May
7
11:00 am11:00

Beltane, Fire Festival of the Sun in Summer

Sunday 7 May

Rev Dr Geo Cameron-Gaiduschek

The huge Beltane Festival in Edinburgh each year is a fire festival that celebrates the divine with and within us, the coming of summer and the fertility of the year. It's not just about farming, though. The sun of summer can help us all be creatively fertile, illuminating our work, relationships and spiritual experience.

Rev Dr Geo Cameron-Gaiduschek is a member of St Mark’s

Apr
30
11:00 am11:00

Solitude

Sunday 30 April

Rev Jennifer Doherty

Loneliness is painful, but solitude can have gentleness, power, and possibilities for self-fulfilment. How do we develop a positive relationship with solitary time?

Rev Jennifer Doherty is an interfaith minister

Mar
5
11:00 am11:00

To Be a Pilgrim

Service led by Joan Cook    

What does it mean to undertake a Pilgrimage? Is a pilgrimage, just a trip to somewhere with some sort of religious importance, and if not, what is it?  

Joan Cook is our Lay Celebrant  

Feb
26
11:00 am11:00

Delivering Aid and a Hand of Friendship

Service led by Lesley Hartley
 
Jeanne Bell from the charity EDA, Edinburgh Direct Aid, will talk to us, during the service, about the work of this charity which delivers aid to people in need in faraway places.

Lesley Hartley is a member of St Mark’s, and is our pulpit secretary.

Feb
19
11:00 am11:00

The Bud, the Blossom, and the Blessing

Service led by Rev Peter Fairbrother 
 
To love others, we must first learn to love our self. An oft' quoted statement, but how much do we really love and care for our self in everyday life? Three wee words, one big challenge: love yourself more. A personal exploration of the journey towards the divine within. 

Peter Fairbrother is an Interfaith minister

Feb
12
11:00 am11:00

Divine Love and Romantic Love

Service led by Rev Dr Geo Cameron-Gaiduschek
 
Love songs often reflect divine love, which belongs everywhere, but confining it to romance can limit joy, exert partners, and get us soul freight instead of a soul mate. There are other eyes in which to see ‘the resolution of all the fruitless searches.’
 
Rev Dr Geo Cameron-Gaiduschek is a member of St Mark’s

Feb
5
11:00 am11:00

Serendipity Service

Service led by Lesley Hartley

A potpourri of readings and favourite hymns chosen by you. You may have something appropriate for the winter months, or the year's beginning;  it may equally be something that just touches a chord. Whatever your choice, please contact Lesley to let her know what you'd like to read, or hear, or sing. 

Lesley Hartley is a member of St Mark’s, and is our pulpit secretary

Jan
29
11:00 am11:00

Creation is Emanation, Religion is Relinking

Service led by Rev Dr Geo Cameron-Gaiduschek

Whether you believe the Great Maker was God or the Perfect Particle of the Big Bang, creation is emanation, and religion relinks us to a source which inspires and enhances our connection to all facets of life. 

Rev Dr Geo Cameron-Gaiduschek is a member of St Mark’s

Jan
22
11:00 am11:00

Gratitude

Service led by Hilary Anderson & Bláthnaid Quinn 

'Gratitude is defined as ‘thankfulness’. Can thankfulness help to sustain us through the challenging times in life? We hope to explore some everyday gratitude practices and reflect on how we can find support and even joy in the simple and everyday elements of our lives.'

Jan
15
11:00 am11:00

The Experience of Profound Love

Service led by Margaret Ross & Jane Aaronson  

How three people in extreme situations experienced the power of love How three individuals, separated by time and events, coped with an extreme event in their lives. 

Jan
8
11:00 am11:00

The Three Wise Men

Service led by Rev Brian Cooper  

Brian Cooper explores the meaning of the well-known story revealed in the Gospel of Matthew. 

Dec
24
4:00 pm16:00

A Service of Carols and Readings

Service led by Lesley Hartley

A service, with candlelight, to start the Christmas celebrations; Christmas carols and songs, with readings and poems on the Christmas theme. All are welcome.

The service will begin at 16.00 and will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

 
Dec
18
11:00 am11:00

Family Christmas Service

Service led by Ida Silkenat      
 
Our children will assemble our Nativity Scene. Then Santa Claus will visit. For Santa’s information, please send names and ages of children attending to Ida Silkenat. 

