Heart and Soul 2020 will be online, rather than in Princes Street Gardens, as you’ll see at https://www.heartandsoul.org.uk/. The event will take place on 17 May from 2.00pm till about 4.20pm and will start with a replay of the service of installation of the new Moderator of the Church of Scotland. A recording will also be available afterwards.
In response to the call by Pope Francis and the Committee of Human Fraternity for a day of fasting and prayer for the good of all humanity on Thursday 14 May, the Ahl Al Bait Society Scotland and the Scottish Bishops’ Committee for Interreligious Dialogue invite you to a short time of prayer for 10 minutes for the healing of our world. The meeting is taking place on Zoom at 5:00pm. Details are on the Bishop’s Committee web site.
Edinburgh Interfaith Association
EIFA has produced a series entitled “A Spotlight on Faith” with interviews with local religious leaders and other guests every Thursday. You can watch the series of EIFA’s YouTube channel at this link.
A free phone service to allow people to hear prayers and news from the Methodist Church was launched on 11 May. The content is updated weekly each Thursday afternoon.
- Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514
- Listen to news: 0808 281 2478
You can download an information sheet to print and share at this link.
Part of BBC Radio 4’s “A Celebration for Ascension Day” will be a performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra with a ‘national choir’.
And you could be one of the singers in this virtual group! How to join in is at this link, and you need to have uploaded the record of you singing by the end of play on Sunday 17 May.
For the foreseeable future, Rev Eddie Sykes will be leading on-line Bible study discussions each Thursday, with two sessions, at 10:30am and 7:30pm. Each Zoom meeting will include a time of sharing in fellowship at the beginning and a time of prayer at the end. The planned topics are:
- 7 May – Acts 7:55–60 (notes at this link)
- 14 May – Acts 17:22–31 (notes at this link)
- 21 May – Acts 1:1–11 (Ascension) (notes at this link)
- 28 May – Acts 2:1–21 (Pentecost) (notes at this link)
- 4 June – Charles Wesley’s hymns on the Trinity and the theology behind them (notes at this link)
- 11 June – Session 1 of a four-week study on Ruth
Each week, Eddie will produce notes on the topic, usually ahead of the first session. These will be linked to this post as they are published (keep an eye!), and retained for reference (which is why 7 May is already in the list).
You are warmly invited to join Eddie each Thursday. If you’ve participated before, use the same link each week. If you would like to join in, please email Eddie at ku.gro.tsidohtemhtysornull@retsinim for an access code. You’ll also need to install Zoom, but this isn’t difficult – you can find what Zoom is about at this link, and there are some hints here.
Sandy Masterton, secretary to the Rosyth Garden City Association, writes:
“Today we had plans for joining in the Nation’s Celebrations for VE75. We had buglers / pipers/ VIPs / bands and choirs arranged. All cancelled due to the lock down. Available to download here is Morag’s daily reflection which explains further.
“Most of you would, as normal, have attended our Annual Exhibition which in conjunction with our four Primary Schools would have started on Monday 4 May, today was the Street Party and celebrations, and tomorrow we should have been open until 4.00pm.
“We normally have over 1,500 attending during the week, so you can imagine how much your support means to us. A lot of you are, or have been, volunteers to help out at our events in the community, The management committee thank you for this as we could not operate without your help. We have about 50 volunteers in the community that we can call on to help us out.
“Trust this finds you all well and coping with these strange times. We will be back sometime.”