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Swap Shop – or is it?? What would YOU call it?

For over a year we've been running our highly successful 'Swap Shop' and the Granton Goes Greener project in the West Hall. The 2 main reasons are to reduce the amount of clothing going to landfill and also to give people the chance to re-use clothes. When is a Swap Shop not a swap shop?  We are looking for a new name for the Swap Shop - one that doesn't suggest that you need to bring something in to swap, or to take clothes away if you bring some. What will it be?? We're asking the congregation and Granton Goes Greener  volunteers and visitors to come up with suggestions for a new name. If you have any bright - or wacky - ideas, have word with Anna, email anna@grantongoesgreener.org.uk or leave a comment below ...
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Granton’s Community Bakery now open

Bread, rolls & pastries are now being made by Charlie at the Community Gardeners Bread and rolls  handmade with locally-grown ingredients download flyer Email bakery@grantoncommunitygardeners.org or text 07856 911767 by WEDNESDAY 12pm to place your order, for collection every : FRIDAY 2-4pm @ Pilton Community Health Project SATURDAY 11am-1pm @ Granton Community Garden, 10 Wardieburn Road Or buy a monthly subscription with up to 20% discount at grantoncommunitygardeners.org/granton-garden-bakery Follow them on Facebook: @grantongardenbakery Pop along to Garden drop-ins: 10 Wardieburn Road, Tues/Wed/Sat 11-1 Granton Community Gardeners is a SCIO, registered charity number: SC047087 ...
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Spiritual Away Day – Sat 22nd June

Our Spiritual Away Day is being held on Saturday 22nd June at Lauriston farm. If you are going please meet at the church at 9.45am. We aim to get to Lauriston by 10am. If the weather forecast is bad we will assess on the morning and so some work in the church instead.It would be good if you could bring a packed lunch, waterproof, camp/picnic chair. There are toilets and a cafe at Lauriston Castle. We aim to leave Lauriston at 3pm at the latest but probably before that. When we get to Lauriston we will be [setting up and having some worship. Most of the day though will be walking around.  If you need a lift we will be in touch this week to arrange this. It's not too late to sign up. Spiritual Refresher Day Saturday 22nd June ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 16th June 2019

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In the Coffee Area now

Have you had a browse in the coffee area recently? You'll find lots of information leaflets, posters and magazines, including new arrivals from CROSSREACH - with their new Prayer Diary and Impact Reports. Have a browse on Sunday after church ...
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Church meeting for Prayer – Thursday 13th June

The next Prayer Session is on Thursday 13th June from 6 - 7pm Life never goes in a straight line with ups and downs being part of everyday experience. When you add faith into that mix it means life is complicated; there are days when believing comes easier than others. How in the midst of all this do you keep your relationship with God alive? The answer is prayer. With prayer your faith is being nurtured, without prayer starved. We have in our church prayer triplets where 3-4 people gather to pray together. Alongside that we are starting a monthly meeting open to anyone and everyone to pray. This will be a low key hour where most of it is spent sitting quietly, speaking to God. On the second Thursday of the month from 6-7pm in the church there is a chance to gather with others to pray. Put it in your diary and hope to see you there! ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 9th June 2019

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Public Access Defibrillator at church

We now have a Public Access Defibrillator available on the outside wall of the West Hall. The life-saving device was commissioned on 4th June by Andrew and Lynn from St John and the City Defibrillator project. Rev Norman Smith receiving the Defib unit from Andrew of the St John and the City Defibrillator project read more about the project ...
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General Assembly 2019 – Special Supplement

Decisions taken at the 2019 General Assembly have the potential to reshape the Church of Scotland at every level. To help Church members and congregations engage with the reform process, Life and Work has released a free four-page guide summarising the key decisions. Click on the image below to download as a pdf, and feel free to print and share. Read the Life and Work Special Assembly Supplement ...
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Are you a hungry man? Men’s Breakfast – this Saturday 8th June

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! ...
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Can you volunteer to help at the Climate Change Festival in Meadows on the 6th July.

