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communications update 15th june 2024

Updated: Jun 15


  • Concert

Sunday 16th June: 4 pm - a concert by the Heisenberg String Quartet with music by Schubert, Beethoven & Ellington in Holy Trinity Church, South Street, St Andrews. Admission free with a retiring collection. 


  • Article on Offerings

The Spring edition of Theology in Scotland contains an article on the history and theology of the practice of uplifting an offering in Scottish liturgical tradition.  The National Stewardship Team is aware that many congregations have adapted their practice since the pandemic, and this article aims to provide some background to help ministers and Kirk Sessions explore how best to reimagine the offering in a modern context.  Please feel free to share the article around your networks as you see appropriate: https://ojs.st-andrews.ac.uk/index.php/TIS/article/view/2754/2104


  • Guest Preacher - Guild

The National Guild Secretary, Karen Gillon, will be the guest preacher at Largo Parish Church on Sunday 23 June 2024 (10.30 am), and Largo Guild would like to extend a warm welcome to all Guild members to attend the service


  • Glenrothes Area Futures Group (Info attached)

Invitations have already gone out directly to this first GAFG meeting since the pandemic.  This is a further open invitation.  The topics previously discussed and frequently pursued range from the local parks to the hours of NHS doctors, and from the A92 to the Glenrothes Shopping Centre.  (This has very recently been sold and the GAFG will seek a meeting with the new owners.) The topics of Fife Council's community plan for this area and Fife Council's austerity programme will be introduced by two senior Fife Council officials  -  Chris Miezitis and Norman Laird.  Further information may be had from Ron Page, one of the two acting pro tem secretaries.



  • Refugee Festival Scotland (Info attached)

At Fife: Forthview Dalgety building  from the 16th - 23rd June there will be photos and reflections from Ukrainian refugees on Tues-Fri 10 - 4, Mon, Thu Fri 6pm - 8pm and Saturday 10-12noon. On Sunday 23rd June there will be a Peace Service at 3.30pm followed by a potluck supper.



  • Minute Binding

At the IoR events there was a lot of questions about the requirement to get Kirk Session minutes bound periodically. We now have a contact at a company in Glasgow who are able to do this for us, and if you would like their details please get in touch.


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Workplace Chaplaincy

Do you have a couple of hours a week for ministry and mission? Are you interested in connecting your faith with the world of work through workplace chaplaincy? Meet Fife Presbytery’s current team and hear about exciting opportunities at our Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy, to be held at Hope Church, Kirkcaldy on Monday 10th June 7-9pm. Contact swhittle@churchofscotland.org. uk for more info or to register. 

 

  • Concerts at Abbotshall (see pfd) Abbotshall Church will be the venue for two concerts later this month featuring the Church’s renowned Binns Organ which dates from 1899. Firstly, “Sowne of Organe”, comprising leading organists Chris Bragg (St Andrews University), Andrew Forbes (Glasgow Cathedral) and Steven McIntyre (St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh) will give a concert on Saturday 15th June at 3 pm where they will explore the history of the organ (according to Chris, it is one of the finest of its kind in the country and kept in immaculate condition) and give a recital performing some of the pieces which were played when the organ was installed in 1899.


  • Vacancy Fife Presbytery are seeking a Pastoral Care Coordinator - full details can be found here: Presbytery-of-Fife-Pastoral-Care-Coordinator.pdf (churchofscotland.org.uk)


  • St Mark's Church, St Andrews  Strathkinness Church, whose congregation is now united with that of St Mark's, will be holding its closing service at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 9th June. This service will be the last to be held in the Strathkinness Church building, which was erected in 1864. Rev Dr David Sinclair will conduct worship and the preacher will be Rev Dr Janet Foggie. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. All  welcome.  

  • Plant Sale (poster attached) We will be running our annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning again in aid of the work of our Mission Partners in Zambia, Keith & Ida Waddell. This year it will be on Saturday 15th June from 10 -12. Plants only from 9am. There will be tea, coffee and home baking, tickets £3, pay at the door, at St Marks in St Andrews.



