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The Messenger SUMMER 2015


2. Dear Friends We really are well into the Year now. Indeed many activities and groups are now well into their Summer programme. For many members and friends the bowling season has well and truly begun. We know it is early summer too when the Strollers are strolling, and the Women‟s Union and the Men‟s group are onto the cycle of monthly meetings. The Girls Brigade have had their display. (What a wonderful night that was). They have had a busy year. Messy Church is having a wee break too.

However for the Drama Group Summer means that the work starts in earnest as they prepare for the Fringe production. We send our best wishes to all of them. The play this year is a very funny play based here in Edinburgh – more about this elsewhere in the magazine. There are also one or two other Fringe – related events to look forward to – again more elsewhere in the magazine. We are also busy making plans for the Children‟s Summer Holiday Club. It is hard work but such fun. Our theme this year is „Wastewatchers‟. It has an „eco‟ theme but also explores the idea of the transforming love of Jesus. Please make this known to youngsters known to you. It is always a good week. No doubt we will be appealing for cardboard tubes, milk cartons boxes etc etc…… watch this space and thank you in advance.

MINISTER: Rev. Susan Kirkbride, 7 Saughtonhall Avenue Edinburgh EH12 {Telephone 0131 337 0139} Vestry {Telephone 0131 337 8733} SECRETARY: Mrs. Hazel Pryde, 5 Baird Avenue, Edinburgh EH12 5RU. {Telephone 346 8750} TREASURER: Mrs Fiona Walter e-mail:

In July (13th – 19th) an exciting event takes place in Saughton Park. Called ‘The Tent’ it is quite simply a week of activities for the local community and will have something for everyone whatever age. It has been organised by a group of Churches in South West Edinburgh. We are a part of this and the United Reformed Church Mission Fund has provided some assistance with funding. It would be wonderful to see folk at any of the events. There is a Community Day on the Saturday and a large worship event in the marquee on the Sunday morning. I must admit on reading all that is going on I feel an immense sense of privilege serving in a church which is constantly looking for new ways to serve others and, in turn, serve God and welcome folk into our midst. Could I please ask all Messenger readers to remember all that is happening over the summer months in your prayers – Thank you.

ORGANIST: Tina Philips

If you have been on your travels welcome back and if you are about to travel „go well and safely‟. For all I wish you a peaceful and restful summer – if such a thing exists in Saughtonhall!!

Registered Charity No. SCO 14175

Love and blessings to you all th



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Saughtonhall Drama Group

Since the previous edition of the Messenger we staged our two one Act plays. These were 22 Hardcastle Court, a comedy by Gary Diamond and Erica and Me, a farce by Alan Robinson. These were well received by the audience and received a 3 star review, entitled ‘Well timed’ in which the critic praised the acting and indeed gave a great accolade by reporting ‘ there is a real ensemble feel’, going on to conclude ‘the amount of effort put in by all concerned ensures that the double bill as a whole provides an entertaining evening with a large number of laughs’. Pictures and full copy of the review available on our web site . In the Edinburgh Festival fringe this year we return to our normal staging of a ‘full length’ play. We are performing the Cheshire Cats by Gail Young 10-15th August at 7.30pm and also on 15th at 2.30pm. The story follows a group of women as they look to speedwalk their way to fund

raising success in the Edinburgh Moonwalk while also enjoying a girly weekend away in the Capital. Trainers and wildly decorated bras are in, high heels and designer labels out - but a last minute substitute to the team doesn't meet the physical criteria! This adaption of the play and has been specially written for us by the author – who comes from Cheshire and is planning to come and see the premiere of this version during our weeks performance. We think the play will be good fun. Tickets available now from Morag Simpson or from the Fringe still priced £7.00 or £6.00 concessions.

Morag Simpson has been presented with the British Empire Medal for her work with amateur dramatics.

4. When Murrayfield Churches Together opened the doors at st 3.30pm on Saturday 31 January for the launch of Messy Church we really didn‟t have a clue what to expect! How many would turn up? Would people enjoy it? How would it all go? Many of us were feeling a little apprehensive. Now at the end of our trial period and with five Messy Church services behind us,we are delighted to report on such a positive success start. Messy Church consists of craft, a celebration and food and to run successfully relies heavily on teamwork. Our venture is ecumenical,involving volunteers from all three churches of Murrayfield Churches Together. A typical messy Church service will require a number of volunteers who come together for a planning meeting on the second Thursday of the month and help out on the day. We are so thankful to all our volunteers who have been helping with this. There are many ways in which a volunteer can get involved- welcoming,organising a craft table, using musical talents, operating the sound system, helping with catering or even just coming along to chat to people and be an extra pair of hands where needed. We already have a large group of volunteers who help out as little or often as they wish but we are keen to welcome more so that the work is shared. If you would like to be part of the Messy Church team please do get in touch with Irene Davies or with Sue. It really is fun and very rewarding. Messy Church takes place on the last Saturday of the month 3.30 – 5.30. It‟s always based around a theme and children must be accompanied by at least one adult.It is Christ centred and primarily aimed at connecting with families in our community who don‟t already have a connection with church. The crafts are all connected to the theme and the celebration includes a story, songs and a prayer. Sharing a meal together at the end (including volunteers) creates an opportunity for people to get to know one another and chat about the experience they‟ve shared. Who funds Messy Church? At each Messy Church service we have a donations box for families to make a donation (if they wish) to cover the cost of craft materials and food. So far the donations have more than covered our outgoings.


