If they are taken in reverse order then, “Outreach is making an impact where you live” and Mission is “Making an impact by intentionally stepping beyond where you live.”
Over the past 20 odd years our members have been actively engaged in taking the church to the people, to discover their needs and ultimately introduce them to a Christian way of life which is truly exciting and rewarding. In effect we are charged with reflecting the compassion and will of Christ to both Kirk and Parish and we do this by helping our neighbours, working with various charities, being Christ to those we meet at work, at leisure or in the street. Our ethos is to build and develop relationships by identifying ways of expressing the congregation’s commitment, in witness and service, to our local community and beyond and where possible we seek to work with other churches in the valley, irrespective of denomination.
Our Mission and Outreach committee is convened by Gordon Clephane.
Currently, we are involved in the following:
- Parent and Toddlers Group;
- Supporting agencies such as Christian Aid, Fresh Start, Mary’s Meals and Fairtrade;
- Working with Bethany Christian Trust / Edinburgh City Mission to provide support to the homeless;
- Supporting our neighbours in Westerhailes by proving a Foodbank collection base within the church for their wider outreach:
- Working with Edinburgh Presbytery to keep abreast of new ideas and innovations to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
We continue to provide financial aid to an AIDS project which was set up when Mike and Jane Fucella were our Missionary Partners in Thailand for over 20 years. Jane and a lady called Dodo set up the project which provides much needed medical care and love to over a hundred children who have lost their parents to AIDS as well as treating adults with the crippling disease. Dodo is an inspiration to us all.
The committee is always looking forward to searching out new challenges and opportunities and perhaps there is an activity or project that you feel you might be interested in taking on or learning more about or you have some experience in any of the above, then we would like to hear from you. We can all contribute something. God has given us all gifts – perhaps yours lies in one of the above.
If you would like to know more about the committee’s work please visit the Serving Others section of this website.
The cheery members of the team made up of:- Fiona Pigott, June Deuchars, Viola MacPhail, Catherine Clephane, Jim Ure, Maureen Ure and Christine Wilson.
The remit of the Mission & Outreach Committee can be read here. (This will open in a new window).