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Sunday 29th MayThis will be the day of the last services conducted by Colin as our Minister and this will be marked at both the Morning and Evening Services. After each service there will be coffee, cake and conversation—a chance to meet and mingle together as a Congregation.

As we heard on Sunday, Christian Aid Week runs from 15 to 21 May. Christian Aid has long been an advocate for climate justice, working with local communities most adversely impacted by climate change, delivering projects that, among other things, help people become more resilient to disasters such as drought, climate change and hurricanes. This year’s campaign is focused on turning hunger into hope, with donated funds helping buy drought-resistant seeds for farmers, so they can plant crops that can withstand high temperatures and low rainfall.

You can help, by not only donating to Christian Aid’s campaign this week, but also by signing Christian Aid’s Climate Justice petition, which calls on Boris Johnson to fully back the creation of an international loss and damage fund, making countries and polluters who have done the most to cause the climate crisis help those poorer countries most affected by it. Find out more here.

PPC Baby and Toddler Group – Meets each Monday morning during school term time, 10am until 11:30am  in  Annan House.  This group returns on Monday 25th April.   If you know of anyone looking for a group like ours, please pass along these details

Job Opportunity – Church Caretaker

(Part-Time)

We have a team of three part time caretakers who normally undertake 3 shifts each per week. We currently have one vacancy.  Would you be interested?

 We are looking for a reliable Caretaker who will:

  • have good inter-personal and communication skills
  • provide a welcome to those using our buildings
  • be responsible for cleaning inside and outside, taking pride in the appearance of our premises
  • be enthusiastic regarding the church’s aims and activities
  • be able to work independently

More information, including the job description and an application form, is available from Mrs Norma Rolls (normarolls@sky.com or 0131 337 7005) Closing date for applications is Tuesday 31st May 2022.

PPC is open for Worship. Our morning service, Sunday 10.30am, is available both ‘in-person’ and broadcast online via zoom (with a recording able to be viewed afterwards) and our evening service, Sunday at 7pm is ‘in-person’ only with the sermon being made available online afterwards. We do however have to continue to operate a ‘Track and Trace’ system.  To register who is coming into the building, those with a smartphone will be asked to scan a QR which will register attendance (see details below) It is not a problem if anyone is unable to use the QR Code System –  just like other venues such as restaurants and other hospitality places, people will simply be asked to give their name and contact number by a member of the welcome team. Our Virtual doors open’ at 10.20am for an 10.30am 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


Doors Open Day 2021

The Edinburgh/East Lothian Doors Open Days programme is organised each year by the Cockburn Association. For up to date venue and event listings please visit their website here.

PPC is involved in DoD again this year, you can see our video here

Online Church – 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 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.

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