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Gathering for Winter/Spring 2017

Our early 2017 Programme is now ready!

Gathering@The Well is an act of worship and fellowship in Edinburgh where stories, gifts, & passions are knit together in Christ; where we journey with one another toward loving God and loving neighbour; where music, art, and all sort of creative expression is welcomed and fostered. In our previous meetings we have been blessed with new friendships, yummy meals together, creative activities, ideas shared, and the opportunity to freely and openly discuss matters of faith.

We meet at The Well Café, 25 Nicolson Sq, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX

See facebook.com/gatheringedinburgh for more info or contact@gatheringedinburgh.com

# An ‘improv’, creative fellowship, open to all, Gathering@TheWell meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month
Meeting in the Well Café – from 6.30pm to 7.15pm we join in a shared meal (if you are able to, bring something to contribute to the table).
# We carry out our evening’s activity from 7.15 to 8.30pm (join us for just this part of the evening if you prefer).

Wednesday 1 February: Some thoughts on Islam and faith
We’ll continue our explorations of faith, community, belief and prayer. Our special visitor for the evening, Janice, will share with us about Islam and about her faith.

Wednesday 15 February: Exploring Faith, a visit to Edinburgh Central Mosque
Following on from last week’s discussions about faith, community and belief, we’ll pay a visit to our neighbours at the Edinburgh Central Mosque.

Wednesday 1 March: Pancakes and Praise!
Who can possibly say no to an evening of pancake making? Following the traditions for the start of Lent, we will join together in an evening of pancake making- (don’t worry we know we’re running a day late, and Shrove Tuesday was yesterday!) We’ll also be joined by Hayley, who will help lead us in worship and praise!

Wednesday 15 March: Who are these neighbours we are denied to love?
Laurent Vernet who has spent time visiting the refugee camps in Calais will come to speak to us about his experiences.

Wednesday 29 March: Blessed are…? The Beatitudes for 2017
We’ll spend an evening considering the Beatitudes. What are they? What do they teach us about how we should live as followers of Jesus? What would they say if they were being written today, in 2017?

Wednesday 5 April: Drinks, food & chat… A social!
An evening for chat, food and drink. Gathering@theWell enjoys an evening at the pub… Meet at the Well Café at 6.30pm to head out!

Wednesday 12 April: The Passover Meal, eating & understanding it
Passover formed the heart of the spiritual tradition in which Jesus lived. So much that we know about him is brought to us against this backdrop and its significance underpins so much Christian theology and practice. What exactly were Jesus and his close friends thinking and doing when they gathered for a ‘Last Supper’? A great way to get under the skin of Jesus and why his final meal has come to define our faith, is the share together in a Passover meal, known as the ‘Seder’. Using the traditional foods and prayers we will both learn about the heart of our faith and enjoy a great meal together. N.B. The traditional meal is based around a roast lamb menu – if you require a veggie alternative or have other special dietary requirements please advise us in advance.

EVERYONE IS MOST WELCOME TO JOIN US

We are now Gathering @ The Well …

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  • Gathering@The Well meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month
  • From 6.30pm to 7.15pm we meet in the Well Café – we join in a shared meal (& if you are able to, bring something to contribute to the table).
  • From 7.15 to 8.30pm we carry out our activity for the evening. Just join for this part if you prefer.

Wednesday 7 September: Broken into beautiful!
Join us for the evening as we turn “trash” into treasure; broken into beautiful. We will have a collection of broken objects, bits and pieces, left-over fabrics, ribbons etc. which may be seen as rubbish, ready to be thrown away and make them into beautiful things which you can take home. We begin looking at beauty from brokenness; how God knows our flaws and our “brokenness” but loves us anyway….We will continue with reflections on “brokenness” on 21st September.

Wednesday 21 September: Beauty from the dust…
We continue exploring “brokenness” and use the words of Gungor’s song Beautiful Things to shape our evening: “You make beautiful things from the dust, you make beautiful things out of us”. How God transforms our brokenness into beauty; values all we are, loves us for who we are. During the evening, we will reflect and explore how that may translate into our lives today.

Wednesday 5 October: Who are these neighbours we are denied to love?
Laurent Vernet who has spent time visiting the refugee camps in Calais will come to speak to us about his experiences.

