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THIS THURSDAY – Time to have your bike checked for spring-time – Thursday 28th Feb

THURSDAY 28TH FEBRUARY - 4.30pm - 6pm 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 Dr Bike doing a drop in. It will be a great opportunity to have your bike checked out in preparation for the lovely spring days ahead! ...
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Spring Eco-Fayre – Saturday 9th March in the church

Come along to our family-oriented Eco Fayre on Saturday 9th March from 10am - 1pm at Granton Parish Church. With the FREE ENTRY you will get: crafters selling up-cycled art and craft, jewellery, bags etc environmental and eco-friendly projects doing different workshops information about energy saving, recycling and up-cycling free refreshments ...
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Works in the Halls – ‘let there be light’

Electrical work in the West and East halls is due to be completed by this weekend and, for a while, the halls will be available as normal. The new sockets around the halls will be a great boost to groups using the building - no more trailing extension leads! All the windows in the halls and rooms have had their glass restored to their original look, and light is now flooding into the building. Next up is to install energy efficient secondary glazing over the next few week. Any enquiries on the use of the halls should be made to Chas Macintosh, acting Hall Convener - chas@granton.org.uk 07795323889 ...
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Thought for the Day during Lent

Each day throughout Lent there will be a ‘Thought For The Day’ from the ministry team here at Granton. Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in our Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. For that reason, we are publishing a ‘Lent Thought for the Day’ right through from Wednesday 6th Marh until Easter Sunday on 21st April. If you are already signed up to receive our weekly eBulletin each Thursday you don't need to do anything. If you don't get the weekly email either have a word with Chas or go to the website and sign up. It's also worth checking that emails aren't going to your spam folder! ...
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Free on Saturday to help paint the windows?

The more the better! We'll be finishing off the painting of the inside window frames this Saturday from 12.30pm - until around 3pm. CHANGE OF PLAN - now 10am - 12 noon ...
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Granton Goes Greener – February’s update in numbers

GRANTON GOES GREENER THE PROJECT IN NUMBERS 1000 kG Total weight of clothes donated to the Swap Shop during November and Decemember 1 kG Total weight of clothes that we have reused - including 20 kg taken to orphanage in Uganda, 111 kg to Botswana and 59 kg to Gambia 1 kG Total weight of clothes recycled and dropped at council recycling site. 1 kG Total weight of Rescued Bread that we have redistributed 1 kG Of all the bread that we have rescued, only 4kG has had to be sent to landfill 1 Number of swap session that we have held at Edinburgh College Granton Campus 1 kG Total weight of clothing redistributed at the Big Swap evente 1 Number of volunteers at the Big Swap in January. PLUS........ UPCYCLING WORKSHOP with children from Score Scotland in Wester Hailes bike repairing session On 22/11-14 bikes checked, 20 bicycle lights and 35 reflective bracelets given away by Police Scotland, community cycling Cycling tour to Granton hub on 25/11- 5 participants planned bike repairing session on 28/02 with Dr. Bike and Police Scotland planned Big Eco Fayre on 09/03-6 crafters doing up-cycled projects and 5 organisations are going to attend, we have not started promoting it and booking yet planned Last cycling tour with Sustrans on a cycling path- end of March, to be confirmed ...
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A chance to meet people – new group starting Monday 4th March

Would you like to meet up with people for a chat, a coffee and perhaps some games? A new informal group is starting to meet in Granton Library on Monday afternoons from 2-4pm, starting on Monday 4th March. Interested? Just pop along. Want more information? Have a chat with Brenda Herriot or Norman ...
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Community Meals Workshop – Free – 19th March

FREE COMMUNITY MEALS WORKSHOP FOR VOLUNTEERS, TRAINERS/FACILITATORS IN NORTH EDINBURGH • Are you running or want to run A COMMUNITY MEAL OR A COMMUNITY FOOD EVENT? • Would you like to increase/learn new skills and techniques on how to plan and organise a community meal event? This 5 hour free workshop that includes: • Tools and techniques on how to plan and organise community meal events. • Scaling recipes, ingredients and catering quantities. • Doing your shopping list and sourcing your ingredients. • Equipment, venue and service. On Tuesday 19th March 2019 (9.30-2.30) at Pilton Community Health Project 73, Boswall Parkway, EH5 2PW The main aim of these cooking demonstrations with a professional chef is to support local facilitators/volunteers to plan and deliver community meals and/or community food events, to learn and share tips and ideas and how to incorporate them in the work they are already doing or planning to do. support the Save Our Services campaign by signing the online petition • Spaces will be limited and free to people living, volunteering and/or working in North Edinburgh. • You only need to bring a recipe/menu idea you have used or would like to use. • Free lunch will be provided on the day. If you are interested in attending this training, please phone 0131 551 1671 or e-mail Memes memesmolina@pchp.org.uk ...
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Development Update – Dan brings us up to date with the project to make our church fit for the future

