The Christ Church congregation meets for coffee after both the 10.30 am service on Sunday and the 10.00 am service on Thursday and this is a good opportunity to chat and find out more. On this page you will find items of news and interest to the congregation; and one-off events either hosted at or supported by Christ Church.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Annual Summer Sale – Wednesday 26th July
Many thanks to everyone who supported our Summer Sale. As ever it was a huge success and we made £1.320.00 which will be a great boost to church funds. Especial thanks to our tireless convenor, Jane Greenwood.
Sunday 6th August, 2.30 pm Colliston Park
Civic Praze with Dalbeattie Churches Together
Join members of all the Dalbeattie churches in the park for a service of ‘Civic Praze’. This event is a regular feature on the first day of the annual Dalbeattie Civic Praze week. Sing favourite hymns and socialise afterwards over a cup of tea.
For more details contact Mark Smith
Sunday 6th August 5.00 pm
Open-air Songs of Praise
Conducted by our Interim Priest Rev. Stephen Hazlett and accompanied by the Creetown Silver Band. Sing your favourite hymns outside Greyfriars Church, Kirkcudbright, right next to the harbour.
Sunday 20th August
Ecumenical Service, Dundrennan Abbey at 3 pm
Saturday 26 August, 2 – 6pm, New Abbey
Sweetheart Breviary chant workshop with Eleanor Giraud
Sweetheart Abbey’s Church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and in this workshop participants will learn how to sing a selection of chants from the Sweetheart Breviary sung in her honour. At the end of the workshop, weather permitting, we will have the opportunity to sing these chants in their original setting of the Abbey. Notation will be provided for those that want it, but as most medieval monks were not trained musicians you don’t need to be either!
The workshop is free to all participants. It will take place in New Abbey Church (Main Street, New Abbey, DG2 8BY) from 2pm until around 5pm followed by an opportunity to sing within the walls of historic Sweetheart Abbey. Tea and coffee will be supplied throughout the workshop. The church has disabled access. Please note that there is a limit on the number of places for this free workshop and booking is essential – telephone 01387 253374 to book.
Dr Eleanor Giraud, Lecturer in Chant and Ritual Song at the University of Limerick, grew up in Dumfries, attending Noblehill Primary School and Wallace Hall Academy. She went on to study Music at the University of Newcastle, where she developed an interest in manuscripts of medieval music, which she pursued further with an MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD, ‘The Production and Notation of Dominican Manuscripts in Thirteenth-Century Paris’, examined how a group of Dominican chant books were made and who was involved in copying them. She is now conducting research into the origins of Dominican chant, including their links to Cistercian practices.
This workshop has been organised by Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service and is linked to other events about the Cistercian Monks in Galloway: Dumfries Museum programme
Saturday 2nd September 2017
PILGRIMAGE TO WHITHORN, DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
In about 400 AD St. Ninian came from Tours to set up the first mission amongst the Picts, building a monastery at Whithorn, having landed at the Isle of Whithorn. As he reached out from his “White House” at Whithorn, he also spent hours in prayer at his cave on the beach. Our Pilgrimage is a chance to follow in his footsteps……
The Development Team for Prayer and Spirituality Offers the chance to join a Pilgrimage to Whithorn. It will be led by Bishop Gregor and David Wostenholm on Saturday 2nd September 2017
Transport will be arranged where possible, to arrive around mid-day at St. Martin & St Ninian’s Church, where the Eucharist will be celebrated. After lunch (please bring a packed lunch), the options will be to explore the Whithorn Museum and the Iron-age Roundhouse, or for the hardy, to scramble over the rocky beach to St Ninian’s cave, before leaving for home about 4.30 pm.
The pilgrimage is open to everyone, so please bring a friend and spread the word.
Will all those interested please notify Jennifer FitzGibbon at email@example.com, or Christine at the Diocesan Office, 5 St. Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2DH Tel: 0141 221 5720/2694,firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th July.
23rd September AIG FOIS AUTUMN COURSE
RACHEL INGLIS WRITES “I hope that you are enjoying the great weather we’ve been having lately. Now is the time of year for summer breaks, sitting out in the garden and eating ice-cream. But here is something for you to look forward to in the autumn …..
An invitation to come away awhile, to be still, to notice what gives you life.
A time of quiet reflection to experience creative ways of praying and to discover new ways of being.
