Lent Faith-sharing Group

A faith-sharing group for Lent in Kirkcudbright

From Rachel

I am planning to run a faith-sharing group during Lent.

I know it feels early to be thinking of Lent, with Christmas and New Year barely over.  But Lent begins on 14thFebruary, Ash Wednesday, which is less than a month away.

Lent is often portrayed as a dreary time. I discovered recently that the German for Lent is ‘fasting time’, which doesn’t sound fun at all.

But Lent is so much more inspiring than a fasting time!  It’s about inner transformation and spiritual awakeningand, yes, it’s also about letting go of anything which prevents me from following the way of Jesus wholeheartedly.

The faith-sharing group will meet on Sunday afternoons from 18th February – 24th March inc. at 2-4 pm in the RC church hall in Kirkcudbright.

Framed by some reflective prayer and silence, and drawing on the spirituality of St Ignatius, I have the simple idea of each being offered a piece of Scripture, a poem, maybe an image and possibly some music on a Lenten theme to reflect on during the week. We’ll come together weekly in a safe space to talk together, share our responses and listen to and lament with each other.

If you feel this is for you, please let me know by Tuesday, 13th February when I’ll send you something for the first week.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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Greyfriars Christmas Decorations

Our usual team of willing helpers decorated the church beautifully with flowers, greenery and dressing the tree on Friday 22nd December ready for our Christmas services.  Thanks to Bob, John C, Doreen, Barbara, Sandra and Gwen.  This followed the team of men bringing down the crib from the cupboard, lifting the tree into place and decorating the Arch.  Our thanks go to John B, Andy, Rupert, Mike, Si, Lindsay, Jane (for her greenery) and Alec.

Christmas Fayre Winter Wonderland

A very successful fundraiser was held on 26th November in partnership with Summer Festivities and Inner Wheel.  Father Christmas and his elf were able to welcome and give gifts to nearly 200 children. Father Christmas travelled by Gary McKie’s boat from Ross Island.  Within the church we had stalls, raffle, guess the weight of the cake (made by Jane) and a Wreath making demonstration by Adele McNicol with Carol singing led by Bishop Gordon Mursell and a bottle stall and the Inner Wheel tea tent outside .

Although the weather was poor we raised a good sum and as a result we were able to donate £300 to the Youth Project, a Kirkcudbright Development Trust initiative.

Kirkcudbright Churches Together Pentecost 2023

The church in Kirkcudbright celebrates Pentecost together

Members of Greyfriars Church joined with Christians from St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Church and the Parish Church to celebrate the festival of Pentecost together.

The town was busy with the the local Farmers Market, which takes place on the fourth Sunday of the month. Stalls selling plants, farm produce and home made goods had been erected in the grounds of the Parish Church. Families were out in force to browse and purchase. Church members made their way through the market to gather and sing. David Preston from St Cuthbert’s led us on the violin and Rev’d James Gatherer asked God’s blessing on our Churches as we seek to witness to the self giving love of God.

Rev’d Gill Hart spoke about the way that God equips his people in the Holy Spirit for the work he calls us to. At the end of the service people lingered for ecumenical fellowship over refreshments which were generously provided by the Parish Church.

It was agreed by many that it had been good to follow the example of the first disciples on Pentecost Sunday and get out of our Churches and into the market place. During the service we had prayed for the courage to be bolder and now we look to God to see where that prayer will take us.