KIRKCUDBRIGHT CHURCHES TOGETHER

The Lent Soup Lunches were enjoyed by those who came along and, as a result of people's generosity, £470 has been sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee for the Rohingya Appeal. Many thanks to those who supplied soup or helped.

Following the popularity of the Pentecost Parties held in the last two years, another will be held on Saturday, May 19. It will take place in St Andrew and St Cuthberts Church Hall at 7pm.

It will be an informal gathering with entertainment provided by those present. Could you bring a game, read a poem, play a tune, tell jokes? There is no need to book. Just come along and bring a plate of food or a bottle to share.

The following day, Sunday 20 May, there will be a joint Pentecost service in our church at 11.00am to mark the birth of the Church.  Please note:- this service is at 11.00am.
 

WORLD CHURCH TEAM NEWS

Thanks to our well supported coffee mornings we were able to send £900 In March to Judy and Steve Martin for Wabia Network.

Judy replied:-

Dear Barbara Roger and all the supporters in Kirkcudbright. Thank you so much for your fantastic support. It really encourages and we also know how positive the coffee mornings are for the community, a win-win situation!

To round up the latest news: a microcredit scheme with a new partner FADICE is now up and running.

We have also made a grant of 5 million TZS 9about £1550) for tree planting for environmental and agricultural purposes to a small partner we have supported for a few years, LAVISEHA. We don't yet have any pictures but they wrote:-

"We are going to be very busy with tree planting as the demands are high. We have already received requests for 4,800 seedlings from just 12 groups. Some of the varieties cannot be obtained in their localities; we know where we can get them. Requests are still coming in. We will be sending some photos and reports. We believe 5 million will do an incredible work with the tree planting project. Once again thank you very much. We appreciate your efforts! We wish you a nice job and health."

Likewise we send all our best wishes, thank you very much again,

Steve and Judy
 

VISIT TO NEPAL

On 25th April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Kathmandu in central Nepal. About 9000 people were killed, many thousands injured and 600,000 structures in Kathmandu and other nearby towns were either damaged or destroyed. Our congregation and other congregations throughout Scotland sent funds via Church of Scotland World Mission Council to United Mission in Nepal and these funds are now being used to rebuild schools and community drinking water systems.

I have been given the opportunity to visit Kathmandu and Dhading in April this year with a group from Churches and Presbytery’s from all over Scotland. I will visit United Mission to Nepal organisation; see the reconstruction work and other work of the UMN and the National Council of Churches in Nepal. My wish also is to be able to visit communities and speak with the people who have been most affected by the earthquake. After visiting Haiti for a month a few years after the 2010 earthquake and working in the community, I saw how a disaster of this magnitude can devastate communities in many ways and am very interested in how the people of Nepal are coping with this and rebuilding their country. Also, I feel it is important to let our congregation know how our prayers and monetary gifts have helped in Nepal and to know that the cups of tea, coffee and cakes we share at our coffee mornings will carry on helping those less fortunate than ourselves in the future.

Ann Morgan – World Church Team
 

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.
 

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.