Weekly Update 26th April 2024

Weekly Update 26th April 2024

  1. Sunday 28 April

Services at 9.30 am and 10.30 am (also live-streamed) will be taken by Richard Tulloch. The passage is John 21:1-19.

2)   Ordination of Elders

Sally A, Ewan B, Roger G, Sheila H, Mari S and Gary W members of this congregation, have been elected to be ruling elders and the Kirk Session has judged them to be qualified for that office and has sustained their election.

Sally A, Ewan B, Roger G, Sheila H, Mari S and Gary W have accepted office as elders: if anyone has any objections why any of these members should not be ordained they should state their objection at the meeting of the Kirk Session in The Chapel on Sunday 5th May 2024 at 10.15am. If no relevant objection regarding life or doctrine is made and substantiated, the Kirk Session will proceed to ordination and admission during the 10.30 service on that date.

By order of the Kirk Session                                                                                               Niki McKenzie, Session Clerk

3)   ASM

The Annual Stated Meeting of the Congregation will take place on Sunday 5 May at 11.50 am. The church accounts for 2023 will be shared with the congregation. If you would like your own copy of either the management or the statutory accounts, contact Julie who will gladly share them with you. All members and friends of the congregation are invited to attend.

4)   Church Property

St Andrew Blackadder has three properties: the church, the church hall and the manse.  Each is held by different trustees on behalf of the congregation: the church by the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland, the hall by the Kirk Session and the Manse by the Minister and Session Clerk.

On April 1 legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament came into force which creates additional complexity for property trustees. The Kirk Session is clear that its purpose it to enable the congregation to play its part in God’s mission. Complexity around land title registration distracts from this core purpose. So the Kirk Session has decided to transfer title to the church hall and manse to the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland. Since this affects the rights of the congregation it will be asked to approve this transfer at the ASM on May 5.

A detailed briefing paper considered by the Kirk Session is available from the church office. Anyone with questions is encouraged to raise them with David Robertson before the ASM.

5)   Messy Church

Sunday 5th May from 4 – 6pm in the church hall. Family fun, creativity, activity and celebration. This month we will be learning about Moses!

6)   Christian Aid Week  christian aid week 2024 poster (2)

Coffee morning, Dirleton Kirk Saturday, May 4th, 10:00 am until 12 noon £3.50   entry cash/card. Children free.                                                                                                         – Spring Concert,  Athelstaneford Parish Church,  Sunday 5 May at 3pm,  Entry is by donation to Christian Aid.                                                                                                       – Quiz Night, Abbey Church Saturday, May 11th, from 7pm Tables can be booked through Abbey Church office at the cost of £36 per table of 6.                                             – United Service, Abbey Church Sunday, May 12th, 6pm Abbey Church                                – Coffee Morning, St Andrew Blackadder Saturday, May 18th, 10:00 am until 12 noon! Entry by donation.

7)   Prayer Gatherings

Every Sunday in Prayer Room between 10 and 10.20 am

Every Monday in Room 1 between 10 and 11 am.

Every Wednesday on Zoom between for 30 minutes starting at 7 pm.

Please contact the office for log in details.

8)   Upcoming non church events

– Spring Concert. Sunday 28th April 7-8.40pm in the Sanctuary. The last in the series of concerts featuring the Edinburgh Canongait orchestra, and soloist cellist Shakira Sagella Humbert. Adults £14, Children £5.

Community Connections – 10th May at 7pm in the Sanctuary there will be an evening of storytelling & folk music. This is part of their De-mystifying Death Week. Entry is free, but pre-registration is preferred.

Community Connections is also running an end of life skills aid for everyone (EASE) course that is open to everyone.  For More info on both of these events visit  A5 De-mystifying Death (5) Music Evening poster (2)


Rev Dr Neil Dougall

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