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Macmillan Coffee Morning - 5 October

A great crowd turned out for the ' Big Brew' coffee morning, organised by volunteers from the Food Facts Friends foodbank and drop in centres.The event was raising funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. Tables boasting all sorts of gifts and interesting items, to tempt visitors, plus lots of home baking and of course tea and coffee on tap.
A Total of £1075.31p was collected for the Macmillan charity.     Full Story 


Twinning church visits St. Mungo's -
22 September 2019

For the morning service on Sunday 22 September we were joined by Dr Miku Foning and the Rev Nirwan Subba from the Eastern Himalaya Diocese of the Church of North India. St. Mungo's is 'twinned' with the church in Saontalpur. John introduced our visitors and asked Miku to tell us about the Diocese during the informal time.

Miku opened by offering the greetings of both himself and Rev Nirwan Subba from the diocese of the Eastern Himalayas, Church of North India. We were taken back some 130 years to explain how they are here today. Full Story


Messy Church Sports Day & BBQ - 1 September

We started the new season of Messy Church with Messy Sports, with games for all the family in the church hall and garden. The families and children enjoyed a range of 'sports' activities and challenges, followed by a great BBQ. Full story 

Sunday Service - 11 August:  Holiday Club

The congregation of St. Mungo's was swelled with the visitors from all the participating churches to celebrate the end of a week of the Holiday Club, many with children who had taken part in the past weeks club. The service celebrated God's kingdom, through the activities , song, prayer, and stories from the Holiday Club.

The celebration service was led by Rev John Urquhart of St. Mungo's and Rev Graham Astles of the North Church, assisted by members of the Holiday Club team, wearing red tee shirts. Our Waste Watcher 'Rubbish Team', Sheila Anderson and Sandra Stewart, dressed appropriately in yellow hi-viz jackets opened the service


This month we held the event in the church hall. Passing dark clouds and showers however did not stop our time trying out a variety of crafts with the theme 'Toilet Twinning'. Jesus taught us how to share our good fortune with those who have none. and how basic is a toilet? Indeed but how essential it is to a healthy life. Full Story 

St. Mungo's Summer Fair -  22 June


St. Mungo's Summer Fair on Saturday 22nd June attracted people from across Penicuik to be tempted by a wide range of crafts and gifts. From home baking and the bottle stall to bric-a-brac, tombola, books and music. The raffles displayed a wide range of prizes with some special prizes that would make a great gift. The strawberry tea was the icing on the cake, an opportunity to chat with old friends and make new acquaintances.

Sponsored Walk - 8 June

The walkers and friends for the annual fundraising Sponsored Walk on Saturday 8 June gathered at the front of St.Mungo's church. This years walk centred round Penicuik Estate so no transport required for this one. The walk of around 5 miles took in some of the sights and views around the estate, which included a stop for refreshments at the Penicuik House Café.

Messy Church - 26 May
This months theme was ‘Try Praying’.  We  all  need  to  be  challenged  to  pray  more,  to  try  out  different ways of praying and to explore ways of praying that have  been  helpful  for  other Christians  over  the  centuries. 
Through Crafts, stories, songs and actions we explored what  prayer means and how it can help us all. Full Story 




Quiz Night - 24 May

Six teams from the churches across Penicuik took part in the in the annual inter churches Quiz Night on Friday 24 May. The challenge was to win the top prize of the 'Smart Alec', teddy bear. A fun evening with a wide range of questions, including films & tv, music, history, geography, sport, general knowledge and the Bible. Full story 


Try Praying  - 5 May
John introduced the theme of TryPraying at the morning service during the informal time. The booklet is not designed for practicing Christians, but for those who don't think of themselves as religious. John broke it down to three propositions. Use it, the booklet. Lose it, by giving to someone, that you know, or don't know. News it, tell John of your experiences of answers to prayer, which can be passed on and shared with others              
Full story, hymns, readings, video, sermon, prayers.

Twinning Evening Service  - 5 May
The evening service on Sunday 5 May was to welcome Dr Miku Foning and Reverend Nirwan Subba from the Eastern Himalaya Diocese of the Church of North India, on their trip to Scotland. St. Mungo's has recently twinned with the church at Saontalpur and has struck up exchanges of correspondence by email. Prior to the service a buffet meal was laid on for our visitors and members from the churches across Penicuik and beyond.

This was to be the first time we had met. We were joined by members of the other Penicuik Churches, to hear, and take part in this service.


Messy Church
- Sunday 28 April


The theme for this month's Messy Church was 
' Easter - what happened next?'
With crafts, activities and the celebration time in the church, we found out the answer. The afternoon attracted a wide range of families with young children, keen to learn about Jesus and God . Full Story


Big Brekkie
- Sunday 28 April

St. Mungo's hosted a Christian Aid  'Big Brekkie' before the morning service on Sunday 28 April, to help raise vital funds for people around the world.
The early risers in our congregation came along to enjoy fresh croissants, or a bacon roll, with coffee or tea, before the morning service. Last year more than 2,500 people across the UK  joined a Big Brekkie. Full Story 


Easter at St. Mungo's

Easter Sunday : Resurrection  - 21 April.
Sunrise Service - Greet the new dawn - 5.30am
Some 17 souls, including families with children, from the churches in Penicuik, gathered before the dawn at St. Kentigerns church behind St. Mungo’s at 5.30am. The Rev John Urquhart opened our resurrection service, followed by a walk to Broomhill to continue the service, greeting  the sunrise at 5.53am celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A welcome breakfast at St.James the Less followed. Full Story

Resurrection Service  - 11.00am
We continued our Easter resurrection celebration with the family service at 11.00am, with Rev John Urquhart once again leading our worship.

John opened the service with a call from Luke 24, which we repeated three times: 'Alleluia! Christ is risen, which we all replied 'He is risen indeed. Alleluia!'. The opening hymn 410 reflected this new dawn 'Jesus Christ is risen today'.


Resurrection Praise Service  - 7.00pm
We concluded our Easter Sunday celebrations with an evening praise service led by Joan Cape and a team of Penicuik musicians from a variety of churches: Andrew Dunsire, Fraser Hudson and Phoebe Middleton on guitars and vocals, were joined by Graham McDonald on piano, with daughter Sophie on Saxophone/vocals and son Sam on drums. Neil Cape played bass guitar while Joan sang.  Listen to all the songs
Full story, praise songs, reading, drama, prayers.


Good Friday - 19 April
The Good Friday service at St. Mungo’s commemorated the execution of Jesus by crucifixion. Good Friday is a day of mourning in the Christian church, when we remember Jesus' suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith.
Through readings from the gospel and the Address we hear the story of the crucifixion, and the role of the players unfold.
      Full service, hymns, readings, address, prayers.

Maundy Thursday - 18 April
Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter Day when we remember when Jesus ate the Passover meal with his disciples, breaking bread and drinking wine, which is now known as the Last Supper.

St. Mungo's hosted the Penicuik Churches Together (PCT) service, with members from South Church, North Kirk, Sacred Heart and Destiny Church joining Rev John Urquhart to lead the Maundy service.
 The service included the washing of feet and holy communion
      Full service, hymns, readings, address, prayers.

Palm Sunday - 14 April
Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week and celebrates Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem riding on a donkey. John introduced the story with a quiz at the informal time. Here we were asked to identify 'Who is this?' The final picture represented Jesus entering Jerusalem as a 'King' on a donkey. John refers to the reading from Luke, The sermon relates Pilates  choice to the people between Jesus Barabbas and Jesus of Nazareth.


