Stewart Weir

Sporting Conversations

Thursday 6th February

7.30pm, Wardie Parish Church

In conversation with Stewart Weir

Stewart Weir is a former sports reporter at the Evening Times, chief sportswriter at the Scottish Mirror and Head of Sport at the Herald & Times Group. Stewart has worked extensively in PR, for governing bodies and individual clients such as Sir Chris Hoy and Stephen Hendry.

 Stewart is the co-author of ‘My Name’5 Doddie’ and ‘The world according to Doddie’, and the author of ‘100 great Scottish rugby moments’. He is a regular on talkSPORT.

Come and hear Stewart in conversation with BBC Sports Commentator Paul Mitchell.

Gordon Hay 1

In December it was the 98th birthday of Gordon Hay, the longest-standing member of Wardie Parish Church. He tells us some of his memories of Wardie:

“I first joined Wardie Parish Church Sunday School in 1925 at the age of 4. I was 20 when I became a full church member in 1941.

Through being a member I progressed to becoming a church Elder in 1960, aged 39. While I was an Elder I also became the first Free Will Treasurer dealing with collection envelopes and cash given at Sunday School.

I continued in my role as an Elder for a total of 54 years, finally retiring in 2014 at the age of 93.

Over the years I have seen quite a few ministers at Wardie, Rev J. Baikie who christened me, Rev. J Douglas, Rev. A. Kissling, Rev. James Rennie, Rev Thomas Thompson, Rev. Brian Hilsley and Rev Ute Jaeger-Fleming.

And now I am looking forward to meeting our next minister. The eighth in my long connection with Wardie.”

Ute and Kenneth leaving

Rev. Ute Jaeger-Fleming, our minister, left Wardie Parish Church at the end of December. On 15th December, after our Community Carol Concert, we celebrated Ute’s ministry at Wardie. Ute and Kenneth were piped into the church hall, and speeches were given by Paul Mitchell, Joint Session Clerk; Judith Morrison, previous Joint Session Clerk; and Ute herself. Two cakes were baked to mark the occasion. Below are some pictures of this special event.

During the Community Carol Concert, Ute was serenaded by Ev McVie, Maureen Kelly and Susan Dyer, who wrote a version of “Nun Danket” with lyrics for the occasion:

Ute, we want to sing
With love and upraised voices,
Our thanks for everything
for which this church rejoices;
Your smile so wide and kind;
Your welcome to young and old;
For meetings enlivened with wine;
And waffles to counter the cold.

A whirlwind on two wheels
Around the town she goes.
New schemes and clever deals
Keep members on their toes.
Each service, a work of art,
Gave challenges and delight.
And those who took some part
Received emails in the night!

Tough problems have been solved,
Great art and music shared.
You helped us get involved,
And always showed you cared.
We don’t want you to go,
But good things will remain.
You must come back, and so
We sing auf wiedersehen …
We sing auf wiedersehen.


Below is Ute’s resignation letter, which sets out the reasons for her leaving.

Edinburgh, 17 Nov 2019

Dear Elders,

Letter of resignation

I deeply regret to inform you that I have handed in my resignation as minister of Wardie Parish Church to the Rev. Marjory McPherson, Clerk to Edinburgh presbytery. The resignation will come into effect from 31 December, by which time the Manse will have been vacated. I will take my last service at Wardie on Christmas Day at 10.30am. We will then drive to Germany either on the 26th or 27th of December.

It has been a great privilege and joy to serve as the minister of Wardie Parish Church and as a family we have made our home among you, if only for too short a time. Whenever colleagues asked me how I was getting on at Wardie, I always said that it is paradise. You are such a hard working and committed congregation, together we have moved many things forward, I have no doubt that you will attract a good minister before too long.

The reason for my resignation is solely due to the political changes caused by the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, which has caused uncertainty over the legal status of European citizens.

Despite repeated calls for the UK government to enshrine the rights of European citizens in law, two successive governments have refused to do so. This has been a matter of grave concern for my husband and myself, as we are of different European nationalities. With a new and possibly final date for Britain’s exit from the EU set for 31 January 2020, we have had to decide which of our countries can offer us a secure and equal legal status in future.

The European Union for us is a peace building project, which brings the people of Europe closer together. It takes patience and understanding for people of different nations and cultures to share a vision and work together, it also involves compromise and consensus. Freedom of movement of European citizens plays a vital role in facilitating mutual understanding and in creating greater unity among the nations. We want to continue to play an active part in this endeavour, so that others can benefit from it in the future.

I arrived in Scotland 30 years ago from West-Berlin, where I had previously studied, to take up postgraduate studies. Without the Erasmus programme, I would not have had this opportunity. Shortly after my arrival, the Berlin Wall was brought down. I remember the day vividly as every student and lecturer enquired with excitement of me whether I had heard what just happened. For the past three years, since the referendum, we had hoped that the day would not come when one of us needed to apply to be allowed to stay in the same country as the other. We both considered Scotland to be our shared home, where both of us are regarded as European citizens. I now have become a European migrant in the eyes of successive British governments.

Churches across Europe face many common challenges. Kenneth and I will continue to work as parish ministers, albeit in the German church where I was ordained. We sincerely hope that we can continue to serve Christ together across borders. Our doors will always remain open!

United in Christ,


knife and fork

Last Christmas we supported Scran Academy in our Christmas offerings. This year, you can support the Scran Academy by buying one of their hampers for your friends and family!

What’s included?
– Our famous Christmas Cake
– Homemade Jam or Whisky Marmalade
– Spiced Cranberry and Pear Chutney
– Scottish Oatcakes
– Xmas Mince Pies
– Handmade Cookies
– Cinnamon Shortbread
– Chocolate Truffles

Fancy something more decadent? Then our Luxury Hamper is for you! Each Luxury Hamper includes a large Christmas Cake, both Jam and Marmalade and a bottle of wine!

Visit or use this link to a pdf which gives all the details:

Scran Academy Christmas Hampers


Building relationships, building community – finding God in dialogue with the world and its people

We are thrilled to launch the new development plan for Wardie Parish Church.

Our church teams, most of them familiar to you already (Pastoral, Finance, Worship and so on) will be leading on the development initiatives. They will be supported by the Kirk Session and they will also be supported by you, the congregation and friends of Wardie Church.

Our Mission Statement is the foundation for our plan:

We are here to love, worship and serve God. The focus of our ministry is to offer hospitality and build community. We aspire to be a beacon of love, hope and support within our community of Trinity, and beyond.

We aim to provide and nurture a safe and inclusive environment where people of all generations can belong wherever they are on their journey of life.

We believe that God calls us to build and strengthen just, caring, mutual and sustainable relationships in church, in society and as members of the global community. We care for the environment and so protect the integrity of God’s creation.

We love to communicate with people: To listen, to discuss, to understand and to learn. Through such dialogue we can better find solutions to problems and enhance opportunities to engage in God’s work.

There are fifteen teams in total. You can see who our team leaders are, and some of the initiatives in our new plan, in the January 2019 edition of News at Wardie.

Ute, Heather, Paul, Stephen and Chris (Development Plan Steering Group)