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Sunday, 2 December 2018

RETIRING COLLECTION Following next Sunday’s Nativity service, there will be a retiring collection for Mary’s Meals.

CHRISTMAS STOCKING FILLERS If you’re stuck for Christmas stocking ideas, you might want to have a look at the stocking fillers available in the Gathering Space. These include the Cramond Kirk “winter warmer” mug, the Sunday Club Christmas cards & a book of bedtime stories.

CRAMOND KIRK CHRISTMAS CLUB It’s time for more glitter & glue so plans are underway to run this year’s children’s Christmas Club in the Kirk Hall on the morning of Saturday, 22 December (10 am – 1 pm). The morning will be filled with lots of arts & crafts, games, singing & fun. We would be very grateful for any offers of help with the Club. If you can spare an hour or two on the 22nd, please contact Louise in the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or e-mail : cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk.

KIRK DIARIES Copies of the 2019 Kirk diary are available in the Session House. Please help yourself.

CHRISTMAS FAIR The Fair Conveners, Dorothy Anne & Alan Newlands, would like to thank all those who supported the Fair in so many ways - by donating goods, helping out & coming along on the day. Everyone contributed to making the day a great success & over £7,200 was raised for our 3 charities. The following amounts were raised on the day:

Downstairs Lunches :           £466.10                 

Upstairs Snacks                    £551.85

Cake & Candy                       £639.39                 

Books                                    £273.74

CD/Records                          £250.06                 

Bottles & Tombola                 £262.35

Crafts                                    £236.90                 

Gifts                                      £358.19

Collectors’ Corner                  £998.77                 

Hampers                           £1,286.25

Toiletries                               £394.05                 

Toys & Games                       £362.85

Chocolate                              £277.00                 

Children’s Raffle                    £  19.55

Kirk Stall                               £141.00                 

Auction of Painting               £  50.00

Face Painting                        £  25.60                 

Santa (less gifts)                    £  62.41

Entrance                               £438.00                 

Donations                             £205.00

A CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE is being held in Lyle Court on Tuesday, 11 December at 4 pm & all are welcome.

A CHRISTMAS CARD FOR THE McCULLOCHS If anyone would like to send a Christmas card to our mission partners, John & Annette McCulloch, their address is Revd & Dr John McCulloch, c/o St Andrew’s Scottish Guest House, PO Box 8619, 1 David Remez Street, Jerusalem 91086, Israel.

THE FLOWER LIST for 2019 is now on the board in the Session House & you are invited to donate flowers to decorate the Kirk. If you require assistance with arranging flowers or would like to have them arranged for you, please contact either of the Flower Convenors, Dot Kemp or Dot Pendreigh at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk.

CRAMOND WALKERS Thursday, 13 December : Perth City Walk (7 km/4.5 miles) grade : easy. Starting from Perth bus station, this easy walk takes a figure of 8 round North Inch & the city of Perth. Meet : Barnton bus stop, Queensferry Road at 9.40 am for X56 at 9.48 pm or Perth Bus Station at 11.08 am. For further details, please contact Fiona Black on cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk.

ANGELS, ANTS & ARTICHOKES is an engaging book of poems by Esme Randall capturing vivid pictures of nature, people & spiritual things in a charming & thought provoking way.  Together with drawings by Katharine Wake, the poems will appeal to people of all ages. The book is being sold to help with the cost of extensive structural work required at the Church of the Holy Cross, Davidson's Mains & by purchasing a copy, at £6, you will also be helping to save a lovely church. A copy of the book is available to view in the Session House & can be bought from the Kirk Office any weekday morning – the first of your Christmas stocking fillers …

THE WEDNESDAY CLUB are holding their Christmas party in the Kirk Hall at 7.30 pm on 12 December.

BARNTON & CRAMOND COMMUNITY CLUB are celebrating Christmas with music & mince pies in the Kirk Hall on Thursday, 13 December at 2 pm & they’ll be joined by Cargilfield School Choir.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT The Cramond Association is holding its annual Christmas Carols ‘singalong’ on Thursday, 13 December at 7.30 pm in the Kirk Hall. There will be carols & readings together with mulled wine & mince pies. Entrance is by ticket only, available from Adam & Lesley Cumming at ljcumming2@gmail.com. Tickets are free, Association members have priority & there is a limit of 2 tickets per person. Donations for Fresh Start are welcome on the night.

MANY THANKS The Old Kirk & Muirhouse send their thanks to all at Cramond Kirk for including them in the Christmas Fair & for supporting their own Fair on 17 November. They raised £150 last Saturday, which along with their own Fair brought their overall total to over £1,000.

BBC RADIO SCOTLAND’S WATCHNIGHT SERVICE will be coming from St Cuthbert’s Church. If you would like to join the congregation of St Cuthbert’s for the recording of the service, please be in St Cuthbert’s on Monday, 10 December at 7 pm.

SLEEP IN THE PARK 2018 Lindsay Thomson & 11 friends from the National Youth Assembly braved the cold on Saturday, 8 December to raise money to help end homelessness in Scotland. The group are trying to raise £1,500 for Social Bite, a Scottish charity which provides homeless people with employment & support opportunities as well as temporary housing to help break the cycle of homelessness. If you would still like to sponsor Lindsay & her friends, you can donate on-line via https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/cofs-nya or add your name to the sponsor sheet in the Session House.

CARING CHRISTMAS TREES Bethany Christian Trust is selling Christmas trees to help the homeless. The Nordman firs start at £35 & every tree sold helps fund Bethany’s vital work. For further details, please visit www.caringchristmastrees.com or phone 0345 111 8733.

STEWARDING AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY The Chief Steward wishes to recruit more people to help with stewarding at the General Assembly which will run from 18 – 24 May 2019. If you'd like more information or would be happy to have your name put forward, please contact the Session Clerk, Sandra Watson on watsonalexandra9@gmail.com by the end of December.


1 December    Mrs Muriel Robertson         

1 December    Norman Lee


Monday, 10 December

4.45 pm : Cargilfield School Christmas Service

Wednesday, 12 December

2.30 pm : Almond Mains Christmas Service in the Kirk Hall

Sunday, 16 December - Advent 3

8.45 am : Morning Prayers

10.00 am : Sunday Club Nativity Service

Friday, 21 December

9.30 am : Cramond Primary Christmas Service

Sunday, 23 December – Advent 4

8.45 am : Morning Prayers

10.00 am : Service of Lessons & Carols

Christmas Eve

11.00 pm : Carol Singing

11.30 pm : Watchnight Service

Christmas Day

10.00 am : Morning Worship

10.45 am : Sacrament of Holy Communion

Sunday, 30 December

8.45 am : Morning Prayers

10.00 am : Morning Worship





Sunday, 16 December - Advent 3

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Sunday Club Nativity Service 

Sunday, 23 December - Advent 4

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Service of Lessons & Carols