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KIRK ANNOUNCEMENTS

3 - 10 December 2021

WELCOME TO WORSHIP at Cramond Kirk in church and on-line. We are glad you have been able to join us and hope you enjoy worshipping with us.

FURTHER INFORMATION & THE KIRK OFFICE Further information on many of the following announcements is available from Louise in the Kirk Office. The office is open from 9.15 am to 12.15 pm, Monday to Friday. Louise can also be contacted on 336 2036 or by e-mail at office@cramondkirk.org.uk 

BUT PLEASE NOTE Louise hopes to be away from the office from 8 – 15 December inc. In her absence phone messages & e-mails will be checked but the office won’t be open.

CRAMOND KIRK CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL After its great success last year, Cramond Kirk will be hosting a Christmas Tree Festival from 12 to 19 December in the Kirk. The lighting of the trees will take place during the 10 am service on Sunday, 12 December and the Kirk will also be open to pop in without booking from 6.30 pm – 8 pm on 13, 15 & 16 December, from 2 pm – 4 pm on Saturday, 18 December and an additional date of 10 am – 12 noon on Tuesday, 14 December.

LAUNCH OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL After the 10 am service on Sunday, 12 December, please join us in the Kirk Halls for coffee and the opportunity to support our chosen charities: Mary's Meals, Fresh Start and Cramond Kirk. There will be the chance to take part in the hamper draw, the tombola and the silent auction for a beautiful quilt and a chocolate Christmas wreath. The Christmas stocking filler stall and the craft stall will be there to tempt you to buy gifts for family and friends. (Please note we are unable to accept card payments.)

STEWARDING AT THE CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL If you had a little spare time and would be happy to steward at the Christmas Tree Festival, please let Louise in the Kirk Office know.

BIBLE STUDY The next Bible Study evening is on Wednesday, 8 December at 7 pm and will be held on zoom. If you would like to take part, please let Louise know and she can send you a Zoom invitation and further details.

VISIT TO IONA Ian would be glad to hear from anyone interested in a visit to Iona in 2022. If you’d like to join him, please contact Ian on 07794 149852 or at IGilmour@churchofscotland.org.uk by 6 December.

THE CRAMOND KIRK CHRISTMAS HAMPER DRAW will be in the same format as last year. To enter the draw, for a donation of £5 you will receive 2 chances to win a hamper as well as a copy of the Christmas quiz. Donations can be made by popping your money into an envelope with your name and contact details, including e-mail address if you have one. Please also write “Hamper Draw” on the outside of the envelope, which can be handed into the Kirk Office or placed in one of the donation boxes in the Kirk. You'll also find a "Hamper" donate button HERE. And we would also be grateful if you can provide a filled hamper. Spare hampers are available outside the Kirk Office in the Kirk Hall. Please help yourself. For more details about the hampers, please contact Gena Wylie at office@cramondkirk.org.uk

A CLEANING ASSISTANT is being sought for the Kirk Halls. The post is part-time - 10 hours per week @ £9.90 per hour and working hours will be in the early morning or evening. An application form and further details are available from David Haggarty on 312 6911 or at hallenquiries@cramondkirk.org.uk

ORIGIN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Origin Scotland invite you to join them for an evening of Christmas music in the Usher Hall on Saturday, 11 December at 7.30 pm. Admission is free but with limited seating capacity, booking is required. Seats can be booked at www.originscotland.org

CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES is selling charity Christmas cards on behalf of many local and national charities. Based at St John's Church on Princes Street, their opening hours are 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday, apart from service times and they’ll be there until 18 December.

CITY PLAN 2030 Edinburgh City Council has now published its draft City Plan for 2030 & is seeking representations from residents. The document will become the development plan against which planning applications will be considered. The City Plan can be viewed at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/cityplan2030 & if you wish to respond to any part of the Plan, you can do so at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/cityplanhub up until 20 December.

CRAMOND COMMEMORATES Our community project is planting trees & bulbs around Cramond in memory of people & aspects of life lost due to the pandemic. Cramond Kirk is participating alongside Cramond Primary, Cargilfield School & other local groups. There will be trees available for both communal areas & private gardens. To strengthen our resources we are keen to hear from anyone with an interest in the project or who may be able to help with fundraising. Please contact Stuart on 01875 823632 or cramondcom@gmail.com Details on how to make a donation are available HERE . Donors of £20 or more may choose to have a tree dedicated in memory of someone who died under the pandemic by e-mailing cramondcom@gmail.com As this year draws to a close the project aims to bring comfort to many in the years ahead. You may wish to gift a tree to someone you know for Christmas. They will be able to choose from our stock early in the new year or we can arrange for it to be planted on their behalf.

