Church Social, January 2019

Pene Richmond - Visit to Bangkok and Bali

Sunday 27th January at 2pm saw the first of the Socials with myself, Pene Richmond, showing my holiday photographs as a slide show ( last November I visited Bangkok and Bali ) in our Church St.Mary’s.

Richard Glass had kept the heating on from the morning service, Barbara McFarlane served the ‘audience’ with tea / coffee as they came in ( some food was on offer too). The lights were turned off to allow the viewing of my pictures on my wide screen T.V.

I talked through the slide show bringing in exhibits of Jim Thompson pieces and other props such as a map of Bangkok to help illustrate the photographs, from my laptop I was able to control the speed, pausing and playing so I could get in the information needed. It also allowed for any questions to be answered.

Photographs of Bali included my cooking lessons in the rice fields. I also showed how Batik material was made and had a piece of Batik for people to look at.

The slide show finished with Bali airport and the huge display of orchids. Richard then turned the lights on!

Around 15 people came, despite the heavy gales, and £100 made for the Church funds.

Re-dedication of the stained glass windows

Visit of the  bishop of Glasgow & Galloway to St. Mary's  on 18th. September to re-dedicate our stained glass windows, after a huge refurbishment programme. Photos include our own congregation, visitors from Greyfriars (who had donated a generous £5000) and an ecumenical between Bishop Gregor &  Rev. Val Ott from Gatehouse parish kirk . Many people were thanked for making the day possible, but especially our Property Convenor Richard Glass who supervised the work. A lovely supper followed the service.

Sea Sunday 2018 at St Mary's


8th July was Sea Sunday and at  the service in St. Mary’s the Rector thanked all those people who had worked so hard in providing these knitted garments for seafarers. During his time as port chaplain in Rotterdam he observed  much the seafarers really appreciated these and grabbed them within minutes of being provided! Many of the men are Asian and African and work in cold and stormy climates like the Atlantic and the North Sea.

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