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john humphreys Dear Friends

We write to confirm that the Public Service of Thanksgiving for Revd John Humphreys will be held at 2pm on Tuesday 13th December at St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ.

It is hoped to be able to also make the service available through a ‘livestream’. Anyone interested should follow the following guidance notes:-




Live Streaming 


An attempt will be made to livestream the service  This will be dependent on technical factors on the day so no guarantee can be given in advance but it looks promising having undertaken a small test.

This will be a free version of Livestream which may include adverts. Livestream requires users to enter an email address in order to login to view a stream. This does not commit you to any purchase but may add you to their mailing list though you will be able later to opt out if it is a problem. I recommend you give yourself time to go through the login process which involves entering your email address then confirming via an email they send you. Alternatively you can join using your Facebook ID.

The scheduled link will go live around 13:45 (GMT) on 13th December.

Keep an eye on the Synod Website or Synod Social Media in case of any late announcements.

Following the service the whole congregation is warmly invited to a buffet reception at Augustine United, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL. This is a c. 20 minute walk from St John’s. Members of the Synod Team will be available to guide people to the reception after the service. Alternatively, taxis may be used, these are likely to be available from near St John’s.

Walking (allow 20 minutes)


After the service Bungie (Rev Mitchell Bunting) will lead guided walk for those unfamiliar with central Edinburgh. Please note the route is steep in places. The route takes us through Princes St Gardens and across to come out part way up the The Mound. From there we continue up to George IV Bridge heading south to Augustine United Church which is on the left past the National Library but before the Museum of Scotland.

Alternative routes:

–           From the Church go along Lothian Road turning left into Kings Stables Rd then to the Grassmarket. At the end of the wide area turn left up West Bow/Victoria St and at the top turn right into George IV Bridge. (Probably least steep route but with a lot of distracting shops on the way)

–           go along Princes St turning right up the mound and at the top carry on to George IV Bridge (most straightforward route) Please note the google map insists on you crossing the road to the shops. It is better to stay on the same side at St John’s Church and go along the fence of Princes St Gardens.

  • There is also a Lothian bus number 47, which stops outside St John’s, and runs every 15 minutes.  You get off in Forest Road and walk forward, passed Greyfriars Kirk and Greyfriars Bobby.  Augustine United Church is on the opposite side of George IV Bridge. A single ticket costs £1.60 – no change given.

There will be a retiring offering in aid of Matawale Health Clinic in Malawi.

Westgate Medical Practice in Dundee, where John was an ‘occasional patient’,  has enjoyed a ‘twinning link’ with Matawale health clinic in Malawi for the past ten years. Staff and patients of the practice support the efforts to help improve the life in one of the world’s poorest countries.  The aims are to promote the sharing of skills, expertise and experiences between the staff and patients; to support the education and professional development of Matawale staff; and to enhance clinical and midwifery care by supplying essential equipment.

Yours in Christ,


David Pickering

Moderator, URC National Synod of Scotland


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