KIRKCUDBRIGHT CHURCHES TOGETHER

The joint Harvest Lunch was enjoyed by approx sixty people. Thanks to all those who donated at the Harvest Thanksgiving service and the Lunch.  £400 has been sent to Mary’s Meals. Thank you also to the helpers and those who contributed salads or desserts for the meal.

The Christmas Day Lunch will take place as usual. More details in the December Newsletter.
 

FINANCIAL UPDATE

The Finance Committee of the Congregational Board met on 9th October and looked at the recent projected statements for the end of the year. The Gift Aid figures for the first six months of the fiscal year were discussed and it was concluded that the recent stewardship appeal and Rev Collard’s appeals at church services were taken on board by members of the congregation and givings have certainly increased. Taking this into consideration, and allowing for the Gift Aid to be collected on these givings from HMRC, the deficit at the end of the year has now been projected to be £4-5,000.

Finance Committee
 

LADIES BADMINTON

Badminton has been played for at least fifty years by ladies in the Church Hall on Thursday afternoons. Originally by young mothers but now a very small group who are not quite so young. We don’t want to see the club disbanded, so please come and join us or tell any friends about us. We are open to all who would like some exercise and companionship. We play from 2.00pm - 4.00pm through the winter months and break for a cup of tea or coffee. We have spare racquets so just come along and give it a try. Beginners more than welcome. 
 

UNITARY CONSTITUTION

The Kirk Session has been considering whether there would be value in moving from our present arrangement of a separate Congregational Board and Kirk Session to a sit-uation where one leadership body – the Kirk Session – has responsibility for all are-as of church life.

Our present arrangement is called the ‘Model Constitution’ and the new arrangement is called the ‘Unitary Constitution’. While many congregations adopted the Model Constitution in the 1960’s and 70’s, in recent years the Church of Scotland has
promoted the Unitary Constitution as a more efficient means of decision making and leadership.

The Unitary Constitution requires fewer meetings but also enables the Kirk Session to set up working groups where non-elders can be included. If we make this change those who are presently on the Kirk Session would remain so. Members of the present
Congregational Board might be invited to become elders, or if they wished, to become part of a working group reporting directly to the Kirk Session. It would also provide a good opportunity to review the way the Kirk Session works, to think about possible new elders and to look at what working groups would be helpful.

It is mainly an administrative change but one that might help us establish a better
decision making process. Because it involves a change of constitution, it would require a vote of a congregational meeting, so if you have any questions or comments about what it would mean, please speak to me, or any of the elders.

Rev John Collard
 

USED STAMPS

The large post box for used postage stamps has been replaced by a small red box at the back of the church to receive your stamps for World mission. Please save all your stamps of us. Even the common ones have value.

The stamps are at present supporting the Giffen Institute of Theology (GIT) of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) who need books. Having recently relocated to Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya, GIT is looking to stock up its library for students. This year’s stamp appeal will help do just that.

GIT was established in 1974 by the PCOSS. It plays a significant role in training people for ministry. However, South Sudan has suffered terrible violence and war in recent years, and GIT has been forced to relocate twice. Resources, including books, were lost or destroyed during this tumultuous time.

The Institute not only provides valuable education for students, but supports those who have fled from war through providing training on concentration, and activities encouraging reconciliation between students from different tribes.

Margaret Hughes