KIRKCUDBRIGHT CHURCHES TOGETHER

The Christmas Day Lunch held in the Church Hall was attended by approx 50 guests and 10 helpers. The organisers are very grateful to David Dobbin of Harbour Lights for his assistance in cooking the turkey and puddings. The proceeds, along with a collection from carol-singing, amounted to just over £200 and this has been sent to Blytheswood Care.

The World Day of Prayer service will take place in St Andrew's and St Cuthbert’s Church Hall on Friday 2nd March at 3pm. This year the order of service has been prepared by the women of Surinam. Everyone is very welcome to come along.

Lent. 5 Study sessions using a York course based on the Resurrection will take place on Tuesdays in Daar Lodge at 10 am, and on Tuesday evenings at 7pm at a venue to be announced, both starting on 20th February. Please feel free to come along - see weekly intimations for details.

Lent Soup Lunches will take place on Fridays at 12.30 in the Bowling Club beginning on 16th February. Our church will be responsible for providing and serving soup on 2nd and 9th March. If you could help, please get in touch with Ann Morgan or Sally McKenzie. Donations this year will be sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee Rohingya Crisis Appeal. Come for a bowl of soup and a chat and bring a friend!
 

SAM KELLY

Many of you will have seen Sam Kelly out and about videoing and photographing all around Kirkcudbright, and Sam kindly given the Parish a full set of any DVD he has taken of Parish events which is now at the Church office. Since the New Year he has also continued dropping in a copy of any new DVDs to keep the set complete.

The DVDs cover one-off services, Jazz Festival, the school Carol Services, Kirkin’ services, Douglas’s leaving party, and many other events.

This is a public thank you to Sam for all the photos and DVDs he has taken over the years, and for giving us the DVDs as part of the Parish archive.
 

KIRKCUDBRIGHT FAIRTRADE

Kirkcudbright opens its doors to Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 - 26th February to 11th March.

Coffee Morning on Saturday, 24th February from 10.00am to 12 noon in Kirkcudbright Parish Churh Hall.

It's a scandalous reality that millions of farmers and workers are still not earning enough to support themselves and their families despite working hard to provide the products we buy and enjoy every day.

Unfairness in global trade is rooted in centuries of exploitation.  Yet across the globe, Marcial and hard-working producers like him are fighting for a fair deal, supported b Fairtrade, earnng their way out of poverty and transforming their communities.

"Before joining Fairtrade we didn't see any benefits, development or profit.  The price we received per box wasn't enough to cover our costs - and for 17 years it didn't change.  Since starting with Fairtrade, it's made a mega-revolution in our lives."  Marcial Quintero, Coobana.

"The Fairtrade Premium is like a miracle to us, it comes directly into our hands.  It is an acknowledgement of our work, of what we are capable of and who we are.  It is so important to us, thank you!"  Justine Watalunga, coffee farmer and chair of a women's group that runs an orphanage, nursery and primary school un Uganda.
 

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.
 

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.