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communications update 16th september 2023

Updated: 7 days ago

Welcome to your weekly communications email. If you would like something included please send it to Fife@churchofscotland.org.uk by the Thursday of the week you would like it to appear. If you have been forwarded this email and would like to receive it directly please email fife@churchofscotland.org.uk asking to be added to the communication email list



  • MODERATOR'S VISIT TO FIFE

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, is visiting Fife Presbytery this week, from tomorrow Sat 23rd September to Sun 1st October. Here is an article on the Church of Scotland website: Moderator to visit Presbytery of Fife | The Church of Scotland

Please find attached to this email the full timetable of events for the Moderator on her visit, but below I have highlighted the opportunities for you to take part in activities and services with her.



  • Sunday 24th September - The Moderator will be at Markinch Church preaching at 11am. Please note that although everyone is welcome to this, there is no level access to the church so bear that in mind.

  • Sunday 24th September - Join the Moderator at Largo Parish Church to celebrate 400 years, at 6pm

  • Wednesday 27th September - Pilgrim Way Walk - The Moderator will be walking part of the Pilgrim Way beginning at Culross and then having lunch at Cairneyhill - bring your own picnic

  • Wednesday 27th September - Scratch Pilgrim Choir - This is an opportunity to join a scratch choir led by Richard Michael, Professor of Jazz at St Andrew's University, meeting at Abbotshall Parish Church, Kirkcaldy, at 4.30pm to rehearse and then perform at 7pm. Please email Fife@churchofscotland.org.uk if you would like to take part, letting us know what part you sing so we can make sure we have enough music

  • Wednesday 27th September - Evening Service at Abbotshall, Kirkcaldy - beginning at 7pm, and including a performance of the Scratch Pilgrim Choir.

  • Friday 29th September - Guilds Together Service - at 2pm in St Margaret's Church, Glenrothes

  • Sunday 1st October - The Moderator will be at Tulliallan and Kincardine Church to preach the Sunday service.


  • Organist and Singer

  • My name is Jonathan Buchan, I am an Organist/Pianist and Singer with over 30 years experience in leading worship of all types. I am writing to ask if you could circulate my information to the Parishes within the Presbytery as I am, someone , who is , available to play for Funerals, Weddings, Midweek and Evening Services. Although I am based in Glasgow, i am happy travelling across Scotland to play. My contact details are : Jonathan Buchan, jonathanbuchan1975@hotmail.co.uk, 0773 277 3270. My fees range from £60-90 depending on distance and/or involvement.

  • Visit My Mosque (flyer attached)

  • I received the following message and poster from our friends at the Central Mosque in Dunfermline and was hoping that it could be shared with other churches in Presbytery. As we seek to build ties with the other faith communities that we live alongside, it might be a good opportunity for folks to learn more.



  • Largo Church Celebrates 400 years (flyer attached)

  • Largo Church celebrates 400 years, and everyone is invited to help them celebrate with various events. Special invitation to the service on Sun 24th Sept at 6pm when the Moderator will be preaching.


  • Scottish Workplace Chaplaincy Are you interested in connecting your faith with the world of work through workplace chaplaincy? An introduction to workplace chaplaincy will be held at Torbain Church on Saturday 30th September from 10.00 am until 12 pm. This will be followed by five further sessions delivered Saturday mornings before Christmas. You are welcome to come along to the introduction to learn more from the friendly team or sign up for all the sessions. For enquiries or to register contact swhittle@churchofscotland.org.uk


  • Climate Change Conference hosted by Fife Presbytery along with Christian Aid, Faith Impact, The Guild & Eco-Congregation

  • In conjunction with Christian Aid, Eco-Congregation, the Guild and Faith Impact, Fife Presbytery will be hosting an event to look at the effects of climate change on both a global and national scale and discuss what we can do, nationally, locally and even individually to help our planet and our neighbours across the globe that are suffering from the ever-worsening consequences of climate change. All are invited to join us at St. Bryce Kirk in Kirkcaldy on Saturday 28th October, 2023 from 10am until 1:30pm to hear presentations on what others are doing to alleviate their impact, and there will also be the opportunity to join in with various workshops about what more we can each do ourselves to help protect our world. Doors will open at 10am for refreshments prior to event beginning at 10:30am.






  • Scottish Workplace Chaplaincy Are you interested in connecting your faith with the world of work through workplace chaplaincy? An introduction to workplace chaplaincy will be held at Torbain Church on Saturday 30th September from 10.00 am until 12 pm. This will be followed by five further sessions delivered Saturday mornings before Christmas. You are welcome to come along to the introduction to learn more from the friendly team or sign up for all the sessions. For enquiries or to register contact swhittle@churchofscotland.org.uk



  • Weaving Worship (flyer attached)

  • If you are involved with your worship team or would like to be and wish to develop your practical knowledge and skills in a friendly environment, you are welcome to join us. Weaving Worship One is a six-week course, meeting fortnightly (so that you have time to complete homework). We will need a commitment from your congregation that they will support your training and practice, and Presbytery will recognise your successful completion of the course. We start Tuesday 26th September at Cupar, St John's at 7.30 pm (refreshments from 7pm). There is a charge of £30. Please contact swhittle@churchofscotland.org.uk with any questions or to register.

  • Stand Up Comedy Night @ Auchterderran

  • A stand-up comedy night will be held in Auchterderran hall on Saturday the 9th September. For one night only Comedian Stuart Mitchell fringe performer and panellist on BBC Scotland Breaking the news. Charity event in aid of Church AV system. Tickets organised by telephoning manse or via church Facebook page; Auchterderran Kinglassie Parish Church alternatively at Auchterderran Drop in Tuesday 11-1pm.


  • Scratch Pilgrim Choir (flyer attached) Join Richard Michael, Visiting Professor of Jazz at the University of St Andrews to create an ecumenical scratch choir to celebrate the visit of the Moderator of the General Assembly to Fife. Full details, including how to sign up, are on the poster.


  • Largo Celebrates 400 years (flyer attached)

  • Largo Parish Church celebrates 400 years of its existence later this month and into October with a series of events beginning on Sunday 24 September, when the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev’d Sally Foster-Fulton will lead the Evening Service at 6 .00pm. All are welcome, either at this service or at any of the events in the following week.

Cupar Big Weekend (flyer attached)

  • As part of the Cupar Big Weekend (15th to 17th September) - The Big Praise! at the Bandstand in Haugh Park, Cupar is on Sunday 17th September from 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Tickets are free and available from Eventbrite https://bit.ly/Cupar-BigPraise The event will include live music from Celtic Worship. Bring your voices – and your own ‘pew’ to sit and enjoy this unique ‘big praise’ event. Hot and cold beverages will be available on the day.


  • Living Peace Programme with Place for Hope (flyer attached) In October there is the Growing through Change & Conflict course [ online 19th & 26th evening] for Presbyteries. This is open to anyone within the Presbytery who might feel the benefit of attending. More information is available here: https://ascend.churchofscotland.org.uk/events/growing-through-change-and-conflict-course/ And the link for registration link is below. https://forms.gle/3bbfJGzG5nsEfEaK6

  • Faith in Scotland's Constitutional Future - conference in Glasgow, 7th October (2 attachments) "Faith in Scotland's Constitutional Future" is a project of the School of Critical Studies / Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow, led by Professor Heather Walton and the Rev Dr Doug Gay. This is an ecumenical, non-partisan and politically/constitutionally neutral research project exploring how folk in churches relate faith to constitutional questions in Scotland. To launch the project, a conference will be held at Partick Trinity Church, Glasgow, on Saturday 7th October. After presentations from four speakers (two pro-Union and two pro-Independence) the discussion will involve listening respectfully to one another’s positions and arguments. This will aim towards relating this difficult and emotive subject to the common Christian faith of participants. Church members are very welcome to take part in the conference, for which tickets are required (free, but donations welcome). Please find attached (1) a press release and (2) a flyer for church notice boards. Please would you kindly circulate this within your network. The 7th October conference will be followed up by 12 regional consultations around Scotland; I will contact you again regarding times and venues.





  • Fife Doors Open Day - Crail Parish Church

  • Crail Parish Church will be open on Saturday and Sunday 2nd & 3rd September between 2.00pm and 5.00pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the inside of the church and find out more about its history. Tea and Coffee will be available. The organ will be played during the afternoons.

  • Kirkcaldy Hope Parish Church

  • Please note that the former Kirkcaldy: Templehall and Torbain United Church has now changed its name to Kirkcaldy Hope Church. The former Templehall Church building in Beauly Place, Kirkcaldy is now no longer being used as a worship centre. Kirkcaldy Hope Church is located at the former Torbain Church in Carron Place, Kirkcaldy.

