Sunday 1st March – Lent 1

Services for the coming week


Midweek Services Preacher/


St Ninian’s Wed 10:15 Eucharist Christopher
Christ Church Thurs 10:00 Eucharist Christopher
Sunday 8th March – Lent 2
St Ninian’s 08:00 Eucharist Christopher
Christ Church 09:30 Eucharist Christopher
St Ninian’s 11:00 Eucharist Christopher



4th March RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes Reserve Walk

We will meet at church at 11am and drive to the RSPB Ken Dee Marshes Reserve DG7 2LY Grid Ref 699 684.

The walk is 4 miles in total and is basically flat! we will visit two bird hides. If it is wet stout wellies may be good foot wear. Please bring a packed lunch and water proofs. For more details contact Christopher 01556 505894

 Memorial Flowers. If you wish to put flowers in church as a memorial for a loved one please sign the list for the appropriate date on the notice board. You may donate the flowers or the money to buy them. Please speak to Val Davies at St Ninian’s or Julie Dennison at Christ Church.

Christ Church Lent Boxes are now available at the back of church. The Bishop’s Lenten Appeal this year is Glasgow City Mission who work with vulnerable and disadvantaged adults and children. Further details of their work can be found on their website


Each year St Ninian’s earmarks a sum of money to be donated to charities – to be divided between them equally. The Vestry invites members of the congregation to suggest suitable charities. If you have a suggestion please write the name of the charity on the sheet entitled SUGGESTED CHARITIES on the Gordon Hall noticeboard. The Vestry will consider the suggestions at their meeting on 26th March. Many thanks. Paul Campbell – Secretary.


Lent Talks

The Sacraments

4th March @ St Ninian’s during 10:15 service and

5th March @ Christ Church after 10:00 service: Baptism + Confirmation led by Edith Thorp + Helen Evans.

Ecumenical Talks: Praying with Paintings + Imagery

4th March Gordon Memorial Hall @ 2pm, Crossmichael Church @ 7pm and

5th March St Peter Dalbeattie @ 11am: Rev Alison Burnside


Please pray for…

Katherine Hatfield (Jenny Wright’s daughter)

Pat Miles

Elizabeth Campbell

Pray also for those who are caring for these people.

The Bishops as they seek God’s will in choosing the next bishop for our diocese

RIP Peter Pointon. Please keep Audrey in your prayers at this time. His funeral will be 3rd March at St. Ninian’s – time to follow.

Dates for your Diary

9th March Dalbeattie Study Group 10:30am @ 4 Screel Drive.

10th March Castle Douglas Bible Study/fellowship group will recommence at 14:30 and will be on most Tuesdays apart from 3rd Tuesday when Mothers’ Union takes place.

10th March Julian Group

22nd March Mothering Sunday Lunch in the Gordon Memorial hall after the 11am Sunday service to which the congregations of both charges are invited. This will consist of 2 courses with tea/coffee to follow. A list for choices and numbers for the caterer will appear soon. Cost £10 per head.


Lent Talks

The Sacraments

11th + 12th March Marriage led by Alan Rumble

18th + 19th March Eucharist led by Helen Evans

25th + 26th March Ordination led by Christopher Ketley

1st + 2nd April Reconciliation led by Sandra Walsh

8th + 9th April Anointing led by Jenny Wright

Ecumenical Talks: Praying with Paintings + Imagery

11th + 12th March Rev Sally Russell

18th + 19th March Rev Christopher Ketley

25th + 26th March Fr William

1st + 2nd April Rev Alison Burnside/Rev Christopher Ketley


To Keep a True Lent: Robert Herrick

Is this a fast, to keep
The larder lean?
And clean
From fat of veals and sheep?

Is it to quit the dish
Of flesh, yet still
To fill
The platter high with fish?

Is it to fast an hour,
Or ragg’d to go,
Or show
A downcast look and sour?

No; ‘tis a fast to dole
Thy sheaf of wheat,
And meat,
Unto the hungry soul.

It is to fast from strife,
From old debate
And hate;
To circumcise thy life.

To show a heart grief-rent;
To starve thy sinNot bin;
And that’s to keep thy Lent.