Congregational walk –
Fisherrow, Promenade and New Street
11 folks enjoyed the 2nd in a series of 4 summer walks on Monday afternoon 17 June. The photo shows the group at the start point of the Harbour where Nkaka Kasonde and Brian Musongolo checked out the salt water of the sea and heard about the sea levels rising and falling twice a day. They also had a short introduction to grass bowls along at the Fisherrow greens.
Congregational outing to St Conan's Kirk
13 folks had a great day out on 7 June visiting St Conan’s Kirk, a unique, quirky little church sited between the Dalmally-Oban Road and the north shore of Loch Awe, approx. 100 miles away from Leith (near to Oban). The weather was beautiful all day and so we saw the countryside at it’s best arriving in time for our 2 course lunch in the tea room at Lochawe followed by the guided tour and some free time before setting off back home.
Giving purpose for the destination of the day is that the ancient West Window (see below) from the original church of 1483 which was removed in 1847 and rebuilt in Dr Robertson’s garden in Portland Street Leith and stayed there until 1911 before being taken down and rebuilt in St Conan’s Kirk. With the recently installed display in the front porch at South Leith of the small part of the West window that had remained in South Leith we were curious to see the full West window in St Conan’s. The picture shows the broad, pointed arch, six light window with splendid dagger tracery. The window is set ‘inside out’ helping show it off.
Walter Douglas Campbell designed this church modest in scale though not in architectural ambition. He wished a grand window for the Bruce Chapel which contains the effigy of King Robert the Bruce, a larger- than-life-size representation in stained timber.
Junior Section Video Games Competition
The Junior Section across the Battalion ran a new event – Video Games - and it proved successful particularly with the South Leith JS who had 9 Boys enter and 2 out of the 3 winners as the photo shows. Blaine Graham (L) and Dominik Ginter (R).
There were 33 young people entered for the video games competition. There was some straight knockout games played on consoles with various game genres e.g. racing, beat ‘em up plus old school connect 4. To keep people entertained while waiting there was a mobile gaming zone with tablets and mobiles for some solo gaming. Object to get the highest score on each game.
Junior Section Lego Scenes
The Junior Section Boys’ Brigade used Lego to create scenes from the Easter story. Max Lacki is showing Jesus on the cross with soldiers, and Mary kneeling in front. Max explained it is Stations of the Cross No 12 Jesus dies on the Cross. Daniel Pospiech built the tomb in which Jesus was buried. Daniel shows Jesus having risen from death is now seen as the gardener in his model.
The Secret garden – always open!
You will hear reference to the ‘Secret’ garden every so often. Where is it? Many members and friends of the congregation come into the church yard and walk directly into the church each week. They are not aware of the Secret garden and have not visited it. The gardening team look after the garden helping ensure it is always pretty and inviting to sit in and to admire the borders and enjoy the sunshine.
If you have not visited the Secret garden or have not popped in for a while take a wander out into the church yard and from the back doors to your left across the tarmac is a small gap in the wall which leads into the garden.
The gardening team encourage you to take a few minutes to wander round. Enjoy another aspect of all that is South Leith Parish congregation.
2 medals in Church on Sunday 5 May
Not just one but two medals in Church on the one day! Anne Rutherford brought in her London Marathon medal having completed the course the previous Sunday; and proud Mum Janis Riley had her son Nick’s medal which he had won the previous day as a member of the Peterhead football team who were crowned champions of SPFL League 2.
30 Anchor Boys and Junior Section Boys had great fun at the Commonwealth Pool on Sunday 12 May spending an hour on the Aquadash. This involved trying to stay on the inflatables and trying to work round the circuit without falling off into the water. With 30 young Boys you can imagine the energy, fun and enthusiasm.
Refurbishment of the pipe organ
The Easter service on 21 April 2019 was the last time for several months when the pipe organ in the upstairs gallery would be heard. The following day York Pipe Organs were in the church dismantling the interior workings of all that is behind the organ keyboards, along with some other electrical pieces, taking them back to their workshops in York.
Meantime Billy Campbell our organist has kindly loaned his electric organ so that the congregation continues to have music with a wonderful sound. The electric organ together with the choir are now situated ‘downstairs’ as shown in the picture.
The work on the pipe organ is expected to be completed in July 2019. The cost will be £21,118 plus vat and thankfully the vat will be reclaimed. This significant cost will be met by the organ fund which has been built up these past few years with many kind and generous folks contributing and fund raising to ensure there are funds dedicated to caring for the pipe organ.