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A right good nicht had by a!

Our Burns Supper was a great success last Saturday. Everyone seemed to have had a great night if the atmosphere and comments were anything to go by. And although it wasn't organised as a fundraiser, over £550 was raised and this is to go towards the fund for our new kitchen ...
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Men’s Breakfast – Saturday 8th February

All men of the congregation/community are welcome at the monthly breakfast held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, at 9 am in the Session Room and kitchen. A hearty breakfast is served and there is a chance to catch up with others. The gathering usually ends with a short ‘pause for thought’. Everyone puts £3 into the kitty to cover costs - but your first visit is free! Join the Men's Breakfast Mailing list * indicates required Email Address * ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 26 January 2020

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Agape Meal on Sunday 26th January

The main way Christians have practiced this is through the Sacrament of communion, sometimes called mass, the eucharist or the Lord’s supper. One of Jesus’s most important instructions to us was to share bread and wine together in memory of him. However there are also other ways that Christians have followed those instructions, and one of them is having an Agape meal. Agape is Greek for love and Agape meals are inspired by the way the Christians of the Early Church ate together. They can be done with small pieces of bread and wine, as we do communion, or they can be full meals shared together. This Sunday we will be sharing an Agape meal together and all are welcome to join in ...
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Sporting Conversations at Wardie Church – Thursday 6th February

You are warmly invited to the following event, hosted by Paul Mitchell, Sports Commentator & Broadcaster, at Wardie Parish Church. Tickets are free and available https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sporting-conversation-tickets-88506004843 Sporting Conversation Tickets, Thu 6 Feb 2020 at 19:30 | Eventbrite Eventbrite, and certain approved third parties, use functional, analytical and tracking cookies (or similar technologies) to understand your event preferences and provide you with a customised experience. www.eventbrite.co.uk You don't need to book in advance but it would be helpful to know numbers so if you think you can make it, please do click on the link. Sporting Conversations Thursday 6th February 7.30pm, Wardie Parish Church In conversation with Stewart Weir Stewart Weir is a former sports reporter at the Evening Times, chief sportswriter at the Scottish Mirror and Head of Sport at the Herald & Times Group. Stewart has worked extensively in PR, for governing bodies and individual clients such as Sir Chris Hoy and Stephen Hendry. Stewart is the co-author of ‘My Name’5 Doddie’, ‘The world according to Doddie’ and the author of ‘100 great Scottish rugby moments’. He is a regular on talkSPORT. Come and hear Stewart in conversation with BBC Sports Commentator Paul Mitchell ...
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Life and Work – February 2020

Life and Work is now available as a digital edition for computer, tablet and smartphone. Subscribe from £11.99 for six months or buy a single issue for £1.99 from www.lifeandwork.org See Anne Macintosh or any of the welcome team for a copy of the magazine FEBRUARY 2020 New Partnerships Jackie Macadam learns about the successes and hurdles faced by uniting or linking parishes Run With Patience The life and faith of ultramarathon runner Dr Mark Calder No Time to Waste In the first in a series of columns marking the 50th anniversary of the Church of Scotland’s SRT (Society, Religion and Technology), Dr John Francis reflects on nuclear energy and weapons A Medieval Church Court Andrew Stevenson reports on a unique church court in the Channel Islands A Spirit of Generosity David Lynch reflects on the recent journey of stewardship in the Church of Scotland and the advance of new technology The Church of Veere Anne-Mary Paterson reflects on the history and legacy of the first overseas Church of Scotland Be the Change You Want to See In this month’s youth column, Matthew Macneil traces his faith journey, and his role in the Awakening Youth conference in Lewis. Everything Has to Go Continuing his focus on 1 Thessalonians, the Rev Dr Martin Fair explains why there needs to be a turning away from one thing to another. Plus all the regular columnists, news, reviews, letters, registers and crosswords Online visit us at www.lifeandwork.org for regular news and exclusive features, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @cofslifeandwork Subscribe online from £12, or download a digital copy for £1.99; return the form in the magazine or speak to your church’s Life and Work coordinator ...
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Church Flowers

