Worship

Sundays

Bonnyrigg is a place where people of all ages can find a home together. We love to welcome visitors, so whether you’re studying or working in Edinburgh and living locally, just passing through or staying we’ll try our best to make you feel really welcome here.

Every now and again we make time to have lunch together as a congregation and these are great occasions, not to be missed.

 

“For more information on any changes to current service times see our home page notices”

Sunday Worship Service: We meet at 10.00am every Sunday morning for our service the service lasts around an hour or so. We use a variety of praise in our worship, love children to be involved and a significant part of our time together is taken up with teaching from the Bible. We believe that God speaks through the Bible to us and by His Holy Spirit shapes our lives. Our challenge then is to live out the message of His Word in the week that lies ahead. Our services are a time to worship, pray and grow together as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

During this service the DJ Club looks after our primary school-age children, across the road in the halls, where there’s structure activities and time for some games. A crèche is available for pre-school children.

 

Discovering Jesus (DJ) Club

 

The DJ Club meet on a Sunday morning during our 10am service. Children and families can meet in Church and join us for family worship before the children leave for DJ Club in the Pitcairn Centre.

Our Group is aimed at children of a primary school age (5-12 years) and the ethos of the group is to learn about our faith, while making friends and having fun.

The Group is a very informal and relaxed Group and all new members are welcome. We take part in lots of games and arts and crafts activities, with themes taken from what we learn in Church.

The DJ Club celebrate all major events in the Christian calendar, with Easter and Christmas being important times for us. However, we also focus on other events in our Church calendar and like to be actively involved in all that is important in our Church.

The children in our DJ Club are active members of our Church and play an important role in our Church family. We always welcome new children and families to our Group.

Contact Details; -

Pamela McIntosh 07824 700553  pamandcraig@talktalk.net

Youth Group

Bonnyrigg Youth Group meets on the second Sunday of each month from 7pm to 9pm in the Pitcairn Centre (except during the summer holidays).

There is a mixture of games, chat, snacks and a focus on a relevant topic in relation to the bible.

It is inter-denominational with youth and leaders from different churches as well as Bonnyrigg Parish Church.

New members are always welcome.

For more information on the Youth Group contact Stuart Blair at blair.stuart@yahoo.co.uk

Prayer Group

Bonnyrigg Prayer Group meeting on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month at 7:30pm in the Church Halls.

This is an inter church group with members and leaders from different Churches as well as Bonnyrigg Parish Church. Prayers are offered for both members of the community and leaders.

We have a prayer box located in the display area of the church where member of the congregation can add a prayer request on confidence.

 

Visit the 'Prayer Shawl' knitting pages 🔖

Life Events

Celebrations are a great part of life and there are certain times when it is appropriate to hold those celebrations in the church.

Parents often want to thank God for the safe arrival of a new baby either through a thanksgiving and dedication service or by having their baby baptised and we are glad to make arrangements, where possible, for this to happen at Bonnyrigg.

The church also provides a natural setting for weddings to take place. When there is a special wedding anniversary some couples like to renew their wedding vows and this can also be done at Bonnyrigg.

As well as celebrations, there are other more sorrowful occasions that require to be marked and the church is from time to time the venue for a funeral or thanksgiving service.

In each of the above occasions, a service is prepared that will reflect the love and care of God for you and your family, whatever the event.

You will always be encouraged to meet with the minister when preparing for these services.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until one of these life events happens before coming along to Bonnyrigg, you’d be most welcome any Sunday.

 

Baptisms

When a baby is born, there is much cause for celebration and thankfulness to God for the gift of such a precious life.

If you are new to Church, it may be that you have children whom you would now like to have baptised even though they are older. That’s great and we’d love to hear from you.

Baptisms are normally held as part of the Family Sunday service which begins at 10.00am.

If you would like to have your child baptised, then please be in touch with us and the minister will be very glad to meet up with you and discuss the best way to take your request forward.

Contact the minister using the contact form.

 

Weddings

Congratulations! You’ve decided to get married – you’ve made one of the most important decisions of your life!

If you would like to be married at Bonnyrigg or have our minister take your service elsewhere, then please be in touch with us via the contact form below.

The minister will be delighted to meet with you and discuss your wedding with you. Before you finalise a date for the service and reception you will need to make sure that the minister is available.

