Greyfriars and St. Mary’s is a linked charge of the Scottish Episcopal Church in the diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. The church in Kirkcudbright dates back to Medieval times, and in Gatehouse of Fleet to 1840. We hope you will find in these pages welcome, inspiration and information.
Even the church sometimes treats Advent, the season we are now in, as only a pale prelude until Christmas.This is far from what it is all about.The underlying theme is darkness into light, which is so DRAMATIC!
Nowhere is this idea more apparent than here, in an area famed for its light. The Kirkcudbright artists colony which flourished in its heyday from 1850 to 1950, with such luminous names as E. A. Hornell and Jessie M. King, and before them the famous Faed family of Gatehouse, were all inspired by the famous light and skies of this area where we are privileged to live.
One early morning last Advent I observed a blood-redor pale orange sun, a tinge of pink, a bright royal blue, a silver grey, an ominous inky black spot - and yes the prospect ofpuffywhite clouds telling us that snow may not be too far away!
Advent like life itself is a season of contrasts. Beginning with a reminder of the return of Jesus Christ to earth some day, in love and judgment, we move through our Jewish heritage in the prophetic Old Testament, heralding the strange but enigmatic greatest prophet of them all, John the Baptist, and finally the announcement of the birth of the Saviour of the world. A life of faith also means we have contrasts; sadness and joy, despair and hope, darkness and light. For many people Christmas can be empty; just a welcome end of the commercial hype. This year especially with the ever-present restrictions on life itself, and perhaps a more modest Christmas due to some shortages, Advent can mean a time to quietly prepare and to anticipate in holy expectancy the true meaning of Christmas as Joy to the World.
Prayer for Advent: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which Your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that on the last day, when H shall come again in His glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through Him Who is alive and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Greyfriars and St. Mary’s Joint Climate Sunday service was held in Greyfriars Episcopal church Kirkcudbright on Sunday 31st October. It was organised by the Rector, Canon Stephen Hazlett, and Rachel Inglis, the local churches eco rep. A well- attended ecumenical occasion, the congregation of St. Mary’s Gatehouse of Fleet also attended and participated, as did the local Church of Scotland Minister, Rev. James Gatherer. Those taking part reflected all ages the youngest being Murdo Shaw, aged 13, who read the COP26 prayer. Worshippers added their prayers and environmental commitments to the church prayer tree (pictured) and others planted crocus bulbs”. Photos by Hazel Hazlett.
Greyfriars and St Mary's held a Joint Vestry meeting on Thursday 4th November. At this convivial meeting Gwen Shaw was presented with a card and bunch of flowers by St Mary's Vestry to mark her retirement as Greyfriars secretary after the AGM on Sunday 21st November. Thanks also to St Mary’s Vestry for their hospitality.
Bishop Kevin has just announced that our Rector Rev Stephen Hazlett has been appointed a Canon of St. Mary’s Cathedral Glasgow, largely to reflect on his extra work with vacant churches in the Galloway Region of the diocese of Glasgow. Congratulations to Stephen - this refelects well on Greyfrairs and St. Mary’s and his “other” churches in Challoch, Stranraer, and Portpatrick and certainly does not mean he is moving to Glasgow but that the Galloway region will now have a stronger voice in the diocese and cathedral.
The Scottish Episcopal Church Advisory Group has updated its main Covid Guidance document, now that Scotland is "beyond level 0" in the Government's Strategic Framework. Follow the link below to see the most recent update: www.scotland.anglican.org/coronavirus-updates/
Many Scottish Episcopal Church congregations are providing weekly online worship. The list is arranged diocese-by-diocese in alphabetical order, and provides the name of each church, a link to the broadcast platform, and the church’s website address. The collated information is not exhaustive and is subject to variation in what is a fluid situation.
The most recent update from the Diocesan Office is available to read/download here.
Also available here are the text of an address given by the Rt Rev Richard Holloway at the closing service for St Mungo’s Alexandria, as mentioned in the Update and a flyer for the SEI Annual Lecture, again as mentioned in the Update.
Aberlour Children’s Charity is supported by our churches, and is this year’s diocesan Lent appeal.
They are calling for the Scottish Government to double the Scottish Child Payment to £20 on a permanent basis. To achieve this would be a massive benefit to many struggling families, given the growing levels of poverty in Scotland.