Welcome to Greyfriars, Kirkcudbright and St Mary's, Gatehouse of Fleet

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.

Church Services have now re-opened

Said Eucharist at both churches, Sundays 9.30 and 11am, and Holy Communion traditional form Wednesdays/Thursdays at 9.30/10am. For your safety and assurance social distancing, compulsory face coverings, and signing in are in operation. The Rector continues with pastoral visiting and home communions tel 01557 620132 /07900231360

AGMs

These will take place immediately following the Morning Services in St. Mary’s on 15th November at 0930am and in Greyfriars on 22nd November at 11am. Details re nominations and reports are available from the Hon. Secretaries. As the quorum for both churches is 15 persons, it is to be hoped that people will attend that Sunday if at all possible. These public meetings may yet need to be held by Zoom.  Stephen

All Souls Day

This will be commemorated in St. Mary’s on Wednesday 4th November at 0930am, and in Greyfriars on Thursday 5th November at 10am. We remember with thanksgiving friends and family who passed on. Names for prayer can be recorded in both churches on the sheets provided in the church entrance, or you may email them to the Rector beforehand. All Saints Day for both churches takes place on Sunday 1stNovember at the usual church times. 

Pentecost and Trinity

We don’t go around the streets of Gatehouse of Fleet and Kirkcudbright wishing each other a Happy Pentecost in the way that we wish each other a Happy Christmas and Happy Easter. Christian churches in the UK are much more shy about God as the Holy Spirit than our fellow Christians elsewhere. In churches in Greece and Cyprus, the worshipping congregation joins the crowds in the streets joyfully greeting one another. Church and community are one. Even in the Netherlands, and the Dutch are similarly conservative, Pentecost, or Pinterfest, lasts two days, and there are often family get-togethers. Nowdays socially distanced of course …
The first Pentecost came at a highly significant time in the life of the early church. The first followers of Jesus had all gathered together. The first fears of the fearful knock on the door, and arrest by the Roman authorities or temple police; had subsided. But now they were in a sorry state; weak depressed, lonely, confused. Jesus had miraculously come back from the dead, but had now with the Ascension returned to heaven. The scene is set for us in the Acts of the Apostles When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house. Not only had God manifested Himself in the power, discernment, and comfort of the Holy Spirit, this was also the birth-day of the church.
Following on from this, the bed-rock of the Church’s faith is the belief in the doctrine of the Trinity. God the Father Who loves us, God the Son who died for us, and God the Holy Spirit who enlightens and empowers us. Put another way, the three great festivals of the Church; Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. Three good bases for life itself.

Stephen D. Hazlett , Rector

Message on behalf of the College of Bishops

Message on behalf of the College of Bishops at re-issue of Phase 3 Guidance for re-opening of churches and pastoral activities in Scottish Episcopal Churches

The pandemic in Scotland is still affecting every aspect of personal, community and church life.

The College of Bishops, the Standing Committee and the Officers of the SEC remain committed to the care and support of all our church communities. We will do this in part by personal care and attention to clergy and lay leadership and in part by providing revised and ongoing guidance in relation to the pastoral and liturgical ministry of our churches.

Quote of the year

The great explorer Christopher Columbus said “ You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”. What better affirmation of faith as we return to some semblance of normality!  Stephen

Update from the Advisory Group of the Scottish Episcopal Church

Here follows a brief update on behalf of the Advisory Group of the Scottish Episcopal Church:

The Group met immediately following the First Minister’s three weekly review report to the Scottish Parliament yesterday (9 September).

None of the changes announced by the First Minister directly affect Places of Worship but there are, nevertheless, a few of points of note:

Revised Guidance for Phase 3 of Route Map out of lockdown

In the light of the First Minister’s announcements on 9 and 14 July 2020 regarding entry into Phase 3 of the Scottish Government's Route Map, revisions have been made to the guidance originally issued on 6 July 2020 by the Advisory Group of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and the pastoral guidance issued by the College of Bishops.

The main updates on previous guidance are:

Numbers permitted at worship in church buildings will be strictly limited to 50 people, with physical distancing remaining in place at 2m;