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Sunday School: Sunday 16th December is the last day of Sunday School for this year. Term 3 will begin on Sunday 13th January 2019. Enjoy the festive break! Warmest wishes from all the Sunday School team!

AN INVITATION FROM THE FLOWER TEAM The flower team will be decorating the cathedral for Christmas on Saturday 22nd December between 10.30am – 1pm. Help with this would be very much appreciated. No experience necessary, just a willingness to assist! If you are able to come along, please add your name to the sheet on the corner table in the West End. Thank you.

ADVENT APPEAL During the first 3 weeks of December and the first 3 weeks of January, St Machar’s will be supporting The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal. Donations of tinned food for their food bank —and soap, shower gel and deodorant will be particularly welcomed. Money donations, also gratefully received can be given to Elspeth Ross, Bill Howie or any duty elder.

TRAIDCRAFT The Christmas catalogue including order form is now on the Traidcraft table. Please hand in any forms to the shop or contact Alexis Darg 01224 708191. It is likely that Traidcraft plc will cease trading on 31st December 2018 unless'a good fairy' can be found. Many thanks to everyone who continue to support this company so that people in developing countries can provide for and educate their families

Life and Work: December Life and Work looks at those for whom Christmas Day is a normal working day, as they work to support and help others.

Cathedral Shop Please come and view the selection of small items on sale which are ideal for Christmas gifts and stocking fillers. Diaries for 2019 selling at £6.50 each. CD’s of music by Mike Thomson - £12, hand knitted Angel christmas decorations - £2, Sunday School recipe books - £5, pens - £2 and lots more. We also have our usual delicious selection of jams, chutney and orange marmalade.

CD’S FOR SALE- THE IDEAL GIFT? The Friends of St Machar’s Cathedral are pleased to be able to offer for sale in the Cathedral Shop a few copies of a CD of Organ Music, most of which was composed and arranged by Mike Thomson, our late Director of Music. The CD features the playing of John Kitchen, Edinburgh University Organist and an old friend of Mike’s. Members of the congregation may remember that John Kitchen was one of Mike’s friends, who came and played at a special Memorial Concert held here on 1st April, 2017. The music featured on the CD, which was recorded at the Usher Hall earlier this year, was played at that concert.

The Friends, who were proud to contribute to the cost of production of the CD, have a limited number for sale at £12 per CD. Hurry while stocks last!

THE BIG SLEEPOUT As many of you know there will be a national effort to raise money for Social Bite, the Homeless Charity. Mass sleepouts are taking place on Saturday 8th December in Edinburgh, Glasgow Dundee and Aberdeen. It is supported by the Church of Scotland nationally and locally. The Aberdeen event takes place in the Duthie Park. To find out more, visit www.sleepinthepark.co.uk. If you fancy joining a team from St Machar’s, please speak to Alan Grant, Session Clerk.

If you are visiting or relatively new to us, The crèche is along the passage behind the organ. There is a toilet and plentiful

toys; and the service is relayed there. Feel free to take your children through. Visiting children of 5 and over are welcome to join the Sunday School which starts in the church and leaves at the end of the second hymn for lessons in the east gatehouse.