2016 STAMP APPEAL: OTHARA ECO-SPIRITUALITY CENTRE, SOUTH INDIA

Please collect postage stamps off envelopes sent your way. Cut the stamps off leaving a good margin and drop them into the Post Box in the Church. This year’s World Mission Stamp Project will support the Church of South India's (CSI) eco-spirituality centre at Othara, near Kerala. This is a unique place where groups can come to learn about the environment, caring for creation and stewardship of the earth. Funds raised by the Stamp Appeal will support some of their ecological innovations including the harvesting and re-use of rain water, the establishment of a biogas plant to power the kitchens and the development of a small dairy and chicken farm for native breeds. A huge thank you to everyone who collected stamps last year! £3,511 was raised for the Church of Scotland HIV Programme.
 

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.
 

CROSS REACH REPORT

CrossReach (Church of Scotland Social Care) was launched in June 2005 and continues the Kirk’s long tradition of providing care and support begun nearly 150 years ago. There are some 70 different services from Shetland to the Borders. There are 8 service areas ranging from children to older people, from counselling to actual support of those who need help whatever their problem. This is part of the Church’s mis- sion to provide specialist resources to further the caring work.

In Kirkcudbright we are familiar with the work of CrossReach through Heart for Art. This group meets once a fortnight in the church hall from 1.45pm to 3.45pm. Volunteers who are artists give their time to support and encourage older people who have dementia to draw and paint. Examples of the work produced have been displayed during the Arts Trail at the beginning of August for the past two years. Tea and cake are served half way through the session.

Heart for Art is a very worthwhile activity for those who come and for the volunteers as it is a happy group where chat and laughter is important. Sheena, Liz and Lesley welcome anyone who would like to come, even if just out of curiosity.

Lesley Milligan
CrossReach Correspondent
 

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