MONDAY MORNING HOUSE GROUP

The Monday morning house group emerged as a result of the last Alpha course about 16 years ago. Mainly we met in the Manse but in recent years Kathleen Ramage has very kindly opened her home in Castle Street for us. We have had some wonderful personalities including Rev. Tom Robertson, Ian and Carolina Mitchell and Ina Davis. Over the years we have studied courses on books of the Bible, one of the most difficult being the Book of Revelation. It was good we had scholars among us at that time. At the moment we are looking at "Christian Community" which we all agree is important at this stage in our church life. We all feel it is a safe group to air our views and learn from others and most of us have had lots of support in times of need. We would welcome others to come and explore more about their faith.

Elizabeth Bennett
 

THY KINGDOM COME

Thy Kingdom Come is an international Prayer Initiative that comes with the recommendation of, among others, Rev Susan Brown, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, and Rev Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is a call to all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost (May 30th - June 9th 2019) for more people to come to know Jesus Christ.

We have decided to run a 24 hour Prayer Vigil from 9.00am on Saturday 1st June to 9.00am on Sunday 2nd June as a part of this initiative. The Prayer Vigil will operate in the same way as previously – inviting people to sign up for an hours slot over the 24 hour period. Look out for the sign-up details in early May.
 

CHURCH VACANCY PROCESS

As of the 12th March 2019, Kirkcudbright Parish Church is formally vacant!

The term ‘vacant’ is perhaps a bit misleading, but it’s the one the Church of Scotland has long used to describe this situation. It certainly doesn’t mean that the building is empty or that any of the work, witness or mission of the congregation has suddenly ceased. In fact through a period of ‘vacancy’ the work and commitment of our members is even more important.

What it does mean is that there is now a vacancy for a Minister and the congregation have permission from the Presbytery of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright to go about filling that vacancy.  To assist in that task the Presbytery appoints an Interim Moderator – that role will be filled by Rev John Collard until he leaves at the beginning of June - and thereafter Presbytery will appoint someone else to that task.

There are various steps that we need to go through in these early stages of ‘vacancy’. We need to make sure that our Electoral Register is prepared. This is the list of members and adherents who have the right to vote for a Nominating Committee, and later for a Minister.  A Parish Profile must be produced — giving a broad introduction to the life of the congregation and parish to any interested Ministers. The Kirk Session has already started work on this.

In 2015 the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland passed an Act that said two things; it re-affirmed the historic and traditional view of marriage (union of a man and a woman); and it also allowed individual Kirk Sessions, if they so wished, to depart from this view. The process of allowing departure from the traditional view opens the way to receiving applications for a vacant charge from Ministers in Civil Partnerships or Same Sex Marriage. Part of the vacancy process will involve the Kirk Session deciding whether to adhere to, or depart from, the traditional view.

Once these various initial stages have been passed the congregation will elect a Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will consist of 13 people, elected by a Congregational Meeting. It will be their task to find and propose a Nominee to be Minister of the church. The hope is that the election of the Nominating Committee will take place following a Sunday service
in May.

Thereafter the Nominating Committee will take up its work and once a Nominee for the charge has been identified, they will be invited to preach at the church and the congregation will vote on whether to accept them as Minister.

John Collard
Interim Moderator
 

OUR NEW CHURCH WORKER

Daniel Rimmer is from London and is the new Youth Worker at Kirkcudbright Parish Church.  He is also a team member at Abernethy Barcaple. 

"I have been very fortunate to be placed in this role, as the Lord has been leading me to explore youth work and live in Christian community. I have previously worked on and off for the Salvation Army, both in the UK and abroad in the United States. My most recent job in the UK before this was at a men’s hostel near King’s Cross. I have five summers of experience at Salvation Army Summer Camps in Oregon and California, the latter three of which have been in more senior leadership positions, and I have also spent a year living in Hawaii, as part of a mission trip. Hawaii, for all the glamour and the sunshine, has an endemic homelessness
problem, and the gap between the rich and the poor is exacerbated by exceedingly high rents and living costs. I learned a lot about myself, about my faith and about leadership on my mission trip and years at camp, and I am hoping to bring this experience with me into my venture here in Kirkcudbright. The challenges I will face here will primarily be engaging an interest and increasing numbers in our Friday night youth program and our Sunday Schools. I have already made some headway into the local schools, where I will be leading lunchtime SU groups. I am hoping that by focusing on the relationship-building side of things, I’ll be able to
make progress with our youth programs at the church. I am really looking forward to the challenges of this role and am keen to get stuck in!

Daniel Rimmer
 

THE TUESDAY EVENING STUDY GROUP

We are a small group meeting in each others home. Our study for this year has been The Pilgrim Course which includes, The Beatitudes, The Lord's Prayer and the Commandments. These discussions have encouraged us to review our understanding and deeper application of Jesus's teaching more closely. We enjoy wonderful supportive fellowship, friendship, laughter and lively discussion and in recent months have had four new members join our group. We have led the 9.30a.m. Church service on a number of occasions, and while we find it challenging, we also agree that it is a growing experience leading to the health and enjoyment of our group.

If you enjoy asking the question and then discussion with others, perhaps you might like to join us. If so, speak to Irene Robertson or anyone you may know who is a member of the group. You will be made very welcome.