Sunday saw the Church of Scotland, for the 3rd time, take over Princes Street Gardens for the day to celebrate our faith and all that the Church of Scotland does in the name of glorifying God.
The day itself was grey, misty, dreicht is probably the best word to describe it. But, the event shone through the minging weather and ended up being a great day! I think it’s a great way to start the Assembly week – it stamps an air of positivity and hopefulness on the week. One of the great things about Heart and Soul, not just this year, but every year it has run, is the number of people with no Church connection and no faith connection who come along. Being in Princes St Gardens, it is in a high profile spot, the hustle and bustle of the event grabs a lot of attention to tourists and locals alike who are passing by. It’s a great witness for the Church, a great way for the assembly to make a tangible impact on the city.
I was there with the World Mission Council, as one of the members of the council I was put to work – quite happily I might add! At first putting up various bits and pieces at the WMC stand, but I spent pretty much all the day taking photos of the event for WMC – although I was gutted to miss the swing band! (sorry Robin!). As a council we had a lot going on, we had an Photography exhibition exploring various themes of the work we are involved in round the World; the HIV/ Aids programme ran their Souper Sunday stall, which was a great success; we hosted the Voice of Hope choir from Glasgow, as well as the Church of Scotland Steel Band all the way from Trinidad! We also hosted a number of guests from partner Churches overseas, who we were delighted to have speak about various issues on one of the 3 stages around the event.
Despite all of this, my favourite part of the day was catching up with many old friends – some that I see fairly regularly, some I haven’t seen in years! Perhaps one of the strangest moments was when I realised that I was with 3/4 friends that I’ve known for the best part of 12\13 years – we met when we were a group of 16\17 year olds with no cares, no responsibilities; now we’re all pushing 30, married and either have kids or they are on the way! How time flies!
Anyway, instead of getting all nostalgic, let me get to the intended purpose of this post – to share some of the photos I made on Sunday, just a few at the moment mind you, I won’t be able to process them all until I get home to Aberdeen. I hope you enjoy them, I hope they give some sense of what it was like to be there….