PRIVATE PRAYER TIME

The Kirk Session of Kirkcudbright Parish Church are in the process of formulating plans to allow limited opening of our Church premises for private prayer. The Church of Scotland have issued a 35 page guidance on how to ensure that this and various other church related activities can be safely restarted.

It is hoped therefore to be able by July to open the Church building on a limited basis for private prayer, perhaps on Wednesdays & Sundays, with appropriate safety measures in place.

We will need volunteers to allow this to happen. If you would like to offer a couple of hours of your time on these days to staff the Church, please contact our Session Clerk by email: session@kirkcudbrightchurchofscotland.uk or alternatively use the details on our 'Contacts' page.

Thank you for your assistance.

Editor
 

LATEST NEWS FROM MARATHON MEWS

Cheery greetings once again from the gleaming spires of Marathon Mews!

We hope this finds you beginning to pick up the threads of ‘ordinary life’, and that you’re getting used to the ‘post lockdown’ measures we’re encountering everywhere we go.

Life continues in much the same vein at Marathon Mews. Although it feels the return to work, resumption of some activities and being able to visit and be visited by friends and family (hooray!) have happened simultaneously, so the plates at marathon Mews are spinning at eye watering speed!

Finally, on August the 6th, the London Marathon organisers announced their decision that his year’s Marathon could not go ahead. There can’t have been a single runner expecting it to go ahead as planned, but there was no indication as to the contingencies that were being considered as an alternative.

Anyway, now we know! On Sunday 4th October the 45,000 runners entered in this year’s London Marathon are being asked to run a marathon from their home! This will enable runners who are raising money for charity, to collect in some of their sponsor money and send it to their good causes where funds are desperately needed.

In a few weeks we’ll be able to download an App (is there any element of life now untouched by App technology …..?!) which will act a bit like Strava (other activity monitoring systems are available!) allowing organisers to verify that runs have been completed and enabling them to publish results. The ‘elite’ runners (Eliud Kipchoge and the like) will be running a marathon distance in a ‘bio-bubble’, by doing laps around St James’ Park (the one in London – not the home of Newcastle United)! I’m sure a lot of thought has gone into this, and hopefully it will be an exciting and competitive race, but I do worry that for these runners it might feel a bit like competing in a school sports day!

All the runners who have a place this year will have the chance to run the London Marathon, either next year, or in either of the subsequent two years (although it’s expected that most people will opt for 2021).

So, on the morning of 4th October Mrs Marathon plans to run from Kirkcudbright to Borgue via the Doon. Then on to Carrick, Sandgreen, through Cally Woods, and back to Kirkcudbright via Borgue.

Should you be in the vicinity, please do stand at your door, front gate or road end, and give Mrs Marathon a cheery wave! All encouragement will be gratefully received!

The anticipated completion time will be in the region of 4 ½ hours, possibly longer, due to the ‘undulating’ (!) nature of the course, and the fact that there will be an off road section. Mrs Marathon can’t help thinking that anyone running a route around central London or the Cambridgeshire Fens will be at a distinct ‘terrain advantage’!

And finally, to put your mind at rest (because Mrs Marathon is sure someone will be thinking it), she won’t be running the ‘Kirkcudbright-Borgue’ Marathon dressed as one of the Spice girls or an avocado!

Putting one foot in front of the other, for 26.2miles, hopefully without stopping will be enough of a challenge!

With heartfelt thanks for your encouragement, generosity and cheery waves. God bless. 

Sue McMinn
 

STEWARTRY FOOD BANK

Stewartry Food Bank (SFB) began 12 years ago as part of the work of Kirkcudbright Churches Together. Up until March this year support for the work was mainly from local churches in KBT, Gatehouse and Dalbeattie. Covid19 meant that we had to appeal to the wider community for help. So, on behalf of all the volunteers involved in SFB, and the recipients of parcels over the years, but particularly over the last few months, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who so readily, and generously, helped us provide parcels for everyone who was referred to us,. Since March, without the generosity of businesses, groups, and individuals our service could not have coped with the demand. I can’t mention names, as I haven’t asked permission, but I know that those who helped did so willingly and with a generosity that astounded all of us involved in SFB. The last few months have been a wonderful and heartwarming example of what can be done when a need is identified and diverse parts of a community work together to meet that need. In so many ways this community has fulfilled the Gospel message of loving your neighbour with all your heart mind soul and strength. I hope and pray that this cooperation and generosity will continue serving the diverse needs of our community in a number of ways and particularly in partnerships which aren’t always obvious. “As much as you did it for the least of one of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40).

 

ECO REFLECTIONS FOR ECO CONGREGATIONS

One day towards the beginning of June I read this in my daily devotions. It brought me up short! I thought I would share it with you.

“Today, we could, and probably we should, understand this house as our common planetary home. It is this common home which is being despoiled and desecrated today. Significantly, our common home is also God’s own house, permeated by the Spirit of God from the dawn of creation, where the Son of God pitched his tent in the supreme event of the incarnation. It is in this common home that God co-dwells with humanity and of which we have been entrusted with stewardship, as we read in the book of Genesis [2:15]. The contemporary ecological crisis, in fact, lays bare precisely our incapacity to perceive the physical world as impregnated with divine presence. We have swapped the lofty vision of the physical world as God’s own abode, sanctified by the incarnation of the Son of God, with the one-dimensional mechanistic outlook of modernity. Accordingly, the physical world gets reduced to a mere storehouse of resources for human consumption, just real estate for market speculation.

Through pollution of the planet’s land, air, and waters, we have degraded our common home that is also God’s own home. We have turned this sacred abode into a marketplace.

In a situation of planetary emergency like the collapse of our planetary abode, we need to be aflame once again with the zeal for our common home.” We do need to do better!

Which‘s next myth to look at is “Hanging onto old Tech gadgets is better than chucking them out”. Chucking tech. gadgets into landfill is definitely a bad idea – components such as lithium from lithium-ion batteries might break down and leach chemicals into the environment. However, the extraction of elements used in many tech gadgets has an environmental impact, as many precious materials are short in supply. Hoarding our gadgets prevents these valuable components being used again. Extending their use by giving them away or properly recycling them is far better and reduces the environmentally costly demands for new products.
Hope you have a really good summer.

God Bless,

Louise Finch
 

MAILBOX AND E-MAIL ADDRESS CHANGES

Over the next few weeks, our Church e-mail system will be starting the process of migrating to a new series of email addresses, and the address for the newsletter editor, along with many others, will change. Needless to say, this is not just “change for the sake of change”, but part of a well thought-out plan to prepare our Church community in Kirkcudbright for the “new normal” world that we are approaching in which worship will operate and be increasingly presented in innovative online ways, as well as in our more traditional gatherings in church buildings. More Church related I.T. developments are planned as the year progresses, and we’ll keep you informed of these as they are introduced!

Ron McHugh and Paul Rigby-Jones have already generously contributed of their time and I.T. expertise to this ongoing project, and will continue further work on development of the plans which we have for our Church community. Our Church is enormously grateful to them for taking forward this project & turning it into reality.

Most of the new e-mail addresses will end with: “@kirkcudbrightchurchofscotland.uk”.  

Eg. “office@kirkcudbrightchurchofscotland.uk”; “session@kirkcudbrightchurchofscotland.uk” etc., etc.

The new e-mail address for the Newsletter Editor is:

“newseditor@kirkcudbrightchurchofscotland.uk”

I shall of course continue to monitor the editor’s previous mailbox for a few months, as I would hate to miss any of your very welcome contributions!

Editor