Bulletin for Sunday 31st May 2020

Printed versions of the Bulletin and Thought for the Day If you know of anyone who would appreciate a printed copy of the Bulletin and the previous week’s Thought for the Day, you can print off copies here ...
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This Sunday – 31st May – Pentecost – tune in at 10am and 10.30am

This Sunday is a very important day in the life of the Christian Church because this is the day when God gifted the Holy Spirit to people. All over the world Christians will celebrate what is one of the greatest gifts God has ever given to us. In Scotland Revd Dr Martin Fair the new Moderator of the Church of Scotland will be live streaming a service from 10am to 10.30am on Sunday morning with an invitation to join going out to everyone in Scotland. This works really well for our online service time of 10.30-11.15. Why not go listen to Martin, worship with the nation, and then tune in to Granton to worship with our own community? Links to the service are available on the Church of Scotland website ...
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Join us online for a quiz – Saturday 30th May

Following on from the success of our First Lockdown Quiz earlier this month, there's an other chance to pit your wits against other fun-loving contestants on SATURDAY 30TH MAY at 7.30pm Form a team with others in your household, or join up - virtually of course - with friends. In lockdown alone? Join up with others and agree your answers on Whatsapp. No pressure, no prizes and definitely no Googling! Book you place on the form below so that we can send the Zoom link (and we'll know who you are when you join!) Loading… New to ZOOM? ...
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SCRAN delivers under lockdown

This update report from John Loughton, Founder and CEO of SCRAN "I wanted to give you brief update on the power of work that has been done as part of the Scran Meals partnership in order to respond to the covid19 crisis. It was TWO MONTHS on Friday past that schools closed and wider lockdown took effect on many people's lives. For most of us, this includes primarily our service users, staff teams and of course our own families. We collectively as organisations decided that we can't sit around and not be there for those who were about to really struggle because of covid19. For those of you who have helped Scran, I want to say THANK YOU. The Scran Meals Coalition have just produced, packaged and delivered our 30,000th(!) meal! I 34,186 ready meals for over 1,300 of Edinburgh’s most vulnerable people to be exact. The Coalition comprises of Scran Academy, Prep Table Scotland, Pilton Equalities Project, Fet Lor Youth Club, Out of the Blue Leith, The Edinburgh Academy and Fettes College. However SO many more have helped out. We estimate over 100 businesses, charities, organisations, funders and groups have helped us. I can’t list every single one here, but what you’re all helping achieve is simply heroic. Together we have achieved: 34,186 ready meals freshly prepared and delivered direct to door 1,300+ people have accessed our support Over 140 staff & volunteers have come together to give thousands of hours back to our city We have received nearly 700 separate referrals from over 60 different agencies 13% of referrals have been made direct to us from family, friends or self-referral 53% of referrals represent single people, many of whom are socially isolated and have told us that their delivery driver is often the only person they have seen that day ...
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Message for Sunday 24th May

