Crossmichael, Parton and Balmaghie

Church of Scotland

Presbytery of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright

Scottish Charity Number SCO14901     




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World Day of Prayer

On Friday 1st March we celebrated the World Day of Prayer. This year the ladies of Slovenia put a lovely service together.  It starts in Tonga and wends it way around the world ending 24 hours later back where it started.

It was held in Crossmichael Church Hall. Along with our friends from KPD and Corsock church we were joined by folk from Dalbeattie, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright and local churches.   This is an ecumenical time of worshipping together and friends from St. Ninian's, and the Catholic Church took part.

As in previous years members of participating churches did the readings put together by the ladies of Slovenia.

As part of the Service, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the very Rev. Susan Brown, had written a lovely meditation which the team decided to use as the "sermon” part. The theme was "Come along, the feast is ready".

As usual the service came to a close with the singing of "The day you gave us, Lord has ended".

The buzz in the room during tea indicated the good time fellow Christians had joining in faith and fellowship together.

We look forward to 1st March 2020 when it will be the turn of ladies in Zimbabwe.

Thank you for sharing worship all around the globe. 

Sylvia Livingston 

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  Crossmichael and Parton & Balmaghie Church of Scotland Guild

The Guild Aim The Church of Scotland Guild is a movement within the Church of Scotland 
which invites and encourages both women and men to commit their lives to Jesus Christ, and enables
them to express their faith in worship, prayer and action.


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.
The Guild meets from October to March at 2.00pm. on the second Tuesday of the month. Meetings commence with a prayer, followed by a hymn and bible reading, and each month there is a guest speaker.
Meetings are warm and friendly and afterwards members enjoy chatting over a cup of tea.
There is a joint meeting with Kirpatrick Durham and Corsock Guilds in November and the Kirk Session is invited to the January meeting.
The Guild arranges events to raise funds for the chosen Guild project and selected charities. This year the projects are Journeying Together and The Boys' Brigade
Membership is open to both men and women, so a warm welcome awaits you. If you would like more information please telephone  Sylvia Livingston on 01556




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.

From the Church of Scotland Guild Website



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:

  • Growth in Faith

  • Growth in community partnerships

  • Growth in young people

From the Church of Scotland Guild Website


Report of the Annual General Meeting


Crossmichael, Parton & Balmaghie Church of Scotland Guild

held on12th March 2019 

The meeting began with the hymn “Jesus thou joy of loving hearts”

Then Rev. Sally Russell conducted Holy Communion and read a passage from Micah. It was very moving, and thought provoking

The business meeting followed during which Margaret Wilson, Treasurer, gave us copy of the Statement of Accounts. We finished the year with £26.70 in cash and £369.12 in the Bank.

Heather Bell, Secretary, said that many reports had been printed by the Galloway News, and thanked members for their help in what was her last year as secretary; a duty she had undertaken since 2011.

Sylvia Livingston, Convener, said that she thought we had had a very good year thanks to all the interesting speakers and that special thanks must go to Anne Carstairs for her talk on the Vine Trust.  She also said that she thought the Christmas meal in The Thistle Inn was most enjoyable.  She offered her thanks to Heather Bell, for her secretarial work. Then she thanked Sally for the Communion Service and said how blessed we are in having her support.

Jean Galloway gave the Guild Projects report. The total sum raised nationally for the projects was £86,660.93 allowing donations to be made to the chosen charities, Crossreach, Sailor’s Society, Boy’s Brigade, World Mission, Malawi Fruits and the Free to Live Trust. Each received between £10,000 and £17,000.

The Appointment of Office Bearers

Convenor, Sylvia Livingston who will also carry out some secretarial duties, but she would like a volunteer to take the minutes.

Treasurer, Margaret Wilson

Projects, Jean Galloway


The meeting closed with the singing of the hymn “Holy Spirit Ever Living” followed by a prayer.

Then we all enjoyed a time of fellowship over a cup of tea.

Heather Bell

Retiring Secretary

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Forthcoming Events for the Guild

23rd April  14.00 Meeting to plan the 2019/2020 Syllabus. “Companions on the Road” 



"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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Prayer Shawl Ministry

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.

         Some of the knitters with a display of their work ready to be sent away to

         charities at home and abroad.

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.

Heather Bell 




Soup and sweet lunches are held on the last Tuesday of every month in the
 church hall. A variety of delicious soups and sweets are prepared and served by members
and friends of the Church. Proceeds  go towards the upkeep of the church.




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 sweeties.
See you soon?


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