Sunday December 26th 2021 and Sunday 2nd January 2022

Sunday December 26th 2021 and Sunday 2nd January 2022 
The First Sunday of Christmas and The Second Sunday of Christmas, Epiphany

Services for Sunday 26th December 2021
10.00am Holy Communion service led by Revd Eddie Orme and Chris Orme
This service will not be live streamed.

Services for Sunday 2nd January 2021
9.30am Holy Communion service led by Revd Peter Bold and Revd Paul Mellars
Live and Online. You can watch online at 10am or later by clicking on:
11.15am Family Service with Thanksgivings service led by Revd Peter Bold and Revd Paul Mellars

Forthcoming services

Wednesday 5th January 10.00am Holy Communion
Saturday 8th January 2pm baptism of Joshua Cooke
Sunday 9th January 10.00am Holy Communion
  12.00 noon Baptism Service
Sunday 16th January 10.00am Parish Communion
Reading for 26th December Reading for 2nd January
Acts 7:51 – end Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2: 1-12 Matthew 10:17 - 22
Collect Collect

God in Trinity,
eternal unity of perfect love;
gather the nations to be one family,
and draw us into your holy life
through the birth of Emmanuel,
our Lord Jesus Christ.

Creator of the heavens,
who led the Magi by a star
to worship the Christ-child;
guide and sustain us,
that we may find our journeys end
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Please remember in your prayers: Sally MacLaurin, Bernard Broadhead, Pat Walker, Edith Hobson, Joan Jones, Malcolm Styan, Margaret Bennett and Emily (Ian Price’s granddaughter)

Marion Giles passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday 15th December. Her funeral will take place on January 6th at 3.45pm. Please remember her family in your prayers

Coffee after the Sunday services - 11.45am by Zoom:
We invite you to “virtual” after (or before??) service refreshments, by clicking on the link below at 11.45 am or afterwards.
Please bring you own coffee or …?

Concerning Covid precautions Following our understanding of government regulations, advice and common sense, we are planning to have all the above services, but please remember to wear a face mask unless you are exempt, sanitise your hands and if possible, please take lateral flow tests before coming to church, especially if you mix with significant groups during the week. Being treble jabbed does reduce the risks considerably, but not completely, so we are leaving it to individuals to make their own choices, and we are delighted that we can provide the online option for most of the services.

Church open for private prayer
The church will not be open 27th December to 1st January as the office is closed and we don’t have anyone available for locking up. If you could volunteer please see Peter.

The Parish Office opening hours
The office is normally open to visitors Monday to Friday 9.30am – 12.00pm.
Closed 23rd December to 5th January 2022.

Wednesdays at Eight Organ Recital the next Organ Recital is by Eric Singleton and is on Wednesday 5th January 2022 at 8.00pm. Refreshments are provided

Have you got questions about life and the Christian faith?

Then START will help you discover more about God, Jesus and the journey of life.

St Andrews Community Church, Pentland Road.

Weekly 7.00 – 9.00pm from Monday 24th January until 7th March 2022.

For further information contact Paul Mellars


This course is free.

Bishop Libby and Bishop Malcolm are inviting all those engaged with and/or concerned for youth and children’s ministry across the diocese together on zoom to pray for our children and young people as they face these challenging times, as well as for our churches and schools as places of worship, welcome, and belonging. We will host this zoom prayer gathering on Tuesday 11th January, 7.30pm, and we will send the zoom link to any who get in touch before that date via Bishop Malcolm’s office,

Pastoral support and funerals
Dear all, As you will know our Team Rector Rev. Peter Bold will be heading to pastures new after his last services with us on 16th January - a joint parish Communion service at St. John’s at 10am and the CTDD service at St. Andrew’s at 6.30pm. Some of you will be concerned about how things are going to pan out when Peter leaves but we would like to reassure you that we (with the great support of ministry team colleagues) are working hard and having lots of conversations aimed at helping things run smoothly. It will not be ‘all plain sailing’ but the God who stilled the storm is with us all in this time of change.
One small but important thing we can tell you is that Rev. Paul Mellars will be changing his day off to Mondays from 17th January so that pastoral support and funerals can be covered.
We will try to let you know about other developments as and when details have been finalised. Meanwhile please do get in touch with either of us if you have any concerns.
Every blessing
Rev. Paul Mellars and Rev. Ian Webb
Team Vicars

Message from Joan Dovener A big thank-you for the gifts, cards and very generous cheque that I have received on my retirement from the Parish Office. It’s been a pleasure to serve the church community for the past 14 years, especially alongside Sue, and I know that Alison will carry on the good work. Joan