Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 Welcome to our first Newsletter for Christ Church, Dalbeattie & St. Ninian’s, Castle Douglas.

We hope to keep in touch with all our congregations by email and setting up a delivery system for those that do not have access to the internet.

 

Don’t Feel Cut Off:

If you need help or would like a conversation or prayer time: please do not hesitate to contact me on 01556 505894 or 07932 183 069.

If you are able to help deliver this Newsletter to members of our congregation that are not on the Internet  or anyone that would like to receive it please contact me Christopher by phone or email.

 

We aim to open both St. Ninian’s & Christ Church each day between approximately 10-4pm daily. 

 

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9.30am Christ Church, Car Park & 11.15am St. Ninian’s Church Garden,  Sunday 22nd, March

Come and worship God in Creation this Sunday. There will be short outside service at our churches this Sunday to give thanks for our Mothers and pray for the world and society during this time of trial.

As the nation understandably and respectfully closes the doors of our churches to avoid intimacy and proximity to each other, we are reminded that our Creator does not dwell in those buildings – He dwells in us, His saints.

We are each individually the dwelling place of God’s spirit and whilst we are discouraged from gathering together in buildings, we are all currently allowed to go to supermarkets, playparks, parks, beaches and the outdoors and encouraged to stay 2m apart!

 

Online worship on Sunday

As part of the ongoing response to the Coronavirus pandemic the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) will this Sunday (22 March) begin broadcasting video coverage of Eucharistic services via its website, social media channels and YouTube channel.  The web page for the broadcast is located at www.scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-sunday-worship

The first service, led by the Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, will be broadcast at 11am on Sunday, to coincide with when many people would normally be worshipping, if church services had not been suspended earlier this week.

 

National Day of Prayer On Sunday 22 March, people of faith are being encouraged to light a candle and place it in their window at 7pm.

The Primus on behalf of the College of Bishops, asks that we “join in prayerful solidarity with this witness”, describing the candle as “a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life”.

A copy of the statement appears on our website, and is attached, which includes a prayer which can be used while a candle is lit. The announcement also appears on the SEC website at https://www.scotland.anglican.org/churches-join-together-in-call-for-national-day-of-prayer/ and has been highlighted on SEC media channels.

 

A message from the Rector as we begin our journey into a new wilderness. Please see “Our Journey Begins”

 

Food Bank ’New Life’ Castle Douglas

You will be aware of the acute shortage of tinned food etc in the shops which is causing great difficulties for our local food bank in keeping impoverished families fed. The New Life Food Bank would be grateful for continued donations of food or money and cheque donations into their office payable to ‘New Life Community Church’ for the attention of the foodbank at Blackpark Road, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DJ. This foodbank supports needy in Castle Douglas & Dalbeattie.

 

Meditation in this Age of Anxiety

Meditation is a wonderful way of deepening our relationship with God. It is also proven to lower blood pressure and anxiety which maybe a helpful side effect in these difficult days. There are many resources online https://www.wccm.org & https://www.onlinemeditationwccm.org