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.

Lent - A season to welcome joy

If we are not careful our everyday lives can rob us of our joy. Little irritations creep into our relationships, work feels mundane and boring, the news is grim and the weather almost as bad. If we are lucky joy touches our lives in flashes occasionally but it is rarely something we experience everyday.

The Christian Church recognises that this slide away from living a joy filled life is something we are all prone to. We often become overwhelmed: by the anxiety we carry for the world, the endless round of tasks involved in providing and caring for our families, the aches and pains of aging bodies, the loneliness of never feeling heard and conflicts among friends and neighbours all weigh us down. For those who share this sense of being overwhelmed by life the Church offers the season of Lent.

Lent is intended to help us nurture a space in out lives where we might welcome joy and it suggests a number of different ways we might do that.

Personal Self Reflection

Taking the time to think about what is overwhelming us and perhaps talking it through with a trusted friend may help us begin to address some of the things that wear us down. Some people also find prayer helpful.

Doing Something Differently or Meeting Someone New

Meeting new people or having different experiences can give us a new perspectives on life, challenging our habitual responses and helping us see new ways of being. Some people also find reading books helps them see the world in a new way.

Being Generous

Being generous with our time or our gifts, helping others less fortunate that ourselves, helps us recognise all we have to be thankful for in our own lives and may even help us find a renewed purpose to our lives.

In the Christian year Lent is a season of preparation for Easter. The joy with which Christians celebrate Easter is the same joy Jesus friends displayed when they met with him risen from the dead. For Christians Christ’s resurrection means that nothing; neither death nor fear, conflict or pain can separate us from the love of God.  The confidence we can have in this love is the source of our joy through all that might otherwise threaten to overwhelm us.