  • How to Apply to Seed for Growth Funding On Wednesday the 19th of June and Monday the 2nd of September, we will be holding a free online webinar to work through the Seeds for Growth application process and forms. The event will take place 1900-2100hrs and we will attempt to work through all four levels of funding application. We hope this will assist you in applying for funding. If you would like to attend this online ZOOM meeting please email grants@churchofscotland.org.uk – please specify the June or September meeting in the subject line of your email.

  •  Dunfermline South & East Cluster Churches (poster attached) Songs of Praise for a summer evening on Sunday 16th June starting at 7pm. Please join us for an evening full of praise to our Lord, with hymns chosen by members of the 4 churches: Dunfermline East, St Leonard's, St Margaret's and St Ninian's - followed by tea and home baking and a blether.



  • Decisions taken under powers The Business Committee has discharged and thanked the Special Commission set up for St Monans following the appointment of Grant McLaughlan and his future report on the wider East Neuk as well as Sarah Wood acting as Congregational Treasurer at St Monans. The Business Committee has also made arrangements to advertise for a new Presbytery Mission Plan Implementation Officer following the resignation of Giles Dove to take up an Assistant Chaplain post at the University of St Andrews.

  • Election Hustings (poster attached) Cupar and District Justice and Peace Group is hosting an election hustings with a justice and peace theme.  The event will take place on Wednesday 19 June at 7 for 7.30pm in the hall at Cupar Old Parish Centre and will be chaired by Rev Jeff Martin.


  

  • Launch of a Jewish-Christian Glossary Webinar (Poster attached) The Church of Scotland is organising a webinar to showcase the Jewish-Christian Glossary, introduced by the Chief Rabbi at the General Assembly in 2023. Hosted by the Council of Christians and Jews, the purpose of this webinar is to present the fruit of this ground-breaking work alongside some of the Church of Scotland’s prominent figures. Rev Fiona Smith, Principal Clerk of the General Assembly, will share her reflections on the key terms in the glossary. Very Rev Susan Brown, former Moderator of the General Assembly, will engage in a conversation with Rabbi David Mason, whose initial dialogues provided much of the content now included in the glossary. Wednesday 19 June 2024 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Details to book here.

  • General Election Info In association with the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office, the Church of Scotland’s Public Life and Social Justice Team are holding two informal information sessions for presbyteries and churches on a range of issues related to the upcoming UK General Elections. We will cover topics including how churches can hold hustings for candidates in their local areas and what steps individuals need to take to make sure they are registered and prepared to vote. We will also hold a question and answer session for people to get the information which is most relevant to them. The sessions will be held on Microsoft Teams on Weds 12th 7.30-8.30pm Join the meeting now Wednesday 12th Meeting ID: 339 204 571 358 Passcode: ozwBHp and Thurs 13th 2-3pm Join the meeting now Thursday 13th Meeting ID: 315 566 808 287 Passcode: FBuFCw


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Support for Kuna Tumaini orphanage, DR Congo (flyer attached)

Between now and Christmas, Mission Together for the West Fife Village Churches is promoting an appeal to support the Kuna Tumaini orphanage in Congo. Kuna Tumaini provides a home for orphaned victims of massacres currently taking place in the country. A presentation by the mission team will be held in Oakley church at 7pm on Sunday 2nd June 2024. All are welcome. Refreshments afterwards.



  • Free concert A recital of music for cello & piano by Grieg and Bridge will be given by Christine Hurley & Nancy Crook at 4 pm on Sunday 2nd June in Holy Trinity Church, South Street, St Andrews. Admission free with a retiring collection.

  • Eric Liddell Appeal (flyer attached) I am emailing to share with you the launch of our Olympic Year Appeal in celebration of the centenary of our Charity namesake, Eric Liddell’s, sporting triumph at the Paris 1924 Olympics. In this special year we are endeavouring to secure the legacy of the iconic Flying Scotsman and the values that he embodied and encourage the next generation to live out these values. I have attached a letter following the launch of our Olympic Year Appeal, sharing in further detail the work that we have been doing and our ambitious plans to secure Eric Liddell’s legacy.