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcJV7j5D3PUhttps://youtu.be/kshxtIJ2eGwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4hM4qt6L2E 24 May 10:30 - 11:15 10.30am Sunday Service Category Church ZOOM GPC Sunday Service (Recurring) When Weekly from 10:30 to 11:30 on Sunday 25 times (BST) Where https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88671042523?pwd=RjdlTkcvSkljckE3bW5GSE5saGoxdz09 Share this event + Add to Google Calendar + iCal export No event found! Load More You may like to prepare for worship by watching the 'before' video before watching the message, then finish with the 'after' video’. We'd love to send you an email bulletin each Thursday Email Address Previous Video MessagesMessage for Sunday 24th Maycoronavirus, weeklyvideoMessage for Sunday 24th MayMessage for Sunday 17th Maycoronavirus, weeklyvideoMessage for Sunday 17th MayMessage for Sunday 10th Maycoronavirus, weeklyvideoMessage for Sunday 10th MayMessage for Sunday 3rd Maycoronavirus, weeklyvideoMessage for Sunday 3rd MayMessage for Sunday 26th Aprilcoronavirus, weeklyvideoMessage for Sunday 26th AprilMessage for Sunday 19th Aprilcoronavirus, weeklyvideoMessage for Sunday 19th April Previous Weekly BulletinsBulletin for Sunday 24th May 2020News, News - Christian, News - Church, News - Community, Weekly BulletinBulletin for Sunday 24th May 2020Bulletin for Sunday 17th May 2020News, News - Christian, News - Church, News - Community, Weekly BulletinBulletin for Sunday 17th May 2020Bulletin for Sunday 10th May 2020News, News - Christian, News - Church, News - Community, Weekly BulletinBulletin for Sunday 10th May 2020Bulletin for Sunday 3rd May 2020News, News - Christian, News - Church, News - Community, Weekly BulletinBulletin for Sunday 3rd May 2020Bulletin for Sunday 26th April 2020News, News - Christian, News - Church, News - Community, Weekly BulletinBulletin for Sunday 26th April 2020Bulletin for Sunday 19th April 2020News, News - Christian, News - Church, News - Community, Weekly BulletinBulletin for Sunday 19th April 2020 ...
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Taking time in prayer during Pentecost

Thy Kingdom Come Since May 2016, God has grown ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ from a dream to a global prayer movement. Last year Christians from 172 countries took part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to know Jesus and his love and peace. (You can watch the 2 ½ minute story of Thy Kingdom Come www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k3pIwVqisA.) This year, in the midst of the Covid 19 Crisis, a number of the churches in the North West of Edinburgh have expressed an interest in joining up to pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. This is how we have covered the prayer slots so far... Day AM  (7am-12pm) PM (12-11pm) Saturday 23rd May Granton Parish Church Sunday 24th May Holy Cross Monday 25th May Granton Baptist Tuesday 26th May Davidson’s Mains Parish Church Davidson’s Mains Parish Church Wednesday 27th May Old Kirk and Muirhouse Thursday 28th May Drylaw Friday 29th May St. Stephen’s Comely Bank Saturday 30th May Cramond Kirk Pentecost Sunday 31st May 7pm praying prayers together There are a number of ways we can join in. Here are four suggestions... For the 11 days between Ascension (21st May) and Pentecost (31st May) in our prayer times we can spend some time praying Holy Spirit Come...and see who and what God lays on our heart to pray for. We could go on the Thy Kingdom Come website and download one of the 11 day prayer guides. This is something we can do on our own or as a household. https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/key-resources-2020 We can join in on our home church’s designated prayer slot which is Sat 23rd May We are encouraging people to spend some time to pray for God’s Kingdom. Together, in our own homes, we can all read the following reading, reflection and prayer at the ...
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We Need More Acts of Human Kindness!

 A Personal Blog for Mental Health Awareness Week - by Ian McLaughlan As tolerance levels decrease in many households, in our supermarkets, on our daily walks and in observing news and social media posts, spare a thought towards the end of Mental Health Awareness Week of the impact lockdown is having on the health and wellbeing of thousands of young people around the country— the overwhelming majority of whom have been observing the isolation and social distancing rules like the rest of us. Many young people are missing their friends from the youth group, from school, or from the sports group so much that it will be no surprise to know that one of the biggest issues that young people are concerned about during the coronavirus outbreak is loneliness and their own mental wellbeing. (39% stated this in a recent youth work report by YouthLink Scotland, Young Scot & the Scottish Youth Parliament #LockdownLowdown[1]) Mental health issues have steadily been on the increase among young people for several years. As my colleague at Youth Scotland, Mark McGeachie, reported in a recent blog, quoting from a recent study by the Samaritans[2]. They found that, while a complex matter, there is—on a population level—an association between suicide and loneliness. Youth work is currently preparing for the eventual easing of restrictions – albeit in a phased way that will no doubt take months—and will play an important part in the healing process and in helping young people to re-engage positively with their friends, their youth workers (as trusted adults) and their wider communities. We all look forward to those days! But what can the wider voluntary sector do in the meantime? The Covod-19 crisis has brought out bucket-loads of goodwill and kindness seen not only in those youth centres who have repurposed into ...
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Smart male shoes? Size 8? Anyone?

