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KIRK ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, 10 December 2017

RETIRING COLLECTION Following this morning’s service, there will be a retiring collection in aid of North West Carers who are hoping to raise money to pay for a Christmas party & presents for the young carers they support.

CRAMOND KIRK MUGS The new Kirk mugs are now available in the Kirk Hall on Sunday mornings or from the Kirk Office any weekday morning between 9 am & 12 noon. The mugs cost £7 each, £2 of which goes to Fresh Start. An ideal stocking filler for all the family!

FAIR TRADE STALL A reminder that the Kirk’s Fair Trade stall is open for business following this morning’s 10 am service so please come & pick up your stocking fillers.

WWI CENTENARY TOUR Cramond Kirk’s 6 day tour of the WWI battlefields & memorial sites will take place from 16 – 21 April 2018. Full details of the programme including costs & a booking form are available in the Session House, the Kirk Office & on the Kirk website at www.cramondkirk.org.uk

CHRISTMAS FAIR The Fair Convener, Lesley Hoyle, 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 £7,500 was raised for our 3 charities. As well as £188 from the sale of the Christmas quizzes, the following amounts were raised on the day:

Downstairs Lunches :  £458.00                            Upstairs Snacks           £522.22

Cake & Candy             £488.60                            Books                           £275.65

CD/Records                 £181.00                            Bottles & Tombola        £387.10

Crafts                           £204.93                            Gifts                             £633.72

Collectors’ Corner        £471.85                            Hampers                   £1,346.15

Toiletries                      £484.70                            Toys & Games              £494.90

Chocolate                     £349.25                            Children’s Raffle           £  25.40

Kirk Stall                     £103.48                            Auction of Painting      £  50.00

Face Painting               £  30.00                            Santa (less gifts)           £  51.57

Entrance                      £411.00                            Donations                    £170.00

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 18 November. They had a great time & raised £148.30 last Saturday, which along with their own Fair brought their overall total to £1,287.83. This was the best for a long time & the camaraderie at both events the best too! They would like to convey their thanks to all their friends in Cramond Kirk.

KIRK DIARIES Copies of the 2018 Kirk diary are available in the Session House. Please help yourself.

THE FLOWER LIST for 2018 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

A WARMING WATCHNIGHT SERVICE To keep the winter chills at bay, mulled wine will be served in the Session House from 10.30 pm on Christmas Eve.

CRAMOND KIRK CHRISTMAS CLUB Plans are underway to run a children’s Christmas Club in the Kirk Hall on the morning of Saturday, 23 December. 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 23rd, please contact Louise in the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or e-mail : cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk.

THE GREAT GREY CAKE COMPETITION The Sunday Club children invite you to take part in their Great Grey Cake Competition on Sunday, 14 January.  CrossReach is promoting “Grey Cakes” to raise awareness of mental health issues. The cakes are to be decorated with grey icing but inside should be as multi-coloured as you wish. Recipes for cupcakes & cakes are available in the Session House & the Gathering Space. During the 10 am service on 14 January, the children will judge the entries & award a prize to the winner & following the service, all the cakes will be sold in aid of CrossReach. We hope you will be able to join in this one-off bake-off.

KEEP THE DATES! If your 2018 diary is looking a little empty, here are a couple of dates to pop in – on Saturday, 3 February come & enjoy an Alternative Burns Night & on Saturday, 24 February a sparkling afternoon tea with the Edinburgh Guitar & Mandolin Orchestra. Further details are available from Angela Smith c/o cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk & tickets will be on sale in the new year.

COLLECTIONS : 1 JANUARY TO 31 OCTOBER 2017

                                               2017                   2016             Increase/Decrease

                                                  £                       £                           £

Gift Aid                               125,156            123,415                   1,741

Freewill Envelopes                 18,089               17,692                      397 

Open Plate                            15,074              15,732                     658

                                           158,319            156,839                   1,480

Number of Sundays                  48                     48

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 by leaving a note in the “Joint Treasurers” box in the Session House.

LOTHIAN HOSPITALS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT is taking place in the Usher Hall on Wednesday, 13 December at 7.30 pm. The concert will feature the Lothian Hospitals’ Choir & the City of Edinburgh Music School. Tickets cost between £5 & £20 & are available from the Box Office at www.usherhall.co.uk or on 228 1155. Proceeds will go to Clic Sargent.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT The Cramond Association is holding its annual Christmas Carols ‘singalong’ on Thursday, 14 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 Gena Wylie on 312 8907 or at georgenawylie@gmail.com. Tickets are free, Association members have priority & there is a limit of 2 tickets per person.

FEED THE MINDS CAROL CONCERT Come & celebrate Christmas with your favourite carols on Thursday, 14 December at 7.30 pm in Greyfriars Kirk. All funds raised will support Feed the Minds, a charity which, through education, helps transform the lives of those living in some of the world’s poorest countries.

BUY A CARE SHELTER CHRISTMAS GIFT If you are struggling to think of what to give at Christmas, for just £21 you can buy a Care Shelter Christmas gift from Bethany Christian Trust which will provide a person who would otherwise be sleeping rough, overnight shelter from 9.30 pm – 7 am, care & support from professional staff, access to a freshly prepared hot 2 course evening meal, breakfast in the morning, access to a range of professional on-site services & individual support to move out of homelessness. Purchasing a Christmas gift for the Edinburgh Care Shelter could help save someone's life this Christmas. For further details, please visit www.bethanychristiantrust.com

SMALLS FOR ALL The Sunday Club would like your help to make life less pants for some. We have chosen to support the charity ‘Smalls for All’ which collects & distributes underwear to help women & children in Africa. You’ll find a collection box in the Session House for donations of new pants for girls, boys or ladies - children aged 3-15 or ladies size 8-16. For more information please visit www.smallsforall.org.

 

 

 

FORTHCOMING SERVICES

Sunday, 17 December - Advent 3

8.45 am : Morning Prayers

10.00 am : Service of Lessons & Carols

Sunday, 24 December - Advent 4

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Morning Worship

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