Notices and News

For details of Services please refer to Service Times page.

  • Our next ‘Sing for Joy’ will be in the hall at 9.30am on Sun 19 Nov.
  • If you have ordered Traidcraft Christmas Cards etc, from 19 Nov Sue Beddows will have them for you to collect in the Hall.
  • St Ninian’s Review: the Advent edition of the Review is due to be published at the beginning of December. If you would like to contribute an article, photo, or any other material, please could you give or send it to Stephanie: s.dewhurst23@gmail.com preferably by 19 Nov.
  • Sun 26 Nov: Major Gordon Commemoration Day: Together with the National Trust for Scotland and the Irish Guards, St Ninian’s is remembering the generosity of Alan Gordon of Threave with a special day of events, 60 years after his death in 1957. There will be an exhibition about Major Gordon’s life, and a talk about the creation of Threave Gardens, at the Threave Visitor Centre early in the afternoon. Our events start immediately afterwards:
    4.00 pm: Three short talks on aspects of Major Gordon’s life – in the army, at Threave, and at St Ninian’s.
    4.30 pm: Choral Evensong, sung by the choir of St John’s Dumfries and attended by Bishop Gregor.
    5.15 pm: a Wine Reception with Canapés in the Gordon Memorial Hall.
    The afternoon events are free, but please sign the list in the passage to give us an idea of numbers for the reception.
  • Sat 25 Nov, 7.30pm at All Saints Episcopal Church, Lockerbie: a dramatic retelling of the Gospel of Mark. See notice board for details.
  • Sat 2 Dec, 10.00am-3.00pm at St Ninian’s: an Advent Quiet Day led by Bishop Gordon Mursell. Details to follow.
  • Healing Blankets: These are small knitted, crocheted or sewn covers, dedicated in Church, and included inside each one is a prayer for healing and a letter from the Rector. If you know of someone suffering illness, grief or loneliness, in need of a ‘comforter’, please take one from beside the Lectern. The recipient will know that they are enfolded in the prayers of the congregation. More Healing Blankets are needed please. If you would like to make one but need details of what to do, please speak to Wendy Mullen (01556 505452).
  • Our Interim Priest during the vacancy is Revd Stephen Hazlett, Rector of Greyfriars, Kirkcudbright and St Mary’s, Gatehouse. He is responsible for arranging any weddings, baptisms, funerals, and also for hospital visits and any emergencies, tel. 01557 620132. The day-to-day running of the Church will be handled by the Vestry.
  • Please feel free to borrow any of the religious/theological books from the bookshelves in the small hall. Many have been donated by Canon David Main, Alan Stewart and others, and they are there to be read!
  • Donations of food for Castle Douglas Food Bank can be left in the box at the back of the Church. They would like non-perishable goods, pre-expiry date, such as: pasta/rice, cans of soup and baked beans, fruit, rice pudding, custard; also tinned meat e.g. ham, corned beef, mince; tinned pies and tuna; cereals; toiletries. The food bank is open two days a week.

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Saturday 7 October: St Ninian’s Harvest Supper

The supper was attended by more than 50 people and it has raised (so far) £362, which will be given to Castle Douglas Food Bank.

All photos provided by Jenny Armstrong

The organisers, cooks and helpers …

Patrick and Ian

Rosie and Susanne

Euan and Jack, selling raffle tickets

Michael, one of the waiters

Katie, who announced the raffle numbers, and Lucy

… and some of those enjoying the evening …

The Stevens family

Marjorie, Jenny and Liz

John and Stephanie

Alan and Judi Rumble and Joy Margerison

Valerie and Peter, and visitors from Germany

Janet and Margot

Niamh – the youngest participant

The assembled company …

 

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Some of the flower arrangements which adorned St Ninian’s for the Harvest Thanksgiving Service on 1 October

SEPTEMBER 2017: SERVICE OF ENROLMENT

On Tuesday 19th September, Christine Collier was enrolled as a new member of St Ninian’s Mothers’ Union and Jill Russell, who had been a member elsewhere, was welcomed. The celebrant at the Eucharist was Revd Christopher Wren and his wife, Ann, preached.
The service was followed by a soup lunch and fellowship in the hall.

