INTIMATION FROM PRESBYTERY OF DUMFRIES AND KIRKCUDBRIGHT

Notice is hereby given that the Vacancy Procedure Committee of the Presbytery of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright having been informed that the Rev Douglas Irving has intimated his intention to retire from his charge of Kirkcudbright on 30th September 2016 proposes that, thereafter, the Parish of Kirkcudbright be permitted to call a minister, in full status, in terms of the Presbytery Plan. The Vacancy Procedure Committee further proposes that the Rev Valerie Ott be appointed as Interim Moderator in the vacancy; and instructs the Interim Moderator to take the necessary steps for filling the vacancy. This action will proceed unless at least four persons, who are either communicant members of this congregation of Kirkcudbright or full members of Presbytery, together or separately submit to the Presbytery Clerk a request for this proposal to be considered at the next meeting of the Presbytery. Any such request must set out the relevant reasons. You should submit any such request in writing to Mr William Hogg, St Bride’s Manse, Glasgow Road, Sanquhar DG4 6BZ by Monday 19th September 2016. If four valid requests are received, then the proposal to permit the Call to a Minister or to appoint Mrs Ott as Interim Moderator will be suspended and the approval of Presbytery will be required.

William T Hogg,
Presbytery Clerk.
 

CHURCH OFFICE

As from 1 October 2016, please use the following email address for all Kirkcudbright Parish Church business:-

church@kirkcudbrightparishchurch.org.uk

Until further notice the Church office will remain in the Manse until alternative accommodation can be found. The telephone number will remain the same (01557 330489) and the answering machine will take messages and give contact numbers and relevant information when someone is not in the office.

As you can appreciate, this is an unsettling time for us all so please bear with us as we negotiate through the process.

Thank you.

Ann Morgan
Church Secretary
 

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