Saturday, 29 December 2007

Sunday 30th December

I'm on the preaching rota this week so here's a taster. We're going to look at the whole of Hebrews! In 20 minutes, honest.

To get a bigger flavour, I've uploaded the powerpoint I'll be using.


See you there!

Willie (not Rev)

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Christmas Morning Celebration!

Do join us at our 'Christmas Morning Celebration'
at 11.00am in the Clermiston Inn in Rannoch Road
Everyone is welcome!

Monday, 24 December 2007

Christian Aid Tea Party

The following is an extract from the letter I have received back from Christian Aid in response to our donation from our tea party:

Many thanks for your kind donation of £68.50 (plus gift aids) towards the work of Christian Aid. Your gift will help support our work in more than 50 of the world's poorest countries. It was very kind of you to organise a Tea Time event. One project your money will support is in Sri Lanka where Chitrani Namanathan is the leader of a women's group at the Kobbsnills (tea) Estate. Since Christian Aid's partner the Institute for Social Development has been working with the women there, many have become literate and more aware of their rights.
"Most importantly, I now have the courage to confront management and negotiate better conditions".

Once again thank you so much for your continued support of our work with and for the poorest communities on earth. With your continued help, we can make a difference.

Thank you to all who supported this event.

Click here for more info on fair trade

Celebrate the real meaning of Christmas - watch this video (needs RealPlayer)

Print and cut out a star and hang it on your tree as a reminder of the real meaning of Christmas


Thursday, 20 December 2007

A Christmas Wish From Bishop Brian Smith

Can I wish all who receive these notices, and thosewho read them, a very happy Christmas?I often find myself saying that Christmas is the celebration not of one, but of two births. We both celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ some 2000 years ago, and we also pray that Christ be born again, not in Bethlehem, but now in our selves. In the words of the hymn, we pray that the one whom we glimpsed through the Christmas story “be born in us today.” As that spirit of compassion, healing, justice, and
forgiveness, is allowed to become real in all our lives, a new hope can be given to the world. The birth 2000 years ago and the birth in the present day must be held together if Christmas is to be a celebration, both of joyful thanksgiving, and also of a true hope for the world. Thus it is at Christmas that we are often most aware of areas where compassion, healing, justice and forgiveness are so necessary. We live in a world of conflict, hunger and disease. We see homelessness, marginalization, neglect and unkindness. Into this world the spirit of Christ is to be born. As we are called to worship him at Christmas, so too weare called to follow him, and let his spirit be born in us today.

Carol Singing A Great Success

Thanks to all who came out tonight to sing in Rannoch Rd and to Shirley for the warm refreshments afterwards. It was goo to be able to give almost every home (until we ran out) a box of mince-pies as a present from the Church for Christmas. We pray that the gift will allow the real message of Christmas to come alive for the people of Rannoch Road. Willie.

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Next Sunday - December 16th at 10.30am

'Angel Visits!' - Luke 1:26-45,
Psalm 12 - Revd. Willie Nixon

Monday, 3 December 2007

Sunday December 9th at 10.30am

'The Green Light!' - Luke 1:5-25 & Psalm 72:1-19
- Revd. Willie Nixon

Thursday, 29 November 2007

This Sunday 2nd Dec 10.30am

Opening Our Hearts & Homes (3 John) Psalm 122
Speaker: Rev. Willie Nixon

'The Great Escape'

Saturday 1st December 4pm-5.30pm: 'The Great Escape' Clermiston Inn, Function Suite.

Paul Woodman, a Christian Illusionist and Escapologist, will be there to do some of what he calls 'his tricks' and to share his testimony. This is an event for the whole congregation, but focused at the children and families of JAFFA and BaselineXtra. It's truly an 'All-Age Event'.

