Message from the Bishop

Posted 13th October, 2017

Primates Meeting 2017

We listened carefully to the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) and with sadness accepted that the consequences for our relationships agreed in January 2016 would also apply to SEC after its decision on same sex marriage. This means that for three years, members of SEC would no longer represent the Communion on ecumenical and interfaith bodies; should not be appointed or elected to internal standing committees and that, while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they would not take part in decision making on any issues of doctrine or polity. The Archbishop of Canterbury will take steps within his authority to implement this agreement.

Yours,

+Gregor

(Bishop of SEC Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway)

 

Harvest Festival

Posted 5th October, 2017

The church looked beautiful in autumnal hues of yellow, yellow ochre, rust brown and deep reds and liberal displays of fruits, vegetables and flowers - which included a 'Showstopper' corn doll made of bread atop a real hay bale. The body of the church was also full of regulars and visitors. It was a celebration with a nod to times past and times rural with the choice of hymns and the beautiful decorations.

During the service the many gifts of harvest blessing were received. The rector will deliver these to members of the congregation and community who are unable to leave home easily for whatever reason.

Afterwards some of the congregation were able to join members from the other Kirkcudbright churches for an ecumenical meal together in the parish church hall.

"Thank you for your selfless gift and caring attitude"

Posted 25th September, 2017

"I just wanted to share the story of ‘Blue Blanket’ with you. Sometimes we need the ‘bread of kindness’ cast upon the water to return in a way to help confirm what we hope really is of help to others. So this is the story of your kind act:

"Heather has now left my house sit in Angus with Blue Blanket tucked lovingly in the car with your letter and prayer. The road ahead of her is still steep and rough but Blue Blanket tells her she is not alone.

"God bless you."

(This is just one of many thank you’s received for our Prayer Blankets. The blankets are kept at the back of the church; please feel free to take one to give to a friend or neighbour who you feel would appreciate a sign of love and support at a difficult time.)

Stewartry Food Bank - Run-up to Christmas

Posted: 15th September, 2017

Once again, the generosity in giving to the Food Bank in September was overwhelming, so much so that food supplies are overflowing and there will be no need for a collection in October.

However, we’re asked to start thinking about festive items suitable for the Christmas boxes, which can be received from the November collection onwards.

Please remember to check the use-by date on any Christmas items, as the boxes will not be sent out until the week before Christmas. The usual use-by date of 6 months still applies for basic items.

With grateful thanks from the Stewartry Food Bank.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Whithorn

Posted: 5th September, 2017

They came from all over the diocese, in buses - from Ayr and Glasgow - and private cars, and with their dogs. Over 80 of us gathering in Whithorn, in the RC church of St Michael & St Ninian, to celebrate Eucharist together. Afterwards we could either drive and then walk to St Ninian's cave over the crunchy stone beach or stay in Whithorn to visit the Round House and Museum.

Droste and I opted to go to St Ninian's cave as we had both brought our dogs. Teal and Ailsa throughly enjoyed snuffling amongst the stones and seaweed and begging food from hapless picnickers! We enjoyed sitting on the beach listening to the waves. As Droste said, 'the sound of the waves won't have changed at all since St Ninian's time.'

It was particularly good to see Bishop Gregor, looking very thin and frail it has to be said, but strong in spirit. He was both celebrant and preacher, supported by Rev'd David Wostenholm.

 

Music for a Summer's Evening

Posted: 5 September, 2017

The concert on Sunday, 27th August, which was in memory of Muriel Rhodes, long-standing and well-known member of Greyfriars, and also on behalf of Greyfriars, was a great success. The church was packed (not something we see often!) with over 70 people from the community and further afield, including Cornwall. 

The Freden Ensemble performed a delightful concert of music including Mozart, Handel Schubert ... and Gershwin! The latter seemed an unusual inclusion but on the night, the young singer, Louise Adlam, hit the right notes to conjure up the era that Muriel grew up in. All in all, it was a concert she would have approved of and the audience certainly enjoyed.

The proceeds from the concert which will go to Greyfriars were a remarkable £1,345.