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.
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.
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‘An Appreciation of Living in the Moment’
Yesterday has gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We only have these moments.
Mindfulness practices help us to cultivate the ability to pay attention in the present moment, whether it is on what we are seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, knowing or feeling. It is about ‘Being’, it is not about ‘Doing’.
Our minds are often preoccupied and sometimes troubled by past events, the future, worries, regrets, judgments and if we try to practice meditation our minds will wander off somewhere. This is not a problem in itself but sometimes we cannot let them go.
Mindfulness practices have been successfully included in medicine, psychology, education, stress management and even in approaches to business leadership. Different brain networks are involved when we bring together novel routines that recognise the unity of our inner and exterior self. This unity helps us to renew our mind.
The processes involved have been invaluable in my work as a Psychologist and Counsellor. It has been beneficial because mindfulness encourages us to celebrate our true selves and helps us to embrace the fullness of life.