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Sunday, 20 May 2018

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

RETIRING COLLECTION Last Sunday’s retiring collection for Christian Aid raised £475.40 including gift aid.

CHRISTIAN AID FAIR Many thanks to all who supported last Sunday’s Christian Aid Fair – the tomato plant growers, the bakers & the stall holders as well as all our customers. A total of £905 was raised for Christian Aid. The breakdown is as follows : 

Tomato plants                 £  85.36                

Books                                £  7.50

CD/Records/Tapes         £    5.00                 

Toys & Games                   £28.80

Home Baking                  £185.63                

Refreshments                 £135.85

Scout Plants                    £100.00                

Tombola                            £52.10

Raffle                               £160.00                

Donation                         £144.76

RUNNING FOR CHRISTIAN AID Gillian Hewitt, the Kirk’s Christian Aid Convenor, has entered the 10 km race as part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on Saturday, 26 May in support of Christian Aid. If you would like to sponsor her, please visit her JustGiving page via Gilly Hewitt on Facebook, text GJHY51 to 70070 to give £5 or add your name to the sponsor sheet in the Session House & pop your donation in the box.

YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE CONCERT At 7 pm on Saturday, 23 June the Cramond Kirk Sunday Club youngsters will be holding a concert in the Kirk Hall. If you know of any youngsters (aged 25 & under) who would like to take part, they’d love to hear from them. Musicians, singers & dancers are all welcome – individuals, groups, ensembles etc. Application forms for the performers are available on the big desk in the Session House or on the Young Cramond page of the Kirk website at www.cramondkirk.org.uk

GRAPEVINE The next edition of Grapevine should be available for collection by distributors from the Kirk Hall on Sunday, 3 June.

GRAPEVINE BUNDLING On Friday, 1 June the Grapevine magazines are being put into bundles ready for collection by distributors & this month we are a little short of “bundlers”. If you have a free half hour & are happy to help, please contact Lesley Pearson at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk. The bundling takes place in the Kirk Hall starting at 12 noon.

FRESH START WALK Fresh Start’s annual sponsored walk takes place on Friday, 1 June. This year’s 8 mile walk starts at Duke’s Walk, Holyrood Park & goes round Arthur’s Seat before heading along the Innocent Railway towards Craigmillar before finishing at the Thistle Foundation. You are more than welcome to join the walk & registration forms are available from Fresh Start at www.freshstartweb.org.uk or on 476 7741. You can also support Russell & Margaret by adding your name to the sponsorship form in the Session House.

CRAMOND WALKERS Tuesday, 22 May : Loch Katrine – Primrose Hill (11 km/7 miles) grade - moderate. Starting from Loch Katrine pier car park, the walk follows the loch for 4 km before climbing to a higher path & looping back. There is also the opportunity to take a one hour trip on the SS Sir Walter Scott departing at 2.30 pm. Meet : Barnton Avenue West at 8.30 am. Saturday, 26 May : Lamington – Deil’s Barn Door (19 km/12 miles) grade – hard. Parking near the church in Lamington, the walk heads south-east into the Coulter Hills, past Cowgill Loch & up to Cowgill Rigg before passing through the Deil’s Barn Door to Hardrig Head & back via Easkgill Rigg to Lamington. Meet : Barnton Avenue West at 9 am or Lamington at 10 am. If interested in either walk, please contact cramond.walkers@yahoo.com.

WALKING TOGETHER AS WOMEN IN MINISTRY On Tuesday, 22 May (50 years to the day from the General Assembly decision of 1968), the Moderator, Revd Susan Brown invites all those who support the ordination of women as ministers to walk together up the Mound & into the quad at New College for a time of recollection, commemoration & thanksgiving before proceeding up the stairs & into the Assembly Hall. This will be a procession to honour the pioneer women (& men who supported their call) who first walked this way & to celebrate the gifts & service of women in ordained ministry over 50 years. The walk will start at the ‘plaza’ between the two National Gallery buildings at 1.15 pm. For further details & to register, please visit www.eventbrite.com & search for “Women’s Ordination 50th Anniversary Walk”.

CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN During the General Assembly the Moderator, Revd Susan Brown will lead the 50th anniversary celebrations & you are invited to send a card with a message, tribute, story, poem, prayer or word of support. Please send your card to Ministries Council, 121 George Street, EH2 4YN & mark the envelope WO50.

WALKING TOGETHER As part of General Assembly Week a youth-led evening is being held in the Assembly Hall at 6 pm on Monday, 21 May with youngsters, including those from Cramond Kirk, sharing their experiences & celebrating their involvement within the life & worship of the church. All are welcome.

TOMORROW’S CALLING The Church of Scotland is always looking for gifted & committed people to serve future needs.  If you would like to find out more about the opportunities open to you, a Vocations Information Day is being held at DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro on Saturday, 9 June.  To register, please contact Ministries Council at the Church of Scotland, 121 George Street, EH2 4YN, tel : 225 5722 x 2233 or e-mail vocation@churchofscotland.org.uk. 

BIG GREEN COFFEE MORNING Queensferry Parish Church is holding a coffee morning on Saturday, 26 May, 10 am – 12 noon to raise awareness of environmental issues. As well as home baking & children’s games & activities, there will be stalls & information about reducing single use plastic. Entry is £2 or £1 if you bring your own reusable cup!

EDINBURGH STREET PASTORS’ VACANCY Edinburgh Street Pastors are seeking a Recruitment & Training Administrator to cover maternity leave starting in June 2018. The post is for 15 hours a week for a 10 month period with a possible extension to 12 months, at a pro rata salary of £18,893 per year. The closing date for applications is noon on Tuesday, 29 May. For further details, please contact the coordinator at edinburgh@streetpastors.org.uk or visit the news section of their website at https://streetpastors.org/locations/edinburgh/

THE IONA COMMUNITY “MIRACLE IN MAY” APPEAL The Iona Community is raising funds to improve the accommodation & facilities at Iona Abbey, enabling many more people to enjoy inspirational time at the Abbey. If you would like to contribute to the appeal, please visit www.iona.org.uk/capital-appeal-information or call 0141 429 7281 for further details.

A LEARNING DISABILITIES CONFERENCE organised by the Church of Scotland is being held at St Matthews Church, Perth on Saturday, 16 June starting at 10 am. The event will review the suite of resources created by the Learning Disability Working Group over the last few years & will explore the interactive tools, equipping people to use them to full advantage. Further details & a booking form are available on the Resourcing Mission website at www.resourcingmission.org.uk. The cost is £15 which includes lunch & the closing date for bookings is 4 June.

HEART & SOUL 2018 Please join over 5,000 fellow Christians at this year’s Heart & Soul event in Princes Street Gardens this afternoon between 2 & 6 pm. This year’s theme is 'Peace be with you!' & instead of tents lining the avenues, several meandering paths into new ‘villages’ have been created, all of which are accessible for those with mobility issues. For children there’s a new Family Stage with a giant picnic & Fischy music, games & stories from 12.30 pm – 3 pm so don’t forget to ‘Bring Your Piece'!  & another ‘first' for this year's event is the "In Conversation" tent. It will feature a timetable of interesting talks with contributions from Sally Magnusson; Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood OBE with Louise MacDonald (Young Scot); Ross Greer MSP with Very Rev Dr Derek Browning & Robin Downie; Anna Magnusson with Rev Dr Margaret Forrester & Church Elder & BBC's Hugh Pym will host "In Conversation". And this is in addition to over 60 congregations & exhibitors sharing their work & ministry, a packed Main Stage programme of bands & drama, Peace @ St Cuthbert's Church, a massed worship service at 5 pm in the Ross Bandstand & thousands of people to meet & talk to.  There is truly something for everyone at Heart & Soul.


24 April          Mrs Joan Johnson

9 May             Todd Soutar

14 May           Mrs Elzabe Fotheringham




Sunday, 27 May

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Morning Worship

Sunday, 3 June

8.45 am : Morning Prayers with Communion

10.00 am : Communion Service