Crossmichael, Parton and Balmaghie
Church of Scotland
Presbytery of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright
Scottish Charity Number SCO14901
Crossmichael and Parton & Balmaghie Church of Scotland Guild
Crossmichael and Parton Guild started in 1898 as two separate
guilds. Parton guild met in Parton House and Crossmichael met in
Culgruff. Later Mrs G Stewart of Culgruff provided the old guild
room, and on her death bequeathed it to the minister and Kirk
Session. The two Guilds united in 1989 and now meet in the church
hall in Crossmichael.
JOURNEYING TOGETHER - EMPOWERING TEENAGE MOTHERS IN ZAMBIA
I want to finish my exams; I would like my son to grow up to be a good man." Michelle, 18 with her 10 month old son, Gasper.
In Kanyama, a high density area of Lusaka in Zambia, life can be difficult, particularly if you are a girl. These girls are very vulnerable. Many become pregnant at an early age and drop out of school, making employment hard to come by, continuing the vicious cycle of poverty.
The lack of proper drainage and sanitation in Kanyama means that during the rainy season severe flooding hits the community and the risk, of disease, such as cholera and dysentery, is much higher. Small babies and children are at risk particularly when their mothers are young girls who have little knowledge in parenting skills.
Journeying Together seeks to change this. The project provides mentoring and support for young mothers as they learn about nutrition, sexual and reproductive health and parenting skills. The young mothers are encouraged and supported to complete their education, or to take the option of vocational training. Journeying Together will help teenage mums in Kanyama to build a life of promise for themselves and their children.
THE BOYS' BRIGADE - FAITH IN YOUNG PEOPLE
The Boys' Brigade is a volunteer-led youth organisation, which provides youth work to the Christian church. Founded by Sir William Smith in Glasgow in 1883, we provide a space and place where children and young people can learn, grow and discover.
We are committed to ensuring lives are enriched by helping children and young people reach their full potential by providing opportunities to meet together and engage in a range of fun and developmental activities and experiences.
Today, the Boys' Brigade and the church face the same challenge of being more visible in our outreach and engagement with the wider community. The BB has a unique role to play as a mission partner for the church in Scotland For many churches the BB provides a bridge into communities that they otherwise might find difficult to access, providing opportunities to engage young people and also their families.
Our new partnership with the Guild focuses on growing The Boys' Brigade across Scotland. We think this is particularly fitting to launch this during 2018, Scotland's Year of Young People. Specifically this partnership will focus on three areas:
Report of the November Meeting
of Crossmichael, Parton & Balmaghie Church Guild
Our November meeting was most interesting with Billy Irving leader of the 1st Troqueer Boys’ Brigade in Dumfries, as our speaker.
It commenced with a welcome from convenor, Sylvia Livingston to members, guests from Kirkpatrick Durham Guild and Helen Teenan who had come from Troqueer with Billy.
We sang the Boys’ Brigade hymn, “Will your Anchors Hold”, followed by a Bible reading and prayers.
Billy then told us of the founder of the Boys’ Brigade, William Smith in 1883.
The ethics of the Boys’ Brigade is “The advancement of Christ’s kingdom among boys, and the habit of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self Respect and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness.”
Billy had been brought up in the Boys’ Brigade as his father was committed to it, but Billy had drifted away and much later when he attended a Church with his daughter, he was strangely moved, and committed himself to the work of the Boys’ Brigade. Although he has a busy work-life he still finds time for something he truly believes in.
The children undertake all kinds of activities and attend camps. Billy showed us pictures of them at their activities, and also at the Dumfries Museum where they were involved with an old toys display.
He let us see his father’s bible and at the end of his talk he said the prayer that his father had written and placed in his old bible. It was special, and Billy treasured it and its deeper meaning for him.
Our final hymn was “Lo he comes”.
We then had our obligatory tea break followed by the business meeting.
Heather Bell (Secretary)
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Report of the October Meeting of Crossmichael, Parton & Balmaghie Church Guild
Fifteen members attended the first meeting of the Crossmichael, Parton and Balmaghie Church of Scotland Guild. The speaker was from the Leprosy Mission.
The Meeting started with a hymn “Oh Worship the King” and then a reading from Leviticus Ch. 13. This was followed by a prayer and the speaker who was a friend of a Member was introduced.
