An Appreciation of Living in the Moment





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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.

Anthea Clarke BA (Hons) Psych; MTh


The Moderator Rev. Colin Sinclair will give the 2019 Marion Fraser Lecture.

Scotland’s Churches Trust is delighted that The Moderator is giving the 2019 Marion Fraser Lecture on October 10th, in his own Church at Palmerston Place at 7pm. (10 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AA).

The Trustees of SCT are grateful to Rev Colin Sinclair, a Stirling University economics graduate, for finding the time in his very busy year to present this Lecture, named in honour of Lady Marion Fraser, a Trustee of SCT and great supporter before her sad death on Christmas Day 2016.

Marion, a former Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland was a significant figure across the Scottish voluntary and cultural sector and at the time of her death, she had the distinction of being the only woman from outside the Royal Family appointed to become a member of the Order of the Thistle, Scotland’s highest chivalric order.

The Moderator’s lecture is titled

The place of Church buildings in our emotions

The Lecture is bound to attract a large audience with doors opening at 6.30


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Kirkcudbright Churches Together. Report for Vestry Meeting 19th September 2019


Pentecost Service: This service was very well attended at Greyfriars, standing room only. The Parish Church Choir took part and Graham Finch gave a memorable sermon. Enjoyed by all.

An Ecumenical 24hr Prayer Vigil took part in the Parish Church in connection with Thy Kingdom Come.

The weekly Prayer Service held in Greyfriars on a Thursday at 11am continues.

In the last financial year over £2,300 has been raised for charities by Kirkcudbright Churches Together.

Songs of Praise at the Harbour Square was not as well attended this year, maybe lack of advertising in the Kirkcudbright magazine. The collection went to the Fishermen’s Mission.

Stewartry Food Bank: This continues to support families and single people in the Stewartry. People in the community are very generous with supplying food and donations. The week beginning 26th August 7 food parcels were supplied to families in the area.

Forthcoming events.

3rd October 7pm Ecumenical Climate change meeting to be held in the Parish Church.

6th October Harvest Festival Service in Parish Church. Greyfriars to hold their own service, there will be a lunch afterwards in Parish Church Hall 12.15 for 12.30, all are welcome.

10th-13th October Festival of Light. All churches to be illuminated in the evenings.

3rd November 6pm Bereavement Service to be held in the Parish Church.

Remembrance Day service.

1st December Advent service to be held in Greyfriars.

21st December 3pm Carol singing around the town.

22nd December 6pm Christmas Candlelit service in the Parish Church.

Christmas Day lunch 12.30pm Parish Church Hall.

More details will follow at a later date for some of the events.

Doreen Blackadder

NB From the Rector

NB From the Rector: Eucharistic assistants & chalice assistants are needed:  Also, we always need people to read the lessons and lead the intercessions: If you feel you would like to be involved please contact Rector Revd. Stephen. Training can be given. Thank you, Stephen.


Gift Aid Envelopes: Anthony now has these available please ask him for yours or if you would like to join this scheme do speak to him; this gives us additional funds from your weekly contributions. Anthony Bird This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living: is being held in St. John’s Dumfries from October 2019 to May 2020. One of the organisers and course tutors is Rachel Inglis; details can be obtained from her or one of the leaflets available in Greyfriars. This personal spiritual development is highly recommended.

Vestry Update

The date of the next vestry meeting is Thursday, 19th September, 2019