Guild - Visit to the Holy Land -  1 April
The Rev Andrew Don joined the Guild on Monday 1st April to present his story of a trip to the holy land.
Andrew related a This fascinating illustrated tale of the trip of a lifetime. Fullstory 



Messy Church - Sunday 31 March

Our theme for this month's Messy Church was ' Who is Jesus'. Our crafts and activities helped us learn about who Jesus was and how he saw himself when here on earth. The celebration time in the church was led by Joan Cape, who presented examples of the teaching of Jesus the man. Songs and actions helped in our understanding. A family meal completed the afternoon.  Full Story.


Pentland Piano Festival - 30 March
Over 60 participants took to the stage in the South Church Penicuik on Saturday 30 March for the day sessions for pianists of all ages. Some teamed up with fellow pianists for the duet section. Over twenty of the players returned in the evening to entertain us with a concert covering a variety of musical themes, classical to film and musicals, as well as jazz. 
Attracted pianists from Penicuik, Midlothian, across the UK and Europe.

Guild - Community Choir - Monday 4 March

The Penicuik Community Choir entertained a great audience with a range of favourite songs from shows and films. Liz McKeon led the choir singers which included solo pieces as well as the full choir. With something for everyone, and singalongs invited for those evergreen songs that we all recall as soon as we hear the opening bars. Full story and pictures.

Messy Church - Sunday 24 February 
Our theme for this month's Messy Church was "I'm not doing that!" We found out just what Bible passage this related to.Through various crafts, stories and song we found out the answer.   Full Story


Girl Guiding Thinking Day  -  19  March      
Travelling through time

Thinking Day theme for 2019 was 'Travelling through Time'  With the arrival of the Tardis we met girls emerge as members of the Guides movement from its early beginnings to the present day.  Time travelling with story, song and actions.

Guild - Equal futures - Monday 18  March
Sarah Murphy told the Guild meeting on Monday 18th about her work with the Equal Futures charity, which involved us in some practical work as well.


Twinning Reaching out across the world
Your Kirk Session agreed that we take up an offer from Lothian Presbytery to twin St. Mungo’s church Penicuik with a group of churches in Saontalpur in the East Himalaya Diocese of the Church in North India.
The Rev Hugh Trevor, who has visited this area several times, will tell us more when he visits us at St. Mungo's for the Sunday service 3rd March.  Full Details



Guild -
An evening with Mary Millan - 4 February
Mary Millan was the guest speaker at the Guild meeting in St. Mungo's on Monday 4 February, where she spoke of her connection and involvement with the African country of Rwanda.

Mention Rwanda and Genocide, Tutsi and Huti spring to mind. Mary would touch on this but opened her talk by positioning Rwanda as slightly larger than the size of Wales. Where Wales has a population of 3.1 million people, Rwanda has over 12.2 million. Situated just south of the equator the country is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country is called 'the land of 1000 hills',  Full Story



Messy Church - Sunday 27 January
Our theme for this month's Messy Church  was "Refugees" - based on the time when Jesus and his family were refugees. We found out when that was, with the Gospel of Matthew helping to find the answer. Clues were discovered through crafts, story and song. A time for families with young children learn about life, through stories from the
Bible.   Full Story 

Burns Supper - Friday 25 January 2019


St. Mungo's Burns Supper started with Jack Mullins piping in the guests, Gordon MacDonald wlecoming the hearty audience and our minister Rev John Urquhart reciting Burns Selkirk Grace. Mark Wells then brought in the haggis, led in by piper Jack Mullins, with  Godon Macdonald adressing and toasting the haggis before we all tucked in. An amazing range of poetry, stories and song followed, presented by a talented group of members from across the Penicuik churches. Full Story with listen again



News from 2018

Christmas Fair Quiz  - answers
The Christmas Fair on 24 November included a quiz. There were only two correct in all of the ones returned so the prize was split between them.  Click answers to see how you got on.



Christmas Eve, fourth advent  - 24 December
We prepared for the arrival of the new born King, Jesus Christ on Monday 24th December with two events. 


The birth of the new King -  11.30pm
The Watchnight service continued our journey to the birth of Jesus using story, scripture, video and praise. On the turn of midnight we lit the final fifth Christ Child candle in the centre of our advent ring, heralding the arrival of the saviour, this Christmas day. Full Story with carols, talk and video


Fourth Advent Family Service -  4.00pm
The family service at 4.00pm on Christmas Eve attracted families with children to hear and take part in the real story of Christmas and the arrival of the baby Jesus. Led by Joan Cape we followed the journey to the stable in Bethlehem through story, scripture, and song, with Andrew Dunsire and Phoebe Middleton leading the praise. Full Story 


Foodbank Christmas Lunch  - 21 December

Food Facts Friends Christmas lunch on Friday 21st welcomed over 60 visitors to St. Mungo’s church hall. Town Crier ‘Mose’ opened the event and our traditional Christmas meal was introduced by the Rev John Urquhart saying the grace. The Salvation Army band played Christmas carols throughout our meal which was followed by a thank you from  charity patron Michelle Ballantyne MSP. A visit by Santa Claus, handing out gifts to all the children and adults was followed by a free raffle where four lucky winners collected large Christmas hampers.   Full Story


Third Advent Sunday Nativity Play  - 16 December

Our nativity story had the full cast of Mary & Joseph, Angels, Wisemen, Shepherds, King and Prophet, to perform the story of the birth of Jesus.
Full Story with listen again feature

Second Advent Sunday  - 9 December
We continued our journey through advent on Sunday 9th  December,  The second advent candle, signifying peace, was lit by Ruby Sprott from the congregation.

During the informal time John explained  what peace means in the bible. Using a short video we looked at some Hebrew and Greek words.  The word “peace” is translated from the Hebrew word shalom meaning peace in human relationships, but also “completeness or soundness.”

Hope 4 Peniucik Carol Concert - 8 December
The much loved annual carol concert in the town hall on Saturday 8 December saw the Penicuik Silver Band, the Puppets and much more,
bring us the real meaning of Christmas through story, theatre and song. Full story



The Christmas Journey - 7 December
St. Mungo's hosted the Christmas Journey, from Joseph and Mary travelling from Nazareth to Bethlehem, to the birth of baby Jesus in a series of scenes with activities around the sanctuary in the church. Families with young children visited the journey as part of their trip to see the Penicuik Christmas lights switch on.

Girlguiding Christmas - 5 December
On Wednesday 5th of December St. Mungo's played host to Penicuik and Midlothian Girlguiding, Rangers, Brownies, Trefoil and Rainbows girls, parents and friends, for their annual Christmas Service.
Full Story, Pictures and listen to the service

First Advent Sunday  - 2 December
Sunday 2nd December marked the first advent Sunday and our minister John Urquhart invited Charlie from the congregation to light the first candle, the Candle of Hope on our advent circle. We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God.
Our theme was judgment, which we all face at the end of our lives. Christ died to take away the sins of many people and come to save everyone who is eagerly waiting for him.

Messy Church - 25 November

With the advent of Christmas approaching the theme  ‘God loved the world so much’ was brought to life with crafts, fun and song. The celebration time in the church had the children playing out the nativity and hearing stories of Jesus, with songs and prayer. A great family meal completed our afternoon. Full Story 


Marcus Swietlicki Recital - 24 November

Marcus Swietlicki treated us to a wonderful evening of classical music and music from the shows. Accompanied by Michael Barnett on piano the audience of over 70 people sat in awe at the performance. Full story with links to hear the music.



