Sunday Connections 16.12.2018

Please find this week’s Sunday Connections below. This will be our last one for 2018! I hope that amongst the last few weeks  of Advent everyone has found some inspiration and encouragement in celebrating the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ this year. SundayConnection_16.12.2018EB42BCFD-EF67-46ED-A5C5-5BD2505A722A

I hope to see you at one of our Christmas services this year! Christmas Services 2018

Merry Christmas,


Sheep Nativity Trail Underway for the Young & Young at Heart!

Our Newhaven Sheep Nativity Trail is well underway and our sheep have had some happy visitors already! Will you find our sheep hidden across Newhaven and help us tell the Christmas Story? How does it work you ask?

  1. Print the booklet attached (or pick one up at Newhaven Church Café OR at the Victoria PS Fayre on Saturday 15th December). SheepTrailBooklet_ChildBooklet
  2. Find the Sheep Around the Neighbourhood.
  3. Put the Nativity Story in Order.
  4. Enter to win a Prize By: showing Cassie your completed booklet at the Victoria PS School Fayre; showing Cassie on Sunday 16th December at the 10:30am Service; OR taking a photo of your completed booklet and sending it to Cassie
  5. All Entries Must be received by the 16th December 2018!
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Leith Churches’ Holiday Club: 14th-16th July 2015

This year, Leith Churches Holiday Club present Polar Explorers which will be held on Tuesday 14th-Thursday 16th July inclusive from 10am-2pm at South Leith Church Halls.

Cassie will be leading and Blyth, Lynn, Christine will be involved as leaders.  If you are interested in helping, or have children who would like to come along, please speak to Christine Hodge.


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Inflatables Day! Saturday 29th March 2014

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Inflatables Day will be held on Saturday 29th March in Newhaven Church.

Parents please keep the date free.  Inflatables Day is open to children aged between 3 and 16 years, although not at the same time!

This has been tremendous fun over the past three years, and we hope that children from Toddlers, Rainbows, Brownies; Anchor Boys, Juniors and Company section; Chatterboxes, the Extravaganza and from our own Church will be able to attend.  Tickets are now available.

If you have any questions, please speak to Christine Hodge or Susan Edwards, or leave a comment below.

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Vacancy for a Youth and Children’s worker – are you the person?

Our Congregation are looking for a suitable applicant to appoint as a part-time Youth and Children’s Worker, ideally with effect from September 2013.

The remit is to relate the Christian Faith to the young people of both the congregation and the parish. The appointment is part time for 17.5 hours per week principally outside school hours, in the Newhaven area of Edinburgh. This is a new appointment to develop the work already achieved by volunteers.

A salary of £11,000 per annum is offered.

Applicants must have an active Christian faith and be able to work within the Church of Scotland structures. Otherwise denomination is unimportant. They should be open to God’s leading in the development of the post and be able to work in a team with the minister and volunteers. They should have previous experience of Christian Youth and Children’s Work.

Further details are available in the attached document: 

For more information please call:

  • John Hodge on 0131 552 4339 (evenings), or;
  • Colin MacNeill on 0131 346 8293 (evenings)

Brownies to use Newhaven Church as a base for a new Brownie unit – to find out more, please come to a taster evening

We are delighted to announce that the Brownies will be using Newhaven Church as a base for a new Brownie unit from this August.

Girlguiding is flourishing in our local area and we have a new Brownie unit opening for girls aged 7 – 10 years at Newhaven Church from August 2013.  We are holding 4 different taster sessions for any girls interested in joining Brownies who will be aged 7 – 9 years by August 2013 on the following dates:

  • Thursday 30th May 2013: 6pm – 7.30pm
  • Thursday 6th June 2013:6pm – 7.30pm
  • Thursday 13th June 2013: 6pm – 7.30pm
  • Thursday 20th June 2013: 6pm – 7.30pm

If you would like to register your daughter for the taster sessions, please email: for more information.


5th May 2013 – Retiral collection for Kampi Disabled Children’s Childcare Centre

A few months ago, as a Church we committed to support financially Kampi Disabled Children’s Childcare Centre in Kenya.  Kampi will be well known to many of you as it’s where Georgie from our congregation spent a long time in her career serving God and serving disabled children.

Our All Age service on Sunday 5th May 2013 will be looking at Children, and as part of that service, Georgie and one of her colleagues, Rosemary, will talk to us about Kampi.  At the end of the service we will be holding a retiral collection for Kampi Disabled Children’s Centre.

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Conference for those who work with children, young people and/or families within the Presbytery of Edinburgh

Church of Scotland emblemMurrayfield Church Centre, May 11th 2013, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Practical and inspiring workshops led by Claire Benton-Evans, author of All-Sorts Prayer and All-Sorts Worship, comprising:

Children’s Spirituality training

  • Explains the key features of children’s spirituality
  • Shares tried-and-tested ideas for encouraging children’s spirituality
  • Explores how to make an inviting all-age Prayer Space in your church

All-Age Worship workshop

  • Shows you fresh ways of bringing the Bible to life with dramatic   storytelling
  • Shares lots of bright ideas for praying creatively with children and adults
  • Equips you for exciting, innovative all-age worship in your church

To register a place, contact Yvonne McCorkindale, e-mail


Youth Worker – Advance notice

Newhaven Church has plans to appoint a Youth and Children’s Worker so as to build upon the work already going on through the Church. We will need to raise the appropriate finance and also find the right person. If you can help with either then we’d like to hear from you.

We already have significant pledges of financial support, which is a good start, and we would like to have confidence that there was finance for the next three years. Are you willing to help?

Do you know of anyone who might be interested in being our Youth and Children’s worker? It is likely to be a part time (50%) appointment and the person would be expected to join with us on a Sunday at worship. The job will start in Autumn 2013. A detailed job description will be drawn up shortly.

We are also looking for those in the Congregation who would be interested in driving the project forward.

If you think you can help, please contact John Hodge at