We were given an illustrated talk by a representative from the Leprosy Mission who had made a trip to Bangladesh and seen the work of the Leprosy Hospital in the north of the country. Leprosy is an illness like TB, but it is curable. Unfortunately the deformities that it causes before it can be cured cannot be changed. The loss of feeling that this illness brings, means that sufferers can hurt themselves as they have no feeling in the affected area.
The illustrations showed what a different way of life the inhabitants have with a country area mass equal to England and Wales, but with ten times the population.
Help is given to those who are stricken, so with support they should be able to eradicate this condition and in some cases patients, when cured, can return to the work place.
It was an enlightening and interesting talk.
After tea and the business meeting we concluded with a closing hymn and prayer.
Forthcoming Events for the Guild
2.00 p.m. on Friday 23rd November there is an invitation to join the Big Sing in Maxwelltown West Church. The offering will go to the CCAP Synod Of Livingstonia In Malawi.
The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synod of Livingstonia is one of the oldest and biggest churches in Malawi. It has 214 congregations and more than 1,600 prayer houses throughout the Northern region of Malawi. With about 200,000 adult members, the church reaches about 25% of the adult population in the Northern region.
In its ministry, it not only reaches out to communities with spiritual care, but it is also involved in development projects for education, health care, HIV & AIDS, water and sanitation, food security and civic education. In this way the CCAP synod has become an important civil society organisation in Malawi bettering the lives of many.
11th December Christmas Party at the Thistle, Crossmichael
8th January 14.00 Usual Place
12th February 14.00 Building Opportunities with the Vine Trust
12th March 14.00 AGM and Communion
"There is an open invitation to anyone interested in any of the Guild meeting. Please feel free to come and join us .... the Guild is not just for members. We meet on the second Tuesday in the month at 2pm from October to March Speak to any Guild member and they will put you in the picture."
Sylvia Livingston (Convenor)
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Stewartry Church Guilds are joining the worldwide movement of small groups who gather to create shawls for individuals who would benefit from this outreach of love and compassion. Often these are people burdened with illness or sorrow, but the shawls can also be a gift to celebrate a marriage or a new baby.
The purpose is to provide a garment which will allow them to encounter God's love in a tangible way; a feeling of comfort and warmth beyond what the woven threads alone would be able to provide.
........."we celebrate our God who knits us into wholeness, who enables us to car for others, who encircles the world in an eternal shawl of love and compassion."
Susan S Jorgenson
For more information about sharing this ministry please contact Sheila Bishop or Sylvia Livingston.
Our thanks are given to BUCKHAVEN AND WEMYSS PARISH CHURCH for sharing this special ministry with us, and to Deacon Jacqueline Thompson, for putting us on the right track with a view to setting up the shawl ministry.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry hold meetings in Crossmichael Church Hall on the first Thursday of the month.
The aim is to knit shawls with a prayer in our heart for the recipients who may be undergoing illness, and who will get comfort from a shawl made with love in the hearts of those knitting. Two ladies whose late husbands received a Prayer Shawl, still get comfort themselves from the shawl as it is a close reminder of those they loved and cared for. Members also knit for other charities at home and abroad.
The meeting starts with a prayer, and then it is knitting pins to the ready as people of all abilities knit their own interpretation of what pattern they think a shawl should be! The meeting also gives people fellowship and it was heartening to hear one lady, who is over 90, saying she was delighted to get her knitting out again, as she would have been sitting at home all alone.
With tea and biscuits while you knit, participants feel that more people would benefit from the "knitting and natter". Anyone from any background or ability is welcome. Not a knitter then you will be shown how to do it!
See the diary page for the date of our next meeting which will be in Crossmichael Church Hall. Just come along, but if you want more information contact Jean Galloway, or Tel. Sylvia Livingston (01556 503816) on behalf of the Stewartry Guild Council.
Soup and sweet lunches are held on
the last Tuesday of every month in the
Youth Work in Crossmichael is co-ordinated by Netta Adams with the help of Olive Kirkpatrick and
Rev. Sally Russell.
Scripture Union Meetings take place once a fortnight in Crossmichael School from 3-4
p.m. Meetings are well attended, but there is always room for more, so
if you attend the school, or know someone who does, we would love you to
come and join us. We play some games, listen to a bible story and
perhaps do some craft or art work to illustrate it. Then we may do some
singing, and think about the good things in our lives and say a prayer
to thank God for them. We finish with a drink, a biscuit and some
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