Seafarers’ Christmas Parcel Event: 14-15 November 2014
For the last 3 years, we have organised 450-500 Christmas parcels for seafarers around the world who are in Scotland at Christmas. (see Archived Events 2011 and 2012 for pictures of previous years).
This year, again with joint funding from the main three organisations (Apostleship of the SeaSailors’ Society and Mission to Seafarers Scotland) and further support from many churches in Leith, we packed up 550 gift bags for the seafarers with small items – woolly hats, knitted here in Britain, pens, toothbrushes, candles, soap, combs, notebooks.  As always, we had a stall in the mall at Ocean Terminal, and a special Christmas card designed by a Leith schoolchild, which we asked passers-by to sign with a friendly Christmas message.  The gifts and messages go all round the world and mean a great deal to seafarers who are far from home at Christmas.

Our 2014 card was designed by Sandy Watkins (aged 8) of Trinity Primary School in Leith.  Congratulations, Sandy.  You can see the card here.  LCT.seafarerrs card A6.2014 (1)  Thanks so much to all who helped, signed cards or collected items for the sailors!

Packing gift bags                    Christmas card designs from Trinity Primary School             Sandy Watkins and his Dad visiting us

Packing gift bags                           Display of cards at OT           Sandy and his Dad visiting us

Pause for Remembrance 2014 @ Ocean Terminal
On 11 November 2014, with millions of others in the UK, we remembered all who suffer in war, and in particular, the centenary of the First World War.  This year, the children of Lorne Primary School in Leith took part.  They performed a silent dance routine, ‘The Iron Harvest’, evoking the continued finding of WW1 items in the French countryside, and joined in the reading of Scottish poems by Marion Angus and E.A.Mackintosh.   

To see the programme and the poems, click on the link.   Remembrance 2014 leaflet

October Community Craft Corner @ Ocean Terminal, 14-17 October.
This is the fourth time we have run this  during the school holiday week, and it was enjoyed by all!  Our theme this time was the sea, fishes and Scotland, with thistles, Celtic crosses and doves of peace included in our crafts.  Thank you to all who helped; for photos of the fun, click on the link.  October 2014 Craft Corner @ OT

Mission Shaped Intro in Leith, Wednesday 24 September- 29 October 2014.  MSI this time included participants from Murrayfield, Musselburgh and Cockenzie, as well as Leith and we enjoyed the variety!   If your church is interested in offering the course, the flyer below (for the course just ended) will give an idea of the content.

MSI Leith Poster Sep 2014  MSI Leith Flyer Sep 2014

Leith Churches Holiday Club 2014: Fit for a King?   Crafts, drama, games, prayer, challenges, people getting wrapped up in paper…… it was all happening at the YMCA Edinburgh in Leith in July!  We had about 45 children (from 15 different schools this year) at our Holiday Club, getting ‘fit for a King’.   This year’s material was written in Scotland (Yeah!) and kept us closely linked with the fun and fury at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Club took place this year at YMCA Edinburgh, from 28 July to 1 August.  For pictures of the fun, click on the link.  Holiday Club pics 2014 website. doc

Scotland’s Future: A Rainbow Nation?  Annual Meeting 2014

At our 2014 Annual Meeting on 10 June, we welcomed Sr Isabel Smyth SND, Chair of Interfaith Scotland, as our guest speaker.  In this referendum year, she spoke on ‘Scotland’s Future – A Rainbow Nation?’   

Lent Groups 2014
In 2014, three Lent groups ran in Leith, two of which used the innovative material Finding a Voice by Hilary Bailey.  This course is based on the film The King’s Speech.  If you would like to know more about the courses, you can views the posters and information below.

Poster for Lent groups 2014

Flyer and info Lent Groups 2014

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