TEAM BUILDERS 2018!

The title of this year's Holiday Club from Scripture Union - for those of you who weren't there, here is an brief account of how it all went.

A few months ago I approached John to talk about running a Holiday Bible Club for the primary school children of the town. After last year's spectacular circus themed holiday club, it seemed a shame to not have one this year. It was my first time heading up holiday club so I was a bit anxious of how it would all work. But I needn't have been.

After putting out a notice at church, I ended up with a wonderful team of volunteers. I was so blessed with all the help and support from the church. Its so great when God's people work together. Got to love the Body of Christ - eh!!

We ran holiday club over three days the 13th- 15th of August in the parish hall. God really blessed us so much with many children attending over the three days. It was wonderful to see the Sunday School usuals, but equally wonderful to have lots of new children from the town coming along too.

Each day we looked at different Bible stories, Joseph, Moses, Jesus and his disciples. We used the theme of the week “Team Builders” and explained about being on God's team. Joseph's family didn't start off working together as a team very well, but God changed all this around for his plans, purpose and glory. Moses was stressed out, trying to do everything himself. But after taking some good advice he appointed trusted judges to help him continue God's work. And finally, Jesus chose his disciples to help him on God's mission. They all had a special job, role and purpose. Jesus chose them for a reason and he would love to have you on his team too!

We had great fun telling Bible stories, dramas, silly songs, lots of sticky, glittery, gluey crafts, and of course yummy cakey snack times.

The three days were thoroughly enjoyed by all the children and volunteers, including myself. And I just want to thank everyone who helped plan, volunteered over the days and prayed for us. The whole thing was done in God's strength so we must give all the glory to him for all his blessings!

God bless.

Katy Metcalf

COMINGS AND GOINGS

In June we have said goodbye to Rhys Loftus and welcomed Jeanette Peel.

Jeanette Peel is a Ministry student at Glasgow University preparing for full time ministry in the Church of Scotland. Part of the course requirement is a 10 week placement over the summer. Jeanette had chosen to split this into two, spending 6 weeks with us in Kirkcudbright and 4 weeks on placement with the hospital chaplain at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Over the 6 weeks she is with us, Jeanette will be taking part in the full range of activities, worship, pastoral care, organisations, youth work, meetings etc. I know you will give her a warm Kirkcudbright welcome.

Here’s what she says about herself:

“My name is Jeanette Peel and I am looking forward to being on summer Placement with you all. I have lived in Dumfries for many years now after moving up from Cumbria with my family as a child. For the past year I have been on placement at the Border Kirk in Carlisle as I continue my academic studies at the University of Glasgow. Prior to starting my training as a ministry student I was a Parish Assistant at both Dumfries Northwest Church, and with Annandale and Eskdale Presbytery for 2½ years. I also spent many years as a church volunteer taking on a pastoral role and working as chaplain for our local primary schools. I came to my church role after many years as a primary teacher but have also served in the police (when it was Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary) - a while ago now!

My dog, Dan the Greyhound (rescue), stays with me and we enjoy our leisurely walks out. We're hoping for a dry and warm summer to get out more but time will tell... Spare time at the moment is reading for studies as I prepare to write my dissertation and go into my last university year. I am a Strictly fan and enjoy jazz music so I am coming to the right place for the Jazz festival!

Thank you for the opportunity to be with you as I continue my ministry studies.”

Rhys Loftus has been with us for 2 years in his role as Youth Worker. He was appointed to this new role in June 2016, and immediately had to cope with the demands of two bosses, because the appointment is a partnership with the Abernethy Trust at Barcaple. Rhys’ contract was to work with the maintenance team at Barcaple for 3 days and 2 days a week in Youth Work attached to the Parish Church.

Rhys soon proved himself more than capable in this role and in a relatively short period of time he has done a fantastic job in developing the Youth work within the Parish Church. He also acted as a most effective channel of communication between the Barcaple centre and the Parish Church.

A big component of Rhys work in the parish has been with the Primary and Secondary schools and he has shown himself to be an effective communicator who is widely respected by both staff and pupils.  He has been involved in SU groups in both schools as well as helping with football and basketball. These contacts have enabled him to build some very positive relationships.

The work the church youngsters has included Bible study, Sunday School and making a regular contribution to the 9:30am Sunday Service. With the help of volunteers from both Barcaple and the Parish Church he has run a regular Friday Youth Club as well as organising a Holiday Bible Club in the summer.

Rhys is moving to take up a post at a Christian Outdoor Centre in Canada and we wish him God’s richest blessing in this new stage of his life and ministry.

The Kirk Session have agreed to seek another joint appointment with Abernethy Barcaple and this is currently being advertised through the Abernethy website. 
 

