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Week beginning 17th December – A new hope

 Being a Christian means being on a journey with God, both through our own experience of him and that   recorded in the bible.This week as a congregation we are all going to travel together through the experience of John’s father Zechariah.Each day, take some time to read this passage and ask yourself the following questions. Don’t rush but find a place where you can really have a think about them.God bless you in your journey this week. FIRST, READ THE PASSAGE >>>This week's passage is Luke Chapter 1, verses 67 - 80 (67)  Then Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied,  (68)  Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he came and set his people free.(69)  He set the power of salvation in the centre of our lives, and in the very house of David his servant,  (70) Just as he promised long ago through the preaching of his holy prophets:  (71)  Deliverance from our enemies and every hateful hand;  (72)  Mercy to our fathers, as he remembers to do what he said he’d do,  (73)  What he swore to our father Abraham—  (74)  a clean rescue from the enemy camp, So we can worship him without a care in the world,(75)  made holy before him as long as we live.  (76)  And you, my child, “Prophet of the Highest,” will go ahead of the Master to prepare his ways,  (77)  Present the offer of salvation to his people, the forgiveness of their sins.(78)  Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us,  (79)  Shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, Then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace. (80)  The child grew up, healthy and spirited. He lived out in ...
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Extended hours – The BIG Swap Shop – Friday 4th January

Our Granton Goes Greener Swap Shop will get a great start to 2019 by being open all day on 4th January for the BIG SWAP SHOP. The Swap Shop will be open from 9am - 5pm that day in the West Hall and will take up the whole of the hall to allow people to browse and take away what they need. We are hoping to also have the usual rescued bread and cakes available, and we'll be offering tea and coffee to visitors 12 Days of Christmas In the first 12 days of December we received over 100 kg of donations and about 95 kg have already been taken away again, saving them from landfill. We have loads of baby and children clothes and winter items. As the kids are still on school holidays we are hoping this will be a great family affair. Pop the date in diaries and come along to make the Swap Shop BIG ...
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Edinburgh’s Homeless Young People – a poem

They have no need of our help, So do not tell me These haggard faces could belong to you or I Should life have dealt a different hand We need to see them for who they really are Chancers and scroungers Layabouts and loungers Cut-throats and thieves They are not Welcome here We should make them Go back to where they came from They cannot Share our food Share our homes Share our city Instead let us Build a wall to keep them out It is not okay to say These are people just like us A city should only belong to those who are born there Do not be so stupid to think that The world can be looked at another way (now read from the bottom to the top) (adapted from Bill Bilston’s poem The Refugees”) ...
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Helping Bethany at Christmas

There will be an opportunity to donate money to our Bethany Shelter fund after the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. As a congregation we provide a wholesome, home cooked meal for around 60-70 homeless people during the winter months, as part of our involvement in the Bethany Winter Shelter programme. We are looking to raise enough funds to pay for two such meals during the remainder of the winter - our target is £400. Edinburgh’s Homeless Young People - a poem ...
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Week 3 – Mary visits Elizabeth

Being a Christian means being on a journey with God, both through our own experience of him and that   recorded in the bible. This week as a congregation we are all going to travel together through the experience of John’s father Zechariah. Each day, take some time to read this passage and ask yourself the following questions. Don’t rush but find a place where you can really have a think about them. God bless you in your journey this week. FIRST, READ THE PASSAGE >>> This week's passage is Luke Chapter 1, verses 39 - 45 Mary visits Elizabeth (39)  Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, (40)  straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. (41)  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, (42)  and sang out exuberantly, You’re so blessed among women, and the babe in your womb, also blessed! (43)  And why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me? (44)  The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears, The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy. (45)  Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true! Luke 1:39-45 (Translation, The Message) SECOND, CONSIDER THE QUESTIONS >>>> Q1 – Can you count and name your blessing? Q2 – What blessing do you recognise in others? Q3 – Why do you think God would bless you? Q4 – How many of God’s promises can you remember? Q5 – What does it mean to believe God? READ THE OTHER ADVENT STUDIES CHRISTMAS AT GRANTON ...
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A Christmas message

