Pew Notes

St Cuthberts Notes 20 August

Change to Canon Law.

St Cuthbert’s purpose is to invite everyone to discover God’s love through our worship and community life. This means that we try to be a fully inclusive congregation, to offer pastoral care and support to all, and to respond to everyone who asks us for prayer.

We will always offer affirmation and respect to those who want to live in  loving, faithful, committed relationships, whatever their gender or sexual orientation.

Since December 2014 in Scotland same-sex couples have been enabled to enter into marriage on an equal basis with others, and in June 2017  the Scottish Episcopal Church decided that all marriages, including same-sex marriages, can now be celebrated in church using the Marriage Liturgy and according to the same requirements as other marriages. It recogniss that not all of its members may accept the principle of equal marriage, and clergy and congregations are under no obligation to “opt in” to celebrating same-sex marriages.

St Cuthbert’s, however, is “opting  in” and is pleased to extend a warm welcome to all couples who would like to celebrate their marriage in church. The clergy will be happy to meet you to arrange a marriage service and to prepare for it. To find out more please contact the Rector.

Shalom  will be meeting on Saturday 26 August at 10.00 in the Lady Chapel . All are welcome to join us  for a reflection based on a Walk Along the Water of Leith  led by Jean Myers. Coffee and cake to follow, of course.

Please join us in the hall for a special Brew and a Blether on Saturday 2 September when we look forward to welcoming John Peacock to talk about his book “The Story of Edinburgh”.

Message from the People’s Warden. As announced last week I will be stepping down from my role at the end of September. It has not been an easy decision to go but the time is now right for me. I had intended to go last year but stayed as we were into an interregnum and I could not have left my role at such a crucial time for St Cuthbert’s. I have been on Vestry for almost 7 of the last 8 years, the last 3 years ( almost) as people’s warden and my time has included 3 interregnums ! So I think it is time for someone else to take the reins. I hope that I have served St Cuthbert’s well and I will aim to do so for  the final couple of months in post. Jayne churchill.