A TALKING CAT IN FANCY FOOTWEAR?

Well, that can mean only one thing: this year the Kirkcudbright Parish Players’ pantomine is “Puss in Boots”. We hope you’ll make a date in your diary to come and join the fun.

The show will be staged in the Parish Church Hall on Thursday 13th, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets will be available from Thomson, Newsagent from later in November.

Will you be able and eager to come along? OH YES, YOU WILL!
 

ADVANCE NOTICE - CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Congregational meeting – Wednesday 5th December at 7.30pm in Church Hall.

This will be an important meeting with the Transition Support Group (TSG) who are responsible for overseeing the process of the Interim Ministry. This group of 6 people met with the congregation in October last year and with their help we produced a set of Aims and Objectives for this particular Interim Ministry placement. They are coming back again in December to see and hear what progress we have made since then. If, as a result of this meeting, they are happy to recommend to Presbytery that the Right to Call a Minister, be returned to the congregation (it is suspended for the duration of the Interim Ministry), then we could be beginning on an ordinary vacancy process – looking for a permanent Minister – in the early part of next year.

Interim Ministry Aims and Objectives from October 2017

Coming to terms with history
Acknowledge the achievements of the past and the many positive aspects of congregational life that continue
The congregation have a range of different experiences of the recent church journey some have experienced tension and conflict and others have not.
Acknowledge the range of experience.
Address any hurts that need healing
Work towards a more united congregation
Discerning our new identity
Improve communication both within the constituent parts of the church and between church and community
Find out what service the church can offer the community – especially through the use of its building
Develop clarity about the purpose of the various leadership roles in the church
Develop good meeting practice
Nurture the faith life of the church
Planning for the future
Work on a vision for the future of the congregation that allows all its constituents a voice and which all can own
Assess the benefits and disadvantages associated with St Cuthbert’s Trust for the future of the congregation and take any appropriate action
Review the current position of Atkinson Place and take any appropriate action
Develop a greater understanding of Presbytery and of the wider work of the Church of Scotland
 

WORLD CHURCH TEAM COFFEE MORNINGS - 10TH ANNIVERSARY!

On Saturday October 6th the Kirkcudbright World Church Coffee Mornings celebrated its 10th Anniversary, welcoming 77 people and raising £343.18, which will be donated to the DEC Indonesia Tsunami Appeal.

Addie Clarkson made an amazing Anniversary cake, decorated with a table, all created from sugar, set for one of our Coffee Mornings.

These popular regular events in the Church calendar were initiated by Margaret Hughes in October 2008, since when we have raised an amazing £22,722.18.

The projects we have supported so far (includes proceeds from several special fundraising events):-

2008 to 2010 Link Church in Tseikuru in the Eastern Province of Kenya, Africa £5,000
2011 The Presbyterian Church of East Africa for construction work on the Mwingi Church £2,000
2011 Mary’s Meals, working in 14 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean working towards seeing that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in their place of education £4,000
2011 to 2013 Mission Partner Sister Pat Jamison, Community Health Advisor in Jobarpar, Bangladesh, implementing a Community Health Programme £7,500
2014 and 2015 Christian Aid Community Partnership in the Karonga district of Malawi, enhancing community based maternal, neonatal and child care £5,000
2014 and 2015 Donation to Save the Children for the Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal £1,000
2016 Church of Scotland “Let us Build a House” project in one of the earthquake devastated areas of Nepal £500
2016 - 2017 Medical Aid for Palestinians, working for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees £2,000
2017 Disasters Emergency Committee for the East Africa Food Crisis Appeal £600
2017 Christian Aid Rohingya Crisis Appeal £500
2018 Wabia Network which funds Microcredit and local projects in the Mwanza area of Tanzania £2,000
2018 DEC for the Indonesia Tsunami Appeal £350

A very big thank you to all our faithful supporters.
 

IN CHOIRS AND PLACES WHERE THEY SING .....

In choirs and places where they sing…

Hello everyone, I’m delighted to be with you every Sunday playing the organ. It’s an honour and a privilege. As you probably know I’ve been asked if there is any possibility of resurrecting the church choir and I’m glad to say I’m very happy to try!

The choir would support the hymn singing and (hopefully) provide the odd anthem during the service. The possibilities are endless. If the choir became big enough we might also have a go at and giving a concert! We have already have recruited ten folk who are willing to give it a go. You don’t need to read music and I’d be happy to help with singing.

Singing is a joy for life. The benefits are amazing. It exercises the brain, improves the breathing and posture and eases muscle tension. It helps to sustain a healthy immune system, it bonds large groups of people very quickly, breaks the ice and goes a long towards stopping the present disintegration of communities (on which subject, it is also cost-effective!). All the above has been scientifically proven, even dementia has been seen to be stemmed.

John Milton in his “On the morning of Christ’s nativity” wrote; “Say heavenly muse, shall not thy sacred vein afford a present to the infant God? Hast thou no verse, no hymn or solemn strain to welcome him to this new abode?”

Well, I really hope we could have that hymn ready on Christmas morning! But you need to stifle that reaction (especially in men) that says “It’s not for me”. Come along and see, and be carried along on the wings of song. It is the most marvelous feeling and offers you a fantastic way to be a really useful member of your church.

There would be necessarily another point in the week when the choir would meet to rehearse and I’ll be calling the singers together to discuss how and when this might best be fixed.

The music I would wish to work on will certainly include works of a more “Classical” nature but that doesn’t mean dull – quite the opposite! The Praise band does a great job at the earlier service with its guitars and drums but there is a huge and varied world of church music that is waiting to be discovered and enjoyed and which is presently the well-loved, staple diet of good church choirs country-wide.

The fine Scottish Bass Bill McCue with whom I worked on a couple of occasions at Scottish opera used to have a BBC Scotland programme called “It’s a fine thing to sing!” He was right!

Do speak to me after the church service anytime. We can work things out in complete confidence and secrecy if you like!
I look forward to welcoming you to give it a go!

Geoff Davidson
Organist

BLYTHSWOOD CARE SHOEBOX APPEAL 2018 - 25TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

Bring Happiness to someone in need this Christmas!

It is time once again to think about filling shoeboxes.

Last year Blythswood Care delivered 115932 shoeboxes to people in Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Pakistan, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. Last year we contributed almost 100 of these boxes. This is only possible through the generosity and kindness of people like you.

Everyday things that we take for granted can often be luxuries for people in desperate poverty, so please take a leaflet and fill a shoebox. Give hope to someone in need this Christmas.

Leaflets are available in the vestibule of the Church, in the Church Hall or from Cavers and Co. Please note that this year Blythswood are collecting shoeboxes earlier than usual in the south of Scotland, so please have your shoeboxes ready by the end of October.

Boxes can be handed in to Cavers and Co. 40/42 St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright or at any Church service before 31st October.. We have a supply of empty boxes at Cavers and Co, so please pick one up from there if necessary.
 

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