  • Evening Service of Taizé Worship  7pm  St Serf’s Burntisland All welcome -  Taizé worship is meditative, including Scripture, prayer, and silence and music. Taizé music emphasizes simple phrases, usually lines from Psalms or other pieces of scripture, repeated and sometimes sung in canon. For more information about Taizé worship, you can visit the international website for the Taizé community:  https://www.taize.fr/en.  

  • Concert at Markinch (flyer attached) Rosyth Concert Band Concert will play at Markinch Church Hall on the 14th June at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 or £6 concession  



  • External Grant Funding Update (pdf attached) The General Trustees were pleased to welcome representatives from both Historic Environment Scotland and National Churches Trust to the Fringe Lunch on Tuesday 14 May 2024 during General Assembly.  Both organisations outlined their grant programmes and welcomed applications from Church of Scotland congregations.  Further information regarding their programmes can be found using the links below:- Historic Environment Grants Programme | Grants and Funding | HistEnvScot Our grants | National Churches Trust






  • General Election Resources (2 attachments) I’m writing to highlight some new resources and information about how churches can engage with the upcoming UK election, and I would be grateful if you could pass this email on to your congregations and colleagues in your presbytery. The Church of Scotland does not endorse or support individual candidates or parties, but as part of our commitment to the common good many congregations and Christian organisations support participation in democratic activity. This includes encouraging discussion and debate, the sharing of ideas and opinions, building relationships with candidates and elected politicians, voting, and praying for all those involved and affected by political decisions. You may want to watch a short 10 minute debate at the General Assembly last week where these issues were raised.










  • Plant Sale Leuchars St Athernase and Tayport Parish Church are holding a plant sale on Saturday 25th May from 1.00 - 4.00pm at St Athernase Church Leuchars. There will be the opportunity to have a tour of the medieval church building along with refreshments and craft stall as well.


  • Coffee Evenings St. Monans Parish Church Guild are holding Coffee Evenings on Wednesdays at 7pm through May and June in St. Monans Church Hall


  • Brass Band Buckhaven and Methil Miner’s Brass Band Concert, in Leven Parish Church: The Gathering Place on Sunday 26th May at 2pm. £5 including refreshments

  • Spring Craft Fayre Kirkcaldy Hope Church are holding their Spring Craft Fayre on Saturday 25th May, 10 - 12. A range of crafts will be available along with our tombola, cake and candy and Hamper Prize Draw. Tea and coffee served - Adult £3, Children £1.



  • Introductory evening about the Taizé Community at St Serfs, Cromwell Road, Burntisland  Wednesday 22nd 7pm (Leaflet attached) A chance to hear about the Christian community of Taizé, and learn some of the songs.  This ecumenical and international community draws thousands of young people each week during the summer months.  Taizé worship is meditative, including Scripture, prayer, silence and music. For more information visit their website   :  https://www.taize.fr/en. Starting in June there will be a Taizé service at 7pm every first Sunday on the month, hosted by St Serfs.  



  • Beetle Drive The Youth Fellowship Group that runs out of Cupar St John's and Dairsie are hosting a Beetle Drive for all you competitive folk - on Saturday 25th May at 7pm! A fun night, puddings and refreshments - raising funds for Cupar Age Concern and Over Rankeilour Walled Garden! 



  • Checklist when preparing for Adjustments  A Checklist intended as guidance for Kirk Sessions embarking on an Adjustment (Union or Linkage) in accordance with the Fife Presbytery Mission Plan has been updated and is available on request to Giles Dove, Presbytery Mission Plan Implementation Officer GDove@churchofscotland.org.uk  

  • Scottish Workplace Chaplaincy Do you have a couple of hours a week for ministry and mission? Are you interested in connecting your faith with the world of work through workplace chaplaincy? Meet Fife Presbytery’s current team and hear about exciting opportunities at our Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy, to be held at Hope Church, Kirkcaldy on Monday 10th June 7-9pm. Contact swhittle@churchofscotland.org.uk for more info or to register.   





