Meeting online for prayer this Thursday 28th January

Hello everyone, This Thursday at 7pm we are inviting people to meet and spend some time in prayer together. In these uncertain days spending time together praying is a really good thing to do. If you have someone or something on your mind then coma along and together we will pray. If you are the kind of person who doesn’t mind praying in front of others or the kind of person who likes quietly listening, both are ok. No on will be forced to pray out loud though everyone will be encouraged to pray. For prep, please have a candle and a few matches beside you. Hope to see you there! Norm. Granton Parish Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting for Prayer. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/93323563550?pwd=UEdYM0dSRjNkM2kzK1RJdWlkMEthUT09 Meeting ID: 933 2356 3550 Passcode: 163875 ...
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Sunday Service 24th January – catch up

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Bulletin and TFTD for Sunday 24th January 2021

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New to the Archives

We've scanned some more old church magazines and added them to the archives. Have a browse through: Magazine - 1967 June Magazine - 1967 March Magazine - 1968 March Magazine - 1968 January Magazine - 1968 September Magazine - 1967 October Magazine - 1966 - December And there are loads more on the Archives pages ...
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Pray together on 28th January

Join with others online as we spend an hour praying together for those we know and the world we live in. You will need a pen, some paper and a candle. More details next week ...
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Pray it Forward

We can’t physically go to church. We can’t sing hymns and songs together. We can’t gather physically together either. So much right now is about what we cannot do. So what can we do? What can anyone do from their own home or on their daily walk or as part of everyday life? The Apostle Paul guides us when he reminds us from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Prayer and giving thanks for people does not depend on being in a physical church nor does it depend either on being able to sing or being physically present with others. Our God in his infinite generosity has allowed us to pray wherever we are and whatever we are doing. Pray It Forward recognises that especially in these difficult days, knowing someone is praying for you makes a real difference. We want everyone who is part of our church family to be prayed for at least on a weekly basis. Are you willing to pray for others as they pray for you? If so please let Norman or any member of the Ministry Team know. You will then be given a list of people from the congregation to pray for on a weekly basis. Just because we can’t get out doesn’t mean we cant hold each other in prayer ...
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Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th January

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021 is being marked on Sunday 27th January with a number of virtual and at home events. It marks 76 years years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. We will be marking this day in our online service. 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 Attend a virtual HMD event… Our Activity Map shows just some of the HMD events that are taking place nationwide. Search with your postcode, or by the type of activity you’d like to take part in. There are plenty of online activities on the map which you can join from home. If you’re organising an event, let us know so that more members of the public can find an activity near them and get involved. Join the nation and #LightTheDarkness At 8pm on 27 January, get ready to Light the Darkness with us. Households across the UK will be lighting candles and putting them in their windows to: remember those who were murdered for who they were stand against prejudice and hatred today Upload a photo of your candle on social media using the hashtags #HolocaustMemorialDay and #LightTheDarkness Watch the UK Ceremony for HMD For the first time, and in keeping with social distancing guidelines, the UK Ceremony for HMD will be fully virtual. Register below to watch the ceremony live at 7pm on 27 January. Register ...
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History almost repeating itself – the Moderator’s visit

With Martin Fair's visit last Sunday I thought I'd look back old church magazines as I knew that we'd had the Moderator visit before - years ago. In fact it was almost 30 years ago - in March 1991. And what is right alongside the report of the Moderator's visit? An article titled 'So What?'. And that was the question that was posed by Martin on Sunday. Planned or coincidence - or the Lord working in mysterious ways? Have a read of the article here Watch last Sunday's service here And here's where you can browse other old magazines and newsletters - right back to 1906! - ...
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Bulletin and TFTD for Sunday 17th January 2021

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Sunday 10th January 2021 – catch up

On Sunday 10th January Revd Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the Church of Scotland joined our Zoom service and lead us in our worship.Martin usually serves as Minister of Arbroath St Andrews and we are grateful to him for joining with us today ...
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‘The light shines in the darkness” – New Year Message

