SOUND TEAM

Come join the SOUND TEAM.  As part of our service to the church the "sound team" operates the sound system during services and provides support to our Praise Band.  We are in need of volunteers to join this team.  We operate on a rota system.  You can help us in either of two ways:- (a) We need people to control the sound system during our 11.00am service.  This is a simple task.  Slider controls on the mixer deck adjust the sound level.  Radio and lectern microphones need to be selected as required and (b) If you feel you can take on a greater challenge then come along and help us set up and monitor the multiple microphones used by the Praise Band at our 9.30am service.  Please contact Ron McHugh for further details.
 

LIFE AND WORK MAGAZINE

You may have seen mention in the Newsletter of the Life and Work magazine, but do you know what it is?

This is the monthly publication of the Church of Scotland, which is available through our church on subscription. It is an attractive, high quality publication, with a modern feel and a wide range of articles. Regular content includes readers' letters, a meditation, reflections from Christian writers and ministers on the spiritual side of life, news from churches in Scotland and around the world, book reviews, and crosswords. Monthly features cover subjects of interest from international affairs and British political and social issues, to science, ethics and the arts. In the June editions there are succinct reports from the General Assembly of
the Church of Scotland.

The magazine is interesting and informative, and above all, very readable. If you would like to see a back copy or are interested in taking out a subscription, at £2 an issue, please contact Alison Armstrong or Sally McKenzie.
 

'JUST A MOMENT'

'Just a Moment' is an initiative of Kirkcudbright Churches Together (KCT).  At a meeting in September we decided that one way we could show and share our unity was to pray together regularly. So, we now meet every Thursday morning at 11am in Greyfriar's Church.  The main focus of our prayer has been the situation in Syria and the plight of refugees, although other issues of a personal, local, national and international nature have also been included. As a result of this regular prayer time KCT agreed to send the proceeds of the Carol service and Christmas Lunch to the United Nation High Commission for Refugees UNHCR) Syria Crisis Appeal. So far, in access of £700 has been sent to help their work in the countries bordering Syria. We have also made enquiries regarding the resources and help required should refugees be settling in our area. 

Just a Moment takes only fifteen minutes, but those who have time chat afterwards and can sometimes be seen in a local coffee shop. Please come along and join us if you can, alternatively stop what you are doing at 11am each Thursday and pray where you are.

Rev Marian Dixon
 

THE FISHERMEN'S MISSION

The Fishermen’s Mission was established in 1881.  We are the only national charity that works solely with fishermen and their families.  We offer practical, financial, pastoral and spiritual support as well as a vital emergency response service.  We have staff all around the UK and for every £1 donated to the Fishermen’s Mission we spend 88p on providing services.

Our nine core values are:

PRACTICAL: we aim to provide the right assistance at the right time whenever and wherever it is required, no matter how complex or demanding the circumstances.

EFFECTIVE: We are committed to ensuring that our practical help and support makes a real positive difference to people’s lives.

TRUSTED: we aim to be recognised and respected for being there consistently and reliably in times of need.

HONEST: we are dedicated to conducting ourselves with discretion, being guided by our belief in Christian values.

HELPFUL: no ‘job’s worths’ to be found in the Fishermen’s Mission. We will not dodge issues and we will strive to provide sup port whatever the circumstances or challenges.

LOYAL: we dedicate ourselves to the work of the Fishermen’s Mission and to those we aim to help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

TOLERANT: Through our conduct and faith we encourage understanding and empathy towards all those that make fishing their Livelihood.

CONSIDERATE: we aim to conduct ourselves with empathy and sensitivity, regardless of the intensity of the situation and to care without judgement.

APPROACHABLE: we will be open to all people at all times and will always try and find time for Others.

'Immediately they left their nets and followed him’ Mark 1:18;  As Jesus called the fishermen to be his disciples, so the Fishermen’s Mission go in His name to them.

Further information can be found on our website www.fishermensmission.org.uk Superintendent Marian Dixon Port Officer, Kirkcudbright.
 

GIFT AID

Gift Aid is the current arrangement that allows churches and charities to claim back from the Inland Revenue the tax paid by donors on their charitable contributions.  By using this scheme Kirkcudbright Parish Church can increase the value of any donation you make by one-quarter.

To be eligible to give under this scheme you must be a UK tax payer.  Each year you must also have paid tax to the Inland Revenue equal to the value of the sum that Kirkcudbright Parish Church will reclaim from your contributions.  Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and tax deducted from the interest you have earned on your savings all qualify for this.

If you would like your regular  or occasional donations to Kirkcudbright Parish Church to be covered by the scheme all you have to do is sign a declaration form. The church will need to keep a record of your donations. For one-off or occasional donations for specific purposes this is relatively easy.  However, if you wish regular contributions to the church to be included you can start using Gift Aid envelopes or complete a bank standing order.  If using Gift Aid envelopes we will supply you with small individually numbered and dated envelopes.  These are then placed in the collection plate at Sunday service.  All records are kept in the strictest confidence (they are only necessary for Inland Revenue audits).

If you would like to start using Gift Aid envelopes or would like a bank mandate form please contact Margo Kerr (see ‘Contacts’ page).

Note:- Should you no longer pay any tax then your contributions would not be eligible for Gift Aid status. You can withdraw from the scheme at any time by notifying the church.