Update from Dan Docwra, Session Clerk and Chair of the Blue Skies Group Dear Members of the Granton Parish Church Family It was about two years ago that I presented plans for the development of Granton Parish Church to the congregation. The Blue Skies Group of Elders had taken a very serious look at the future of the Church and its facilities and how best to improve and preserve our beautiful Church to meet our needs now and for future generations. Ambitious The ambitious plans that were presented showed the complete redevelopment of the area connecting the Sanctuary to the halls. These plans included a new extended kitchen, new toilets and a glazed new entrance area with meeting spaces and offices. We thought we had thought of everything and presented our plans with enthusiasm, even making light of the prospect of having to raise about £700,000 to make it all happen. Since then, a series of opportunities and circumstances have shifted our focus, meaning the bigger plans have been put on hold. This article is to update you with current activity and future thinking. Granton Goes Greener In 2017, we were told about the Scottish Government initiative called Keep Scotland Beautiful and a funding scheme, The Climate Challenge Fund. This fund gave the opportunity to improve our buildings, reduce our carbon footprint and respond to immediate needs in our local community. We made our first application for funding to the Climate Challenge Fund in October 2017 and were successful in being awarded one-year funding £88,734 for various projects starting in April 2018, including the employment of a part-time Climate Change Officer, Anna Baran. read more about our Climate Challenge Project - Granton Goes Greener Lighting, insulation and windows First was the complete replacement of all lighting throughout the buildings, with ...
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New Lives for new Granton Residents – in 1939

This archive film recently came to light in the National Libary of Scotland's Screen Archives. It was shot in 1939 and shows the experiences of a fictional family, the McAllisters, in their move from the city slums to a new housing scheme in Granton. Their new home has attractions which tend to soften the blow of being uprooted from the little world they have left behind. Family walk around their new home (0.30) The men begin to unload the cart (0.43) But with nothing to do, nowhere to go and no friends, boredom soon makes life a misery. Son wonders about on pavement outside home. Stops outside Granton Parish church at Wardieburn Drive and reads poster for opening of new church hall. watch the film (opens in new window) At home letter is received inviting family to attend the social event to open the new hall and to discuss ways of improving social amenities in the new district. Father and son resist Mrs. McAllister's encouragement to go (2.32) But Ma McAllister has a way with her!!! Family get dressed and make way to church hall. gvs social gathering, hosted by the parish minister who outlines some of the activities organised by the church (5.26) and in less than a month the "Sewing Bee" is in full swing. Mrs McAllister joins the sewing group (6.10) The help given to the young folks means a lot to Jimmy McAllister. Jimmy in the wood-working workshop (6.41) But keenest of them all is old Jimmy in his garden gvs same, talking to neighbour. (7.20) Young Jimmy gets letter offering a job (8.0) Shots of the McAllisters in church (8.40) The erection of Church buildings must go on even in troublous times, and we count on your contributions to meet all our present responsibilities. Do ...
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NorthEdinburgh#saveourservices

Pilton Community Health Project, Pilton Equalities Project, North Edinburgh Timebank, Drylaw Neighbourhood Centre, Muirhouse Millennium Centre, Almond Mains Initiative and North West Carers all face major cuts to their services. Some will have to close. We encourage everyone to sign the on-line petition: ...
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Including children in the services

At Granton we have members of our Church of all different ages, and we believe in valuing everyone. We've been thinking about how we include our children more in the services, so that rather than spending most of our Sunday separated, children and adults have the chance to worship together as one family. To do this for the next few weeks, rather than leaving the service, the children will have a space at the back of the church they can go to where there will be activities and toys for them. It will be supervised by a volunteer, but we are encouraging parents to go as well and stay with their children through the service (we are looking to add an additional speaker to the back so that everyone can still hear the sermons). We are hoping that by keeping everyone together it will give more opportunities to involve children in Sunday worship and help them feel included in what we do ...
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Granton Goes Greener – in Numbers

