What's on at Greenbank

Download Greenbank's programme for 2018/19 (PDF) (revised Dec 2018)

The Calendar describes the scheduled meetings of our organisations, and other events in Greenbank.

If you would like to include an intimation in the Order of Service please submit it to the
Church Administrator as early as possible and no later than 10am on Thursday.

The Church Office is closed each day from 12 noon until 1.30pm and access to the
building is not likely to be possible during these hours.

This Week

Sunday 16 December
3rd Sunday in Advent

10.30am Gift Service and Nativity
Rev Dr Martin Ritchie
and Mr Steve Chaffee

(See intimation below.)

Coffee will be served in the Main Hall after the Service by Gillian Sweetman (D22)
The YACHT 2019 Calendar is on sale after the Service (£6 each or £20 for 4).

Tickets for the YACHT Burns Supper (on 26 Jan 2019) are on sale in the Main Hall after the Service
(£400 for a table of 10 or £40 per person).

Spectrum Party
All the children in Spectrum are invited to a Christmas Party, after the Gift Service and Nativity, from 12 noon – 2pm.
Parents, please let Jenny Wright know who is coming.

6.30pm Carol Party
Christmas entertainment led by Alan Irvine and his team, followed by festive refreshments!
If you have difficulty getting to the church and would like a lift to the Carol Party, the Neighbourhood Group may be able to help. Contact Susan Jackman (445 2845) or Ginny in the office.


7.00pm QII Christmas Party

Next Week

Sunday 23 December
4th Sunday in Advent

10.30am Lessons and Carols
followed by baptism of Chloe Russell
Rev Dr Martin Ritchie
and Mr Steve Chaffee

The YACHT 2019 Calendar is on sale after the Service (£6 each or £20 for 4).

Tickets for the YACHT Burns Supper (on 26 Jan 2019) are on sale in the Main Hall after the Service
(£400 for a table of 10 or £40 per person).

4.00pm Family-Friendly
Christmas Sing-along

(See intimation below.)



The Christian Aid Coffee Morning held on 8th December made £629.29. A big thank you to all who contributed or attended.

Appointment of Director of Music
The Kirk Session has approved the appointment of Dr Alberto Massimo to be our new Director of Music. He was our guest organist on 7 October. This is great news for Greenbank and we look forward to welcoming him in the New Year.

Advent Countdown to Christmas
Advent Hamper Appeal
Please bring donations of non-perishable food to church during December, for distribution amongst several charities.

Advent and Christmas Appeal
Our Advent and Christmas Appeal will once again
support the work of Christian Aid. Gift Aid envelopes are in the pews and there will be retiring collections. The offerings from the Advent Carol Service, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day services will also be sent to Christian Aid.

Church Flowers
If you would like to provide the church flowers next year please add your name and contact details to the list on the wall outside the Office.

YACHT – Easyfundraising
As Christmas shopping gains momentum don’t

forget that if ordering online, a no-cost, easy way to donate to YACHT is to use Easyfundraising. If you've not used  this before, go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk and in the “search for a good cause” box enter “Greenbank YACHT project". Then create your account and order goods.

New Running Group for Greenbank!
I am hoping to set up a church running group open to members and also the wider local community. If this is something you or someone you know might be interested in please don’t hesitate to message me!  Dates/times will be arranged to hopefully include as many people as possible. Katie Bogie (Tel 07557 676231).

Green Pastures
Green Pastures is a local home group that meets to study, and to pray for the churches, schools and community of Greenbank and Morningside, usually meeting for lunch on the third Sunday, and on second and fourth Wednesday evenings, at the flat of Louise and Jonathan Wright. If you’d like to be part of this, please email Louise or Jonathan or Tel 07786 833 392.

Prayer Group
Local mums are meeting to pray for the area at 9.30am for 30-40 minutes on Fridays once a month at the home of Susanna Waller. Email Susanna if you’re interested.

Dates for Your Diary

Sun 16 Dec: Gift Service
Each Christmas, our children and young people bring presents to the Gift Service. These are given to children in difficult circumstances in our own city and, sadly, the need is great. We’re inviting everyone to join in! Please bring any gifts to the Service, preferably in a gift bag, with a detachable tag saying whether the gift is suitable for a boy or girl and what age/s it is suitable for. The age range requested is from 3 up to 15. Whilst the children will want to choose a gift suitable for around their own age group, could I ask any adults wishing to donate a gift to consider choosing something for the teenagers as we are usually a little short for the older ones?

Mon 17 Dec: Carol Singing in Greenbank Village
Do you like singing carols? We are looking for singers of all ages and abilities to sing carols in Greenbank Village on the evening of Monday 17 December. We will meet at the Nursery at the Littlejohn Avenue entrance to the village at 6.30pm and will be accompanied by Richard Denison on the French horn. Please come and join us – we can’t guarantee the weather but you will get a warm welcome & refreshments afterwards, kindly provided by Julia and Richard Dunbar.

Wed 19 Dec: Midweek Prayers 1pm–1.20pm
All are welcome for a reflective time in the Braid Room.

Sun 23 Dec: Family friendly Christmas Sing-along
Christmas fun for all ages led by Malcolm Reid and Colin McRae. Gather at the church at 4pm, festive
rereshments aftwards in the Main Hall. All welcome.

Sat 26 Jan: Burns Supper 2019
Join us on Saturday 26th January 2019 for another fabulous Burns Supper in aid of the YACHT Campaign. Drinks will be served from 7pm before a three-course sit down dinner cooked by Chris and Rachel Rowley of Ballintaggart Farm. With after-dinner entertainment, an exciting auction and fundraising prizes, we hope this will be a very special evening of fellowship and fun. Tickets are on sale after the 10.30am Service: £400 for a table of 10 or £40 per person. For more information and/or to buy tickets please contact Kirsten Pink (Tel 07341 857 757).
P.S. If you would like to donate a prize for the prize draw or the auction, anything from a bottle of champagne to a week's holiday home rental will be gratefully received. Contact Jim Young (Tel 0131 447 1951).

Sat 14 Sep 2019: Tom Cuthell's Assisi Trip 2019
A second group is now planned. For further information contact Tom: tcuthell@gmail.com (Tel: 0131 476 3864).

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