9 Lessons and Carols: 2019 pictures

Below are some pictures from our (again) well-supported 9 Lessons and Carols service. Our thanks go to the many who participated, helping to make it such an enjoyable celebration: choir including visiting singers, readers, congregation, church decorators, and not to forget the mince-pie-and-other- nibbles providers who successfully tempted us to stay and chat after the service. (Tap or click in any individual picture to see the full frame).

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.