  • Weaving Worship (flyer attached)

  • If you are involved with your worship team or would like to be and wish to develop your practical knowledge and skills in a friendly environment, you are welcome to join us. Weaving Worship One is a six-week course, meeting fortnightly (so that you have time to complete homework). We will need a commitment from your congregation that they will support your training and practice, and Presbytery will recognise your successful completion of the course. We start Tuesday 26th September at Cupar, St John's at 7.30 pm (refreshments from 7pm). There is a charge of £30. Please contact swhittle@churchofscotland.org.uk with any questions or to register.


  • Scratch Pilgrim Choir (flyer attached)

Join Richard Michael, Visiting Professor of Jazz at the University of St Andrews to create an ecumenical scratch choir to celebrate the visit of the Moderator of the General Assembly to Fife. Full details, including how to sign up, are on the poster.



  • Visit of Rt Rev Sally Foster-Fulton to Fife (pdf attached) The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the Rt. Rev Sally Foster-Fulton is visiting Fife from Saturday 23 September 2023 to Sunday 1st October. Please find a DRAFT programme attached.

  • Scratch Pilgrim Choir - Wed 27th Sept (Poster attached) Join Richard Michael, former Visiting Professor of Jazz at the University of St Andrews to create an ecumenical scratch choir to celebrate the visit of the Moderator of the General Assembly to Fife. Full details, including how to sign up, are on the poster.

  • 200th Anniversary of Pathhead Church (Poster attached) Pathhead Church in Kirkcaldy celebrates its 200 year anniversary this November and an exciting range of events has been planned starting in September. Please see



  • Book: "Being an Intergenerational Church: Practices to Bring the Generations Back Together" (2 pics attached) Darren Philip and I (Suzi Farrant) wanted to let you know about a new book and some associated events that are designed to help folk in congregations and presbyteries consider what it means to be an intergenerational church and some of the practices that we can initiate to help us get there. This is a key part of the work and strategy of the Intergenerational Church Task Group. We are praying that this will be of benefit to all in the Church of Scotland, particularly through the Presbytery Mission Planning Process as congregations are uniting, working together, seeking to be missional, and move into the future, and at a time when we are perhaps feeling tired, overwhelmed and not sure of the way forward. Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/being-an-intergenerational-church-578349




Ceres, Kemback and Springfield (pdf attached) Ceres Kemback and Springfield Church are looking to appoint a locally funded 14 hour per week youth and children's worker, please find all the details in the attachment.




  • Disability Awareness Sunday:

  • 17th Sep 2023Over 20% of people in the UK are disabled people (Family Resources Survey 2022). Not all disabilities are visible, but disabled people are still underrepresented in UK churches – especially in positions of responsibility. Through the Roof works with churches so everyone’s presence and gifts are valued. Resources available here: https://throughtheroof.org/forchurches/disability-awareness-sunday

  • Intergenerational Worship (pdf attached) My name is Trudi Newton, and I have recently started as Associate Minister, based partly in the Kirkcaldy Cluster. The other part of my role is to encourage and promote Intergenerational Ministry and worship throughout Presbytery. As a starting point, I am keen to find out what intergenerational ministry and worship is already taking place in the Presbytery. (for more information please see the attached). If anyone has any stories or examples of this they can share, I would love to hear from you! (TNewton@churchofscotland.org.uk)



  • Closure of Templehall Building, KirkcaldyThere will be a service on Sunday 27th August 2023 at 6pm in Kirkcaldy: Hope Church (Templehall)) to mark the closure of the Templehall Building. Members of Presbytery who wish to attend will be made very welcome by the congregation.

  • Concert at Dunfermline Abbey on 3rd Sept (flyer attached) Join Frances McCafferty and Matthew Beetschen for an informal lunchtime concert in Dunfermline Abbey at 12 noon on Sunday September 3rd. Teas and coffees will be available from around 11.30, after the morning service. This is a free, ticketless event and will last around 45 minutes. The theme centres round songbirds and has something for everyone. Access is via the north door, opposite Abbot House, and the newly opened ramp allows access for all.


  • Weaving Worship If you are involved with your worship team or would like to be and wish to develop your practical knowledge and skills in a friendly environment, you are welcome to join us. Weaving Worship One is a six-week course, meeting fortnightly (so that you have time to complete homework). We will need a commitment from your congregation that they will support your training and practice, and Presbytery will recognise your successful completion of the course. We start Tuesday 26th September at Cupar, St John's at 7.30 pm (refreshments from 7pm). There is a charge of £30. Please contact swhittle@churchofscotland.org.uk with any questions or to register.

  • Big Praise! As part of the Cuper Big Weekend (Poster attached)As part of the Cupar Big Weekend (15th to 17th September) Big Praise! from the Bandstand at Haugh Park, Cupar is on Sunday 17th September from 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Tickets are free and available from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cupars-big-weekend-the-big-praise-tickets-689196795167?aff=oddtdtcreator

Weaving Worship

  • If you are involved with your worship team or would like to be and wish to develop your practical knowledge and skills in a friendly environment, you are welcome to join us. Weaving Worship One is a six-week course, meeting fortnightly (so that you have time to complete homework). We will need a commitment from your congregation that they will support your training and practice, and Presbytery will recognise your successful completion of the course. We start Tuesday 26th September at Cupar, St John's at 7.30 pm (refreshments from 7pm). There is a charge of £30. Please contact swhittle@churchofscotland.org.uk with any questions or to register.















  • Presbytery Meeting Dates16th September 2023, 18th November 2023, 17th February 2023


  • Big Malawi Ceilidh

  • Many crops in Malawi failed this year because of Cyclone Freddy, St Columba’s in Glenrothes will be holding a Ceilidh on September 2nd from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. We will send the funds raised to our partner church in Chuluchosema and they will distribute food to those most in need in their community. Cutting Edge (https://cuttingedgeceilidh.com/) will be playing and we will provide Stovies and soft drinks. If you want something else to drink, you can bring your own bottle. Tickets £10 – please contact Sandra Elder (sandraelder1969@yahoo.co.uk).




  • Free Young Leadership Award at St Ninians Dunfermline (poster attached)

  • Free young leadership Award, run at St Ninian's Dunfermline on 4 Thursday evenings, 7 - 8.30pm starting 24th August. This is a short course for young people using sports and games to provide a fun way to gain leadership experience. A warm welcome is extended to everyone who would like to try this course and drinks and snacks are provided. Please contact Nicky on 07966 293840 or email shelyn12@sky.com for more information.


Green Home Festival


  • Summer Evening Songs of Praise at Wellesley (attached)

  • Wellesley Parish Church in Methil continues their series of Summer Evening Songs of Praise Services on Sunday 30th July at 6.30pm. We will be in conversation with the Very Rev Dr Iain Greenshields who will be reflecting on his year as Moderator. All welcome, retiral offering for Epilepsy Scotland.



  • St Monans Nearly New Sale (picture attached) St Monans Church is hosting a nearly new sale from 17th July to 28th July, 10-12, 2 - 4, 8-8 and 10-12 and 2-4 on Saturdays.



  • Rite Lines Summer 2023 Newsletter (attached)

  • We hope that our 40th Anniversary edition of Rite Lines (attached) where we recall some key points in our history is of interest and will help you to understand how we have developed. While celebrating the fact that for the past forty years, we have been supporting and lobbying for better care of separated and divorced spouses and partners of the clergy, we are also perhaps lamenting the fact that our organisation is still needed, and indeed our membership is growing, and that there is still work to be done.

  • Kingdom 2000 Schools Worker (attached)Kingdom 2000 are seeking to employ a part-time school worker in North East Fife. Please see the attachment for full details.


  • Church of Scotland Vacancies

  • There are a number of vacancies on the Church of Scotland website at the moment, locally funded posts can be found here: https:// churchofscotland.org.uk/about- us/vacancies-and-volunteering/ locally-funded-posts and Faith Nurture Forum vacancies can be found here: https:// churchofscotland.org.uk/about- us/vacancies-and-volunteering/ ministries-council-posts

  • St Serf's Meet @ The Meedies (Flyer attached) St Serf’s Lochgelly Benarty is holding a ‘Meet at the Meedies’ for Messy Church, Toddlers - and everyone else who wants to join us – at 2pm on 2nd August (please note the flyer has the previous date 12th July, but all other details are the same). A chance to get together to play and chat with some games and activities on offer and a wee picnic. Meet at the grassy area at Lochore Meadows.

