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Sunday, 8 December 2019

THE SUNDAY CLUB NATIVITY SERVICE This is one of the highlights of the Sunday Club year & the youngsters invite you to join them on their journey to Bethlehem/Cramond at the 10 am service next Sunday. Angels, shepherds & kings are all welcome as are you!

RETIRING COLLECTION Following next Sunday’s Nativity service, there will be a retiring collection for Mary’s Meals.

CRAMOND KIRK CHRISTMAS CLUB It’s time for more glitter & glue & plans are well underway to run this year’s children’s Christmas Club in the Kirk Hall on the morning of Monday, 23 December (10 am – 1 pm). 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.

KIRK DIARIES Copies of the 2020 Kirk diary are available in the Session House. Please help yourself.

BIBLE STUDY Rev Stanley Okeke’s last Bible study evening of 2019 will be held in the Session House on Wednesday, 11 December from 7 pm – 8.30 pm. The theme for the evening will not surprisingly be Advent & the Christmas story & everyone is welcome.

THE FLOWER LIST for 2020 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

CONGREGATIONAL BURNS SUPPER Following the excitement of Christmas, January can seem rather long & a little dreary so please join us at the Bruntsfield Golf Club at 7 pm on Saturday, 25 January for a Burns Supper to cheer us up. Tickets cost £30 for a 3 course meal & are available from the Kirk Office any weekday morning or from Angela Smith on a Sunday.

THE CRAMOND WALKERS Thursday, 12 December – From Kinghorn Loch (9 km/5 miles) This should be an enjoyable ramble in a part of Fife which is not much visited by the Cramond Walkers. Meet : Barnton Avenue West at 9.30 am. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Fiona Black at cramond.walkers@yahoo.co.uk

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT The Cramond Association is holding its annual Christmas Carols ‘singalong’ on Thursday, 12 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 at info@cramondassociation.org.uk. Tickets are free & donations for the Cramond Dementia Drop-in Café are welcome on the night.

A CHRISTMAS SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE is being held in Corstorphine Old Parish Church on Saturday, 14 December at 2 pm followed by light refreshments. Rev Moira McDonald will be leading the service & all are welcome. The retiring collection will be for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland.

CHRISTMAS AT GREYFRIARS The Edinburgh Singers will be performing a Christmas concert in Greyfriars Kirk on Saturday, 14 December at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £15/12 & will be available at the door on the night.

AVON BEAUTY GALAXY Stanley’s wife, Chidinma has become an Avon representative. If you would like to support her & at the same time do a little Avon Christmas shopping, please chat to her on a Sunday, call her on 07405 293231 or e-mail nma4stanley@yahoo.com.

CARING CHRISTMAS TREES Bethany Christian Trust is once again selling Christmas trees to help the homeless. The Nordman firs start at £35 & every tree sold helps fund Bethany’s vital work. For further details, please visit www.caringchristmastrees.com or phone 0345 111 8733. There are pick-up locations throughout Edinburgh & trees will be available to collect on 13 & 14 December.


                                             2019                 2018             Increase/Decrease

                                                £                      £                              £

Gift Aid                              127,498             126,590                    908

Freewill Envelopes               12,223               14,712                2,489

Open Plate                          15,096               14,664                     432

                                         154,817             155,966                 1,149

Number of Sundays              43                      43

Legacies Received : January – November 2019     £199,000

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 be contacted at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk or by leaving a note in the “Joint Treasurers” box in the Session House.

STEWARDS NEEDED The General Assembly 2020 would like to recruit more people to help with stewarding. The Assembly is being held between 16 & 22 May 2020 & the Moderator Designate is the Rev Martin Fair, minister at St Andrew’s Parish Church, Arbroath. If anyone is interested in helping or finding out more, please contact Louise in the Kirk Office at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk or on 336 2036.

CHAIR-BASED EXERCISE CLASS VOLUNTEERS Do you have a passion for music & movement? Do you want to help older adults stay active & make new friends? Edinburgh Leisure’s Ageing Well project is seeking volunteers to assist with their chair-based exercise class held in the Kirk Hall every Monday from 2 – 3 pm.  For more information please contact Emma Brown on 458 2185 or e-mail emmabrown@edinburghleisure.co.uk




Sunday, 15 December - Advent 3

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Sunday Club Nativity Service

Sunday, 22 December - Advent 4

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Service of Lessons & Carols