Category Archives: Dumfries

Event in Dumfries & Galloway: The Environment – A Christian Imperative?

On Wednesday 10th September, 7.30 – 9pm the Rev Trevor Jamison, Environmental Chaplain for Eco-Congregation Scotland, will be speaking on “The Environment: A Christian Imperative”.  This event will be held at Dumfries Northwest Church, Lochside Road, Dumfries DG2 0DZ.

 Trevor will be talking about how care for creation can help churches to become more involved with their community and with the wider world. At a time when all churches are facing huge challenges and pressures with rising costs and shrinking congregations, is environmental concern a luxury we cannot afford? Or might it just be part of the solution?  The meeting will pose the challenge: “Can caring for creation help care for the Church?”

 Trevor will speak for about 40 minutes followed by questions and discussion. The evening will finish by 9.00 pm with a cup of tea.

We are aiming to use this meeting to engage with more congregations in the area. The meeting is open to everyone and could be of particular interest to Ministers, Pastors, Priests, Session Clerks, Vestry Secretaries, laity with responsibilities for Mission and Chairs of Boards. A letter can be downloaded here to publicise the event to any of your contacts who you feel would be interested in attending – please personalise the letter with the name of your contact at the top.

You can also download a poster here which you could print out and display in your church, or use it to include details in your intimations / notices / magazine.

If you are able to come, (and feel free to bring others with you) please RSVP by email to: margaret@ecocongregation.org.uk

A “Feast” of ideas, information, news and views available at this year’s Local Networks Seminar!

The Local Networks Seminar 2014  will take place on Saturday 6th September, 11am – 3.30pm at Dunblane Cathedral Halls.

We hope you agree the programme (menu!) available here sets out an exciting and challenging day. It is, in fact, a “feast” for all those involved with our local networks aimed at providing food for thought for the year ahead!

It is important that as many networks as possible are represented at the Seminar and we have already circulated an invitation to network co-ordinators and key network members. However, we are now opening the invitation out to all network members but, as space is limited, please book early to avoid disappointment!

TO REGISTER FOR THE SEMINAR: please email margaret@ecocongregation.org.uk with your name, network and church by Monday 25th August.

Dunblane Cathedral is about a 5 minute walk from the train station, up the Main Street (see http://www.dunblanecathedral.org.uk/Location.html) . Trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh arrive in Dunblane approx. every 30 minutes and some trains from the North also stop at Dunblane, although it may be necessary to go through to Stirling and change. There are also some intercity buses that stop in Dunblane. If it is necessary for you to come by car, please let us know if you are able to offer a lift.

Bicycle Breakfasts at Dumfries Northwest Church

Bicycle Breakfasts are taking place monthly at Dumfries Northwest Church! For more information see the poster here which you can download and share with your congregation, and read Alison Boyes’ report below:

 

Bicycle Breakfasts at Dumfries Northwest Church

In September last year, I went to a `bike breakfast` outside the Council offices. It had been organized by Cycling Dumfries, a  group which aims to represent the interests of local cyclists, campaigning for safer roads and also organizing rides and social events. It was a dry morning, the coffee and muffins were excellent, lots of happy people chatted about their ride into Dumfries, and talked with representatives from SUSTRANS, the CTC  and Dumfries councillors about what would make it better. Ross, the owner of Kirkpatrick Cycles, was also on hand for advice and repairs.

I casually remarked to Neil Campbell (minister at Dumfries Northwest Church) that it would be wonderful to have a bike breakfast once a month. Be careful what you wish for! Neil thought it would be wonderful as well, and asked me to organize it.

We decided to hold the breakfasts on the last Friday of every month and to call them `Fuel Up Fridays`. They would begin in April and would continue until the clocks change in the autumn, since only the hardiest of cyclists commute in the dark and cold of the winter months (we may review this policy if there is sufficient demand for a year-round event).

I recuited some helpers from Cycling Dumfries, who were keen on the idea, but wanted reassurance that this was a community event, not a `church` event where  cyclists would be preached at.   The breakfasts support the aim of Dumfries Northwest Church, as stated on its website (www,dumfriesnorthwest.org.uk) that:  `We don’t work in the community in order to put our faith into practice. Serving the community is our practice. It is our faith. `

We were able to use the excellent cooking facilities which Dumfries Northwest Church already have in place to cook and serve free hot meals twice a day, six days a week, to anybody who needs them.

For the Bike breakfasts (a completely separate project), we decided to ask for a donation of £3 to cover the costs of heating, electricity and the food for the bike breakfasts, for a suggested donation of  3 pounds. For this, we would offer Fairtrade tea, coffee and bananas, cereal or porridge and a hot egg roll. The breakfasts would be served between 8 and 9am.

We  printed off posters for all the local cycle shops and supermarkets and there was also publicity through cycling groups , Facebook and the Dunscore Church Email Information Service.

We have only held one breakfast so far ,and this was attended by 19 cyclists (including  two children). There was a real buzz of conversation, and a lot of positive feedback. We are now concentrating on increasing our publicity, and look forward to making this an established event within the cycling community of Dumfries and Galloway.

The Dumfries & Galloway network needs your help!

The annual Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair is on Saturday 8 March.  It is a very busy and interesting event (more here: http://www.dgenvironmentfair.btck.co.uk/), well worth a visit and this year we are planning to have an D and G Eco Congregation Network stand.

The plan is to base the stand around the carbon food print game (this involves identifying where in the world food comes from and putting it in order of carbon used in production / transport – some very surprising results).  We will also have information about Eco-Congregation Scotland and it will be an opportunity to inform other church-goers (and non church-goers) what Eco-Congregations are and do.

The event runs from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm so we need some help with manning the stand.  We need to cover from 09:00 am – 4:00 pm (including setting up and clearing up)!  Can you do a “slot”?  If you can help for an hour (or two!) please contact Matthew Aitken (of the Dunscore Eco Congregation) on 01387 820448 or auchenage@gmail.com.  We really do need your support!  Thanks.