It's free so invite friends and family to come along for fun and a message! We won't be serving food, but there will be sweets and nibbles, coffee/tea and soft drinks available for everyone as they arrive.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007


Sermon Notes for Sunday 25th Nov. Let us never forget that truth and love are inseparable. Want to know more? Read on....
Click here

Tuesday, 20 November 2007


Last weekend, 3 Emmanuelites went on a short flight across the Irish Sea to attend Mandate 2007 in Belfast. This is the biggest gathering of Christian men in Europe! It's a (long) day's conference with worship led by Robin Mark, a main speaker, a seminar slot in the afternoon, and a bit of entertainment in the form of an escapologist.

The worship was pretty inspiring - it's not often you hear 4000 men singing songs together. Well, I suppose it is quite often if you count football, but they're not usually quite as Christian as these songs. We'll see which ones we can work in over the coming few weeks in our services...

The main speaker who had an Irish name, Erwin McManus, actually comes from El Salvador via the USA. The main thing I learnt from the whole thing was to just get on and obey God in the things we already know we should be doing and not to worry to much about getting it just right - it's much better to obey and be a bit awkward and just to let God do his stuff. And the examples of the sort of stuff God has done are pretty awesome.

If you want to know more, then speak to me at the service next Sunday - I'll be there this time. After all, I am meant to be leading it.

Monday, 19 November 2007

Sunday November 25th at 10.30am

'Truth & Love' - 2 John
All age worship - Revd. Willie Nixon
Please plan to stay after the service for the AGM which will finish by 1.45pm. Bring along a packed lunch.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007


There will be no sunday school this sunday as the children are invited to stay in the service for the discussions and groupwork on the theme of 'Looking Beyond Emmanuel'. Creche will happen as usual for those under 7yrs! C U there. Willie the rev!

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Time Out for Ladies

Time Out for Ladies 'Christmas Around the World' will be on Monday 26th November 7.15pm. This will take place at the Church of the Nazarene, Rannoch Terrace. Please contact Eleanor Mowat at Tickets: £5.00

See you there!!

Sunday 18th November at 10.30am

'World Mission - Looking beyond Emmanuel'
Speakers - Nicolas Morris, INTERSERVE &
Richard Higginbottom, CPAS
Bread & Soup lunch after the service at 127 Clermiston Rd.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Sunday November 11th - 10.30am

Remembrance Sunday
'Faith is the Victory' - 1John 5:1-12
Revd. Willie Nixon

Read the sermon notes here.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Harvest Pictures

View the Harvest Display pictures here

1 John 4:1-12 'Discernment & Devotion' Sermon Notes

Discernment and Devotion
1 John 4:1-12
To view the sermon notes click here

Caring Christmas Trees

‘Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless’. Isaiah 58:7

Caring Christmas Trees, Bethany’s initiative to raise funds for the Winter Care Shelter through the sale of Christmas Trees is back in business. Three things you could do to help:

  • Volunteer 4 hours of your time - please do sign up online – a choice of Promotion and Distribution Slots are available (Just select your area and click on the Volunteer Angel)

  • Tell everyone about it – friends / colleagues / relatives.

'Like Father Like Son' Notes on 1 John 2:28 - 3:10

Like Father, Like Son
1 John 2:28-3:10

‘My feet and inside daddy’s feet’

According to a recent Gallop Pole/ Survey of 1553 Americans of voting age, half of from the protestant tradition and a third of all from a Catholic tradition, claimed to be ‘born again’ Christians – translated statistically to the whole of the USA that would mean that 50 million adult Americans are personally committed to serving Jesus is Lord and Saviour!

Read more here

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal 2007

If you would like to take part please take a leaflet, one for each box, and bring the filled boxes to church on Sunday 4th November. Instructions for filling the boxes are in the leaflet. For more information please contact Sheila.

