Kirk News – April 2015

Prayer – tapping into the presence and power of our Father God!

Wednesday evening prayer – informal and relaxed, we meet fortnightly at 7.30pm, usually in the manse (13, Weir Crescent, Eskbank EH22 3JN). Check the date on our Calendar or in the Order of Service.

Before the service on a Sunday morning – We gather to pray in the Upper Room from 10.30am.

Prayer before Breakfast – In the small hall from 7.30am to 8.30am on the last Saturday of the month! These conversations with God are a core part of our life together as church and key to our spiritual growth as disciples of Jesus.

Prayer weekends – Sign up for a slot during our ’24 – 2′ prayer weekends (usually four such opportunities each year).

Prayer corner – Meet with members of the prayer ministry team in the prayer corner (with the comfy seating) or pew after each service.

Prayer requests – If you have any specific prayer requests, there’s also the prayer wall and prayer box in the prayer corner. For more information, please speak to Lynne Neville or John and Margaret Mitchell or email Lynne via

Teams and Rotas

Welcome Teams – April:

  • 5th Andrew Brown
  • 12th Jack Kirkness
  • 19th Alistair McNeill
  • 26th Alex Semple

Kirk Session Meetings 2015:

  • 2 February
  • 27 March
  • 7 September
  • 2 November

Tea Rota – April

  • 19th Sheena Tinsdale, Carol Westlake
  • 26th Joan Cameron, Jeanette Binnie

Child Protection Safeguarding Disclosure Scotland

Do you: 

Work with CHILDREN or VULNERABLE ADULTS at St John’s and King’s Park Church?

Have you:

UPDATED to a new PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) Disclosure?

If Not: 

Very soon now the law will require your name to be removed from the Church Safeguarding register and it will be illegal for you to continue to work with children or vulnerable adults.

TIME TO ACT IS RUNNING OUT. If you do not posses a PVG or if you are not sure then please contact the Safeguarding Co-ordinators Frances Fettes (0131 663 2267) or Elizabeth Bruce (0131 663 3110) for help to ensure the valuable work you do in the Church is not compromised.

Funerals in February

  • Gladys “beau” Morris
  • David McRitchie
  • Jessie Whitelaw
  • Anne Burnett

Flowers for February

  • Marjory Marshall
  • Margaret Mitchell
  • Sandra Gilchrist
  • Liz Rankin
  • Lois McLean

Guild – Annual General Meeting

As the current Guild session draws towards its end, the AGM will take place on Thursday 16th April at 7:45 pm, followed by tea and socialising.

All are welcome. Please come and join us.

Major Building Project

In line with the new arrangements for running our Church a Project Team has been created to oversee the major renovation works which are planned to take place over the next few years.

We know that the congregation’s favoured option is not only to repair the roof to the large hall but to take the opportunity to improve all of the buildings and plans have been drawn up which will allow us to take a phased approach to the project.

The present position has not changed. Architect’s plans are still with Midlothian Council for consideration of planning permission. We have no control over the planning authority’s agenda and we cannot make further progress until we have their approval. The Project Team has, however, met with CARTA (Church Art and Architecture Committee) and they have given their approval for the proposed work to go ahead.

We will publish another update when we have more to tell you.

New Tax Year

Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

It’s Spring time, the gardens are displaying their usual colourful spring flowers, the birds are singing and all’s well with the world. Except, of course, it is the end of one tax year and the beginning of another! Many of us will be thinking of our tax returns and for many it is a good time to review your offerings to the Church.

We have been very successful in the last year of increasing the number of standing orders. This enables us to budget more easily and to make financial decisions knowing our future income. Standing orders are very safe, they are not like paying your gas bill where the company can ask for the amount they want. With a standing order you are in control and stipulate the amount you wish to pay.

Many of you also Gift Aid your donation. This means, for example, if you were to pay £50 to the Church each month the Government will pay us an additional £12.50 and if you pay higher rate tax you can also claim tax relief. Such a great way to increase our income.

If you don’t already Gift Aid and pay income tax please consider this. You can speak to me for a more detailed explanation if you would like it.

As you know, companies increase their bills each year but often people don’t think of reviewing their donations to the Church. St John’s & King’s Park Church is entering an exciting phase of development please review the level of your donations and enable us to face future challenges with confidence.

Thank you

Ann Coveney

Benevolent Fund

As a congregation, we are generous with our outreach commitments: Storehouse, Compassion, CAP etc.

Recently, there has been an occasion where a member of the congregation was in a sad situation and benefited from a small financial donation. This has raised the idea of having a benevolent fund with, for example, a small balance of £500 to help out in the rare situations when a little support would help a member of our congregation.

If anyone would like to contribute to this fund please put your donation in an envelope, mark the reason and place in the collecting bags or speak to the Treasurer.

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