ARTS & CRAFTS in Greyfriars Kirkcudbright 29th to 31st July 2022

Our theme this year was “Tapestry & Flowers” and we wish to thank those whose talents and flower arranging prowess made the beautiful decoration of our church possible. Many people felt this was one of our best years ever. Hundreds of visitors passed through our doors and were moved by the sheer aura of our medieval place of worship. Thank you too to our stewards. 

Dianne Stafford played the harp and sang inspiringly on the Sunday thus adding to the occasion. She also raised £85 for the Red Cross in Ukraine. 

Pics by John Curtis. 


News from Kirkcudbright Churches Together 

KCT continue to work together in different ways. 

Approximately 40 people, representing all three of the church communities in the I town, gathered together outside the Parish Church on Pentecost Sunday to witness to the coming of the Holy Spirit almost 2,000 years ago. 

"When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force-no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them..........Their heads were spinning; they couldn't make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: "What's going on here?" Others joked, "They're drunk on cheap wine." (Acts 2:1-4, 12,13;). 

The weather was fine, so too were the tea and cakes provided afterwards. It was good to worship together and to share our common belief in God who loves us. 

Stewartry Food | Bank 

The Food Bank is increasingly busy, but there may be many people who do not know how to get in touch. So please, pass on the details below to as many folk as you can. Stewartry Food Bank 07387 658177, Monday to Thursday 9am-1pm, when help can be arranged. Alternatively Social Workers, Health Professionals or Clergy can refer people directly to the Food Bank. 

KCT will also be participating in the 4 day Flower Festival to be held in the Parish Church from 19th to 22nd August. 

New York History Group Visit

New York history group visited Greyfriars on 19 June. Their tour leader was Fiona Lee (of Kirkcudbright Arts & Crafts Tours). Canon Hazlett gave  them a brief guided tour of Greyfriars and its fascinating history since worship began in at east the early fifteenth century. This is the third outside party to be shown around the church in June alone. 

Archaeology Scotland Visit

Archaelogy Scotland visit to Greyfriars 21 May 2022”. Pictured the 70-strong group Summer School. Their interesting speakers were Prof. Richard Oram of Stirling University, and archaeologist Dr Stephen Carter. The event was organised by Mr Geoff Waters and welcomed to the church by the Rector, Canon Stephen Hazlett. The group also visited McClellan Castle and other local sites.

Thank you to Vivien

The beautiful handcrafted beaten copper birds on stones, bought from the Whitehouse Gallery with money donated by the congregation.  They are given with grateful thanks to Vivien Dania for all the years of hard work she has put into Winter Wonderland.  They and a bouquet of flowers from Lily Knowles, were taken to her yesterday by the Rector, with love and gratitude from us all.   In thanking him for the lovely presents she said it was a wonderful surprise and that she would be grateful if he would also pass on her thanks and best wishes to the congregation.

Winter Wonderland 2021

Saturday 4th December saw Greyfriars famed “Winter Wonderland” return. This year it was hosted in Greyfriars church instead of the parish hall. It was a success! Despite many last-minute arrangements, over £500 was raised for church funds.

A big thank you to everyone who organised the event, staffed stalls, made delicious jams, chutneys, tray-bakes, confectionary and donated coffee for sale. Also Christmas cards, crafts, and decorations and even some jewelry went down well.  Thanks too to our stewards, musicians including a piper and angel presiding at the harp and piano ... and of course the big man Santa Clause himself, accompanied by his elf-wife and a  snow-man who arrived by boat. Not seen in the crowd that wound their way enthusiastically to the church rumour has it he may have melted!

Our official photographer did his usual good job. The Rector chatted to a number of young families, visitors and locals, who expressed delight at being in such a beautiful place, and enquired about future services etc. For this reason alone, we should probably host the event “at home” in Greyfriars church from now on, especially as we could utilise Greyfriars House etc. Up to 350 people passed through the doors, including some 100 children.

Kirkcudbright Art Trail at Greyfriars

Some photos from Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail 29 July -2 August 2021, exhibition of “Coasts & Waters” in Greyfriars Church. As well as the talented displays, which visitors adored, musical recitals enhanced the occasion. Gordon Mursell and Stephen Hazlett gave a piano and violin duet on Saturday, and Dianne Stafford played the harp and sang Celtic airs on Sunday.


Service coverage

Sun 28 March       Palm Sunday                                1100           Gordon Mursell

Thur 1 Apr           Maundy Thursday                           1000           Gordon Mursell

Fri 2 Apr              Good Friday                                   2pm – 3pm Rachel Inglis

Sun 4 Apr             Easter Day                                   1100           John Martin

Thur 8 Apr           Thursday of Easter Week                1000           Gordon Mursell

Sun 11 Apr           Second Sunday of Easter               1100           Gordon Mursell

Thur 15 Apr                                                              1000           Gordon Mursell

Sun 18 Apr           Third Sunday of Easter                  1100           Gordon Mursell

Thur 22 Apr          St George (transferred from 23 Apr)  1000           Gordon Mursell

Sun 25 Apr           Fourth Sunday of Easter                 1100           Gordon Mursell

Thur 29 Apr          St Catherine of Siena                      1000           Gordon Mursell

Sun 2 May            Fifth Sunday of Easter                   1100           Gordon Mursell

Thur 6 May                                                               1000           Gordon Mursell**

Sun 9 May            Sixth Sunday of Easter                  1100           John Martin

Thur 13 May         Ascension Day                              1000           Gordon Mursell

Sat 15 May           time tbc       Wedding (Gordon Mursell)

Sun 16 May          Seventh Sunday of Easter              1100           Gordon Mursell

Thur 20 May                                                            1000           Gordon Mursell

Sun 23 May          Day of Pentecost                          1100           John Martin

Thur 27 May                                                            1000           Gordon Mursell**

Sun 30 May          Trinity Sunday                              1100           John Martin