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2018 Art & Crafts Trail - Greyfriars' Exhibition

Posted: 7th August, 2018

Around 780 visitors passed through Greyfriars church during the Art & Crafts Trail this year to see the display in honour of Scottish women remembered for their courage and brave deeds. The creative display - mounted by members of the church - included a brief biography for each woman, sometimes photos of them as well, where available, an appropriate costume and magnificent floral displays to accompany it all. Many compliments were received both about the church and the affecting display.L

The total number of visitors included 82 children who stayed for the 'Stories from the Sea' activities put on by Laura Shaw, Drostie Tame and Rosemarie Main, which included puppet making, filling a treasure chest and a quiz. 

2018 Sea Sunday

Posted: 15th July, 2018

Once again Greyfriars church was delighted to host a well-attended service celebrating Sea Sunday. This is a world-wide event, and we in Kirkcudbright are familiar with the sight of fishing vessels and their crews.

Sea Sunday is an opportunity to show our appreciation for all who work at sea, and who often risk their lives to provide food, or transport goods, for us. This year our local Stewartry Corps of the Sea Cadets marched to church in their smart uniforms, led by their officers and piper Dr David Hannay. Commodore Bob Williams, Royal Navy rtd, read a lesson, as did young Sea Cadet Hope Rowley. Prayers were said for the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleet, Coast Guard, RNLI, etc. - and special mention was made of the anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster where so many off-shore workers tragically died off the Scottish coast.  Our Rector, who is Chaplain to the Sea Cadets, spoke of his time in Rotterdam with the Mission to Seafarers.

Our sister church of St. Mary’s in Gatehouse undertook a big programme of knitted garments for seafarers, which will be given to the Mission to Seafarers in the Port of Leith, Edinburgh, for onward distribution.

 

DO YOU KNOW?

What the difference is between the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy?

Answer: The Royal Navy has sailors; the Merchant Navy are called seafarers.

Summer Opening of the Church

Posted: 29th June 2018

The church will be open to visitors from 9th July - 31st August (except Sundays during that period). The town is noticeably filling up with visitors, attracted no doubt by the opening of the splendid new Kirkcudbright Galleries, amongst many other attractions.

Members of the church are invited to volunteer to provide a presence in the church during this period. A rosta is in the porch where you can add your name.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Posted: 31st May 2018

As you may be aware, the law regarding data protection is changing and the new EU legislation came into effect on 25th May 2018. The GDPR replaces the UK Data Protection Act and is a really positive step towards individuals having more control over how their data is used and how they are contacted.

The rector, vestry secretary and treasurer would like you to know that any of your personal information that may be held for church purposes is kept safely and will not be shared with any third party. This policy statement can now be found on the 'Vestry Matters' page.