CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2017

After the previous, extremely successful, Christmas Tree Festivals our eighth Festival begins on the first day of Advent. So the Festival will have its official opening from 5.00pm to 7.00pm on Friday, 1st December with entertainment from Music4U.

Thereafter the church will be open each weekend from Saturday, 2nd December up until Christmas Eve at the following times:-

Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm

Sunday 12 noon to 4.00pm

also during the late-night opening on a Thursday in December. Admission will be free, all donations made during the festival will be given to Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes.

Other entertainment during the Festival will be offered by:-

The Lyric Singers on Saturday, 9th December from 10-30am to 11.30am with refreshments to follow.

Organist Angus Dick on Sunday, 17th December from 12 noon to 1.00pm.

Please come along and support us and share in the preparation for celebrating the birth of Jesus.
 

SAMARA'S AID APPEAL

Three years ago, a group of people from Samara Levy's church near Brighton helped to load a lorry of aid to Iraq. Three years later Samara has set up a registered Charity- Samara's Aid Appeal, and with support from nearly 600 churches across the UK, has sent:

* 88 artic lorries and 40 shipping containers of humanitarian and medical aid to the Middle East
* clothing for around 250,000 people in Syria, Iraq and Jordan and Lebanon.
* sent 11 ambulances and has opened two small hospitals in Syria

Our region generously sent hundreds of banana boxes, bags of bedding and care packs in early 2015. It would be impossible to include all the information Samara shared about the work of the Charity here but this is part of message from a Christian Doctor who along with his family has been displaced several times over the past 5 years, feels called to stay and try to re-build among those left in the country. He told us -

"When I look back over everything we have achieved I feel amazed, and also terrified. I wish I could explain how dangerous it is for us to distribute this aid in all of these places, but it is what Jesus wants. Nothing has been done by our strength, it is done only by His strength..''

It is just as essential for you and me here in the West to give as it is for those people there in dire need to receive. The teams on the ground need our generous support to be able to keep giving and our prayers and encouragement to keep finding the strength in their hearts to persevere working in these toughest of environments, reaching out to these most vulnerable people.

There is a container in Beverly, Yorkshire where we can send aid to by the end of November, so I will be organising a collection on the 12th November - for all seasons clothing, in particular childrens clothing, shoes, bedding and care packs. A donation of a few pounds per bag would be much appreciated towards the cost of shipping. Please think quality over quantity as this aid will be going to the areas recently freed areas from ISIS in need mostly of emotional support.

Katie Stovell
 

STEWARTRY FOOD BANK

Last year the Food Bank provided over thirty Christmas parcels to clients in the area. We will soon be gathering together suitable items to place in this years parcels.

Please consider helping us by donating any Christmas food items and treats, all with a use by date well beyond Christmas. We will also welcome gifts suitable for all ages including crackers.

Any donations can be left in the box at the back of the Parish Church or at SCVS.

Your generosity will enable others to enjoy the festive season as they celebrate the birth of Jesus.
 

CHAMPIONS TALE

On Sunday 14th October we welcomed the Champions Tale group from South Africa to our 11am service. This was also the service for the Kirkin’ of the Incorporated Trades of Kirkcudbright, and I know they enjoyed the group as much as the rest of us.
The group were on a tour of Dumfries & Galloway, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and came to join us for worship but were very happy to share their songs and dancing. They certainly had lots of energy !

To find out more about the group look at www.be-united.org.uk and also follow them on Twitter and Facebook under BEUNITED.
 

WABIA NETWORK

Thank you so much for enabling us to present the work of Wabia Network to Kirkcudbright Parish Church on 8th October. We sensed a very warm response from the congregation, and we were bowled over by the generous collection of £260 which we hope to add Gift Aid.

If anyone would like to get a newsletter 3-4 times a year by email, contact us through our website at www.wabianetwork.net. You are also very welcome to visit Tanzania and see things with your own eyes. We usually visit in January and February, You would need to pay your own travel and accommodation expenses as we do.

Steve and Judy Martin
 

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