Dear Friends, We entered 2020 amongst rumours of a new virus emanating from the east but to be honest it wasn’t at that time really affecting us. Within a mere 12 weeks it had changed our world as we like many other countries entered our first lock down. Who in 2019 would ever have foreseen words/phrases like lockdown, social distancing or you’re muted coming to play such a pivotal role in our lives? We all learned both a new vocabulary and a new rhythm of life in 2020. Entering 2021 we are effectively in another lockdown again but there are differences. The virus is not unknown to us as we have lived with the consequences of it. We know we can survive this lockdown because we survived the last. Most importantly a vaccine is already being rolled out and we all expect to be inoculated at some point in 2021. A phrase I have heard repeatedly over the last few weeks is that finally there is ‘light at the end of the tunnel’. We Christians know about light with Jesus being the light of the world a central tenet of our faith. You can read about it in John chapter 1, where John writes in verse 5, ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.’ Even in the darkest of times when life is most difficult we believe in the light, a light that cannot be extinguished. Going into 2021 I want to encourage you to actively hold onto that light. None of us knows what this year will bring nor if it will be looked back on as a good or a bad year. However, remind yourself of that verse from John, ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never ...
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Get connected – social media, email and phone

Use this form to send us a message or update your contact details Our Facebook Group membership stands at over 100 and is growing - are you in? A chance to connect with others in our fellowship here at Granton. Find us on Facebook and request to join the group And if you prefer your news to come via Facebook, follow our FB Page where all the news from the website gets posted automatically. If you are a Twitter user, follow us at @Grantonparish  for Tweets about what's happening Message for Palm Sunday coronavirus, weeklyvideo Message for Palm Sunday April 4, 2020Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we are not able to meet in person for services. Instead we are meeting online and there is a  weekly recorded message from one of the ministry team You may like to prepare for worship by watching the ‘before’ video before watching the message, then finish with the ‘after’ video’. […] Send a message? coronavirus Send a message? April 1, 2020Want to share a message with people you aren’t seeing right now? Do it via the Bulletin. Each week we will save some space for messages so people can keep in touch. Priority will be given to those not on email! Phone Norman before Tuesday evening each week. 1st come, 1st served! Needing help? coronavirus Needing help? April 1, 2020Do you need help or do you know    someone who needs help? Across North West Edinburgh different groups have organised so that no one needs to go hungry at this time. If you need help or you know someone who does can you please let Norman/David/Sarah/Anna know and they will help put  you in touch […] Share ‘n’ Wear donations suspended coronavirus Share ‘n’ Wear donations suspended March 30, 2020Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, we have had to ...
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Using ZOOM – some hints and tips

Almost everyone is new to video-meetings and some may  be a bit unsure about how they work and what to do. We've put together a few hints and tips to make them an enjoyable experience, whether meeting for Church, or meeting up with friends for a catch up.    LAPTOP OR SMARTPHONE? Overall, it's a far better experience, in large groups, to use a laptop if at all possible, rather than a smartphone - the larger screen allows you to see all participants. PREPARING FOR A MEETING Remember that others will be able to see you - so best not to be wearing your PJs and hair-rollers! If you possibly can, it's best to arrange your phone or laptop camera around head height, and sit in front of a suitable background. No-one really wants to see your smalls hanging up to dry! JOINING A MEETING Joining is quite easy - you will receive a link by email (or maybe Whatsapp or some other way) just click on the link. It will look something like this: https://zoom.us/k/123456789 It helps to have already downloaded the ZOOM application but if not you'll be run through the process first time you join a meeting (allow an extra couple of minutes to do this). IN A MEETING When in the meeting, first thing to do is to make sure that your video and audio is on - there are 2 buttons for this at the bottom left of the screen on both laptop and smartphone. Usually calls start up in a window on your screen - best to hit 'enter full screen' mode to make the most of the screen space. There are a couple of options for viewing other people - these are SPEAKER or GALLERY. I'd recommend GALLERY which shows all the participants on ...
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Keep connected during lockdown