Making Ends Meet @ Dunfermline North

As part of the ongoing work the Church is doing to support our local community we have organised a FREE information seminar in the Church Hall on 27 May 2024 between 2pm and 4pm. The seminar will be delivered by Kingdom Community Bank and is designed to help people “make ends meet” during the current cost of living crisis. PDF attached.



  • Acorn Event There will be a Zoom event on Friday May 17th to talk about the shift towards Mission. Info attached.




  • Coffee morning St Andrews churches are hosting their annual Christian Aid Coffee Morning on Saturday 11th May at 10.00 am. This will be held in St Mark's Church Hall - formerly Hope Park & Martyrs - opposite St Andrews bus station.  Usual stalls.  Admission £3.

  • Quiz Night Kirkcaldy Hope Church are hosting a Church Quiz Night - Friday 17th May 2024 - 7pm.  Hope Church - Large Hall. All proceeds to Christian Aid. A serious quiz but a fun night. Come along to take part in a team or just to watch. Adults £3 (Children £1) including tea/coffee.  All welcome.

  • Yard Sale St Serf's Lochgelly are having a clear our and there are lots of incredible bargains to be had including clothes, books, jewellery, equipment, books, wool, household and many more. Refreshments available. On Saturday 18th May at 10am. Info attached.



  • Fife Presbytery Pilgrimage Walk organised by the Pastoral Support Group. On Thursday 6th June, 11am – 2.30pm. Meet at Falkland church for either a walk up East Lomond Hill or a walk round historic Falkland village, followed by lunch in the church (please bring your own) and a short time of sharing and worship. It would be helpful to have an indication of numbers, so please respond to mkimmitt@churchofscotland.org.uk if you are able to join us.


  • Kirkcaldy Hope Church Spring Craft Fayre A Spring Craft Fayre will be held in Hope Church Hall, Carron Place, Kirkcaldy on Saturday 25th May from 10-12noon. There will be lots of externally run craft stalls selling hand made goods including crochet, scented candles, personalised bracelets (made by a 10yr old), paper craft, personalised keepsakes and resin crafts. Proceeds from some of the stalls are for charities. Church stalls will include Cake & Candy, Hamper, Tombola and Church Crafts. Entry (includes Tea/Coffee and Cake/Biscuits): £3 Adults £1 Children.

  • Baroque Music Abdie and Dunbog church in Lindores Parish, provides an atmospheric setting for the Leonarda Trio's performance of Baroque music as well as Scots tunes, strathspeys and reels.  Tickets £10 online or on the door 7.30pm Sunday 19th May. Information attached.




  • Book and Jigsaw Sale Book and Jigsaw sale for Christian Aid, at Cupar St John's and Dairsie, Bonnygate, Cupar. Mon 13th - Sat 18th May 10am - 2pm. Information attached.



  • Richmond's Hope Film Screening Richmond’s Hope Methil is hosting a free screening of Speaking Grief film on Wednesday 15th May. By sharing experiences of bereavement, illustrates that grief is universal, yet an individual experience. You will also meet the team from Methil and find out more about the support we provide to bereaved to children, young people in the Levenmouth area. Info attached.




Burntisland and Kinghorn Foodbank

For more updates, please follow our new Facebook page and sign up for our newsletter via the website www.bkfoodbank.org.uk Set up of the new local foodbank is progressing, with the transfer from Kirkcaldy expected in July.  Pledges are currently at 50% of monthly costs so more support is still needed - to donate, please email contact@bkfoodbank.org.uk . Pledge sheets can also be found in the Church with the email address on the back.



