I’m sure most of us are well into our preparations for Christmas and may be rather overwhelmed by the realisation that another year has passed and we haven’t replied to last year’s correspondence, met for coffee or lunch with distant friends as we promised. Now we are trying to rectify these oversights as we write the Christmas cards for this year and consequently are coffee and lunched out!
So for those who are in this situation a few brief updates:
Avril Johnston Craig called into the church in the summer when visiting her Mum. Avril is now back in Australia and very happy with life and sends her good wishes to all for a joyful Festive Season.
Bettina Bartels in Hamburg also spent time with us and joined in our Introductory Workshop. You can read her good wishes on our members’ page.
David Wilson is enjoying the London scene at the moment but is hoping to catch up with friends at the Carol Service.
It has been a busy year for our Developers. Paula Rowe continues to increase her bookings to serve other churches and she is joined by Mary Amos and Elizabeth McGovern. All three have now left the Circle and are flying solo.
Murray Lomax, Derek Edwards and Sue Geddes are testing their wings further afield thanks to the support of established mediums. Mae Dickson, George and Dorrie Neilson and Richard Scheffler have all taken a Developer to Services in other churches. We are so delighted that they are willing to share their bookings with the fledglings and we are also grateful to churches who allow this to take place.
We try to reciprocate by offering platform opportunities to Developers from other churches and we look forward to more visits in 2014. Thanks must also go to members who remain for the “After Circle” on a Sunday evening as it gives our developers the necessary experience of working in public.
Again thank you for the wonderful support you gave at the Festive Fair. The final total was £1,335.00. A magnificent sum with special thanks to Joyce, Helen for the many hours preparing the stalls and thanks to all the other volunteers who manned the stalls on the day or gave private readings or donated to the enormous range of goodies on offer.
Congratulations are also due to members Mr and Mrs Medine after their wedding at Newtongrange Mining Museum and to Mr and Mrs Derek and Jean Balfour on the birth of their grandson Ryan, Robert Derek, all 8lbs 8oz of him. The proud parents hope to bring him to the Carol Service, (I remember when mum came to the church as a youngster herself)!
We have of course had those occasions when loved ones have made their transitions to the Spirit side of life and our thoughts are with baby Heather’s family and Liz’s family at what is a very painful time. Time passing does not mean we forget. It is so very hard to join in Celebrations when we are still grieving.
If the “meenister” is needed during the period when the church is closed for public services, the church answering machine is checked on almost a daily basis as are e-mails. So remember the “message” get in touch at the start of a new year rather than the end and keep in touch throughout the year.
I do not send individual Christmas cards but place one in the church for all and money saved goes to the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home but I do wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.