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Daffodil Tea success! Over £1,100 raised

The Social Group would like to thank all those who contributed to the wonderful success of Saturday's Daffodil Tea. £1,125 was raised! £550 will be sent off to SAMH with the remainder has been put towards our church Blue Skies Refurbishment project. Special thanks to those members of our congregation and friends who really stepped up to the plate and produced some fantastic home baking and making (as always). We are sure you will agree the waiting staff could give the most popular restaurants and tea houses in Edinburgh a run for their money. And we can’t forget our catering team. As usual, they have provided a lovely mix of sandwiches and there is something for everyone. Thanks also to the following for donations: ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 21st April 2019 – Easter Sunday

 2019 04 21 - The Bulletin for Sunday 21 April 2019 - Easter Sunday ...
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St Andrews and St George’s West Book Sale

Saturday, 11 May 2019 – 10.00am to Friday, 17 May 2019 – 3.30pm St Andrew's & St George's West Church Edinburgh EH2 2PA United Kingdom Since it started in 1974 the Sale at St Andrew’s and St George’s West has raised over £2m for Christian Aid’s work to end poverty. During Christian Aid Week, over 500 volunteers from Edinburgh and beyond work together to create the UK’s biggest fundraising event. Over 100,000 books of every kind fill the sanctuary and both courtyards. But there’s much more than books. Upstairs in the gallery you’ll find sheet music (and more books!). Downstairs in the Undercroft Café you’ll find a gallery of pictures and delicious homebaking. In the Davidson Room, hidden, at the back of the church and you’ll find a treasure trove of antiques and collectables. And did we mention the toys, records, stamps and postcards? The patron for this year’s sale is Kirsty Wark. Kirsty is a renowned BBC presenter with a vast experience in multimedia and journalism. She has won several major awards for her work including Bafta Scotland Journalist of the Year in 1993, Best Television Presenter in 1998, Scot of the Year in 1998 and was nominated for the Richard Dimbleby Award for Best Television Presenter in the Baftas in 2000 ...
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Life and Work – May 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 MAY 2019 Parliament and the Church As the Scottish Parliament reaches its 20th anniversary, politicians and church officials remember the official opening in the Church of Scotland Assembly Hall General Assembly 2019 Interview with the Moderator-Designate, the Rev Colin Sinclair Comment from the Rev Dr Doug Gay and the Very Rev Dr John Chalmers Reports and timetables Heart and Soul preview Prayer for the Assembly Christian Aid Week Interview with Christian Aid’s country manager for Sierra Leone, focus of this year’s appeal ‘One of the Success Stories of the Church’ The 50th anniversary of the Housing and Loan Fund Called To Set An Example In the latest youth column, one of the Church’s youngest ministers reflects on his experience 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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Musicians’ and Singers’ Gathering – Thursday 25th April at 7.30 pm.

If you enjoy singing or if you play a musical instrument, you would be very welcome to come and join us in Church on the evening of Thursday 25th April for an evening of music making. These informal rehearsals are a great opportunity to learn some of the worship songs that will be coming up - and to meet new friends. Get in touch with Karen Docwra, if you'd like more information - karen@granton.org.uk - or just come along on the night ...
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Save the date – Saturday 22nd June – Spiritual Refresher 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 to Tyninghame beach in East Lothian 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 ...
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Changes to our musical arrangements!

After Easter (starting on 28th April), we are going to experiment with relocating the band and singers into the seated area of the church. This will mean taking away the outside part of some of the rows of chairs on the pulpit side to allow space for instruments etc. Our thinking behind this move is partly prompted by the services that were held in the West Hall, where having instruments in close proximity to the congregation really boosted the singing. It will also minimise movement of musicians and speed up the start of hymns. Please bear with us while we give this a try - and, once you've got used to it, do let us know what you think ...
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Easter Sunday Bacon Rolls before church

Start Easter Sunday off in the company and fellowship of friends here at Granton. The men of the Men's Breakfast group will be serving bacon rolls before church on Easter Sunday from 9:45am. Enjoy a roll, a chat and a coffee before the service ...
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Pot Luck Lunch – after Church on Sunday 28th April

It's good to share a meal with friends, so the Nurture Group have decided to hold another Pot Luck Lunch on 28th April 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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The Daffidil Tea is raising funds for SAMH

