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Free Bike maintenance session – Thursday 22nd November

Thursday 22nd November from 4:30-6:30 PM-FREE bike repairing session in the East Hall of the church. If you want to repair your bicycle or just have it checked, turn up on the day. No booking is required, we will have a specialist from Grease Monkey- bike repairing company doing a drop in. It will be a great opportunity for all intending join us for a cycling tour on the 22nd November to have their bike checked prior to the day. FREE SET OF LIGHTS FOR THE FIRST 20 BIKES! ...
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Join the cycle ride to Granton Hub and Social Bite Village – after church on 25th October

Join the fun with friends from church and the community on the third community cycle ride. Our next Free Cycling Tour to Granton Hub and Social Bite Village is taking place on the SUNDAY 25 TH NOVEMBER. Leaving Granton Parish after Shared Lunch around 12:30. Remember your Bike Helmet on the day. You are welcome to join us for Church Service at 10:30, lunch-11:30 or come at 12:30 for the tour. We will be cycling slowly and stopping at Granton hub to see a photo exhibition, find out more about groups, activities and community garden and stopping again at Social Bite Village. No need to sign up - just turn up on the day with your bike, helmet and suitable clothing. If you are coming into the service first you can park your bike on our new cycle rack which is now installed in the quadrangle. No bike? No  problem! Bike not quite up to it? No problem - bring it along to the church hall on Thursday 22nd November for a free winter check up. Read more>>> ...
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December Life and Work – Christmas Day workers

In December's Life and Work..... • The Christians who will be working on Christmas Day • Chris Wigglesworth reflects on a personal journey to Bethlehem • The Moderator urges us to celebrate Christmas by reaching out to others • The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers urges us to focus on the core message of the Christmas story • The Rev Dr Margaret Forrester considers Christmas from the perspective of the innkeeper’s wife • Ron Ferguson argues the best Christmas gift would be justice for all Shocking Knox The two women at the helm of New College, Edinburgh ‘The Love of God Transcends Everything’ David McKee looks back on a study visit to the Holy Land Czech Connections An opportunity for Church of Scotland congregations to host ministers from abroad The Very Rev Albert Bogle The Sanctuary First minister reflects on leadership and nurture John Hume The history of Rutherglen and its churches Plus 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; or speak to your church’s Life and Work coordinator. Or pick up in Church from Anne Macintosh ...
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Guides Christmas Fair – Monday 26th November

The Rainbows, Brownies and Guides and having their Christmas Fair on Monday 26th November. 5pm until 7pm in the West Hall. Pop along and support the great work that the leaders are doing ...
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Christmas at Granton – no gimmicks, no gloss!

 Every year we choose a theme through which to read the Christmas story.Whilst this roots the story in our culture the links have sometimes been a bit tenuous. Rather than manufacture anything this year, we are going to let the story stand on its own.Over Advent and throughout Christmas we are going to retell the story and let the power of what God did speak clearly to us.No gimmicks, no glitter or gloss, just the power of a story that changed the world. Advent & Christmas Events (scroll down for news) Advent & Christmas News ...
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This Year’s Advent Studies

These last few years we have had a thought for the day throughout Advent. This year we are going with a variation in that rather than having a thought for the day we are going to live with the same passage and a series of questions each week. Every day, take a few mins to read the passage and engage with the questions. You will find that as you travel with it you will gain deeper insights than a cursory reading would give. If you like to do these things on your own, find a nice quiet spot, if you like to be around people, why not meet with others over a coffee? There is no right way to engage as long as you actually do engage! The first passage and questions will be on the website and bulletin on Sunday 26th November in the week leading up to Advent ...
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CHRISTMAS with Steph Macleod, Allan McKinlay, Ellyn Oliver, David & Yvonne Lyon in association with Tearfund (Edinburgh)

Celebrate the season with Origin Scotland, Steph Macleod, Allan McKinlay, Ellyn Oliver, David & Yvonne Lyon in association with Tearfund Completely free admission! Pay what you think it's worth in the hall. Limited tickets available. To order, call the office on 0131 541 0117. Join us for this brand new Christmas experience and put the real message of Christmas at the heart - and the start - of the season. More information on the ORIGIN SCOTLAND website  ...
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Caring Christmas Trees