MUSIC FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS The Seven Hills Chorus with guests Strathclyde Harmonia invite you to a Christmas concert on Saturday, 18 December at 7.30 pm in St Cuthbert's Church, Lothian Road. The concert will include Christmas readings and many Cramond Kirk favourite carols as well as one or two beautiful, less well-known ones.  Tickets cost £14 (programme included) and are available HERE or at the door on the night. 

COLLECTIONS : 1 JANUARY TO 30 NOVEMBER 2021

                                         2021               2020    Increase/Decrease

                                            £                      £                          £

Gift Aid                          115,453        126,092                10,639

Freewill Envelopes             9,369           13,111                 3,742

Open Plate                       6,668            7,976                     1,308

                                    131,490        147,179                   15,689

FRESH START Many thanks for all your donations. Please note that the Fresh Start warehouse at 22-24 Ferry Road Drive will be closed from 15 December – 10 January.  If during that time you could keep hold of your donations until the new year, we would be very grateful. For further information on Fresh Start, please click HERE.

DEATHS

27 November                 Innes Hardie

29 November                 Dorothy Tweeddale

FLOWERS                     Jean Paterson  

                                     

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Sunday, 12 December - Advent 3

8.45 am : Morning Prayers

10.00 am : Morning Worship

(and the lighting of the Christmas Tree Festival)

Friday, 17 December

6.00 pm : Carols at Cramond

Sunday, 19 December – Advent 4

8.45 am : Morning Prayers

10.00 am : Service of Lessons & Carols with Nativity

Christmas Eve

6.00 pm : Christingle Service

11.00 pm : A Medley of Christmas Music

11.30 pm : Watchnight Service

Christmas Day

10.00 am : Morning Worship

10.45 am : Sacrament of Holy Communion

Sunday, 26 December

8.45 am : Morning Prayers

10.00 am : Morning Worship

 

TRANSPORT TO CHURCH The Church of Scotland has updated its advice for those giving people lifts to church and recommends that each driver should pick up no more than 2 people from one household.  Face masks must be worn and the car should be cleaned after the return trip paying particular attention to door handles, seat belts etc. The Visiting Team co-ordinator knows of several people who would appreciate a lift to church so please get in touch if you are able to help.

COVID RESTRICTIONS Please remember we still need to socially distance by 1m from other households, disinfect hands, wear face coverings at all times unless exempt and avoid congestion in the aisles. We can now enter and exit the Kirk by the Main Door, the Tower Door and the Session House door and no longer need a one way system. A register is taken at the doors or alternatively you can scan the QR code at the doors if you have the QR App on your mobile phone.

LIVE STREAMING Please note that the 10 am service is live streamed to the Kirk website every Sunday morning. The cameras will focus on the front of the Kirk – the pulpit, lectern and Communion Table. However some of those sitting at the front of the Kirk may also be in camera shot. For those of you watching from home, the link to the live stream can be found HERE. The live service will also be available to watch later on Facebook and on the website if you miss it live at 10 am.

CHECK IN SCOTLAND QR CODE If you haven’t registered through the Kirk Office in advance for a Sunday service, you can now check in and out at the Kirk doors using the Check In Scotland QR code and your mobile phone.

SINGING IN CHURCH We hope you are enjoying being able to sing in church again. Please remember face masks should still be worn while singing.

TWITTER & FACEBOOK The Kirk’s Twitter feed is available 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 “share” and “like” our page.

WEEKLY DEVOTIONS Twice a week you’ll find a “Daily Devotion” from either Revd Ian Gilmour or one our Daily Devotions team. The videos are available HERE. A variety of other videos will also be available during the week.

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Sunday, 12 December - Advent 3

Morning Prayers - 8.45 am

Morning Worship - 10 am

Sunday, 19 December - Advent 4

Morning Prayers - 8.45 am

Service of Lessons & Carols with Nativity - 10 am

Twice Weekly

Daily Devotions on-line

Every Sunday at 10 am 

Morning Service live streamed to the Kirk website