Wednesday 19 Oct  –  Social action evening – Blythswood Christmas Shoebox appeal
Come and help us to pack shoe boxes with Christmas presents for children and adults in need. The shoeboxes received by Blythswood Care last year were distributed in Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Pakistan, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.

Wednesday 2 November: Welcome, Wanted, and Worthy
Today we will hear from Martin Bethell, from The Bridge Community Project.   The Bridge Community Project aims to seek to provide practical and relational support to families and individuals in West Lothian and offers a free face to face confidential debt advice service.

Wednesday 16 November – Worship evening: ‘Sing a new song to the Lord’ – Why?!
Come and join us as we explore some new ways to worship, and learn some new worship songs.

Wednesday 30 November  – Pub Social Evening
including consideration of activities for the new year

Wednesday 7 December  – Christmas Around the World

Wednesday 21 December  – Christmas Pub Social
We’ll think about Christmas gifts, what’s the favourite gift you have ever received?

We meet  at:

The Well Café,
25 Nicolson Sq,
Edinburgh, EH8 9BX

facebook.com/gatheringedinburgh

 

Gathering Transition Celebration

During the last four years The Gathering have met in a number of different locations, and carrying out a wide range of activities, all centring around the five marks of The Gathering (Jesus + prayer +imagination + community + hospitality). We have been blessed with new friendships, yummy meals together, creative activities, ideas shared, and the opportunity to freely and openly discuss matters of faith. Recognising that The Gathering is made up of whichever group of people gather, we have attempted to be an ‘improv church’ reacting to the circumstances and thoughts that are important and central to the members of the group at any given time.

As we approach our fourth birthday, we have decided to pause, and reflect on what comes next for The Gathering, recognising that as an improv church, we should not be afraid to respond to our (ever-changing) circumstances. We will continue to meet during this time, aiming to continue our deep conversations, creativity and supporting one another in our faith journeys, but at the same time listening to where the Spirit is leading us, and staying alert to see where the door is opening for our next chapter.

To acknowledge this change in direction, we propose to hold a ‘Transition Celebration’ for The Gathering, to give thanks for all that has been, and to mark the commencement of the next chapter (whatever that may be) in our life as an ‘improv church’. We would like for as many people as possible to join us for this ‘closing’ evening on Wednesday 16th March, 6.30pm at The Dream Factory, CEMC, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX.

We would welcome conversation with anyone who has an interest in how the Gathering might develop in the future. Please come along on the 16th or otherwise get in touch with us if you’d like to be part of that discussion.

We’ll begin with a shared meal, please bring a contribution for the table.

Gathering Words

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Wednesday 14th October, 7:45pm at the OutHouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane.

The Gathering presents an evening of poetry and spoken word with writer, poet and artist Ian Adams. Hosted by poets and storytellers Sarah Agnew and Lou Davis, this will be a rare night of creativity and vitality.

Our theme for October is based on the title of Ian’s book – Unfurling. We’ll explore the slow unfolding of the human spirit in story and stanza.

Contact us at info@gatheringedinburgh.com to sign up for one of our five minute open mic slots where you too can respond to our theme. Don’t feel you have to restrict yourself to poetry – if you’ve got a piece of art or a song or a joke that you think fits, bring it along. Open mic slots are limited and if you want to take part you need to let us know by email beforehand!

Let us know you’re coming by joining our Facebook event.

September – November with the Gathering

The Gathering is an improv church in Edinburgh where stories, gifts, & passions are knit together in Christ. We meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

In our times of reflective worship we’ll gather your stories, your skills, your poems and songs and weave them together into a holy and graceful time.

In our creative times, we’ve tried out crafts, learnt new skills from one another and made things together.

In our OutGatherings, we take in our beautiful city. We’ll walk and talk, visit places of interest, get a change of scenery and use that to reflect on our lives and on our ongoing journeys.

Sept – NOV 2015

  • Wednesday Sept 2nd. InGathering

Meet at the Well Cafe at 6:30pm for a meal and time of reflective worship

  • Saturday Sept 12th. OutGathering – Beach Art Day!

Contact Us for further details

  • Wednesday Sept 16th. InGathering – Silk painting

Meet at the Well Cafe at 6:30pm for a meal and time of creative activity with artist Kate Christmas

  • Wednesday Oct 7th. OutGathering

Meet at the Well Cafe, 6:30pm.

