Please visit the site for regular updates.
Our friends at St Mary’s Cathedral, across the street from PPC, is open for individual prayer every day but Saturday from 9am to 3pm. All are most welcome to come in, to reflect and pray, to sign a book of condolence, walk meditatively around a labyrinth, light a candle, add a stone to the cairn in the Garden of Remembrance.
Worship at PPC
We are currently working to see when we can open again for worship. Under current guidelines numbers would be limited so we are looking at options including streaming services from the Church Buildings.
Church groups across Scotland are asking Christians to join in prayer at 7pm on Sunday evenings. As with previous weeks during lockdown and the phased easing of restrictions, 14 Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland, have co-signed the letter calling for prayer. Scottish Christians have been continuing to answer the call to pray at the same time each week, and Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has been taking part alongside them. “I’m delighted to have read that in the last couple of months online searches for ‘prayer’ have increased dramatically,” Dr Fair said. “But reading about what prayer is and how to do it is only the start of it. After that it’s time to actually pray. “And what better than to join with brothers and sisters from across the nation at 7pm on Sunday to pray our way through this ongoing crisis. I commend it to you and look forward to being with you, in Spirit, on Sunday evening.”
Baby & Toddler Singalong – We have been getting together for music and songs suitable for babies and toddlers every second Tuesday morning at 10am for 30 minutes. We are taking a break in August but we have created special video content, please visit our ‘Children and Youth’ page
From Christian Aid
As part of the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee), we’re asking you to support those at greatest risk around the world. The coronavirus pandemic has hit the world’s most vulnerable communities and refugee camps. Families who have been forced to flee their homes and who have lost everything now face this deadly threat.
Millions are living in cramped conditions, in tents and makeshift shelters with no running water. In these conditions it is impossible to social distance. Many have little food and are already malnourished. And limited access to soap and water makes regular handwashing almost impossible. They are all extremely vulnerable to the virus.
We’re already responding to the Covid-19 outbreak in Africa, Asia and Latin America. But your donation will allow this essential work to be scaled up, helping prevent countless cases and save lives by providing vulnerable families with life-giving food and the means to protect themselves with water, soap, handwashing stations and information.
Coronavirus cases have been reported in every country where Christian Aid works. In these countries there have been over 2 million cases and close to 100,000 deaths. We need your help now to reach the most vulnerable people. Please give what you can today.
Thank you for your generosity,
Head of Humanitarian
In this edition of It’s a Fair Question, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, speaks to Rev Brian Casey of Springburn Parish Church. A former police officer, Brian discusses the work his church has done during the Coronavirus pandemic to support those most in need. Brian also describes how a strong sense of community has challenged his initial preconceptions and how a good working relationship with the local Catholic Church has enhanced his own ministry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWUb7qK4yeI
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