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
 

STEWARTRY FOOD BANK

The requests for food parcels from SFB have steadily increased this year. In the period 1st June to 13th September we averaged in excess of 5 parcels per week. This is compared to just over 3 per week in the first 5 months of the year. As a result the food stocks deplete very quickly and we have had to purchase staple foodstuffs to ensure that the food bank continues to function effectively.

This means that the amount of cash available for fresh food is being depleted more quickly. So, we have decided, through SCVS, to appeal to the wider community for donations either in goods or financially. In the meantime we ask that you will continue to support us as we try to maintain the service to those who, for whatever reason, are experiencing difficulty in putting food on their table.

As always we are incredibly grateful for your continued generosity and ask for your prayers for us and the people we endeavour to help.

Marian Dixon
 

LADIES BADMINTON

The ladies badminton resumes on Thursday, 8th September, from 2.00pm to 4.00pmin the Church Hall.  We would welcome you to join us and bring a friend, or tell them to come and join us.  

We are a small friendly group who need new members, players or beginners.  We stop mid afternoon for a cup of tea, so we socialise as well as exercise.

Margaret Hughes
 

BARCAPLE NEWS

It is always good to report what has been going on at Barcaple. We are thankful for your prayers and concern for the team. It is good to be united in the work that God has given us.  

In July Paul and Emily got married. What a wonderful occasion! Happy days! We also said sad farewells to Kaleb and Sander and welcomed Pascal from Germany. This month Ben and Ruth Meyer join us to work in Kitchen (Ruth) and Maintenance (Ben). They also married in July and we are delighted to have them. 

Summer has been quite busy. We have hosted citizenship groups from near Blackpool and church groups from the challenging places in North Ayr; as well as school groups from Carlisle and groups of people who need care and support to live their everyday lives. We have taken groups of children from the local area on activity days. We, and a small gang of Duke of Edinburgh students, have helped out with the Holiday Bible Club and drop-in. And we have provided holidays for families from as far away as Oxfordshire to enable them to take a break from some harsh realities back home.  

In the course of this work one of our drivers was involved in a traffic accident. In another incident a simple fall created a life threatening situation for one of our guests. These are difficult things for our team to deal with but they continued with the work in the face of problems. People had to be fed, beds had to be changed and groups continued to go outdoors making good memories with our wonderful staff. 

This is the work that occupies the team at Barcaple – providing an environment in which people are made to feel important. And safe. But there is a cost to this work. We have increased the number of guests who will pass through the centre this year and this means that our team has to prepare quickly for the new season, beginning as schools go back, just as the old season finishes. And so we were comforted this morning that: 

The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,    
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary    
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,  
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord    
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;    
they will run and not grow weary,    
they will walk and not be faint. 

And now we need to make sure that a group of Norwegian students who arrived in Scotland late last night have a good time.  And ‘wings like eagles’ – yes, please. 

Andy Wade

Operations Director