The Badminton Club has had a very good year. We have had three new members to add to those of a year ago. This means that we normally have between 8 and 10 people each week. However other ladies are welcome to join us from 2-4 on Thursday afternoons, for friendly games and a cup of tea.



Christian Aid Week in May is our main fund raising period. We work closely with the congregations of Greyfriars Episcopalian church and of St Andrew and St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic church at this time.  In 2018 £4,204.63 was raised, the main contribution coming from the house to house collection. This year £,2,832 came from this. The sponsored Kirkcudbright Half Marathon, walked by Doreen Blackadder of Greyfriars and Alex Kinnell raised £986. A further £375 was contributed by Mary Newton who again held an afternoon tea at her own house.  The events of this week although time consuming to organise, provide not only a substantial amount of desperately needed money but also provide a great opportunity for all within the Christian community to work together. 



The Heart for Art group in Kirkcudbright continues to be successful. Launched in 2013 is now into sixth year of operation and meets every second Tuesday of the month in the Parish hall for two hours of wonderful creativity.  The group is opened mainly for those affected by dementia diagnosis. The main aim of the service is to support people to remain in their community as long as possible. For some with dementia art provides a natural forum to express their emotions and helps to communicate.
A vibrant group of 11 participants attend from both care homes and the community. Those who come from care homes are encouraged by care staff to attend the session and are escorted in most cases. For all involved it is a change of scene and the enjoyment is a key. The atmosphere is very relaxing and soothing where people can enjoy a creative journey. Cup of tea/coffee is offered half way through the session.  This would not be possible without the support from the wonderful volunteers who give their time freely. The volunteers are made up of professional artists, budding enthusiasts and those who wants to befriend participants. Many provide art materials and framing expertise free of charge. All of the art materials and the professional art tutor are provided by CrossReach, the Social Care Council of the Church of Scotland.  Last year the group’s members have had their work featured on a national level at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Also the beautiful art works were exhibited during Art and Crafts Trail in the Kirkcudbright town. The group is absolutely delighted to be part of this annual event. A few participants have visited the trail and were thrilled to see their own artwork beautifully framed and exhibited. Some of the artworks were printed into cards, fridge magnets, prints and other merchandise.  In December a small Christmas party took place where all involved got together to celebrate a festive season. We all enjoyed a beautiful music provided by Tony Bonning and a Santa visit.  Currently CrossReach Heart for Art has 10 groups operating across Scotland with a new established group in Galashiels. The service have plans to establish more groups across Scotland soon.  We wish to thank everyone involved in the HfA group in Kirkcudbright for their amazing, ongoing support!  



Recipe: Prepare beforehand using ‘top quality’ ingredients; prayer, planning, and enthusiasm for mission in our community.  Take 50 croissants, 50 pain au chocolat, 40 or so cups of tea and coffee, lots of juice, at least 14 enthusiastic volunteer helpers, some familiar faces and some unfamiliar faces, glitter, 30 pairs of scissors, 12 glue sticks, some pots of ‘runny’ glue, sheets of glue dots (there’s no such thing as too much glue!), glitter, Lego, playdough, paper and paint (and a bit more glitter)!  Combine with a warm welcome, smiles, sharing, conversation, worship, listening, fun, wisdom and fellowship. Allow to ‘cook’ for about 75 minutes, with extra time as required.  This recipe, when successfully combined is an exciting way of reaching out, with God’s help, and his message, and making connections with people, especially those who don’t attend church, or go to a house group.  Messy Church is a way of celebrating God through his Word, songs, prayer, activities, welcome, the sharing of food and fellowship.  (Not forgetting the large quantities of glue and glitter)!  Messy Church sees people helping serve breakfast, providing a warm welcome, giving a helping hand with activities, providing a listening ear, it sees people smiling, making friends, strengthening relationships and celebrating God.  If you haven’t tried this recipe yet, it’s well worth it! So far almost 200 people, adults and children have enjoyed the taste since we began regular Messy Church at the end of last year! Please join in! 