  • Please find attached, on behalf of The Health, Safety, Risk and Compliance Manager, the Activated Fire Alarm & UFAS Guidance Document to refer to when making the necessary fire safety arrangements and investigation requirements for the buildings. The new SFRS UFAS regulations take effect from the 31st of June 2023 and will be made available within the fire safety section of the online H&S toolkit. For any other fire safety or local management concerns they should contact the General Trustees Fire Safety officer on 0131 3766343 or email : safebuildings@churchofscotland.org.uk

  • Celebrate God’s Gifts on Disability Awareness Sunday, 17 September 2023 Christian disability inclusion charity ‘Through the Roof’ is offering free resources for Disability Awareness Sunday on the 17th September 2023 (or a day of your choice). All churches are invited to celebrate the unique gifts God gives to each one of us – including disabled people. Follow this link to request a free resource pack: https://throughtheroof.org/forchurches/disability-awareness-sunday/

  • VPC UpdateThe appointment of Rev Alec Shuttleworth as Interim Moderator for Dunfermline: North and the release of Rev Zoltan Safrany, both to take effect from 10th July. Alec’s appointment is for a period of six months. The appointment of Rev Dr Iain Greenshields as Interim Moderator for Howe of Fife with effect from 7th July, which is the date of Rev Bill Hunter’s translation. The appointment of Rev Adriaan van Tonder as Interim Moderator for Kirkcaldy: Bennochy and the release of Allan Grant, both to take effect from 17th July.

  • Assembly Trustees Update The Assembly Trustees Update for June and July is now available here: https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about-us/our-structure/assembly-trustees

  • Church of Scotland Vacancies

  • There are a number of vacancies on the Church of Scotland website at the moment, locally funded posts can be found here: https://churchofscotland.org.uk/about-us/vacancies-and-volunteering/locally-funded-posts and Faith Nurture Forum vacancies can be found here: https://churchofscotland.org.uk/about-us/vacancies-and-volunteering/ministries-council-posts Guild Summer Cream Teas @ Templehall The Guild will be serving cream teas each Friday afternoon in July from 2pm – 3.30pm in the hall at Templehall, Kirkcaldy, cost £3. Everyone is welcome to come along, it can be a good opportunity to meet with family or friends for a chat as well as enjoying the goodies on offer. Hope to see you there - Rosemary Campbell, Guild Convenor.


  • Dunfermline Abbey Gift Shop (Image Attached) The gift shop are holding a pop-up clearance sale from 5th - 10th June 10am - 5pm in the Kingsgate shopping centre.

Ordained Ministers involved with school chaplaincy (info sheet attached) I am a final year BD student and candidate for ministry (FTWS). My dissertation is school chaplaincy and children's rights. The questionnaire has been approved by the College of Arts Ethics Committee of the University of Glasgow and I have attached an information sheet. It should take no more than 5 minutes to complete the survey. Link: https://forms.office.com/e/X31xP4jSk3





  • Fife Law Centre Seeking Board Members Fife Law Centre is currently seeking to recruit Board members with various skills, including financial management, Third Sector organisations and their purposes in Fife, and statutory bodies e.g. local government and health. If anyone is interested here is the link to the application. https://goodmoves.com/vacancy/a4s3z00000OAEGvAAP/board-members-and-trustees

  • Fife Guild Gathering The Fife Guild Gathering is taking place at Linktown Church Kirkcaldy, on Monday 12th June from 11.00am – 3.00pm. Members of the Guild National Leadership Team are taking part, a Gospel Quartet from north-east Fife is coming to sing and the guest speaker is the Very Rev. Dr. John Chalmers. Please bring a packed lunch, teas/coffees will be served from 10.30am before the start of the meeting and again at lunch time. All Guild members from all of Fife are encouraged to come along. Rosemary Campbell (Convener, Kirkcaldy Area Guilds Together) Email: rcampbell11@btinternet.com

  • PastPort Volunteers Sought (Image attached) If you have 2 or 3 hours spare over the summer the PastPort Scheme in Dunfermline would love some help to offer activities to children and families at the four historic sites in the City.



  • Heart for Art (Pdf attached)

At Dunfermline Abbey on the 10th - 16th June. You are cordially invited to visit the Heart for Art exhibition, showcasing the work of our artists from the Abbey Church group. We hope this amazing exhibition will bring joy to everyone who visits!





  • Tayport Larick Centre Social Cafe (Poster attached)

  • As part of our aim to help tackle the loneliness and social isolation of older people in Fife, we run a weekly drop-in café. The café gives people the chance to meet others and chat over a cuppa. Activities vary each week and have included seated exercises, quizzes, tabletop curling, board games, crafting, and entertainment. Invited speakers’ topics have included well-being, crime reduction, and personal safety. It has been well attended but we realise that there will be other people who may benefit from coming along and do not. Our Tayport café also aims to support people with a caring responsibility through respite and access to information. The café is open to anyone over 65, is free of charge, and runs from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at The Larick Centre, Shandwell Road, Tayport. We also welcome enquiries from anyone interested in volunteering with us.


  • Update from St. Monans (Pdf attached)

  • Please see attachment

  • Guild Coffee Evenings continue on Wednesdays at 7:00pm in the Church Hall, Station Road

  • Sunday 28 May – Pentecost – Worship led by Rev Brian Porteous at 10 am in the Church Hall

  • Sunday 4 June - Communion and Dr Elspeth Paterson will tell us about her time (20 years) in Bach Christian Hospital, Pakistan at 10 am in the Church Hall

  • Sunday 11 June – Rev David Clark will take the opportunity to tell us the implications of being a Local Mission Church at 10 am in the Church Hall and Annual Stated Meeting (after worship)


  • Advance notice - Presbytery Happening For all involved in the ministries of the church, there will be an opportunity to meet together for some social time and / or a wee walk on Friday 23rd June from 11am - 2pm in St Fillan's Church, Aberdour. Further details to follow.

  • VPC UpdateIn light of the imminent retirement of Christine Sime, the VPC has agreed to appoint Eileen Miller as Interim Moderator from June 1st.


  • Electric Organ Available (Photo attached)

  • An electric organ is available for free to anyone who can collect from Torbain Church in Kirkcaldy. One photo is attached but more photos and a video of it being played are available by emailing LJones@churchofscotland.org.uk





Finding funding for an accessible church


Disability charity Through the Roof has created a webpage to show churches and ministries where to find funding for building work to improve disabled access. It’s available now on their website and at this link: https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https://bit.ly/ObtainFunding___.YXAzOmNvczphOm86YmE5NTc2ZjJkZmQ1ZGViNzY1YWRhNGRjNTZkNWQxOGQ6Njo5YWZkOjg1YTY2OTkzYWE4MTNlNTcyMDcxYjJmNjFmNDQ0NjhmZjkwZWYwZmRjODE3ZDk4MjBmNTNiOWRmZTI0Y2Y4Yzg6dDpU



Kingdom Singers Concert (Poster attached)




At St Margaret's Dunfermline on Monday 29th May at 7.30pm. Tickets £7


Vacancies in Fife Presbytery


There are a number of vacancies on the Church of Scotland website within Fife.


- Children's Youth and Family Worker at Dunfermline East: Ministries Development Staff Recruitment Pack (churchofscotland.org.uk)


- Transition Minister at St Leonard's: Ministries Development Staff Recruitment Pack (churchofscotland.org.uk)


- Presbytery Pioneer at Kirkcaldy Kingdom Park: Ministries Development Staff Recruitment Pack (churchofscotland.org.uk)


Songs of Praise at the Stables in Falkland (Poster attached)

Sunday 28th May at 2pm



Airlie Cancer Care Group (Poster attached)



Held on a Thursday 1pm - 3pm at Methilhill Parish Church

Assembly Trustees Update

Can be found on the website here: The Assembly Trustees | The Church of Scotland


Assembly Trustees Report to the GA Webinar

As part of the run up to the General Assembly, the Assembly Trustees would like to invite you to join a webinar. We will present an overview of the Assembly Trustees Report and explore the challenges and opportunities facing the Church over the forthcoming months. There will be a Q and A session at the end to which you are invited to submit questions in advance to OATadmin@churchofscotland.org.uk or on the day. If you would be interested in joining, details are as follows: When: 10th May, 17.30-18.30 Where: online - Zoom meeting link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85476786710?pwd=MUgrRy9teHlLOHJwM1VjRGtIT3J3QT09 Meeting ID: 854 7678 6710 Passcode: 762662

Christian Aid Coffee Morning (St Andrews) The St. Andrews churches will be holding a joint Christian Aid Coffee Morning in St. Mark's Church Hall on Saturday 20th May from 10.00 to 11.30. There will be cake and candy and book stalls, and all contributions will be gratefully received.




Christian Aid Book Sale (Cupar) (Poster attached) Cupar St John's & Dairsie are holding a Book Sale, including jigsaws/board games, throughout Christian Aid Week, in the main hall at St John's Church in Cupar. Please see the attached poster for the times each day. We look forward to welcoming you. Teas/coffees will also be available.








