CHRISTIAN AID

Christian Aid Week will be from 14th – 20th May this year.  There is urgent need for your help with the great task of house to house collecting as well as help with the big count on the morning of Monday, 22 May.  Lunch is provided after the count and anyone who would make soup will be most welcome.

If you wish to be more energetic please come along to walk the Kirkcudbright Half Marathon with me on 27 May.  I have sponsorship forms if you wish them.  Please sponsor me or Doreen Blackadder if you don't want to do the walk yourself.

Failing all of these, Mary Newton has promised more tea and cake at her house (Edenbank, Stirling Acres Road) again this year.  This will be on Friday, 19 May from 2.00pm at a charge of £5.00.

If you wish to help in any way or have any fundraising ideas of your own, please contact me.

Linda Kinnell

 

THE YOUTH NEED YOU!

The Youth need you!

We are looking to start a Coffee bar in the Parish hall on Friday afternoons, 3.30pm-5.00pm for young people aged 11-18.

This is a social space for young people to come relax and have some fun after school.

Can you welcome people, make a good cup of tea and listen to others, play table tennis and other games, tidy up after others and most importantly bake a good cake. If you can do even one of these things then you're exactly the person we need. Weekly, monthly whatever time you can give will be valued.

If you feel you can't volunteer your time but can give a small financial contribution to allow for growth then that would also be appreciated.

Please do not hesitate to contact Rhys if you require any more information or would like to volunteer.

I look forward to hearing from you. God bless.

Rhys Loftus
Church Youth Worker
 

KIRKCUDBRIGHT FAIRTRADE GROUP

Thanks to the generosity of the people of Kirkcudbright, the Kirkcudbright Fairtrade Group has been able to donate sufficient money to buy 6 ploughs for women rice farmers in Karonga, Malawi, where, up till now, they tilled the land mostly by hand. Small farmers in Karonga, many of them women, produce Kilombero fairly traded rice. Kilombero Rice is one of the products distributed by Just Trading Scotland, based in Paisley, a fair trade organisation working with smallholder co -operatives, seeking to provide sustainable incomes and wellbeing for smaller farmers, producers and their families.

“Your incredible donation of not just one plough but of over 6, will not only help to reduce the toll of manual labour, but will also help to increase food productivity and will enable mothers and fathers to spend more time being parents to their children. On behalf of the farmers of Malawi, Thank You!” - (Letter from JTS)

In July this year we completed our 7th 90kg Kilombero Rice Challenge. Each 90 kg you have bought enables a farmer to send a son or daughter to secondary school for one year.

Thank You
 

STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

The finance team would like to thank all those who responded to the Stewardship Leaflet, for the time they took and for all that they had to offer the church. There were 43 returns and out of that came

10 new standing orders (gift aided)
2 increased givings (gift aided)
2 standing orders without the gift aid
1 new envelope offering (gift aided)
3 new envelope offerings
some anonymous donations
offers of help in lots of other areas of service.

We are very grateful for all these responses.  However we were very disappointed by the number of members who did not respond. 43 responses out of 500 represents a return of only 8.6%. We do understand that there may be a few folk who have worked directly with their bank without letting us know and we are also very grateful to them too; but what does the small response say about our church?

Being in vacancy allows us to take stock of where we are and where we see God is leading us. It allows us to look at our Commitment and what we believe God is calling us to do in this town. Ask God what he wants you to do as we move into this new stage in our journey together. It is not too late to act so if you wish please hand your form into SCVS or to any office bearer. Spare blank copies of the form can be obtained from the church vestibule or SCVS.

Finance Team
 

BLYTHSWOOD CARE SHOEBOX APPEAL 2016

Many thanks to everyone -individuals and organisations – who so generously contributed to the latest Blythswood Shoebox Appeal.  We sent off 123 filled shoeboxes, together with several bags of extra items, some beautifully hand knitted items, and cash donations.

Your kindness is very much appreciated.

Margaret Cavers