Welcome to the January email newsletter of Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh. With a few very short items each month it will keep you up-to-date with news and developments. Comments and suggestions are always welcome using the link below.

Fr Ian 

New Year's Honour
Congratulations and best wishes to Andrew Kerr, a long-standing active member of OSP, who has been made MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the New Year Honours list, for services to the arts and conservation.

Photo credit: The Saltire Society/Graham Clark Photography
Christmas Donations to the Rock Trust

In response to the Rock Trust's Christmas shoebox appeal, OSP members gave 15 full boxes, with enough goods to make up a further five boxes. Together with St Margaret's, a total of 55 boxes were donated. Donations to the appeal meant that young people who often have no contact with their families could have a gift to open at Christmas.

In addition to the shoeboxes, a total of £717.72 was also raised for the Rock Trust from collections at the services of Advent Carols and Nine Lessons and Carols.

The Rock Trust is an Edinburgh-based charity which works with young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This includes young people who are in transitions, leaving care or home and those involved in offending, alcohol or drug misuse.

Find out more about the charity here:

Photo credit: The Rock Trust

Carrubber's Close Lighting
The Twelve Closes project is a major initiative to transform twelve of Edinburgh’s historic pedestrian streets and closes, including Carrubber's Close adjacent to Old Saint Paul's.

Following on from its first workshop, Edinburgh World Heritage will run a second workshop to explore more closely lighting suggestions for the close on Wednesday 18 January 6-8pm at the Carlton Hotel.

Many OSP members attended the first workshop, and anyone who regularly uses the Close is welcome to attend.  

More information on the project can be found on the Edinburgh World Heritage page here:
Photo credit: Edinburgh World Heritage/Dave Morris
New Vestry Members

New vestry members were elected for a period of three years at the church's Annual General Meeting held on 11 December 2016, Lizz Paterson and Shelia Brock.

Victoria Stock and David McLellan were re-elected for a further year as Lay Representative and Alternate Lay Representative respectively, and Lesley Blackmore was re-elected as People's Church Warden for another three years.

The Vestry is the church's decision-making body, and members are the church's Charity Trustees.

Placement Student

We welcome Andy Philip, who is on placement at OSP from January to April. Andy, a member of Saint Peter’s, Linlithgow, is in training for ministry at the Scottish Episcopal Institute.

Placements are an important part of this training, and OSP continues to host students for this part of their preparation. Please introduce yourself to Andy when you see him at OSP on Sundays, and make him and his family very welcome.

Diary Dates

Saturday 21 January
Parish walk: Linlithgow Loch. For further information, email Paul Lugton 

Sunday 22 January
Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul
10.30am High Mass with procession, Parish Lunch afterwards in the Hall

Sunday 5 February 
10.30am Candle procession and High Mass
Services this Month

   Mass 8am
   High Mass 10:30am
   Blessing of the Light, Evensong and Benediction 6:30pm 

   Morning Prayer 8am

   Mass: 12:20pm

   Mass: 8am

   Mass: 12:20pm 
It costs about £185,000 a year to run Old Saint Paul's, or about £3,600 every week. See Supporting OSP for more details, and information on how to make donations.
If you are a regular giver, please consider giving by standing order
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