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Posted - 01/02/2013

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Martyn’s Cycle Challenge 2012 [Posted - 18/06/2012]

Between 12.30am on Saturday 28th April and 2.00pm on Saturday 4th May, Martyn, the Pastoral Assistant working with the churches in Annan and Gretna, cycled the 720 miles from Dover to Durness in Sutherland. He was supported by his Son, Peter, who followed with spares and kit, etc, in a support vehicle.

To read Martyn’s account of his week, click here.

720 miles in 7 days…… [Posted - 16/04/2012]

Cycling 720 miles in just seven days is the challenge our Pastoral Assistant Martyn S. Sanders will undertake. In the week following 28th April he’ll be riding from Dover to Cape Wrath in aid of the Church’s mission in Ekwendeni, Malawi. He says, “the Church of Scotland has had a strong friendship with people and churches across Malawi for over 150 years.

It’s not one of those places that hits the headlines yet in terms of Gross National Income it’s the poorest country in Africa with more than half the population living below the poverty line.” Most Malawians rely on subsistence farming, but the country suffers from extremes of drought and heavy rainfalls requiring food supply to be supported by thousands of tonnes of food aid every year.

HIV/AIDS also poses a challenge with many children suffering either directly or because they have become orphaned. “We know that many nurses have been sent home because the government has stopped paying them and this is causing a crisis for the sick in the hospitals. There is also a ten year old Land Rover that requires replacement whilst diesel for vehicles and electricity generators is very expensive and not always available,” said Martyn.

He’s not new to this kind of challenge having literally cycled the length and breadth of the country: from St David’s to Lowestoft and Land’s End to John O’Groats. Martyn added, “whilst many are feeling the financial pinch at home it’s important that we don’t turn our backs on those in need elsewhere.” If you’d like to support Martyn in his challenge he’d gratefully receive your gift. Any cheques should be made payable to the Presbytery of Annandale and Eskdale and sent to: Martyn Sanders, 11 Moat Road, Annan DG12 5DE or you can pop it in an envelope marked “Cycle Challenge” and place it in the offertory plate on Sundays. Sponsor forms are also available in our churches.

The book sale for Glen Lund....... [Posted - 02/02/2012]

The World Mission Committee (WMC) of Annandale & Eskdale Presbytery were moved by an appeal for help from our mission partner, Glen Lund, currently serving overseas in the United Church of Zambia Theological College at Kitwe.

The college had received an inspection report from the university in South Africa which gives accreditation to their degree course and they were advised to update and extend the range of books in the reference section of the library. The WMC consequently decided that it would be most appropriate to hold a sale of books and send the money raised to enable some books to be purchased.

A book sale was held at Lockerbie in November and the excellent sum of £503 was raised. The WMC was, however, left with about 2500 books unsold and a further sale was organised, this time in Annan, and the sum of £951.14 was raised, making a grand total of £1454.14 towards the restocking of the library - not bad for one of the smallest presbyteries in the Church of Scotland, in a rural area, and during a recession!

Alan Dodds (Annan Old)

Further Ministries Team on the BBC....... [Posted - 13/12/2011]

The Further Ministries Team is delighted to share with you that a team from Annandale & Eskdale Presbytery were recently invited to record three programmes for BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘New Every Morning’ worship services. The services will be broadcast at 06:30 on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Sunday 8th January on BBC Radio Scotland, 92 – 94 FM, 810 MW and we would love to encourage you to listen to George Smith (Lochmaben), Catherine Dale (Annan Old), Callum Kingstree and Leah Bonthron (Lochmaben) and Ruth Harvey (FMT) sharing their thoughts. These services can be found at for one week after broadcast.

Week of prayer for christian unity 2012....... [Posted - 17/11/2011]

Change is at the heart of our Christian faith. Saint Paul said that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation, and we are called to live as children in the light.
The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012 comes to us from the churches in Poland, who have reflected upon their own experience as a nation, and in particular how, as a nation, they have been changed and transformed by the many upheavals of their history, and sustained by their faith.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January - the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. However, some areas observe it at Pentecost or some other time. To allow for local decision making, the material has only the year on it and the days are denoted by the numbers one to eight, so you can use it at any time of year. For more details visit the website here or you can download more information here.

Further Ministries Team website goes live....... [Posted - 26/10/2011]

The FMT website is live! Massive thanks go to Euan Stainthorp, who works in the Presbytery office, and Ailie Marks, who used to work for the London Design Festival and is now working in Carlisle, who have put in many hours of work to pull it all together. Now that the website is built, we will continue to add content and downloadable resources, etc, over the next few months.
With our Twitter and Facebook pages and ebulletin now live, too, we hope that we’ll be able to share what’s happening with churches, communities, projects and events with every age group across the Presbytery area and beyond. We would really love to hear what’s happening in your patch and to share it with the wider community - let us know your good news stories at for consideration.