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27 November - 4 December 2020

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.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL SERVICE TIMES As well as being able to view the Christmas trees at the services on Sunday 6 and 13 December, the Kirk will also be open for private prayer on Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 December, 7 pm - 8 pm; on Friday 11 December, 2 pm – 5 pm and on Saturday 12 December, 2 pm – 4 pm. To book for any of the mid-week slots, please contact Catherine Crawford at cmcrawford100@gmail.com

THE ANNUAL GIFT SERVICE – SUNDAY, 6 DECEMBER Although there is no gift service as such this year, we would be grateful for any donations of unwrapped gifts for children. These can be left in the hamper baskets at the front of the Kirk on Sunday, 6 December or dropped off at the Kirk Office any weekday morning. Following the service on the 6th the gifts will go to the Old Kirk & Muirhouse Church for distribution within their parish.

ST ANDREW’S DAY SERVICE Each year the Society of Friends of St Andrew's celebrates St Andrew's Day with a church service held in Edinburgh.  Due to current Covid-19 restrictions it isn’t possible to hold the service as normal.  Instead the Rev Dr John McCulloch, minister of St Andrews Scots Memorial Church, Jerusalem has recorded a St Andrew's Day Service from Jerusalem.  The sermon is preached by the Very Rev Colin Sinclair with contributions from the congregation's partners in the region. Links to the service can be found at www.standrewsjerusalem.org/friends and will be available from 10 am on Monday, 30 November until the end of December.

BIBLE STUDY Please note that Bible Study is now held fortnightly (not weekly). The next Bible Study will be on Wednesday, 9 December starting at 7 pm and held on Zoom. If you would like to take part, please let Louise in the Kirk Office know (cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk) and she can send you a Zoom invitation.

ON-LINE ADVENT CALENDAR We are hoping that for every day in Advent we can put up a different picture on the home page of the Kirk website as we count down to Christmas. If anyone would like to draw, paint, knit, sculpt, build, photograph, bake …. something with a Christmas theme and then send a picture of it to the Kirk Office at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk, we’d be glad to put it up behind one of our Advent calendar “doors”.

ADVENT CONVERSATIONS Advent is a time of waiting and a time of preparation, not only preparing our houses and our families for celebrating Christmas but also preparing ourselves, individually, for the coming of Christ Jesus. To help us re-visit the story of Jesus’ birth and explore, in a relaxed and welcoming environment, what His coming means for each one of us today, the north west Edinburgh churches invite you to join them for “Advent Conversations”. These are being held via zoom throughout Advent with the Old Kirk & Muirhouse Church hosting the Sunday conversations at 6 pm, Blackhall St Columba’s the Wednesday conversations at 7.30 pm, Cramond Kirk the Thursday afternoon conversations at 2 pm and Drylaw the Thursday evening conversations at 7 pm. Full details of the dates and times as well as the zoom invitations and the “Conversation” notes and questions to ponder are available from Louise in the Kirk Office at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

ADVENT SILENT PRAYER For the past 7 years, up until lockdown, St Cuthbert’s and then St John’s held Exploring Silent Prayer sessions and for Advent there will be an opportunity to join Silent Prayer via Zoom. Anyone is welcome to join in and no previous experience is necessary. The dates and times available are 10 am on Tuesday 1, 8 & 15 December and 8 pm on Thursday 3, 10 & 17 December. Please e-mail : margaretannf@gmail.com or tony.bryer51@gmail.com for further details and to receive the Zoom link for joining.

POPPY PEBBLES Many thanks to everyone who painted a poppy pebble for Remembrance. The pebbles leading up to the Kirk’s main door have been admired and very much appreciated by so many people. If you would like to keep your pebble, please collect it by the end of next week. Any remaining pebbles will either be sold in the Little Gatehouse Gallery at the Kirk gates in aid of Poppy Scotland or used to create a Remembrance cairn in the Kirkyard.

DECEMBER & JANUARY KIRK SERVICES If you would like to book a place for any of the 10 am or 11.15 am services in December or January, please either phone the Kirk Office between 9 am and 12 noon, Monday to Friday, on 336 2036 or e-mail : cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk and let us know your name, contact telephone number and which service you wish to attend. There is a maximum number of 50 people allowed at each service. When you arrive, the duty elder will check your name off on the register and this is kept for 28 days for track and trace purposes. You’ll find details of the Christmas services below.