Our Share 'n' Wear project is in need of men's shoes. Specifically for one of our customers who has found everything he needed but shoes. He is looking for smart shoes size 8. Could anyone help? We have no male shoes left at the church at the moment. If you have boots or trainers size 8 and do not need them anymore, Anna at Share 'n' Wear will happily take them Email Anna on grantongoesgreener@gmail.com or call her on 07869 638620  ...
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Locally made face coverings

Face coverings available to order for £3 each.One of Granton Goes Greener volunteers has now turned their hands to making face-coverings. With Scottish Government advice now to wear  face-coverings - rather than surgical masks - in supermarkets and on public transport, here's a chance to get some for you and your family - made locally. Monika's husband Wiesio is a professional tailor and his premises are closed at the moment. He has done lots of sewing and upcycling for our Granton Goes Greener project and the church. The photo is of sample masks which Wiesio made for local care homes following a pattern recommended by NHS staff. If anyone wants to order some it will be the same mask pattern, but a different fabric. To order just drop a text to Monika on or email her on faryna0303@gmail.com.    ...
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Alcoholics Anonymous goes online during COVID-19 pandemic

Alcoholics Anonymous members are coping with the Covid-19 pandemic by taking their meetings online. The Fellowship of around 40,000 members in Great Britain & Continental European Region have had to adapt to be able to continue their recovery. The AA Fellowship normally holds 5,000 face to face meetings a week across AA GB but with the Government social distancing policy things have had to change. The majority of groups have turned to Zoom, Skype and other online platforms to hold their weekly meetings. Tom Fox, a non-alcoholic trustee elect on the AA GB General Service Board, said: "The Fellowship of AA has been resourceful and two weeks into the lockdown online meetings have become a lifeline for many recovering alcoholics. "They are able to share their experience, strength and hope with each other and use the 12 Steps and the tools of recovery to help them through very uncertain times. IN EDINBURGH & MIDLOTHIAN THERE ARE CURRENTLY 45 ONLINE AA MEETINGS. THESE CAN BE ACCESSED VIA OUR LOCAL WEBSITE AT: https://aa-edinburgh.org.uk/online-meetings/ Where any meeting is shown as CLOSED only AA members and newcomers with a desire to stop drinking can join. Where a meeting is shown as OPEN Anyone with a genuine interest in AA and how it works can join. These would typically be health professionals, those supporting problem drinkers in the community and family members affected by someone's drinking. "Our phone lines and online response service has seen a rise in the amount of calls since theCovid-19 pandemic began and as a Fellowship we are grateful that we are able to help people during this time and either direct them to another member to speak to or to an online meeting where they can receive help." Alcoholics Anonymous runs a national telephone helpline as well as an online ...
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Pentecost is here!

This Sunday is a very important day in the life of the Christian Church because this is the day when God gifted the Holy Spirit to people. All over the world Christians will celebrate what is one of the greatest gifts God has ever given to us. In Scotland Revd Dr Martin Fair the new Moderator of the Church of Scotland will be live streaming a service on SUNDAY 31ST MAY from 10am to 10.30am with an invitation to join going out to everyone in Scotland. This works really well for our online service time of 10.30-11.15. Why not go listen to Martin, worship with the nation, and then tune in to Granton to worship with our own community? Links to the service are available on the Church of Scotland website ...
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Keeping the Faith

