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KIRK ANNOUNCEMENTS

29 May - 5 June 2020

WELCOME and although this is a virtual welcome, it is still a very warm welcome. Although we cannot gather together for worship, please know the life and worship of the congregation continues. Please keep in touch with all that is happening and share the Kirk News as far and wide as you can - thank you.

IAIN MAJCHER We are delighted to announce that Iain Majcher passed his final review on Monday, 25 May. He can now start to look for his own charge and we wish him well as he follows his calling.

THY KINGDOM COME Until 31 May the Church of Scotland will be part of the prayer initiative ‘Thy Kingdom Come 2020’ - a global call to Christians to come together in prayer between Ascension and Pentecost and this year Cramond Kirk is participating alongside churches of all denominations in North West Edinburgh. Cramond Kirk’s slot will be the morning of Saturday, 30 May from 7am - 12 noon and during this time various members of the congregation will be praying and reading the Bible along with people throughout the world. One of the key themes for this year is prayer and care. As we pray for those we love, we are also encouraged to see how we can show God's love towards others through practical action. Further details on ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ and the prayer & care initiative are available at www.thykingdomcome.global

A PENTECOST SERVICE led by the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Right Reverend Dr Martin Fair will be available on Cramond Kirk’s website on Sunday, 31 May. The Moderator’s hopes for this are that it will glorify God and deepen our sense of dependence on the Spirit. The link to the service will be available HERE on Sunday morning.

COMMUNION SERVICE  At 10 am next Sunday (7 June) the Minister will lead an on-line Communion service. Please have your cup and bread ready to share in the service which will be available on the 'Video' tab above.

TURI CHILDREN’S PROJECT For a number of years Cramond Kirk has been supporting the Turi Children’s Project (TCP) in Kenya. Along with the rest of the world, Covid-19 has affected almost all aspects of normal life in the country, including the closure of schools. The TCP children depend on the Project’s school-feeding programme for their only meal of the day and without school, there is no guarantee that they will have something to eat each day. So on 1 May the TCP team organised a collection day where parents  could collect food provisions like maize and beans and essentials such as soap and face masks and they hope to be able to continue this support with regular collection days. If you would like to find out more about & support the work of TCP, please click HERE

JUBILEE FOR THE EARTH: NEW RHYTHMS, NEW HOPE On, Monday, 8 June speakers from the organisations promoting Season of Creation 2020 will be meeting together in a Zoom webinar to reflect on the theme of this year's edition – Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope. If you would like to take part in the webinar, further details & a registration form are available by clicking HERE 

DEATHS

21 May                   Brian Bennett (aged 73)

22 May                   Mrs Agnes Notman (aged 76)

THE ONE WORLD SHOP As many people will know, the One World Shop, based at St John’s Church on Lothian Road, sells a wide range of Fairtrade foods, gifts, jewellery, cards and toys and many products on our FairTrade stall come from the shop. Although the shop itself is currently shut, their products are available on-line and they offer a home delivery service. So if you are running low on coffee, tea or chocolate (!) or just want a wee treat, please go to www.oneworldshop.co.uk

STAY AT HOME WITH BAGPUSS Hospices of Hope is currently raising funds for the Bagpuss Children’s Wing, part of the hospice in Brasov, Romania.  The Hospice was the first in-patient teaching hospice opened by Hospices of Hope and one of Bagpuss's creators, Oliver Postgate, gave a substantial donation which allowed the charity to open the children's wing of the hospice. At any one time, the Wing cares for 150 children with terminal, rare or life-limiting illness. As part of its fund-raising activities during Covid-19, the charity is running the Bagpuss Appeal. With three different options to choose from, there’s something for everyone to enjoy: 1) The Bagpuss Challenge to walk, run, skip, hop, cycle, scoot … your way through 3 miles and win a Bagpuss medal, 2) Bagpuss Bakes - create Bagpuss-themed treats and then e-mail a picture of your creation to the charity for the chance to win a prize and 3) Draw Bagpuss - put pen to paper and draw Bagpuss! The top 3 winning entries will be sent to Romania’s Bagpuss Wing. If you would like to take part in the Bagpuss Appeal or any of the charity’s other fund-raising events please visit www.hospicesofhope.co.uk/bagpuss

SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES SAFELY The Scottish Community Development Centre has drawn up a useful guide to all those providing help & support to friends & neighbours in the community. It includes advice on collecting & delivering food & prescriptions, posting & collecting mail & parcels and handling payments. The booklet is available on-line at www.scdc.org.uk/supporting-communities-safely

OLD COMPUTERS The Edinburgh charity, People Know How are delivering computers to those who need help staying connected, accessing support or home-schooling during coronavirus. They refurbish donated computers and deliver them to those in need and offer phone support throughout the set-up process. Refurbished computers are currently in high demand and they would be grateful for any donations. If you have an old computer or device, please e-mail : contactus@peopleknowhow.org and they would be happy to collect.

TWITTER & FACEBOOK The Kirk’s Twitter feed is available at @cramondkirk1 and a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cramondkirk2 so please do keep in touch on either to check all the latest news & happenings. If you do visit either site, please remember to “share” and “like” our page.

WEEKLY SERVICES  While we are unable to hold services in the Kirk, Russell & Iain have taken to Facebook.

Daily Devotions - from Monday to Saturday you’ll find a “Daily Devotion” from either Russell or Iain. These are available on Facebook & on the "Video" tab above. The text of the Daily Devotions is also available under “Latest News”.

Morning Service - every Sunday at 10 am Russell will be holding a short morning service. The service is pre-recorded so if you can’t manage to watch at 10 am, it will be available to watch on the Kirk’s Facebook page at any time as well as on the “video” tab above along with a separate audio version.

Bible Study – is held via Zoom every Tuesday at 7 pm. If you would like to take part, please let Louise in the Kirk Office know (cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk) and she can send you a Zoom invitation.

Pause for Thought - Iain’s “Pause for Thought” also continues to be broadcast live on Facebook at 7.15 pm every Thursday and he hopes you will be able to join him. If anyone needs help or advice on how to join Facebook, please be in touch with the Kirk Office at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk as Iain has created a guide on how to join.

 

 

FORTHCOMING SERVICES

Monday - Saturday

Daily Devotions

Every Thursday

7.15 pm : Pause for Thought

Every Sunday

10.00 am : Morning Service