St Mary’s vestry gratefully acknowledge the hand-carved Philippines statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary donated by Paul Gysin in memory of his wife Annette Gysin, who attended St.Mary’s & Greyfriars often.
The annual ecumenical Good Friday “Walk of Witness” took place from the Parish Kirk to St Mary’s attended by some 35 people of all ages (and some canine friends). We called at the Catholic Church & Community Church en route, and meditations were led by Rev. Val Ott, Father Willy McFadden, Pastor Chris Barratt, and Rev. Stephen Hazlett. The procession ended in St. Mary’s Garden, and there followed a devotional & reflective service in St. Mary’s, led by the Rector. We are grateful to Robin Madeley for restoring our central cross.
Mothering Sunday was held in St. Mary’s on 31st March. Posies of flowers were handed out to all the women present and later others were distributed by the Rector to elderly and house-bound church members. No doubt the stars of the occasion were Isobel and Charlotte (pictured), Dee Durpose’s grandchildren, who read the gospel and Mother’s Day poem with such clarity and ability.
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.
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.
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.