“You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever.” – Psalm 30:11-12 I love to watch people who have been weighed under by something heavy, bad news, a bad day, or whatever, and then in one moment, the weight goes from weighing them down to being lifted off their shoulders. They then have the ability to start dancing, to move, to breathe. They have gone from being quieted to being able to rejoice. The psalmist captures that movement from mourning into dancing. One important thing to remember is that before we get to the dancing, we will go through those periods of mourning. What the psalmist captures really well is that they are able to cry out to the LORD. We can weep, we can mourn, we can cry out, but those don’t have the last word. “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” Think of a sunset, the sun goes down, there is darkness, and weeping and mourning may happen in the darkness of night, in the darkness of despair, but that is not the end. The sun will rise, and does rise the next day, and joy comes in that new day. Joy comes just as light breaks forth and washes over the whole earth. In this time, we might feel like the sun hasn’t risen yet, and we are still in the night, but this will not be in the end. We are promised by this amazing God, who pulls us out of the Pit, that morning will come. We will take off our sackcloth, and be clothed with joy. When ...
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Life and Work Lockdown Weekly – 15th May

Lockdown Weekly is a free resource to help people keep in touch with events in the Church of Scotland and related organisations during the Coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown. Read this week's issue of LOCKDOWN WEEKLY ...
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Life and Work – June

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 JUNE 2020 On the Frontline With Covid-19 The stories of some of the frontline workers – in hospitals, prisons, schools and the police force – dealing with the impact of the pandemic Coming Home Jackie Macadam hears about the early life of Margaret Beetham, daughter of Church of Scotland missionary and theologian Lesslie Newbigin 21st Century Churches The start of a new series looking at church buildings in the 21 st century hears from a minister and an architect who have been involved in new building projects The Strength of a Seed In the continuing series marking the 50th anniversary of the Church of Scotland’s SRT, biologist Ruth Bancewicz says the church should draw attention to the wonders of God’s creation In Love, Faith and Hope Dana McQuater, the last Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s National Youth Assembly in its current form, reflects on some of the highlights of her year in office. Family Feuds Continuing her series on conflict and reconciliation, Ruth Harvey looks at Joseph’s story in Genesis 37. ‘We Are Deeply Connected’ The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers considers the long-term impact of the Coronavirus Covid-19 on churches. 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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General Assembly 2020

The 2020 General Assembly has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 health crisis, but a special service was held to formally install the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Service of installation Rev Dr Martin Fair officially succeeded Rt Rev Colin Sinclair as the Kirk’s ambassador at home and abroad on Saturday 16 May. You can watch the event on the Church of Scotland website ...
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Watch a special edition of Heart and Soul streamed online

A special celebration of the life of the Church of Scotland in all its richness and fullness was streamed online on Sunday, 17 May. You can watch a special Heart and Soul celebration originally broadcast on Sunday, 17 May. Heart and Soul 2020 includes highlights from the service to install the new Moderator along with worship, conversation, music and all-age entertainment. You can watch Heart and Soul online here ...
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Morning Prayers

Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9.30am there is a Zoom meeting for Morning Prayers. These involve a reading a thought and a short time of prayer together. The whole thing lasts 15 mins. If you want to create a space for God as you start your day this is a good way of doing it ...
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A donation really makes a difference

Due  to the church services currently being postponed, some folks have been asking how they can support the ongoing work of the congregation. We now have the facility to donate online, either using Paypal or any Credit Card. There is also a DONATE button at the top of the home page. Make a donation ...
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No Computer – no problem!

You'r reading this online so you have a computer or at least a smartphone. But if you know of anyone who would like to join online Zoom meetings but doesn't have a computer, they can simply phone in To join a church service or meeting, simply phone this number:   0131 460 1196 Then enter the meeting ID which can be found on the back page Then enter # Then enter the meeting password which can be found on the back page Then enter # You will now be able to hear the service and you will also be able to speak to everyone as well if you wish ...
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Message for Sunday 17th May

