SUNDAY COFFEES

Sunday Coffees on Sunday mornings between services afford valuable opportunity for fellowship. All our readers are encouraged to come along.  Coffees, teas and juices are served from 10.30 am affording opportunity to those attending the 11.00am to gather before the second service and meet fellow members and adherents of the congregation coming over to the Church Hall for after service fellowship following 9.30am worship.  The Fair Trade Stall is always open!   So come along, one and all, and enjoy a very special time of togetherness on Sundays.
 

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.