Christian Aid has made a press release for the Booksale as follows – you might spot it somewhere:
“The Holy Corner book sale is much loved and has been a feature of the Bruntsfield community for many years. This year we’ll be selling an excellent selection of Scottish and collectible books, paperback fiction, history, art and children's books as well as many others. We look forward to opening our doors in May and once again raising money for Christian Aid, a charity that does amazing work with those living in extreme poverty.”
We look forward to welcoming you to the sale at Morningside United Church, in the Main Hall – entry via the lane from Bruntsfield Place.
Saturday 14 May 10am – 5pm (Refreshments available 10am – 4pm in small Hall)
Sunday 15 May 1pm – 5pm or visit us at www.holycornerbooksale.wordpress.com
That gives a good summary of what it’s about and when – anyone able to help during the sale please use the website link – also on the MUC website or speak to David or Lesley Donald. We’re grateful for help from a few strong members of the Romanian Church for box shifting, so the sale tasks are lighter duties. If you can help with refreshments on the Saturday, please speak to Yvonne Burnett.
Our Christian Aid Week Service is on 10.30am 15 May at Marchmont St Giles and includes MUC, the German Church Congregation and St Catherine’s Argyle. Christian Aid Envelopes will be available at that service for you to donate. They will also be available the week before and after at MUC. There are online donation options also on the Christian Aid Website.
Christian Aid also makes individual donation pages for churches - Morningside United Church Christian Aid Week 2022 (give-star.com). We have a ‘Give Star’ device that will let us take contactless card payments at the Booksale also. Donations made by the device, or the special page go direct to Christian Aid and are recorded to our total. Cash or cheques go into our Christian Aid bank account and are paid out to Christian Aid later.
The Lent appeal has so far raised £1996, thank you so much to everyone who has donated. There is a small amount still to be handed in – so the total should be over £2,000. Gift Aid will also be added to this. The money collected is to be split between:
Thank you for your support.
If you would like to help arrange the flowers one week, please speak to Maggie McKenzie on 0131 261 4908. Your help would be much appreciated.
Thank you so much for the generosity of members and friends alike, who, although it was a difficult year, continued to make donations throughout 2021. It is really appreciated by everyone who benefits from our fund raising. Our Lent collection and our Advent collection both raised an incredible amount, and we cannot thank everyone enough for your support and kindness.
Those who have been joining our coffee mornings that recently restarted, helped to raise £180 for Save the Children’s Afghanistan appeal, and a concert arranged by our previous organist, Max, raised £95 for Marie Curie.
Once again, thank you.
Thank you so much to those of you who have offered to do flowers this month and to those who have helped in previous months. As we approach Spring it is lovely to see the daffodils, tulips and snow drops. If you would like to help arrange the flowers one week, please speak to Maggie McKenzie on 0131 261 4908. Your help would be much appreciated.
The Christian Aid Week activity that MUC hosts is the annual Booksale.
Before Covid, we were able to raise sums in the order of £15k, and obviously, Covid has prevented us from being able to run any kind of sale over the last two years. However, now there is a plan to run the Booksale in 2022. The sale is organised by a committee that spreads wider than MUC, who have spent time thinking and discussing what might be possible.
The aim is of course to raise as much money as possible for Christian Aid. And to this end we really need help in moving the large volumes of books up and down from the basement. If you can help to move books before and after the sale, it really would be appreciated. There are other less strenuous tasks as well, but that is the main need.
More information is available from David and Lesley Donald if you are interested in helping (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also use the contact form on the Booksale website. (https://holycornerbooksale.wordpress.com/)
Other Christian Aid week activities may be planned later along with Marchmont St Giles and St Catherine’s Argyle in our cluster grouping.
Looking for a way to pitch in? We have several spots available in this month's flower rota. If you're interested in a simple yet meaningful way to contribute, consider signing up.
Interested? Contact Maggie McKenzie at 0131 2614908.
Your help is always appreciated!
This year our congregation has selected two charitable organizations to support through this year's Advent Appeal giving campaign. Donate your spare change each Sunday... Your kindness will make a difference and will bring hope to those who are forgotten.
Donations to these charitable programs can be given through collection boxes in the rear of the sanctuary. Cheques can be sent to the church office. ---Thanks for your help!
Thank you to everyone who has helped with putting flowers in the church since it has opened. They really do brighten everyone’s spirits.
I intend restarting the Flower Rota from January 2022 and would be delighted for anyone to give me her/his/their name to fill a Sunday slot or two. May I remind you do not have to be an expert flower arranger: a bunch of flowers from a supermarket, a small posy in a vase, a pot plant or a full arrangement as you wish - all are enjoyed, and variety is nice. Some people wish to do flowers for a special occasion or anniversary, others just when it suits. Men are as welcome and able as ladies to do this, and we welcome families and children doing flowers together. Please just have a go, you may surprise yourself and enjoy it. Your help would be much appreciated.
If you wish to put flowers in the church but cannot do so yourself, please ask someone else if he/she could do them for you. If you wish to give money to a flower fund, please give it to me or Lesley Donald.
0131 261 4908
"All Aboard" is a 60ft canal boat which was launched in May at the Polwarth Pontoon. The boat was bought by Polwarth Parish Church (The Kirk on the Canal) and an Edinburgh charity, People Know How. Buying the boat was the realisation of an ambition first mooted by members of Polwarth nearly 10 years ago. The project was launched in 2019.
The boat is intended to be used for spiritual and educational pursuits. When conditions allow, it will serve as a safe place to gather, socialise and improve wellbeing and community cohesion.
The boat will also host People Know How's project supporting children, young people, families, and adults, while providing work or volunteering experience for those who support the charity to maintain the boat. The boat was built by The New and Used Boat Company in Droitwich, Worcestershire, England and craned into the Union Canal at Wester Hailes. The yellow, white and blue wide beam canal boat has been custom designed inside with a galley kitchen, toilet, flexible social space and is wheelchair accessible.
In support, MUC made a donation towards the project.
The boat can either be seen, moored next to Polwarth Parish Church gardens, or from the towpath across the canal. It really is worth a look.
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