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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.

For our Morning Service 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

Baby & Toddler Group
Monday 10-11.30am, Annan House
With toys and space to play. Singing, coffee and conversation.

Earlybirds Prayer
Each Tuesday  8am – Online meeting
All welcome, a time of prayer and reflection
ID – 609651523, Passcode 161295

Friendship Cafe
Twice per month on a Thursday 2-3.30pm, Annan House
Meeting again on 6th and 20th October.

Job Opportunities at PPC


Ministerial Team at PPC
New Associate Minister starts at Palmerston Place!

Congratulations to Douglas Reid, one of our elders, who completed his Probationary period at Canongate Kirk on Sunday! Not one to let the grass grow under his feet, Douglas began as Full-time Associate Minister at PPC on Thursday 1st September!

We are delighted that Douglas will be involved in this innovative new role. Growing a more missional focus for the congregation’s life Douglas will work with the group writing the new mission plan. He will also conduct many of our worship services and lead on pastoral care.

Douglas’ Ordination has been set by Presbytery for 7pm on 6 October 2022 at Palmerston Place. We are glad to see the ministerial team being enhanced in this way and look forward to working together with Douglas in the time to come. Welcome!

Rev Bill Taylor

During October Cat Rawlinson-Watkins, a Church of Scotland candidate, will be joining us for her third placement from the autumn to the spring. Cat is a member at St Stephen’s Comely Bank and we look forward to welcoming her.


Our Interim Moderator, Rev Bill Taylor, writes ;

Panicking, I wondered if my copy of The Cloud of Unknowing had survived a recent decluttering. Ministers, it seems, acquire books so it was good to pass some on, nowhere near the 5000 Colin took to the Christian Aid Book sale! Relieved, I turned afresh to this gem of medieval Christian mysticism, written, in the 14th century, probably in the Midlands, when pandemics and war assailed Europe, author unknown. The title refers to the space between God and humanity and suggests it’s as we recognise how little we know that we find ourselves well placed to discover the wonder of God’s love. “So go on, I beg you, with all speed. Look forward, not backward. See what you still lack, not what you have already; for that is the quickest way of getting and keeping humility.” (p60, Penguin Classics, translated by Clifton Wolters 1978). The Cloud of Unknowing came to mind as I thought about the situation in which we find ourselves as a Church (both locally and nationally), the vacancy, Presbytery plans, conversations with our neighbours at Gorgie, Dalry and Stenhouse and at Murrayfield. I’m honoured to reprise the role of Interim Moderator, officially from 1st July and look forward to working as part of a new ministerial team being put together over the summer. It’s essential our Churches develop new models and re-invent themselves. Office-bearers, members, all who are a part of the fellowship we share, let’s try many things, experiment with what works, and find new ways to connect with people in Jesus’ name!

James, that very practical book, opens with this advice: “If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.” (1:5; Peterson, Eugene H. Holy Bible – Message version). Believing prayers, asked in faith, are required! So whilst we may not know, we know One who does; as we look forward in faith we can be sure the way ahead will become better known. “How right you are to say ‘for the love of Jesus’. For it is in the love of Jesus that you have your help. The nature of love is such that it shares everything. Love Jesus, and everything he has is yours”( p64, The Cloud of Unknowing).
Wising you every blessing as the adventure continues,
Bill
Rev Bill Taylor

Doors Open Day

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

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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