CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2019

Opening night November 29th at 6.00pm with entertainment by Music4U, light refreshments and an opportunity to wander round and enjoy the diverse exhibits and inventiveness of the exhibitors.

Then Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm and Sunday 12.15pm – 4.00pm.

See December’s Newsletter for more information.

(If you would like to help welcome people during the festival please add your name to the list at the back of the church.)
 

CHURCH FRIENDSHIP GROUP

We’re Up and Running!!

A Message from Your Pastoral Care Team

The Friendship Club held it’s first meeting on Wednesday, 2nd October, and it ran from 2.00pm until 3.30pm. We were delighted to be able to entertain nineteen friends, and they have all assured us that they had a great day. Sue McMinn entertained those present with a quiz, and lots of scratching of heads and laughter ensued. In addition, Sue’s black labrador (Poppy) was with her, and she behaved beautifully as she greeted everyone and welcomed all the pats and cuddles!

We hope that even more of you will support this initiative from the Pastoral Care Team, and look forward to welcoming you to one of our weekly Friendship Club meetings.

Any questions call Irene Robertson or for transport, call John Thomson.
 

CHURCH HOME STUDY GROUPS

“For where 2 or 3 are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Mat.18v20)”

As the dark November evenings arrive, have you considered committing yourself to attending one of our Church’s Home Study Groups? Enjoy sharing the Word, time for prayer, friendly discussion and good fellowship, not to mention tea & coffee etc. The Groups & times are as follows:-

Monday Morning Group: Contact Elizabeth Duncan or Pat Parker for more information.

Tuesday Morning Daar Lodge Group: 10am at Daar Lodge. Contact Graham Finch

Tuesday Evening Group: meets at 7.30pm. Contact Irene Robertson

Sunday Evening Gathering: Meets at 7-9pm Upper Room, Church Hall. Contact Alistair Simpson or Howard Brown. 
 

WHO WROTE THAT HYMN?

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry,
everything to God in prayer!

Regarded by some today as “too sentimental” to be in modern Hymn books, this hymn remains much loved by many people, and gives comfort to them in times of trouble or grief. As so often is the case, it was written from the heart by a man called Joseph Scriven (1820—1886) during a tragic time in his life.

He had emigrated to Canada from Ireland, aged 25, and had been about to marry a young lady whom he had known for a long time. Tragically she was accidentally drowned shortly before the wedding was to take place.

In his time of grief and despair, Joseph found himself drawn ever closer to Christ, and there he found both comfort, and the strength to keep going forwards. Out of this experience, he felt moved to write a poem to comfort his mother over in Ireland during her time of sorrow. As can often happen, God used this poem for purposes that Joseph Scriven probably never imagined could occur. In 1868 the composer Charles Converse came across the poem, and wrote the music of the familiar tune to which we still sing this hymn today.

For those of you who would like to hear the hymn and are reading this online, click on the link below and it should take you to a version on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coO5Sl8Vnlw
 

MESSY CHURCH

Believe it or not, our Messy Church has now been running for over 18 months! In that time we’ve welcomed guests of a few weeks’ old, folk in their youthful 80s, and every age in between!  We’ve welcomed people on holiday from America, who simply saw our banner one Saturday afternoon and decided they wanted to know what this Messy Church was all about. We’ve welcomed members of Kirkcudbright Parish Church, people visiting from other churches, and folk who don’t worship anywhere on a regular basis. And we couldn’t forget the lovely donkeys, including baby Jenny from Parton! (I think they’re quite regular Churchgoers)!

We’ve made collages, Christmas cards, gifts for Mothering Sunday and origami sheep. We’ve constructed things with Lego, K-nex, fondant icing and playdough! We’ve had treasure hunts, Easter Egg hunts, quizzes and bingo!

Each week we share pastries, tea and coffee for breakfast. Sharing food is a really important part of the Messy Church ethos, as well as providing a warm welcome to everyone who comes along. We share fellowship, conversation and worship, as well as our activities. Messy Church is a way of using all these things to help people come close to God. It’s a way of stretching out from inside church, to reach those who perhaps don’t have any experience of Sunday worship.

Please do come along and be part of the next Messy Church, we’d love to see you there! Bring a friend! You’ll find us in the church hall from 9.15am, on Sunday 27th October. The theme will be ‘From Start to Finish’, continuing our thinking about journeys. Messy Church is for everyone! 

Sue McMinn
 

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