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Sunday, 10 November 2019

GRAPEVINE The next edition of Grapevine is available for collection by distributors from the Kirk Hall this morning.

KIRK SESSION MEETING The next Kirk Session meeting will take place in the Kirk on Sunday, 24 November following the 10 am service. Could those elders who do not receive their papers via e-mail, please collect them from the Session House. All are welcome to attend.

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE Cramond Kirk’s Book of Remembrance can be found beside the War Memorial at the front of the Kirk. If you would like the name of a relative or friend to be added to the Book, please complete one of the Book of Remembrance forms which can be found at the Kirk doors or in the Session House.

FRESH START Many thanks for the recent donations of linen & toiletries, all beautifully wrapped & gratefully received. This week we could use towels & Tupperware.

‘SWEATY CHURCH’ GIANT GAMES AFTERNOON The Sunday Club are having a “giant” games afternoon on Sunday, 24 November at 6 pm in the Kirk Hall. All are welcome to try their hand at giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, giant Chess … & if anyone has any giant games which they could lend us for the afternoon, it would be very much appreciated. Please let Louise in the Kirk Office know if you do (336 2036 or cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk).

BIBLE STUDY Rev Stanley Okeke’s next Bible study evening will be held in the Session House on Wednesday, 13 November from 7 pm – 8.30 pm. The theme for the evening will be "How big is your God?", looking at Matthew 6 : 25-34, 2 Corinthians 9 : 8-11, Ephesians 3 14–21 & Job 42 : 1-6 & using session 6 of John Ortberg’s study guide - "If you want to walk on the water, you’ve got to get out of the boat”. Everyone is welcome.

THE CRAMOND WALKERS Thursday, 14 November – Selkirk Walks (11 km/7 miles). With two walks around the lochs & environs of Selkirk & a refreshment stop between the two, this promises to be a lovely way to spend the day. 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

THE ALMOND MAINS INITIATIVE AGM is being held in the Kirk Hall at 11.30 am on Wednesday, 13 November. Refreshments will be served from 11.15 am & all are welcome.

GUIDE RANGERS HOME BAKING STALL To raise money for the Royal High’s “Habitat for Humanity” trip to Romania in June 2020, the Guide Rangers are holding a home baking stall in the Kirk Hall on 12, 13 & 14 November from 5.45 pm to 8.30 pm. Please pop in & stock up on lots of goodies.

TOUR OF THE ROBIN CHAPEL The Robin Chapel is inviting church groups to visit & learn about the history of the Chapel, see its outstanding construction & hear about the work of the Thistle Trust & the Thistle Foundation. If you would be interested in joining a Cramond Kirk group visit to the Chapel on Thursday, 28 November, please contact Louise in the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

THE SMALL OWL CALLING is a collection of thoughts & prayers from around the world, brought together by Peter Millar to help remind us in these uncertain times of the essential decency of humanity & the many ways we connect with one another. Dr Barr used one of the poems in a recent sermon. Further copies of the booklet are available, free of charge, in the Session House.

WALKING FROM A NIGHTMARE TO LIVING THE DREAM J J Chalmers is the guest speaker at the 2019 Donald Gorrie Lecture to be held in St Andrews & St George’s West Church on Tuesday, 19 November at 7.30 pm. Hear the inspiring story of how he overcame life-changing injuries to win a gold medal in the 1st Invictus Games & go on to forge a career as a sports & TV presenter.

HOST UK arranges brief visits for international students with UK hosts - one day, a weekend or, over the festive period, a 3 day visit. Hosting an international student can bring a whole new dimension to your Christmas, with a chance to learn about another country’s traditions & enjoy the connection & friendship that such sharing brings. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a volunteer host, please visit www.hostuk.org or call 0207 739 6292.

WELCOME GUIDES AT ST CUTHBERT'S An appeal for help has come through from Irene MacKenzie, Convener of the Welcome Guides at St Cuthbert's. From April to the end of September 14,000 visitors cross the threshold of St Cuthbert's. They are welcomed by volunteer Welcome Guides who work in pairs on a weekly, fortnightly or reserve basis. Full training is always given to new recruits. Irene is hoping that there may be people in Cramond Kirk willing to take on this interesting & rewarding role. A few new guides will be needed for the 2020 season plus reserves who will provide cover for holidays, sickness etc. If you are interested, please contact Tom Cuthell on 476 3864 or at tcuthell@gmail.com  

AVON BEAUTY GALAXY Stanley’s wife, Chidinme 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.

LIKETH, LOVETH, GETTETH & USETH MAPS The guest speaker at Lauriston Castle at 10.30 am on Tuesday, 12 November will be curator, Paula Williams. Over the years John Dee, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexander McCall Smith & countless other authors have used maps & map making as essential parts of their tales. In this illustrated lecture Paula explores the National Library of Scotland's collections to see how maps have been portrayed in literature. Tickets cost £9 & there will also be coffee & cake & a chance to have a tour of the castle. Further details & tickets are available at www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/venue/lauriston-castle. Please note tickets must be purchased in advance.

CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARD & CALENDAR COLLECTION  Although it’s still September, the organised amongst us might be interested in the CrossReach 2019 Christmas card collection. A number of catalogues as well as a sample 2020 calendar are available in the Session House. The cards & calendars are also available online at shop.crossreach.org.uk


                                         2019                     2018                            Increase/Decrease

                                            £                          £                                             £

Gift Aid                          116,640                 115,945                                   695

Freewill Envelopes           10,999                   12,363                               1,364

Open Plate                     13,340                     12,860                                   480

                                    140,979                   141,168                                  189

Number of Sundays           43                          43

Legacies Received : January – October 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 can be contacted at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk or by leaving a note in the “Joint Treasurers” box in the Session House.

THE CRAMOND ASSOCIATION HISTORY SECTION meets in the Kirk Hall at 7.30 pm on Wednesday, 13 November for a talk by John Dixon on Georgian furniture in Edinburgh. All are welcome & there is a £1 entry fee for non-members.



Sunday, 17 November

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : The YMCA's 175th Anniversary Service 

Sunday, 24 November

8.45 am : Morning Prayers

10.00 am : Morning Worship