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KIRK ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, 19 February 2017

PASTORAL VISITING Our ministers have organised a rota system for visiting & during February, Revd Colin Douglas (551 3808) will be visiting our frail & elderly housebound members & Revd Tom Cuthell (476 3864) will be visiting those in hospital & in care homes. 

KIRK SESSION The next Kirk Session meeting will take place at 7.30 pm on Thursday, 2 March 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 the meeting.

GRAPEVINE DELAY With apologies to the Grapevine distributors, the next edition of Grapevine will hopefully be available for collection from the Kirk Hall on Sunday, 26 February.

THE GREAT CRAMOND BAKE-OFF continues with February’s Bake-Off next Sunday (26 February). The theme this time is shortbread – so please get ready to put on those pinnies & “entries” can be left in the Session House or the Kirk Hall before the 10 am service on the 26th. The children will be selling the shortbread in the Hall at the close of the 10 am service so please don’t forget your money!

THE SATURDAY BREAKFAST CLUB is holding its final meeting of the session on Saturday, 25 February at 8 am with a short service in the Kirk Hall followed by breakfast. The guest speaker is Revd Colin Douglas & he will be looking at village life in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. The meeting will finish promptly at 9.15 am, so please come along……all are welcome.

THE KIRK JUMBLE SALE is being held in the Kirk Hall on Saturday, 11 March from 11 am – 1 pm. Further details will appear in next Sunday’s service sheet but please start looking out any unwanted items we might be able to “recycle” for you. The proceeds of this year’s sale will be divided between Fresh Start, the Turi Children’s Project & the Kirk.

THE MODERATOR This morning the Moderator is guest preacher at Kinlochleven & Lochaber where our former probationer, Revd Dr Malcolm Kinnear is the minister.

SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFASTS If you are able to help with the Sunday morning breakfasts over the next 3 months, please add your name to the rota in the Session House & if you would like to find out more about what’s involved, please contact Louise in the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk.

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - the Edinburgh Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra will be performing in the Kirk Hall on Friday, 31 March at 7.30 pm. The concert is free but there will be a collection for Fresh Start. Tea/coffee & biscuits will be served at the interval. For further details, please contact Angela Smith at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

CYCLE TO IONA Andy & Sally Cook have accepted the Celtic Challenge to cycle from Edinburgh to Iona in aid of St Columba’s Hospice. The route covers 200 miles in 4 days & will take place 10 – 14 May 2017. If you would like to sponsor them, please complete the sponsor form in the Session House, hand in a donation to the Kirk Office or you can give through the fundraising page https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/sally-andy-s-celtic-challenge

CRAMOND WALKERS Saturday, 25 February : Wether Law - The Cloich Hills (18 km/11½ miles) grade – hard. There is a great feeling of remoteness on this long undulating walk through conifer forests & over high grazing land. The walk will commence with a cup of coffee at the “Scots Pine” at Eddleston. Meet : Barnton Avenue West at 9.30 am. For further details, please contact Fiona Black at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

AIRPORT FLIGHT PATH CHANGES Edinburgh airport are to introduce new flight paths into & out of the existing runway in 2018. Following consultation in late 2016 they are publicising their preferred options & as part of that exercise will be holding a drop in exhibition in the Kirk Hall on Thursday, 2 March between 2 pm & 7 pm. You are encouraged to attend & make your views clear to the representatives of the airport, air traffic control & the CAA who will be present. The results will impact your lives for the foreseeable future!

THE HEART & SOUL SWING BAND will be performing an evening of big band music at 7.30 pm on Saturday, 25 February in the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square. Entry is free with donations to the Church of Scotland HIV Programme. It promises to be a great evening & has the Moderator’s recommendation!

EXCHANGE 2017 – FUTURE COMMUNITY In an age when big institutions & grand plans can fail communities, eXchange 2017 will look at innovative approaches to turn the way we work within our community on its head. The conference is taking place on Thursday, 16 March in Central Hall, Edinburgh. The guest speaker Cormac Russell will explore how communities can shape their own future using their own resources & throughout the day, group hosts will support small group discussions out in community spaces to enable peer learning & a practical application of the themes being explored. If you work or volunteer in any kind of community-based activity, this day will help equip you to develop effective ways of working in your local community. For more information, call 561 8951 or contact conference@bethanychristiantrust.com

CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION 2017 This year CrossReach is running 2 Christmas card competitions, one for adults & one for children aged 14 & under. Winning entries will be printed & sold later in the year to raise funds for CrossReach.  Full details of the competition can be found on the poster in the Kirk Hall noticeboard. The closing date for entries is Monday, 27 March.

TITANIC Southern Light, featuring 2 of our choir members, will be performing the musical “Titanic” in the King’s Theatre from 21 – 25 February. The musical, which won 5 Tony Awards on Broadway in 1997, focuses on the dreams & aspirations of actual people aboard the “ship of dreams”. Tickets from £15 are available from the Southern Light Box Office on 664 0168 or at tickets@southernlightopera.co.uk

RUDDYGORE, a “hilarious parody of red-blooded Victorian melodrama” is being performed in the King’s Theatre by the Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society from 21 – 25 March. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 8 or more. If you’d like to join a Cramond Kirk group, please sign the sheet in the Session House & indicate if you prefer 22 or 23 March.

A MUSICAL WELCOME A concert for refugees, performed by the Orchestra of the Canongait, is taking place on Sunday, 26 February at 8 pm in St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place. Music will include Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, Elgar’s Cello Concerto & Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scherherezade. Tickets cost £10 (£8 concs) & are available at the door on the night.

MANY THANKS to all who donated double knitting wool. It was very much appreciated.

FAIR TRADE OUTING Have you visited the One World Shop in its new home at the Methodist Church in Nicolson Square? If not why not join the Fair Trade Group on Wednesday, 1 March for coffee at the church’s Well Café followed by shopping in the OWS. We plan to travel on the No 41 bus leaving Cramond Place at 10:04 am (Barnton Junction 10:11). Please let Lesley Cumming know if you are coming (312 8963).

TOMORROW’S CALLING The Church of Scotland is always looking for gifted & committed people to serve future needs.  If you would like to find out more about the opportunities open to you, a Call to Serve Today conference is being held at the MacDonald Crutherland House, East Kilbride on Saturday, 25 February.  To register, please contact Ministries Council at the Church of Scotland, 121 George Street, EH2 4YN, tel : 225 5722 x 2233 or e-mail vocation@churchofscotland.org.uk.

CRATHIE HOLIDAY COTTAGES offer a unique range of facilities for disabled people to enable them to enjoy the most relaxing of holidays in wonderful surroundings. The range of equipment includes hoists & wheeled shower chairs & these are provided at no extra charge. The cottages are adjacent to Crathie Manse near Ballater, 40 miles west of Aberdeen. They are situated within the Cairngorm National Park on the banks of the River Dee & have views to the Balmoral Estate & Lochnagar.  The cottages are surrounded by a fenced play area & so are also ideal for families with children. Crathie Opportunity Holidays is available all year round & short breaks can be arranged.  To find out more, please go to the website : www.crathieholidays.org.uk or call the Manager on 01339 742100.

 

 

FORTHCOMING SERVICES

Sunday, 26 February

8.45 am : Morning Prayers

10.00 am : Morning Worship

Sunday, 5 March

8.45 am : Morning Prayers with Communion

10.00 am : Morning Worship