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Sunday, 11 November 2018

ST ANDREW’S BRUSSELS Dr Barr is the guest preacher in St Andrew’s Church of Scotland in Brussels this morning representing the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rt Rev Susan Brown.  St Andrew’s was erected to the glory & honour of God & in memory of the Scots Presbyterians who lost their lives in the Great War & rest in Belgium.

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.

CRAMOND KIRK – GREAT WAR CASUALTIES You will also find a book beside the War Memorial containing detailed accounts of each of the men from Cramond parish who served & died in the Great War. Please feel free to have a look.

GRAPEVINE Our new-look, full colour Grapevine is published today with details of Christmas services & activities. Distributors are asked to pick up their copies from the Kirk Hall. There are even more Grapevine stories on our website - www.cramondkirk.org.uk so make sure you go online for a good read & please let us know what you think of the “new” Grapevine.

KIRK SESSION The next Kirk Session meeting will take place at 11.30 am on Sunday, 25 November in the Kirk. Could those elders who do not receive their papers via e-mail, please collect them from the Session House. Members of the congregation are welcome to attend.

LIFE & WORK The November issue of Life & Work is now available for collection at the Kirk doors & in the Session House.

MARY’S MEALS BACKPACK PROJECT Many thanks to everyone who donated a filled backpage or items to put in the backpacks. If you haven’t yet had a chance to take part in the project but would still like to donate, we’d be happy to continue collecting backpacks & donated items & these can be left in the hamper in the Session House or in the Kirk Office. Full details on the project can be found on the fliers at the Kirk doors or at : www.marysmeals.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/the-backpack-project

SATURDAY BREAKFAST CLUB On Saturday, 24 November the Breakfast Club will be joined by Josh Littlejohn. Starting in a sandwich bar, Josh has developed his activities into Social Bite, one of the major charities in the Third Sector supporting people who are homeless. Social Bite's Sleep in the Park has attracted international attention & raised millions of pounds. Along with Dr Barr, Josh was a member of the Scottish Government Working Group on Homelessness & will speak about some of Social Bite's latest activities. The Breakfast Club begins with a short act of worship in the chapel at 7.45 am followed by breakfast in the Kirk Hall and the meeting finishes at 9 am. All are welcome.

POPPY DISPLAY To mark the centenary of the end of WW1, Liberton Kirk will be displaying around 14,000 poppies on their church building & tower. The poppies have been made by people aged 3 to 96 from as far afield as New Zealand & Australia. The poppies are made from a whole variety of materials including wood, copper, plastic, wool & felt. The display will run until 18 November.

BARNTON & CRAMOND COMMUNITY CLUB meets in the Kirk Hall at 2 pm on Thursday, 15 November when their guest speaker, David Thomson, will be discussing “Mary Queen of Scots in Edinburgh”.

ASSISI 2019 'RELIEF GROUP’ Tom Cuthell's 2019 Assisi Group is full & now has a waiting-list. This has led Tom to explore the possibility of organising a second group - a so-called 'relief group', limited to 16 people. Lasting a week, the stay in Assisi will be from 14 - 21 September 2019. The group will travel BA from Edinburgh to Florence direct with very attractive flight schedules (no getting up in the middle of the night!!). For further information please contact Tom on tcuthell@gmail.com or phone 476 3864.

THE OLD KIRK & MUIRHOUSE WINTER FAIR will be held on Saturday, 17 November from 10 am. Many thanks to everyone who donated items & all are welcome to go along & have a fun day.

CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARDS & 2019 CALENDAR The CrossReach Christmas catalogue is now available & copies can be found in the Session House along with a sample calendar. Details can also be found on the CrossReach website at www.crossreach.org.uk or by contacting the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

ADVENT CALENDARS Fair Trade have plain & milk chocolate advent calendars to choose from this year. They are on sale in the One World Shop under St John’s Church, Lothian Road. The shop is well worth a visit for Christmas gifts as well as their normal stock.

CHRISTMAS WITH A DIFFERENCE! Can you make room for an international student this Christmas & at the same time add an international element to your Christmas, learning another country’s traditions & enjoying the friendship that such sharing brings? HOST UK arranges for international students to enjoy brief homestays with UK hosts - a day, a weekend or a 3 day visit over the festive period. If you’d like to find out more about being a host, please visit : www.hostuk.org

ANGELS, ANTS & ARTICHOKES is an engaging book of poems by Esme Randall capturing vivid pictures of nature, people & spiritual things in a charming & thought provoking way.  Together with drawings by Katharine Wake, the poems will appeal to people of all ages. The book is being sold to help with the cost of extensive structural work required at the Church of the Holy Cross, Davidson's Mains & by purchasing a copy, at £6, you will also be helping to save a lovely church. A copy of the book is available to view in the Session House & can be bought from the Kirk Office any weekday morning – the first of your Christmas stocking fillers …

EDINBURGH OPERA DINNER There are still a few tickets remaining for the Opera Dinner in aid of Hospices of Hope being held at Stewart’s Melville College on Friday, 16 November at 7 pm. Tenor Neil Latchman will be accompanied on piano by Ancuta Nite & they will be joined by the Erskine Stewart’s Melville Chamber Choir. Tickets cost £65 (tables of 8 – 10 can also be reserved) & are available from pamela@hospicesofhope.co.uk & further details are available at : www.hospicesofhope.co.uk/Event/opera-dinner

THE CRAMOND ASSOCIATION HISTORY SECTION will be meeting in the Kirk Hall on Wednesday, 14 November at 7.30 pm when Brian Watters will be speaking about “The Carron Ironworks”. All are welcome - £1 entry fee for non-members.


                                           2018                   2017                  Increase/Decrease

                                             £                         £                                   £

Gift Aid                            115,945               114,534                       1,411

Freewill Envelopes             12,363               14,870                         2,507

Open Plate                         12,860               13,505                           645

                                        141,168               142,909                       1,741

Number of Sundays              43                       44

Mr Crichton Mouat (Gift Aid Treasurerwill 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 Treasurer may be contacted at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk or by leaving a note in the “Joint Treasurers” box in the Session House.




Sunday, 18 November

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Morning Worship followed by Communion

Sunday, 25 November

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Morning Worship