BUILDINGS GROUP

The decision taken by the congregation in March was to develop the church ourselves without St Cuthberts Trust involvement. This decision means that the work of producing proposals for the building, getting costings and then raising the funds required, is firmly in our own hands.  In order to progress that a Buildings Group has been formed and has met a couple of times to begin to
tackle the task. The Buildings Group Members are:

Neil Cavers, Dave Crudgington, Graham Finch, Sandy Henry, Kathreen Hope Dunbar, Susan Hutton, Alex Kinnell, Patrick Jones and John Collard.

We have met with a minister who is also an architect and led a number of building related projects, Russell McLarty. Russell was most enthusiastic about the church building and the potential of developing it. He has assisted us in thinking about the idea of an Options Study. This would involve employing an Architect and perhaps other consultants to draw up plans based on a brief given by the Buildings Group. Currently the Buildings Group is continuing to work on what that brief might be. Please feel free to speak to any member of the Buildings Group if you have questions or ideas to share.

John Collard
 

ELDERS' CONFERENCE - A JOURNEY OF DISCIPLESHIP

A short report from Addie and Irene individually on their experience:-

Addie - We had a pleasant trip and our accommodation was really good, after registering and dinner we adjourned to the lecture theatre for the start of the conference. Our initial Worship began with prayer and singing of How great thou Art and Psalm 23 (modern rendition). It is a long time since I was moved by singing to the point that the hairs on my neck stood on end I realised this conference was going to be something special.

There was 30 workshops of which we had to choose five each Irene and I choose different ones and met up at mealtimes.

I chose:-

1) Employment Essentials for Congregations

2) Law Matters Being a trustee in the Church

3) Young Adults in Eldership

4) The Invisible Church

5) Communication Engaging the Church with the Media.

All were interesting and informative and I secured a number of email address for more information if we need them. All the Keynote talks I found Inspiring delivered by gifted speakers from diverse backgrounds.

What did I gain from my experience knowledge, humility regarding my own shortcomings I was inspired to comeback and put my learning into practice?

I will never forget the organiser of the whole event, Hongsum Um, who was always available day and night with a smile or a chat the Holy Spirit just seemed shine out of him.

Thank you for making it possible for me to attend this weekend.

Irene - Meeting and chatting with lots of committed Christians was such a joy and all the activities during the weekend all bought into Promoting Positive Change. It is difficult in such a short report to give you the sense of the Church’s willingness and desire to change and move forward. Personally I found myself refreshed, motivated and raring to go. And just a little high
on enthusiasm.

Key note talk by Rev Norman Smith called “Sharing Faith” explained what he calls our default culture our ABC in that we put our focus on our a) Attendances b) Building c) Cash flow stating that if this is our only focus D being Death will occur. To change this default culture we need to move to a Faith Sharing Discipleship explaining that coming to church is not as it was 20 years ago with different work patterns, different leisure patterns and complex family arrangements.

What inspired me most was that the speaker has “walked the walk”. I spent some time with him should we want him to come and speak to us he would be happy to do so.

Two of the five workshops I attended were appropriate for our church at present:-

1) “So now you are in Vacancy” the main point learned was that preparation was crucial for a good outcome.

2) Understanding the Local Church Review which is a new initiative from Presbytery working out a five year development plan for growth.

The remaining three I choose for my personal growth each having a different focus on a better understanding of your Faith.

In total these put together gives me great confidence we can manage change to a positive outcome.

It was a truly inspiring and motivational weekend thank you for supporting my journey.
 

VISIT TO NEPAL

On 25th April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Kathmandu in central Nepal. About 9000 people were killed, many thousands injured and 600,000 structures in Kathmandu and other nearby towns were either damaged or destroyed. Our congregation and other congregations throughout Scotland sent funds via Church of Scotland World Mission Council to United Mission in Nepal and these funds are now being used to rebuild schools and community drinking water systems.

I have been given the opportunity to visit Kathmandu and Dhading in April this year with a group from Churches and Presbytery’s from all over Scotland. I will visit United Mission to Nepal organisation; see the reconstruction work and other work of the UMN and the National Council of Churches in Nepal. My wish also is to be able to visit communities and speak with the people who have been most affected by the earthquake. After visiting Haiti for a month a few years after the 2010 earthquake and working in the community, I saw how a disaster of this magnitude can devastate communities in many ways and am very interested in how the people of Nepal are coping with this and rebuilding their country. Also, I feel it is important to let our congregation know how our prayers and monetary gifts have helped in Nepal and to know that the cups of tea, coffee and cakes we share at our coffee mornings will carry on helping those less fortunate than ourselves in the future.

Ann Morgan – World Church Team