Rev. James Aitken will be on holiday from Monday 14th October to Monday 21st October inclusive. From Tuesday onwards he may be contacted on 0131 334 1324 or email

Elders and Deacons – deprivation stats as published by the Church of Scotland are available for you read and may be found on the windowsill in the Deacons’ Room.

Deacons’ Court Minutes are available in the Deacons’ Room for those who do not receive their communication electronically.

Deacons: there is a letter from the Clerk to the Deacons’ Court in the pigeonholes of those who do not receive communication electronically.

Soup & Roll Lunch this morning after the Service.

WINTER FLOWERING PANSIES for sale in the Crush Hall after the service. Proceeds to the Fair.

Step Inside meets next Saturday 26th October at 7pm.

Welcoming the World is an event organised by Corstorphine Churches Together. It takes place on United Nations Day, Thursday 24th October, and will centre around the welcome given to refugees and migrants in Scotland. Surrounded by worship the evening will have a small buffet, an interview with a Syrian refugee and a contribution from Sabine Chalmers of the Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees. There will also be a tasting of Syrian sweets! The event is from 7 to 9pm in St Kentigern’s Church. The cost is £3-00. Tickets are available from the church officer. If you have any queries call Vicky Hunter 334 1967.

Please remember the Care Van Team in your prayers when they go out on Saturday 26th October.

The Guild meets on Tuesday 22nd October at 2.15pm to hear Derek Munn ‘Following my Call’. Everyone is welcome.

The men’s group, Conversazione resumes on Wednesday 30th October in the Martin Shields Hall. Men of all ages are welcome to come along for a chat and a light lunch. If you intend coming along, please let Douglas Ramsay know for catering purposes. The group meet at 12.30pm.

Key Register: The Fabric Convenor would like to compile a comprehensive register of all those with church keys. If you have a key, please let the Church Office know. This Register will be complied in order to comply with both our Health and Safety Procedures and Fire Policy.

WINTER QUARTERLY: final copy date is Sunday 27th October. 

Please email any short articles or photos to Rona Stevenson ( or leave them in her pigeon hole in the Deacons’ Room.  Distribution will be during the second half of November.  Many thanks.

This year, GIFT will once again be collecting for Blythswood Care Shoe Box appeal and the Rock Trust.

A checklist of items suitable for the shoe boxes is on the church notice board. Please take one. We have enough shoe boxes – thank you. Either monetary donations or items to fill the shoe boxes are needed by the end of October. A box for donations may be found in the Crush Hall.

Items suitable for Rock Trust are body wash, shampoo, deodorant, razors, face wipes, sanitary products, hats, gloves, socks, pants and dried food items e.g. pasta, pot noodles and mug shots.

We will keep collecting for the Rock Trust up until mid-December. 

Last year we donated 40 shoe boxes and hundreds of items were gratefully received by the Rock Trust. Many thanks in advance for your kind generosity. 

The next Issue of “Let’s Talk about Corstorphine” will be published in November. Volunteers are sought to assist in distributing the magazine.

The next Meeting of the Christmas Fair Committee will be on Tuesday 29th October at 7.30pm.

Clothing: At present only small bags of items for the Clothing Store.

The Rock Trust continue to accept clothes suitable for 16-25 year olds and your contributions are appreciated.

Preparation has started for the 2019 Christmas Fair on 23rd November:

This year Pat Gibb has 2 willing helpers, Donna Short and Penny Gordon, to bring you the traditional Christmas Hamper Draw.  To make this a success we need your help. If you would like to donate a hamper, then please pass it to one of us.

If you would like to make a donation of money, then please do so using one of the envelopes which are at the church doors. You may hand these to one of us or into the office.  We will use the donations to buy suitable goods to make up hampers.

Envelopes for entry into the draw will be available from early November. Margaret Hunter will be looking to sell potted bulbs on her flower stall, so if you are able to pot some bulbs and keep them until nearer the fair then Margaret would be extremely grateful. Penny Gordon.

Christmas Fair Baking Stall: if you would like to help for an hour or two on the day please contact Gillian via email

Fire Wardens. There will be a meeting for all fire wardens in the lounge on Sunday 27th October after the morning service.

Guild Coffee Morning on Saturday 2nd November. Tickets available in the Crush Hall this morning. Please come along and support our Guild.


Forthcoming Services:


27th October

We celebrate the work of the Church of Scotland Guild at St. Ninian’s

Sermon Discussion Group at 12:00



is now available around the Church. Password ‘st-ninians’ for our networks STNINIANS & STNINIANS_5G.

Intimations should be with the Minister, or the Church Office, by 8am on Thursday mornings.

Office address is Tel: 0131 316 4777

Scottish Charity Number SC016557


Corstorphine Old Parish, St Ninian's, St Anne's and St Andrew's Clermiston churches are working together to find out how to make sure staff are paid the Real Living Wage, which is currently £9 an hour.

Their intention is to share what they have learnt on the way to accreditation, and to encourage other congregations to do the same. Some businesses in Corstorphine are already paying the living wage, and the group are hoping that others will follow suit or join them in celebrating the movement towards better wages for all.

Representing the churches, Rev Alistair Keil of St Andrew's Clermiston Parish Church said: "Aware of Jesus' teaching on justice (Matthew 20:1-16), and aware of our privileged position as churches we are conscious of the broader challenges which are faced by many in responding to the call to engage with the justice of the living wage.

"As we together become involved with the process of responding, we hope to inspire others to do so, and to encourage and support them as they seek to achieve Living Wage accreditation."

This week is Challenge Poverty Week, providing an opportunity for you to raise your voice against poverty and show what needs to be done to tackle the issue across Scotland.

Poverty has a number of contributing factors, and a wide range of policies and services are needed to bring it to an end. Ensuring that everyone is paid a Real Living Wage is one way to improve people's lives, as low wages can result in people struggling to get by. Paying people, a decent wage doesn't just improve the lives of employees. Research has found that 80% of employers believe that the Real Living wage has enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, whilst 75% of employees report increases in work quality as a result of receiving the living wage.

The Real Living Wage is calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK. It takes into account the minimum amount someone needs to be paid an hour so as to have a basic standard of living.







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