Monday, 15 October 2007

Next Sunday - October 21st - at 10.30am

'Blessed Assurance' - 1John 3:11-24
Revd. Willie Nixon

Friday, 12 October 2007

Next Sunday - October 14th

Harvest Festival Service
'Celebrating the Harvest through caring with Jesus'
Psalm 65 & Matthew 25:31-40
- Revd. Willie Nixon

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Next Sunday - October 7th

'How Important is Theology?'
- 1 John 2:18-27
- Revd. Willie Nixon
- Communion Service

Monday, 24 September 2007

Next Sunday - September 30th

'Encouragement and Warning'
1John 2:12-17
- Revd. Willie Nixon

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Next Sunday - September 23rd

'Talking and Walking the Truth'
1John 2:1-11
Speaker - Stephen Smith

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Next Sunday - September 16th

'Fellowship & Forgiveness'
1John 1: 1-10

Revd. Willie Nixon

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Any photos from the weekend away?

Any photos from the weekend away - why not post them to the blog?!

Click here to see the photos from the meal in June...

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

No Service this Sunday!

Please note that there will not be a Sunday Service on September 9th as this is the church weekend away in Keswick.

Click here for this week's notice sheet

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Next Sunday - September 2nd

'A Strategy for Growth' - Acts 2:42-47
Outline of Strategy Action Plan & Covenant
Revd. Willie Nixon

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Next Sunday - August 26th

'A tale of two cities' - Isaiah 51:17-52
Revd. Willie Nixon

Monday, 20 August 2007

Bethany's Walk for Homelessness

Help homeless people - take part in:

Bethany’s Walk for Homelessness

Saturday 22 September 2007 - Fife Coastal Path

This year, Bethany’s Sponsored Walk for Homelessness follows the Fife Coastal Path from Elie to Pittenweem and back, meandering along the stunning coastline with its sandy beaches, historic ruins and quaint villages.

This is a great opportunity for a refreshing day out with family, friends and colleagues and raises much-needed funds to help homeless people.

Click the following link to check out the route:

The walk is about 10 miles there and back, but if you prefer to walk 5 miles, there are buses back to Elie from Pittenweem

Tea and coffee refreshments are provided free. There is also a free bus available from Edinburgh to Elie and back.

Click here to download information sheets and sponsor forms.

To register please email sending your name, contact details and whether you wish to take the bus from Edinburgh.

Monday, 13 August 2007

Next Sunday - August 19th

'A Song for the Road' - Isaiah 51:1-16
Revd. Willie Nixon

Dependence Day - Next Saturday - 18th August

10.00am - 4.00pm at the Church of the Nazarene
This is an exciting day in the life of Emmanuel. There will be a programme of prayer, reflections and meditation. The day will be divided into 5 parts:

10.00am-11.00am - Return to God - Presentation led meditation with silent prayer
11.20am-12.30am - A New Commitment - Praise & Holy Communion based on committing ourselves afresh to Christ and His mission - Acts ch.8
12.30pm- 1.30pm - Lunch - bring a packed lunch and share fellowship
1.40pm- 1.40pm - His Wealth, My Treasure - Talk - Malachi ch.3

3.00pm- 4.00pm - Celebrating Gifts - A time of praise to thank God for His provision in the past and rejoicing at His provision for the future

Do try to bring your gifts to the final session from 3.00pm-4.00pm and try to join in at least one of the other sessions.

Friday, 10 August 2007

Next Sunday - August 12th

'The school of suffering' Isaiah 50:1-11
Speaker - Chris Nelson

Thursday, 2 August 2007


Congratulations to Willie and Caroline on the birth of Samuel John on the 29th July, a little brother for Anna and Alice.

Next Sunday - August 5th

'A restored family' - Isaiah 49:14-26

Thursday, 26 July 2007

Music Rota

The new music rota is now available on the website under the link for rotas. The new Sunday morning rota will be available this space....!

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

New Notice Sheet Girl at Emmanuel!

As of the week beginning Sunday 15th July, Alexa Wall will be in charge of the Notice Sheet. The information for the notice sheet should be with her by 12noon on the Thursday in advance of the Sunday you need your notice posted!

