Services for the coming week

Midweek Services Preacher/Officiant
St Ninian’s Wed 10:15 Eucharist Christopher
Christ Church Thurs 10:00 Eucharist Christopher
St Ninian’s 08:00 Eucharist Christopher
Christ Church 09:30 Eucharist Christopher
St Ninian’s 11:00 Eucharist Christopher

St Ninian’s Traidcraft Sunday: the stall is open Sunday, September 29th in the Hall before and after the 11:00 Service.

Finding the Stairway to Heaven with John Climacus (The Ladder of Divine Ascent) – 3rd Oct at Christ Church after the 10am service – the 3rd in our Autumn talks series – Christopher Ketley.

Food Hygiene Course – Wednesday 9th Oct  9.30 to 4pm at the latest! The Church of Scotland is running a Certificated Food Hygiene Course cost £15. It would be helpful if some people from both churches who are involved with food preparation could attend this course. Please contact Rev Sally Russell to book your place. Tel 01556 503645 or email

Annual Report. Edith requests that reports to be included in the Annual Report for the Christ Church AGM are with her by the end of October. She will take a hard copy or can be e-mailed at

Lay Ministers Formation Day – 12th Oct  at St Ninian’s Castle Douglas. Theme: Resilience in Serving. Guest Speaker: Mrs Linda McEnhill, Director of The Ardgowan Hospice Greenock
Time: 10.45am – 3pm. Tea/Coffee from 10.15 am.
Bring a Packed Lunch. Refreshments supplied.
To register with the Diocesan Office, please ring 0141 2216911 or email

Healing Blankets are available in both churches. If you know of someone suffering illness, grief or loneliness, in need of a
‘comforter’, please take a blanket from the front of church. The recipient will know that they are enfolded in the prayers of the church.

Donations for local Food Banks can be left at the back of
both churches. St Ninian’s supports CD ‘Helping Hands Food Bank’ and Christ Church supports Kirkcudbright Food Bank. Non-perishable foods please, also toiletries.

Flowers and greenery are needed for the Harvest decorations at St Ninian’s. Donations can be left in the church on Friday 4th Oct.

5th Oct Harvest Supper at St Ninian’s 6pm for 6:30. Please sign-up on the sheet at the back of church. There’s space for dietary requirements and also to say if you have any spare produce to contribute.

6th Oct Harvest Services at Christ Church and St Ninian’s.
Our food + toiletry gifts will go to the Food Banks again this year.

What has been your personal harvest this year? Have you been kind to someone you dislike or forgiven someone? Have you found a new friend or welcomed a new member of your family? What do you have to give thanks for? Please come to the service ready to write down your personal harvest.

Please pray for…

Caroline Collins (Mary Collins’s mother-in-law) who is gravely ill, and her husband, Dan Collins Sr.
Rosemary Elliot
Barbara Chadwick
Ron Newton
Katherine Hatfield (Jenny Wright’s daughter) diagnosed with breast cancer.

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 Eric Dowgill who passed away peacefully last weekend. Please pray for Beryl his wife and all the family.

Dates for your Diary
Autumn Talks
10th Oct 7pm at St. Ninian’s in church – An Imaginative Contemplation based on Mary and Martha. Sandra Walsh
14th Oct Dalbeattie Study Group 10:30. Please note the change from the 1st Monday to the 2nd Monday of the month.
15th Oct Castle Douglas MU 12:30 Wigtownshire Women’s Aid
17th Oct at 5.30pm. New King’s building, Room NK10 in the Department of Divinity and Religious Studies at King’s College, Aberdeen AB24 3UB. 2019 Scottish Episcopal Institute Lecture entitled ‘Their Pattern and Their King: The Gospel of Matthew as a Model for Christian Formation’.
27th Oct St Ninian’s AGM
17th Nov Christ Church AGM

Season of Creation 2019 Prayer
Creator of Life,
The Earth is full of Your creatures, and by Your wisdom you made them all.

At Your word, the Earth brought forth plants yielding seed of every kind and trees of every kind bearing fruit, the waters teemed with swarms of living creatures of every kind, and world was filled with every kind of winged bird, walking animal, and creatures that creep upon the ground. Mountains, plains, rocks, and rivers shelter diverse communities, and through the changing seasons Your Spirit renews cycles of life.

During this Season of Creation, open our eyes to see the precious diversity that is all around us.

Enlighten our minds to appreciate the delicate balance maintained by each creature.

Inspire us to conserve the precious habitats that nurture this web of life.

In the name of the One who came to proclaim good news to all creation, Jesus Christ. Amen.