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KIRK ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, 15 October 2017

ELDERS’ ENVELOPES Elders are reminded that their district envelopes for the November Communion visits are now available for collection from the Session House.

CHRISTIAN AID CRISIS APPEAL If you would still like to donate to Christian Aid’s crisis appeal for the Rohingya people forced to flee Myanmar & now living in refugee camps in Bangladesh, donations can be left at the Kirk doors this morning & can also be made on line at www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/rohingya-crisis-appeal

ROAD CLOSURE Kirk Cramond, the road leading to the Kirk Hall car park, will be closed for resurfacing from 16 to 20 October.

WWI CENTENARY TOUR To mark the centenary of the end of WWI, a 6 day Cramond Kirk tour of the WWI battlefields & memorial sites is being planned for the spring of 2018. A copy of the itinerary is given on the back page of these announcements & if you are interested in finding out more details including costs, please contact Louise in the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

WORLD WAR I CENTENARY TOUR

Day Two

Ypres town Cemetery - Set the scene
First Battle of Ypres - Gheluvelt
Plugstreet memorial to the Missing
Lunch at Valet Farm

Prowse Point Cemetery and Xmas truce site
Irish Peace tower

Brandhoek Cemetery and the story of Captain Noel Chavasse RAMC, Double VC

Menin Gate : 8 pm

Day Three

Vimy Ridge Memorial and trenches

La Targette French and British Cemeteries

Lunch in Arras

Wellington Quarries

Monchy Le Preux

Arras memorial to the missing and Fauberg d'Amiens cemetery

Day Four

Devonshire Cemetery
Lochnagar Crater

Lunch at Blighty Tea Rooms
Thiepval memorial to the missing
McCrae's Memorial
Newfoundland Memorial Park
Sunken Lane, Beaumont hamel

Day Five

Tyne Cott Cemetery
Passchendaele Museum
Lunch at Hooge crater
Free time Ypres

Depart for Zeebrugge

(Days 1 & 6 are spent travelling from Edinburgh to Ypres & back)

THE SATURDAY BREAKFAST CLUB begins its new season on Saturday, 28 October when we will welcome Linda Farrer from Edinburgh Street Pastors. Since 2009 the Street Pastors have been offering a listening ear, warm hugs, prayers & practical support to some of the people sleeping rough in Edinburgh's city centre. The Pastors seek to demonstrate their Christian faith through caring, helping & listening & Linda will share some of their wonderful stories. The Breakfast Club begins with a short act of worship in the Kirk at 7.45 am & then it’s over to the hall for breakfast & the meeting will close at 9 am.

TURI CHILDREN’S PROJECT are delighted to report that their chicken shed, paid for in part by Cramond Kirk, is now up & running & home to their first 200 chickens. The Project’s latest newsletter, with pictures of all their activities, including the chicken shed & Russell & Margaret’s visit in March is available on the Kirk website at www.cramondkirk.org.uk

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. Enter our competition by making a £5 donation & receiving a pair of new pants to decorate. Return them by 10 am on Sunday, 19 November for us to judge which is best. There is also 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.

THE WEDNESDAY CLUB will be meeting in the Kirk Hall at 7.30 pm on 18 October for an evening with Margaret Barr & her “Contrasting Experiences of a Moderator’s Wife”. Although part of the road is being resurfaced that day, the ladies of the Wednesday Club are welcome to park in the car park in front of Cramond House.

WELSH SPEAKER NEEDED One of our elderly members who can no longer get out & about very much enjoys a chat in her native tongue. If you are a Welsh speaker & would be happy to visit for a chat, please let Louise in the Kirk Office know on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

SLEEP IN THE PARK On Saturday, 9 December the charity Social Bite is organising the world’s largest ever sleep-out & hoping to attract 9,000 people to Princes Street Gardens to highlight the plight of the homeless. Entertainment will include busking by Deacon Blue, Amy MacDonald & Liam Gallagher & a bedtime story read by John Cleese. If you would like to be one of Cramond Kirk’s sleep-out team, please let Louise in the Kirk Office know. And if you would prefer your own bed but would like to support the team, donations can be left in the Sleep-Out box in the Session House.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD It’s time to look out those shoeboxes again! Please help us with the 2017 shoebox appeal, either by donating a filled shoebox or by providing individual items to put in the shoeboxes. All donations must be gathered in time for our packing day on Sunday, 5 November.  Leaflets are available at the Kirk doors & a box for donating individual items can be found in the Session House. For further details please contact the Kirk Office on 336 2036, e-mail : cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk or visit the Operation Christmas Child website at : www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL ASSESSORS The Ministries Council is currently looking for people with appropriate skills to engage in assessment work as part of the Discernment Scheme for the selection of candidates for ministry. An information day will be held on Tuesday, 24 October starting at 2 pm in the Church of Scotland Offices at 121 George Street. To give you some idea of what is involved, assessors serve for a period of 6 years, they have to be broadminded, flexible, perceptive & able to work as part of a team. They have to be able to record their findings concisely but fully in the reports written on applicants & these reports have to be written in a manner suitable for distribution to the applicant & under considerable time constraints. If you would like to find out more, please contact Louise in the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

FRESH START are very grateful for all the donations of duvets & pillows they have received recently. Any donations for Fresh Start – cleaning materials, bed linen, towels, pots & pans, cutlery, plates, mugs etc are always welcome & can be left in the Fresh Start box in the Kirk Hall.

OKLAHOMA The Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society, including 2 members of Cramond Kirk choir, will be performing Oklahoma in the Church Hill Theatre at 7.30 pm from 25 – 28 October (+ 2.30 pm Sat matinee). Tickets cost £15 (£10 for children) & are available on 0333 666 3366 or at www.ticketsource.co.uk/edgas

 

 

 

FORTHCOMING SERVICES

Sunday, 22 October

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Morning Worship

Sunday, 29 October

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Morning Worship