Christmas is a special time for everyone where we get a chance to express our hope in the midst of winter. At the darkest time of year it reminds us God sent light into the world in the person of Jesus.From everyone at Granton Parish we want you to have a hope filled Christmas and to remember that God loves you and cares for you.Norman Smith Minister at Granton ...
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Community Tree Lighting – Sunday 2nd December

Granton's Community Tree lighting event is on Sunday 2nd December at 5pm. Once again we will kick off our Christmas season with the Community Tree lighting event. This has become a great night where the community gathers together to celebrate Christmas. There will be singing, there will be mince pies, there will be fun and there will be a great gathering of people! Be part of your community by bringing your voice and your friends. Together we will remind each other why Granton is such a great place to be and this year the tree will be bigger than ever! The lights will be switched on this year after the countdown by our very own local celebrities: the House Captains from Granton Primary School. We are delighted to welcome back the wonderful children from Granton School Choir to sing some festive songs. We are very grateful to Edinburgh Marina for sponsoring this year's community Christmas tree ...
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Week 2 – Jesus birth is announced

Being a Christian means being on a journey with God, both through our own experience of him and that   recorded in the bible. This week as a congregation we are all going to travel together through the experience of John’s father Zechariah. Each day, take some time to read this passage and ask yourself the following questions. Don’t rush but find a place where you can really have a think about them. God bless you in your journey this week. FIRST, READ THE PASSAGE >>> This week's passage is Luke Chapter 1, verses 26 - 35. Jesus birth is announced (26) In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth  (27)  to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name, Mary. (28)  Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her: Good morning! You’re beautiful with God’s beauty, Beautiful inside and out! God be with you.  (29)  She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that.  (30)  But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you:  (31)  You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus. (32)  He will be great, be called ‘Son of the Highest.’ The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David;  (33)  He will rule Jacob’s house forever— no end, ever, to his kingdom.” (34)  Mary said to the angel, “But how? I’ve never slept with a man.”  (35)  The angel answered, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Highest hover over you; Therefore, the child you bring to birth will be called Holy, Son of God. Luke 1:26-35 (Translation, The Message) SECOND, CONSIDER THE ...
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Missing People Carol Service – Wed 12th December

All are invited to this service to remember all those who are missing this Christmas and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Missing People. Visit missingpeople.org.uk/carolservice to reserve your seat ...
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Eating for Strength event – 8th December

Our friends and neighbours at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Boswall Parkway are holding an event on Saturday 8th December at 2.30pm. All invited ...
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The countdown to Advent 2018 begins

Advent is almost here and hope is in the air. The four-week season, which this year runs from Sunday 2 December to Monday 24 December, is a special time for Christians.The Church of Scotland will be marking Advent with a mixture of prayers, videos and stories from congregations. READ ALL ABOUT IT ON THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND WEBSITE ...
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Bring a Friend to Church on 2nd December

Our faith is not meant to be a private thing or something we keep only to ourselves. Jesus instructed his followers to spread faith all over the world. We invite every person in our congregation to invite a friend with them on Sunday 2nd December. > FIVE SIMPLE WAYS TO BRING A FRIEND TO CHURCH We have printed some invitation cards for everyone to have in their wallet or purse. These cards should make it easier to invite someone you know to come along with you to try church. Pick up a few from the back of the church, or download from the link below. > bring-a-friend-to-church ...
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Week 1 – The Birth of John the Baptist

