Wee Box, Big Change

SCIAF Wee Box

SCIAF Wee Box

This year’s SCIAF Lent appeal focuses on Uganda and the thousands of vulnerable young people who, with your support, are being helped to create a brighter future for themselves. The SCIAF packs will be handed out on today. Please give to SCIAF this Lent, make big changes happen with your WEE BOX.

Christmas Boxes for the Young Homeless

Once again we have been invited to join with other churches in Edinburgh to provide a Christmas shoe box present for the young homeless, who will have to celebrate Christmas Day in one of our hostels. The boxes should be marked either male or female and contain a few useful gifts and treats. They must not contain money or vacuum sprays. A list of suggested gifts will be available at the back of the church. Last date for delivering your box to church is Sunday 9th December. Many of these young people cry when receiving their box as they are astonished that complete strangers can be so kind. Any queries please contact Maureen McGregor 0131 337 6346, e-mail mcgregor885@btinternet.com Mob: 07720783442.

2018 Parish BBQ

As you will know from last week’s newsletter and from all of the parishioners that attended, this year’s Parish BBQ was a great success. However, not only was it a very successful and enjoyable social occasion, we now know that it was also very successful from a financial perspective. An initial calculation of the net proceeds has calculated these being in the region of twice that of last year. This is due to a great extent to the generosity of our parishioners as well as the efficiency of those organising the event! The Parish Council would like to extend their thanks to those who gave so generously to the BBQ this year. After due consideration, the Parish Council voted to send the proceeds (approximately £1,300) to Fr Nicklas Maria in Russia, being our present nominated Parish Project. The Parish Council would also like to take this opportunity to remind parishioners that if they wish to make any further donations to Fr Nicklas either now or at a later date, there is a labelled box at the back of the church (formerly ‘Jessie’s Box’) for this purpose.

Flooding in Kerala

SCIAF Wee Box

SCIAF Wee Box

You may have seen in the news the dreadful accounts of flooding in Kerala, where many of our Indian community have family and friends. Let’s pray in a special way for all those affected. If you would like to contribute financially to the relief efforts, know that SCIAF are providing disaster relief and would be very grateful for any donations. See their website: https://www.sciaf.org.uk/.

Mill Hill Missionaries

Fr Matt and Fr Gerry were overwhelmed by the welcome they received in our parishes last weekend and commented how lucky we were to live and serve in such wonderful communities. Thank you! They were also extremely grateful for the generous donations they received to support their work. If you were caught unawares by the second collection (apologies!), they will be glad to receive cheques payable to Mill Hill Missionaries and sent to 30 Lourdes Avenue, Cardonald, Glasgow, G52 3QU. Many thanks!

L’Arche Edinburgh

L’Arche Edinburgh is a community for people with and without disabilities. They are currently looking for people who are interested in community life to get in touch. They have many ways to be involved, from living in the community, working full-time or part-time, casual relief work, as well as a variety of volunteering opportunities. If you think you might be interested and would like to find out more, please look at the L’Arche Edinburgh website or get in touch edinburgh@larche.org.uk

Project Truth

Project Truth is an award-winning youth outreach project run by SPUC Scotland. They travel round the towns and cities of Scotland, bringing the pro-life message to the streets. They run engaging monthly stalls as well as a weeklong pro-life Roadshow each August in various Scottish cities. To support their work, go to Go Fund Me Project Truth.