USED STAMPS

The large post box for used postage stamps has been replaced by a small red box at the back of the church to receive your stamps for World mission. Please save all your stamps of us. Even the common ones have value.

The stamps are at present supporting the Giffen Institute of Theology (GIT) of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) who need books. Having recently relocated to Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya, GIT is looking to stock up its library for students. This year’s stamp appeal will help do just that.

GIT was established in 1974 by the PCOSS. It plays a significant role in training people for ministry. However, South Sudan has suffered terrible violence and war in recent years, and GIT has been forced to relocate twice. Resources, including books, were lost or destroyed during this tumultuous time.

The Institute not only provides valuable education for students, but supports those who have fled from war through providing training on concentration, and activities encouraging reconciliation between students from different tribes.

Margaret Hughes
 

KIRKCUDBRIGHT CHURCH WORLD MISSION TEAM COFFEE MORNINGS

Saturday 1st July was the 80th Coffee Morning of the Kirkcudbright Church World Mission Team.

Since the first Coffee Morning in October 2008 we have raised an amazing £20,060.69.  A very big thank you to all our faithful supporters.

The projects we have supported (including some proceeds from 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 Church in Mwingi. £2,000
2011 Mary's Meals, working in 14 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean 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 to 2015 Christian Aid Community Partnership in the Karonga district of Malawi, enhancing community based maternal, neonatal and child care. £5,000
2014 to 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 devasted 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

 

For the future:  the Team has committed to raising £2,000 for Wabia Network, a small charity that helps to prevent and relieve poverty in Mwanza and nearby regions of Tanzania, and hopes the founders of this charity will visit to tell us about their work.
 

YOUTH MINISTRY

It has been a very exciting few months for me here in Kirkcudbright. Settling into my role and starting to understand more about the church and community. I have continued to help coach the basketball in the academy with a few successful games under our belt.

We now have three Scripture unions running thanks to our volunteers. We have one in the primary school and two in the academy.

I am very excited to announce that we will be developing the upstairs room in the parish hall into a youth room. This will allow us to increase engagement with the community providing a comfortable place to socialise. This will involve some investment, if you have good condition sofa, table, carpet, paint, tv monitor or feel called to give a financial donation to this project then please get in contact.

My email: kpcyouthworker@gmail.com or Facebook: @thekpcyouth

Thank you all for your continued support and prayer. Please also get in contact if you feel you would like to volunteer to help at youth activities.

God Bless.
Rhys Loftus
Kirkcudbright Parish Church
 

PULPIT FALLS

One of the many jobs that Douglas did was to change the beautiful pulpit falls at the appropriate time of the year. In a conversation the other day it became apparent that at least two people in the church had no idea of the relevance of the colours of the pulpit falls, so I thought I would give you one of the several explanations available.

The colours used are white, purple, green and red reminding us of creation and the different blessings of God.. The falls are changed depending on the time in the Christian year which begins on the first Sunday in Advent, this year 27th November.

White: is seen as a festive, joyful colour and so is used during the Christmas and Easter seasons. It can also be used for weddings.

Purple symbolises repentance and penance and are used during Advent and Lent.

Green is a sign of life in nature and as such it represents growth, life and hope.  This is used when none of the other colours are appropriate and is therefore used for most of the year.

Red symbolises both blood and fire and so is used on Palm Sunday and Pentecost.

So this Christian year:-

27th November to 24th December the fall will be predominantly purple;
25th December to 14th January 2017 the fall will be predominantly white;
15th January to 28th February the fall will be predominantly green;
1st March to 15th April the fall will be predominantly purple;
16th April to 3rd June the fall will be predominantly white;
4th June for one week the fall will be predominantly red;
11th June for one week the fall will be predominantly white;
18th June to 25th November the fall will be predominantly green
26th November the fall will be predominantly white.

And that completes the Christian year. Please look out for the changes and reflect upon their meaning within the life of the church.

Rev Marian Dixon
 

HEART FOR ART

Are you a good listener?  Do you have 2 to 4 hours per month to help the Kirkcudbright “Heart for Art” Group?

We need more helpers to assist the fortnightly sessions held every other Tuesday in the Parish Hall from 1.45pm to 3.45pm.

Could you help us to provide one to one assistance for those who come along who may have dementia or special needs ?  If so, then we would value your input.  Please contact Jane Gibson or Sheena McCurrach.  The first session begins on Tuesday 4th October and then fortnightly after that.