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The large post box for used postage stamps has been replaced by a small red box at the back of the church to receive your stamps for World mission.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
 

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.  
 

CHRISTIAN RADIO - MARK HUTTON

Tune into local Christian radio with our own Mark Hutton who hosts the programme on Fridays at 9.00am live.

A mixture of music; thought for the day; brain teaser and a look at what’s in the papers.

Mark is also on a rota for the Sunday at Seven programme which is two hours of Christian music chat and reflection 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

Radio station is Aliveradio 107.3Fm - local radio so FM signal is approx only around 5 miles out of Dumfries however it is available worldwide on - www.aliveradio.net
 

SUNDAY COFFEES

Sunday Coffees on Sunday mornings between services afford valuable opportunity for fellowship. All our readers are encouraged to come along.  Coffees, teas and juices are served from 10.30 am affording opportunity to those attending the 11.00am to gather before the second service and meet fellow members and adherents of the congregation coming over to the Church Hall for after service fellowship following 9.30am worship.  The Fair Trade Stall is always open!   So come along, one and all, and enjoy a very special time of togetherness on Sundays.