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The Bulletin for Sunday 25th August 2019

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Welcome Ministry Refresher session this Sunday (25th August)

The final Welcome Ministry Refresher Session will be held after church on Sunday 25th August so if you serve on any of the Welcome Ministries this is for you ...
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Want to know more about the books of Kings? Got 9 minutes to spare?

With our recent sermons focusing on the books of Kings in the Old Testament, this 9 minute animation explains just what the 'Kings' are all about ...
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A message from Norman about Granton Goes Greener

Hello everyone, This is a note to update you all on the Granton Goes greener Project and to ask for your help. When the project came into being there were two distinct strands. Firstly, fabric work around the church such as repairing and updating windows which has now mostly been done. All the halls now have secondary glazing with only the church windows still to do. Where possible all the roof spaces have been insulated. Having a flat roof, it was not possible to insulate the West Hall roof. In addition every light fitting has been replaced for a low energy alternative. Taken together these should reduce our carbon footprint significantly over the next few years. The other strand of the project were the clothes swap and bread distribution projects. What’s been happening there is quite amazing. If you click on this link you will see some of the project numbers. Over 1,300Kg of clothes donated from April to July this year. Just short of 1,000kg of clothes given away rather than going to landfill. 86kg of bread were used rather than being thrown out. Not only are these huge carbon savings they are also putting into practice our faith. The project has been so successful we have received funding from the Church of Scotland to keep it going for the next 3 years. That funding covers roughly 50% of our needs so we will still need to raise other monies but it’s a great encouragement. We have also been highlighted nationally by the church. Edinburgh church eco group goes from strength to strength What we need right now more than anything else are volunteers. Anna who heads up the project has gathered a small group of dedicated people who give just a couple of hours per week and without ...
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Spiritual Refresher Day – Saturday 14th September

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 - hopefully to the Botanic Gardens - 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 ON THE SHEET AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCH Spiritual Refresher Journey at Cramond ...
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Can you go 30 days without buying clothes? A Challenge from Granton Goes Greener

SECOND HAND SEPTEMBER Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people - it’s unsustainable. Now there's something you can do to help. Granton Goes Greener is encouraging everyone to join Second Hand September and pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days. Promoted by Oxfam and backed by Granton Goes Greener ...
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There’s always something new “at the back”

The back of the church, in the coffee area, is where you can always find new information about events and groups. New at the moment is information about: Crossreach involvement in the Zipwire Challenge, the Edinburgh Kiltwalk and the Edinburgh Marathon. Have a browse on Sunday ...
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The Swap Shop is now Share ‘n’ Wear

August sees a new name for the Granton Goes Greener Swap Shop. The new name, Share 'n' Wear, makes it clearer that you don't have to bring something in to swap - you can just take clothes for free to recycle and give a new home to. Our strapline of "reduce | recycle | relove" focuses on our three key objectives: to reduce waste, to recycle as much as possible, and to show love and compassion to those around us. Anna, our Community Engagement Officer, says "we have been getting lots of clothes donations during July, but we have also been receiving some random household items like bathroom and kitchen equipment including a portable food hot plate!". So do pop in to the Share 'n' Wear area - you never know what you might find! During July we received 561,6 kg of clothes and redistributed 252,13 kg of clothes - so the net gain is that we have a massive stock at the moment - another reason to pop in and have a look ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 18th August 2019

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Perceptions of the local environment & their impact on wellbeing for residents of Granton

A Geography student from the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow is undertaking research for her dissertation. The study, being conducted Stephanie Fraser, aims to examine the association between residents’ perceptions of their local environment and wellbeing in Granton.Residents in Granton, Pilton, West Pilton and Muirhouse can complete the survey and you must be over the age of 18. COMPLETE THE SURVEY ONLINE HERE There are also paper copies in the church.The main aims/objectives are:• To conduct questionnaires with local residents and find out what particular aspects of the neighbourhood environment are most strongly associated with wellbeing.• To assess the importance of neighbourhood perceptions in Scottish Planning Policy ...
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Community Day date change

We have taken the decision to postpone the Community Day planned for Saturday 7th September until Spring 2020. Two other similar events have been planned by other community groups and rather than run a competing event where we invite different community groups to choose which one to support we chose to push ours back to the Spring. This will allow the wider community to concentrate its resources and offer a better experience to those attending the other two events. They are a Community BBQ at the Old Kirk and Muirhouse Parish Church and a Community Day at Wardie Bowling Club. We encourage you to throw your support behind them! We know that you had not been able to attend on 7th September anyway, and we hope that we can find a date in the spring of next year that will be more suitable. We will be back in touch in a few weeks with a save the date for the Spring. On behalf of all in the church we thank you for your commitment to making a stronger community here in Granton ...
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A chance to meet people – Monday afternoons at Granton Library

Would you like to meet up with people for a chat, a coffee and perhaps some games? A new informal group runs in Granton Library on Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. Interested? Just pop along. Want more information? Have a chat with Brenda Herriot or Norman ...
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New Heating System being installed this week

The heating contractors are due to install the new heating system starting this Monday. They have indicated that the work will last for 4 weeks and that access to areas off the main corridor (creche, vestry, session room, accessible toilet, Sanctaury and East Hall) will be restricted during the day for the first week - Monday 12th - Friday 16th August. Access is expected to be restored in time for evening and weekend activities. Notes: Use of the West Hall and Kitchen should be unaffected, although there may be some restriction in getting to the stage for fridges, freezers and storage. The Creche will be out of use for the duration of the work According to the diary, Magic Carpet is the only group affected by the restriction in access to the East Hall The kitchen will be out of use for one day towards the end of the contract - this will be arranged for a day where kitchen use is minimal. There will be no access to the Accessible toilet during the day 12-16 August Although access to the East Hall, Church, Stage, Vestry and Session Room is expected to be OK in the evenings, group leaders will need ensure that everyone in their group is aware of the work and ask them to take care. All groups and hall users should have received an email from Chas - with his Hall Convener hat on ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 11th August 2019