The Church Flowers In many churches members of the congregation are encouraged to cover the cost of flowers that displayed in church as a way of marking anniversaries or celebrations. This is something that we used to do in Granton and whilst it is a good way to remember loved ones and events, it also makes providing flowers more affordable for the church. Sandra Summers renews the flower displays in church every two weeks, but they are becoming increasingly expensive and the Kirk Session is looking into ways to help fund this. We will be putting a list of dates next to the flower box for the next 3 months to trial if people would like to donate towards the flowers. Anyone can donate - please speak to Sandra Summers or just place an envelope in the flower box. It costs between £10-£15 to fully change the two vases, but any donations would be appreciated ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 19 January 2020

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Conversations in Discipleship – Thursday 23rd January

Following an enjoyable and relaxed trial run at Linda's Home Group, Dan and Karen are now keen to offer an opportunity for more members of the congregation to experience this excellent Church of Scotland resource, exploring what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Karen says, "These conversations invite us to tell stories from our own life experience and reflect on them together." If you'd like to come along on Thursday 23rd January at 7.30 pm at 89 Ferryfield, please let Dan or Karen know (dan@granton.org.uk) ...
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Blue Cake Day – Sunday 2nd February

We are holding a 'Blue Cake' bake sale after church on Sunday 2nd February. Bake a blue cake Buy a blue cake Support Health in Mind Looking for ideas? There are loads in this download pack - Final Blue Cake Day pack The event is being held to raise awareness and support for Health in Mind, a local mental health and wellbeing charity based in Edinburgh. Health In Mind provides a unique range of services including counselling, cognitive behavioural therapies, peer support groups, befriending and trauma support. Their work focuses on some of the most excluded and vulnerable people in our society, including people from ethnic minority communities and survivors of childhood abuse. The charity is based on Shandwick Place and operate primarily in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Borders. Alice Clarkson, Fundraiser at the charity, says "At Health in Mind, we understand the importance of raising awareness and opening up the conversation about mental health and wellbeing, and our Blue Cake Day is a great way to do this." This idea takes a traditional bake sale and turns it blue to highlight the fact that many of us ‘feel blue’ or experience poor mental health. Congregations are invited to bring along baked goods (or bought, we won’t tell!) coloured blue with food colouring, blue icing, blueberries or whatever you fancy to sell after the church service, and make a donation to Health in Mind. Read more about Health In Mind on their website at www.health-in-mind.org.uk ...
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New Welcome Ministry Schedules

Welcome Ministry schedules for February - April are now made up. Check email for yours if you are on any schedules. Check the Welcome Ministry Rota page ...
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Empowerment Workshop – January 30th

Granton Goes Greener is hosting an Empowerment Workshop focusing on mental health and well being. January 30/01 in West Hall between 12-2/3 PM. Tea/ coffee and cakes provided ...
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Free Bike Repair Session – Thursday 30th January

Granton Goes Greener is hosting another Free Bike Check session on 30th January from 4pm - 6pm. Free Bike Repairing Session on 30/01 in West Hall between 4-6 PM. No registration required. We will also have local police officers helping to register/ record any bicycle. It is quite important to register bikes as in case of having it stolen and retrieved by the police - it is the easiest way of tracking the owner ...
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Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. We are marking this day in church at our service on Sunday 26th January. The theme for this landmark anniversary is "Stand Together". Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good. - Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from Nazi-occupied Europe HMD 2020 also marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia - read more about this here. We have been making a banner to mark the occasion and it will be in church from 26th January. Hundreds of groups around the country have been creating their own Memorial Flame artworks that mark 75 years since the end of the Holocaust, the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews in Europe. 75 of these Memorial Flames have been selected for a national exhibition that will be launched at the UK Commemorative Ceremony for HMD 2020. Find out more ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 12 January 2020

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Prayers for Christian Unity – Wednesday 22 January

We have been invited by Edinburgh Churches Together to a service of Prayers for Christian Unity. The service will be held on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 at 7.30pm at City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX. The guest preacher will be Rt Rev John Armes of the Scottish Episcopal Church. There will be refreshments following the service. The materials for this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been chosen by the churches of Malta and Gozo. The theme is taken from the Acts of the Apostles when St Paul and those with him encountered unusual kindness from the inhabitants of those islands where he was shipwrecked. More details on the Christian Unity website at ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer ...
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Welcome Ministry Schedules – are you in?