No-one should have to sleep rough this winter. With your support, we can do something amazing to get Edinburgh’s rough sleepers off streets. When you buy a Caring Christmas Tree, you make a real difference, right here in Edinburgh. All proceeds from Caring Christmas Trees Edinburgh fund the Winter Care Shelter. This life-saving service allows rough sleepers to escape the freezing weather and dangers of life on the streets. The Care Shelter exists for people with nowhere else to go. When you buy your Caring Christmas Tree, you enable us to give a rough sleeper a hot meal, a safe place to sleep and support to move on to a better life. Thank you for showing you care this Christmas. Here’s how you can help: Buy a Caring Christmas Tree – order online at www.caringchristmastrees.comor call 0345111 8733. Order online or by phone and collect from various locations, including Ocean Terminal. Spread the word Please share this post so your friends, family and course-mates know how they can help homeless people this winter. Be a Caring Christmas Trees Champion Mention Caring Christmas Trees (including the website address) on your facebook.  Remember, the more people who know about our trees and buy one, the more people we can care for this winter.  Email us now to request the banner and hyperlink image. You can visit the Caring Christmas Trees website to buy your tree and contact us if you would like to find out more about our trees or Bethany’s work with homeless people. Bethany is heavily dependent on the goodwill of the public to finance its services.  If you would like to support Bethany's work with homeless people you can make a donation here>> ...
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A mince pie or six?

Our Christmas Tree Lighting event is on Sunday 2nd December and we are planning to serve up mulled wine and mulled juice with traditional Christmas Mince Pies. Want to get involved? We're looking for donations of mince pies to serve up. If you're a dab-hand at baking, that's great. If not, a box or 2 of shop-bought pies would go down well. Leave them in the coffee area at the back of the church (check the use use-by date of course!) ...
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Granton BB Remember

While the Remembrance Service tomorrow will focus on the Granton War Memorial in the Church grounds, did you know that there is another Memorial inside the Church? The 19th Leith BB Company was formed in 1921 and lost 9 former Members in WW2. The Company Colours were dedicated to the memory of these Men and there is a plaque on the Company Colour listing their names: John AndersonWilliam Barnet John Forbes Charles Henderson George Hutchison Peter King Robert Starrett William Welsh John Young We will remember them ...
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Community Tree Lighting – Sunday 2nd December

Granton's Community Tree lighting event is on Sunday 2nd December at 5pm. Once again we will kick off our Christmas season with the Community Tree lighting event. This has become a great night where the community gathers together to celebrate Christmas. There will be singing, there will be mince pies, there will be fun and there will be a great gathering of people! Be part of your community by bringing your voice and your friends. Together we will remind each other why Granton is such a great place to be and this year the tree will be bigger than ever! We are delighted to welcome back the wonderful children from Granton School Choir to sing some festive songs ...
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Carols By Candlelight – Saturday 15th December in the Church

We are delighted to be hosting Carols By Candlelight - a festive afternoon of traditional carols and Christmas songs performed by violin and cello students ...
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Family Fim Night – Friday 9th November – “Coco”

Our next Family Film night is on Friday 9th November starting at 6.30pm ...
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There But Not There – The Armed Forces Covenant Fund

Granton Parish Church and the 19th Leith Boys’ Brigade Company are celebrating the award of 14 silhouettes funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. The silhouettes are being used on Remembrance Sunday as part of our Granton Community Act of Remembrance Service when we are joined by various Army Reserve units and local Youth Organisations. The award was made under the Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme, which makes awards to bring communities together to remember; and to think about the Armed Forces today. The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust makes awards and grants to projects that support the Armed Forces Community. You can find out more about their work at www.covenantfund.org.uk ...
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Scottish Diaspora Tapestry – the John McCrae tapestry

We are very pleased to have a copy of the John McCrae tapestry in the church over the period of Remembrance. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1872-1918) was born in Guelph, Ontario, the grandson of Scottish immigrants Thomas McCrae (1820-1892) and Jean Campbell (1814-1897). John McCrae was a bugler and gunner as a young man. He later studied to become a physician and served as a soldier. He is well known for his infamous Great War poem, In Flanders Fields. The poem was written on May 3rd 1915 after McCrae conducted the burial service for Lieutenant Alexis Helmer. It both remembers and acknowledges those lost in the line of duty and honours those who continue to serve militarily. About the Scottish Diaspora The Scottish Diaspora is a project to involve communities around the world in celebration of Scottish heritage and culture, the people and places which connect Scotland to its global diaspora. Scots have migrated all over the world and have often had a profound impact on the areas where they settled. This project brought together stories from more than such communities, documenting their Scottish connections in more than 300 embroidered panels. It is a remarkable and heart-felt homage to the determination, courage and achievement of Scottish migrants and their descendants across the centuries. Read more about the project on their website at www.scottishdiasporatapestry.org ...
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Big Quiz Night – Saturday 17th November

It's time to gather your team together! £5 per person BYOB Book your team's place by emailing events@granton.org.uk Proceeds being split between Tear Fund and the Blue Skies Development fund- see their website for more details at www.tearfund.org/ ...
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Bring a Friend to Church on 2nd December

