PASTORAL LETTER The 5 senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste… Which is your strongest? I know that there is proof that if you have a deficiency in any one, then the others will work harder for you to compensate. I’ve had poor hearing for many years but my strongest sense is that of smell. I can… Continue Reading “Sorrow and love flow mingled down.”
Could you help a family on crisis get back on their feet? Find out more by listening to this excellent and moving introduction by Linda Hoskins to the work of Safe Families for Children.
Connect Plus The summer break has provided rest and relaxation for the team, and now we are ready to get going again and plan for the first of our autumn meetings on Tuesday 6 September. We were very sad to hear of the sudden death in July of Paul Merchant, whose work was tireless in… Continue Reading Connect Plus
Sam, our Minister, gave us a challenge on Easter Sunday. Each of us took a paper cup with soil and a sunflower seed as a symbol of hope and told us to nurture it. Is your hope growing? Perhaps not as impressively as Connie’s with her careful cultivation – a good position and a few carefully arranged used… Continue Reading Hope springs eternal!
This week we were continuing the theme of listening to God. Starting with the big fish theme, we cut out and decorated fish, followed by a hilarious game of “flip the kipper”, suggested by Robin, one of our stand-ins. Calm was restored temporarily, until the improvised drama following the Bible reading resulted in a most… Continue Reading Connect Plus
I’ve hardly spent anything on books since discovering a real treasure trove of free Amazon Kindle ebooks by George MacDonald, who has become my favourite author. I’m in good company – he was a major influence on C.S.Lewis of ‘Narnia stories’ fame (another favourite author) as well as Lewis Carroll and others. He was… Continue Reading A Good Read
The Bethany Care Shelter is facing higher than usual demand this year – accommodating up to their capacity of 45 homeless people per night on most nights since starting in October. They need your old blankets and sleeping bags. Cameron Black, Care Shelter Co-ordinator writes: “One result of having such high numbers is that we have… Continue Reading Blankets for Bethany!
Barclay recorded a much needed win on Saturday at Colinton Mains, creeping past AC Oxgangs in a pulsating match. The drizzle had set in well before kick off, and on the soft and unpromising surface there unfolded an end to end contest. The match was characterised by attacking verve by both sides and a fair… Continue Reading Football: Three points secured in Oxgangs Thriller
Barclay Viewforth United 1 Charlotte Chapel 6 Another heavy defeat on Saturday morning has effectively ended Barclay interest in the Buckstone Roofing Cup half way through the tie. Two early Chapel goals hurt the home side, although not without controversy. The first was a cruel ricochet and there were doubts over whether the second crossed… Continue Reading Football: Cup Hopes Bleak After First Leg
Barclay Viewforth United 2 Broxburn Baptists 3 Two well crafted goals by Broxburn’s Jason McGuiness were the undoing of Barclay at South Gyle on Saturday 12th September. These scores were countered in the first half by a fine headed goal by Matt, putting the team right back in the mix. With Broxburn down to ten… Continue Reading Football: A Tight Contest But Still No Joy