Vacancy Procedure Committee (VPC) Update The Business Committee, acting under delegated powers on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee, has appointed Norman Grant and Derek Peters as co-conveners of the Vacancy Procedure Committee for a period of one year. Following Gayle Lennon’s resignation as Interim Moderator, the VPC has appointed David Coulter as Interim Moderator for Tayport and Leuchars Parish Church from Monday 8th May. On behalf of presbytery, the committee thanks Gayle for her service as Interim Moderator. Following David Coulter’s resignation as Interim Moderator, the VPC has appointed John Belford as Interim Moderator for Culross & Torryburn Parish Church from 8th May. On behalf of presbytery, the committee thanks David for his service as Interim Moderator. To avoid any possible conflict of interest arising from Mission Plan implementation discussions, the VPC has appointed David Coulter to take over from Elisabeth Cranfield and May Russell as Interim Moderator for Buckhaven & Wemyss Parish Church from 8th May. On behalf of presbytery, the committee thanks Elisabeth and May very much for their lengthy service as Interim Moderators. Following her training as an Interim Moderator and a period of shadowing, the VPC has appointed Lauren Jones to take over from Alan Kimmitt as Interim Moderator for Dysart St Clair Parish Church from 18th June. On behalf of presbytery, the committee thanks Alan for his service as Interim Moderator.







Christian Aid Coffee Morning and Plant Sale (Crail) (Poster Attached)Crail Church is holding a plant sale and coffee morning on Saturday 20th May at the Kirk Hall for Christian Aid























Hope Chest Half Price Sale (Poster Attached)The Hope Chest at Wellesley is turning one year old. To celebrate everything will be half price from Mon 15th May - Fri 19th May.







Malawi visitor Rev William Tembo, the General Secretary of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia will be attending the General Assembly. He will then be staying in Glenrothes from May 27th to May 30th. If anyone would like to meet William or would like him to visit your church, please contact Alan Kimmitt – alan.kimmitt@churchofscotland.org.uk or 01592 742233.



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  • Volunteer Bookkeeper/Treasurer for Dunfermline Abbey (Job Roll attached) Dunfermline Abbey is seeking a volunteer bookkeeper/treasurer. It would most likely suit someone who is recently retired or even someone in training for accountancy exams. We will also be advertising on the Fife Volunteers network.

  • RSCM Summer Events (Poster attached)



Interim Mission Director Rev Giles Dove Introduction (PDF attached)Our Interim Mission Director Rev Giles Dove has taken up his position within the Presbytery of Fife. Please find attached an introduction.


  • Update from BEK Worker Adrian Minnie (PDF attached

  • )We have a youth group that runs on Friday evenings from 18:00 till 20:00 in the Burntisland Parish Church halls for the last 3 weeks of the month and In the first week of the Kinghorn Parish Church halls in the high street. We focus on the P4 to P7 age group. We have also started a young adults ministry which runs on a Sunday evening from 17:00 until 19:00 this is for anyone in S1 to S6. This is also hosted in the Burntisland Parish Church Halls. Please see the attachment for newsletter.


Brass Band Concert at Leven Church (Poster attached) This is a great event for anyone who enjoys brass band music and the band has kindly agreed to support us in a fundraising event for church funds.


  • Volunteer Bookkeeper/Treasurer for Dunfermline Abbey (Job Roll attached) Dunfermline Abbey are seeking a volunteer bookkeeper/treasurer. It would most likely suit someone who is recently retired or even someone in training for accountancy exams. We will also be advertising on the Fife Volunteers network.

  • RSCM Summer Events (Poster attached)

  • Interim Mission Director Rev Giles Dove Introduction (PDF attached)Our Interim Mission Director Rev Giles Dove has taken up his position within the Presbytery of Fife. Please find attached an introduction.

  • Update from BEK Worker Adrian Minnie (PDF attached)

  • We have a youth group the runs on Friday evenings from 18:00 till 20:00 in the Burntisland Parish Church halls for the last 3 weeks of the month and In the first week of the Kinghorn Parish Church halls in the high street. We focus on the P4 to P7 age group. We have also started a young adults ministry which runs on a Sunday evening from 17:00 until 19:00 this is for anyone in S1 to S6. This is also hosted in the Burntisland Parish Church Halls. Please see attachment for newsletter.

  • An Evening With Alastair McDonald ALASTAIR McDONALD is firmly regarded as one of Scotland's leading musical minstrels. In addition to his TV, Radio and Stage appearances he is a prolific recording artist. Alistair is a devoted Christian and church-goer and being sympathetic to the Church he offers his services to provide, in his own words, "fellowship occasions on Church premises with a view to outreach, social links with neighbouring churches and generally to enjoy a night of family entertainment. No minimum fee is asked for church work, but expenses for keeping the night clear can be discussed." His range of songs, Scottish, comedy, traditional and not least religious and spiritual is outstanding. If anyone in the Presbytery has any interest in having Alastair along to present a concert, please contact in the first instance Rev. Ian Hamilton, St Andrews 01334 477745 (reviwfh@btinternet.com)



  • Queen Anne Singers concert for Christian Aid

  • St Leonards will once again be hosting Dunfermline's very own Queen Anne Singers in a special concert for Christian Aid, conducted by Nancy Crook and, supported by Ivor Klayman and Christopher Livingstone.

  • The concert will take place at 7pm on Monday 15th May in the sanctuary of St Leonards Parish Church, Brucefield Ave, Dunfermline. KY11 4SX. Suggested donation £5 - please just come along and give what you can to this fabulous charity. Refreshments will be served at the interval. Public transport and parking options are in the 'How to get there' attachment. Please forward this email to all who might be interested. If you need more information please email office@slpc.org.uk


  • An Evening With Alastair McDonald ALASTAIR McDONALD is firmly regarded as one of Scotland's leading musical minstrels. In addition to his TV, Radio and Stage appearances he is a prolific recording artist. Alistair is a devoted Christian and church-goer and being sympathetic to the Church he offers his services to provide, in his own words, "fellowship occasions on Church premises with a view to outreach, social links with neighbouring churches and generally to enjoy a night of family entertainment. No minimum fee is asked for church work, but expenses for keeping the night clear can be discussed." His range of songs, Scottish, comedy, traditional and not least religious and spiritual is outstanding. If anyone in the Presbytery has any interest in having Alastair along to present a concert, please contact in the first instance Rev. Ian Hamilton, St Andrews 01334 477745 (reviwfh@btinternet.com)



  • Coronation Afternoon Tea (Poster attached) At St Ninian's Parish Church (Glenrothes) on Saturday 6th May 10.30am - 1.30pm, cost £5


  • Building Work Restriction (Poster attached)Please find attached a document from the Board of Management clarifying the current situation around the restriction on building works.




  • Leuchars St Athernase and Tayport Open Day (Poster attached) On Saturday 20th May 1-4pm. There will be an opportunity to discover the history and architecture of the Grade A-listed St Athernase Church in Leuchars with knowledgeable guides on hand to talk about this lovely and important church. There will also be a plant sale with contributions from many local growers, and tea and cakes!


  • Complimentary Copies of Life and Work (PDF attached)


  • K2 Update for May (PDF attached)

It has been great to be able to go into 5 primary schools to deliver curriculum events over the last few months as well as connecting with the SU groups at two of the high schools. This term a door has opened to go into Canongate

PS to do Bible Alive and also to start a SU group there.

The curriculum work has been made possible through people from the local churches volunteering and giving time to serve in different capacities. I give thanks for those who have faithfully turned out to spend time in the schools and to those who have covered this part of our ministry in prayer. We had volunteers from 7+ churches and it was also amazing to have some students get involved with Easter Code! Please join me in thanking God for the teams, the opportunities to facilitate engagement with the Bible in the schools and for having been able to share something of Jesus with many children.

It is my hope that there will be people from each of the churches in our area seeking to engage with their local schools in many different ways. As well as formal chaplaincies such as doing assemblies and delivering curriculum courses and events, there is a multitude of other ways to serve our school communities: e.g. reading with children, mentoring, helping at school events, baking for staff break times....

Check out the website called Serve Your Local School syls.org.uk for information and ideas. One way is simply to ask your local school how your church can serve the school community. I would love to be able to help churches with this process in NE Fife and explore new ways of engaging with schools as well as continuing with well-established approaches.

Once again. thank-you for joining us in prayer: for our schools and young people and for the work of K2. Regular

prayer walks continue across the area and people have been praying specifically in response to my whatsapp prayer requests each week.

A reminder of possibilitiWhatsApps to join us in prayer:

• Join our whatsapp group to receive a couple of prayer points each week. Click on the link below or let me

know you’d like toWhatsApp join and I will send the link to your mobile.

https://chat.whatsapp.com/G2oWImRa56ZCU8iQWLTW5s


• There will continue to be prayer- as follows:

o Next prayer walk in St Andrews is on the 15th May at 1.30pm – contact Jill for details 07932612533

o Next prayer walk in Cupar is on the 5th June at 3.30pm– contact Jill for details 07932612533

o Contact Jill if you are interested in prayer-walking in the East Neuk or Tayport/Newport area

Our next altogether prayer time will be in Cupar :

Tuesday May 23rd at Cupar Baptist Church (in the hall) 7.30-8.45 pm


79 Bonnygate, Cupar, KY15 4BY


Prayer points for May

• Ask God to send more volunteers for Bible Alive for the sessions in Canongate in the next few weeks

• Thank God for doors continuing to open into schools and for the ongoing curriculum sessions in Canongate school.

