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.
TWO RETREAT INVITATIONS FROM AIG FOIS
1. Throughout July
If you are looking for opportunities to deepen your prayer experience over the summer, you might like this invitation to take part in 31 days of St Ignatius.
This year the focus will be Ignatian ways to pray. Each week a different style of Ignatian prayer will be explored to help and guide us into a deeper relationship with God. Participants will receive resources via a daily email through July, culminating in the Feast of St Ignatius on 31st July. Those who subscribe will also be able to register for a ‘prayer journalling’ space to share their experiences with the 31-day community online.
You can sign up here on: https://www.pathwaystogod.org/31-days-st-ignatius
2. 27 August – 3 September
Friends and colleagues of mine from the Epiphany Group – Judith Irving and Carole Phelan – will offer a residential retreat from 27 August – 3 September this year in Angus. This will be an individually guided retreat in some of Scotland’s most beautiful and remote countryside. The current glorious weather can’t be guaranteed, but what can be is space and silence to step back from your life and allow God to nourish the untended corners of your soul. For all the information you need, click on this link to the Epiphany Group website: http://www.epiphanygroup.org.uk/retreats/residential-retreats/
With best wishes and I hope you’re enjoying the current surprising weather!
WORSHIP LEADER’S TRAINING COURSE
GALLOWAY 6th August – 3rd September
Following the course held in Glasgow earlier this year, there will be a further opportunity for those seeking training as authorised Lay Worship Leaders to do so later this year.
The new course will take place in the Galloway Region over 5 sessions and is a requirement if the individual is to be licensed by the Bishop for this role. It may also be beneficial as a refresher course to those already licensed.
The Diocesan Centre can be reached on Tel: 0141 221 5720 or by email on email@example.com
I would be grateful if you would raise this with your Vestry and share, as appropriate, with members of your congregation.
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.