This years Christmas Fair was full of amazing items to see and buy.Toys for the kids, stocking fillers and more. The raffle this year had an amazing top prize. With a full range of refreshments the visitors wre in for a real treat. Full story and pictures

Guild: L'Arche Housing - 19 November
Lady Clerk presented the work of L'Arche Housing as part of the Guild meeting on Monday 19th. Along with colleagues from the movement we heard of the fascinating history of the venture, formed by French Canadian Jean Vanier. With facilities across the world we listened to the team from Edinburgh tell us of the work the organisation does locally. Full Story


Remembrance: Armistice Centenary - 11 November

Pipers lead the Legion and organisations to St. Mungo's
St. Mungo’s welcomed over 200 people from the British Legion, our armed forces, army and air cadets, Scouts Association, Girl Guiding, Boys Brigade, and civil dignitaries, in addition to our normal Sunday morning congregation. Sir Robert Clerk Bt, OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian was representing Her Majesty the Queen.

This Armistice Centenary service was particularly poignant falling on the11th day of the 11th month, exactly 100 years
from the signing of the Armistice, bringing to an end over 4 years of WW1 hostilities.

The Rev John Urquhart led the service, with Penicuik Silver Band leading the music for the praise.


Guild 90th Anniversary1928 : 2018 - 27 October

St. Mungo's Guild celebrated its 90th anniversay on Saturday 27 October. We heard about the history of the Guild from its early days though tothe present time.
With talks, and songs from the times, plus a sing song for us all to join in made for a great afternoon.

Messy Church - 28 October
Theme for the October Messy Church was  ‘Light of the World’.  
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

St Mungo's Hall resounded to the fun, activities, fellowship, praise and hot dinner to finish for families with children of primary school age.  Full Story 


Hats Gloves and Scarves  - 21 October 2018


St. Mungo's congregation once again rallied to the call for warm clothing for those in Eastern Europe that have little to keep them warm when winter strikes hard. Sharpening their knitting needles we could almost hear the clicking around Penicuik as woolly hats, gloves, scarves and blankets were produced in abundance.

Co-ordinator Christine Jackson reported over 500 items on display at the service on Sunday 21 October. An amazing
blaze of colours you could not help but see as we entered the church.     Full Story and pictures

Moderator visits foodbank at St. Mungo's - 5 October

Food Facts and Friends welcomed the Rt Rev Susan Brown to Penicuik St. Mungo's church hall on Friday 5 October, to see for herself the good work the foodbank and drop in centre provides those in need across Midlothian. Rev Susan Brown was returning to her home town of Penicuik, Midlothian for the visit to Food, Facts and Friends Foodbank, which is hosted in St Mungo's Parish Church Hall. Full Story


Messy Church -  29 September
This month Messy Church had a good look at the bible, answering some questions about what it is and why we should read it. Our big bible timeline helped us better understand how some of the well known stories fit together. Using a range of activities and crafts we went on to learn all about the Bible  . Celebration time in the church was followed by a meal together

Recital - Sophie McDonald - 14 September
The talented young singer and clarinetist, Sophie McDonald filled Penicuik South Church with song and clarinet music for her recital on Friday 14 September 2018.

The audience were in for a musical treat indeed as Sophie entertained us with two acts opening with songs modern, jazz and classical. Following a short break and we were being treated to some of the most beautiful clarinet music written. Sophie was joined by her father Graham McDonald accompanying her on piano.




Messy Church Sports Day - 26 August
Inclement weather called for a change of plan for Messy Church on Sunday 26 August. Relocating to the church hall, the children enjoyed a range of 'sporting' activities, without getting wet. Sheila Anderson led the story time, which was followed by a BBQ. Full Story


Holiday Club 'Teambuilders' - 12 August


St. Mungo’s welcomed families and friends from the North and South churches to a service that celebrated the completion of another successful holiday club week.
Presented by the team who led the holiday club, held in the North Church, we were given an insight and flavour of the content and activities that took place with the children throughout the week.  Full Story with links to talks and videos during the service

Garden Party - 28 July
The Food Facts Friends garden party welcomed a good number of families and individuals, despite the heatwave on Friday giving way to grey clouds and rain. Organiser Mark Wells switched to plan B set inside St. Mungo’s church hall.
Town Crier Mose opened the party, followed by Mark Wells telling us how it works, who supports the foodbank, and the work of the always welcomed volunteers, many who turned out to help serve refreshments throughout the afternoon.  
Full Story

Farewell to Lynsay Downs - 8 July
Sunday 8 July 
is Rev Lynsay Downs’ last Sunday as Rector at St James the Less. Let’s thank God for all He has done through her while she has been in Penicuik, and ask Him to bless her new ministry at St Ternan’s, Banchory. The congregation of St. Mungo's wish her well as she takes up her new charge on 1st August.


The Great Giveaway - 24 June
Messy Church theme on Sunday 24th was 'the great giveaway'. Based on Mark 10, the crafts focused on what we can do for others rather than for ourselves. A sketch played out in the church at celebration time reinforced the message. A great BBQ under the blazing sunshine in the garden added to the fun of the afternoon. Full Story 

Summer Fair - 16 June

A great crowd visited St. Mungo's church hall on Saturday 16 to be tempted by the wide range of items on display. Home baking, bottle stall, knitting, books, jigsaws, tombola, birthday and special occasion cards, plus of course the raffle. A special 'guess the teddy bears name?' saw a few heads being scratched! Refreshments always at hand.

Sponsored Walk - Saturday 9 June

The sun shone on the 11 walkers, and Rosie the dog, as they set off from St. Mungo's to walk the Tweed valley from Cardronna to Innerleithen. Along the river and over the hills, with a call for ice creams at Caldwells in Innerleithen made it a great day out, with some walkers turning out in their shorts. Full story and pictures      

Messy Church - Sunday  27 May  
The sun shone down on Messy Church looking at one of the great festivals in the Christian year, Pentecost. What's it all about and what it has to do with each of us?  Craft and activities, some in the garden uder the sun,  making windmills, helicopters, rockets, a collage and more. With our celebration, and family meal. Full Story 



Quiz Night -  Friday 25 May
The 'Smart Alec' teddy bear trophy of the annual Penicuik Churches Working Together Quiz Night returned to St. Mungo's following a challenging evening of questions designed to test and tease the contestants knowledge. Four teams pitted their wits to answer, or not in certain cases, the sometimes fiendish questions put to them by question master Gordon Macdonald and Agnes Ovenstone. Full Story



Messy Church -  29 April
'Two Charcoal Fires' was the the theme for the April Messy Church on Sunday 29th. The reference to the two fires appears only twice in the Bible,  Lots of crafts and activities that told the story, with time in the garden for some of the activities,
Celebration Time in the church was led by Rev Andrew Don and Sheila Anderson recalling the story of Peter and doubting Thomas.   Full Story


Messy Church -  25 March  
Messy Church this month looked at how Easter offers a ‘second chance’ to come to God – it’s never too late. With crafts, activities and celebration time in the church, finishing with a meal for the whole family. Full Story 



Foodbank Fundraiser Concert - 23 March
Over 60 people gathered in Penicuik Town Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 23 March to see and hear over two hours of entertaining music, song and dance from a fantastic line up of talented musicians, singers, and dancers.