CANCELLATION OF BOOKINGS If you have booked a place for one of the services and find that you are unable to attend, we would be very grateful if you could let Louise in the Kirk Office know as she has a waiting list of people each week who would gladly take your place.  

RE-DRAWING EDINBURGH – COMMEMORATING A CENTENARY The Cramond Association will be meeting on zoom at 7.30 pm on Monday, 30 November when Henry Sullivan and Ashleigh Thompson of Edinburgh City Archives will be describing the background to the 1920 expansion of Edinburgh to include Cramond and Barnton and how the City Archives have been working on the commemoration with local groups from the areas affected. To receive a zoom invitation to the meeting, please e-mail : info@cramondassociation.org.uk

THE ONE WORLD SHOP at St John’s Church, Lothian Road would like to spread a glimmer of hope and warmth this Christmas with their wonderful array of gifts, cards, decorations and Christmas foods sourced from fair trade producers across the world. The shop itself is open from 10 am – 5.30 pm Mon – Sat & 12 noon – 5 pm on Sundays and has social distancing and hygiene measures in place to keep everyone safe. Alternatively you can shop on-line at www.oneworldshop.co.uk where you can also have your gifts wrapped before mailing.

COOKERS FOR CHRISTMAS Fresh Start would be grateful if you could support their Cookers for Christmas campaign. The campaign aims to help those who are struggling, by providing them with a cooker and other essential household white goods. Your donation can change not only someone’s Christmas but their life. Donations can be made on-line at www.freshstartweb.org.uk/donate or by cheque made payable to Fresh Start and sent to the Treasurer, Fresh Start, 22-24 Ferry Road Drive, EH4 4BR.

FRESH START Many thanks for all the donations we have received this week. They are very much appreciated. Please do keep to the items listed below and store sheets, towels and soft goods until further notice.

tumblers            side plates                  dinner plates          soup/cereal bowls

cutlery                pots & pans               mugs                      small electrical items

shampoo            deodorant                  soap                       shower gel

toilet cleaner      washing up liquid      bleach                    anti-bacterial sprays

Donations can be left in the box outside the Manse front door at 16 Cramond Glebe Road. Any deliveries to the Fresh Start offices can only be made by appointment.

A NEW WAY TO DONATE If you wish to support the life and work of Cramond Kirk, a “Donate” button has been added to the Kirk website as an alternative way of giving. The donation site is secure and easy to use. The “Donate” button can be found on the front page of the Kirk website at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk.

WEEKLY SERVICES Please note all our on-line services are now available on the Kirk’s Facebook page.  A link to the Facebook page is given HERE and you do not have to subscribe to Facebook to watch the services.

Daily Devotions - from Monday to Saturday you’ll find a “Daily Devotion” from Ian or one of our elders. These are available on the Kirk's Facebook page

Morning Service - every Sunday from 10 am Ian holds a short morning service. The service is pre-recorded so if you can’t manage to watch at 10 am, it will be available to watch on the Kirk’s Facebook page at any time.



Sunday, 29 November – Advent 1

10.00 am : Morning Worship

11.15 am : Morning Worship

Sunday, 6 December – Advent 2

10.00 am : Morning Worship

11.15 am : Morning Worship

All are invited to bring unwrapped children’s toys to the services which will be distributed to families in need this Christmas

Sunday, 13 December - Advent 3

10.00 am : Morning Worship

11.15 am : Morning Worship

with screening of the Sunday Club Nativity Service

Sunday, 20 December – Advent 4

10.00 am : Service of Christmas Lessons & Music

11.15 am : Service of Christmas Lessons & Music

Christmas Eve

6.00 pm : Christingle Service

11.30 pm : Watchnight Service

Both services are also being streamed to the Kirk Hall & live streamed on the Kirk website

Christmas Day

10.00 am : Morning Worship

Sunday, 27 December

10.00 am : Morning Worship

11.15 am : Morning Worship



Monday - Saturday

Daily Devotions on-line

Every Sunday

10.00 pm : Morning Worship in the Kirk (booking required)

11.15 am : Morning Worship in the Kirk (booking required)

from 10.00 am : Morning Service on-line