Chain Reaction

Chain-Reaction:- Kirkcudbright welcomes the Tour of Britain 2019

An exhibition involving over 20 community groups interpreting the theme “Chain Reaction” in their own way.  Alongside those exhibits will be other displays including ‘In the Beginning’ and ‘The Cycle of Grace’

VENUE  Kirkcudbright Parish Church

              St Mary’s Street
              DG6 4AQ

DATE  23rd August – 14th September

OPENING TIMES: Friday, 23rd September (time tbc)

                               Each Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10.00am-4.00pm

                               Each Sunday 12-4pm


September is a good time to think about 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: Resumes September. Contact Elizabeth Duncan or Pat Parker for more information.
Tuesday Morning Daar Lodge Group: Resumes September 3rd. 10.00am at Daar Lodge. Contact Graham Finch
Tuesday Evening Group: Resumes at 7.30pm. 10th. September. Contact Irene Robertson
Sunday Evening Gathering: Continues to meet 7.00pm-900pm Upper Room, Church Hall. Contact Alistair Simpson or Howard Brown.


Our funds increased by £717 in the first 6 months of 2019 as follows:-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        £

Restricted Accounts (excluding Atkinson Place and Palmer Bequest)                  -1629
Designated Accounts                                                                                      7658
Unrestricted Accounts                                                                                    -5312

INCREASE                                                                                                        717

Note: Designated Account includes Bequest totals of £8,000 so the 'underlying deficit' for 6 months is £7,283.

On behalf of Finance Committee-2/8/19


(This “Thank-You” message from Rev. John Collard, our recent Interim Minister, arrived just after the publication of our last Newsletter at the end of June., so it is a little late in reaching you. Ed.)

“Many thanks to all who came to my final service at Kirkcudbright at the beginning of June and contributed to making it such a special occasion. It was lovely to have some of my family there to also share it. A particular mention to Addie for her work on a truly memorable cake –  wonderfully decorated and savoured by many, and also to the team responsible for the lunch after the service that day. We were quite bowled over by the very generous gift of £1000, to which so many of you contributed. Thank you. We haven ’t yet decided what to put the money towards, some of it I think will go to charity and the balance spent on something that reminds us of Kirkcudbright.

We continue to remember you all in prayer and in particular pray that in the Lord’s timing the right person will
be called to the settled ministry of the congregation ”.

John Collard


Our Church member Hamish Waddell writes to us from Kampala Uganda about his experiences of his first month there.

The film Blood Diamond is one of my favourite films. Set during the Serra Leonean Civil War it  follows  the  fictional  story  of  3  people  and their  objectives;  A  white  Zimbabwean  Smuggler  in pursuit  of  a  rare  diamond,  a  local  fisherman,  who originally  found  the  diamond,  seeking  to  unite  his  family,  and  an  American  Journalist  aiming  to publish  the  whole  story.  By  the  end  of  the  film  the  diamond  has  been  found,  the  smuggler dying  to  ensure  its  departure,  the  fisherman  re-unites  his  family  by  selling  the  diamond  to corrupt  businessmen  and  the  Journalist  publishes  the  entire  story.  So  a  “perfect”  story  for Africa?  Civil  War,  diamonds,  white  smugglers,  locals  caught  up  in  the  chaos  and  journalists? Possibly.

Anyways,  throughout  the  film  the  phrase  “This  is  Africa”  is  spoken  many  times,  as  an explanation for the way things are there: why there is a war, betraying mercenaries. I thought it was just a good line in a film, but here in Uganda I ’ve heard it also.

The  place  I’m  volunteering  at  is  a  Special  Needs  Centre  for  Children  with  disabilities  called Suubi  Lyaffe.  The  leader,  and  teacher  is  Zulaika.  The  only  other  helpers  are  Parents  and Volunteers such as myself. Most of the Parents are single mothers as the father of the child ran away  after  finding  they  were  disabled.  Why  is  it  like  this  I  asked?  This  is  Africa,  was  the response.  There  have  also  been  young  addicts  in  slums,  the  elderly  working  to  support  their families,  women  and  girls  forced  into  prostitution,  and  money  stolen  from  foreigners (Potentially twice in my case) Why? This is Africa.

But can’t you find all of these in every part of the world? Every country has some of the above. Even in the “developed world”, even in Kirkcudbright, you can find something like it. So it’s not an  excuse,  or  Africa;  this is  just  the  way  things  are  for  the  negative  parts  of  today ’s  society. And  in  some  countries  it  is  easier  to  deal  with  than  others.  So  yes  Uganda  is  less  developed than the UK, and has some big problems.

But at the end of the day, it ’s just another country. But it’s not all bad here. Yes, some money I had with me was stolen the first weekend, but I was  having  fun  on  the  Nile  with  other  volunteers.  The  other  volunteers  are  brilliant.  They’ve been from USA, AUS, SPA, FIN. It’s only been a month but some have already come and gone. I’ve done lots of things and my placement is very good. Admittedly at times the whole thing is proving difficult, particularly when  my wallet was  stolen, but everyone is very  supportive and the locals are mostly friendly and very curious.

So  to  conclude.  From  Suubi  Lyaffe  to  Seeing  4  out  of  the  big  5  on  Safari.  From  Rastafari Parties to Rafting on the Nile. From Bonfire Nights at the house to Boda-Boda Motorbike Taxis. From Meeting people at the Slums to Massive traffic jams at rush hour. From Cold Showers to Clothes  being  washed  by  hand.  This  has  been  my  first  month  in  Uganda. 

This  is  part  of  my story.



an IVHQ Uganda Volunteer             31/07/19