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.
Dr Michael MacFadyen
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Michael MacFadyen. Michel had been suffering growing ill-health over the past year and passed away just before Christmas 2017. . The family have had a very long-standing relationship with our church, worshipping with us every year when visiting their second home in Rockcliffe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Barbara and son Gavin. May he rest in peace and rise in glory, and eternal light shine upon him.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Together with God, Sunday 21st January at 7 pm
This monthly meeting is a time of ecumenical worship, prayer and fellowship organised by members of Dalbeattie Churches Together. All are most welcome.
Dalbeattie Parish Church Centre, Craignair Street, hosted this month by the Galloway Christian Centre.
Theological Reflection meeting
Tuesday 23rd January, 12.30 pm, Maxwell Rooms, St Peter’s Church, Dalbeattie
This month’s meeting will welcome Catriona Thomson from Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and she will spend time describing the work of CAP and how it is helping those in debt and in poverty to find effective ways of changing this destructive cycle. All are most welcome.
Saturday 24th February, 2-4.30pm Kirkcudbright
Refreshing Streams – A place of encounter
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.
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.
Sun 18th March at 7pm
Together with God
Details to be announced
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.