Kirk Service for 23rd May and Church Diary

Sunday, 23rd May 2021
Today’s Service Theme:
All Change
9.30 Morning Worship, Dirleton Kirk
10.30 Morning Worship, Abbey Church
Today’s Service will be led by Robert Kane
A printed outline of the service is available by email. A recorded service from Abbey Church will be available online on Sunday afternoon.
Welcome to all visitors today
To use the loop system, set hearing aids at ‘T’
Dirleton Kirk is step-free. Step-free access to Abbey is to the left of the front door, via the glass entrance on Church Road
Abbey Church Office (serving Abbey and Dirleton) is open
10am – 1pm Tuesday to Friday (currently working remotely)
Church Office (892800 Website:
Church Administrator: Paola Burrows
Abbey Church of Scotland, North Berwick Scottish Charity – No SC004761
Dirleton Parish Church Scottish Charity – No SC004533
Morning Worship, Dirleton Kirk
9.30am (to 10.20am)
Organist – Jim Dickson
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21 read by Ian Lennock
CH4 595 O Breath of Life
CH4 107 O praise God in his holiness
CH4 248 For my sake and the gospel’s, go
Morning Worship, Abbey Church
10.30am (to 11.30am)
Organist – Robert Burgon
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21 read by Sheila Burgon
Introit: Spirit of God by Chris Bowater.
CH4 595 O Breath of Life
CH4 107 O praise God in his holiness
CH4 248 For my sake and the gospel’s, go

Church Diary
Sunday 23rd May
9.30am Sunday Service Dirleton Kirk
10.30am Sunday Service Abbey Church
10.20am Super Sunday Club at Abbey Church
11.30am Sunday Morning Zoom Fellowship chat
6.30pm Prayer Zoom Meeting
10.00am onwards booking is open for services
10am (until 10.30), Dirleton Prayer Service in Dirleton Kirk
10 – 11.30am Little Nippers in Abbey large hall
Sunday 30th May Service Theme – The Spirit of Truth
9.30am Sunday Service at Dirleton Kirk 
10.30am Sunday Service at Abbey Church
These web pages give links to the recordings of services, children’s talks, weekly intimations, newsletters, and lots of other church information.
Sunday services are uploaded on our YouTube channel, to which our website and Facebook page have links.
Facebook Page
YouTube Channel
Christian Aid Events in May
300,000 steps for Christian Aid
Are you a keen walker? Would you individually or collectively with a group of friends like to raise funds for Christian Aid week whilst getting fit and helping those most in need? For this year’s Christian Aid fund-raising appeal the North Berwick churches are joining forces in an attempt to walk as many steps as possible during the month of May. You can find more information about this here. If you are keen to get involved, please register using the link provided.
A JustGiving page has been established where any donations made in support of this challenge will go directly to Christian Aid- please ask your sponsors to visit to donate and leave a message of encouragement.
Photography competition for Christian Aid
Are you a keen amateur photographer? If so you might like to enter our ‘Life after Lockdown’ photography competition to raise funds for Christian Aid.
There are two age categories for entrants: adults and children under16. Entry fees should of £5 per adult and £1 per child should be paid via our JustGiving page:
Each person entering can submit a maximum of 5 digital photographs to the following email address:
Don’t forget to include your name and, if you’re under 16, your age in the email.
Your ‘Life after Lockdown’ photographs should relate to either or both of the topics of:
1. Scenery
2. Wildlife/ Animals (including pets)
For Data Protection reasons, there should be NO identifiable faces in the photos, and preferably NO people.
Copyright to each photo remains with the photographer, but North Berwick Churches Christian Aid Committee have the right to display the entries and use for future publicity.
All entries should be submitted by Sunday 20th June.
Prizes will be awarded as follows
Adult First Prize: £10 voucher
Adult Second Prize: £5 voucher
Child First Prize: £10 voucher
Child Second Prize: £5 voucher
For all terms and conditions please see:
Baking and preserves Sale for Christian Aid Saturday 5th June
Join us on from 10am – 12 noon on Saturday 5th June in the grounds of Abbey Church for our sale of a wonderful selection of home baking and preserves.
Items will carry a guide price and payment can be by donation into the Christian Aid collection can on each stall.
Please note that no change can be given so do come ready with your purses full to bursting!
Donations of baking, jam, tablet etc. needed for the bake sale on Saturday 5th June. Everything must be securely wrapped and priced.  Please contact Dorothy Kirkpatrick if able to help.
Dirleton Market on the Green Sunday 23rd May
We are delighted to be hosting a stall at this event on Sunday 23rd May from 11am – 3pm to raise funds for Christian Aid.
Local author David Aston will be selling signed copies of his books Polar Stroke and Stroke of Fortune and donating a percentage of sales to Christian Aid.
We will also be hosting our annual Christian Aid Raffle at this event and will have our two Christian Aid quizzes for sale: the official Christian Aid Quiz on Song Titles, and the May Quiz produced by Ian and Jean McAulay. Quiz Price: £1 each.
Donations in the absence of envelopes
Please note that donations to Christian Aid can be made via our JustGiving Page
Scottish Older People’s Assembly are holding an Outreach event on the 25th May via zoom.  For further information on this ‘Connecting our Communities’ event please email or visit
Booking for all services
To comply with Scottish Government regulations and Church of Scotland guidance, we have to adopt the following procedures:

  • All people attending our service must observe a minimum of 2 metres social distancing at all times when in church and on their way in and out of the building. Worshippers will be guided to seats (which have been laid out to maintain social distancing) and should stay in those seats throughout the service. Provision will be made for those from the same household to sit together.
  • All worshippers must wear face coverings (unless they have an exemption from doing so) and hand sanitiser will be provided.
  • There will be no singing.
  • Offerings can be made either on entry or on leaving the church (but will not be uplifted during the service).
  • Contact details of all worshippers will be collected and stored for 28 days after the service in accordance with our privacy policy, a copy of which will be on display in church.
  • There will be no printed intimations and hymn books and bibles have been removed from the church.
  • Toilets will be open, but their use will be restricted to one person at a time.
  • Tea and coffee will not be available after the service.
  • Please be aware that our services will be recorded and recordings of that morning’s service will be made available later on the website for those who are unable to attend our services including those for whom attendance at this stage is probably not appropriate due to underlying health conditions.

As numbers attending church services have been limited by the Scottish Government and are also dependant on the layout of the church, we will operate a booking system each week. 
Bookings can be made by phone or email during church office hours (1000-1300 Tuesday-Friday) of the week prior to the service. To make a booking for that week’s service, please either phone during these hours (01620 892800) or email your request to giving details of the names of the people from your household who wish to attend and one contact telephone number. Please do not leave phone messages and any emails received before Tuesday at 10.00am cannot be accepted. Bookings will only be taken for that week’s service and the process for the following Sunday will commence on the Tuesday of that week.
If after booking, you feel unwell on the Sunday, we would respectfully request that you do not attend that service.
Rev Dr David Graham is emailing the Sunday service to many of our members and friends.  If you are not receiving an email and would like to be included in the list please contact Abbey Church office with your details.   If you know someone who cannot access the Sunday service on line or by email and would like a printed copy of the service please contact Abbey Church office. 
Super Sunday Club is online. We’ll continue to explore the Bible with games, stories, songs, crafts and prayer. Aimed at primary ages, but open to all. Come and join us this Sunday at 10.00am on the Abbey Church Facebook page Also available on Abbey Church Website.

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