PPC Baby and Toddler Group
Meeting each Monday morning during school term time, 10am until 11:30am in Annan House. If you know of anyone looking for a group like ours, please pass along these details and feel free to get them to contact me for more information. Audrey Cisco,Ministerial Assistant
Shoebox Sunday – 21 November 2021
At the morning service on the 21st, we had have on display in church all the shoeboxes we have received from local folks and our congregation. There was a wonderful response to this and we extend our thanks to everyone who contributed and helped in any way.
‘The Friendship Café’ meets from 2-3.30pm on the first and third Thursday each month. Meeting for conversation, to play board games and other activities. The Friendship Café is open to all and we hope to see you there. The next meeting is Thursday 18th November
PPC is open for Worship
We are now allowed to sing in Church again, albeit masks must be worn, but it is a joy to be able to praise through songs once more. 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 ;
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
Moderator’s Vaccine Appeal
Lord Wallace’s (Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland) appeal for a just vaccine rollout has already raised over £10,000 with Christian Aid. Thank you to everyone who has generously given thanks for receiving their jags. Your money will help ensure vulnerable people stay safe as they wait for the vaccine.
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.
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.
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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 :·
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