The concert featured Megan Adams, Sophie Penman, Dancepointe Academy, and the Beeslack Jazz Band provided an entertaining evening, while helping to raise funds for the Foodbank.  Full Story 



Messy Church - God's Big Family.   25 February


Messy Church, on Sunday 25 February took the theme 'What is Family'. The 'Messy team' had put together a range of crafts and activities to bring out the 'All God's family' theme. Lots of crafts, activities, and time of celebration. All about our own families, other people's families and how we are all part of God's Big Family.  Full Story


St. Mungo's welcomes new elders - 11 February


The Rev John Urquhart later ordained and welcomed four new elders. Agnes Haggart, Elaine Jacobs, and admitted them along with Joan and Neil Cape as elders in St. Mungo's. Hear the full ordination and the vows taken by the elders and congregation



Messy Church - 28 January. 4.00 to 6.00pm
This months theme was "Stairway to heaven", and we were looking at the story of Jacob, Genesis 28, 10-19.

Interesting crafts, ladders, angels climb ladders, and cakes. Plus Celebration time in the church.
Full Story and listen to the celebration time


Burns Night at St. Mungo's - 26 January


Rabbie Burns meets Bannock Burn at the St. Mungo's Burns Supper on Friday 26 January. Celebration of the 'Bard' included the traditional meal of haggis and neeps, followed by a wide range of entertainment including a trip back to 1314 to the battle of Bannockburn to meet Robert the Bruce and his soldiers. Read the Full Story



Souper Sunday at St. Mungo's - 7 January 2018
St. Mungo's supported Souper Sunday, where our elders led the act of worship,
highlighting the many issues surrounding HIV, both at home and overseas. The service was followed by  a simple lunch of soup and bread. Full Story 



News from 2017

Christmas Eve at St. Mungo's - 24 December
Christmas Eve Sunday started with our morning service at 11am. John took the theme 'courage of Mary' for his sermon, drawing on the work of Timothy Keller and his book 'Encounters with Jesus'. We were asked to think about Mary and her courage to think about what she had heard.
Full Story and listen again service

All-Age Christmas Eve - 24 December
Christmas Eve afternoon saw the Messy Church team put on the Christmas Story for all ages. Joan Cape led the service with help from Sheila Anderson, Margaret Webster, Rae Hunter an Olivia, to tell us the story of the journey to Bethlehem by Mary and Joseph and the birth of the baby Jesus. The story contains links to hear what happened during the live service at each stage. Full Story

Feeding those in need at Christmas


Food Facts Friends provides food to those in need throughout the year, through its foodbank, which operates out of St. Mungo's church hall every Monday and Friday.

For Christmas they pulled out all the stops to ensure more than 180 hungry souls enjoyed a Christmas lunch, or received enough to make one themselves, or have it made for them.   Full Story


Nativity Play - Sunday 17 December

At the morning service we watched and listened to the nativity story of the birth of Jesus, in a manger in Bethlehem, as presented by the Sunday School and supporters. What better way to continue the real message of Christmas. Full Story

Festive Songs - Saturday 16 December
Penicuik Rotary presented the amazing young singer Marcus Swietlicki, who performed a range of festive songs from classical opera's, film and shows, ending with Christmas Carols like you have never heard them before.
Accompanied by Michael Barnett, and Marcus's brother Rory  on piano, the audience were amazed by this talented young tenor singer.  Full Story


Hope4Penicuik Carol Event - 15 December
The Town Hall was filled with families and friends to experience the age old story of the birth of Jesus told through song, story and some video.  Joan Cape led the story, with the help of readers from all the churches in Penicuik, and of course the puppets. The Silver Band provided musical accompaniment, along with Graham McDonald leading some of the Christmas carols on the piano.  Full Story 


Pentland House Carol Event - 14 December
The snow was falling, and lying on the ground, as the Salvation Army band rang out tunes of well known carols on Thursday 14 December 2017. A small crowd gathered to swell the singing and welcome in the Christmas message. Full Story


Penicuik Churches Christmas Services

Join your church to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Full range of services, where we gather together to worship the new born king.  Full Service List


Messy Church - 26 November 
St Mungo's Hall  Christmas theme was ‘What’s really important about Christmas’ 
Telling the Christmas story through the eyes of Joseph, and his homeless family, thinking about what it means to be obedient to God when life turns upside down.

Christmas Fair - Saturday 25 November
Jack Frost had left his calling card, freezing cold with the ground snowy white, as St Mungo's opened the doors for their annual Christmas Fair. The warmth inside was welcomed by all the visitors, able to unwrap their thick coats and scarves.
A great selection of cakes, pancakes, cream scones, and the first mince pies of the season, thanks to Christine Jackson,  all hand baked, were served with endless coffee or tea. The refreshment tables were full of laughter and chat as many tall stories were told and gossip exchanged. Full Story 


Remembrance Service - 12 November 


The church was filled with members of the Royal British Legion, Army and Air cadets,  Girlguiding, Scouts, Boys Brigade, and local dignataries, who had marched in parade down Kirkhill. They were joined our regular worshippers. The Lord Leiutenant of Midlothian, Sir Robert Clerk, represented her Majesty the Queen.  The Rev John Urquhart led our service of Remembrance, opening his sermon showing a copy of a pocket sized Gospel of St. John, given to every soldier in the First World War, and what it meant to many. Full Story 


Hats Gloves and Scarves - 5 November
Sunday 5 November saw the church filled with woolly hats, gloves, scarves, knee blankets and children's cardigans, all destined for the Blythswood Care Shoebox appeal.

Christine Jackson, the St. Mungo's coordinator, who organises all this knitting activity, and donations for those who don't knit, summed up the display in one word, Wow! Over 500 items donated and displayed. Full Story


Messy Church - 29 October

The Messy Church on Sunday 29 October
took as the theme, the parable of the  foolish and wise virgins, which for our afternoon became the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Our crafts, activities and time of celebration in the church made us think about how ready we are to respond to Jesus when He calls,  Full Story 


Harvest Thanksgiving - 8 October

The tables were laden with produce of all kinds, for the harvest thanksgiving on Sunday 8 October. We thanked God for the bountiful crops which provide food for His people here on earth. The Rev John Urquhart preached the service. All the food was given to both food Facts Friends foodbank which operates out of St. Mungo's church hall, and Penicuik North Church Foodstore.  Listen again to the service



Silent Auction - 22 September
The number of donations was amazing so the auction started with a bang.  We had everything from crystal to beautiful blankets with all you could think of in between.  We even had a bread maker. It was a really successful night and we had a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way.  Full Story


Messy Church Sports - 27 August 
The weather stayed fair for our sporting time in the park. Lots of games for the children to enjoy, from swingball, leaky bucket, throwing the welly, and skiing. Celebration time led by Sheila Anderson, had us all guessing as we learned more about Jesus and God. A BBQ of nice things to eat and drink finished our afternoon.
A great day in the park to open the new season of Messy Church.

