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KIRK ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, 29 March 2020

WELCOME and although this is a virtual welcome, it is still a very warm welcome. Although we cannot gather together for worship, please know the life and worship of the congregation continues. Please keep in touch with all that is happening and share the Kirk News as far and wide as you can - thank you.

TWITTER & FACEBOOK! As we are sure you all know, the Kirk has both a Twitter feed at @cramondkirk1 and a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cramondkirk2 so please do keep in touch on  either to check all the latest news & happenings. Both are also accessible from the Kirk website at www.cramondkirk.org.uk & if you do visit either site, please remember to “like” our page.

WEEKLY SERVICES While we are unable to hold services in the Kirk, Russell & Iain have taken to Facebook. Every Sunday at 10 am Russell will be holding a short morning service. The service is pre-recorded so if you can’t manage to watch at 10 am, it will be available to watch on the Kirk’s Facebook page at any time and an audio version will be available on the Kirk website (please see above).

PAUSE FOR THOUGHT Iain’s “Pause for Thought” will also continue to be broadcast live on Facebook at 7.15 pm every Thursday and he hopes you will be able to join him. If anyone needs help or advice on how to join Facebook, please be in touch with the Kirk Office at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk as Iain has created a guide on how to join.

DAILY REFLECTIONS  Every weekday you’ll find a daily reflection by Russell or Iain on the “Worship” page of the Kirk website.

REVEREND STANLEY OKEKE We are delighted to let you know Reverend Stanley Okeke preached as sole nominee at St Andrews Church Ayr on 15 March and the congregation voted overwhelmingly in his favour. With the current situation, we do not yet know when Stanley’s induction will be but hopefully he and his family will be able to move to their new parish soon & we would also hope to arrange a farewell reception for him in due course. In the meantime, if you would still like to contribute towards a gift for Stanley, we can accept bank transfers to the Kirk account – account no : 00185768, sort code : 80-02-19 and please include the reference “Gift for Stanley”.

FAIRTRADE THANK YOU  We have received a note of thanks from Traidcraft for the donation of £150 we were able to send them following the FairTrade Fortnight event held in the Kirk Hall in February. So many thanks again to all who supported us.

FRESH START Sadly, due to the current situation, Fresh Start has had to close its premises and is unable to accept donations of goods or food. As you can imagine, this is making life extremely difficult for many of our most vulnerable neighbours. However, Fresh Start can still deliver emergency food packs & in just 5 days has delivered over 250 packs. If you would like to make a donation to Fresh Start to enable them to buy food for the packs, please visit their website at www.freshstartweb.org.uk or you can donate by bank transfer to Fresh Start’s HBOS account - sort code: 80-11-05 & account no: 00470086.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2020 You will not be surprised to learn that Christian Aid Week has been cancelled. For Cramond Kirk this means there will be no door to door collections or Christian Aid Fair. However Christian Aid is working on alternative ideas that will allow people to take part in Christian Aid Week in different, creative ways – by post, by text and online. Christian Aid Week is the charity’s single-most important fundraiser so they would welcome your ideas on how to show love for our neighbours at home and abroad, as a community. 

CHRISTIAN AID SCOUT PLANT SALE The good news is that the Scouts are still happy to collect orders for their plants. For those who have completed order forms, these can be posted to the Kirk Office at 16 Cramond Glebe Road, EH4 6NS and if you would like an order form, please visit the Scouts’ website at http://www.cramond-scouts.org.uk/plantsale.html.  Although there will be no plant stall to collect from, the Scouts will arrange delivery and are working on the logistics at the moment.

CHRISTIAN AID TOMATO PLANTS Likewise Michael Dick and his team are still happy to take orders for tomato plants and will arrange delivery to your door when the plants are ready. Plants cost £1 each & requests should be sent to the Kirk Office at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk with a note of your name, address, phone number & your choice of tomato variety (Ailsa Craig, Cherry, Gardener’s Delight or Orkado) & the number of plants required.

LIVE SERVICES A list of congregations providing streamed services can be found at https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/worship/services-online on the Church of Scotland website.

PRAY TOGETHER Church groups across Scotland are asking Christians to join in prayer at 7 pm on Sunday evenings. Last Sunday, thousands of Christians across Scotland answered the call to pray at the same time. Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly, said: "When so much is not normal, how lovely it can be to come together at 7 pm each Sunday and have a few moments in which we can pray together. Let me encourage you to keep hope alive and join with us in prayer."

DEATHS

16 March        Peter Millar

22 March        Mrs Alison Amour

 

FORTHCOMING SERVICES

Every Thursday

7.15 pm : Pause for Thought

Every Sunday

10.00 am : Morning Service