New church rector installed at Gatehouse and Kirkcudbright

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Both St Mary’s and Greyfriars congregations celebrated the arrival of their new rector Reverend Stephen Hazlett on the 29th September 2016.

There was a joint service which started at Greyfriars at 10am and concluding at 11am at St Mary’s.

The Service was led by The Right Reverend Dr Gregor Duncan assisted by the Reverend Canon Drew Sheridan, the Bishop’s Chaplain.

Laura Durling, Vestry secretary, St. Mary’s and Greyfriars churches, said: “We were blessed with a number of visiting clergy, and Father William McFadden and Rev’d Val Ott were the ecumenical presenters in each of the church services.

“Afterwards there was a joyful celebration lunch at the Community Centre in Gatehouse. We are delighted to welcome Stephen and Hazel to our communities.”

In 1923 the St Mary’s congregation found themselves too small to support a Rector of their own and in 1923 they were linked to Greyfriars Kirkcudbright paying at first £33 towards the stipend of the Rector. It was not until 1963 that Holy Communion came to be celebrated every Sunday.

Since then the congregation has grown steadily. Good ecumenical relations are now maintained with the other local churches. The building is a simple structure, which shows its Presbyterian origins and the somewhat undistinguished windows portray not only biblical characters but, uniquely in the Scottish Episcopal church, Martin Luther and John Knox. The building has a charm of its own.