An Evening of Music with Sophie McDonald Saturday 26 August
An amazing performance from Sophie McDonald in front of a great audience at the South Church Penicuik. Her repertoire started with a selection of classical songs, and songs from the musicals. A short break then straight into a full selection of music for clarinet. Over 90 minutes on stage, a real test of endurance for Sophie. Assisted by father Graham on piano, the  pair delighted the audience. Full Story with songs and clarinet



Rev John Urquhart Induction - 10 August
The Rev John Urquhart was officially inducted into his new charge at St. Mungo’s on Thursday August 10th at 7.00pm. Th Rev Neil Dougall led the service with members of the Presbytery joinedb by a congregation with members of for all the Penicuik churches, and Craigmillar Park. Full story



Holiday Club - Epic Explorers

The 2017 Holiday Club this year was held in St. Mungo's church hall, from Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August. This years theme was Epic Explorers

Epic Explorers takes children aged 4-11 through Mark’s Gospel to discover who Jesus is, why he came and what it means to follow him. The adventure took us to the island, scampering round the dens, searching the cave to discover the most exciting news you'll ever hear!   Full Story



Rev Hugh Davidson final service - 30 July
Sunday 30 July was the final service led by Rev Hugh Davidson, stepping down after almost 4 years as our Locum minister.

Deputy Session Clerk Margaret Webster led the celebration which followed Hugh's service,
paying tribute to Hugh 's dedication to our congregation. Over 40 people from the congregation joined the celebration, and presentation of gifts in the church hall.  Full Story



Rev John Urquhart Induction - 10 August
The Rev John Urquhart will be officially inducted into his new charge at St. Mungo’s on Thursday August 10th at 7.00pm in the church, where he will be welcomed into our church and community by other ministers and dignitaries in the town. This will be followed by a social gathering in the hall. Members from all the churches across Penicuik and beyond will be invited.

John will then be ‘preached in’ to our church at the Sunday 13 August service.

All members of the community, local, far and wide, are welcome to attend this joyful event.

MP presents work of Foodbank in House of Commons
Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley presented the work of Food Facts Friends as part of her maiden speech in the house of commons on Thursday 6 July.

She told members of the house of her visit to the celebration anniversary on 9 June, only one day after she was elected, her visit to the foodbank in St. Mungo's church hall, and the work they do in Penicuik helping those with little or nothing.



Rev John Urquhart Call sustained - 29 June
It is now official - the Rev John Urquhart will be our new minister,
following Presbytery sustaining the Call at their meeting on
Thursday 29 June, ending 5 years of vacancy for our church.


Messy Church -  Sunday 25 June

This months theme explored the parable of the Prodigal Son, who learned what it is to be lonely and also what it is to be loved and forgiven.

A supporting range of crafts and activities, some as part of the celebration time in church, made this a great way to celebrate God. We finished off the afternoon with a barbecue in the church hall garden. Full Story  


Summer Fair - Saturday 17 June


The brilliant sunshine brought out the visitors to join the Summer Fair at St. Mungo's church hall on Saturday 17 June. The tables were full of home baking, with a great selection of cakes and home made jams and marmalade. The bottle and tombola tables joined hands and a single dip for tickets resulted in many prizes for those taking a 'flutter'. A new selection of books, CD's, and DVD's attracted interest too, but the main attraction was the strawberry tea included in the ticket price. Full Story 


Sponsored Walk -  Saturday 10 June

A wet start to the day met the team of walkers as they gathered outside St. Mungo's church.  The weather got better as we reached Dalkeith Country Park to meet up with fellow walking friends from Roslin. Soon it was dry and the sun eventually made an appearance as we made our 6 mile walk over some areas of the park not visited before.

Food Facts Friends First Anniversary -  Friday 9 June

Food Fact Friends celebrated their first anniversary on Friday 9 June in Penicuik Town Hall. Project founder Mark Wells told us how he, together with a number of friends, started the foodbank and drop in centre, dedicating his energy to the relief of poverty and suffering in our community. A range of speakers, including Danielle Rowley our new  Midlothian MP, and Steve Wright from Edinburgh City Mission, together with volunteer David Hogg from St. Mungo's, spoke in support of the project which operates out of St. Mungo's Church Hall every Monday and Friday. Full story and pictures  


Messy Church - Sunday 28 May 


This months theme ‘A still small voice’, was all about how God speaks to us, often quietly. A wide range of interesting crafts and activities to prompt young minds to think about how god speaks to us. The time of celebration in the church featured stories, activities and song. all finished off with a hot meal for all the family. Full Story


Quiz Night -  Monday 22 May
Five teams pitted their wits and scratched their heads over the range of brain teasers at the annual inter Penicuik churches quiz night on Monday 22nd May. Categories included History, British Isles geography, Acronyms, general knowledge, and of course the Bible. With a break half way for refreshments the evening was a great laugh and enjoyed by all. Full Story 


Sign the Call for New Minister - 13 & 14 May

Members of St. Mungo's who were unable to attend the successful service and vote for the Rev John Urquhart to be our next minister may add their name to the Call by signing on either Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th between 11.00am and 12 noon in the church. Alternatively you may sign a mandate, available from the Session Clerk 672863. A Paper of Concurrence is also available for anyone connected with the congregation, but not on the electoral register of St. Mungo's, to sign. Children are also welcome to add their names to this paper.

New Minister voted a success -  Sunday 30 April
The Rev John Urquhart received a vote of 101 for and only 1 against being our next minister at St. Mungo's. The vote was taken after John preached the service on Sunday 30th April as sole nominee to fill our minister vacancy. His inspiring sermon was followed by his vision of the future for St. Mungo's, taking our congregation on an exciting journey.
A new chapter in the life of St. Mungo's church is about to commence. Full Story


The Unforgiving Servant - 30 April

This months theme: Forgiveness – “The Unforgiving Servant”
We took the parable of the king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. A man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.  Full Story

Tom Mullins and friends entertain -  23 April


Amazing evening at St. Mungo's listening to Tom Mullins and friends sing a wide range of popular music from shows and films. Joining Tom were Cate, Megan, Conal, Meg and Ben. Over 70 people joined the audience to experience the wealth of talent of this young ensemble who have only recently got together as a group. They are sure to go far. Donations from members of the audience raised £350 for church funds. Full story.


Easter Week Services at St. Mungo's

Easter Sunday 16 April
The Easter Sunday morning service, led by Rev Hugh Davidson, started with the reasons for our  Easter celebration, life over death, good over evil, love over hate, hope over despair, rejoicing in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. Christ is risen, risen indeed. Alleluia!

Easter Sunday 16 April - Greet the Dawn
Easter Sunday started early for the Penicuik Churches. Some 20 members of the churches in Penicuik met at 5.30am beside St. Kentigern church ruin, behind St. Mungo's church, wrapped up well against the 4 degree temperature.
The Rev Ruth Halley called us to worship this day of resurrection, before the group proceeded in silent prayer to Broomhill, to  greet the sunrise. We reached the top of the hill just as the sun was beginning to rise. Full Story


Good Friday 14 April
The Good Friday service tooked at St. Luke's account of our Lord's crucifixion. Through sermon reflection and song we reflected on that death.
God commends His love to us, that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

Hugh's sermon took the Rev Sydney Chambers, the fictional vicar of Granchester in Cambridgeshire, an ameteur sleuth, penned by author James Runcie

What of the mysteries of God? Can they ever be solved? Why did Jesus die the death that He did? This is the mystery that confronts us every Good Friday.  Hugh explored the variety of solutions put forward over time, before drawing his conclusion. 


Easter Monday 10 April
Following Palm Sunday, we continued the Easter Week on Monday 10th with the Rev Ian Cathcart leading the congregation at St. Mungo's. With members from all the other churches in Penicuik joining our own members Ian explored 'What type of Christian am I?' in his sermon. Ian used the extremes of Judas and Mary, both Christians, but at opposite ends of the spectrum, to show how we can journey toward the adoration that Mary reflected.
Listen again to the key elements of the service.