GRANTON GOES GREENER THE PROJECT IN NUMBERS 1000 kG Total weight of clothes donated to the Swap Shop during November and Decemember 1 kG Total weight of clothes that we have reused - including 20 kg taken to orphanage in Uganda, 111 kg to Botswana and 59 kg to Gambia 1 kG Total weight of clothes recycled and dropped at council recycling site. 1 kG Total weight of Rescued Bread that we have redistributed 1 kG Of all the bread that we have rescued, only 4kG has had to be sent to landfill 1 Number of swap session that we have held at Edinburgh College Granton Campus 1 number of visitors to our Big Swap event in January - from different areas including Old Town, Niddrie or Gorgie 1 Number of volunteers at the Big Swap in January. 1 kG Total weight of clothing redistributed at the Big Swap evente 1 Number of volunteers at the Big Swap in January. PLUS........ UPCYCLING WORKSHOP with children from Score Scotland in Wester Hailes bike repairing session On 22/11-14 bikes checked, 20 bicycle lights and 35 reflective bracelets given away by Police Scotland, community cycling Cycling tour to Granton hub on 25/11- 5 participants planned bike repairing session on 28/02 with Dr. Bike and Police Scotland planned Big Eco Fayre on 09/03-6 crafters doing up-cycled projects and 5 organisations are going to attend, we have not started promoting it and booking yet planned Last cycling tour with Sustrans on a cycling path- end of March, to be confirmed ...
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Electrical work in the church halls – halls out of use

As we continue to make improvements to the church buildings, the electrical sockets in both halls and the office will be upgraded between 11th and 20th February. This will mean that the halls will be out of use for some of this time. All group leaders have been sent an email with details of closures and alternative arrangements. If you are a group leader and have any questions, please contact Chas (chas@granton.org.uk 0779 532 3889) There are also plans to fit secondary glazing during February but we don't have dates yet for this work ...
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Joining the Church?

If you have reached a place where you want to formally join the church please speak to Norman. There is far more involved than joining an organisation. You formally identify with the church family here in Granton which brings certain rights and responsibilities; much as being part of any family does. These are given voice through 5 vows which all members take. In Granton we also ask people to have undertaken an Alpha Course that explores the faith ...
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Bethany Winter Care Shelter

The Bethany Winter Care Shelter provides people who are rough sleeping with a place to go for the night where they can find shelter, a hot meal and a warm place to sleep. Started in Edinburgh in 1996 with a 2-week pilot over Christmas, the Shelter has grown over the years to span six and a half months over the winter, from October until April. The service is run by a small team of staff and relies on around 1,000 volunteers from churches across the Lothians. They provide church venues for people who are homeless to sleep in on a nightly rota basis as well as preparing and serving a hot meal. The service has been a lifeline for many people over the years. The Care Shelter is funded by the voluntary donations of trusts and foundations, individuals and communities, as well as receiving some money from Caring Christmas Trees. If you would like to find out more about this service please speak to Sandra or Alan Summers, or speak directly to Bethany on 0131 561 8930. our dates this year are Sunday 3rd March and Sunday 14th April If you are able to donate money to help cover food for our care nights please either speak to Sandra or Alan, donate in the box in the coffee area or put your donation in an envelope marked 'Bethany' and place it in the offering plate. Alternatively, make a donation online using our BT MyDonate facility ...
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Invite a friend to church and top up the Invitation Jar

The Outreach Group have agreed that the Church Congregation need to be more “invitational” and we encourage all members to actively invite other friends and family to join our services. We fully appreciate that the invite may not always be taken up so don’t apply any pressure. Additionally, we would like to measure how many invites we as a Congregation give out. For every person that you invite to join us, please place a marble in the jar, even if they decide not to take up the invite. Our initial target is for 100 invites to be offered before the end of March. If you would like to understand more about the Outreach Focus Group, please speak to Anne Macintosh or Norman. Many thanks Outreach Group PS If anyone has any spare marbles they don’t need we could use them in anticipation of needing them to fill the jar ...
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Granton Waterfront Regeneration, Stage 2 – Granton Could Be…

If you missed the Waterfront Consultation event in the church on Saturday 19th January, you have until 8th February to send in your thoughts and ideas. The link below will take you to the Waterfront Consultation page on the Council website, where you can read about the possibilities for our area ...
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On the Waterfront: consultation event on Saturday in the church

On the Waterfront: consultation event on Saturday Granton Parish Church, Boswall Parkway Saturday 19 January from 10am – 1pm All Welcome ...
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