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Sunday, 14 October 2018

KIRK SESSION The next Kirk Session meeting will take place at 7.30 pm on Monday, 22 October in the Kirk Hall. Could those elders who do not receive their papers via e-mail, please collect them from the Session House. Members of the congregation are welcome to attend.

ELDERS’ ENVELOPES Elders are reminded that their district envelopes for the November Communion visits are now available for collection from the Session House.

ANTI-SLAVERY DAY : 18 OCTOBER 2018 If you suspect someone, adult or child, may be a victim of human trafficking, please contact 999 in an emergency. Otherwise you can contact Police Scotland on 101; Modern Slavery Helpline (confidential if you want) on 08000 121 700; Police Scotland’s National Human Trafficking Unit by at : SCDNationalHumanTraffickingUnit@Scotland.pnn.police.uk. Support & assistance to potential & confirmed adult victims of trafficking is provided through two support organisations: Migrant Help (0141 884 7900 (daytime) 0141 212 8553 (out of hours) & TARA (0141 276 7724 (anytime). TARA provides support to women trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation & Migrant Help provides support to all other adult victims. Other resources are available on the Church of Scotland website, most notably To be Silent is to be Unfaithful” contains discussion points & worship material that can help individuals & groups to understand & respond to the issues of 'Human Trafficking'.

HARVEST SERVICE A massive thank you to all who gifted items for Fresh Start at the Harvest service last Sunday. On Monday all the goodies were loaded into 4 large cars & taken down to Fresh Start who were absolutely delighted. Thanks also to all who delivered plants to the housebound on Sunday. Over 60 people benefitted from the colourful plants.

SCOUT BAKE SALE And thank you too to all those who supported the Scouts’ bake sale last Sunday. The sale raised £99.27 which will contribute to the fundraising efforts needed for Lewis, Grace & Amy to go to the World Scout Jamboree in America next year.

SATURDAY BREAKFAST CLUB On Saturday, 27 October the Breakfast Club will resume with Irene McLellan as its guest.  Eight years ago Irene was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer & was told her life expectancy would be no more than 4 years.  With the advance in treatment & her own determination, faith & courage, she is still alive & well & she will be speaking about what it has been like for her & her family to live with cancer. The Breakfast Club begins with a short act of worship in the chapel at 7.45 am followed by breakfast in the Kirk Hall and the meeting finishes at 9 am. All are welcome.

TO ALL THE KIRKYARD GARDENERS Doris hopes to see you at 7.30 pm on Wednesday, 7 November in the Kirk Hall for a chat & a glass of wine. If anyone would like to join the gardeners for 2019, please contact Louise in the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk. The Kirkyard is very much part of the church & gives a lot of pleasure to so many people & this is very much thanks to the Kirkyard gardeners.

CRAMOND WALKERS Thursday, 18 October : Pitlochry to Killiecrankie (16 km/10 miles) grade - hard. The route follows the Moulin Burn to Bealach na Sermoin on the slopes of Ben Vrackie. It’s then downhill all the way to the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre & then the return route via the old military way & the site of the Battle of Killiecrankie. Meet : Barnton Avenue West at 9 am. For further details, please contact Fiona Black at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk.

MARY’S MEALS BACKPACK PROJECT In a change to previous years, the Sunday Club is supporting Mary’s Meals Backpack Project this Christmas. For many children, a filled backpack will be the first gift they have ever received & it also provides basic learning tools so that they can thrive at school. We would welcome both filled & empty backpacks as well as items to put in them. These include : notepads, pens, pencils, crayons, eraser, ruler, sharpener, pencil case, towel, shorts or skirt, t-shirt or dress, flip-flops or sandals for children aged 4 – 12, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, small ball & a spoon. Second-hand clothes are fine as long as they are in good condition. Please don’t include sweets, liquids (including liquid soap) or toys as they can cause problems at customs. Backpacks should be labelled with the age of the child & if it’s for a boy or a girl. More details can be found at : www.marysmeals.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/the-backpack-project

ALPHA COURSE A local 9 week Alpha course is starting on Wednesday, 24 October & will be held every Wednesday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm at 8 Barnton Park View with a meal & fellowship. There is no charge & all are welcome. Please just turn up if you are interested in exploring your faith. Further details are available from Brian on 07500 466995 or from Anne at annebunyan@gmail.com. 

CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARDS & 2019 CALENDAR The CrossReach Christmas catalogue is now available & copies can be found in the Session House along with a sample calendar. Details can also be found on the CrossReach website at www.crossreach.org.uk or by contacting the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR The Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society will be performing Jesus Christ Superstar at the Church Hill Theatre, Morningside Road, from 23 – 27 October at 7.30 pm with a 2.30 pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets cost £17 (£15 for concessions & students & £8 for children) & are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/Edgas or on 0333 666 3366. They are also available from Andrew in the Cramond Kirk choir on a Sunday morning.

WHAT’S THE USE OF CHURCHES Scotland’s Churches Trust annual Marion Fraser Memorial Lecture will take place at 6.30 pm on Thursday, 25 October in Glasgow University Chapel. Sir Kenneth Calman, Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, is the guest lecturer & his lecture is entitled “What’s the use of Churches”. Free tickets are available at https://event.bookitbee.com/19266/marion-fraser-memorial-lecture or by contacting SCT on info@scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk.

DONALD GORRIE LECTURE The Revd Dr John Bell will deliver the Donald Gorrie Lecture on Tuesday, 23 October at 7.30 pm in St Andrew’s & St George’s West. A member of the Iona Community, John lectures around the world on issues of liturgy, music & spirituality. Everyone is welcome, the event is free & there will be a chance to chat over refreshments afterwards.

THE LISTENING SERVICE is a multi-faith court chaplaincy initiative that helps alleviate the anxiety & stress that comes from attending court. Based at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, volunteers offer a listening ear for those attending court as well as family & friends. If you would like to find out more about joining the service as a volunteer, please contact courtchaplaincy@gmail.com. Training days for new volunteers are being held on 22 & 23 October.


                                        2018             2017           Increase/Decrease

                                          £                   £                            £

Gift Aid                            106,088        104,982      1,106

Freewill Envelopes           11,405          13,082        1,677

Open Plate                       11,451          12,177           726

                                        128,944        130,241      1,297

Number of Sundays            39                   39

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 Treasurer may be contacted by leaving a note in the “Joint Treasurers” box in the Session House or by e-mail at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk.

THE BARNTON & CRAMOND COMMUNITY CLUB meets in the Kirk Hall on Thursday, 18 October at 2 pm & in a change to their programme, their guest speaker will be the Very Reverend Dr Russell Barr!


9 October    Kenneth Archibald




Sunday, 21 October

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Morning Worship

Sunday, 28 October

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Morning Worship