20 December 2015 – Rob Whiteman and “The Carol Service”

We ended the year by singing our traditional favourites, including the Unitarian classic, “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear”. Rob Whiteman made it down from Glasgow to lead our service, and inform us that one carol technically contains heresy! (It’s Hark the Herald Angels sing – the line “Veiled in flesh the Godhead see” contradicts the traditional theological view that Jesus was both fully human and fully divine, not a divine being veiled by human flesh.) We celebrated Christmas afterwards with a quiz, mulled wine and mince pies.

6 December 2015 – The “Toy Service”

Our annual Toy Service in the Turner Hall went ahead with a great collection of toys for local children spending Christmas in domestic violence shelters, despite the absence of Rob Whiteman. Rob was going to be leading our service, but unfortunately the aftermath of Storm Desmond made travel between Edinburgh and Newcastle impossible. Maurice Large stepped into the breach to lead the service, including the delightfully gory story of “The Thunder-Oak” (apparently much-loved by previous Sunday School children attending the service in past years!).