• Pray as I go into Falkland PS on Wednesday afternoons to serve the school community there.

• Pray as teams are involved in planning and preparation for Summer holiday clubs in St Andrews and Cupar

• Ask God to show us the next steps for extending our school's work.

• Pray for the SU group in Madras and for one to restart at Waid later in the year. Ask God to help us as we attempt to plan for SU groups in some of the primary schools and for volunteers to run them.

• Ask God for the resources we need so that the ministry can continue and be built up in the next couple of years.


Polite Request for Plastic Stacking ChairsIf any church is getting rid of stacking plastic chairs, St Columba's in Glenrothes would be a grateful recipient. Please email Alan.Kimmitt@churchofscotland.org.uk

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  • Safeguarding Training for Ministers The 2022 General Assembly agreed changes to the training and refresher training requirements for everyone who carries out regulated work in the church. On-line Training for Ministers only (in the first instance) has been arranged and will be delivered by the Presbytery’s Safeguarding Coordinator, Sheila Boyd. The Clerk will send out an email to ministers on Friday 21 April with all the details of dates, times and booking requirements. The first two courses are specifically for Ministers in charges or Ministers in Presbytery appointments and Deacons.

  • The Ark and the Presbytery Plan See Attachment



  • Step Out: In Faith (poster attached) The April meeting of the Christian Youth Fellowship Group for 12-18 year olds, at Cupar St John's and Dairsie United Parish Church Hall, meets on Sunday 30th April from 5 - 7 pm (the last Sunday of every month). It's an opportunity for young people to explore their faith, make friends, and share food together. Open to all young people 12-18 years in Fife and neighbouring presbyteries. If you have any young people in your congregation or parish who'd enjoy this, please encourage them to come along. More info from Gavin Black gblack@churchofscotland.org.uk or Gayle Lennon gaylelennon@outlook.com



  • Grant OpportunitiesA message from David Williams, Grant Manager for COS. See Attachment




  • The Bible Course @ Gillespie Church (2 Attachments)Through an eight-week exploration, The Bible Course shows how all the books, from Genesis to Revelation, the characters and events fit together to form one BIG story. Each session includes video, discussion time, personal reflection and daily readings. Come and discover your place in the BIG story of God and his world, where you will be provided tools and skills to help apply the Bible to everyday life. Whether you’re new to the Bible or want to go deeper, The Bible Course is for you! Contact office@gillespiechurch.org or call 01383 621 253 to book (Course book £5) Starts Tuesday 25th April at 7pm – 8.30pm (runs over 6 x Tuesdays and 2 x Wednesday finishing 13th June)



  • Moderators Visit to Fife Presbytery (info attached)

  • Volunteers are sought to help plan the visit of the Moderator to the Presbytery of Fife in the Autumn. If you are interested – please contact the Presbytery Office as soon as possible – fife@churchofscotland.org.uk



  • Tayside Organists Society (flyer attached) Tayside Organists’ Society are visiting St Andrews on 22nd April at 2 pm for their next event.


  • Assessor Training

  • We still need more people to train as assessors for those undergoing training and discernment for the ministries of the church. This is a role that can be done by any member of Presbytery, or if you know anyone else who may be suitable. Another Assessor Training session will be held on the morning of 21st April. To book a place please contact FCunningham@churchofscotland.org.uk



  • Fife Pilgrim Way event: Sunday 23rd April 6.30pm St Drostan's Markinch: visit of Professor Ian Bradley, author of The Fife Pilgrim Way: In the Footsteps of Monks, Miners and Martyrs. Talk in church 6.30pm, followed by authentic Pilgrim Supper (donation invited) in the church hall 7.30pm. To reserve a place at supper, email Douglas Galbraith, dgalbraith@churchofscotland.org.uk.


  • The Bible Course at Gillespie Church (2 attachments)

  • Through an eight-week exploration, The Bible Course shows how all the books, from Genesis to Revelation, the characters and events fit together to form one BIG story. Each session includes video, discussion time, personal reflection and daily readings. Come and discover your place in the BIG story of God and his world, where you will be provided tools and skills to help apply the Bible to everyday life. Whether you’re new to the Bible or want to go deeper, The Bible Course is for you! Contact office@gillespiechurch.org or call 01383 621 253 to book (Course book £5) Starts Tuesday 25th April at 7pm – 8.30pm (runs over 6 x Tuesdays and 2 x Wednesday finishing 13th June)

  • Pioneer Mission Course The Rev Alan McWilliam is leading a six week course on Pioneer Mission, beginning on Tuesday 18th April (7 - 9pm), based at Cupar: St John's. He will be assisted by Peter Neilson who has worked with Alan on these themes over the past 20 years. The course is based on the experience of the Fresh Expressions movement which has re-energised the Church of England and the Methodist Churches during that time, as well as drawing on the significant work of Forge (Scotland) in training missional pioneers.

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  • Easter Craft Fayre (poster attached) St Serf's church Lochgelly and Benarty are holding a craft fayre on Saturday 1st April from 10am-1pm

  • Walk of Witness (poster & slide attached) Dunfermline Churches are coming together for a Good Friday Walk of Witness again this year on 7th April. Everyone is welcome to join in this short but moving walk up the High Street re-enacting Jesus carrying the cross. This will be followed by a short reflection at St Leonard's Church at 3pm with refreshments afterwards. Meet at the Grassy Area next to no 12 High St Dunfermline


  • Holy Week at St. Kenneth's St. Kenneth's Church, Cupar Rd, Kennoway will be open for private reflection and prayer from Tuesday to Friday of Holy Week between 1pm and 2pm with prayer stations available. There will be a Maundy Thursday Communion at 7pm with the opportunity to visit the prayer stations beforehand from 6pm, as well as after the service, and a Good Friday reflection at 2:30pm, with the prayer stations open from 1pm and afterwards. All welcome.

  • Job Vacancy - Church Secretary (pdf attached) Ceres Kemback and Springfield Church are looking to recruit a part time Church Secretary. The post will support the Minister and the Session Clerk in the administration work required in a varied rural parish which at the present time has three churches. This is a new post and will be subject to review and development in the first year. The post will be based in Springfield Community Church but some home working will also be involved.

  • Crail Church Are holding their Easter Coffee Morning on Saturday 8th April in the Kirk Hall from 10.00 - 12.00pm. You will also have the opportunity to view the Crail Art Group Exhibition which is also being held in the hall.

  • Maggie Lane @ Newport Parish Church

  • On Tuesday 11th April Newport Church will welcome Maggie Lane to share her prophetic message to the church, to call it to rise from weakness and decline to humility and holiness. She urges the church to face the challenges of our world today and to lay down the burdens the church ought not to be carrying. Maggie will also share her personal testimony, which is a remarkable and inspiring story of death, resurrection, heaven, and being commissioned by God to speak to the church. Maggie’s talk will be held in the church hall from 7 pm. There will be a time of worship at the beginning of the evening, and tea and coffee will be available. All will be made most welcome to come and hear a most challenging and uplifting message. Newport on Tay Church of Scotland, 3 Blyth Street, Newport on Tay, DD6 8DB

  • Vacancy Procedure Committee (VPC) Update

Following David Smith’s resignation as Interim Moderator, the VPC has appointed Morag Wilkinson as Interim Moderator for Burntisland Parish Church from 28th March. On behalf of presbytery, the committee thanks David very much for his service as Interim Moderator. In view of Brian Dobby’s retiral on Easter Sunday, the VPC has appointed Marjory McPherson as the Interim Moderator for Rosyth Parish Church from April 11th. If anyone feels that being an Interim Moderator might bring a deep sense of fulfilment to their life, please contact the acting convener, Alan Kimmitt (alan.kimmitt@churchofscotland.org.uk).

Thank you.


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  • Journeying with New Scots – Building community with refugees and asylum seekers: Our one-day gathering takes place on Saturday 25 March from 10am – 3.30pm at St Mark’s Parish Church, Stirling. Working in partnership with Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, churches and New Scots (refugees and asylum seekers) from across Scotland will gather together to strengthen ties as people with a shared passion for creating welcoming communities. For more information or to book: Journeying with New Scots:

  • Step Out: In Faith (poster attached)

  • A Christian Youth Fellowship Group for 12-18 year olds, at Cupar St John's and Dairsie United Parish Church, last Sunday of every month from 5 - 7pm (next session Sunday 26th March). An opportunity for young people to explore their faith, make friends, and share food together. Open to all young people 12-18 years in Fife and neighbouring presbyteries.

