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)

 

Forthcoming events:

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

 

Intimations:

Sunday 27 May – Trinity Sunday

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be given by a harpsichord recital given by Giuliano Bellorini, from Milan.

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

The Faith in Poetry group will meet on Wednesday 30th May 7.30 – 9pm in St Giles’ Lower Aisle.  We reflect on poems in The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry by Mark Oakley.  All are welcome.

The Welcoming are looking for a garden table and chairs.  If anyone has any to offer, please give your contact details to the beadles.

Each month we receive an appeal from Freshstart for specific items needed for the starter packs provided to support homeless people who are moving into accommodation but cannot afford the cost associated with setting up a home.  For May, the appeal is for dinner plates and tea towels.  These can be donated directly to Freshstart – website www.freshstartweb.org.uk – or brought to St Giles’.  For further information please contact Carole Hope c.hope1@btinternet.com

On Mondays at 7:30pm, from June 4th to July 9th, we will host the second series of “Exploring Gaelic” lectures (delivered in English).  Speakers will look at heritage, historical and cultural contexts, with a range of different subjects including St Columba, Women’s Early Modern Poetry, Gaelic place names and The Wolf of Badenoch.  Free entry – donations welcome!  For further details visit: www.stgilescathedral.org.uk/visit/learn-gaelic

Sunday 20 May – Pentecost

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm today will be given by The William Jewell College Concert Choir.

The Preacher at the Evening Service at 8pm today will be The Rev Helen Alexander.

The Faith in Poetry group will meet on Wednesday 30th May 7.30 – 9pm in St Giles’ Lower Aisle.  We reflect on poems in The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry by Mark Oakley.  All are welcome.

The Neighbourhood Group would like to thank all those who attended the Spring Garden Party that was very generously hosted by Tony and Maureen Toft at Hermitage Gardens.  Over 80 attended and £1,449.75, including the benefit of Gift Aid, was donated in support of the Cathedral’s charitable objectives.  Details of the causes that will benefit from these funds will be published in the St Giles’ News.

 

Sunday 13 May – Ascension

There will be a retiring collection for Christian Aid at both services today.

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm today will be given by The Pentland Singers.

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

For those that collect 20p in water bottles for Christian Aid, please would you bring these to the St Giles Café between the services on Sunday 20 May.

Error in Quarterly Leaflet: please note that the General Assembly service on Sunday 20th May is at 10.00am as usual, not (as printed) at 11.30am; the service at 11.30am will include the celebration of Holy Communion.

Listening and Mentoring Skills Course: Edinburgh University Campus Ministry (EUCAM) is working with psychologist Ben Williams to train up listeners and mentors to enhance the Church’s pastoral care to the community. The course begins on 15th May, and is free. For info or to book, contact Rev Dr Liam Fraser at lfraser@churchofscotland.org.uk