Foreground: Christine Collier and Jill Russell; behind, L to R: Revd Ann Wren, new Branch Leader Sue Beddows and Revd Christopher Wren

On Sunday 3 September we said ‘Farewell’ to two of our loyal youngsters

Peter Little and Ellie Stevens

Both are both heading off to university: Ellie, who has assisted with the Sunday School and Little Fishes, is going to to Queen Margaret’s University, Edinburgh for Theatre and Drama Studies; and Peter, who has acted as Server at St Ninian’s for several years, to Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, to study Veterinary Science. They were each presented with a cheque from St Ninian’s as a token of our appreciation for their help over the years and to wish them well for the future.

St Ninian’s Treasurer, Fred Coulthard, presents Peter and Ellie with their cheques

On Tue 6 June, St Ninian’s Mothers’ Union held a Eucharist Service in Church attended by the Diocesan President, Jill Cameron, and her husband.  The Service was followed by afternoon tea in the Hall at which thanks were given to both Alison and David for all their support over the years that they had been at St Ninian’s. Alison had started the Mothers’ Union group at St Ninian’s very soon after moving here some eighteen years ago, initially with just a handful of people meeting in the Rectory – there was no Gordon Memorial Hall in those days – and the group has continued to thrive.

Alison was presented with a cheque to buy plants for their new garden enclosed within a card designed and printed by member Jenny Armstrong, depicting a photo of the church and hall from across Carlingwark Loch on a background of the Mothers’ Union tartan. Muriel Palmer had collated and printed a framed montage of photos of members past and present.

Jenny Spence presents the montage to Alison and David

Alison displays her montage

A cake with the MU logo and Alison’s name on it had been baked by Muriel and decorated by Judi for the occasion.

 

Alison cuts the cake, watched by Jenny Spence and David

The Mothers’ Union members all did justice to a wonderful spread

 

SERVICE FOR THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

Revd Dr John Lochrie, Revd Sally Russell, Revd Canon David Bayne and Father William McFadden

Revd Dr John Lochrie, Revd Sally Russell, Revd Canon David Bayne and Father William McFadden

An Ecumenical Service on the theme of “Reconciliation – the love of Christ compels us” was held at St Ninian’s on the evening of Sunday 29th January, attended by people from the Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Quaker and Church of Scotland congregations in the Castle Douglas and Crossmichael area. The four clergy (pictured above) shared in leading the service, using the material produced for the occasion by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, which asked us to seek forgiveness for lack of love, prejudice, discrimination, persecution, intolerance, religious wars and conflicts, division, abuse of power, pride, hate and contempt, and was especially meaningful for our current times. The Revd Sally Russell gave a reflection on the Gospel, the parable of the prodigal son. Refreshments were served in the hall after the service, giving everyone an opportunity to meet new people as well as to chat with old friends.

NATIVITY 2016

As usual, the Nativity Play was conceived by Beth MacQuarrie who, with Katie Eddyshaw, acted as narrators. Others taking part were Euan, Jack and Katie MacQuarrie, Ellie, Sam and William Stevens, Susan Hinchcliff, Lucy Eddyshaw and Elizabeth Stevenson with baby Niamh McCormick observing from the edge. This year followed a more traditional presentation – but Euan and Sam (Joseph and Mary) still fitted in a rap!

