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At present, in line with Government and Church of Scotland guidelines we are currently worshipping online only. We look forward to opening our physical doors as soon as is practical but for now our Sunday Morning service will be live on zoom. We are trying to keep in touch as best as we can through phone calls, our weekly E-Newsletter and we continue to communicate here on our website.

Our Virtual doors open’ at 10.50am for an 11am start. You can join us using the following link/details ;

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/97104674565?pwd=blVodW1tbE50QXdIdnpHa2V2Z3R3QT09
Meeting ID: 971 0467 4565 and Passcode: 272922


Build on a Strong Foundation
Written by the women of Vanuatu

This year it would have been Palmerston Place’s turn to host the WDP service with our friends from St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Andrew’s. With Churches closed due to Covid-19 at the moment, the following options are being provided by the Scottish Committee for those who are unable to attend any other worship. The Scottish Committee invite you to join them in a live Zoom service at 2.00p.m. It is being hosted by Augustine United Church in Edinburgh with participants from across Scotland. For joining details see Facebook or use the Zoom details – Meeting ID 895 9398 3883 and Passcode: 901656. If you do not have internet access you can join using a landline O131 4601196. And you will be asked for the above webinar and passcode. The service will then be available on the website and Facebook after the service.

Walking Shoes – A recent article in The Guardian extolled the benefits of walking and talking as a form of therapy. Being outdoors has many benefits for physical and mental wellbeing, and it’s good to get out of the house. At present, our lives are subject to a number of restrictions, but something that we’re permitted to do (if physically able, and the weather permits!) is take outdoor exercise with one person from another household. “Exercise” might sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. It could be a slow stroll around the block, or an amble around the park with a takeaway coffee or even a hike up one of our local hills. Why not get in touch with someone from near where you live and arrange to meet them to “walk and talk”? It’s a great way to catch up or get to know someone better. If you’d like to meet someone to “walk and talk” but aren’t sure who might be nearby, please contact your Elder or hello@palmerstonplacechurch.com


Fair Trade Fortnight – 22 February to 7 March
The focus this year is on climate change and its impact on Fairtrade farmers and producers around the world. For more information go to:
https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/resources-library/current-campaigns/fairtrade-and-the-climate-crisis/

Please continue to support the One World Shop below St John’s Church – you can order online and hopefully it will be open again soon once restrictions are lifted.

Margaret and David

Supermarkets not stocking Real Easter Eggs

For the first time in ten years supermarkets are not stocking The  Real Easter Egg.  Because of the Pandemic they had a terrible Easter in 2020 and so have decided to cut lots of products, including  The Real Easter Egg.  If you are one of the 80,000 people who usually buy from a supermarket then you need to order direct from us. But be quick as there will not be enough eggs to go round this year. The only place to buy our full range is from our shop here. Out of the 80 million Easter eggs sold in the UK every year, The Real Easter Egg is the only one which has a copy of the Easter story in the box, is made of Fairtrade chocolate and which supports charitable projects. For Easter 2021, there are seven types of Real Easter Eggs available, all with new content.  Each egg has an edition of the Easter story.  The stories range from simple guides to 24 page activity book versions. We also have a sharing box with 30 eggs and stories for goody bags. The Original, Dark, Special Edition and our new White 2021 eggs are plastic free and all our chocolate is Palm Oil free.  

Baby & Toddler
We have taken the decision to take a break from Toddler Group meeting online until we can all meet together again in person. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the toddler group helpers, for helping to make our weekly meetings happen online, and to everyone who has come along to these sessions. A grateful thanks also to Liz Jamieson for her enthusiasm and musical talents,  we look forward to a time when toddlers can meet again in person.

If you are looking for advice in these difficult times then you may wish to contact the Citizens Advice Bureu who are operating an online and telephone support service – https://www.citizensadviceedinburgh.org.uk/

Mental Health Information Station (MHIS), is a free NHS drop-in service for anyone dealing with mental health issues. Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances they are not running our Drop-In service on Thursdays at the Walpole Hall on Palmerston Place but our service is still running through various ways :·

Email: mentalhealthinformation@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Facebook page: Mental Health Information Station
Phone calls to Cambridge Street House (0131 537 8650) on Thursdays between 9.30 and 4.30 will be answered by MHIS staff Other numbers you may find helpful Coronavirus General Helpline: 0800 028 2816, Housing Helpline: 0808 800 4444., Helpline for Elderly People: 0800 12 44 222, Mental Health Helpline: 0800 83 85 87, Parents Helpline: 08000 28 22 33