Contact the minister using the contact form.

 

Funerals

The death of someone you love is often a difficult time, even if their death is not unexpected. You may find yourself having to arrange a funeral and wondering how to go about that. You may also wonder whether to contact a minister or not.

Please feel free to contact the minister directly or via the undertaker if you would like them to conduct the funeral service. You do not need to be a member of the church for the minister to lead the service. The minister will then arrange a time to meet with you and, if you wish, other members of your family to discuss and plan the funeral service .

You can also ask the minister to visit during a long illness or as life is ending. This can often be a source of comfort, strength and help to a family.

The death of a loved one raises a whole range of emotions, even when the death itself is expected after a long and difficult time. Bonnyrigg will seek to support and care for you even beyond the funeral service, if you wish.

The Church of Scotland is a national church and as such has a pastoral responsibility, there will therefore never be a fee payable to a Parish Minister for conducting a funeral.

Contact the minister using the contact form.

SERVICES RESTART ON SUNDAY 1ST NOVEMBER.

 

Dear Friends,

This time last year I was excitedly preparing to preach for the nominating committee and seeking God’s guidance, if he was calling us to Bonnyrigg. I feel so grateful to have been able to take the charge before life changed beyond recognition and our training could never have prepared us for the unusual start to ministry. 

 

Having been told to close our doors back in March it is with great joy I am able to announce that we will once again be able to open up for worship on a Sunday morning starting the 1st of November.  You will not be surprised to hear that this will be significantly more complicated than it normally would be so please if you have any questions at all please get in touch. 

 

We are navigating new waters and we know that mistakes will be made, please be patient with us as we work hard at getting the right approach for Bonnyrigg Parish.  

 

We mirror the governments message to protect yourself and others, so can we remind you not to feel any sense of duty to attend church.  We will continue to record our services and put them online and we pray that even if you are unable to attend you will feel part of things in a more comfortable setting. 

 

Save a seat 

 

As much as it grates against the "all are welcome" values of the church; we unfortunately have to manage the restricted numbers that can safely attend. Our initial calculations are that, with two metre distancing, and the balcony not able to be used, we can accommodate 36 people individually. This may be able to be increased once we see the mix of individuals, couples, or families wishing to attend. To enable us to manage this, we must ask that people book in advance.  

 

We are therefore asking that you to book a seat for the Sunday by calling the office number 0131 654 0140, between Monday and Wednesday; leave your name, how many will be attending from your household, and a contact phone number. If you DO NOT hear back from us then we look forward to seeing you. If we reach capacity, then we may call you back, you will then be top of the list for the following week. 

 

We know this is far from ideal, but this is a model which has been most effective for other local churches. Until we see how this works we are asking you to call in each week for the forthcoming Sunday, we cannot accept requests to book for multiple weeks.  

 

On arrival 

 

When you arrive for the service, we will already have your contact details from phoning ahead so we will tick you in, offer you hand sanitiser and for the sake of ease, we will show you to your seat. This may mean you will not be sitting on your usual place, but please bear with us. Masks must be worn at all times (if able), and social distancing guidance followed both inside and outside the church. This will take a bit of time, please do be patient and maintain social distancing.  

 

Normal Service has not resumed 

 

We know that our services will certainly feel very different from what we are used to,  it will take more of the shape of a time for reflection. Our organist, Ian, will be with us and playing for us,  but we will not be able to sing. We will have our bible reading, time for prayers and a short sermon.  We will be together again for worship.

 

At this stage we are unable to specifically cater for families as we are not yet able to restart the DJ Club, this is top of our agenda to get up and running as soon as possible.

 

Opening for Prayer

 

Following the interest in our Monday Prayer time, we would like to continue to offer this to members and friends of Bonnyrigg Parish. To allow for the church to be cleaned (COVID rules) after the Sunday service, we will now be open on a Thursday morning at the same times. Our last Monday opening will be the 26th October and our first Thursday will be 5th November.  

 

We are living in very uncertain times, but we are grateful for God’s goodness and grace which knows no limits.  Let me finish by sharing with you Paul’s words which we considered last Sunday, Philippians 4 v 6-7

 

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus”.

 

May you know that deep peace surrounding you during these challenging times. 

 

 

Every blessing

 

 

Louise

 

Rev Louise Purden

Minister