Beyond our four walls
One of the things we have agreed together as a community (for together we have the mind of Christ) is that we want to be open and welcoming – to let light in and draw people in – and make an easy place for people to enter, whether out of curiosity, to catch a glimpse of God, to find an oasis for a while, or to find a home. We also want to nurture friendships with other churches and organisations who are on similar journeys towards God’s heart. Equally, we want to release people to go out from us to wherever God takes them, in their work and activities in Edinburgh, or in moving on to new places. To symbolise these desires our front doors are made of glass and we think of them as OPEN.
CONNECTING WITH OTHERS –
IN OUR LOCALITY –
Newington Churches Together
Community Church is part of Newington Churches Together, an ecumenical grouping of churches in the Newington area, seeking to work together to further God’s kingdom in the community and beyond. Some things we are involved in –
Cameron Toll Chaplaincy project, (a joint project with the SEECAT group of churches in South-East Edinburgh)
Basics Bank – running weekly in The King’s Hall
Joint prayer – throughout the year on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at Craigmillar Park Church, as well as during the week of prayer for Christian unity.
Lent Study groups – weekly during Lent
For further information and meeting dates see the website – http://www.newingtonchurches.org.uk/
Southside and the Southside Community
The King’s Hall is a prominent building in the Southside area of Edinburgh (the oldest remaining purpose-built Free Church building from the 1843 disruption!) and we actively look to make it a hub to serve the local community. Amongst the many events we’ve held to open our doors to the community are: to celebrate 25 years in the King’s Hall we took part in the annual Doors Open weekend (a city wide event to open buildings to the public); ceilidhs at Hogmanay and during the Edinburgh Festival; hosting Edinburgh Council’s week of action; Open Glass Doors art weekends (link).
Southside Community Council (SCC)
We are also involved in the Southside Community Council (SCC), finding out and influencing the important issues affecting our neighbourhood. See below for the latest news:
In 2008 David Hewitt, at that time one of the leaders and staff of Community Church, began to fulfil a vision for a prayer room and Core Community on the edge of Edinburgh. The church, called Wellsprings, meets each Sunday at 4pm. There is an emphasis on the Presence of God, with informal, creative worship and prophetic input. During the week there is a rhythm of worship in the prayer room, under the banner ‘Edinburgh House of Prayer. All are welcome.
A service of some pioneering men and women in the financial services and law firms sectors of our city who want to serve their neighbours in the world of work – they serve all comers but especially Christians in the workplaces in Edinburgh. To read more about the activities of this trust, http://www.businessmattersedinburgh.com/ or speak to Ewan Stark of CCE who is one of the trustees.
Scotland united in prayer for parliament
A quarterly prayer gathering which brings together Christian leaders from across the nation, along with MSPs and workers in the Scottish Parliament, to pray in the Parliament at Holyrood for the MSPs and for current concerns. Colin Symes is part of the core team.
In Scotland & Beyond…
Scottish Network Churches
Community Church is part of The Scottish Network Churches , a relational network of various churches across Scotland. Its purpose is to encourage relationships, empower churches and engage communities. Leaders gather for regular prayer and sharing times, held monthly in Glasgow and bi-monthly at The King’s Hall in Edinburgh and there is an annual conference to bring together folks from across the spectrum to share what God is doing. Hearing stories of what is happening in different places encourages and inspires us all as we work in diverse regions of Scotland, both urban and rural. Network speakers and teams travel to other churches to serve and share the gifts God has given to us locally, to benefit the wider church. In the last couple of years CCE has sent teams and speakers to serve other Network churches in Dundee, Glasgow and Perth, and has likewise received input from other network churches.
New Community, Southampton
For many years CCE has had connections with New Community in Southampton. Allan Cox visits Edinburgh a couple of times a year, sometimes with his wife Lizzie, to support and coach the leaders, adding an outside perspective that is invaluable. The counselling service from New Community also supports and advises Hope Counselling Service.
River Fellowship, Slovakia
River Fellowship is a Catholic lay community that has grown up around the ancient Redemptorist Monastery in Podolinec, northern Slovakia, and is dedicated to mission in Slovakia. Since 1994 many members of Community Church have had the privilege of visiting and sharing the lives of the members of the community, mutually encouraging and teaching one another across denominational and cultural boundaries. This coming together of Protestant and Catholic traditions has changed both fellowships, broadening our perspectives on God’s church. Teams from Community Church regularly travel to Slovakia to give of all that we’ve received, and invariably return blessed and enriched.
Community Church has links with friends and communities in Poland going back over 20 years, to the days of Solidarity. Currently we are in contact mainly with Roman Catholic communities in Pruszkow (near Warsaw), Lublin and Krakow, and look forward to developing the bridges we have built into the future.
Links with Uganda go back to the mid 1980′s, and since 1994 a team has travelled out each year to support and encourage our friends in the Deliverance Church. They have mainly visited Soroti, Mbale and Tororo in the east, but more recently Arua in the north-west. Active support for people and development in Uganda is promoted through theAfricaFund.net
Since 1998 we have developed a relational link with Christ Church Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria. See more about Kenya at theAfricaFund.net where you can give practical support.
We are supporting, and have relational links with, David and Fanny Njaidi who are working with vulnerable women and children.