St Giles’ Life

St Giles’ is a living church with a congregation of several hundred people who live across the city and beyond. The congregation is led by some fifty elders who share with the Minister the administration of the church and the care of the congregation and parish.

St Giles’ hosts many national and civic events, including the installation by The Queen of new Knights of the Thistle, the Kirking of the Scottish Parliament, the Kirking of the City Council of Edinburgh, the annual St Andrew’s Day service (held on St Andrew’s Day or the first Sunday after 30 November)  and other important commemorative and ecumenical services.  It has been at the heart of the city’s religious life for at least one thousand years and receives over a million visitors each year, who come to experience its unique atmosphere of continuing worship and history.Holy Table Organ (3)

 

 

The brand new Newsletter from our St Giles’ can be viewed here:St Giles’ Newsletter

 

Intimations:

Sunday 10 December – Advent 2

 

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be given by Rudsambee.

The Preacher at the Evening Service at 8pm on Sunday will be The Rev Dr Anne Logan.

The Cathedral is preparing to say farewell to Tom Foggo, Head Beadle and Peter Backhouse, Assistant Organist. To thank them for many years of service, a reception will be held in the Cathedral on Thursday 14th December, 5-7pm, to which all are invited. We ask that you RSVP at info@stgilescathedral.org.uk Contributions towards retirement gifts can be made through the Visitor Services office: cash or cheques made payable to St Giles’ Cathedral.

Advent Appeal. As in previous years, we are trying to support the Foodbank call to help needy people over the Christmas season, with an appeal running on the four Sundays of Advent. Tinned and packaged food is preferable. Bags of food, labelled ‘Foodbank’, should be left behind the ramp at the west end of the church. Please help. Contact: vashton20@gmail.com

The Neighbourhood Group is seeking volunteers for the annual Christmas Street Can Collections, Friday 22 & Saturday 23 December. Funds raised are donated to Streetwork who directly support individuals ‘on the street’. Our success depends on those able to give an hour (or more) of their time to ‘rattle’ the cans and last year we were able to raise almost £3,000. Over the two days, we are licenced to have five collectors on duty at any one time and, as the first shift starts at 10.00 and the last at 15.00, we need 30 volunteers each day. If you feel able to help, please contact – Stuart Ritchie – sritchie0518@gmail.com 0131 661 5949.

As in previous years, the Neighbourhood Group would greatly welcome Christmas gifts of a practical nature for the residents of Cunningham House. Such gifts would typically consist of warm clothing—such as socks, beanies, gloves, sweaters (etc.) plus toiletries and some ‘goodies’ such as sweets. The vast majority of the residents are men. Gifts can be handed into the Beadles who will store them safely until they are delivered to Cunningham House before Christmas.

Fresh Start: Cookers for Christmas Appeal leaflets are available in the church, or visit the website www.freshstartweb.org.uk

Bethany Christian Trust: Caring Christmas Trees If you would like to support Bethany’s work with the homeless by purchasing a tree or helping with their distribution, please call 0345 111 8733 or visit https://www.caringchristmastrees.com/

Sunday 3 December – Advent 1

The Preacher at the Evening Service at 8pm on Sunday will be The Rev Craig Meek.

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be The University of Edinburgh Carol Service.

On Saturday 9th December at 5.30pm the Cathedral Choir will be giving a Christmas Concert including carols for all to sing.

We give thanks for the life and service of Mrs Mary MacLean, formerly of Flat 46, 6 Roseburn Drive, who died on 26th November. The funeral will be held in St Giles’ on Tuesday 5th December at 10.30am.

We give thanks also for the life and service of Mr James F McLaren, 54 Dean Path, who died on 27th November.  The funeral will be held at Warriston Crematorium, Cloister Chapel, on Tuesday 12th December at 12.30pm.

The Cathedral is preparing to say farewell to Tom Foggo, Head Beadle and Peter Backhouse, Assistant Organist.  To thank them for many years of service, a reception will be held in the Cathedral on Thursday 14th December, 5-7pm, to which all are invited.  We ask that you RSVP at info@stgilescathedral.org.uk  Contributions towards retirement gifts can be made through the Visitor Services office.

Advent Appeal. As in previous years, we are trying to support the Foodbank appeal to help needy people over the Christmas season.  The appeal will run during four successive Sundays, beginning 3rd December.  Tinned and packaged food is preferable.  Bags of food, labelled ‘Foodbank’, should be left behind the ramp at the west end of the church.  Please help.  Contact: vashton20@gmail.com

The Neighbourhood Group is seeking volunteers for the annual Christmas Street Can Collections, Friday 22 & Saturday 23 December.  Funds raised are donated to Streetwork who directly support individuals ‘on the street’.  Our success depends on those able to give an hour (or more) of their time to ‘rattle’ the cans and last year we were able to raise almost £3,000.  Over the two days, we are licenced to have five collectors on duty at any one time and, as the first shift starts at 10.00 and the last at 15.00, we need 30 volunteers each day.  If you feel able to help, please contact – Stuart Ritchie – sritchie0518@gmail.com  0131 661 5949.

As in previous years, the Neighbourhood Group would greatly welcome Christmas gifts of a practical nature for the residents of Cunningham House.  Such gifts would typically consist of warm clothing—such as socks, beanies, gloves, sweaters (etc.) plus toiletries and some ‘goodies’ such as sweets.  The vast majority of the residents are men.  Gifts can be handed into the Beadles who will store them safely until they are delivered to Cunningham House before Christmas.

Fresh Start: Cookers for Christmas Appeal leaflets are available in the church, or visit the website www.freshstartweb.org.uk

Bethany Christian Trust: Caring Christmas Trees  If you would like to support Bethany’s work with the homeless by purchasing a tree or helping with their distribution, please call 0345 111 8733 or visit https://www.caringchristmastrees.com/

 

Bethany’s work with the homeless by purchasing a tree or helping with their distribution, please visit  https://www.caringchristmastrees.com/ or call 0345 111 8733.

Advent Appeal: as in previous years, we are trying to support the Foodbank appeal to help needy people over the Christmas season.  The appeal will run during four successive Sundays, beginning 3rd December.  Tinned and packaged food is preferable.  Bags of food, labelled ‘Foodbank’, should be left behind the ramp at the west end of the church.  Please help.  Contact: VASHTON20@GMAIL.COM