Welcoming the World

Corstorphine Churches Together (CCT) - 24 October 2019

“Welcoming the World” was an event organised by Corstorphine Churches Together. It took place on United Nations Day 24th October at St Kentigern’s Church, Parkgrove Avenue from 7:00 -9:00 pm. The programme centred around the welcome given to refugees and migrants in Scotland. A Syrian refugee had been due to join us but she had recently given birth so was unable to come. 

The evening started and ended with a prayer and worship session. Rev Moira McDonald set the scene by reading and then reflecting on the passage in the bible where Jesus said, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,....."  Matthew 25:35.


Following this, Sabine Chalmers of the Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, a organisation administered by the Church of Scotland, distributed a quiz and each table split into small groups and worked through the various questions. There were some useful definitions on the back of the quiz. The purpose of the quiz was to raise awareness about Refugees. You may wish to try the quiz yourself on a scrap of paper. Scroll down to the foot of the webpage for the answers.

Only one group were correct in all 8 questions and they received a lovely basket of goods donated by Scotmid.


After a break for refreshments Sabine spoke about ways churches could welcome and support refugees who come to Scotland. Her presentation was summarised in the handout we were given and is below. This has many helpful websites.

Sabine  also encouraged us to sighn and send a pre-written letter to our MP asking for more to be done to "put the dignity and rights of asylum seekers at the forefront of the political agenda." The letter detailed some ways how this might be done. Contact schalmers@churchofscotland.org.uk for more information on this.


Then our local MSP, Alex Cole-Hamilton spoke about his experience in dealing with refugees in Edinburgh and the political barriers they faced. Alex offered people a chance to ask questions.


The evening ended with prayers taken from a CAFOD Refugee Solidarity Liturgy, The Lampedusa Cross. These were led by the parish priest of St Kentigern's, Fr Jeremy Milne.


Syrian pastries were handed round.


Answers to quiz.  1a  2a  3b  4b  5a  6b  7c  8c