Join us again on Good Friday 14 April, when the Rev Hugh Davidson will lead our service, on that fateful Friday that saw Christ crucified on the Cross.

Celebration of Gifts Praise Service  - 9 April
The Palm Sunday service took the theme 'Celebration of Gifts'.
Led by Joan Cape with music provided by Graham McDonald on piano, Caroline Toms on Guitar and vocals, and Neil Cape on bass guitar.
The service covered the use of our gifts from God and how we can use them.



Celebration of Gifts & Praise Service - 8 & 9 April

An exhibition of St. Mungo's activities attracted many visitors to the church hall on Saturday 8 April to see a wide range of displays, and to talk to the exhibitors.
On Sunday 9th, Palm Sunday, we held a Praise Service, led by member Joan Cape, with muscians Graham McDonald on piano, Caroline Toms on guitar, and Neil Cape on bass guitar leading our singing. 
After the Praise Service around 50 of the congregation enjoyed a soup, bread and cheese lunch (with tea&coffee), hosted by the Monday & Wednesday Bible Study groups.
Exhibition Story    Palm Sunday Praise Service Story


Messy Church - 26 March
Messy Church families and children enjoyed the sunny weekend looking ahead to Easter. Sunday 26 was also Mothers' Day, so a couple of things that can be used as gifts for mum or other "important adult" were included.


Nominating Committee Update -  5 March 
Neil Cape as the Nominating Committee convernor provided a report to the congregation at the morning cervice on Sunday 5 March. The nominating Committee are charged with the search for a new minister to fill the current vacancy at St. Mungo's.
You can hear his report by clicking HERE 



Messy Church - 'Hidden Treasure'  26 February 
Despite wind and rain on Sunday afternoon,
the Messy Church attracted a wide range of families with children. 
An hour of craft and activities, followed by our celebration in the church finished with a hot dinner back in the hall.
The theme of "Hidden Treasure" took Matthew 13, 44-46, with us trying to find the Kingdom of Heaven. Full Story


World Day of Prayer - Friday 3 March, 7.30pm

On Friday 3 March at 7.30pm a service to celebrate the Women’s World Day of Prayer, was held in St James the Less church, The theme for 2017 was ‘Am I being unfair to you?’    Full Story

Messy Church - 'Listening to God'.  29 January 
This month's theme "Listening to God", based on the story of Samuel and Eli in the temple (1 Sam 3, 1-10), attracted many families to join the crafts and the interactive story time in the church. Who says church cannot be fun. Messy Church is great fun, with real learning for young and not so young. Full Story 

Guild - Scots Night : 23 January


A great crowd turned out for a Scot's Night of entertainment at St. Mungo's church hall, on Monday 23rd January.  The Guild had put together a special programme with songs from the musicals and the Bard himself Rabbie Burns. Throw in a couple of his poems and we had our very own Burns' night  Full Story

News from 2016

Food Facts Friends Christmas Lunch - 23 December

Around 70 guests turned out for the Food Facts Friends Christmas Lunch on Friday 23rd December. Project leader Mark Wells had arranged a great lunch and gifts for the children and parents, finding Christmas a difficult time for themselves and their families. Special guest, 11 year old Joey McGinnes from Cuiken Primary School, presented some 38 hampers, with food he had collected or had donated. A visit from Santa was a great treat for the children. Penicuik Town Crier and Hunters Lass also helped out. Thanks to Asda, Tesco, local businesses, and all in our community who donated food, and the St. Mungo's members who prepared and served the meal. Full Story


Christmas Nativity 'Stories of the Saviour' - 18 Dec


The St. Mungo' s presentation of the age old story of the Nativity formed the main part of the service on Sunday 18th. A seasonal service with a different twist created by the Sunday School teachers, supported by the members of your church. Full Story.

Hope 4 Penicuik Carol Concert - 16 Dec

A good crowd of all ages turned out for the annual Hope 4 Penicuik carol event on Friday 16th in the Town Hall. This year the nativity story was told through the eyes of a camel. We know of shepherds, wise men, Mary and Joseph, but camels?  Supported by the Silver Band, Penicuik Puppets, Graham McDonald on the piano, and readings, we enjoyed this new style of telling the well known story. Full Story 


Girlguiding Christmas Service  - 7 Dec
On Wednesday 7th of December St. Mungo's played host to Penicuik and Midlothian girlguiding, brownies and Rainbows girls, parents and friends, for their annual Christmas Service.

The church had been decorated with holly and ribbon so looked
very festive. This year girlguiding were supporting those in need at Christmas, with no food to feed themselves or their families, by bringing donations to be split between the North Kirk food store and the Sacred Heart foodbank. Full Story

Messy Christmas Church - 27 November


Putting Christ back into Christmas was the theme for December.  In the rush to setup the decorations, write the cards, buy and wrap presents, it is easy to overlook the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus. The last messy church before Christmas on Sunday 27 November attracted a full house of children, mums dads and relatives to enjoy a full Christmas experience.  Full Story


Grapes grown  in Penicuik in November?

Those in need in our community who visited the Food Facts and Friends Project drop in centre on Monday 21st November had  a welcome surprise. St. Mungo's members Jim and Mary Paterson donated a bunch of grapes grown in their own greenhouse in Penicuik. Who would have thought grapes would grow in Penicuik on a cold and frosty November? A great boost of vitamin C to those struggling to feed themselves and their families. Together with volunteers from our church we bring a little hope and sustenance to those in need in our community.

Christmas Fair  - 26 November  2016
The St Mungo's annual Christmas Fair provided a warm welcome for those in need of refreshment on a cold and damp November morning. Though the temperature had warmed slightly from the white frosty wakenings earlier in the week, it could hardly be called ‘warm’  A wide range of stalls were on hand to treat visitors, with the bottle and homebaking both attracting attention.  Full Story




Remembrance Service - 13 November
Once again St. Mungo's played host to Remembrance Sunday for the British Legion, and organisations across the town to celebrate those who had fallen and were maimed in conflicts and wars, defending our freedom.  This report also contains links to listen to the readings and sermon in the second of our 'sermons on demand' feature.  Full Story

Coffee Evening Concert - 31 October 
St. Mungo's Guild coffee evening attracted a good audience on Monday 31st October 'haloween' night. After coffee, cake and a raffle in the church hall we walked over to the church where father and daughter Graham and Sophie Mcdonald entertained us with a wide selection of music. Graham led on piano and Sophie on clarinet with duets and solos. A great evening, with many turning up at the door. Full Story

Messy Church - 30 October 
The theme for Messy Church on Sunday October 30th iwas
'Salt and Light'.  Do we allow our light to shine out, or do we choose to “hide it under a bucket”? How can we shine more brightly? How do we add “flavour” to the community? In other words…how do we make a difference? With crafts, fun, celebration and a hot meal for all the family.  Full Story 



Hurricane Matthew Appeal - 23 October 
The Christian Aid Hurricane Matthew appeal buckets in the church over the past three weeks collected £153, and with many Gift Aid additions comes to £200. Many thanks to all who contributed to help those losing everything. 


