Greyfriars and St. Mary’s is a linked charge of the Scottish Episcopal Church in the diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. The church in Kirkcudbright dates back to Medieval times, and in Gatehouse of Fleet to 1840. We hope you will find in these pages welcome, inspiration and information.
Or, from Russia, Syria, and Birmingham with love -
Church leaders have been complaining for years that Christmas has become far too commercial. Has the same happened to Easter? There is no doubt that chocolate manufacturers do rather well out of it. Although I won’t be too hard on one of the best known brand names. In 1824 John Cadbury, a Quaker Christian in Birmingham, began selling hot chocolate to working people as a cheap alternative to the excesses of alcohol. It quickly became symbolised as something good and wholesome. As long ago as the 5th century Christians in Mesopotamia (now Turkey, Iraq, and Iran) believed the common egg when cracked open celebrated the new life bursting forth from the empty tomb and defeating the darkness of death. The custom soon spread throughout the Orthodox Christian tradition in Syria and Russia, and later to the Christian churches in the West and beyond. So children (or adults!) receiving Easter eggs is actually closer to the gospel than we may have imagined - for many years people simply painted hen’s eggs and children took great delight in the colourful results. This meant that even the poorest families could celebrate Easter in a visual way when children rolled them down hills in municipal parks in even the most deprived urban areas. And long before Cadbury invented “crème eggs”! The humble egg is also a powerful symbol of creation and life itself. No matter how threatening and seemingly unsafe the world has become, Easter is our joyful reminder that LIFE HAS OVERCOME DEATH.
Mike Ashmore, Richard Glass, Barbara Hawkesford and Andy Courtnadge recently represented St Mary’s and Greyfriars at a social gathering of the Churches Trust in Bothwell Parish, near Glasgow, in the presence of HRH Princess Anne to whom they were presented. The Churches Conservation Trust were particularly generous in helping fund our stained-glass windows repairs in Gatehouse.
Following the recent special synods in St. Mary’s Cathedral Glasgow, as no candidate received the clear majority required for a successful appointment, the process continues. The Rector along with our two Lay Representatives continue with the process of discerning the future of episcopal oversight in the diocese of Glasgow & Galloway. We will keep our two churches updated, and pray for the right person to be elected as our next bishop.
The Scottish Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, with 70 million members in 163 countries. It is the third largest Christian church in Scotland, and is in full communion with the Church of England, the Church of Ireland, and the Church in Wales. Our Christian belief is centred on the Holy Scriptures and the Sacraments of baptism and the Holy Communion. We live out these core beliefs through worship, prayer, and Christian living.
Both churches have an active role in our communities, sharing God’s love in ecumenical partnership with other churches. We give of our means and talents to the greater purpose of God’s work and the needs of our fellow humans locally, nationally, and internationally. We are listening churches, not just to those who attend our worship, but to all who find need of us, whether through baptism, marriage, illness or other pastoral needs, and bereavement. The Rector can be contacted at anytime.
Our congregations are enthusiastic, caring, and warm and hope you will be able to share with us as we celebrate our Christian life together.
May the Lord be with you, and may His peace be yours today and always.