Being a Christian means being on a journey with God, both through our own experience of him and that   recorded in the bible. This week as a congregation we are all going to travel together through the experience of John’s father Zechariah. Each day, take some time to read this passage and ask yourself the following questions. Don’t rush but find a place where you can really have a think about them. God bless you in your journey this week. FIRST, READ THE PASSAGE >>> This week's passage is Luke Chapter 1, verses 5 - 18. The Birth of John the Baptist (5) During the rule of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest assigned service in the regiment of Abijah. His name was Zachariah. His wife was descended from the daughters of Aaron. Her name was Elizabeth.  (6)  Together they lived honourably before God, careful in keeping to the ways of the commandments and enjoying a clear conscience before God.  (7)  But they were childless because Elizabeth could never conceive, and now they were quite old. (8)  It so happened that as Zachariah was carrying out his priestly duties before God, working the shift assigned to his regiment,  (9)  it came his one turn in life to enter the sanctuary of God and burn incense.  (10)  The congregation was gathered and praying outside the Temple at the hour of the incense offering.  (11)  Unannounced, an angel of God appeared just to the right of the altar of incense.  (12)  Zachariah was paralyzed in fear.  (13)  But the angel reassured him, “Don’t fear, Zachariah. Your prayer has been heard. Elizabeth, your wife, will bear a son by you. You are to name him John.  (14)  You’re going to leap like a gazelle for joy, and not only you—many will ...
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This Year’s Advent Studies

These last few years we have had a thought for the day throughout Advent. This year we are going with a variation in that rather than having a thought for the day we are going to live with the same passage and a series of questions each week. Every day, take a few mins to read the passage and engage with the questions. You will find that as you travel with it you will gain deeper insights than a cursory reading would give. If you like to do these things on your own, find a nice quiet spot, if you like to be around people, why not meet with others over a coffee? There is no right way to engage as long as you actually do engage! A new weekly passage and questions will be on the website and bulletin each Sunday in the lead up to Christmas ...
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Christmas at Granton – no gimmicks, no gloss!

 Every year we choose a theme through which to read the Christmas story.Whilst this roots the story in our culture the links have sometimes been a bit tenuous. Rather than manufacture anything this year, we are going to let the story stand on its own.Over Advent and throughout Christmas we are going to retell the story and let the power of what God did speak clearly to us.No gimmicks, no glitter or gloss, just the power of a story that changed the world. Advent & Christmas Events (scroll down for news) Advent & Christmas News ...
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Cadenza at Christmas – 8th December

8th December 2018 at 19:30 Polwarth Parish Church, Polwarth Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 1LU The Cadenza Christmas concert is a lighthearted affair, with a repertoire which includes ancient and modern carols as well as the old favourites – some of which are performed in fun arrangements, as you’ve never heard them before!  There is also an opportunity for the audience to sing with the choir in some traditional carols. Cadenza's annual festive mix of old and new carols, and a chance for you to join in too. Tickets: £12, £10 (concessions), £3 (children) are available now from choir members including Karen and Dan Docwra. Tickets should also be available on the night at the door, however early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment! Tickets are available to buy now online or via Cadenza's website ...
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Something for diaries after Christmas….Burns Night

Saturday 26th January 2019 at 7.30pm in the church hall. TICKET INCLUDES: ENTERTAINMENT | TOAST | 3-COURSE MEAL Ticket £10.00 BYOB TICKETS IN EARLY JANUARY FROM ANY MEMBER OF THE SOCIAL GROUP OR EMAIL events@granton.org.uk ...
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Time to Deck the Halls! Sunday 2nd December

Many hands make light work As we gear up for Christmas we need to decorate the halls. We are planning to do this after church on Sunday 2nd December - first Sunday in Advent. If you are able, gather in the West Hall after the service (with a coffee if you like) and we can get cracking with the decorations ...
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Free Community Meals Workshop – 15th January

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? 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. • 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 The free event will cover: • 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 15th January 2019 (9.30-2.30) at Pilton Community Health Project 73, Boswall Parkway, EH5 2PW ...
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Guides Christmas Fair – Monday 26th November

The Rainbows, Brownies and Guides and having their Christmas Fair on Monday 26th November. 5pm until 7pm in the West Hall. Pop along and support the great work that the leaders are doing ...
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A mince pie or six?

Our Christmas Tree Lighting event is on Sunday 2nd December and we are planning to serve up mulled wine and mulled juice with traditional Christmas Mince Pies. Want to get involved? We're looking for donations of mince pies to serve up. If you're a dab-hand at baking, that's great. If not, a box or 2 of shop-bought pies would go down well. Leave them in the coffee area at the back of the church (check the use use-by date of course!) ...
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