Classical Youth Concert - 15 October 

St. Mungo's played host to the Classical Youth Concert, arranged by the Rotary of Penicuik. Some 100 people swelled the audience to hear (R to L) Tenor Marcus Swietlicki, Fraser Jamieson on piano,
Ewan Booth on Saxophone.and Zoe Galbraith on Clarsach. Full Story


Coffee Morning - 1 October
St. Mungo's church hall was filled with visitors enjoying fresh coffee and cake, while supporting the World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Saturday 1st October.
An amazing £400 in donations and funds raised were donated to Macmillan Cancer Support   Full story


Messy Church Thank You - 25 September 
This month's title is What’s the point of saying “Thank You”?. We looked  at a Bible story where Jesus healed ten very sick people with leprosy, but only one said "Thank you". We enjoyed crafts and activities, releated to the story and time for reflection too, with our celebration time in the church.
We gathered together as one big family for a meal together t
o finish the day. Full Story 

Messy Church Sports Day - 28 August

Sports day in the park followed by a celebration under canvas, and a BBQ meal out in the open, proved a big winner for the boys and girls who joined the fun. Lots of challenges and fun  under the sunshine with lots to do and eat. Full Story.


Malawi Food Crisis Appeal
Many many thanks to everyone who donated to the Christian Aid Malawi Appeal.

Because of the wonderful generosity of the St Mungo's congregation £234 was sent to Christian Aid  to help support communities in Malawi through a devastating drought that has left 6.5 million people, around a third of the country's population, without access to enough food.


Final Farewell to Rev James Ritchie 
Many will remember the times when Rev James Ritchie preached as locum at St. Mungo’s. It was with sad heart that we heard he had passed away on 5th August, at the age of 99.

Jim was a well travelled minister having worked in the middle east in Aden, where he met his wife to be Mette Kristensen, working as a Danish nurse. His fluent Arabic and knowledge of the theology, culture and traditions of the Muslim faith, helped his Christian evangelism, He also spent time in Kenya, and Muslim west coast of Africa. Full Story


Messy Church BBQ -  Sunday 26 June 
The clouds had gathered overhead by time the Messy Church started at 4.00pm, but did nothing to dampen the craft activities and celebration time in the church. Iain Anderson carried on at the BBQ in the garden as the rain eased, and we enjoyed a great selection of 'grills' for the meal. Full Story



Summer Fayre - Saturday 25 June
The St. Mungo's Summer Fayre displayed a wide selection of goodies for visitors to browse.  There were stalls offering all sorts of items, and a strawberry tea plus raffle with great prizes. Even the sunshine split the clouds making it a great day.  Full Story 



Sponsored Walk - 18 June


Gathering at St. Mungo's we headed down to Peebles to start our 7.5 mile walk on a figure-of-eight route to Manor Sware, across Kirkton Manor Road Tweed Bridge,along Tweed Walk (North Side) to Lyne Station, for lunch. We returned along Tweed Walk (South Side), re-crossing Tweed Bridge, past Neidpath Castle, and along Tweed Walk (North Side). Full Story 

Food Facts and Friends Official Opening - 7 June

Mark Wells of Food Facts and Friends with St Mungo's Gordon MacDonald welcomed Sister Rita Lee and Max from the Lalley Centre in Manchester at Waverley station on their way to officially open the new drop in centre at St. Mungo's Penicuik.

Our visitors had a tour of the church and the old St. Kentigern church under blue skies and sunshine, accompanied by the Penicuik Hunter & Lass, William Brown and Kerry Wilson. Presentations in the church hall was just in time before the storm and flash floods hit Penicuik. This did not dampen the enthusiasm we heard from Sister Rita, and Max, supporting the venture by Mark Well's and his team, before cutting the ribbon.

Messy Church -  Sunday 29 May 
The Messy Church afternoon on Sunday 29 May took to the garden behind the hall to enjoy craft making in the sunshine.  The theme for the afternoon was based on the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, chapter 7, and his prophecy about the dry bones in the Valley of Dry Bones, when God breathed life into a whole lot of dried up bones. [Full Story]

Quiz Night -  Monday 16 May
A great evening was had by all with quizmaster Gordon MacDonald assisted by Agnes Ovenstone keeping us all on our toes with questions on Film & TV, Food, History, Art & Literature, and General Knowledge, as well as testing our knowledge of the Bible. Felt just like being back at school. However the refreshments were much better than I remember at school. The winning team "the three graces plus one " comprised three members of St James and one member of St Mungo's. [ Full Story ]


Messy Church - Sunday 24 April
The Messy Church on Sunday 24 April, took the theme of the Ascension of Jesus after the crucifixion, when Jesus finally went to Heaven, and we thought about His command to take His message to all nations.

It was great to see just how much the children had picked up in the activities that they had participated in at the hall, when they had the opportunity to answer questions during the celebration.  [Full Story]



Penicuik Storehouse fund reaches 99%
The sun is shining, the birds are singing...and everyone who buys or has bought any shares in the Penicuik Storehouse is helping to strengthen the community nest and improve things for those little shares just waiting for conditions to be right for growth. Breadshare Bakery - Wholefood Grocery - Social Supermarket -  Cafe - Community Space - Lost Garden Foodhall - Training - Jobs  [Full Story]


Easter Messy Church - Sunday 27 March 
The theme for this Easter Messy Church was celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, and how people who struggled to believe something they were told. There were crafts and an interactive time in the church for the children, as the true meaning of Easter was explained. [Full Story


Guild - Coffee Evening with local Choir - 7 March
The Guild presented a coffee evening with entertainment provided by the Can't Help Singing group. A good audience turned out to hear the group, part of the Midlothian Ageing Well initiative, sing a selection of songs from shows and films. Many we knew, but others had us scratching our heads a little. [Full Story]

Messy Church - Sunday 28 February 
The hall was full of children of all ages joining a range of activities on the theme  "Two Tiny Coins", on Sunday 28th. There was even more activity over in the church at celebration time, before we sat together for our meal [Full Story



Guild - An evening with Andrew Don - 8 February

On Monday 8 February the Guild welcomed Margaret Webster, our visiting elder to our meeting. Our speaker for the evening was Rev Andrew Don.  His talk was called Jonah "A Fishy Tale", when Jonah was on board a ship and told the sailors to throw him overboard when a big storm came up as he was to blame because he had run away from the Lord. . [Full Story]

Messy Church - Sunday 31 January
It may have been cold and wet outside but the first Messy Church of 2016
on Sunday 31st January, was warm and inviting inside the church hall. Families with their children learned about  "Growing with Jesus", the theme for the event. A range of crafts and activities was followed by a celebration time in church, before sitting down to a meal together. [Full Story]



Guild - Scots Night - 25 January
St Mungo's Guild held their Scots Night on Monday 25 January, beginning with a light supper of party food, biscuits and cheese and cake. A quiz was followed by poetry and songs,  with a nod to the Bard on this anniversary date. [Full Story]


News from 2015

Nativity Service -  20 December
The Sunday School children, along with church members in supporting roles, played out the nativity play during the morning service on Sunday 20th. The narrator took us through from the days of darkness and the light from God, as he sent His only son to be our saviour.
[Full Story]


Cuiken Primary Carol Concert  - 14 December
The families of Cuiken Primary gathered in St. Mungo's on Monday 14th December for their Christmas Carol Concert. The children read the nativity story with Cuiken's music specialist Elaine Callaghan playing the piano to lead the carol singing. The Rev Ian Cathcart read the lesson, and had a little something extra for the children. [Full Story]

Hope4Penicuik Carol Event  -  11 December
Fabulous evening at the Hope4Penicuik carol event in the town hall this evening. Joan an Neil Cape led the evening supported by Penicuik Silver Band, Penicuik Puppets, Graham, Sam, and Sophie McDonald. Rev Ian Cathcart presented the Christmas story. Outside the wind was blowing, the showers heavy, and the mercury dropping, but inside Penicuik town hall there was a warm welcome for families and all visitors for the annual Carol event staged by Hope4Penicuik.  Full Story


Girlguiding Christmas Service  -  1 December
The Penicuik and Midlothian girlguiding girls, parents and friends, filled St. Mungo's on Tuesday 1st of December for their annual Christmas Service. The church had been decorated with holly and ribbon so looked very festive. Our minister the Rev Hugh Davidson opened the service.

