In November 2013, we held our now-well established Seafarers’ Christmas Parcel event in the mall in Ocean Terminal.  This year, we benefited from the use of the Community Space for packing and sorting.  Our 2013 Christmas card was designed by Lauren Hill of Pilrig Park School.  View it here.  Christmas Card Outside 2013

Community Craft Corner @ Ocean Terminal, October 2013 – present
Since October 2013, we have run a Community Craft Corner in the Community Space in Ocean Terminal, during the autumn and spring school holiday weeks, for children aged 5-12 (but anyone young at heart was welcome).  With a wonderful and creative team from 7 different churches in Leith, the kids and accompanying parents, relatives and friends had a great time, planting cress, making fish mobiles and much more!

In 2014, we ran an Easter workshop in Holy Week, also in the Community Space – creating a ‘journey to Jerusalem’ on the wall, a small Easter garden, some beautiful Easter eggs and other craftwork (chocolate eggs to take home to families also made an appearance).  We plan to do this again in 2015.

Space Academy: Leith Churches Holiday Club 2013
What does Space Academy have to do with the story of Daniel?  We found out at the Holiday Club, which took place during the hottest week of the year so far…..   As always, we had a great team of volunteers from several different churches, who kept going despite the hot weather!  The kids produced some wonderful craftwork and a good time was had by all.  At the end of each morning, the drama took us on the journey of the Starship Persevere through the Delta Quadrant, and followed the crew’s battle with the evil Odor.  Photos of the fun and games can be found on the Holiday Club website at www.lchc.yolasite.com.

AGM 28 May May 2013.  Our LCT AGM was hosted this year by St Mary’s Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church.  We were particularly pleased to welcome as a guest Rev. Ian Boa, Assistant Secretary of Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS).  Our speaker was Dr Michael Northcott, of Edinburgh University, who spoke on ‘Life, love and liberty in a time of crisis’, and wove together the themes of seaport, shopping mall and poetry which had featured in the AGM.

Six weeks to rediscover mission and re-imagine church. 

Mission Shaped Introduction is a 6-week course which gives the chance to reflect together on how churches can respond to and engage with the needs and challenges of a changing world.  It is ecumenically based and members of all churches can participate. The course has been run twice in Leith so far, in May-June 2012 and February-March 2013, with 15 people from several Leith churches participating.  It is designed by Fresh Expressions, an initiative pioneered by the Church of England and the Methodist Church, and is a ‘taster’ for the Mission Shaped Ministry course, now run by many churches across the UK, including Edinburgh.  The course was run by Jennifer Stark, leader of Leith Churches Outreach Project.

Lent Groups 2013.  This Is Our Story: Journeys of Faith is a resource from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). written by Rev. Nicholas Sagovsky, an Anglican priest, who says, ‘I wrote this course because I have learnt so much from the members of a little Bible Study group I started for people who have sought asylum.  They have made, and are making, fantastic journeys of faith.  I believe our churches are full of people with great stories to tell and that studying Scripture together can help each one of us see our life as a journey of faith…..my prayer is that the material will enable members of ecumenical Lent groups to say together, as we study and share our experience, ‘This is our story.’

In 2013, we ran a small ecumenical Lent group, meeting weekly at our homes and using the material above.  It may still be available on the CTBI website: www.ctbi.org.uk

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2013.  In company with other churches around the world, we met for joint worship on Sunday 29th January, hosted this year by Duke Street United Reformed Church, and for talk and refreshments afterwards.   The theme this year was inspired by Micah 6:8‘And what does God require of you but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God’?

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