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.
We don’t go around the streets of Gatehouse of Fleet and Kirkcudbright wishing each other a Happy Pentecost in the way that we wish each other a Happy Christmas and Happy Easter. Christian churches in the UK are much more shy about God as the Holy Spirit than our fellow Christians elsewhere. In churches in Greece and Cyprus, the worshipping congregation joins the crowds in the streets joyfully greeting one another. Church and community areone. Even in the Netherlands , and the Dutch are similarly conservative, Pentecost, or Pinterfest, lasts two days, and there are often family get-togethers. The first Pentecost came at a highly significant time in the life of the early church. The early followers of Jesus had all gathered together. The initial fears of the fearful knock on the door, and arrest by the Roman authorities or temple police; had subsided. Nevertheless they were in a sorry state; weak depressed, lonely, confused. Jesus had miraculously come back from the deadbut had now with the Ascension had returned to heaven. The scene is set for us in the Acts of the Apostles: When the day of Pentecost had come , they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house. Not only had God manifested Himself in the power, discernment, and comfort of the Holy Spirit. This was also the birth-day of the church; which someone has said has many critics but no rivals!
Following on from this, the bed-rock of the Church’s faith is the belief in the doctrine of the Trinity. God the Father Who loves us, God the Son who died for us, and God the Holy Spirit who enlightens and empowers us. Put another way, the three great festivals of the Church; Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. Three good bases for life itself .
With Covid restrictions relaxing slightly, we are happy to be able to welcome everybody back. Services are now sung, with hymns (the closing hymn being outside the church, weather permitting, and without masks!)
Bishop Kevin has just announced that our Rector Rev Stephen Hazlett has been appointed a Canon of St. Mary’s Cathedral Glasgow, largely to reflect on his extra work with vacant churches in the Galloway Region of the diocese of Glasgow. Congratulations to Stephen - this refelects well on Greyfrairs and St. Mary’s and his “other” churches in Challoch, Stranraer, and Portpatrick and certainly does not mean he is moving to Glasgow but that the Galloway region will now have a stronger voice in the diocese and cathedral.
Many Scottish Episcopal Church congregations are providing weekly online worship. The list is arranged diocese-by-diocese in alphabetical order, and provides the name of each church, a link to the broadcast platform, and the church’s website address. The collated information is not exhaustive and is subject to variation in what is a fluid situation.
The most recent update from the Diocesan Office is available to read/download here.
Also available here are the text of an address given by the Rt Rev Richard Holloway at the closing service for St Mungo’s Alexandria, as mentioned in the Update and a flyer for the SEI Annual Lecture, again as mentioned in the Update.
Aberlour Children’s Charity is supported by our churches, and is this year’s diocesan Lent appeal.
They are calling for the Scottish Government to double the Scottish Child Payment to £20 on a permanent basis. To achieve this would be a massive benefit to many struggling families, given the growing levels of poverty in Scotland.