First Reformed – Film Review

Reverend Toller (Ethan Hawke) is the ailing and troubled minister of First Reformed a  historically important church with a tiny congregation. He is counselling a parishoner Michael, who is an eco activist depressed about the state of the world and uncertain whether he and his wife Mary should bring a child into the world. Toller finds himself drawn more and more into Michael’s world view, becoming obsessed with Michael’s query ‘will God forgive us what we have done to the earth?’

As First Reformed approaches its 250th Anniversary reconsecration (bankrolled by a local businessman whose company flaunts its eco-credentials despite being listed as one of the most polluting companies on the planet) Toller becomes more and more ill and more and more troubled.

Can Toller find sanity and a constructive way to address environmental degradation within his role as a minister or will he finally go off the rails, taking others with him?

This is a finely acted drama that asks important questions about the church’s relationship with the earth and it’s attitude to consumerism, power and money. Not to mention how the church looks after her own people.

First Reformed is showing at the Edinburgh Filmhouse today and tomorrow.

Festival of Walking and Cycling, Inverleith Park, 2 September

Catriona and Linda, two of our newly trained cycle ride leaders will lead a group of cyclists from the church to the festival at 12.30 after a free lunch at the church. Places will be limited so please let Catriona or Linda know if you want to take part! Everyone welcome so feel free to invite your friends.

The festival will include free activities, demos, information, freebies etc for all ages plus the chance to have your bike checked and security marked for free. Obstacle course, walking football, crazy golf, Dr Bike, bowling, Petanque and more! It promises to be a fun filled afternoon as well as encouraging people to walk and take the bike more often.

A Brighter Future for Granton Parish Church!

As part of the capital funding from the Climate Challenge Fund, new lighting has been fitted throughout Granton Parish Church buildings. The new lights are not only brighter but more environmentally friendly and will save 6,133kWh of electricity a year, which is equivalent to 2.8 tonnes of CO2 per year. This makes a significant contribution to reducing the carbon footprint of the church building. The church building will also be fitted with new windows and insulation which will save 12,308kWh or 6.36 tonnes of CO2 per year.

This building work complements the swap shop, bread redistribution and cycling project which all encourage people to reduce their personal carbon footprint.

Opening Soon – Muirhouse Community Shed

Muirhouse Community Shed will officially open on Monday 20th August at 10:00.

The Shed, based at the old Co-op building on Pennywell Road is managed by North Edinburgh Arts and funded by the Climate Challenge Fund. The project aims to recycle, reuse and upcycle as much wood and furniture as possible, and to inform and upskill people in North Edinburgh to be more proactive about climate change.

The Shed is offering an initial 12 week pilot which looks like this:

Mondays: Men Only – Drop In – 10:00am – 2:00pm

Tuesdays: Women Only – Drop In – 10:00am – 2:00pm

Wednesdays: Anyone – Drop In – 10:00am – 2:00pm

Thursday: Anyone – Drop In – 10:00am – 2:00pm

The Shed will also be open on the first Saturday of each month – 1st September 2:00pm – 4:00 pm; 6th October 10:30 – 12:30, and 3rd November 10:30 – 12:30.

The shed is open to people living in North Edinburgh who are 16 +. The shed is free to use and refreshments will be provided. A creche can be offered if advance notice is given.

People can currently work with wood and with fabric. Options may increase as the project develops.

Participants can come along and work on their own projects or can offer their time to help Shed staff build items for the community, such as these vertical planters which the community garden at North Edinburgh Arts commissioned the Shed to build.

If your organisation would like anything built get in touch with the Shed! Items would generally be free to local organisations.

Granton Parish Church Yard

I’m a very keen naturalist and thought it would be interesting to have a look at the wildlife in the grounds of Granton Parish Church where Granton Goes Greener is based. This is just an introductory post, I hope to do more in the future.

Granton Parish Church has a lovely churchyard with a number of shrubs and trees that are great for wildlife.

Blackbirds have nested in the grounds and the flowering shrubs attract a variety of bees and white butterflies.

Plus a pied hoverfly visited recently! I tried to get its photo but it wouldn’t stay still so this is a photo of a pied hoverfly I saw in Spylaw Park recently. There are around 250 species of hoverflies in the UK, they’re fascinating insects that are harmless but mimic stinging insects such as wasps and bees.

If anyone is interested in exploring the nature in the kirkyard please let me know! Similarly if you have seen interesting wildlife in the grounds please let me know!

Faith Action for Nature is a great project, encouraging churches in Scotland to look after wildlife and manage their grounds for nature. They have resources on their website – you can see the Summer resource pack here!