Intimations for the week commencing Sunday 22nd November 2020


We are now open for worship on Sundays.

The number of worshippers on a Sunday morning is limited to 50 by the Scottish Government, so there is a telephone booking system to ensure there is a place for you when you come to church on a Sunday morning.  Please phone 07399 950 204 on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 9:00am and 12:00.  Please use this number only, and not the church office number.  When you call, you will be asked for your name, the number of people in your party who share the same household as you do, and for your contact details.  If there is no answer, leave a message giving those details, and someone will call to confirm that you have a place.  If you wish, you can turn up on a Sunday morning without booking a place, but if you do so you may be advised that all places have been taken.  Our strong advice is to book.

If you would like to read during the service, and can video yourself doing so at home, let the minister know.

Christmas Toy Appeal.  St Ninians has for many years generously supported the annual Gift Service in aid of the Salvation Army by the donation of monetary gifts, toys, toiletries etc.  As things stand at present, we will not be able to continue with this service this year. However, we have made arrangements for donations to be received via  the Church of Scotland on-line donation page.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so, on-line, by following the link below. If however, anyone would prefer to contribute to the appeal by cheque, then please send a cheque made payable to St Ninians Church to Diana Fairgrieve ℅  Church Office, 144 St John's Road Edinburgh EH12 8AY who will arrange for these to be passed to Janice Reynolds, our Treasurer to be incorporated in the total funds collected.

All monies collected using these methods between 1st November and 30th November will be used to make a donation to the Salvation Army to allow them to continue with their good work supplying toys and gifts to those less fortunate children.

The Rock Trust is appealing for continuing community support as it struggles to provide food for homeless young people in Edinburgh at this extremely challenging time. If you would like to help, you can make a donation at or you can send a cheque to Rock Trust, 55 Albany Street, Edinburgh EH1 3QY. 

Cards for Good Causes is now open, selling charity Christmas cards on behalf of over 30 charities, national and local, at St John’s Church, Princes Street.

Open 10.00 to 16.00 Monday to Saturday.

(closed 11.00 to 12.00 on Wednesday for church service).

Open until 14th December, unless church services are taking place or Covid-19 restrictions make it impossible.

Cards are also available from

You may have noticed ’Stone Snake' which has appeared outside St Ninian’s Church during the Covid ’19 pandemic, it’s such a great community collaboration which has been added to by all ages. Some members of the local community have now come together to preserve this piece of artwork. Judith Fieldhouse, Stephanie Hepburn and Frances Macrae, from the Corstorphine Trust have met with the Edinburgh Council Park Ranger and together identified a space to set the stones. The space near The Dower House in St Margaret's Park will create a piece of artwork for everyone to enjoy. The stones have now been removed and we will pass on any updates.

Corstorphine Community Centre Food Bank

Corstorphine Community Centre is running an Emergency Food Bank to support people who find themselves without enough money to purchase food. They are now finding it difficult to obtain sufficient stock to meet the demand.

They are seeking packets of cereal, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, soup mix and stock cubes, packets of rice, tinned and packet deserts, and tinned fruit.

Donations should be taken to the Corstorphine Community Centre Hub (in St. Johns’ Road in the block once occupied by Woolworths) on Wednesday mornings 10am to 12 noon when the Hub is open with volunteers on duty to receive donations.  

It is important that donations are not left out with this time as they will not

be used in case they have been contaminated.   

The Church Office has a list of places where people in need can obtain a meal without any form of referral. If you meet or know of someone who may need this help – please contact the office and I will send you the details. Gaynor 0131 316 4777.

The Food Train Connects is a shopping service. You can refer older people over 65 to our service if they are needing support with their weekly shopping. We currently have over 250 volunteer shoppers registered all over Scotland ready to be paired up with anyone over 65 needing shopping support.  

Find out more at or call 0800 304 7924

Please share this information and if you want further information or to discuss any details, please do get in touch.

Every year Edinburgh Women’s Aid hosts a Christmas Appeal to ensure that women and children living in our refuges across the city have something to look forward to at Christmas. I am emailing you because in previous years you and your colleagues have very kindly supported this appeal. Previously we have accepted toys and gifts from generous individuals and staff teams within the local community who want to make a difference. This year, because of COVID, we have needed to think differently.  

Since the start of the pandemic, there has been an increase in instances of domestic abuse and a surge in demand for our services.  In addition, financial insecurity, social distancing and limited access to friends and family have made both escaping from an abuser and recovering from abuse even more frightening and difficult. Women and children whose lives are affected need our support now more than ever. 

This year instead of asking for gifts we are asking for donations so that we can both ensure that women and children we support have a brighter Christmas and also so that we can provide food and other essentials for those in need over the coming year.   

We are inviting you to contribute to our JustGiving appeal which can be accessed here: 

To give you some idea of how funds will be used we have identified the following:  

£10 would contribute to the cost of a Christmas meal for a woman and her children living in refuge.

£25 would contribute to the cost of presents, activities and trips over the holiday period to ensure that a child in refuge has a more enjoyable Christmas.

£50 would contribute to the cost of food and essentials for a woman and her children living in refuge over the Christmas holidays.

£75 would contribute to the cost of food and essentials over the holidays and beyond for women and children who have no access to other funds.



The Kirk Session has agreed to maintain the current 10:30am online Sunday morning worship service available on YouTube and Facebook as the principal act of worship at St. Ninian’s for the foreseeable future.

It has also agreed to seek permission from the Presbytery of Edinburgh to reopen St. Ninian’s for an additional act of worship at 10:30am on Sunday mornings in line with guidance from the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland. Once permission has been granted a date for these services to begin will be confirmed. The current advice regarding the reopening of the sanctuary for worship is available on the Church of Scotland’s website here:

Under these guidelines:

  • There will be a maximum of fifty people permitted in the building during worship. Worshippers will have to book a place at a service online or by telephone.
  • Face coverings must be worn (unless you have an exemption), hands must be sanitised on entering and leaving the building, two metres social distancing must be maintained.
  • All those in attendance will be required to leave their names and contact details.
  • The service will be approximately thirty minutes long, there will be music, but no singing.
  • There will be no Sunday School. Initially, children and young people should remain with their family group throughout the service, but further provision for children is expected to be made available at a future date.
  • Toilet facilities will be available at the front door and in the east corridor.
  • Entry will be through the front door.  A one-way system will lead worshippers into the sanctuary for worship, and then out through the east door.  Disabled access will be through the west door.
  • Following the service there will be no tea and coffee fellowship.  Please disperse quickly maintaining appropriate social distancing while leaving the church grounds.  All other parts of the building will be out of bounds.

If you are shielding, in a ‘vulnerable’ group, or have health concerns, please consider your circumstances and whether or not you should attend.  To assist you in making your decision you may wish to refer to the Assessment Tool provided by the Church of Scotland here:









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