Author Archives: Paul Williams

Baton attends Linton’s Kirk Harvest Festival #cop21baton

After worship in Yetholm last Sunday, the Baton nestled amongst the potatoes as part of Linton Kirk’s Harvest Festival, joining the reflection on the effect of the environment on staple crops and Emigration.


It started the weekend with a tour of Yetholm and Morebattle Primary school where it went round all the classes as they chatted about being kind to the world and the message they wanted to pass on to Conference in December. Each school’s Eco Committee gathered to talk about the purpose of the baton and the need for climate justice. As evening arrived, the baton moved to Morebattle Guild for further discussion on climate change and our message to Paris.

On the Saturday the baton spent the day at the Yetholm Shepherd Show at the stall of Cheviot Churches .



Angus and Dundee Network meeting this Thursday 8th of October

This is a reminder to let you know that the Angus and Dundee network meeting is taking place this Thursday. If you’re hoping to attend, the topic will be:  Should the Church be Investing in Fossil Fuel Companies?

Churches are being asked to look at their investments with fresh eyes because of growing concerns about the impact of fossil fuel companies on the earth’s climate.  Adrian Shaw, the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer will lead a talk and discussion to examine this complex and challenging subject. What should the Church of Scotland and other Scottish denominations do?

Where and when? 

7.30 – 9.00pm on Thursday the 8th of October 2015 at Glasite Hall, St Andrew’s Church, King Street Dundee DD1 2JB.

City of Edinburgh Council Waste Action Grant – deadline on October 20th

Communities across Edinburgh are being urged to submit their applications to the City of Edinburgh Council for a Waste Action Grant as the deadline fast approaches. Grants are available to fund eco-friendly projects that will encourage more people in the Capital to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Groups can now also apply for grants to support litter campaigns and projects that aim to run preventative litter campaigns are encouraged to apply.

Environmentally conscious householders, community groups, youth groups and schools are all being urged to submit an application for funding by Tuesday 20th October.

A range of funding is available, from smaller grants of £50-£200 to larger grants of £500 – £2500.

As the deadline is not far away, we would urge any interested churches to apply soon if they are interested.

For more information, click here 


The Climate Justice Baton in the Shetland Islands. #cop21baton

shetlandpulicitylogoOn 22nd and 23rd of September the Climate Justice Baton reached Lerwick and Bressay Parish – the most northerly point on its journey around Scotland.

To mark the occasion a public information exhibition was held in St. Columba’s Church entitled – “Our Changing Climate : Looking after God’s Earth”.   More than 150 people visited during the two days, including Secondary 3 and 4 students from the town’s high school.  Amongst the visitors was Tavish Scott, MSP for Shetland.

On the Tuesday evening video presentations about climate change were shown in the church.   On Wednesday evening a rather moving service of prayers and readings to bless the baton and pray for the Paris summit was held.  All those attending were able to contribute by reading from a selection of scriptural and other passages relevant to climate change and the Creation. In a key part of the service, the baton was passed around the congregation and each person present shared their own prayer. This worship left the minister, Caroline Lockerbie, and many others close to tears.

The events in Lerwick were reported in The Shetland Times and local cartoonist ‘Smirk’  (Stephen Gordon) drew this cartoon to accompany the story.



Queensferry Fair Trade Group’s 13th Global Bazaar

The Queensferry Fair Trade Group invites you to its 13th  Global Bazaar on Saturday 31st October 10am – 2pm at Queensferry Parish Church Centre, The Loan, South Queensferry.

The list of stalls will include: One World Shop,  Kwai River Crafts,  Hadeel,  The Green Gift Company,  Comfort Rwanda,  Gogo Olive  and  Tagua Designs.

There will be tea, coffee and chocolate tastings by Equal Exchange.

‘Fairtrade at 20’ national photo exhibition

Admission £2 – includes refreshments.  Free admission for children.

Global Bazaar poster Oct 15-1