We are about to make up the Welcome Ministry Rotas for the next 3 months, so let us know if you're "off" and want to be "on", or "on and want to be "off" ...
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Our new service topic – from the Land of the Book

Scotland at one point was called The Land of the Book because of the place the Christian Bible had in society. Accompanying that book was another, the Psalter. All 150 Psalms set to meter, sung every week in worship across the land. A few of the psalms developed a special role and place in Scottish life and for the next few weeks we are going to study them ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 5th January 2020

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New Year message from Norman

Hope as we look back on 2019 New Year message from Norman Looking back on 2019, our country has faced many decisions which shape not only who we are but who we will be.We had elections that led to joy and despair for different people with celebration and mourning depending on the outcome for you. We had terror attacks in London and Manchester. There was flooding in Northern England. Some of the highest temperatures ever recorded in the British Isles were seen. More people used foodbanks than ever before.All in all, the year was not without its events. As we pass into 2020 it’s important to remember that behind each of these events lies their impact on people. Each headline translates into lives lost, families affected, and people struggling.Amongst all of this we have the birth of a baby boy to a poor family in Bethlehem who would go on and change the world. Emmanuel, God with us.We may put the trees and the nativities away. We need to make sure we don’t put the baby away for another 11 months.It was for these very situations that Jesus came into the world; that he might redeem his people whilst demonstrating God’s love to his creation.Remember that as you look back, hold onto that as you look forward! For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its saviour. John 3:16-17 ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 29th December 2019

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The Bulletin for Christmas Services

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Christmas Message

On behalf of everyone at Granton Parish Church we wish you every blessing this Christmas. For us as Christians this time of year is a reminder that God cared enough for this world to allow his son Jesus to enter it; amazingly as a vulnerable little child! He did that because he loves this world. So whoever you are and whatever circumstances you find yourself in; know this Christmas that you are loved! Norman Smith, Minister ...
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A big Green Thank You

It's been a great year for our climate change project "Granton Goes Greener", with our recycling targets exceeded and the number of visitors and volunteers growing. We'd like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has helped in this success story during 2019 - visitors to the Share 'n' Wear, volunteers, drivers, fundraisers and administrators - all under the superb leadership of Anna, our Community Engagement Officer. The Share 'n' Wear will be closed over the Christmas and New Year weeks, with the last session of 2019 being on Friday 20th December from 12 - 1pm - re-starting on Wednesday 8th January. All the volunteers and staff are on a well-deserved break. A final update from Granton Goes Greener Share 'n' Wear for 2019 1 bicycle We have managed to do an application on behalf of one of our service users and get him a free bike, which enables him travelling to different locations and accessing community meals and food banks 6 black bags ......of winter clothes and shoes donated to a homeless shelter 150-200 people ......took part in our church Christmas Fayre £240 ......made from tombola, bake sale and guess the teddy from the Christmas Fayre ...
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Thanksgiving & Memorial on 5th January

The Thanksgiving and Memorial Service will be held on Sunday 5th January 2020. Each year we gather  to give thank and remember loved ones who have passed away. This year our service will be on the 1st Sunday of the year at the usual time of 10.30am. This is a quiet contemplative service with opportunity for reflection. This is a very poignant service where there will be an opportunity to give thanks for the life of those who have passed on and who were of particular significance to us. We in the church recognise that though our loved ones may have moved on from this life we will always hold them dearly in our hearts. It is only right we have occasions where we can formally remember them. As well as this the service will be an opportunity to give thanks for other occasions in our lives. This could be anything from a new birth, a new house, a new job through to recovery of health or giving thanks for new friends. There is much in our lives it is good to thank God for. The service will take place on Sunday 5th January 2020 at 10.30am in the Church. Note that there will be no provision for children at this service ...
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