Weekly Services at Christ Church
(with coffee afterwards)
|THURSDAY|| Holy Communion
(with coffee afterwards)
Coffee is served at the back of church after both our regular services. All are most welcome.
During our present vacancy, our interim Priest-in-Charge is the Reverend Stephen Hazlett of Greyfriars Church, Kirkcudbright. We also benefit from the part-time ministry of the Reverend Mark Smith (Beeswing) and the Reverend Beryl Scott (Dalbeattie). In addition we occasionally welcome other priests from in and around the Stewartry, three of these being the Right Reverend Gordon Mursell, the Reverend John Martin, the Reverend Christopher Wren and the Reverend Yvonne Glass.
We regret that the church is not open during the day for private contemplation.
Any queries or enquiries in the first instance please contact our Vestry Secretary Sue Thomas.
Are you in need of prayer?
Whether it be a personal issue or a concern for another person or situation, or even a desire to get closer to God, the Ministry of Laying-On-Of-Hands gives an opportunity to open up to God.
We offer it in faith that God wants to work in people’s lives and wants to use us as His channels. Sometimes it brings healing, sometimes empowerment, sometimes wisdom – always it opens us to God’s Love, Mercy and Grace. The Priest simply places a hand on someone’s head and prays for God to bless them, acting as a channel for God’s Love, Mercy and Grace.
We now offer this Ministry during Communion – just carry your Pew Sheet with you to the rail and the Priest will ask your name and pray for you before administering Communion.
Care & Share & Prayer
If you have any need or concern or news please use our Care & Share & Prayer network. This enables us to respond quickly through Prayer and practical demonstrations of Christ’s Love. Simply telephone one of the numbers given and the information will be disseminated around the 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. We do not need detailed information or even the names of people to be able to Pray effectively. God knows the need and can hear our Prayers however vague they may feel to us.
Care & Share & Prayer network contacts:
Rev. Beryl Scott – (01556) 610283
Miranda Brignall – (01556) 610409
Edith Thorp, our lay Representative, recently reported that during her meeting attendance a seven page report from the General Synod had been circulated. The item that interested her most was an initiative to pray on the 24th of each month for a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.
This is a Christian Aid initiative which has been taken up taken up by ACTS (Action of Churches Together in Scotland). We have adopted this initiative into our intercessions at Christ Church and hope that others will also do the same:
Pray not for Arab or Jew, for Palestinian or Israeli, but pray rather for ourselves, that we might not divide them in our prayers but keep them both together in our hearts. AMEN
We also pray the Bishop’s Diocesan Prayer each week during our intercessions:
A Prayer for Refugees
The Reverend Richard Stephens shared this prayer with us in church on the occasion of his ‘Golden Ministry’ day. It comes from Crux, the Diocese of Manchester monthly magazine.
You are the source of all goodness, generosity and love.
We thank you for opening the hearts of many
to those who are fleeing for their lives.
Help us now to open our arms in welcome
and reach out our hands in support,
that the desperate may find new hope and lives torn apart be restored.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord,
who fled persecution at his birth
and at His last triumphed over death.
The power and importance of Prayer
Archbishop Justin writes: “If we want to see things changed, it starts with prayer. It starts with a new spirit of prayer, using all the traditions, ancient and modern. When it comes, it will be linked to what has gone before, but it will look different – because it is a new renewal for new times. God’s created community is perfectly designed for its time and place. It almost always comes from below. It comes from Christians seeking Christ.”
From Archbishop Justin’s website we read:
“Prayer matters, and prayer changes things. History shows that a renewal of prayer can result not just in churches transformed, but whole societies too. Today, all over Europe, new communities of prayer are growing. By making the renewal of prayer the first priority of his ministry, Archbishop Justin hopes to encourage both existing and new religious communities in Britain.
– encouraging all Christians to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer. Archbishop Justin hopes to help inspire Christians to explore the many different ways that prayer can bring them closer to God, enriching not just their own lives but the lives of those around them;
– supporting new and existing religious communities which are devoted to simple lives of work, study and prayer (this is sometimes called ‘the Religious Life’). In such Christian communities, which date back to at least the 5th Century, living by a shared ‘rule’ helps members support one another to reach to new depths of love and obedience in their lives of faith.”
Practicalities in church
The church has an external ramp for wheelchairs and pushchairs. We regret that there are no toilet facilities in the church, but these are available in the church hall (no ramp to the hall).