  • One of our young people at St John's and Dairsie, Rebekah Lennon, was asked to write a piece for the Youth Column in the March Life & Work, it's available to read online as of today at https://www.lifeandwork.org/features/features/view/688-best-birthday-ever

  • Presbytery Assessor Training Presbytery desperately needs more people to train as Assessors. Two short training sessions are being held on the afternoon of the 29th March and the morning of the 21st April. If this is something you're interested in please email FCUNNINGHAM@churchofscotland.org.uk to get full details of the training sessions. You do not need to be a member of Presbytery to do this, so if this is something you think someone else would be excellent at you can suggest it to them.

  • What's a Man To Do? Is the name of the next session being hosted by the Church of Scotland's Violence Against Women Task Group, Integrity, and is for men only. It is designed to encourage men in the CoS to honestly consider the issue of violence against women, its causes, and the particular forms of sexism which exist in the Church. More information and booking here: "What's a Man To Do?" Men preventing violence against women Tickets, Wed 26 Apr 2023 at 18:30 | Eventbrite


  • A Night at the Musicals (Poster attached)

  • We would like to invite you to share A Night at the Musicals at Beath and Cowdenbeath North Church on Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April at 7.00pm. Come and enjoy an evening of your favourite show stoppers. Tickets are £5 and the proceeds are to be split between the Lochgelly Community Theatre and BCNC. To book a ticket or for further details, please text Callum on 07484 784156


  • Vacancy Procedure Committee Update As agreed at the last presbytery meeting, we are now providing updates from the Vacancy Procedure Committee (VPC) through the weekly news. Since the presbytery meeting, the VPC has made two appointments. Following Bill Imlay saying that he would like to step down as Interim Moderator of Leuchars St Athernase and Tayport, the VPC has appointed Gayle Lennon to be the new Interim Moderator with effect from 2nd April 2023. Following David Scott saying that he would like to step down as Interim Moderator of Boarhills and Dunino linked with St Andrews: Holy Trinity, the VPC has appointed Rev Alistair Symington to be the new Interim Moderator with effect from 10th April 2023. On behalf of presbytery, the committee thanks Bill and David very much for their service as Interim Moderators. We still have at least two imminent requirements for Interim Moderators (particularly in the South of Fife). If you know anyone one we may have overlooked who might be willing to serve as an Interim Moderator, please contact the acting convener, Alan Kimmitt (alan.kimmitt@churchofscotland.org.uk). Thank you.


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  • Schools Roadshow - March 18th

  • An exciting series of Roadshows are taking place across the country with one in Fife on Saturday 18th March 10am – 3.30pm at The Wellesley Centre. This is being run to explore how to embrace the significant opportunity we have to serve our local schools and build supportive relationships with pupils and staff. This is a great opportunity to come and meet others in Fife involved in schools ministry and share ideas and encouragement as well as to be equipped and inspired to become more involved in schools. Register at:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/schools-ministry-roadshows-tickets-517364088917


  • Christian Aid Book SaleAt St Andrew's and St George's West Church in Edinburgh. Various dates and times during May, please see the attachment for details.




  • Pilgrim Way Walk - Craigtoun Country Park to Ceres

  • On Saturday 18th March, led by Rev Duncan Weaver (Pilgrim Pastor). Please email Rosalind Hine (rosalind@handrhine.org.uk) if you plan on attending. Distance: 6.5 miles, around 3 hours of walking.

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Advent Hanger Appeal Thank you to everyone for the hundreds of hangers that have arrived regularly at the Presbytery Office and particularly at the Presbytery meeting on Saturday. We took two very full car loads of Hangers to the Big Hoose Project on Monday. There is another car load at the office to deliver and then if we can hold off sending in more until I have checked with the project that they are still needing them at the moment or until they are needing them again! As ever – give congregations a targeted appeal and they deliver in full every time. The support is very much appreciated by the Project.

Thank you Thank you very much to all the members of congregations and Presbytery who have supported me during my year as Moderator. I was very privileged to be entrusted with the role for the year and I hope I was able to provide the support and guidance that was needed during a challenging time for many. Thank you also for the beautiful wooden cross which was presented to me at the meeting on Saturday. It is beautiful and I will treasure it as a lasting symbol of my time as Moderator. Best wishes to Jim (Reid) from Kinghorn who has now taken over to lead you all on the next stage of the journey. Lorraine (Fraser) MDS Vacancy at Dunfermline East Dunfermline East are looking for a Children's, Youth and Family Worker. Application details are here: Faith Nurture Forum vacancies | The Church of Scotland

General Assembly Youth Reps

Technically the deadline for this was 28th Feb but we have a small amount of flexibility on this so if you have a young person involved in your congregation who is interested please let us know ASAP.

Superintendance Committee At the last Presbytery meeting, we agreed to set up a Superintendance Committee. The Nominating Committee is looking for suggestions. These should be members of Presbytery with pastoral sensitivity, experience of issues that arise in parishes and absolute confidentiality. It would be great to have a wide pool of recommendations. Please contact Mr. John C P Belford, john.belford5@tiscali.co.uk by 15th March, if possible, if you have any suggestions. John C P Belford, Nominating Committee Convener Thy Kingdom Come Global Prayer Initiative (note from the Moderator, Rev Iain Greenshield) Thy Kingdom Come was launched in May 2016 and has since grown into a movement which unites Christians from across different traditions to pray for family and friends, neighbours and colleagues, to come to faith in Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that those who have not heard the Good News of the love of God for each one of us will hear it for themselves and come to a living faith. The Church of Scotland has partnered in Thy Kingdom Come since November 2018, and I would encourage you to consider participating in 2023: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/stories/thy-kingdom-come-2023


Church of Scotland Village at Magnitude (see 2 images attached)

  • Held at Lendrick Muir from Saturday 22nd to Wednesday 26th July (the programme doesn’t finish till 11.30pm on the 26th so people can stay till 9am on Thursday 27th), Magnitude festival is for 11 to 18 year olds


  • Martyns Law the UK Government is introducing legislation in relation to security and counter terrorism for publicly accessible places, which will affect churches and other places of worship. The Home Office is running webinars to provide further information, and you’ll see that there is a webinar focused on places of worship on Thursday 9 March at 11am. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/martyns-law-webinar-for-places-of-worship-tickets-519101836567

  • Free Young Leadership Award being run at St Ninian's Dunfermline - April 2023 (pdf attached) An introduction to leadership involving sports and games as a fun way to gain experience of leading sessions, with drinks and snacks included

  • Presbytery of Lothian and Borders Part Time Community Development Worker – Newbattle Parish Church For a full job description and details on how to apply, please visit churchofscotland.org.uk/about-us/vacancies-and-volunteering/ministries-council-posts Closing date: Thursday, 23rd March 2023, at 12 noon.

  • Wormit Church linked with Balmerino is going to have a really strong music-based service on 5th March 2023. The central part will be a piece on the organ by our wonderful Organist on a Lloyd Webber theme including Joseph. We will have other unusual musical moments too. The urge to be creative stems from the February meeting about pioneering as well as other things. Our service is 9.30am which we know is early but we will be finished in about 45 minutes leaving folk time to get to their own church if they wish.

  • Culture of Innovation Conference Last spring, we started a journey of innovation with workshops by Lorenzo Lebrija. Since then we have created a free resource for all - Culture of Innovation Learning Module Film and created a lively community to discuss innovation - Facebook Group. Now it is time for the next step in developing Cultures of Innovation and the BIG NEWS is that we will be having a conference together on April the 29th As a key part of our Kirk we would like to invite you. Perhaps you can come and share your innovative initiatives and ideas with others. Or pass this invite onto someone you know. It is an ecumenical collaboration with HeartEdge through hub, Greyfriars Kirk, and it is going to be an inspiring, surprising, creative time and I do hope you can join us (it won't be hybrid live but will be filmed for dissemination afterwards.) More information and TICKETS can be found here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/culture-of-innovation-a-heartedge-collaboration-tickets-503390754297

  • Dalgety Parish Church Guild (poster attached) Have an ambassador from BEAT coming out on Wed 15th March at 7.30. All are welcome.

  • Stewarding at the General Assembly (pdf attached) In order to facilitate the smooth running of the General Assembly we have a team of volunteers who act as stewards. The Assembly Business Committee is aware that there is a need to recruit new stewards. Many of the volunteers are members of presbytery since as a member of presbytery they have an interest in the courts of the church, and at this stage I am hoping to recruit more volunteers from among those who are members of presbytery. If others wish to volunteer then such offers will be gratefully received. Consequently I would be obliged if you could contact members of your presbytery with a request that members of presbytery who are willing to volunteer as stewards at the General Assembly should contact the Chief Steward at the Assembly Stewards e-mail address (assemblystewards@churchofscotland.org.uk).

