retain_religious_observance_in_non-denominational_schools. Please also contact your City Councillor with your support.
15. Summer Lunch: this annual event will be held on 23rd June in the Upper Hall, Cluny Centre, following the morning Service. This is our most popular social event of the year and tickets (£10 adults/£5 children) will be on sale from 2nd June (Communion Sunday). This is a “ticket only” event so please do buy your tickets in advance as there will be no cash admission on the day. The Lunch will be a cold buffet with assorted meats, cheeses and salads, followed by a selection of desserts. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards and glasses of wine will be available to purchase on the day. Any profits will be donated to the three charities we currently support – Edinburgh Headway (SC006528), Scottish Love in Action (SC030516) and the Edinburgh Clothing Store (SC039409). Do come along – everyone welcome.
16. 2nd June Communion: The Kirk Session agreed at a recent meeting to alter the seating arrangements for communion (in the light of confusion at the March Communion). It will now be the practice that if you wish to receive the individual cups, you should sit in the front two-thirds of the church (i.e. nearer the pulpit), and if you wish to receive the common cup you should sit in the back third of the church. Elders will be on hand on communion Sunday to advise.
17. General Assembly 2013: Dr Browning and Miss Ronald are both commissioners at the Assembly. Urgent pastoral calls from 17th to 24th May to the Revd John Smith (Morningside United Church) 447 8724.
18. Public Holiday: The office, Cluny Centre and church halls will be closed on Monday 20th May.
19. Next Sunday:
9.30am: Early Morning Service (In the Church Hall)
10.30am: Morning Worship: Access. Tea and coffee will be served in the hall after both morning services.
6.30pm: Evening Service: With Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The Life of Columba: Pilgrimage.