  • Wednesday Oct 21st. InGathering

Meet at the Well Cafe at 6:30pm for a meal and time of reflective worship

  • Wednesday Nov 4th. InGathering

Meet at the Well Cafe at 6:30pm for a meal and time of creative activity with Heat Hacker Jean Carletta

  • Wednesday Nov 18th. OutGathering

Meet at the Well Cafe, 6:30pm.

The Gathering book of Proverbs

A couple of weeks ago, the Gathering were at Heart and Soul, the Church of Scotland’s festival in Princes Street Gardens. As part of our contribution, we invited people to illustrate some of our favourite quotes and sayings, and we got some cracking responses.

We’ve compiled all your doodles into an eBook which you can download here:

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Hope you enjoy!

May to July with the Gathering

The Gathering is an improv church in Edinburgh where stories, gifts, & passions are knit together in Christ. We meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

In our times of reflective worship we’ll gather your stories, your skills, your poems and songs and weave them together into a holy and graceful time.

In our creative times, we’ve tried our crafts, learnt new skills from one another and made things together.

In our OutGatherings, we take in our beautiful city. We’ll walk and talk, visit places of interest, get a change of scenery and use that to reflect on our lives and on our ongoing journeys.

May – July 2015

  • Wednesday May 6th. OutGathering
    Meet outside the Scottish Parliament at 6:30pm. Theme: How would Jesus vote?
  • Wednesday 13th May. Board Games night for NSPCC
    Meet at the Well Cafe at 7:00pm. £5 suggested donation to support play therapy for vulnerable children.
  • Wednesday May 20th. InGathering
    Meet at the Well Cafe at 6:30pm for a meal and time of reflective worship
  • Wednesday June 3rd. InGathering
    Meet at the Well Cafe at 6:30pm for a meal and time of creative activity
  • Wednesday June 17th. OutGathering
    Meet at the Well Cafe, 6:30pm.
  • Wednesday 1st July. InGathering
    Meet at the Well Cafe at 6:30pm for a meal and time of reflective worship
  • Wednesday 15th July. InGathering
    Meet at the Well Cafe at 6:30pm for a meal and time of creative activity

Contact Us for more information about any of our gatherings.

The Well Cafe, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX

The Gathering Really Big Board Game Night for NSPCC

The Gathering are holding a board game night to raise money for NSPCC to help provide play therapy for vulnerable children.http://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/events/really-big-board-game-day/

Bring along your favourite board games, we’ll provide the space and call out for pizza!

We’ll take donations on the night (suggested £5 but whatever you can afford!)

Sign up to the Facebook event, or just turn up on the night.

Wednesday 13th May 2015, 7:00pm @ the Well Cafe, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX

 

January – April with the Gathering

The Gathering is an improv church in Edinburgh where stories, gifts, & passions are knit together in Christ.

In our times of reflective worship we’ll gather your stories, your skills, your poems and songs and weave them together into a holy and graceful time.

In our creative times, we’ll make and mend stuff together, learn new skills from one another, and help one another out with practical jobs.

In our OutGatherings, we take in our beautiful city. We’ll walk and talk, visit places of interest, get a change of scenery and use that to reflect on our lives and on our ongoing journeys.

January – April 2015

  • Wednesday January 7th InGathering
    Meet at the Well at 6:30pm. Shared meal.
  • Wednesday January 21st InGathering
    Meet at the Well at 6:30pm. Shared Meal.
  • Wednesday February 4th OutGathering
    Pub Night – contact info@gatheringedinburgh.com for details.
  • Wednesday February 18th InGathering
    Meet at the Well at 6:30pm. Shared Meal.
  • Wednesday March 4th InGathering
    Meet at the Well at 6:30pm. Shared Meal.
  • Wednesday March 18th OutGathering
    TBD
  • Wednesday April 1st InGathering
    Meet at the Well at 6:30pm. Shared Meal.
  • Wednesday April 15th InGathering
    Meet at the Well at 6:30pm. Shared Meal.

We usually meet at the Well, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX apart from some OutGatherings where we’ll advertise beforehand where we’ll be going.

Sign up to our mailing list or join our Facebook group to be kept up-to-date with our goings-on.