  • HOLY TRINITY ST ANDREWS TRUST SC051501  CONCERT - 4 pm - Sunday 5th May 2024 - Benjamin Shute - music for solo violin, including pieces by Bach, Brahms and Kreisler and a composition by the soloist himself - "A Fife Pilgrim Triptych". Admission free with a retiring collection.

  • Markinch Church Youth Activities and Family Events (5 attachments) Please find attached the posters for the Church activities at Markinch and Thornton Parish Church. The Summer Kids Club is open to all Primary age children, the Youth Club runs only in school term time and our Teen Lounge runs all year round including school holidays. All our events are family friendly. 




  • Dementia Talk (info attached) On Tuesday 28th May at 7pm, join Professor June Andrews for a talk on dementia, including an opportunity for questions and discussion with resources available. At Cellardyke Church, Toll Road.



  • Generations Working Together (pdf attached) Generations Working Together is the Scottish Centre of Excellence for Intergenerational Practice and will be hosting their next intergenerational Fife Network meeting on Wednesday 22nd May from 1.30pm - 3.30pm in Kirkcaldy. Follow the link to book a place: https://generationsworkingtogether.org/events/fife-intergenerational-network-22052024 Join us for the opportunity to connect with the wider community, be inspired, inspire, be supported, and support others when we shall be considering misconceptions of ageism and stereotypes. For more information contact; Louisa Turner, Intergenerational Development Officer, Louisa@gwt.scot


  • Richmond's Hope Methil (poster attached) Richmond’s Hope Methil is hosting a free screening of Speaking Grief film on Wednesday 15th May. By sharing experiences of bereavement, illustrates that grief is universal, yet an individual experience. You will also meet the team from Methil and find out more about the support we provide to bereaved to children, young people in the Levenmouth area.



  • Christian Aid Coffee Morning at East Neuk Trinity. (Info Attached) On Saturday, 11th May from 10 - 11.30am, the annual Coffee Morning in favour of Christian Aid takes place in Elie Church Hall, Kirk Park Road, Elie. Tea/coffee, baking, raffle and bookstall. Winner of Christian Aid Quiz announced.





  • CLUSTER FACILITATORS WANTED!

Fife Presbytery Mission Plan Implementation Group is seeking willing volunteers to serve as Facilitators to serve a number of the Clusters in Presbytery, including:

  • Central Fife

  • Dunfermline N&W

  • West Fife

  • North Fife

  • Kirkcaldy (excluding Town Centre Churches)

If you are interested in assisting in this way, please contact the Rev'd Giles Dove, Presbytery Mission Plan Implementation Officer - GDove@churchofscotland.org.uk - in the first instance.

  • Weaving Worship (Info attached)

The next Presbytery Weaving Worship course begins Tuesday 30th April 2024 at Dunfermline East Church 7.00 – 9.00 pm. Come if you are involved with your worship team or would like to be and wish to develop your practical knowledge and confidence in a supportive, friendly environment. Your congregation will need to support your training and practice. See flyer for details. Contact swhittle@churchofscotland.org. uk with any questions or to register. 

  • God Welcomes All Launch (Info attached)

Sunday 19 May, 7-9pm, St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh. You are invited to join us at the launch of God Welcomes All, the Church of Scotland’s new hymnary supplement. This new collection features over 200 hymns and songs in a wide range of styles by writers from Scotland and around the world. The majority have been written in the last 20 years and with a focus on hospitality and welcome, the book features contemporary themes such as creation and the climate crisis, lament, healing, pilgrimage, ageing and dementia, migration, and reconciliation. The launch event will feature special guests who have songs included in the collection, and we are forming a choir to help lead singing on the night. Tickets are free but expected to go quickly, so sign up now to be part of the choir, to join the singing from your seat, or simply to enjoy the music. https://forms.office.com/e/nkc3VYd1i3

  • Thy Kingdom Come (Info attached)

The countdown to Thy Kingdom Come 2024 is on, and we in the Scotish Launch Team are looking forward to seeing every church in Scotland  "Light up the country in prayer". It is just 3 weeks to Ascension Day and the start of TKC this year. The culmination of the event is on Pentecost Sunday  which coincides with our own General Assembly.

