….. to the website of Leith Churches Together (formerly Leith Council of Churches).
Walking, working, praying together
Our aim is to foster cooperation and fellowship between the churches of Leith and to enable us to serve God and our community together through action, prayer and dialogue.
For the last 3 years, we have organised around 500 Christmas parcels for seafarers around the world who are in Scotland at Christmas. With joint funding from the main three organisations (Apostleship of the Sea, Sailors’ Society and Mission to Seafarers Scotland), as well as Leith Churches Together, we pack up bags for the seafarers with small, useful items, such as hand-knitted woolly hats, and include a special Christmas card designed by a Leith schoolchild. The bags are taken onto the ships by the port chaplains just before Christmas. This year, the pupils of Pilrig Park School took part in designing the card, and the winner was Lauren Hill.
We’ll be doing all this in the Ocean Terminal Mall on Friday 8th- Saturday 9th November, from 10-4pm, and asking passers-by to write a friendly message on the Christmas card. Come and see us there!
Fun for all in the October holiday week! Down at Ocean Terminal during the school holiday week? Drop in to our and enjoy some simple crafts with an autumn/harvest theme. We are in the OT Community Space (first floor beside Debenham’s).
Tuesday 15th October-Friday 18th October: 10.30-12.30. For children 5-12, accompanied by their carer(s)/parent(s). All welcome! For more info, click on the poster.
Singing for young and old at Pilrig St Paul’s
All starting up again for the new season! For full information, click on the link. Pilrig St Paul’s Music leaflet 2012-2013
Contact: Colin Gray, Musical Director – details on Pilrig St Paul’s website (link also from their page on this website).
Vocal Vibes: children from P3-P5: Wednesday 4 – 5.30pm
Singchronicity Youth Choir: P6 -upwards: Wednesday 4 – 5.30pm
Pilrig Choristers: Children aged 8 upwards: Tuesday 4 – 5.30pm
Pilrig Chorus: Adults: Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm
Pilrig Church Choir: Sunday rehearsal 10.00am
Leith Churches Holiday Club 2012 (16-20 July) had a great week, with over 60 children and a wonderful volunteer team from different churches in Leith. The Olympic theme resulted in some excellent art and craft work (eg. Olympic torches and miniature athletes) and the drama proved popular too! Click on the link to read more and see some photos. Leith Churches Holiday Club 2012
More photos on the Holiday Club website, www.lchc.yolasite.com
We were delighted to welcome the Very Rev. Dr. Sheilagh Kesting, Ecumenical Officer in the Church of Scotland and former Moderator, as our guest speaker at the 2012 AGM on 12th June. Following the business meeting and supper, Sheilagh spoke on ‘Where is the action? Church, community and working together’. For the text of her talk, click on the link. Sheilagh Kesting’s talk
Songs of Praise for Christian Aid. Ebenezer United Free Church, Bangor Road, Sunday 27th May, 6.30pm. Come and sing! Refreshments to follow. For a poster, click on the link. Songs of Praise for Christian Aid 27 May 2012
We had some great pictures as part of the design competition for our Leith Churches Together Easter card. Click on the link to see them. Easter@ Ocean Terminal 2012
Samaritans and YMCA Edinburgh: Fundraising Concert, Sat. 25th February, 7.30pm, at City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX. Featuring the Forth Valley Chorus and Sam McAdam, Harpist. Tickets £10 (£8 concession), incl. refreshments. Call 0131 553 7877.
The Vine Trust held an Open Day on Saturday 11 February 2012, welcoming visitors to its brand-new Education and Resource Centre on a converted barge in Leith. The Trust works with some of the poorest children and communites around the world. If you’d like to find out more and see how you (or your school) might be involved, come and have a look. For a poster and contact details, click on the link. Vine Trust Barge Open Day
In company with churches around the world, we came together for joint worship to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, on 18th January. Our service was hosted this year by St Mary’s Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church. Many thanks to all who helped to organise the service and refreshments afterwards. It was good to see both old friends and new faces.
Our Christmas parcels for Seafarers event was a great success! Many thanks to everyone who helped. Click on the link for pictures. Christmas parcels event 2011
Our short act of remembrance in Ocean Terminal for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was attended by 40-50 people, and included a minute’s silence in the whole mall. We remembered all victims of terrorism and those working for peace. Several people told us afterwards that they had found it both moving and appropriate. Many thanks to the Ocean Terminal management and staff for their help in arranging this. For the order of service, click on the link. PAUSE FOR PEACE.