LET'S SHOW OFF

I am sure you are all aware of the boards outside the church telling passers by of the church history. We were required to do this to complete the grant we received from Historic Scotland Fund for our Church restoration.

We have only one thing left to. We have to open the church to the public during the summer months for two days a week and we have 1000 information leaflets already printed to hand out to visitors. The two days will be Wednesday and Thursday, there will be three sessions a day, being 10 am-12 noon, 12 noon to 2pm and 2pm to 4pm.

THIS IS WITHOUT DOUBT A PLEA FROM YOUR SESSION CLERK for members of the congregation to show off our church. How can you help? Talk to me at church, stop me in the street or call me.

Let’s make people visiting our church feel welcome and experience a congregation delighted to SHOW OFF not only our building but also ourselves.

Waiting in anticipation for your response.

Irene Robertson
 

WEDNESDAY CLUB

The Wednesday Club finished for the summer a few weeks ago now and, as far as I am aware, no-one has offered to help ensure that the Wednesday Club will be able to open again in October.

The opportunity to get out for an afternoon of fellowship and entertainment is vitally important to many people. Can you help?

Sheila and Campbell gave up most Wednesday afternoons in the winter to run the club, and for their dedication we are immensely grateful. I think it will  be possible to run the club with a team of willing, dedicated volunteers. I therefore hope to be able to get together a team of people who will be willing to help on a rota basis to ensure that the club continues and runs smoothly. No-one will be expected to give more time than they are able, no-one will be expected to do anything that they feel incapable of doing, no-one will be taken for granted, and absolutely everyone, and all that they do, will be valued.

So, if you can welcome people, we need you; if you can serve tea, we need you; if you can chat to folk, we need you; if you can help prepare the room, we need you; if you can bake cakes or biscuits, we need you. We need as many of you as possible to offer your time, between 1.30pm and 3.30 pm occasionally on a Wednesday. The regularity of your duty will depend on the numbers who volunteer, so chat to me in the street, at church or anywhere else you may see me. Volunteering can be great fun as well as extremely rewarding, so do please get in touch. I would hate to see the hard work of Ian Higgins, Jim Carson, Sheila, Campbell and their supporting cast being lost because we were not able to field a reliable team of volunteers to help.

I hope, with the help and advice of Sheila and Campbell, to be able to put together a programme for the winter. Unless we get enough volunteers the putting together of a programme will be pointless. So, DON’T DELAY: APPLY TODAY, and let us know how you might be able to help.
 

THE YOUTH NEED YOU!

The Youth need you!

We are looking to start a Coffee bar in the Parish hall on Friday afternoons, 3.30pm-5.00pm for young people aged 11-18.

This is a social space for young people to come relax and have some fun after school.

Can you welcome people, make a good cup of tea and listen to others, play table tennis and other games, tidy up after others and most importantly bake a good cake. If you can do even one of these things then you're exactly the person we need. Weekly, monthly whatever time you can give will be valued.

If you feel you can't volunteer your time but can give a small financial contribution to allow for growth then that would also be appreciated.

Please do not hesitate to contact Rhys if you require any more information or would like to volunteer.

I look forward to hearing from you. God bless.

Rhys Loftus
Church Youth Worker
 

KIRKCUDBRIGHT FAIRTRADE GROUP

Thanks to the generosity of the people of Kirkcudbright, the Kirkcudbright Fairtrade Group has been able to donate sufficient money to buy 6 ploughs for women rice farmers in Karonga, Malawi, where, up till now, they tilled the land mostly by hand. Small farmers in Karonga, many of them women, produce Kilombero fairly traded rice. Kilombero Rice is one of the products distributed by Just Trading Scotland, based in Paisley, a fair trade organisation working with smallholder co -operatives, seeking to provide sustainable incomes and wellbeing for smaller farmers, producers and their families.

“Your incredible donation of not just one plough but of over 6, will not only help to reduce the toll of manual labour, but will also help to increase food productivity and will enable mothers and fathers to spend more time being parents to their children. On behalf of the farmers of Malawi, Thank You!” - (Letter from JTS)

In July this year we completed our 7th 90kg Kilombero Rice Challenge. Each 90 kg you have bought enables a farmer to send a son or daughter to secondary school for one year.

Thank You
 

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