Sunday, 19 March 2017
PASTORAL VISITING Our ministers have organised a rota system for visiting & during March, Revd Tom Cuthell (476 3864) will be visiting our frail & elderly housebound members & Revd Colin Douglas (551 3808) will be visiting those in hospital & in care homes.
KIRK SESSION SEMINAR The annual Kirk Session seminar is being held in the Kirk following this morning’s 10 am service. This year’s theme is “Pathways in Spirituality” & the guest speaker, Revd Scott McKenna of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church will lead the opening session on “the most important journey in life – the inner journey”. All members & friends are warmly invited to join elders for the opening session which will last from 11.30 am – 12.30 pm.
JUMBLE SALE Many thanks to everyone who supported last Saturday’s jumble sale – the stall convenors & helpers, the bakers & catering team, the car park attendants & doormen & all those who came along & supported the event. A total of £3,177.36 was raised on the day & will be shared between Fresh Start, the Turi Children’s Project & the Kirk. The breakdown is as follows :
Jumble Bites £349.00
Adult Clothes £465.88
Linen/Soft Furnishings £178.50
Toys & Games £280.75
Bric a Brac £738.74
Shoes/Bags/Children’s Clothes £213.35
Home Baking £147.55
TURI CHILDREN’S PROJECT Having returned from Kenya, Russell & Margaret wanted us to know that they had an excellent visit to the Turi Children’s Project & were very impressed with all that they saw & heard. The project is well run & supported & the children who attend benefit hugely from the practical & emotional help they receive. Russell would also like to pass on the thanks & good wishes of everyone at Turi.
THE GREAT CRAMOND BAKE-OFF continues with March’s Bake-Off next Sunday, 26 March. The theme this time is traybakes – so please rustle up your favourite traybake & “entries” can be left in the Session House or the Kirk Hall before the 10 am service on the 26th.
LOCAL CHURCH REVIEW UPDATE In April 2016 Cramond Kirk submitted its Action Plan to the Church of Scotland’s Local Church Review. Copies of an update on the Kirk’s Action Plan are now available in the Session House. If you wish to receive an e-mail version of the update, please contact the Kirk Office on email@example.com
CRAMOND WALKERS Saturday, 25 March : Ben Cleuch (15½ miles/10 miles) grade : hard. Starting at Woodland Park Alva, this is a long but not difficult climb & the walk through Alva Glen is wonderful. Meet : Barnton Avenue West at 9 am. For further details, please contact Fiona Black at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE EDINBURGH MANDOLIN & GUITAR ORCHESTRA will be performing in the Kirk Hall on Friday, 31 March at 7.30 pm. Now in their 9th year, under the baton of Nigel Gatherer, EMGO play music from many lands (Italy - Santa Lucia & Spain - Recuerdos de la Alhambra) & in a number of genres (Baroque - Purcell & film score - The Third Man). EMGO members play a variety of instruments: mandolins & guitars but also mandolas (a larger, deeper member of the mandolin family) & a cello. The concert is free but there will be a collection for Fresh Start. Tea/coffee & biscuits will be served at the interval.
FRESH START Thank you for the recent large donation of china. Fresh Start is currently short of curtains & side plates. Any donations are welcome & can be left on the Fresh Start table in the Kirk Hall.
THE FRIENDS OF THE RIVER ALMOND WALKWAY will be holding a public meeting & AGM in the Kirk Hall on Monday, 20 March at 7.30 pm. The meeting will include an update on the Salvesen Steps, progress on the creation of the Community Woodland & the current proposals for the weirs at Fair-a-Far & Dowie’s Mill. All are welcome.
THE WEDNESDAY CLUB meets in the Kirk Hall on 22 March at 7.30 pm when Rickie Tank will be giving a talk on a new local business - "Home Help Me".
THE CRAMOND ASSOCIATION meets in the Kirk Hall at 7.30 pm on Monday, 27 March for its AGM followed by their guest speaker, Professor Alan Alexander of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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
CARMINA BURANA One of our choir members, Louise Thomson, will be singing the soprano solo in Orff's Carmina Burana at the Caird Hall in Dundee, with the University of Dundee Orchestra & Choirs, on the evening of Sunday, 26 March. The concert will also feature works by Brahms, Grieg & Whitacre. Tickets priced £12/£8 are available from 01383 434 940 & at www.dundeebox.co.uk
BRITISH CHORAL ICONS The Edinburgh Singers will be celebrating the wealth of British choral music on Sunday, 26 March at 7.30 pm in Canongate Kirk. Tickets cost £12/£10, under 12’s free & will be available at the door on the night.
REMEMBERING ISRAEL/PALESTINE Around the 24th of each month Christian Aid, the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church & the United Reformed Church come together to remember the people of Israel & the occupied Palestinian territory. Each event includes stories of life in the area & prayers for peace. The next event is being held on Sunday, 26 March from 7pm – 9pm in East Craigs Church Centre, 3 Bughtlin Market. All are welcome.
THE NEW JERSEY BOYS will be performing a musical tribute to Frankie Valli in the Kirk Hall on Saturday, 25 March at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £12.50 & are available from the Kirk Office.
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.
LGBTI EVENT If you are the parent or sibling or close loved one of someone who identifies as LGBTI & would like the opportunity to discuss faith & sexuality, Rev Canon Dr Marion Chatterley & Rev Andrew Bain of the Scottish Episcopal Church invite you to join them at Emmaus House, 14 Gilmore Place on Saturday, 8 April from 10 am – 1 pm to share reflections & experiences in a safe & supportive space. Suggested offering for the session : £25. To book a place, please call 228 1066 or e-mail : email@example.com
BAPTISM – Sunday, 12 March
Annabelle Grace daughter of Craig & Lesley Watson
11 March Mrs Betty Malkin