CHRISTIAN AID

Christian Aid week this year, as ever, has promised the opportunity for all three churches within Kirkcudbright to work together and we have done that well again. As organizer, this was especially difficult for me because of my back problems, I am now better and much appreciate all your concern, kind thoughts and offers of help.

I have to thank all of you who participated in the house to house collection. Not every district was covered but we still raised £3,908.65. Mary Newton’s Tea was a further success, raising £333,94. Even better she has promised to do it again next year. The sponsored Half Marathon raised £961.50 thanks to Doreen Blackadder of Greyfriars and to my husband Alex who stepped in at the last minute to do the walk for me. My hero!

This gave us a grand total of £5,204.09, slightly less than last year but a fantastic effort for our wee small toun.

Finally, thanks to all who gave of your time and money, with you none of this effort would be worthwhile.

Linda Kinnell

From the Editor: THANK YOU LINDA for organising the Christian Aid collection for Kirkcudbright Churches Together.
 

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
 

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.