As usual, the Nativity Play was conceived by Beth MacQuarrie who, with Katie Eddyshaw, acted as narrators. Others taking part were Euan, Jack and Katie MacQuarrie, Ellie, Sam and William Stevens, Susan Hinchcliff, Lucy Eddyshaw and Elizabeth Stevenson with baby Niamh McCormick observing from the edge

The Angel Gabriel (Rory McCormick) arrives on his tinsel-decorated scooter with Good News

The Angel Gabriel (Rory McCormick) arrives on his tinsel-decorated scooter with Good News

Mary was played by Sam Stevens(!) and Joseph by Euan MacQuarrie

Mary was played by Sam Stevens(!) and Joseph by Euan MacQuarrie

Herod (Jack MacQuarrie) gives instructions to the wise men

Herod (Jack MacQuarrie) gives instructions to the Wise Men

Most of the cast with some of the backpacks to be sent to Mary’s Meals are on display

Most of the cast with some of the backpacks to be sent to Mary’s Meals are on display

FOUND IN THE ‘ARCHIVES’ AT THE RECTORY

A collage of photos taken at the Sunday School outing to the beach at Mossyard in 2004

A collage of photos taken at the Sunday School outing to the beach at Mossyard in 2004

More of the same

More of the same

SUN 2 OCT: HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Just some of the beautiful arrangements in the Church. Donations of food were being given to the Castle Douglas Food Bank

Just some of the beautiful arrangements in the Church. Donations of food were being given to the Castle Douglas Food Bank

SAT 1 OCT: HARVEST SUPPER

Our first Harvest Supper, organised by the Little and MacQuarrie families, was an unqualified success and very much enjoyed by all those who attended. We had an excellent meal, some of the ingredients being home-produced, and many contributed dishes to the meal. The event raised in excess of £400 in aid of Castle Douglas Food Bank.

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The Rector welcomes everyone to our Harvest Supper. Rosie and Susanne keep an eye on the food in the kitchen while Peter takes people’s orders for the first course

Everyone relaxing at their tables after a good supper and the draw for the raffle prizes takes place

Everyone relaxing at their tables after a good supper as the draw for the raffle prizes takes place

Jack and William, who sold tickets and raffle tickets; Sam and Euan hard at work in the kitchen and the table which achieved the highest score (but only just) in Rosie's Harvest Quiz

Jack and William, who sold tickets and raffle tickets; Sam and Euan hard at work in the kitchen and the table which achieved the highest score (but only just) in Rosie’s Harvest Quiz

TUE 20 SEPT: MOTHERS’ UNION SERVICE OF DEDICATION AND OPEN MEETING

Two dozen members met in Church for the Service of Dedication and Eucharist and we then repaired to the hall for our soup and bread lunch and a general catch-up after the summer break. The fun began when the dishwasher was turned on to wash the dishes … and the water just kept on running!

Sue Beddows and Judi Rumble (and Liz Barrett, not in photo) swab the decks while the Rector (outside) phones for the plumber!

Sue Beddows and Judi Rumble (and Liz Barrett, not in photo) swab the decks while the Rector (outside) phones for the plumber!

SAT 17 SEPT: THE GREAT CLEAN-UP UNDER WAY …
(with thanks to Jenny Armstrong for most of today’s photos)

 The Rector, steam cleaning the floor

The Rector, steam cleaning the floor

Joy and Sue polishing ...

Joy and Sue polishing …

Liz uses some elbow grease

Liz uses some elbow grease

Jenny Wright and John tackling the dusty pew cushions

Jenny Wright and John tackling the dusty pews and cushions

Ann at work in the porch

Jenny Armstrong vacuums a window sill

Ann tackles the porch

Ann at work in the porch

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Gill, Janet and Margot clean the brasses

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… with some help from Ian

THE WORK CONTINUES IN THE CHURCH … it is all taking longer than first anticipated

The scene when things were at their worst ...

The scene when things were at their worst …

 

The Church during the renovation work. The nave has been painted, except for the Chancel arch, where loose plaster needs to be rectified.

