HOUSE TO LET AT ATKINSON PLACE

No.11 Atkinson Place will shortly be available to let.

Application forms available from Convenor Donald Haining, 68 St Mary Street. Closing date 31st December 2017.
 

8th CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

Christmas trees decorated by local people, and nativity scenes, will be on display in the Church until Christmas.  

Official  opening on Friday, 1st December at 5.00pm.

The Church will be open each:-
Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday from 12 noon to 4.00pm

also during late night opening on a Thursday in December from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

Admission is free.  Any donations 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.

BLYTHWOOD CARE SHOEBOX APPEAL 2017

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s Shoebox Appeal. We sent off ninety five filled shoeboxes, together with several bags of ‘fillers’ which Blythswood will use to complete shoeboxes at their depot before sending them off, and also cash donations. Blythswood will also add to each shoebox a Bible storybook for children, a book for teenagers, or a calendar with Bible verses for adults (in the appropriate language). This year shoeboxes will be sent to Albania, Kosovo, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Serbia, Hungary, Pakistan and Ukraine.

Your kindness and generosity will make Christmas special for people who have very little. They appreciate your gifts and also appreciate knowing that someone cares.

Thank you all once again.

Margaret Cavers
 

STEWARTRY FOOD BANK

Last year the Food Bank provided over thirty Christmas parcels to clients in the area.  We are gathering together suitable seasonal items to place in this years parcels. The deadline for donations is Tuesday 12th December.

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.
 

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
 

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