CANCELLED - WORLD CHURCH TEAM COFFEE MORNING

Our first Coffee Morning since March 2020 will take place on Saturday, 4th September from 10.00am to 12 noon in the Parish Church Hall.  The suggested donation of £3.00 will go to our Mission Partner Gary Brough in Malawi for a project supporting the education of a group of young girl orphans.  CANCELLED DUE TO CURRENT UPSURGE IN COVID CASES IN DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY

Barbara Sykes
 

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, 10th September 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.
 

GARY BROUGH - LIVE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND CHAT TO OUR MISSIONARY PARTNER

Church of Scotland have arranged with your Mission Partner Gary Brough to speak to his partner congregations at two zoom events. The first will be on 31st August at 10.30am and it will be repeated on 1st September at 7.00pm. This should hopefully give opportunity for you to choose a time that suits. We have run similar events with other Mission partners in their Presbytery areas and these have been well received as a way to gain updated information about their work. There will be an opportunity for people to ask questions also. As Gary has two Presbytery areas there will be representatives from both at the two meetings.

If you would like to attend please email nskinner@churchofscotland.org.uk with the date which suits you. Nearer the time we will send out a link to the meeting. 
 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2021

CrossReach is the Church’s Social Care body who care for the young and the old in their children's homes and Care Homes across the country.

CrossReach has been on the "frontline" of the Church of Scotland's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has made a positive difference to thousands of people. Board convener, Rev Thom Riddell, said staff and volunteers "tirelessly and selflessly " offered practical and emotional help in many different ways during a challenging time. This effort has come at a cost as staff have experienced exhaustion and trauma, and has cost the Church financially too in complying with the Covid 19 demands.

CrossReach is one of the largest and most diverse voluntary sector social care organisations in Scotland and it has taken "significant effort" to maintain the wide range of cradle to the grave services operated. "Our amazing staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly and selflessly to ensure that, wherever possible, those who rely on our services have remained connected to those important to them, have been protected from the worst effects of the virus, and have felt loved.” The Rev Thom Riddell reported.

CrossReach employs nearly 1,700 people and provide services for people suffering from substance misuse in Inverness, Glasgow, Stornoway, Edinburgh, and Dundee. The General Assembly expressed "alarm" at Scotland's drug deaths rate which is higher per capita than any other European country. A total of 1,264 people died in 2019 in comparison to 1,187 the previous year, an increase of 6%.

The latest figures are the highest number since records began in 1996, according to the National Records of Scotland.

Nearly 7 in 10 were male, over two thirds were aged 35 – 54 and heroin and morphine were implicated in more deaths than in any previous year, and over half of the total.

The General Assembly instructed CrossReach to work in collaboration with the Faith Impact Forum to hold the Scottish Government to account on its promise to reduce drug deaths and to ensure that the appropriate resources are put in place.

Louise Finch
 

PASTORAL CARE - REACHING OUT TO THOSE IN NEED

In the last edition of the Newsletter, I was reflecting on counting our blessings, and this month I have more reason than ever to do that, although not in a way I could have anticipated.

On what was in every other respect a normal Tuesday morning four weeks ago, Andrew had a heart attack, but thanks to the skill of the wonderful NHS, and to prayers answered, he is now at home recovering. With this in mind, and with sincere thanks to those of you who have supported us, I am thinking about Michael Rosen’s poem reminding us of the dedication of the wonderful NHS that is there for all of us when we need it. Indeed, Michael Rosen himself had cause to be particularly grateful when he recently spent forty -seven days in an induced coma following a severe bout of Covid-19. If like me, someone you love has been ill, or if you or someone you care about has worries or concerns that it would help to share (in confidence), please let Irene know and like Andrew and I, you could find yourself on the receiving end of the power of prayer, or a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the church, or both!

A reminder that you are being thought about whatever it is you are experiencing. Pastoral care at its finest!

Alison Best

Diary Note: We hope to resume Friendship Club meetings from Wednesday 20th October and look forward to seeing all of you then. More information in October Newsletter. 
 

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