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The old boiler is away – making way for the brand new ones

The old boiler, dating from pre-1937, has now been removed from the boiler room. The space has now been prepared for the twin boilers being installed next week. There will be some disruption to the use of the halls during the installation work, but we'll try to keep this down to a minimum. Some of our members have been hard at work, including Karen and Dan who have cleaned and painted the boiler room ready for the new resident, and Neil who has installed a new sump pump to prevent it from flooding. There has also been a squad of workers from the church trimming back the trees around the grounds in preparation for the council installing new street lighting ...
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VACANCIES at Cyrenians Social Bite Village

Social Bite are happy to announce that 7 of their residents have just moved into permanent homes. There are now places available. You can contact Social Bite at the Village on 0131 600 0084 with any enquiries or to make a referral. The criteria for referrals is as follows Homeless* Comfortable living in a shared house with one other person No current drug or alcohol issues or in stable recovery from addiction with a minimum of 6 months ‘recovery time’ Stable mental health or actively engaged with relevant and effective therapy Committed to investing in a significant period of personal change Ready to participate in learning, training and volunteering opportunities Willing to engage regularly with a key-worker towards achieving personal goals Confident to make their voice heard in the development of village life *Assessed as unintentionally homeless by the City of Edinburgh Council To make a referral email: thevillage@cyrenians.scot or call us on 0131 600 0084 ...
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Changes in the Church of Scotland – a radical plan needs your prayers

A plan that has been described as 'radical' has been developed to make significant changes to the way that the central Church - "121" - is structured. Congregations are being asked to pray for the people involved. We have been asked to share this letter to the congregation. Our own minister, Norman, is heavily involved in the changes and would be happy to chat about them and how they will affect members. Letter from Rt Revd Colin A M Sinclair, Moderator, General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 5 August 2019 Dear fellow members of the Church of Scotland, In May, the General Assembly approved the work of the Special Commission and the Radical Action Plan. It was overwhelmingly agreed that we needed reform in many areas of our life and that we couldn’t postpone the decision to act any longer.  That change process has already begun and I am writing to ask for your prayers. At the GA a new Trustee body of 12 people was elected, and they have been meeting regularly since they were appointed.  The Trustees are led by the Very Rev Dr John Chalmers and the Vice Convener is an elder and Session Clerk, Mrs Norma Rolls. To provide continuity from the Special Commission, James McNeill, an elder, serves as the Administrative Trustee. When presenting the Radical Action Plan on behalf of the Council of Assembly, Dr Sally Bonnar, concluded her presentation in these words: “Trust will be of foundational importance. We are not them and us …only us together.  Even together we don’t have all or even many of the solutions and that only by listening to God and trusting our brothers and sisters will we have any hope of success. And finally we need a total reliance on the living God... That is why ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 4th August 2019

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Life and Work – August 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 AUGUST 2019 Opening the Heart A series of articles relating experiences of going on retreat Making Change Interview with Fiona Buchanan of Christian Aid Scotland, Church elder and lifelong campaigner for climate and gender justice Removing Barriers An innovative partnership between CrossReach and the Prince’s Trust, helping young people access careers in care The Disinvestment Debate First in a two-part series exploring the argument for disinvestment from fossil fuels Interim and Transition Ministry: A Beginner’s Guide A group of experienced ministers offer their collective guide to this area of vocation A Common Voice The Work of the World Association for Christian Communication Revival Conference The Rev Tommy MacNeil reports on a successful conference marking the 70th anniversary of the Lewis Revival Plus all the regular columnists, 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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Can you help with Tombolla?

Plans are well underway for our Community Day on 7th September. There are lots of ways to get involved and one of them is to help out running the Tombolla Stall. We already have volunteers but need more hands. If you can help please speak to Anna (anna@grantongoesgreener.org.uk) ...
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Edinburgh church (that’s us!) eco group goes from strength to strength

Our eco-project, Granton Goes Greener, is featured on the national church website. Read the article Granton Goes Greener, our environmental project part-funded by the Kirk’s Go For It Fund, has gone from strength to strength since its formation three years ago. The group works with the local community to care for God’s creation by holding upcycling workshops, family fun days, school uniform swap shops and guided cycling tours ...
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Community Day 7th September – can you be a mingler?

We are looking for volunteers for stewarding, health and safety, greeters and minglers for the Community Day on 7th September. Can you help? Want more info? Speak to any of the Outreach Group or email dloutreachgroup@granton.org.uk ...
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The Bulletin for Sunday 28th July 2019

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Project Worker post at Dads Rock

Are you passionate about offering children the best start in life by providing support to Dads and families? This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a small and dynamic charity providing support to Dads, children, young people and their families in Edinburgh. We are looking to recruit a new team member, to deliver our young dads project, playgroups, training and other targeted practical and emotional support to Dads, children, young people and their families. This is an annual contract. Hours will be flexible, depending on your personal circumstances. They will include weekend work as our playgroups run on Saturday and Sunday mornings 10am-11:30am and 11am-12:30pm respectively. We also deliver our services during weekday working hours and occasionally in the evening. The applicant must be a man. Given the nature of our work. This exclusion is covered by Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010. More details on the Dads Rock Website Project Worker Salary: £12 per hour, plus benefits Salary Info: Hours, flexible (12 Month contract) Status: Part time (up to 21 hours) Closing: 29th July 2019 Location: Edinburgh and the Lothians To apply please email your CV and covering letter to: Thomas The closing date is 9am on Monday 29th July, interviews will be held on Friday 2nd Aug ...
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