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KIRK ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, 23 February 2020

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND/CHURCH OF ENGLAND COLUMBA AGREEMENT The Minister will be in Carlisle on Tuesday & Wednesday leading a Church of Scotland delegation meeting with the Bishop of Carlisle & representatives of the Church of England to discuss the progress of the Columba Agreement which he signed during his year as Moderator with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Stanley & Iain will be covering pastoral duties during this time.

KIRK SESSION MEETING The next Kirk Session meeting will take place in the Millennium Room on Thursday, 27 February at 7.30 pm. Could those elders who have not yet done so, please collect their papers from the Session House. All are welcome to attend.

SATURDAY BREAKFAST CLUB The next Breakfast Club will take place on Saturday, 29 February with the guest speaker, Bahar Raeisi Dehkordi. Bahar is a member of our congregation & will be telling us something about her background & upbringing in Iran, training in architecture, her course here in Edinburgh & her very important move from Islam to Christianity. The Breakfast Club begins with a short act of worship in the chapel at 8 am & is followed by breakfast in the Kirk Hall & the meeting finishes at 9.15 am. All are welcome.

RECEPTION FOR REVEREND TOM CUTHELL A reception to mark Tom Cuthell’s retirement will be held in the Kirk Hall at the close of the 10 am service next Sunday & all are welcome to attend. If you wish to contribute towards a gift for Tom, you’ll find envelopes at the Kirk doors. Please put your contribution in the envelope & hand it to one of the duty elders this morning, place it in the box in the Session House or leave it at the Kirk Office by Friday.

TRANSPORT TO & FROM CHURCH We are urgently looking for more volunteer drivers to help transport people to & from church on a Sunday. Even if you can only spare one Sunday a month or the occasional Sunday it would be so useful to hear from you. For more details please contact Louise in the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

HOME BAKING SALE The Guides are holding home baking sales in the Kirk Hall on the evenings of Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 February. The money raised will go towards the Royal High School’s Habitat for Humanity trip to Romania where the youngsters will help to find & build housing for homeless people. Please pop along, pick up some goodies & support the Royal High pupils.

THE MONDAY CAFÉ @ CRAMOND KIRK is open to people with dementia & their carers. The next meeting of the Café is on Monday, 2 March in the Kirk Hall from 1 pm – 3 pm. Since the café takes place over lunchtime, they offer a light lunch, tea & coffee. Come along for support, information, lunch, tea & a blether.

THE CRAMOND ASSOCIATION meets in the Kirk Hall on Monday, 24 February with guest speaker, Sandra Thomson who will be talking about “My Life in Jute”. All are welcome.

THE WEDNESDAY CLUB meets in the Kirk Hall at 7.30 pm on 26 February with their guest speaker, Lee Cockburn & “Life is for Living”. 

CELEBRATING WOMEN COMPOSERS To mark International Women’s Day, the Scottish Chamber Choir is performing a programme of works by female composers including the mystic Medieval plainchant of Hildegard von Bingen, florid Renaissance polyphony of Leonora d'Este, lush French Romanticism of Lili Boulanger & sacred works by contemporary British composers. The concert will be held in St Giles Cathedral on Sunday, 8 March at 6 pm. Entry is free with a retiring collection for St Giles’ Music.

CONCERTS IN THE CATHEDRAL Two fundraising concerts are taking place in St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral at the beginning of March – with Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham on Friday, 6 March & Barbara Dickson with Nick Holland on Saturday, 7 March. Doors open at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Tickets cost £25 per concert & are available online at eventbrite.co.uk & searching on ‘Concerts in the Cathedral’ or by phoning the Cathedral office on 556 1798.

STAMP APPEAL The Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council would be grateful for any donations of used stamps for their stamp appeal. The 2020 appeal is raising money to support The Women’s Development Centre (WDC) in Kandy, Sri Lanka which helps women & girls who have survived sexual violence & family rejection to get back into education or to learn skills which will allow them to make a living. Stamps can be left in the box in the Session House.

COLLECTIONS : 1 JANUARY TO 31 JANUARY 2020

                                         2020                 2019         Increase/Decrease

                                            £                      £                          £

Gift Aid                            17,349            15,788                 1,561

Freewill Envelopes             1,407              1,144                    263

Open Plate                        1,180               1,308                   128

                                       19,936             18,240                 1,696

Number of Sundays                    4                   4

Mr Crichton Mouat (Gift Aid Treasurer) will be happy to explain the Gift Aid scheme for banker’s orders & annual donations to anyone who wishes to use these methods of giving. Mr Ian Adam (FWO Treasurer) will be delighted to enrol any who wish to give regularly by means of the weekly envelope scheme (all income now capable of being tax-effective). The Treasurers may also be contacted at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk or by leaving a note in the “Joint Treasurers” box in the Session House.

RESOURCES FOR THE ELDERLY The Cramond Kirk Information Hub is available on the Kirk website at www.cramondkirk.org.uk. It includes information on resources available for the elderly with links to lots of organisations & sources of help. Information is also available in the Kirk Hall & from our pastoral assistant, Diane Williams on 07379 447477 or at diane.williams@cramondkirk.org.uk

TWITTER & FACEBOOK! As well as a Twitter feed at @cramondkirk1, we also have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cramondkirk2 Both are also accessible from the Kirk website at www.cramondkirk.org.uk & if you do visit either site, please remember to “like” our page.

FRESH START Many thanks for the recent large donation of bed linen. This week we are short of household cleaning materials & tinned food – soup etc.

DEATH

15 February   Alice Livingstone

 

 

FORTHCOMING SERVICES

Sunday, 1 March

8.45 am : Morning Prayers with Communion

10.00 am : Morning Worship

Sunday, 8 March

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Youth Service