The Church during the renovation work. The nave has been painted, except for the Chancel arch, where loose plaster needs to be rectified first. The Sanctuary needs special paint because the existing coating contains lime …

 

The Hall set up for Services

The Hall set up for Services

SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER: “LITTLE FISHES” CELEBRATED ITS TENTH BIRTHDAY

Roz Stevens - the leader of, and inspiration behind, Little Fishes

Roz Stevens – the leader of, and inspiration behind, Little Fishes

 

Some of the fishes made by the children on the day

Some of the fishes made by the children on the day

SUNDAY 17 JULY: JEAN TURNBULL CELEBRATED HER 90th BIRTHDAY TODAY
The Rector announced the news at the start of the Service, to applause from the congregation.

Jean with husband, Francis, in the hall after the 11.00am Service

Jean with husband, Francis, in the hall after the 11.00am Service

MIDSUMMER CEILIDH

Rosie and Alison serve the hungry queue

Rosie and Alison serve the hungry queue

There were games for the children

There were games for the children

A comfy lap for the youngest participant

A comfy lap for the youngest participant

Bishop Gregor and Alison join the dancers

Bishop Gregor and Alison join the dancers

All ages enjoying themselves ...

All ages enjoying themselves …

The dancers whirl around the floor

The dancers whirl around the floor

 

MONDAY 20 JUNE – BISHOP GREGOR’S LECTURE: “A BISHOP REFLECTS ON OUR LITURGY: RICHNESS, COLOUR AND NOT A LITTLE PERSONAL PREJUDICE!”

Bishop Gregor explored such questions as:
• Just how relevant is our Episcopalian liturgy to the people around us?
• Can it introduce them to the living God?
• What about its language, its ceremony, its symbolism; does it connect or does it alienate?
• Does it express a relationship with God or is it an anachronism?
As always the Bishop gave a fascinating talk, inviting people to ask questions as his lecture progressed.  He gave many examples to illustrate the points he was making. It was interesting to hear of his pet hates as well as his favourites.
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Mon 20 June: Bishop Gregor’s Lecture: “A Bishop Reflects on our Liturgy: richness, colour and not a little personal prejudice!”

Some of the people from Moffat, Lockerbie, Annan, Dumfries, Dalbeattie, New Galloway, Castle Douglas and Wigtownshire who attended the lecture on a fine summer evening

FLOWER FESTIVAL AT ST NINIAN’S BY CASTLE DOUGLAS FLOWER CLUB
“FLOODS OF COLOUR”

Some of the colourful displays on show over the weekend of 28-29 May

Some of the beautiful displays on show over the weekend of 28-29 May (Click on image above for a clearer view)

The ladies of Castle Douglas Flower Club also provided morning coffee and afternoon teas in the hall and a donation of £210 was made to St Ninian’s for their chosen charity, the Castle Douglas Helping Hands Food Bank.

EASTER FLOWERS

Here are some of the beautiful flower arrangements on display for Easter …

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The Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2016

The Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR) began life in 1960 in an old house in Bethlehem.
 It was originally a Leonard Cheshire home and provided care for a few physically disabled children. After it was handed over to the Bethlehem Arab Society in 1975, the work grew and, in 1990, the Society’s dream came true when land on nearby Beit Jala hill became available and the present hospital building was constructed.

Today, BASR is a non-profit non-government organization that is nationally recognized for the comprehensive medical and rehabilitation services it gives to beneficiaries from all over Palestine.

The hospital is open to all, regardless of gender, age, religion or social class and is committed to enhancing the overall quality of a patient’s life.  The hospital has a holistic approach to treatment with specialist departments in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and also surgery.  Integration into community life is a key objective.

Pilgrims from the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway visited the hospital in 2013 and 2015 and were highly impressed by the quality of care and the financial needs it has. Generous donations will indeed change lives.

For more information visit http://www.basr.org/en/

Helping Hands Food Bank

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Notice of charitable giving January 2016

Click on News Archive links in right-hand column for any items in previous years.