There are a several services this Easter at Palmerston Place Church to which all are welcome. All services are a combination of singing, bible reading, prayer and teaching.
The Service on 13th April will take place in Annan House, which is located next door to the Church at 10 Palmerston Place.
Sunday 9th April
11am – Palm Sunday Service
6.30pm – Evening Service
Thursday 13th April
7.30pm – Maundy Thursday Communion Service
Friday 14th April
7.30pm – Good Friday Service
Easter Day – Sunday 16th April
6am – Easter Morning at St Mary’s Cathedral
11am – Easter Service
6.30pm – Easter Reflection
Lent through a Lens: Film and Faith
Introduction – Tuesday 28th February
As an introduction to the series, on Tuesday 28th February at 7.30pm at PPC, Rev Jolyon Mitchell (Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion at the University of Edinburgh) will give an opening lecture.
Film Showings and Discussion
Wednesdays 8th, 15th & 29th March
All meetings will be held in the Sanctuary of Palmerston Place Church with a start time of 7pm.
The first film to be show will be ‘Casablanca’ on 8th March. The second film is being confirmed and the last in the series is ‘The Way’ on the 29th March
The Palmerston Place Church Magazine is called ‘Review & Outlook ‘ and is published ten times per year.
The March edition can be found here, by clicking on the link it will download a copy of the PDF which can then be viewed.
The first coffee morning of 2017 takes place on Wednesday 1st February.
Meeting in Room 1 of Annan House, 10 Palmerston Place, from 10.30am until Noon, all are welcome along to enjoy Coffee (or tea) and conversation.
For your diary, there will be a Coffee Morning on 1st March, 5th April and 3rd May.
If you would like any further information about these events, please contact the Church Office.
Baby & Toddler Group
Meets on a Monday during School term time from 10am until 11.30am.
We have lots of toys and space to play.
Babies, toddlers, parents and carers all welcome for playing, singing, coffee and conversation all in our newly refurbished ‘Carlow Room’ in Annan House (located at 10 Palmerston Place, next door to the church building)
We have buggy friendly access via our ramp.
The PPC Baby & Toddler group has a reputation as being one of the best groups in the city.
We have a number of groups for Children that meet on a Sunday morning.
All groups, with the exception of our Creche, start in the Service and then go out after the second hymn to their activities.
Every Sunday morning we run a crèche for the under 3s. Some go straight to the crèche, others stay for longer or shorter periods in the service. The crèche is run by volunteers who have been cleared through the PVG process and usually some parents are also present. It is meant to be a safe and happy space that little ones enjoy and can feel safe, allowing their parents to participate in worship. If a child gets distressed then a crèche helper will come into the service and invite the parent to come and be with their child. Carol Robertson organises the rota of helpers and always welcomes more volunteers.
Beginners, Seekers and Junior Horizon
Beginners, Seekers and Junior Horizon groups are run for those aged 3-10. The groups do some joint activities including singing and a bible story, and then move to different tables in the Church Hall to do age appropriate activities. During the summer months, we run a holiday club on a Sunday.
For teenagers we run Senior Horizon, where, in a relaxed atmosphere, they can explore the Christian faith and how it relates to teenagers. Most of this group is drawn from the Boarders of St Mary’s Music School .
We welcome for most of the Sundays during the school term (except when the school programme clashes) Boarders from Stewart’s Melville College and The Mary Erskine School. They attend with some of the Boarding School staff and engage in lively discussion about the truth and relevance of the Christian faith.
Bridging the Gap
Meets monthly on the last Sunday of the month and is a group for 16-18 year olds. The groups meets from 12.30 – 2pm and a pizza lunch is provided
Youth work is vitally important to the Church of Scotland, a former member of the National Youth Assembly has said.
Gigha Lennox, Children’s and Youth Worker at St David’s Broomhouse Parish Church, Edinburgh explains why she thinks the role she and many others play is essential to the future.
When people ask what I do, I take pride in saying that I am a Children’s and Youth Worker for a Church of Scotland congregation.
Two years ago at this time I had not attended church regularly, or even barely at all since I was 15 years old. At the time I went, like so many teenagers, off to college and lost the connection with my church.
Nurture and love
However, because I attended a youth group which had nurtured my faith I never lost my connection with God.
When I returned to the church in Christmas 2014, I made a vow to follow the call the Lord put before me and this has led me to aim to be the person who provides that nurture and love to today’s children and young people so they can experience the same everlasting connection with our Lord.
Working with children and young people of course involves all kinds of fun and energetic games and ever time consuming, but my personal favourite, crafts. This is just part of creating that safe and open place for children and young people to come together in fellowship.
It is about having time and space for them to feel heard, accepted and inspired to explore their faith.
We all travel through our journey of faith differently, and God travels with us in many ways, but we also need people around us to help us through all the twists and turns of that journey, be there to support and encourage our times of searching and our times of enlightenment and value our voice in the crowd.
I believe that this is hugely important for every child and young person within the church as they learn and grow in their faith; having people around them that care about what they think and feel about God, about Church and about life.
Grow in faith
I believe children’s and youth work, whether paid or voluntary is a vital part of the Church today, because children and young people are a vital part of the life of the Church.
A lot of people say they are the future of our Church – while that is one way of putting it, I believe they, along with the rest of our congregations, are the intergenerational present of our church who all grow in faith together.
I feel the quote by Frank.A.Clark is very accurate, in which he said: ‘There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child’.
WHAT’S THE BEST GIFT GOD COULD GIVE YOU?
Life Explored is a seven session series featuring a combination of short films – shot around the world – and Bible interaction.
It’s an exposé of the little gods that promise us so much happiness, yet deliver so little. As it explores the Bible story (creation, fall, redemption, new creation), Life Explored shows how our deepest desires for happiness can only be satisfied in one person, Jesus Christ. The best gift God can give us is himself.
At a time in the Western world when basic knowledge of the Bible is increasingly rare, it is a pleasure to recommend Life Explored. Here is an introduction to the good news found in Jesus Christ, sweeping through some of the “big pictures” in the Bible. As far as a short series can, Life Explored outlines what the Bible is about, exposes our idolatry, and makes clear where forgiveness and hope lie. This is one of the best of the rising number of evangelistic tools addressing men and women in the twenty-first century.” (D. A. Carson)
The 7 week course starts at Palmerston Place Church on Thursday 2nd February. Meetings will take place at Annan House, 10 Palmerston Place (right next door to the church)
Session 1 The Good God
Session 2 The Trustworthy God
Session 3 The Generous God
Session 4 The Liberating God
Session 5 The Fulfilling God
Session 6 The Life-Giving God
Session 7 The Joyful God
If you would like further information please contact the church office.