This year Polwarth Church will celebrate the season with the familiar and also the new.
Sunday, 15 December at 11am: the usual Sunday service will include a visual presentation of the Nativity by our children and their adult helpers. This is followed by a congregational Christmas Lunch with donations going to support the wonderful Caroline in Zambia at Christmas as she continues to care for a great number of orphans.
Sunday, 22 December at 6.30pm – 7.30pm: READINGS AND CAROLS BY CANDLIGHT. Please come and join us for a telling of the Christmas story and sing the familiar Christmas carols by candlelight, followed by refreshments. This is a new venture for the Church and this event replaces our Carols by the Canal held in previous years. A very warm invitation is extended to everyone in the community and beyond to come and join us in the atmospheric celebration of Christmas.
Monday, 23 December at 10am until 12.30pm: Walking the Nativity. Come and join as five neighbouring congregations – Gorgie Dalry Stenhouse, St Martin’s, St Cuthburt’s, St Michael’s and Polwarth – walk to each church in turn to have their forthcoming Christmas services blessed through the presentation of a Nativity display with prayer. We start and conclude at Gorgie Dalry Church. Everyone in the neighbourhood is welcome to join our walk of witness.
Tuesday, 24 December at 6.30pm – 7.15pm: Family Christingle Service. Everyone is warmly invited to attend our annual Family Christingle Service to mark the birth of Jesus. During the service the Christingles are lit and the lights dimmed to create a moving scene as we gather around the manger scene. After the service children can visit the other person we expect to see at Christmas and receive a gift (donations to offset cost welcomed). But all other donations offered at this service will go to our Global Concerns Project in Malawi where we support EMMS International in the training of midwives.
Wednesday, 25 December at 10am – 10.45am: Christmas Day Family Service. Do come along to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. Both young and not-so-young are encouraged to come armed with a Christmas present received, to show off to our minister Jack, and if it’s a toy or gadget to let him try them out. We sing the remaining carols and Jack will tell a seasonal story.