The church will be running a 'pop-up Swap Shop' at this event and we are looking for a driver or two to help transport rails and clothes to the event in The Meadows. If you can help out - even just one way - please have a word with Anna, Norman or Chas. more about the Climate Festival Our Climate Challenge Project is taking part in the Climate Change Festival in Meadows in July. Along with many other CCF sponsored and like-minded projects in Edinburgh, we'll be at the event on 6th July from 12 noon to 9pm. We are looking for a couple of drivers to help transport some clothes and rails to the event - up in late morning on 6th and back whenever suits the driver - we may not stay until the end. What is the event? ELREC-Communities for Conservation is running the event. ELREC are one of the biggest CCF sponsored projects in our part of Scotland). The event is for anyone interested in climate change and how to minimise the impact. Why are we involved? We have been invited by ELREC to participate. It will be a great way of doing some outreach in a different area for both the Swap Shop and the church ...
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Your new take-away service starts this Sunday

Worshiping and learning together as a church community can be challenging, but it can also be deeply rewarding. From this Sunday you will find a ‘take-away sheet’ in with your copy of the bulletin. The idea is that you use this to focus on some key things to ‘take away’ from the service. The light bulb - was there something that “shines” from today’s service - something new or fresh. What stuck out to you today? The question mark - did anything in the service raise any questions as you read? You might stumble over a word or verse, or a connection to another part of the Bible, or a particular theological point. The cross - Where do we see Jesus Christ in today’s service? What in the passage or sermon helped you see more of Jesus and his cross, or what moved you to love him more? The arrow - was there anything today that helped you to identify a way of putting your faith into action? Make it specific enough that you can do it this week, and make it personal enough that you yourself can do it (and not someone else). The talking bubble - is there something from today’s service that you could share with someone else? Write down the name of someone who might benefit from hearing what you’ve seen in the Bible or heard in the sermon. It could be something that you share with another believer, or it might be a way of sharing the gospel with a not-yet believer in your life. How can you share the joy, peace, and conviction you’ve been given by God with others? Identify a specific person you might connect with in the next week, and think about a time you could bring this particular truth up with ...
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Welcome Ministry update sessions

Every so often we offer refreshers for people involved in our welcome ministries.  This is a chance to share with others good practice and to develop what we do. Even if you think you might not learn anything from it, you may have things others can learn! If you are involved with Front Welcome, Inner Welcome, Outer Welcome or Welcome Lead you are invited to take part in these refresher sessions. We will meet as a group for 30 mins after church on the following Sundays. SUNDAY 7th APRIL SUNDAY 5TH MAY SUNDAY 9th JUNE read more about the welcome ministries ...
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Spiritual Refresher Day – Saturday 22nd June

SIGN UP FOR THE AWAY DAY For as long as the Christian church has existed people have taken time out of the daily grind to reflect and refresh their relationship with God. To do this properly means going somewhere outside your normal routine whilst focusing yourself on God. Historically the church developed spiritual practices (exercises) to help for these times. We are going to go out - we're waiting to confirm the venue - where we will spent the day together doing some of those exercises with the aim of refreshing our faith. Bring your own packed lunch, if you need transport let us know. SIGN UP FOR THE AWAY DAY ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 2nd June 2019

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General Assembly

Norman isn't around this week as it's General Assembly week. As well as being our Parish Minister here at Granton, Norman is also Convener of one of the Church's main departments - the Mission and Discipleship Council. Friday is a big day for Norman, delivering his Council's report. You can watch the Assembly live video feed here and see a summary of all the Conveners' reports here. There is also a daily podcast here. The General Assembly is a significant annual event in the Church of Scotland calendar. Throughout the week, commissioners to the General Assembly examine its work and laws and make decisions that affect the future of the Church. People enjoy watching the proceedings for the passionate debates, special guests, festivities and large-scale worship. The 2019 General Assembly is held in the General Assembly Hall on the Mound in Edinburgh. It opened on Saturday 18 May and will close on Friday 24 May. The public gallery is open for members of the public who wish to watch the Assembly. (re-posted from 20 May) ...
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BBC Scotland are looking for audience members for Debate Night

BBC Scotland’s new discussion programme, hosted by Stephen Jardine, is looking for you to be part of the audience and put your questions to the people in power. Debate Night lets you lead the agenda – it is your questions that make the programme. Each week we gather a panel of politicians and people in public life to join our panel, and give you the answers. It has never been a more important time to have a programme that lets you speak directly to those in power. So whether you have a question about the UK leaving the EU, the NHS, schools, climate change, or issues affecting your family – we want to hear from you. Details of where the programme will be recorded, and how to apply to be in the audience over the coming weeks, are on the website:  https://bbc.in/2GNNb96 Upcoming programmes are filmed on Sunday afternoons in the following locations: 2nd June              Edinburgh 9th June               Edinburgh Also, here is some audience feedback from previous programmes: https://twitter.com/bbcdebatenight/status/1129434771401191425 If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0141 611 9616 ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 26th May 2019

