AUTUMN FASHION SHOW IN SUPPORT OF KIRKCUDBRIGHT PARISH CHURCH'S REDEVELOPMENT FUND)

The Glamour / The Models / The Entertainment / Refreshments!

There will also be a sales table and raffle.

Live music provided by Hannah Gill and pupils from Kirkcudbright Academy's Music Department.

It's all coming together on Friday, 12th November at 7.00pm.

Venue: Kirkcudbright Parish Church.  Doors open at 6.30pm,

You won't want to miss this event!

Tickets £8.00 (under 16s £5.00) on sale at Thomsons Newsagents.  Refreshments included.

Kirkcudbright Parish Church wishes to thank the following shops for their support in holding this event:- Banks and Braes, Clann, Susan Corrie, Gowans, Lindsay Line and Wm Law.
 

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

Kirkcudbright Parish Church is seeking a replacement for our organist/pianist/choirmaster who is due to retire at the end of this year. This post is part-time.

For details of responsibilities, remuneration, hours etc. please email: office@kirkcudbrightchurchofscotland.uk or telephone the Church office on Wednesday or Friday mornings: 01557 330489
 

ECO ARTICLE

COP26: What is it?

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (or COP26 for short) will take place Covid restrictions permitting at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021. Since the first COP in Berlin in 1995 there has painstaking progress towards international agreement. Getting every country in the world to sign up to life changing commitments is not easy but in Paris in 2015 (COP21) there was agreement to try to limit global warming to 1.5°Celsius above pre-industrial levels and not to allow it to go above 2°C.

Why is the COP important?

As global temperatures rise so do the range of risks and their severity, particularly for tropical countries which are already suffering terrible loss and damage. The impacts often fall most heavily on women and children and those already living in poverty. People living in small island states and low lying countries are at risk with rising sea levels and have campaigned to limit temperature rises to 1.5°C. Without radical action temperature rises of over 1.5°C will very likely happen by mid-century.

Who is involved?

Diplomatic representatives from all countries will be joined by campaigners, lobbyists, businesses, scientists, NGOs and the world’s media. Faith groups campaigning for climate justice will be well represented including the Holy See, World Council of Churches, Lutheran World Federation, development agencies through ACT Alliance, CIDSE and representatives of other faith groups. The total number of participants travelling to Glasgow depends on Covid related travel restrictions and the event may take place in part online.

Louise Finch
 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2021 (some further reflections)

In a year when Scotland will host the COP26 UN Climate Conference, the Assembly passed ambitious deliverances including proposals for how the Church could work towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

The Forum will work with the Assembly Trustees, the General Trustees, CrossReach and other groups, to develop plans for reducing carbon emissions across the Church, and will also report annually to the General Assembly on progress.

Congregations and Presbyteries will now be encouraged to consider the implications of this for their own buildings, activities, procurement and finances, and to start long-term planning for the changes that will be required.

In a pre-recorded speech, Very Rev Dr Susan Brown, convener of the Faith Impact Forum stated that the Church's role to proactively campaign around these issues follows the path laid out by Jesus.

"Jesus did not come into this world for a few only, but that all might be saved - all know they are loved - and all might be set free," she said.

"That call has led to the Forum framing its work around the concept of a just and green future where everything is seen through the lens of God's love for the world in its entirety.

"The vision is of a society and world in which every person is valued and respected and where the planet too is seen as precious and to be protected."

The General Assembly also welcomed that the Church of Scotland no longer holds shares within the oil and gas industry and proposes that "as a matter of principle, the portfolios of investments managed should align with the UN Paris Agreement in pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels".

A special committee of five people will now be appointed to consult with the Faith Impact Forum, the Church of Scotland Investors Trust and the Assembly Trustees to consider the ethics of future investments and report back to the General Assembly in 2023.

Louise Finch
 

NATIONAL DAY OF GIVING

The Church of Scotland has decided that we should have a National Day of Giving during September - October. The Funding Team, with the agreement of the Kirk Session, is planning to hold this event on Saturday the 16th October 2021 from 11.00am to 5.30pm.

If you come along at any time during these 6 and 1/2 hours you will be able to find out what the plans for the church are, how you can help and enjoy some refreshment. This project is a huge undertaking, and we cannot do it by ourselves but need the help of the whole community to achieve this. There are many ways in which you can help

One of the good things about the National Giving Day is that the national church has said that all the moneys raised will be used for local purposes and will have no effect on future contributions to the Ministry and Mission Fund.

As is the case in all our appeals for funding, we recognise that not everyone will be able to respond. This is particularly the case for those whose employment and finances have been affected by Covid. If this is not a good time for you, there is no need to feel obliged to give.

For those whose circumstances allow, there are a number of ways that you can contribute to creating a church interior that will be worthy of the God whom we serve and will be an asset for Kirkcudbright and its people for generations to come.

1) Give a lump sum. We have received gifts of £8000 already this year and Gift Aid will add to these generous gifts. If you are a taxpayer and do not already use Gift Aid, please consider it. It adds 25% to the value of your gift. We will have Gift Aid declarations available on the 16th.

2) Set up a regular standing order for a period of years. There are already a number of people who have done this and the Redevelopment Fund is growing by over £150 per month. If you have online banking, you can set this up yourself*, or there will be forms available on the 16th.

3) Give the church an interest-free loan to be repaid to you after 5 years. This might suit someone who has a sum of money set aside for a future project, but which is not immediately needed.

4) Leave a legacy to the church in your will. We have benefitted in the past from many such generous bequests.

*The account details for the Redevelopment Fund can be obtained from me.

Louise Finch
 

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