This Saturday's Daffodil Tea is raising money for our own heating system and also for SAMH - but what is SAMH? Read on.... A mental health problem can feel just as bad, or worse, than any other illness – only you can’t see it.Which is why it’s important that we take the time to look after our mental health and wellbeing. Yet research shows that around a quarter of us never do.There are lots of things we can do every day to support our wellbeing. The New Economic Foundation suggests five ways to better wellbeing: connect, be active, take notice, learn, and give. READ MORE ABOUT SAMH ON THEIR WEBSITE ...
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Holy Week and Easter Services

OUR EASTER SERVICES Sunday 14th April: Palm Sunday : 10:30am (Lent Breakfast at 9.00am) Monday 15th April: Short meditation and reflection for Holy Week Monday : 7.30pm Tuesday 16th April: Short meditation and reflection for Holy Week Tuesday: 7.30pm Wednesday 17th April: Short meditation and reflection for Holy Week Wed: 7.30pm Thursday 18th April: Maundy Thursday Communion : 7.30pm Friday 19th April: Service for Good Friday : 7.30pm Sunday 21st April: Easter Sunday Easter Morning Breakfast Rolls: Served up by the men of the Men’s Breakfast Group : 09:45 Easter Morning Service : 10:30am ...
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Safe Families for Children

Inspired by the life and love of Jesus, we believe that every child and family in Scotland is of value and deserves hope. When crisis strikes a family, the effects can be devastating, and far too often it’s the children who suffer most. Many of us would turn to relatives and friends for support, but what would you do if you couldn’t? Though hard to imagine, this is a challenge that many families face. Safe Families for Children Scotland provides isolated families going through a difficult time with support and guidance by offering friendship, resources and a short break for children until their parents are back on their feet with a stable support network around them. With just a little extra help, we can prevent crises from spiralling into the situations that force children into care. Safe Families for Children website ...
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Save the Date – Saturday 22nd June – Church Away Day

The worship Group are organising an away day with a difference on 22nd June. More details soon, but in the meantime pop the date in your diary ...
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Can you spare an hour or so for our Eco-Project?

Our Swap Shop is in need of some volunteers. If you want to find out more have a look at grantongoesgreener.org.uk. We are especially looking for volunteers towards the end of April. If you are interested, please get in touch with anna@grantongoesgreener.org.uk ...
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Window work in the church – 27/3 – 10/4

The final phase of our Granton Goes Greener project is happening - Secondary Windows are being fitted between Wednesday 27th March and Wednesday 10th April. All users of the halls have been sent an email with details of any disruptions that are envisaged. For details see the calendar below. calendar of hall use for window fitting - March 27 - April 10 ...
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Creche room revitalised!

After a big spring clean our Creche Room is looking better than ever! Thanks to everyone who helped get it clean, organised and tidy. Parents now have the choice whether they want to use the Creche during the service, or stay in the service with their little ones at the back of the Church. We are going having a discussion as a Church at what we offer for families on Sunday mornings. I've you've brought along kids to the service recently it would be great to hear your thoughts, particularly on using the back of the Church. You can message, email or grab me on Sunday ...
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Annual Trustees Report for 2018

The annual Trustees Report and Congregational Accounts for the church for 2018 were presented to the congregation on 24th March. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT ...
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Safe Families for Children – Sunday 31st March

On Sunday 31st March we welcome Donald MacMillan, Scotland Director of Community Engagement for Safe Families for Children.  Don will be talking to us about the work of the charity. Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) works hand-in-hand with children’s services to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer them help and support. When a crisis strikes a family with children, its effects can be devastating. Many of us would turn to relatives and friends for support but some families can be really isolated with nobody there to help them. Stabilising families before they reach a breaking point is key to reducing the number of children who need to go into care. An award-winning charity, Safe Families has benefitted over 6000 children since it was launched in the UK in 2013. Read more about the charity on the Safe Families for Children website ...
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Cycle ride – join us on Sunday 31st March

Family oriented free cycling tour to Victoria Park. You can join us on Sunday 31/03 at 10:30 (for the church service), at 11:30- for quick tea/ coffee and a chat or at 12 just for the tour (remember this Sunday the clocks are going forward). We will be cycling along the cycling path and stop at Victoria Park for a coffee at JAC's coffee van ...
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Lent Breakfasts – 7th & 14th April

Lent has traditionally been a time where Christians undertake a series of spiritual practices designed to help them connect with God and prepare for Easter. They have ranged from retreat to fasting to acts of kindness to abstinence; the thing we usually associate with Lent. Over Lent we are going to look at some of these ancient practices in our Sunday services whilst giving people a chance to explore them a bit deeper at 2 Lent breakfasts. If you want to join with others over some food, come along to the church at 9am on Sunday 7th and Sunday 14th April ...
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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 ...
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