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4hM4qt6L2Ehttps://youtu.be/UAgmRuII7D4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4hM4qt6L2E 17 May 10:30 - 11:15 Sunday Service Category Church ZOOM Sunday 17th May Reading: Romans 8 : 18 – 25 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87879591917?pwd=ck1LYVVmT040SDZLQ2JPWVlRbG8vdz09 Meeting ID: 878 7959 1917 Password: 000368 Reading: John Chapter 14 verses 15—31 Share this event + Add to Google Calendar + iCal export No event found! Load More You may like to prepare for worship by watching the 'before' video before watching the message, then finish with the 'after' video’. We'd love to send you an email bulletin each Thursday Email Address Previous Video MessagesMessage for Sunday 17th Maycoronavirus, weeklyvideoMessage for Sunday 17th MayMessage for Sunday 10th Maycoronavirus, weeklyvideoMessage for Sunday 10th MayMessage for Sunday 3rd Maycoronavirus, weeklyvideoMessage for Sunday 3rd MayMessage for Sunday 26th Aprilcoronavirus, weeklyvideoMessage for Sunday 26th AprilMessage for Sunday 19th Aprilcoronavirus, weeklyvideoMessage for Sunday 19th AprilMessage for Easter Sundaycoronavirus, weeklyvideoMessage for Easter Sunday Previous Weekly BulletinsBulletin for Sunday 17th May 2020News, News - Christian, News - Church, News - Community, Weekly BulletinBulletin for Sunday 17th May 2020Bulletin for Sunday 10th May 2020News, News - Christian, News - Church, News - Community, Weekly BulletinBulletin for Sunday 10th May 2020Bulletin for Sunday 3rd May 2020News, News - Christian, News - Church, News - Community, Weekly BulletinBulletin for Sunday 3rd May 2020Bulletin for Sunday 26th April 2020News, News - Christian, News - Church, News - Community, Weekly BulletinBulletin for Sunday 26th April 2020Bulletin for Sunday 19th April 2020News, News - Christian, News - Church, News - Community, Weekly BulletinBulletin for Sunday 19th April 2020Bulletin for Sunday 12th April 2020 – Easter SundayNews, News - Christian, News - Church, News - Community, Weekly BulletinBulletin for Sunday 12th April 2020 – Easter Sunday ...
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Special edition of Heart & Soul to be streamed online this Sunday 17th May at 2pm

A special celebration of the life of the Church of Scotland in all its richness and fullness is being streamed online. The digital version of Heart and Soul, which will be shown on Sunday, 17 May, promises to be a “beacon of light and hope” during the dark days of the Coronavirus lockdown. Read more on the Church of Scotland website ...
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Keeping the Faith

For it was by hope that we were saved; but if we see what we hope for, then it is not really hope. For who of us hopes for something we see? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Rom 8:24-25) Imagine a world where cruelty was endemic, where slavery was normal and where people died all the time due to the most basic illnesses. This was the world of Paul and it was a world where human life was very cheap. Hardly surprising that for almost all religions of the day the sense of looking forward to a better life was prominent. What made Christianity distinct is the idea of Grace. Our future with God is given as a gift of God that does not require us to earn it. Jesus sacrifice on the cross earned it for us. Rather, we are required to accept the gift. That is harder than you think because we don’t like to receive anything without having earned it first. We really don’t like the idea of ‘owing’ anyone anything or being in their debt. Yet that is grace. We are in God’s debt because of his grace because he has promised us a future we could never get for ourselves. Think what it was like for a slave who had been born a slave and who knew they would die a slave to hear that message? Or someone who couldn't afford the sacrificial animals demanded by temple? Throughout history the grace of God has given hope to countless generations who found in it great reassurance; particularly in times of trouble such as we find ourselves in. Is your hope in something tangible that will wear away or is your hope in the grace of ...
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Update from the Team

Even in lockdown we are quite a busy church with lots happening. The idea behind this is to have something every day so people can remain connected because each of us has a very basic need to be part of a community. Monday, Wednesday and Friday there are morning prayers at 9.30 with Tuesday and Thursday having a Coffee Morning at 10.30. They are there to help people. Over the past few weeks we have been monitoring usage because that reflects whether something is or is not answering a need. Through this its become apparent the Coffee Mornings are not needed so it has been decided to stop them. Everything else will continue as is but like everything in Granton, will be kept under review ...
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