Minister’s holidays

The Minister will be on holiday from 26 July to 14 August inclusive.  Pastoral support for the first week of this period will be provided by Reverend James Dowswell and thereafter by Reverend Timothy Fletcher.  Other matters should be referred to the Session Clerk, Deputy Session Clerk or Church Secretary.

Church Lunches

The lunch teams are taking a well-earned break during August, and lunches will resume on 5 September.  We would like to recruit more teams to join the rota to provide lunches.  Please consider whether you could help in this way.  The lunch convenor, Sheilah Fletcher, will be pleased to hear from you.


This year is the 20th anniversary of Borderline, the charity which supports homeless and insecurely housed first and second generation Scots in London.  The congregation has been generous in its support of Borderline over the years.  Most recently Chris Majcher raised over £600 by running in the Edinburgh Marathon, and we donated half the proceeds of the stall in Covent Garden (£165.05) to the charity.

On 3 October, Willie Docherty, Chief Executive, will be running in the Loch Ness Marathon in support of Borderline.  There is a sponsorship form on the notice board in the hall so please sign up to support him in this effort.  You can also sign up for the 300 Club by setting up a regular standing order.  For more information call Ross on 020 7240 3718

Charity Registration and New Committee Arrangements

Good progress is being made in the process of registering the church as a charity, and the Session has agreed the new committee structure and appointed conveners as follows:

Stewardship and Finance: Douglas McNeill

Outreach: William Duguid

Education and Development: Kirsten Howie

Fabric: Sheila Haddon

Pastoral: Rev Philip Majcher

Secretariat: Alan Imrie.

The Conveners are now putting together their committees and agreeing terms of reference and reporting arrangements.

In addition, the Session has appointed Peter Esslemont as Deputy Session Clerk.  We are very pleased to welcome Peter to this new rôle and wish him every success.