  • Magnitude (see attached) For the first time, the Church of Scotland is hosting a village at Magnitude (a Christian festival for young people in the summer) and we would love for groups from your presbytery to come and join us



  • Step Out (see attached)

  • Step Out: In Faith - A new Christian Youth Fellowship Group for 12-18 year olds, at Cupar St John's and Dairsie United Parish Church, last Sunday of every month from 5 - 7pm (starting Sunday 26th February). An opportunity for young people to explore their faith, make friends, and share food together. Open to all young people 12-18 years in Fife and neighbouring presbyteries. Please see attached poster.

  • Airlie Cancer Care Association (see attached)

  • Our monthly group is re-starting for 2023. This group has come together to support patients and their families who have recently (or in the past) had a diagnosis of Cancer. We have been lucky to receive some funding through Small Sparks Levenmouth as well as donations to enable our group to run and benefit the people of Levenmouth






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Presbytery Lunch TicketIf you are coming along and would like lunch, the cost if £4 and the deadline for booking your ticket is midnight on Tuesday night. Please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-ticket-for-presbytery-meeting-18th-feb-tickets-525584125267 indicating any dietary requirements, and bring £4 cash on the day (exact money preferred)

  • General Assembly Youth Reps (pdf attached)This year we need four youth reps to attend on behalf of Fife Presbytery. If you have a young person (aged between 18 and 25) in your congregation please encourage them to attend. There is no need for them to be a member, elder or youth worker, they just need to be involved with the life and worship of the congregation. Expressions of interest and to request and application form, via fife@churchofscotland.org.uk



  • Fife Presbytery Pioneer Intro Course with Alan McWilliam and Peter Neilson (link below)Registration is now open for our next in-person Pioneer Intro course starting 18th April 2023 from 7-9pm at Cupar: St Johns Parish Church. This course will allow people interested in Church Planting and pioneer mission to grasp the core concepts and possibilities. The course is delivered over 6 Thursday sessions between 18th April - 30th May 7.00-9.00pm. All sessions are required. Topics covered: - What is pioneer mission? - What is required to be involved? - What is possible in my area / parish? - What are the first steps required in making this happen? You can register via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pioneer-intro-tickets-537030591957

  • Tayside Organists' Society (pdf attached) Are hosting the showing of a documentary – Organ Stops – saving the King of Instruments in the Steeple Church in Dundee on Tuesday 28th February at 7.30pm

  • Scottish Faith Action for Refugees As hosting an exciting ecumenical event on Saturday, 25 March. You are invited to join us at a one-day gathering called ‘Journeying with New Scots – Building community with refugees and asylum seekers’ When: Saturday, 25th March 10am - 3.30pm Where: St Mark’s Parish Church in Raploch, Stirling. Churches and refugees & asylum seekers (New Scots) from across Scotland will be gathering to worship together, share experiences, grow in knowledge, and strengthen our ties as people with a shared passion for creating welcoming communities. As places of hope and sanctuary churches are at the heart of building community with New Scots. Whether you have extensive experience of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers, or are just exploring journeying with New Scots, all are welcome. You can sign up for the conference, and see additional details on the Eventbrite page https://journeyingwithnewscots.eventbrite.co.uk

  • Schools Roadshow An exciting series of Roadshows are taking place across the country with one in Fife on Saturday 18th March 10am – 3.30pm at The Wellesley Centre. This is being run to explore how to embrace the significant opportunity we have to serve our local schools and build supportive relationships with pupils and staff . This is a great opportunity to come and meet others in Fife involved in schools ministry and share ideas and encouragement as well as to be equipped and inspired to become more involved in schools. Register at :https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/schools-ministry-roadshows-tickets-517364088917

  • Advent Hangars Collection (details in pdf) Please either deliver to Lochgelly warehouse or drop off at the Presbytery office

  • Step Out: In Faith (poster attached) A new Christian Youth Fellowship Group for 12-18 year olds, at Cupar St John's and Dairsie United Parish Church, last Sunday of every month from 5 - 7pm (starting Sunday 26th February). An opportunity for young people to explore their faith, make friends, and share food together. Open to all young people 12-18 years in Fife and neighbouring presbyteries.


Thanks, Lauren Jones Presbytery Administrator


  • Fife Presbytery Pioneer Intro Course with Alan McWilliam and Peter Neilson (link below)Registration is now open for our next in-person Pioneer Intro course starting 18th April 2023 from 7-9pm at Cupar: St Johns Parish Church. This course will allow people interested in Church Planting and pioneer mission to grasp the core concepts and possibilities. The course is delivered over 6 Thursday sessions between 18th April - 30th May 7.00-9.00pm. All sessions are required. Topics covered: - What is pioneer mission? - What is required to be involved? - What is possible in my area / parish? - What are the first steps required in making this happen? Registeration details to follow

  • General Assembly Youth Reps (pdf attached)This year we need four youth reps to attend on behalf of Fife Presbytery. If you have a young person (aged between 18 and 25) in your congregation please encourage them to attend. There is no need for them to be a member, elder or youth worker, they just need to be involved with the life and worship of the congregation. Expressions of interest and to request and application form, via fife@churchofscotland.org.uk

  • Fit for Funding Training Faith in Community Dundee are pleased to be able to announce new dates for our Fit for Funding workshops: Monday 6th February and Monday 13th February from 7-9pm. These workshops are suitable for people who are new or newer to funding. During these workshops we will cover: • How to communicate your ideas effectively in a funding application • Project Planning checklist – do you have everything you need? • Jargon – what are aims, targets, outputs, outcomes, indicators? • Developing a budget • Where to access funding – information about local and national funders (we will focus on Dundee Funders and national funders) • If you’re successful – what about reports and budgeting? Please note that this is a single course that runs across 2 evenings, to get full value you will want to attend both. You can register via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/516725980317

  • Streaming the Sunday Service (pdf attached) The Church Service Society is sponsoring a Study Day on Friday 24 February at Holy Trinity Church, Stirling. The purpose of the day is to reflect both theologically and in terms of practice on the lockdown experience of the streaming of Sunday worship and where there are plans to continue. Speakers will be the Revd Dr Tom Shields (writing in the current Theology in Scotland) and the Revd Fraser Penny, minister of Dunkeld Cathedral, whose Sunday broadcasts have attracted special mention. The event will run from around 10.15am until 4.00pm. We hope to keep the cost down to £10, payable on the day. Further information in attachment. Those interested please contact DGalbraith@churchofscotland.org.uk.

  • The Soup Bowl @ St Marks (see attachment) The Soup Bowl project provides a warm space, a friendly welcome, and a free soup lunch each Friday between 11.30am and 2pm in St Mark’s Church in St Andrews (across the street from the bus station). Open to all, it is a joint project of the three Church of Scotland congregations in the town: Holy Trinity, St Leonard’s and St Mark’s

  • Airlie Cancer Care (pdf attached) A very informative group with representation from our local Listening Service, Fife Forum, Health & Social Care Partnership—Improving Cancer Journey. We also organize other speakers to come along to offer advice and opportunities. Our group is open to anyone registered with a GP in the Levenmouth area. Why not pop along for a friendly get together, cup of tea/coffee and a light lunch.

Hope you all have an excellent weekend! Thanks, Lauren Jones Presbytery Administrator






  • Warm Space at St Serf's (see attachment)St Serf's church Lochgelly and Benarty is open as a warm welcoming space every Thursday from 10 till 2. All welcome.

  • General Assembly Youth Rep (nominating form attached) (pdf information attached) Further to the previous notice, the nomination form is attached. This year we need four youth reps to attend on behalf of Fife Presbytery. If you have a young person (aged between 18 and 25) in your congregation please encourage them to attend. There is no need for them to be a member, elder or youth worker, they just need to be involved with the life and worship of the congregation. Expressions of interest and to request and application form, via fife@churchofscotland.org.uk

  • Readership Survey You are invited to complete a short survey designed to assist the Ministry Task Group measure the level of understanding about Readership across Presbytery, with opportunity to share ideas for the development of this ministry role. The survey will take approximately 4 minutes to complete. CLOSING DATE: Fri 3rd February. You can access and complete the survey via: https://forms.office.com/e/dztLrUXuLf

  • Christian Aid Scotland Supporter Gathering (online) 2023 – save the date! 28 February (10am-12) Our annual supporter event, The Gathering, will be here before you know it. Have you signed up yet? To make it accessible to everyone it will take place online again. We’re looking forward to hearing from our Christian Aid team in Malawi, who will update us on their work, as well as a member of our Humanitarian team who will share about current emergency responses. It will also be a time to hear and celebrate what supporters in Scotland are doing, and how you can get involved. You might like to organise a “watch party” for your church to enjoy the event together in one place. You can register for the event by going to: www.caid.org.uk/gathering2023