Our faith is not meant to be a private thing or something we keep only to ourselves. Jesus instructed his followers to spread faith all over the world. We invite every person in our congregation to invite a friend with them on Sunday 2nd December. > FIVE SIMPLE WAYS TO BRING A FRIEND TO CHURCH We have printed some invitation cards for everyone to have in their wallet or purse. These cards should make it easier to invite someone you know to come along with you to try church. Pick up a few from the back of the church, or download from the link below. > bring-a-friend-to-church ...
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Pot Luck Lunch – after Church on Sunday 25th November

It's good to share a meal with friends, so the Nurture Group have decided to hold a pot luck lunch on 25th November after the service. If you would like to join in just bring along your favourite savoury or sweet dish (just make it to feed 4-6 portions as everyone will be bringing something). It can be hot (we can reheat in the oven)  or cold. It can be a family bag of crisps or a plate of sandwiches if you don't cook! Part of the fun is not knowing what people will bring. We could end up with a meal of puddings . The main purpose is to get together as friends and enjoy each other's company. Hope to see you there ...
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Prayer for CAP Course

Natalia, who visited church a few weeks ago to talk about the Christians Against Poverty course, writes.... Please pray for the Life Skills course that we started this past Thursday in partnership with Edinburgh City Mission and CAP. Please pray that God would bless the community with fruitful and encouraging conversations. Please pray that the course content and the one-on-one coaching is helpful and well-received. Please pray that the leaders and volunteers would show God’s love in all they say and do.​" ...
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Revival Prayer for NE of Edinburgh

Daniel Robertson, Minister at Davidson's Mains Parish Church, writes On Friday the 16th November we are beginning quality revival prayers for our ​part of the City. You would be most welcome to join in this time of praise and prayer. Revive, ri-vîv (verb) to enliven, breathe new life into, bring back from the edge of death to regain consciousness, strength, vigour, one’s senses to revitalise, stimulate, freshen and refresh to reintroduce, restore, resurrect, renew _______________________________ Praying for Jesus’ revival in the North East of Edinburgh 16th November 7pm-8:30pm @Davidson’s Mains Parish Church ...
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Granton Waterfront – have your say

The first consultation is on Thursday 8th November - read more Please find the link of the survey:  https://bit.ly/2Djp6WC Mizan Rahman of the Community Council, writes..... Edinburgh council has launched a robust 3 stages consultation exercises in relation to Granton Waterfront regeneration master plan. It sounds like; this will be an inclusive and sustainable approach to development and it’s a ‘Re-Engaging’ process. There will be three stages to the consultation as the vision for Granton Waterfront develops. Please find details about stage 1 event this week. STAGE 1: Granton Waterfront – First consultation Date: 8 November 2018, 2pm – 7pm Venue: Madelvic House, 33 Granton Park Ave, Edinburgh EH5 1HS Come along for a hot drink and a biscuit, meet the team, and share your experiences and ideas with us. This is an opportunity for you to help shape the future of Granton. All are welcome! STAGE 2; 14 January 2019: Community event STAGE 3: March 2019: Community event Online questionnaire: The online consultation opened on 02 Nov 2018 which will be closed on 22 Nov 2018. Please find the link of the survey:  https://bit.ly/2Djp6WC To download useful documents; waterfront strategy paper, consultation brief, please visit our page: https://grantoncc.scot/waterfront For further information, please contact: housingregeneration@edinburgh.gov.uk We at the GDCC positively support any kind of approach which will lead towards Sustainable Development of the whole waterfront community as long as voice of the local people will be at the core. It is also essential to make any economic benefit by preserving local nature and environment for the future generation. Please take part in the process and make Granton waterfront a great place to live/visit ...
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Community Act of Remembrance

Every year Granton Parish Church holds an Act of Remembrance for the community to remember people from the area who fell in the First and Second World Wars, who have served with our Armed Forces or been involved in conflicts around the world - past and present. This year the Act of Remembrance will take place around the Granton War memorial in the grounds of Granton Parish Church in Boswall Parkway on November 11th, from 10:50-11:10, followed by a Remembrance Service inside the church for those who wish to attend. All are warmly invited to attend this event ...
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LET’S TALK ABOUT: Mental Health – Thursday 1st November

This Thursday is our next Let's Talk About and it's going to be about Mental health. We're going to look at what the Bible has to say on big issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD, mindfulness, therapy and more. Mental health is a hugely important issue in our society so it'll be a great chance to chat about how we engage this issue as Christians. 8pm-9pm Thurs 1st Nov @Session Room in Church ...
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