Greyfriars and St. Mary’s is a linked charge of the Scottish Episcopal Church in the diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, sharing the same Rector. 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.
The Scottish Episcopal Church is a member of the world -wide 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.
From the Rector: LENT
This is the church season between Ash Wednesday 1 March and Easter Day 16 April this year. It represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness fasting and preparing for his Divine mission of dying on the Cross for mankind and His mission to save the world. Traditionally Christian people observed it as a penitential period. Sometimes they went to extremes such as wearing hair shirts next to their skin ! In more recent times people have simply cut down or cut out smoking, drinking, or luxury foods (like chocolate!). Recent years has changed the dynamic from the negative to the positive , and Christians have emphasized doing something for Lent, such as helping a neighbour, community service, or simply taking the opportunity to re-focus on spiritual values instead of being caught up in the consumerism of the present materialistic age. If doing without chocolate helps, Cadburys or Mars will doubtless survive ! SDH.