OUR NEW CHURCH WORKER

Daniel Rimmer is from London and is the new Youth Worker at Kirkcudbright Parish Church.  He is also a team member at Abernethy Barcaple. 

"I have been very fortunate to be placed in this role, as the Lord has been leading me to explore youth work and live in Christian community. I have previously worked on and off for the Salvation Army, both in the UK and abroad in the United States. My most recent job in the UK before this was at a men’s hostel near King’s Cross. I have five summers of experience at Salvation Army Summer Camps in Oregon and California, the latter three of which have been in more senior leadership positions, and I have also spent a year living in Hawaii, as part of a mission trip. Hawaii, for all the glamour and the sunshine, has an endemic homelessness
problem, and the gap between the rich and the poor is exacerbated by exceedingly high rents and living costs. I learned a lot about myself, about my faith and about leadership on my mission trip and years at camp, and I am hoping to bring this experience with me into my venture here in Kirkcudbright. The challenges I will face here will primarily be engaging an interest and increasing numbers in our Friday night youth program and our Sunday Schools. I have already made some headway into the local schools, where I will be leading lunchtime SU groups. I am hoping that by focusing on the relationship-building side of things, I’ll be able to
make progress with our youth programs at the church. I am really looking forward to the challenges of this role and am keen to get stuck in!

Daniel Rimmer
 

TIME FOR COFFEE

For those who like to fill their diaries in advance, here is the list of World Church Coffee Mornings till the end of the year:- 2nd March, 6th April, 4th May, 1st June and 6th July. Then a summer gap till 14th September, 5th October & 2nd November. If you haven't been before come and enjoy real, not instant coffee, tea and home made cakes and scones. You will also find a very social atmosphere. You will be supporting a range of charities, beginning in March with Mary's Meals.

Thank You.

Margaret Hughes
 

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM YOUR FINANCE COMMITTEE - CHURCH INCOME - OFFERING METHODS

Every Church of Scotland congregation is responsible for its own costs and these are met through the giving of the church members. Part of our vows of church membership is a promise to ‘give a fitting proportion of my time, talents and money for the Church’s work in the world.’ Exactly what a ‘fitting proportion’ might be, is left to the individual to decide. The urging of the New Testament is to give generously and even sacrificially (Romans 12v8, Mark 12v43-44). And the Old Testament practice was of tithing – giving a tenth (Deuteronomy 14v22). Certainly in churches where tithing is the norm, there is not usually a difficultly with income! 

So members have the opportunity to contribute to Church Funds in various ways - Open Plate, Envelopes, or Standing Order.

The most beneficial of these from the Church’s point of view is regular payment by standing order or by weekly envelopes. If you are a tax payer then this can be enhanced through Gift Aid. This allows us to reclaim tax at 25% of the amount donated.  

So, £100 donated by a member is worth £125 to the Church.

Gift Aided offerings can be made by envelope –weekly, and different amounts each week if desired, or by standing order per month or any other period suitable to the member. Payments need not be fixed for any period and can be stopped at any time. Non taxpayers can still pay by standing order or freewill envelope. We would encourage you to review your payment method and, if you do not already do so, consider using one of the more regular methods by contacting Margo Kerr- our Gift Aid and Free Will Offering Administrator at margo.kerr@talk21.com who can provide details on how to proceed. 
 

LADIES BADMINTON

Badminton has been played for at least fifty years by ladies in the Church Hall on Thursday afternoons. Originally by young mothers but now a very small group who are not quite so young. We don’t want to see the club disbanded, so please come and join us or tell any friends about us. We are open to all who would like some exercise and companionship. We play from 2.00pm - 4.00pm through the winter months and break for a cup of tea or coffee. We have spare racquets so just come along and give it a try. Beginners more than welcome. 
 

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