Keeping connected with virtual church meetings Re-published 5th January 2021 While we're not able to gather together for meetings, that's no reason to stop meetings. Fortunately there is simple technology which allows people with even just basic computer equipment, to take part in meetings. We've put together some useful hints and tips for keeping in touch during lockdown. Ways to keep in touch A SIMPLE PHONE CALL Don't forget to pick up the phone to speak to friends and neighbours. Simple and familiar - anyone can use this! WHATSAPP Great for video conversations up to 4 people on Smartphones. If you are already on Whatsapp then this is a really easy way to make virtual Face to Face contact with someone else who has Whatsapp. Click here to see how to use Whatsapp for Video calls For a one-to-one video conversation, simply find the person you want to speak to in your Whatsapp contacts and press the Video button. To add more people to the chat, just press the + button at the top of the screen and find the next person in your Whatsapp contacts. You can add up to 3 people, plus yourself, to this sort of chat. ZOOM How would you like to see your friends faces and hear their voices? We are going to use Zoom to create as many online groups as we can where we can meet online to chat and encourage one another. There will be a chance for anyone who is able to be a part of this. Drop Norman or Chas a line if you are interested. Click here to see how to use ZOOM Zoom is pretty straighforward to use. There are 2 roles – ‘Host’ and ‘Participant’. These instructions are for Participants. Overview You simply have to follow a ...
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Joining a ZOOM meeting?

The quickest way to find the link and join is simply to visit the web home page. The link to the next upcoming session will be there ...
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Award for Granton Goes Greener volunteer team

Happy New Year to all our service users, project friends and amazing volunteers. We would like to start this year with you with some positive note. As you are probably aware, behind a huge success of our project, we have an AMAZING team of over 11 regular volunteers. They have been all working really hard, organising your donations, displaying clothes, helping with big outreach events and workshops. Our amazing volunteers have been recognised in 2020 by Volunteer Edinburgh and received Inspiring Volunteer in Achievement Award ...
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A remarkable young woman

Throughout January we are going to study the book of Ruth. She was a remarkable young woman whose daring, courageous action to support her mother in law has inspired men and women throughout the ages. Who was she, what did she do, what can we learn from her and the other characters in her story. Stay tuned in January to find out ...
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Men’s Breakfast – Saturday 9th January 2021 @ 9am on Zoom

While we can't meet up face to face we're still planning to meet this Saturday for a good chat and home cooked breakfast - yes really - home cooked!Email chas@granton.org.uk for the ZOOM link and password, or if you're in the Whatsapp Group you'll find the link there. In the old normal.........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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Edinburgh Churches Together Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service 2021

The annual service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity this year will be a virtual service.  It will be a much needed opportunity to get together on-line even as current restrictions prevent us from doing so physically.  We hope to see as many of you as possible. The service will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 20th January 2021 at 7.30pm.  The theme is 'Abiding in Christ' and this year is prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland.  Visit their website for more information about them  https://www.grandchamp.org/unite2021/ Please all bring a candle with you to be lit at a point in the service Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking on the link below and following the instructions: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sfuGgqzIjHt3WoK0qCrJtTNkg8WAh6qtZ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. With best wishes from all at ECT Imogen Gibson Communications and Administration Officer Edinburgh Churches Together Like us on Facebook  @EdinburghChurchesTogether Follow us on Twitter  @ECTEdinburgh ...
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Welcoming the Moderator this Sunday

On Sunday 10th January Revd Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the Church of Scotland will be joining our Zoom service and leading us in our worship. Martin usually serves as Minister of Arbroath St Andrews and we are grateful to him for joining with us today ...
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Bulletin and TFTD for Sunday 10th January 2021

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Sunday 3rd January 2021 – catch up

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Bulletin and TFTD for Sunday 3rd January 2021

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