Category Archives: East-Lothian

A new look for our award application forms!

We are pleased to announce that we have redesigned our Eco-Congregation award application forms to help make the award application and assessment process easier for congregations. There are now three different award application forms depending on which award your congregation is applying for, and clearer guidelines throughout the form to make the process as smooth as possible.

Don’t forget, if you have any queries or need assistance applying for the award, please just get in touch.


We now have 117 award-winning congregations with more joining their numbers all the time – why not join them!


New events calendar for Eco-Congregation Scotland!

We now have an online calendar to easily find events that eco-congregations are hosting around the country. Network meetings, our Environmental Chaplain Rev Trevor Jamison’s worship-leading and talk sessions, as well as events such as our Annual Gathering and supported events such as Fast for the Climate will all be included.

Please do let us know if you have any events coming up that you would like us to add to our calendar!

Local Networks Seminar report and summary now available

The report and summary report from the Local Networks Seminar held on 6th September are now available to download. You can access them here:

Write an article for our newsletter.

We would be interested in publishing articles from registered eco-congregations on our web site news page and in our monthly newsletter. So, if your congregation has done anything interesting recently why not write this up and send it to ?

We will put the article on our news page, local network page and consider it for inclusion in our newsletter.

Home Energy Scotland free event to provide advice on solar panels

Home Energy Scotland, a free service funded by the Scottish Government, are running a free event in Edinburgh on Tuesday 25th September at Braid Hills Hotel, 34 Braid Road, Edinburgh EH10 6JD from 3 while 8pm. This event is a drop-in event for anybody interested in saving money on their electricity bills, generating their own electricity, and getting started with renewables- Home Energy Scotland aim to make the installation of solar panels and other renewable technologies as easy as possible.

Home Energy Scotland can:

  • arrange for one of their renewables advisors to visit your home to provide tailored advice
  • suggest which renewables system would best suit your home and family
  • provide information on all the financial incentives and support available
  • explain how to get accurate estimates and how to choose who to do the work

Home Energy Scotland can be contacted on: 0808 808 2282; email or by visiting their website.

You can download a poster to print off and share with your congregation here.

A “Feast” of ideas, information, news and views available at this year’s Local Networks Seminar!

The Local Networks Seminar 2014  will take place on Saturday 6th September, 11am – 3.30pm at Dunblane Cathedral Halls.

We hope you agree the programme (menu!) available here sets out an exciting and challenging day. It is, in fact, a “feast” for all those involved with our local networks aimed at providing food for thought for the year ahead!

It is important that as many networks as possible are represented at the Seminar and we have already circulated an invitation to network co-ordinators and key network members. However, we are now opening the invitation out to all network members but, as space is limited, please book early to avoid disappointment!

TO REGISTER FOR THE SEMINAR: please email with your name, network and church by Monday 25th August.

Dunblane Cathedral is about a 5 minute walk from the train station, up the Main Street (see . Trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh arrive in Dunblane approx. every 30 minutes and some trains from the North also stop at Dunblane, although it may be necessary to go through to Stirling and change. There are also some intercity buses that stop in Dunblane. If it is necessary for you to come by car, please let us know if you are able to offer a lift.

Mass Under the Tree

More than forty parishioners from Church of the Sacred Heart, Edinburgh, travelled to Ormiston, East Lothian, on Sunday 1st June to celebrate Mass with Fr Peter under the Great Yew. Thought to be as much a thousand years old, the branches of this huge tree form a hollow so that, making your way in through a passage in the foliage, you emerge into a spacious inner chamber – a kind of natural cathedral – and a wonderful place to celebrate the Eucharist!

mass under the tree pano

mass under the tree mass

mass under the tree homily

(Words kindly supplied by Church of the Sacred Heart, all photos copyright Lilian Lee)