Dec
11
11:00 am11:00

Gaudete Sunday - Joy To the World

Service led by Lynsey Bailey                                                                            

Gaudete means rejoice, and on the third Sunday of Advent, we light the pink candle on the advent wreath to represent Joy. So what better time to consider, and give thanks for, everything in our lives which brings us joy? 

Dec
4
11:00 am11:00

Active Waiting

Sevice led by Rev Jennifer Doherty        

aiting can seem like a time between/before what really matters. What if waiting itself is a deep and active process?

Nov
27
11:00 am11:00

The Price for Happiness

Service led by Rev Dr Petr Dolák Samojský

How much money are we willing to pay for seeing the morning sunrise? What would you give for a short walk at your leisure toward a spring of fresh water? 

Nov
20
11:00 am11:00

Who Needs a Church?

Service led by Rev Dr Petr Dolák Samojský

‘The church is for believers.’ As simple as it seems, the statement gets complicated when we try to define what ‘believing’ and ‘church’ mean. For one thing, there is no such thing as a living person without faith. 

Nov
13
10:55 am10:55

Service for Remembrance Sunday

Service led by Rev Dr Petr Dolák Samojský

During the service, Brian Cooper will share insights into his personal pilgrimage for peace.

Please note: This service will start at 10:55am in order to give members of the congregation the opportunity to observe the silence at 11am.

Nov
6
11:00 am11:00

Who is the Stranger Here?

Service led by Rev Dr Petr Dolák Samojský

Being a stranger is hard; everyone who is a stranger realises this. Furthermore, being a stranger seems to be ingrained in the very core of every human being. 

Oct
30
11:00 am11:00

A Time to Remember

Service led by Joan Cook

As we approach 'All Souls' we remember those who we have lost. We shall call to mind those of our community who have died in the past year, as well as friends and family whose loss we still feel. Everyone is welcome, and if you know someone who has been bereaved and may benefit from being with us, please do invite them along. There will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory for those who wish to do so.

Oct
23
11:00 am11:00

In Search of Worth and Meaning

Service led by Barry Bell

Essentially, this service is my take on what Unitarianism has always been about, and how much more inclusive it is than ‘normal’ shared-faith creedal religion.

Oct
16
11:00 am11:00

The Power of a Green Space

Service led by Lesley Hartley

Do you have a green space in your lives; a garden, a window box, a sea view? How is your green space special for you?

Oct
9
11:00 am11:00

The Idea of Clarity Can Feel Helpful or Threatening

Service led by Rev Jennifer Doherty

Yet becoming clear can be profoundly helpful – to our spirits, in our everyday lives, and in our wider view of the world. What can we do to bring clarity to fuzzy situations? And when is it helpful to let the fuzzy prevail?

Oct
2
11:00 am11:00

When did Jesus die? Rethinking the gospel story.

Service led by Alastair Moodie

Although the four gospels state that Jesus died at the Feast of Passover, there are claims for the time around the Feast of Tabernacles in October. If the alternative can be justified, what might that mean for understanding Jesus and his purpose?

Sep
25
11:00 am11:00

Let Us Pray

Service led by Joan Cook

What do we mean by prayer? Why do we pray? How and when do we 'pray', and is there any point?

Sep
18
11:00 am11:00

Harvest Service

Service led by Volunteers at St Catharine’s Homeless Project

Our community has supported St Catharine’s Homeless Project for over ten years with donations of goods and money, and more recently by providing a rota of volunteer helpers each Friday evening.

Attenders are invited to bring tins of tuna and sweetcorn for the Project.

Sep
11
11:00 am11:00

Lost and Found

Service led by Rev Ian Bonner-Evans

The spiritual life is often described as a journey towards some ultimate destination. This traveller shares some of his reflections on the journey so far, and whether it is time to invest in a new spiritual sat-nav.

Sep
4
11:00 am11:00

Water Communion

Service led by Members of the Ministry Team

Attenders are invited to bring a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. Our combined offerings of water will symbolise our shared faith coming from many different sources.

Aug
21
11:00 am11:00

Doing the Hokey Cokey

Service led by Rev John Clifford

Almost exactly two months after The Referendum has a bit of the dust settled on the political, economic and community stability situations?