E-mail your notices to

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Next Sunday - July 29th

'The day of salvation' - Isaiah 49:1-13

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Next Sunday - July22nd

'Called by my name' - Isaiah 48: 1-22

Friday, 13 July 2007

Next Sunday - July 15th

'Pride goes before destruction' - Isaiah 47:1-15

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Home Groups - Autumn 2007

For information on the Autumn Home Groups go to the home groups page.

Sunday, 8 July 2007

Ice Cream Party – 11th July 8pm

Everyone welcome to Shirley’s on Wednesday (11th July) for an Ice-Cream Party. Thanks to Shirley for organizing this event. Let Shirley know if you plan to be there to help with catering. See you there!

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Next Sunday - July 8th

'Do we carry God or does He carry us?'
Isaiah 46: 1-13

Friday, 29 June 2007

Next Sunday - July 1st

'The Potter's Wheel' - Isaiah 45: 9-25 followed by a picnic on Corstorphine Hill. If wet, picnic at 127!

Sunday, 24 June 2007

DEPENDENCE DAY - Sat. 18th August 10am-4pm

Keep a space in your diary for this date. The Vestry, in a continued effort to keep on top of the finances of Emmanuel, have set this day aside as a 'Day of Prayer and Giving.' At present we face a deficit of £3845 at the end of the year September 2006-September 2007, and find ourselves in a place of needing to pray towards a gift day in order to hep us to address this difficulty in the life of the church. We may still be able to use the Area Council as a helper in paying our Quota to the diocese, but feel strongly that this is a running cost of our church which we need to plan to meet. Please give this your prayer and thought over the next weeks and months, and plan to be part of this day. More details will follow. Please hold the Vestry and the treasurer in your prayers. Willie.

Saturday, 23 June 2007

Friday Night

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Monday, 18 June 2007

Next Sunday - 24th June

'God is still on the throne'
Isaiah 44:24-45:8, Mark 4:35-41

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Next Sunday - June 17th

Short Holy Communion service - 9.45-10.30am
For more information, see the blog below!

Monday, 11 June 2007

Beach Blast Holiday Club Pic-nic

Please note that the follow-up to the Beach Blast will be on Sunday 17th June, rather than Saturday 16th June

This will mean that we would have a slight change in our services that morning.

We will have a short Holy Communion Service with only two songs at 9.45-10.30am, and will then go on to Aberdour for a ‘Day at the Beach’, with a children friendly praise time and short talk on the beach.
Those going along should arrange to meet at South Gyle Train station at 11am, or if they are travelling by car, at Aberdour Train Station at 11.50am. The train leaves South Gyle at 11.24am and returns to South Gyle at 3.56pm.

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Next Sunday- June 10th

'The Gospel according to Isaiah'
Isaiah 43:14-28, Mark 3:20-35

Speaker - Doug Craig

Sunday, 3 June 2007

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Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Next Sunday - June 3rd - Trinity Sunday

'Witnesses to Jehovah' - Isaiah 42:18 - 43:13,
John 3:1-17

Thursday, 24 May 2007

May 27th - Pentecost Sunday

'The Gentle Giant' - Isaiah 42:1-17, John 15:26-27; 16:4-15

Sunday, 20 May 2007


Put 26th May in your diary – a chance to meet with the community in Drumbrae Leisure Centre.

1. We are having the ‘Guess the Price Stall’ as last year, so would like donations of items which will be in a free competition for people to win the gift (if their guess about its value is nearest). Please give items worth between £5 and £10 to Dorothy THIS WEEK, with a note of the price.

2. Two tables will be used to raise money for Florence and Nathan in Rwanda. One table will be for baked goods and sweets, and the other will sell almost new bric a brac (pictures, jewellery, ornaments, toiletries, new books, cd’s, kitchen utensils, dishes, mugs, unwanted presents, etc). (No soft toys, please!) Could you please sign up on the sheet on the notice table to volunteer goodies for the food stall and opt in to help at any of the activities?
Bric a brac and cakes etc. for sale should be delivered to Eleanor, or (preferably) brought on the day.

