Please visit the site for regular updates.
PPC is once again open for Worship
Our morning service will be available both ‘in-person’ and broadcast online and an evening service which will be ‘in-person’ only with the sermon being made available online afterwards. The recording of the morning service will also be available on our website. As we are following strict guidelines, there is a booking system in place for both services. The booking system is run via ‘Eventbrite’. Please book online if you can.
Morning Service – 16th May 2021 : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/morning-service-sunday-16th-may-tickets-153290450865
Evening Service – 16th May 2021 : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/evening-service-sunday-16th-may-2021-tickets-153291463895
Morning Service – 23rd May 2021 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154239132397
Evening Service – 23rd May 2021 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/evening-service-sunday-23rd-may-2021-tickets-154239663987
While we look forward to opening our physical doors our Sunday Morning service will also be will be live on zoom. Our Virtual doors open’ at 10.50am for an 11am start. You can join us using the following link/details ;
Meeting ID: 971 0467 4565 and Passcode: 272922
Church leaders across Scotland have made “remarkable adaptations” during the COVID-19 pandemic to effectively preach the Word of God and serve their communities in new ways.A new study found that 96% of 369 congregational leaders spanning 27 different denominations continued with ministry and mission work despite the most serious challenge facing the country since the Second World War.
The lockdown and subsequent legal restrictions to the opening of buildings resulted in a dramatic rise in online worship and other content, with 92% of churches offering some form of weekly material.
Increased online and social media activity has allowed congregations and Church leaders to reach substantially more people than they did prior to the pandemic.
The report is titled “Adapt and be Flexible– the Mission Doesn’t Stop” – The Scottish Church and the COVID-19 Pandemic” It concludes that leaders have been faithful to their calling, preaching the Word in season and out of season and witnessing to the love and faithfulness of God at a time of “unprecedented disruption and suffering.”
The 44-page study is the product of a research partnership between Action of Churches Together in Scotland, Brendan Research and the Scottish Church Leaders’ Forum. It compliments the Church of Scotland’s ‘The Listening Project’ – hearing the experiences of people across the Kirk – and new congregational statistics, both of which will be published next month.
Rev Mark Slaney, convener of the Scottish Church Leaders Forum, said: “I welcome the report and the findings and recommendations ground what we already suspected. “The necessary shift to online church life has drawn us into a much wider field for mission, ministry and worship and we must learn to live a new blend and balance of engagement which could release us into new partnerships and places.”
Church leaders were invited to complete an online survey which was available from 26 October to 4 December, 2020. A total of 184 Church of Scotland ministers took part in the study, accounting for 50% of the responses which came from all 32 local authority areas.
The trypraying booklet is a 7-day guide to help get you started on a journey of faith. It contains stories of answered prayer, ideas of things to do, important themes about how to connect with God and honest prayers.
Each day is composed of four parts:
- Read something to get you thinking
- Read a short story of someone sharing how prayer worked in their life
- Think about some wise words
- Pray – speaking to God
There is a place to write your Big Issue. A place where some common questions are answered, and some bright ideas that might help you to try praying. Download the app for the full version of the 7 day journey and the best news, it’s multi platform, so you can download it for Apple, Android and Windows devices.
Try It | trypraying
Happy Earth Day 2021
In honour of Earth Day this week, April 22nd, we have a special ‘green tip’ for this week’s enews! The following came from one of our joint Lent Discussions with the Cathedral, and we hope these discussions on Creation will continue to permeate into our thoughts and actions. Thanks again to all involved in those discussions!
In Ruth Valerio’s book, Saying Yes To Life, she gives many examples as to how churches have responded to natural disasters and issues caused by lack of access to clean water or worsened by pollution and climate change. These are spiritual and practical, but they all recognise that inequalities in communities are worsened – even where a whole community is “in the same boat”. Three types of response are suggested:
• Prayer – giving thanks for what we have whenever we use water and remembering those who don’t have it.
• Taking action – this includes practical group action such as joining conservation organisations to improve river ecosystems, arranging beach cleans, or lobbying,
and also personal actions, such as avoiding wasting water (water may not usually be short in the UK but provision of clean water uses electricity), minimising our consumption of “stuff” to reduce our “virtual water use”(for example, the water used to produce clothing or meat) and measures to decrease water pollution, including reducing our use of single use plastics and harmful chemicals.”
The Green Team
A minister with more than 20 years’ experience is encouraging those who have a sense of calling to ministry to “persist”.
Speaking as part of the ‘Talking Ministry’ series, Rev Dr Andrew Gardner said it was important to “keep pushing at that door” and that it was helpful for those in training to develop a support network.”Find mentors and form a good peer group and stick with them – you’ve got to have folk about you,” he said.
After two decades of parish ministry, which included 14 years at St Andrew’s Church of Scotland in Brussels, Dr Gardner explains why two years ago he chose to become an interim minister.
“Our role is to be a non-anxious presence. A congregation or a presbytery may ask for an interim minister if they’ve had a short ministry in the past, or a very long ministry or a minister has died or if there’s some conflict,” he said. “It’s where there has been some kind of issue that needs settlement from an experienced minster. You’re there for 18 months or two years and then you move on. It’s been a chance to do something different, to keep your ministry fresh and I’m still learning lots. It’s really important to know what God is calling you to do.”
The father of two, who up has recently completed his two-year post at Christ’s Kirk Glenrothes, said the pandemic has presented new challenges which have taken a lot of adjusting to over the last 12 months.
“The lows have been being physically distant from your congregation and wondering if I was doing enough by making contact with people over email, the phone, by text or by any method I could to keep regular contact and make sure people knew the church hadn’t forgotten them,” he said.
Reflecting on parish ministry, Dr Gardner’s advice is to “go to the right place where your ministry will fit as a congregation will see through you quickly” and bear in mind that “every congregation has its own story, its own challenge”.
Each month throughout 2021, the Talking Ministry series will share a personal story from those serving in Christian ministry, as well as discernment resources filled with questions, prayers and reflections to help encourage your own reflection on how God might be calling you.
You can read Rev Dr Andrew Gardner’s full interview and access the resources for April on our Talking Ministry page.
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 :·
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