5. Advertising– you may have seen Messy Church posters displayed on the various notice boards in the community and flyers which we hand out to spread the word. Please take a leaflet and give them to friends/family /neighbours who you think might be interested. Venue – Messy Church is held at all three churches, althougha little more often at Murrayfield because of the extra space available. We will be making good use of the garden at the Church of the Good Shepherd in September and have plans to meet at Saughtonhall for a „Messy Christingle‟ in December. We are very encouraged by an average of eighty children and adults attending Messy Church which includesmix of people from local schools and nurseries, local residents. Regular emails are sent out to keep everyone up to date and we also have a Messy Church Facebook page – please „like „the page to receive regular updates and share with your friends.

What others have to say about Messy Church“It’s great for adults and children (grandparents too). It’s exciting and a fun way to learn about Jesus.” “A great selection of crafts, the children have had loads of fun finding out about the story of Joshua – we enjoyed marching around the wall and playing our instruments. The best bit was knocking the wall down! “We are new to the community and it’s a great way to meet other families and make new friends” “A big thumbs up – a lovely way to spend an afternoon!” “Volunteering at Messy Church is much more fun than I thought it would be! I really felt part of something special”

Our next film is ‘Frozen’ on 25th July. This was the unexpected massive hit of 2014. Designed originally for children, it’s story is based on the Danish fairy tale the Snow Queen has resonated with many adults. If you have never seen this film you will be enchanted, if you have you will know how much fun it is and well worth another viewing, especially on the big screen. Probably the best known song is ‘Let it Go’ sung by Elsa who is haunted by moment when her magic ability to create snow and ice nearly kills her younger sister Anna. So for those who fancy joining in ‘Let it Go’ we have obtained the sing-along version which uses a snow flake in place of the classic bouncing ball. We are showing it on the Saturday night after holiday club, so hopefully some of the younger ones will join us as well. Please do book your tickets now with Liz. Apologies for the cancellation of Jailhouse Rock in May, but there simply was not enough demand to make the evening viable. Planned film nights for rest of this year are

“A fantastic way to get to know and work alongside people from Murrayfield Churches Together” Messy Church has widened the doors of our churches. It welcomes all and says “come as you are”. After the Summer break our next Messy Church will take place at Murrayfield Parish Church on th Saturday 29 August 3.30 -5.30. If you would like to be part of it the door is wide open.

Sue Kirkbride & Fay Forsythe

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   Anne ‘doing her stuff’!!

September 5th Hello Dolly October 31st War Horse th December 12 Miracle on 34th Street including Christmas Tea



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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY WEDNESDAY 23rd September 2015 7.30pm At St Andrews and St George’s West, George St. Edinburgh EH2 2PA LOVE GOD, LOVE GOD’S WORLD Why Christians should care for creation With speakers including:The Most Rev. David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Sally Foster Fulton, Convenor of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland. Philippa Bonella, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund’s Head of Communications and Education. The Rev. John Humphreys, United Reformed Church Moderator for Scotland

It is sure to be a thought provoking evening ================================================= BAPTISM Killian Colm Cooper, son of Owen Craig Cooper & Oaife Marie Schweppe. Born 23rd August 2014, Baptised 1st March 2015. FUNERAL David Broughton - Duchess Anne Cottages, Bo’Ness (Church organist for over 30 years)

Died 12/3/15

WELCOME TO THE TENT 2015! An exciting project being held in Saughton park for one week only! This is a local project for local people aimed at bring a little bit of that summer excitement to you! Why go away when there is so much to do here in Edinburgh? With all these events we are working closely with the Saughton Park authorities to provide a program for the people of the local area. As different churches we are united in our desire to be one church. This will be clearly visibly on Sunday 19th July as we all close our doors at the Church and congregate in the large marquee to join together in worship as one church!

We believe this project gives us a phenomenal opportunity to share the love of God to the people of Saughton while also showcasing the talent and opportunity in the local community. We are very glad we have found so many churches and organisations willing to cooperate with us on this project. Listed below are a few of these:Saughton Park, Friends of Saughton Park, Stenhouse St Aidan's Church, St David's Broomhouse Church, Gorgie Dalry Church, The Salvation Army, Stenhouse Baptist Church, St Cuthbert's Roman Catholic Church, Saughtonhall United Reformed Church Barclay Viewforth Church, St Salvadors Episcopal Church, St Martins Episcopal Church.

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