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Big Swap Shop Event – this Saturday 25th May – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Anna and her team are opening up the Swap Shop this Saturday from 10 - 3 in the West Hall. We're hoping to get lots of folk along who perhaps can't make the weekday sessions. We are still short of a few volunteers to help out so if you can spare even an hour on Saturday please let Anna know. anna@grantongoesgreener.org.uk or telephone 07965941177 ...
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We’ve partnered with Edinburgh Street Pastors

We're delighted to be one of the churches that are keen to welcome people who have been helped by Edinburgh Street Pastors. Edinburgh Street Pastors have been listening, caring and helping on the streets of Scotland’s capital since 2009. They currently have teams going out every Friday and two Saturdays per month. They can be found in all areas of the city centre including around the Omni Centre, Cowgate, Grassmarket, Princess Street, George Street, talking and assisting folks to help them stay safe and happy, sometimes when they are at their most vulnerable. read more about Edinburgh Street Pastors ...
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Life and Work – June 2019 issue

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 LIFE AND WORK June 2019 Bringing Clean Water and Sanitation Jackie Macadam reports on the work of Toilet Twinning and AquAid ‘From Jeely Piece to Jane Haining’ Interview with Mary Miller, author of a new book on the missionary who died in Auschwitz Baking Bread Continuing the series celebrating 150 years of social care in the Church of Scotland, the Rev Dr Doug Gay visits CrossReach project Threshold. Diaconate Spotlight A major conference for deacons and deaconesses is returning to Scotland in June General Assembly 2019 Summaries of reports to this year’s Assembly, including the Radical Action Plan Disaster and Redemption Continuing his series on stories of slavery and freedom in the Bible, the Rev Richard Baxter considers the best-known: the story of Joseph. ‘Go On’ The Very Rev Dr James Simpson reflects on a meeting with Sir Harry Secombe 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 ...
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In the Coffee Area now

Have you had a browse in the coffee area recently? You'll find lots of information leaflets, posters and magazines, including new arrivals FreshStart magazine and information about the Kilt Walk in September. Have a browse on Sunday after church ...
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Family Fun Day with Granton Goes Greener – Saturday 8th June

Our Climate Challenge Project, Granton Goes Greener, is running a Fund Day on 8th June in the Church grounds. We will have our partners PCHP, Granton Gardeners, Communities for Conservation at ELREC and "Be United". We'll be outside if the weather permits - or the main church in case of bad weather. The West Hall will be used for baby and toddler session between 10:30-11:30, then for a yoga class between 12-1PM and finally a dancing workshop between 1:30-2PM Anna, our Community Engagement Worker, says "we're running this event to engage with local families and the wider communities of interest. We are also trying to help one of our project friends, Annah, to fundraise for the orphanage she is opening in Botswana." Entry to the event is free ...
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Edinburgh Climate Festival at The Meadows this summer

This summer, Climate Challenge Fund community organizations will host the Edinburgh Climate Festival on Saturday July 6th, 2019 from 12 noon – 9pm in the Meadows. volunteer This is a free, family event that aims to raise climate change awareness and to increase public knowledge on how to live more sustainably and ultimately to inspire and empower the public to take action on the current climate crisis. It is also an entirely plastic free event! The Climate Festival is an incredible platform for sustainable groups to promote their initiatives and get more people involved in them. Activities on the day will include eco-workshops teaching skills like personal item repair, upcycling old belongings and food growing and foraging. There will also be sustainable experiences such as a swap-shop for clothing and household items, organic and sustainable food stalls, led cycle rides, bike repairs and electric bike trials. The event is guaranteed to be a fun-filled family day with things like film screenings, theatre workshops, music, outdoor yoga and much more. The event is funded in part by the Climate Challenge Fund, a Scottish Government grant programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, which provides funding and support for community groups that are tackling climate change through local community-led projects. This is an impactful event and we are expecting over 4,000 participants to join us. The Festival will facilitate meaningful community engagement and would be a great opportunity to promote your organization/company and the incorporation of climate action into its business framework. We are seeking sponsorship or in-kind contributions, whichever you feel best suited for. Please contact Jean-Matthieu Gaunand, Communities for Conservation coordinator and one of the organizers of the festival, for more information on how you can support this exciting event! (E) Jgaunand@elrec.org.uk (T) 0131 556 0441 (W) www.elrec.org.uk Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2261408987509612/ ...
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