We have a willing group of volunteers, now approaching 20 in number, who are keen to use their musical abilities in praising God through song and leading the congregation at the 9.30am services. A rota is drawn up so that 6 or 7 form the band for a Sunday morning, usually meeting on the Thursday evening beforehand to practice.  On a beautiful evening in August we led the singing at the Kirkcudbright Churches Together “Songs of Praise” at the harbour square.  Recently, a few pews were removed to give the band more space. This makes it possible to arrange ourselves such that we can see and hear each other which makes for a better sound. We are grateful to the sound and projection teams who are key to ensuring a good experience for band and congregation.  As Messy Church has been introduced once a month in place of the usual 9.30am service, this offers an opportunity to meet together as a larger group on a Thursday evening, to learn some new songs, enjoy old favourites and revive forgotten ones.



Sunday school takes place during 9.30am service, following the children’s talk in church. The teaching material from Scripture Union echoes the Scripture used for the children’s talk given in church, and gives the leaders different options and ideas to help communicate the message in a fun and memorable way. The ‘All-Age Family’ Services have become more inclusive and interactive for all ages. Children are able to pick the songs for the service and write the prayers. This year we have a rota with leaders and helpers to help with the wide range of ages in the older group. The leaders are; Emily Harrison, Susan Hutton, Katy Perez, Ewan Kennedy, Paul Knecht and Apphia and Alistair Simpson. We are grateful to be joined by helpers from Barcaple; Dan Harrison, Emma Hamilton and Matthew Bamford as well as Val Lund. 



We are a small group meeting in each others home. Our study for this year has been The Pilgrim Course which includes, The Beatitudes, The Lord's Prayer and the Commandments. These discussions have encouraged us to review our understanding and deeper application of Jesus's teaching more closely. We enjoy wonderful supportive fellowship, friendship, laughter and lively discussion and in recent months have had four new members join our group. We have led the 9.30a.m. Church service on a number of occasions, and while we find it challenging, we also agree that it is a growing experience leading to the health and enjoyment of our group.  If you enjoy asking the question and then discussion with others, perhaps you might like to join us. If so, speak to Irene Robertson or anyone you may know who is a member of the group. You will be made very welcome.


In 2018 we continued supporting Wabia Network, a small charity run by Judy and Mike Martin based in Tanzania. They work through non-governmental organisations, running very successful local microcredit schemes, small loans made to women with no other requirements on age, education or background. Microcredit changes people's lives and revitalizes communities. Loans of under £100 enable micro- entrepreneurs to grow thriving businesses and, in turn, provide for their families, leading to strong and flourishing local economies. In September we sent our final donation, completing the £2,000 we had committed to collect.  In the autumn Indonesia suffered a devastating tsunami; we responded by sending altogether £950 to the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) Indonesia Tsunami appeal.  In October we formed a Link with Gary Brough a new Mission Partner with the Church of Scotland World Mission Council. He is originally from Kirkcudbright. Gary with his wife Jacqueline and daughters Eilidh and Morven have since moved to Malawi where Gary will be supporting the work of Livingstonia Synod’s Church and Society Programme as Communications and Resource Mobilisation Manager.  We have requested that once he has settled in, he informs us of any particular project we might consider supporting.  The planned Church of Scotland visit to Nepal in May which Ann Morgan had planned to join, was cancelled so Ann is now joining the Nazareth Trust Sponsored Trek on the “Jesus Trail” from Nazareth to Capernaum in March this year, raising money to help in the renovation of the Maternity Unit in the Nazareth hospital.  On Saturday October 6th 2018 we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the coffee mornings, with an amazing cake made by Addie, welcoming 77 people and raising £343.18. In 2018 we held 10 coffee mornings; proceeds from these plus the Winter Wonderland amounted to £2,233.71. The grand total at the end of 2018 after 93 coffee mornings was £23,269.21, We would like to say a very big thank-you to all our regular supporters for their generosity, to Margaret Hughes and all the team for their hard work, and to all the bakers for the delicious scones and cakes that appear every month, with a special mention to Elizabeth Bennett.