Mission Action Planning

St James the Less and St Mungo’s WL congregations each held away days in the first few weeks of Lent. A Zoom follow-up meeting for St James the Less will be held from 10am to midday on Sat 6 June. The outputs will then inform the next stage of developing our Mission Action Plan. See the Rector’s June letter or the contact information above for the links to join the meeting.

Cancellation of services and church/hall meetings; but …

Regrettably, all in-church services and other on-site activities at St James the Less church, Penicuik, have now been cancelled until further notice. However, our Rector Rev’d Nick Bowry is currently offering some on-line services at many of the times that our usual services would have been held. If you would be  interested in participating in any of these, please contact Rev’d Nick at the email address or the phone number given on our web site. Watch this space also for news about shared on-line meetings and other possible similar activities.

Lent and Easter events at St James the Less

(see http://www.pctadmin.epizy.com/?i=1 or the Town Crier for additional Penicuik Churches Together – PCT – Lent/Easter services).

Sunday 22nd March   10:30am: Mothering Sunday Family Service

Sunday 29th March    10:30am: Holy Communion Service for Passion Sunday

                                      7:00pm: Passion Sunday evening service (with Penicuik Churches Together)

Saturday 4th April      10:00am-12noon: Daffodil Tea, held at St Mungo’s (Penicuik) Church Hall.

Sunday 5th April:        10:30am: Palm Sunday Holy Communion Service

Thursday 9th April (Maundy Thursday): 7:30pm Holy Communion and Vigil of the Watch (with PCT)

Friday 10th April (Good Friday):  1:00pm: Meditation of words, music and silence: ‘Seven Words for Three Hours’: in the church

                                                        2:00pm: Holy communion service

Sunday 12th April (Easter Sunday)  5:50am: Easter morning service; gather at St Mungo’s Churchyard. Walk to hilltop for dawn service with Holy Communion at 06:10 (sunrise 06:14). Breakfast at St James church hall.

  Sunday 12th April     10:30am: Easter morning Communion Service

St James the Less organ back in operation!

On Thursday 12th December the re-installation of our organ was completed, in good time for all our Christmas celebrations. One picture of the completed work is shown below. In the next few days more photos of the installation process and final result will be put on our web site.  Our thanks go to all the Henry Willis & Sons Ltd (Liverpool) craftsmen that worked so hard to make this happen and to Henry Wallace, Organ Advisor, The Scottish Federation of Organists. Henry is Organist and Choirmaster of Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh and has been with us every step of the way in the project.

We also thank those from St James who did the liaison work with our organ builders and our insurers. We particularly thank everyone who, without prompting, donated money that totally eradicated the short fall of around £14,000.00 from the settlement agreed with our insurers.

Over the next weeks and months Henry Willis & Sons will provide technical support to help the organ ‘bed in’ at Penicuik, both through tuning and the ironing out any gremlins that will undoubtedly appear!

Our new Rector

We are delighted to welcome Rev’d Nicholas (Nick) Bowry, who will be Instituted as Rector of St James the Less, Penicuik and St Mungo’s, West Linton, on Wednesday 9th 0ctober 2019, at St James the Less church.

He comes to us from the Diocese of Aberdeen, where he had responsibility for two churches, at St Clement’s, Mastrick, and St Ninian’s, Seaton.

A relatively recent entrant to the priesthood, Nick was ordained Priest in 2017. In his previous career, he held many posts in HR with a range of organisations, including the University of Edinburgh and the Medical Research Council.

He has been a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Administration Board and served on General Synod. He has also initiated many projects involving local communities.

He owns to preferring an anglo-catholic style of worship, and values the role of music in worship. He is also a member of the Iona Community, Cursillo and enjoys Taize worship.

He continues to enjoy walking the pilgrim way to Santiago de Compestela when he can. [See right: after 5 weeks of walking el Camino de Santiago, having started in Santander, at the lighthouse at Cape Finisterre (Cabo Fisterra in Galician), at the zero km ‘monolito’ giving a big hint you can walk no further west.]

Apart from walking, he likes reading. Oh, and he has a dog, named Jep, who will doubtless accompany Nick on his perambulations around Penicuik, meeting and chatting to folk.