  • Meet Jamal Shehade and Rev Muriel Pearson (flyer attached) The Friends of St Andrew’s Jerusalem & Tiberias invite you to meet Jamal Shehade, Director, House of Grace, Haifa, Israel (a Church of Scotland partner) and Rev Muriel Pearson, Church of Scotland Mission Partner (associated with Presbytery of Fife) in Tiberias. Jamal runs the only half-way house in Israel for released non-Jewish prisoners: the work of House of Grace is guided by the Christian principles of love and forgiveness. All welcome! 10.30am, Saturday 28 January 2023 St Matthew’s Parish Church, Tay Street, Perth, PH1 5LQ

  • Fife Presbytery Pioneer Intro Course with Alan McWilliam and Peter Neilson (link below)Registration is now open for our next in-person Pioneer Intro course starting 18th April 2023 from 7-9pm at Cupar: St Johns Parish Church. This course will allow people interested in Church Planting and pioneer mission to grasp the core concepts and possibilities. The course is delivered over 6 Thursday sessions between 18th April - 30th May 7.00-9.00pm. All sessions are required. Topics covered: - What is pioneer mission? - What is required to be involved? - What is possible in my area / parish? - What are the first steps required in making this happen? Registration details to follow

  • Fit for Funding Training Faith in Community Dundee are pleased to be able to announce new dates for our Fit for Funding workshops: Monday 6th February and Monday 13th February from 7-9pm. These workshops are suitable for people who are new or newer to funding. During these workshops we will cover: • How to communicate your ideas effectively in a funding application • Project Planning checklist – do you have everything you need? • Jargon – what are aims, targets, outputs, outcomes, indicators? • Developing a budget • Where to access funding – information about local and national funders (we will focus on Dundee Funders and national funders) • If you’re successful – what about reports and budgeting? Please note that this is a single course that runs across 2 evenings, to get full value you will want to attend both. You can register via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/516725980317

  • Youth for Christ Leadership ConferenceYouth for Christ are super excited to have Christy Wimber joining for a brand-new leadership day conference, Seize The Day! "Christy is an author, speaker, former head pastor of a Church and has travelled the world for 30 years speaking with a desire to encourage the Church. She has a passion to share about the importance of mental health for leaders and she has spent the last several years speaking into the importance of caring for ourselves for the long haul." For more info and to book your space, click on the link below - https://brushfire.com/yfcuk/seizetheday/542273

  • Recalibrate Cairn Movement and Evangelical Alliance Scotland want to invite you to a day of refreshment and encouragement for church leaders and planters, workplace and ministry leaders. Navigating our new environment is challenging. Cairn & EA want to gather leaders to explore together how we can understand something of how the Lord is recalibrating the Church and Kingdom in this time. In response to this we recognise that the Lord needs to recalibrate us to go deeper with him. And so alongside teaching input we will also have extended times to be refreshed through worship and prayer ministry. Tickets here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/recalibrate-tickets-475110928577

  • Restoration Celebration (see attached) Restoration Fife was established over a decade ago as a Fife-wide recovery community - tackling stigma, reducing inequalities and saving people from drug related deaths. Restoration is a charity which was founded, and continues to be led, by people with lived experience. It is at the heart of everything we do. We aim to reduce social isolation and assist in developing and maintaining people’s recovery. Our activity spaces allow people to connect and integrate, build strong bonds, support each other in managing day to day life issues and rebuild relationships. We have diverse partnerships and, in addition to ADP drug services, we have funding through the Blood Borne Virus & Sexual Health Framework and have formed new links with Welfare Reform and anti-poverty. So please join us for a celebration, hosted by Right Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, Moderator of the Church of Scotland, that will highlight the amazing work we have done so far, our unique model of connecting people across different sectors, communities, faith groups and statutory organisations and for a discussion of where we are headed in the future!

  • Mums Night Out Care for the Family are very pleased to let you know that there is an event, just for Mums, coming to Scotland in March. My name is Gill Lyth and I am a speaker for Care for the Family and the national representative for Scotland. Mums’ Night Out is for all Mums, of any faith or none, acknowledging that it can sometimes be tough, letting them know they are not alone and championing them in the amazing job they are doing! We have had such brilliant feed-back from the last 4 tours, and we are looking forward to being on the road again this year, especially as it is in Scotland! 7.30pm, 16 March at The Vine Conference Centre



  • St Andrews week of prayer for Christian Unity (see attachment)Churches in St Andrews are joining together for a week of prayer for Christian Unity, until 25th Jan. See attachment for events

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – St Andrews Events

This year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity focuses on the promotion of racial justice,

helping us to discern the steps we can take as individuals and communities to heal the

hurts and build a better future for everyone.

All are warmly invited to join together on the following evenings:

Friday 20th Jan 7.30pm - All Saints Church

Saturday 21st Jan 7.30pm - Holy Trinity Church

Monday 23rd Jan 5.30pm - St Andrew's Episcopal Church

Tuesday 24th Jan 5.30pm - St Leonard's Church

Wednesday 25th Jan 5.30pm - St Salvator's Chapel

  • Weaving Worship 2 (see attachment) Weaving Worship 2 kicks off tomorrow but does run for several weeks. This is probably your last chance to sign up for this block.




  • Coffee morning for KART (see attachment)Pathhead Church are hosting a coffee morning to raise funds for KART on Sat 28th Jan 10-12.



  • Job Vacancy 121 are hiring a Presbytery Resource Officer based in Edinburgh, details available here: Central Services | The Church of Scotland

  • Encounter Evening Service at Gillespie Church (see attachment) Gillespie Memorial Church is re-launching the bi-monthly ‘Encounter’ Evening Service starting at 6.30 pm. Each week (on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month) we will consider a question from the ‘New City Catechism’ through round-table discussion and exposition of a Biblical text relevant to that week’s question. Refreshments are available from 6.15pm and throughout the service.

Christian Aid Scotland Supporter Gathering (online) 2023 – save the date! 28 February (10am-12) Our annual supporter event, The Gathering, will be here before you know it. Have you signed up yet? To make it accessible to everyone it will take place online again. We’re looking forward to hearing from our Christian Aid team in Malawi, who will update us on their work, as well as a member of our Humanitarian team who will share about current emergency responses. It will also be a time to hear and celebrate what supporters in Scotland are doing, and how you can get involved. You might like to organise a “watch party” for your church to enjoy the event together in one place. You can register for the event by going to: www.caid.org.uk/gathering2023

  • Holocaust Memorial Day at St Margarets, Glenrothes (see attached) Service on Friday 27th January at 7pm


  • Assembly Trustees December Update The Assembly Trustees | The Church of Scotland

  • Job Vacancy (see attached)Dalkeith and North Quensferry Churches are looking for a Childrens and Family worker

  • St Marks in St Andrews Eco Fair (see attached) On Saturday 4th February 1-4pm

St Andrews Green Week Eco Fair hosted by St Mark’s Parish Church

St Mark’s Parish Church warmly invites everyone to the St Andrews Eco Fair being

held in the church on Saturday 4th February from 1-4pm. The Fair will form part of

the town and University’s Green Week with many local organisations represented

including:

St Andrews Environmental Network (eco products and energy advice)

St Andrews Churches Eco Network (wildflower gardening)

NE Fife Community Hub (pre-loved children’s clothes)

Transition (probably a repair café)

The Active Way (map presentation of consultation results)

Men’s Shed (building bird boxes)

St Leonard’s Church Trade Justice stall

St Mark’s Eco Promise Tree

St Mark’s Vintage Jewellery stall (proceeds to Mwandi Mission Partners)

St Andrews Green Film Society

St Andrews University Environmental Sub-Committee

St Andrews Botanic Garden (tbc)

Come along, bring your friends, enjoy the fair and support these various activities

promoting environmental awareness and action. Wheelchair access, baby change

and disabled toilet available.

Lorna Hutcheon

St Mark’s Parish Church

St Andrews

  • St Leonards Church Warm Space (see attached)Wednesdays 10-noon

  • We Are Hourglass (Welcome to Hourglass Scotland | Hourglass (wearehourglass.scot))Hourglass Scotland are a charity which works to prevent harm to elderly people. Colin Scott is the Community Response Co-ordinator for Scotland and is keen to make links with churches and other groups to work together to prevent elder abuse. He is also keen to come and speak to any guild groups who would be keen to hear more about the charity. He can be contacted on colinscott@wearehourglass.org



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  • Meet Jamal Shehade and Rev Muriel Pearson (flyer attached)The Friends of St Andrew’s Jerusalem & Tiberias invite you to meet Jamal Shehade, Director, House of Grace, Haifa, Israel (a Church of Scotland partner) and Rev Muriel Pearson, Church of Scotland Mission Partner (associated with Presbytery of Fife) in Tiberias. Jamal runs the only half-way house in Israel for released non-Jewish prisoners: the work of House of Grace is guided by the Christian principles of love and forgiveness. All welcome! 10.30am, Saturday 28 January 2023 St Matthew’s Parish Church, Tay Street, Perth, PH1 5LQ