Saturdays, 2 – 4.30 pm. Venue: Kirkcudbright (locations tbc nearer the dates)
23 September, 2017
21 October, 2017
24 February, 2018
24 March, 2018
These Saturday afternoons are aimed both at those who are new to the whole experience of reflective, silent prayer (but would like to try it in a supportive space) and those who would like to deepen their experience of it. They will be held in Kirkcudbright at a venue to be decided nearer the time when we have an idea of the number of people interested.
The information is now up on our website where you can sign up to come.”
With best wishes for a refreshing summer,
Thursday 26th October at 5/30 pm
Annual Scottish Episcopal Institute Lecture at the Memorial Chapel, University of Glasgow
SEC Annual Report is now available
Care & Share & Prayer at Christ Church
One of the priorities identified as part of our MAP process this year is Communication.
This covers much of what we do in terms of website, pew-sheet, publicity and so on, but also affects our ability to react as a body to needs which arise within the congregation (and beyond).
If a person is in need, we would like to be able to respond quickly through Prayer and practical demonstrations of Christ’s Love. This is best done as a whole Body, increasing the Prayer potential and releasing the gifts that we have between us. It is, however, easy for some news or concern to be missed by one or other member – even in what seems a small fellowship.
We have now set up the Care & Share & Prayer network to ensure clear communication pathways. This sounds very grand and business-like but is, actually, very straightforward. It will use the telephone as most of us have telephones and most use answer-machines so that we know the messages will get through.
If someone has a need or concern, or becomes aware of a need or concern for someone else, they should simply telephone a central number. These folk will then disseminate the information around the fellowship for Prayer through the network of home-groups and directly to others. This will enable us as a congregation to harness the power of Prayer, ensure that we are all aware of the needs of those around us and free us to Share Christ’s Love in whatever ways we can. It should also be used to pass on Good News as an encouragement for the congregation. It will feed into our intercessions on Sunday, our prayer in the home-groups and our personal concerns for those around us.
This is not intended as a gossip-spreader for nosey neighbours, but a means of putting our Love into action to build up our Faith in action by meeting real needs and addressing real concerns.
We do not need detailed information or even the names of people to be able to Pray effectively. God knows the need and the people and can hear our Prayers however vague they may feel to us.
We hope this network will enable us to build a more Caring community and see the power of Prayer at work as we seek to Share Christ’s Love with those around us.
Care & Share & Prayer network contacts:
Rev. Beryl Scott – (01556) 610283
Miranda Brignall – (01556) 610409
OUR LOCAL FOOD BANK NEEDS DONATIONS
Every week we collect items of food suitable for the food bank at Kirkcudbright. These can be placed in the boxes at the back of church. Jane Greenwood co-ordinates delivery of items and they are delivered to Kirkcudbright by Father William, St Peter’s, Dalbeattie. It is requested that seasonal donations be made. Please don’t overlook giving toiletry items – loo rolls, shampoo, soap, toothpaste and brushes; and kitchen necessities – washing powder, cleaning materials, washing-up liquid. These are also very much needed.
Our local Food Bank (which serves Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas) to which we contribute on a weekly basis, has been exceptionally busy for several weeks now and stocks are running low. In fact they are critically short of everything. Could you please try to donate some food to help alleviate the shortage? Please ensure at least six months before sell-by dates clearly indicated on each item.
Items may be left at the back of church either on Thursday (10am – 11am) or Sunday (10am – 12 noon) mornings. You can also contact Jane Greenwood (01556 611144) and she will arrange collection.
KNITTING Squares for Healing Blankets & Knitting for the Mission to Seafarers
The work-box at the back of church for these two projects has been refilled with wool, patterns, needles and ribbon. Donations of wool, needles (sizes 8, 9 & 10) and ribbon will be gratefully received.
Jane Greenwood will take Healing Blanket Squares to make into blankets.
BRASS CLEANING Can you help?
We urgently need help with cleaning the brasses in church. This is a small task which is not arduous or lengthy. If you could spare some time (half an hour usually does it) perhaps once a month, please contact Robin Charlton. All materials (and rubber gloves!) provided.
FLOWERS IN CHURCH
We are always pleased for any offers of flower arranging. No previous experience necessary, just a love of flowers. Please contact Julie Dennison if you would like to know more.