3. We will also be bringing the puppets for children to have a (free) go at using them in little scenes.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Next Sunday - May 20th

'God in action' - Isaiah 41:17-29, John 17: 6-19

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Next Sunday - May 13th

'Let God Speak' - Isaiah 41:1-16, John 15:9-17

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Next Sunday - May 6th

Holiday Club Service

Speaker - Revd. Chris Matchett

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Next Sunday - April 29th

Launching the Vision
'Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit' - Zechariah 4:6
Speaker: Rev. Willie Nixon

Friday, 20 April 2007

Next Sunday - April 22nd

All Age Worship - From Riches to Rags: Luke 18:18-30
Speaker - Willie Shaw

Saturday, 14 April 2007

Important notices!

Home groups start this week - for more information please click on the calendar link on the right----->

Also - please note that there will be no prayer meeting on Wed 18th.

Monday, 9 April 2007

Next Sunday - April 15th

Meeting Jesus - John 20:24-30, 1 Cor. 15:19-26
Speaker: Chris Nelson

Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Easter Sunday - April 8th

Praise & Prayer on Corstorphine Hill at 9.15am followed by breakfast at Fox Covert School at 10.00am. Songs of Praise for Easter Day at 10.30am with Communion

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Time Out – Monday 26th March (7.30pm)

Ladies TIme Out Make-Up evening – sounds good! Speak to Eleanor or Sheila for more details or email us at

Lads – we’ll not know our wives when they come home! (They'll be even more beautiful, if that's possible!)

Emmanuel Quiz Team Needed Sat 31st March (7.30pm)

Emmanuel Quiz Team Needed for Clermiston Inn – Sat 31st March 7.30pm.

This is an opportunity to meet the community – Speak to Sheila Robertson or Ella Nelson to register your interest. ‘We’re all Jock Tamsins wains!’

Waffle Club and Open Door Programme - Hot off the Press!

Click here to view the Waffle Club and Open Door Programme:

Monday, 5 March 2007

The Faith Mission Event

Click on 'Comments' for more info...

Thursday, 1 March 2007

Mothers Day ‘Pizza & Puppets’ – Sunday 18th March (4pm)

Tiddlywinks mums, dads, carers and kids are to be invited to a special afternoon of Pizza and Puppets at the Rannoch Centre on Mothers’ Day. This will be an opportunity to share with these families at a deeper level.. We give thanks for continued growth in number of contacts we are making through Tiddlywinks.

Thursday, 8 February 2007

Quiet Morning - 'Be still and know that I am God'

Emmanuel Church Quiet Morning

Praise, Prayer and Reflection

Saturday 10th Feb 10am-1pm at Church of the Nazarene, Rannoch Terrace

The themes are:

10am-10.40am - 'Loving the Lost'
10.50am-11.40am - 'A Sacrificial Spirit'
11.50am-12.40am - 'Boldness to Proclaim'

Come for one or all the sessions. We will be praying and thinking quietly before God about the 'Emmanuel Strategy For Growth'.

Reflect on Psalm 31 in preparation for this Prayer Event

Wednesday, 31 January 2007


Hello, I'm sending out this email to keep you guys informed about something thats coming up in all universities across edinburgh starting this friday. Most of your churches have students from Queen Margaret University being fed there, which we are so thankful for! I would love to ask you guys to pray for us as a university as we start our missions week, with the theme of Reality?. Let me fill you in....
Starting this friday night, continuing right through to the following friday (9th Feb), we are putting on many evangalistic events in and around the university, from film nights to 'txt a pancake', questionnaires to lunch time events! We are excited about what God has planned and is doing already in our university! We would love you as our churches to join with us to pray for the students who are going to hear the gospel, especially this coming week. Our aim is "To show people the REALITY of Jesus in what we do to being Him Glory"

To Him be the Glory!

Donna Henderson


Sunday, 21 January 2007

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