Intimations for the week commencing Sunday 20 September 2020


Rev. James Aitken may be contacted on 0131 334 1324 or via email on

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

As it has not been possible to have any Garden Open Days this year, Virtual Gardens are on the St, Ninian’s website and on the St. Ninian’s Facebook page.

Should you wish to be included, please send no more than two  photographs, attached to an e-mail, to Narrative can be included but should you wish your Christian and Surname to be included this will require explicit permission for GDPR requirements; so, Ian Kirkpatrick’s garden would require permission, but Ian’s garden would not. It would not be advisable to include your postal address.

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 . Many thanks.

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.  

Obviously many older people were needing help with their shopping due to COVID-19 restriction and many local communities are doing a brilliant job of enabling this to happen, our service hopes to fill any gaps there may be in this provision and, of course, will be a long term service providing access to food that will continue after current restrictions are lifted.

We currently have over 250 volunteer shoppers registered all over Scotland ready to be paired up with anyone over 65 needing shopping support.  

Food Train Connects - 1:1 Shopping
In all Scottish local authority areas we are now offering ‘Food Train Connects’ shopping service where a volunteer undertakes a customer's weekly grocery shopping.

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.

Free benefit and debt advice for Edinburgh residents

As the coronavirus pandemic hits the economy harder, more people are now dependent on benefits due to job loss and reduced income. Many people aren’t able to pay for essential things like rent and mortgage costs while others struggle with fuel and food costs.  

Four of the city’s advice services are still busy working to support residents to maximise their income and support through these difficult times - whether it is helping people to get the benefits they are entitled to, helping manage debt or rent arrears, giving advice on housing problems or budgeting or help with food and bills. All services are currently providing assistance remotely though some are starting to offer limited face to face appointments. 

Contact details below: 



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:




Scottish Charity Number SC016557


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