The nativity had a modern twist, and the guides were sponsoring 'Mission Christmas' a Cash for Kids initiative supported by Radio Forth. All the families were asked to bring toys for presents.

We also had a very special visitor. Read on to see what happened. [Full Story]


Messy Christmas Church -  29 November
Messy Church celebrated Christmas slightly early but with the theme 'Jesus, light of the world' on Sunday 29 November . Despite cold and heavy rain showers a great turnout of children enjoyed a range of crafts and time in the church before their Christmas dinner. Full story


Christmas Fair - 21 November
Christmas seemed to have come early, with a blanket of snow covering the town the night before, the first of the winter. Despite the cold and wintry feel St. Mungo's annual Christmas Fair attracted a good turnout, from churches across the town and farther afield, to see the selection of stalls and goodies.
Full story and pictures 



Hats, Gloves and Scarves - 15th November 
The blaze of colour from the selection of hats gloves and scarves on display during the service on Sunday 15th November took many by surprise at the sheer number and variety of items.  Christine Jackson, who organised this years event, announced to the congregation that a total of 461 items had been created and donated to the Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal.  Full Story



Remembrance Sunday - 8th November 
The Royal British Legion once again honoured the fallen at the Remembrance service hosted by St. Mungo's on Sunday 8th November. Members of the Army and Air Cadets, guides, Scouts, Boys Brigade, Red Cross supported by local dignitaries from the council marched from the Legion at Kirkhill, led by The Glencorse Pipe Band and Parade Commander Frank Scott, to parade in front of the church. Sir Robert Clerk, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian represented Her Majesty The Queen, and Captain Russell from 2Scots, represented the Armed Forces.  Full Story


Vacancy - Nominating Committee Elected
After the service on Sunday 1st November the members of St. Mungo's elected the 13 members of the Nominating Committee who will be charged with seeking a new minister to fill our current vacancy [Full Details]


Messy Church,The Great Escape -  25 October
Messy Church on Sunday 25 October attracted around forty children and parents to join The Great Escape, the story of Moses leading his people from Egypt across the Red Sea. Sheila Anderson and Andrew Don put together the activities and Andrew led the Celebration time later in the church. Full Story



Church Hall Break In  -  2 July
Vandals broke into the church hall overnight 1st / 2nd July, wreaking sensless havoc and damage, culminating in discharging two dry powder fire extinguishers coating the whole place in a film of white powder. It took nine members of the church a whole day to clean up their mess, to get the place ready for use on Sunday morning.  [Full story and pictures]



Messy Church BBQ -  28 June
A few new faces appeared at Messy Church, taking advantage  of the open invitation to come and see what the events are all about. Being the last Messy Church beofre the summer break, the crafts all had a 'holiday' feel. The sun shone down on us in the garden as we enjoyed our BBQ, followed by time in the church. [Full story



Summer Fair - 27 June
The sun shone down on the annual summer fair at St. Mungo's on Saturday 27th June, and attracted many members and visitors to browse the stalls. A wide range of items from gift cards, books, home baking of every sort, and an amazing choice of drinks to wash it all down with. Tombola and raffle put a bit of spice into the morning, and the strawberry tea included in the ticket price was the icing on the cake,as they say.[Full story and pictures].



Sponsored Walk -  Saturday 20 June 0945
Fifteen members of St. Mungo's and their friends met up for the Sponsored Walk on Saturday 20th June. Starting at Cardrona the route headed east along the old railway line
alongside the River Tweed towards Innerleithen, climbing some of the local hills. The return journey after a stop for lunch by the riverside completed the 7 mile walk. [Full story and pictures


Messy Church - 31 May 
The theme for June is  'Sharing'. Using a variety of crafts and activities around the hall and in the garden we explored how people in other parts of the world survive on much less than we do and how God wants us to share our good fortunes with those who struggle every day. [Full story and pictures]


Penicuik on Parade- 30 May
Penicuik on Parade on Saturday 30th May greeted the new Hunter, Colin Hawkins and Lass Gillian Garriock as they led the parade through Penicuik in front of a large crowd of cheering onlookers, under blue skies and sunshine. A great range of floats and organisations supported the host of riders through the town to the park for more fun and games. Full Story


Quiz Night - 20 May
The inter church quiz night ws held on Wednesday 20th with quizmaster Gordon Macdonald asking the questions. Our minister Hugh Davidson had also compiled a few bible teasers for the teams to scratch their heads on.  [Full story]


Karate Champions do it again
The Karate Champions do it again at the Scottish International Open Championship 2015. St. Mungo's girls Abby and Rebecca Robertson Win Silver and Gold medals at Meadowbank competition.  [more]




Messy Church - 26 April 
A great Messy Church with the theme 'Unfrozen' (relating to the childrens film 'Frozen'). Lots of crafts from snow shakers and snowmen. to mountains of ice. Church time featured the puppets and songs from the children. 
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Holy Week at St. Mungo's
St. Mungo's as part of Penicuik Churches Working together supported a number of joint services throughout Holy Week. Visiting ministers took some of these services as did Rev hugh Davidson lead services in other churches within the town [more]


Messy Easter - 29 March
Messy Church on Sunday 29th March took the theme 'Easter Love'.  Though numbers were not high, the schools being on holiday, it was however good to see some people who haven't been around for a while. Lower numbers meant we could spend more time with the people who do come and start building relationships rather than rushing madly just to keep on top of things! The craft time had plenty to inspire young imaginations while exploring the real meaning of Easter [Full Story]

Community Choir - Monday 9 March

A great crowd turned for the Guild social coffee evening with the Community Choir entertaining us with  a selection of popular songs. Music from the Beatles and Queen era plus medley's from the musicals, wartime songs, and a selection of Burn's songs brought back memories for many of the audience.[ Full Story


Messy Church - 1 March
The March Messy Church event attracted many families with children to St. Mungo's church hall where a warm welcome awaited, many having fought through snow flurries and bitter cold winds arriving from the west. Theme for the month was 'Healing Bartimaeus'. The bible story of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, tells us that he was not happy being blind, and believed Jesus could help, and if he persevered in asking he might catch the attention of Jesus. [Full story]


Guild - Commonwealth Games  - 9 February 
The Guild meeting on Monday 9 February 2015 featured Sandy Robertson presenting his experience of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, and a look at his career training and coaching athletes at home and abroad.  [Full Story]



Messy Church - 1 February 

The first Messy Church for 2015 attracted many children with their mum's dad's and in some cases grandparents on Sunday 1st Feb, to experience fun, crafts, food, bible stories and song. The February theme was based on the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18, 9-14), where Jesus explained the importance of praying for the right reasons, warns us against showing off/thinking we are better than others, and brings hope that no one is beyond the reach of God's love and forgiveness. [Full story]