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KIRK ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, 3 February 2019

THE KIRK OFFICE Louise is away from the office for the coming week & Margaret Duncan will be holding the fort in her absence.

THE ROBIN CHAPEL Dr Barr will be guest preacher at the Robin Chapel at 4 pm this evening. The service is inter-denominational with a professional choir who will be singing Choral Evensong. All are welcome.

GRAPEVINE The next edition of Grapevine should be available for collection by distributors from the Kirk Hall on Sunday, 24 February.

JUMBLE SALE REQUESTS In addition to the requests for jumble donations in the attached flier, we have 3 further requests – 1) if you have electrical items for the sale, we would be grateful if you could deliver these to the Kirk Hall by 5 pm on Friday, 8 March as all electrical items have to be safety tested before being sold. 2) We would love to hear from anybody with knowledge of antiques or jewellery who would be happy to help evaluate the donations to the Bric-a-Brac stall on Friday, 8 or Saturday, 9 March. If you can help, please contact Louise in the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk. 3) A supply of posters advertising the sale is available in the Session House. If you are able to take one & pop it up in your workplace or sports/social club, that would be much appreciated.

A CABARET SUPPER in aid of St Columba’s Hospice & Project Trust – Ellie’s Year in Malawi is being held at the Royal Burgess Golf Club on Saturday, 11 May, 7 pm for 7.30 pm. Octavoce, a young Edinburgh-based 8 part choir, will provide the evening’s entertainment. Tickets cost £30 for a 2 course supper + coffee, mints & the entertainment. Please let Louise in the Kirk Office know on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk if you would like tickets.

“SWEATY CHURCH” From 4 pm – 6 pm on Sunday, 24 February Sunday Club will be running a “Sweaty Church” event in the Kirk Hall. This is for all the family & will involve lots of games & activities. The first half of the session will be based on the theme “Making Others Great” with lots of individual & team challenges & in the second half a choice of games/sports. There’ll also be pizza & juice in the middle to keep the energy levels up! If you would like to join us, please contact Louise in the Kirk Office.

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING The Church of Scotland’s Safeguarding Office will be running 2 training courses over the next 2 months on the safeguarding of children & vulnerable adults. The first course is for elders & is being held in Dalmeny Church Hall on Saturday, 16 February between 10 am & 12.30 pm.  The second is for volunteers & paid members of staff & is being held on Saturday, 16 March (same time & place). If any elder wishes to attend the first course or if anybody is interested in attending the second, please contact Louise in the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

SATURDAY BREAKFAST CLUB On Saturday, 23 February the Breakfast Club will be joined by Jennie Chinembiri. Jennie works with the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council & has special responsibility for the Church’s mission partners & partner churches in Africa & the Caribbean. Jennie will be speaking about the latest developments in partnership, working with Christian brothers & sisters in Africa. 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.

CRAMOND WALKERS Saturday, 16 February : Saline Hill & Glen (6 km/4 miles) grade – moderately easy. This short & pleasant walk combines a relatively quick ascent up Saline Hill, with some of the best views of Fife, followed by a return through bonnie Saline Glen. There’s also the opportunity to enjoy a 2½ mile stroll through the wooded section of the Cleish Hills starting at Powmill. Meet : Barnton Avenue West at 9.45 am or the main street car park in Saline at 10.30 am. For further details, please contact Fiona Black at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

THE ALMOND MAINS INITIATIVE is a registered charity operating out of the Kirk Halls. Its purpose is to combat social isolation & loneliness that can be experienced by some elderly people in our community. It has been running successfully for 20 years. Unfortunately, due to a decision taken by Edinburgh Joint Integration Board, our application for funding for the next 3 years has been unsuccessful. We are not the only charity in North West Edinburgh in this position & Almond Mains has joined with the other 6 charities to challenge the cuts & Save our Services. If you would like to support their cause, please sign the petition in the Session House.

CYCLE TO IONA In May Andy & Sally Cook will be cycling from St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh to Iona (a distance of 200 miles) to raise funds for & awareness of the work of the Hospice. It is 40 years since St Columba’s opened - Scotland’s first modern hospice. Although it receives some funding from the NHS, 75% of the £8.6 million annual running costs must be raised by the Hospice & its friends. If you would like to support the Cooks in their fundraising efforts, you can donate online by going to https://stcolumbashospicecelticchallenge19.everydayhero.com/uk/the-cook-s-celtic-challenge or you can pledge your support on the sponsor form which is in the Session House.

THE CRAMOND ASSOCIATION HISTORY SECTION meets in the Kirk Hall at 7.30 pm on Wednesday, 13 February when their guest, John Dods will be looking at the Wartime Defences of the Firth of Forth. All are welcome - £1 entry fee for non-members.

THE BARNTON & CRAMOND COMMUNITY CLUB meets in the Kirk Hall at 2 pm on Thursday, 14 February when Teresa Straczynski will be telling the story of Wojtek the Bear.

REMOVAL OF DOWIE’S MILL WEIR – CONSULTATION Proposals have been put forward by the Council & River Life to remove the weir at Dowie’s Mill in order to improve fish migration. However, many are concerned that this will result in a 2/3rd reduction in the “mill pond” at Cramond Brig & that other options have not been fully considered. If you would like to view the online consultation, please go to https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/bi/dowies-mill-weir-fish-migration-improvement/ The consultation will be open until 25 February. Further information is also available on the Latest News page of the Cramond Association website : www.cramondassociation.org.uk

THE GATHERING Christian Aid invite you to join them at ‘The Gathering’ in St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street on Tuesday, 26 February at 10 am when they will be joined by Jeanne Kamara, Christian Aid’s country manager in Sierra Leone. As well as learning about Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world still scarred by the ebola virus, you’ll also have the opportunity to talk to Christian Aid staff & supporters & learn more about the work they do & about plans for Christian Aid Week 2019.

CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION CrossReach is holding its annual Christmas card competition & the winning entry will be used on one of its 2019 Christmas cards. Designs must be original, submitted on paper or card no larger than A3 size & should avoid textures, 3D effects & metallic colours. The competition is open to all & entrants should include their name, address & contact number on the back of the entry along with their age if under 16. Entries should be sent to Christmas Card Competition, CrossReach, 47 Milton Road East, Edinburgh, EH15 2SR. The deadline for entries is 1 April 2019.

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES If you have some spare time to help a local charity, the Edinburgh North West Food Bank Centre has a number of volunteering opportunities, from joining their Board of Trustees to helping in their Foodbank Centres & collecting, sorting & dating their regular supermarket collections. For further details, please contact Sheila Sneddon on 444 0030 or at sheilasneddon@edinburghfoodproject.org or visit their website at : www.edinburghnw.foodbank.org.uk

DEATHS

23 Jan              Miss Jean Stone

5 Feb                Alan Coyle

 

FORTHCOMING SERVICES

Sunday, 17 February

8.45 am : Morning Prayers

10.00 am : Morning Worship

Sunday, 24 February

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Morning Worship