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We are looking for someone to distribute about a dozen Kirkcudbright Parish Church News in two streets in Mersecroft.  This shouldn't take more than 15 minutes once a month.  Please get in touch if you feel you could help out or want to ask more.  Please contact Alison Armstrong or Sally McKenzie. 
 

CONGREGATIONAL BOARD

At the Board meeting on 12th May 2016, the appointment of Mrs Louise Finch as Depute Clerk was  made.  A review of church hall lettings policy was carried out.  Under the Finance Report a fall in income from the beginning of the year was noted. To address the  situation, a Stewardship Campaign Team comprising Alan Kinnear and Alex Kinnell, assisted by Ann Morgan, is to be joined by Ivor Waddell. 

The demolition of a chimney at the Church Hall and reinstatement work had been carried out by Andy Campbell and Sons at a cost of £3192, depleting the Fabric Fund.  We agreed to check if we  have funds allocated for the fabric held by the Church centrally, and if these are available money will  be drawn upon to boost the local fabric fund balance. 

Kim Lowe offered to take on acting as link person between SCVS and the Board to relieve the Minister from this additional duty he has recently been undertaking.  This was agreed. 

Andy Campbell is seeking quotations from sub-contractors involved in the renovation works on the Church. The Chartered Surveyors are assessing the costs in this regard in order to proceed to complete the scheme of works, including work on the Steeple involving replacement of supporting beams and the wooden structure housing the clock mechanism. Thanks were expressed from the Chair to Alex Kinnell for his role in the process in difficult times following upon the main contractors, Fleming  & Co, having gone into liquidation.  
 

Kirkcudbright Parish Church

At the heart of Kirkcudbright, having Kirkcudbright at heart!

About our Church by Reverend Douglas Irving, Parish Minister

I am Douglas Irving and have been Parish Minister here for eighteen years, following fourteen years in my first charge - Kilbirnie: Auld Kirk in North Ayrshire.  I lead a progressive congregation with a passion for the very special and vibrant community of Kirkcudbright which we seek to serve in Christ’s Name.  I seek to encourage each member of our congregation to put God-given talent to use that God’s Rule might be established among us.  We seek to be full partners with other community groups within our town.  In particular, we work closely with our sister congregations here under the banner of Kirkcudbright Churches Together. 

It’s my privilege as Parish Minister to extend an invitation to you to join us as opportunity affords you.  

On Sundays and throughout the week, our congregation offers you a variety of opportunities for fellowship and service, whatever your age or background.  We welcome others of faith and of no faith to join us in journeying with Christ, He who has promised to be with us always.  We are all at different stages of our journeying and a good number of us discover particular friendship and companioning in our four Home Fellowship Groups which meet weekly. 

We have a fine, light and spacious church building dating from 1838 designed by the Scottish Architect William Burn; also a fine purpose-built church hall, with a well equipped kitchen, which provides a meeting place for not a few church and community groups.   A current congregational initiative is looking at the possibility of releasing our fine, but under-used, 175 year-old church building into 7 day-a-week use under local community ownership which we would continue to use alongside other community co-users.  Plans have been drawn up for the development of the building for such multi-community use and discussions with all interested parties are ongoing at the moment.

You, whom God sends our way, however, are our main concern.  Should you consider that we might be of service to you, please be in touch.  If I can’t help you personally, I will endeavour to put you in touch with someone who can!

Douglas Irving