Worship is at the heart of who we are as Northesk. Every Sunday we come together at 11am as God's family to sing, pray, and learn together. Everyone is welcome to worship at Northesk, no matter our age, no matter your background, we hope you'll experience the warm Fisherrow welcome when you come!
Special services (upcoming!)
Throughout the year, we'll have services apart from our Sunday morning worship. Here are the upcoming services you may be interested in:
Musselburgh Forest Church is back!
We have an event on the 16th October at 2pm. We'll be meeting rain or shine outside at the Northesk Parish Church garden and from there we will be heading to Fisherrow Sands so come prepared for a stroll along the beach. Humans of all ages welcome and dogs are welcome too!
After our time together, we'll be heading back to the church for a cup of tea/coffee and juice with biscuits.
Our time together is going to be centered around an experience by Julian of Norwich and her meditation on a hazelnut. We'll be using our senses to explore nature and find God within all things!
Rev Leslie Milton of St Andrew's High has applied for a small grant on behalf of St Andrews High from the organisation ‘Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief’ to organise a shared bereavement service to remember those we have loved and lost, particularly in the last year and a half in the pandemic when many families couldn’t grieve properly because of restrictions. Part of the grant application was committing to putting on an art installation that would engage the community. The grant was successful, so we are forging ahead.
We have decided to create an installation that bridges our two churches. We will be making paper boats, encouraging folks in the congregations to make them and offering opportunities for community members to make them through outreach tables at coffee mornings (outside the churches). People may write a name, a prayer, or a memory on the boat as part of their own bereavement. The boats will be strung together and then displayed in our churches. St Andrews High is planning to put theirs at the front of their sanctuary and it is planned that we would hang ours off and around the gallery.
The reasoning behind the boat image is that grief is like an ocean that we have to navigate. Sometimes the swells are big, and we struggle and sometimes the waters are still, and we feel lighter. In it all, we can be assured that we do not sail alone but have a great navigator in Christ, who is a calming presence in the storm.
We will have an ‘unveiling’ on the morning of 30th October, beginning at Northesk at 10.30 with a prayer, and then we will walk together to St Andrews High to see the other half of the installation and have a prayer. The installation will remain in place until 14th November.
There will be a worship service on 31st October at 2.30 pm that we at Northesk will host led by Leslie, Moira and Hayley. The bereavement service is called ‘Love and Loss’ and everyone who has lost someone in the last two years is invited.
The service will be followed by tea and biscuits.
The relevant dates are:
Sunday 17th October - during the all age talk at Northesk, we will have an instructional moment where everyone is invited to make one paper boat and then take materials home to make more if they wish.
Friday 22nd October - afternoon - community engagement and boat-making at St Andrews High (at the gates) from 1:30-3:30pm.
Saturday 23rd October (during the coffee morning) - community engagement and boat-making at Northesk (at the gates) from 10:00-12:00pm.
Sunday 24th October - boats are to be returned to church and installation preparation begins with other opportunities in the week to help.
Saturday 30th October - Installation unveiled - 10.30 at Northesk, then walking to St Andrews High
Sunday 31st October - 2.30 pm Love and Loss Service at Northesk
We will be needing help, in particular with the lead up to the art installation so if you would like to help with the creation of the installation and making boats, please let Hayley know. The more hands to fold paper, the better!
In the Church of Scotland you can be baptised at any stage of life, whether baby or adult. The Sacrament of Baptism takes place during Sunday worship, unless under exceptional circumstances. Please note, your choice of date for baptism may not be available based on other church events scheduled so please have a few dates in mind. If you are seeking baptism either for yourself or for your child, please fill out the contact form on our website.
The sacrament of Communion, also known as The Lord's Supper, is celebrated on the second Sunday of February, May, and October, and at other times throughout the year as announced. All are welcome!
To enquire about getting married in Northesk, please contact the minister through the contact form on our website. It is important to do this before you have set a date, both to seek the agreement of the minister and to secure the availability of the church.
The minister is available to do Christian weddings both in the church and at alternative venues. Decisions to marry couples is at the discretion of the minister.
The minister is available to conduct funerals for members of the congregation or for those who live in the parish. If you wish the minister of Northesk to conduct a funeral, please ask your Funeral Director to make contact with the minister.
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Ways to get involved: groups!
There are many ways to get involved in the life of Northesk and there are several groups, both church related and outside, that call Northesk home. Check out the list below to get involved.
Northesk is home to an active Guild who meet every other Wednesday at 2pm in the church.
Their schedule for the year 2021/2022 is as follows:
20th October - Project 'BEAT' speaker - Sara Oliver - joining with St Andrew's High Guild
3rd November - Mixter-Maxter
17th November - Walking in Pilgrim's Steps with Dorothy McCann
1st December - Looking forward to Christmas with Rhona Currie
15th December - Christmas Party
26th January - A Celebration of Burns
9th February - My Life in the Church with Mike Thompson
23rd February - Local Tales and the Importance of Story-telling with Tim Porteous
9th March - Project 'Starchild' - Michael Foster Marsh - joining with St Andrew's High Guild
23rd March - Afternoon Tea
6th April - Things into which angels long to look with Hilary MacLeod
20th April - Annual General Meeting
With a summer outing to be confirmed! If you're interested in joining, please fill out the contact form on the church website.
A Prayer Circle is a group of people who agree to pray daily or as often as possible in private for a topic from a monthly calendar which is provided free of charge. Topics can include international events, problems and issues nearer to home, and prayers for known individuals. Members need not meet as a group, except once a year for a social get-together. Anyone interested in joining the Prayer Circle should contact Ruby Wilkinson on 01875 899021.
The flowers which decorate the church each week are arranged by a team, who buy and display the flowers. Donations for purchasing the flowers are welcomed. Following the service, the flowers are given to anyone in the community (not necessarily members) who would benefit from receiving a bouquet along with Northesk's good wishes - suggestions on who would benefit may be made at the front door of the church.
If you would like to donate towards the flowers in any particular week, or would like to help in arranging the flowers, please speak to Margaret Elgin.
Scottish country dancing
Scottish Country Dance classes at Northesk are for children and adults. All are welcome, no previous experience required!
Adults meet at 11am-1pm in the Church Hall every Friday.
Classes for children of age 3 upwards can attend the Northesk Junior SCD on Friday afternoons, from 2 pm to 4 pm, in the Upstairs Hall.
Further enquiries from Ruby Wilkinson - 07504 977264 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The 61st Boys Brigade Company (BBs) has a long and proud association with Northesk Church and has made many fine achievements over its history.
The Company has three sections, which all meet in the Church Hall on a Monday evening. These are: the Anchor Boys (P2 - P3), the Junior Section (P4 - P6), the Company Section (P7 - age 18).
If you're interested in joining, please visit the Boys Brigade website and search by postcode for our company. https://boys-brigade.org.uk/find-a-group/
The boys enjoy a wide variety of activities and learn skills and knowledge, through which they gain BB badges. They participate in games and sporting activities, attend summer camp, participate in competitions - marching, music (bagpipes, drums, bugle) - quizzes, football, Christmas parties, helping at the church Autumn Fayre.
The Badminton Club meets every Wednesday in the Church Hall at 7pm.