  • Christian Recovery Scotland (Info attached)

Christian Recovery Scotland has a vision to bring the church in Scotland together to meet the the needs of individuals, families and communities affected by addiction issues, in particular alcohol & drugs. As part of this we hold networking days to bring people together from different churches & from Christian organisations with the purpose of encouraging, equipping & connecting individuals & churches either involved in addiction & recovery or who would like to become involved. Please find attached information about the day which is being held at Granton Baptist Church on Saturday 25th May.

  • St Andrew's Community Choir

Tuesday 30th April 2024 - a concert by St Andrews Community Choir at 7.30 pm in Holy Trinity Church, South Street, St Andrews, including music by Rutter and medleys from Oliver! and Les Miserables. Admission free with a retiring collection.

  • Gillespie Memorial Church and Thy Kingdom Come (Info Attached)

GMC is joining in with Thy Kingdom Come in 2024, with opportunities to come together with sisters and brothers in prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. Feel free to join us and/or share this Good News opportunity to unite in prayer. For further details contact office@gillespiechurch.org


  • Coffee morning at Cairneyhill Parish Church (Info Attached)

On Saturday 4th May – 10am – 12 noon. Tea / coffee and home baking - £3.50 Pre-loved items for sale at the bric-a-brac stall. Cairneyhill Parish Church, Main Street, Cairneyhill.


  • Tartan Tea at Burntisland (Info Attached)

Sat 11th May.  Tartan Tea! Come and join Burntisland Prospects Group for a Tartan Tea (a coffee morning with a Scottish flavour) on Saturday 11th May from 10-12 in Burntisland Church Hall. It's a fundraiser for our charity, Prospects Across Scotland (PAS), who work to encourage, inspire and resource churches to welcome people with learning disabilities and autism and tell them about Jesus. We hope to show a short video about the work of Prospects Across Scotland and have some dancers from Andrea McDonald's School of Highland Dancing, as well as tea, coffee and Scottish fare.  Please come along and support us. Tickets are £3 on the door.




  • Interntional Organ Day (Poster attached) To celebrate International Organ Day, Bennochy Parish Church in Kirkcaldy are hosting an afternoon of celebration promoting our Organ and Music. See attached our poster which gives information about the event.



  • Weaving Worship (Leaflet attached) The next Presbytery Weaving Worship course begins Tuesday 30th April 2024 at Dunfermline East Church 7.00 – 9.00 pm. Come if you are involved with your worship team or would like to be and wish to develop your practical knowledge and confidence in a supportive, friendly environment. Your congregation will need to support your training and practice. See flyer for details. Contact swhittle@churchofscotland.org.uk with any questions or to register. 



  • Table Top Sale at Tulliallan and Kincardine Church (Poster attached) On Saturday 20th April 10 - 12. Held in the church halls, entry is £1, which includes cuppa and a biscuit.



  • Spring Craft Fayre (Poster attached) On Saturday 27th April 10 - 1, entry is £3 and includes refreshments, at St Serf's Church, Lochgelly.



  • SAT 27th Apr 7.30pm - JAZZ IN THE VILLAGE at LIMEKILNS CHURCH (Poster attached) Ian Millar (saxophone) and Dominic Spencer (piano) will be playing accessible, melodic jazz and tell amusing stories about some our touring experiences from the places they have played and visited.  Get your tickets from Limekilns Church (Tues – Fri 10am to 12.30pm), phone 01383 873337, office@limekilnschurch.org or church Facebook. Accompanied under 16’s free and BYOB.

  • Airlie Cancer Care Association Group The group meets each month between 1-3pm* in the Church Hall at Methihill Parish Church, Chemiss Road Methilhill, KY8 2BS. It is a very informative group with representation from our local Listening Service, Fife Forum, Health and Social Care Partnership-Improving Cancer Journey. Guest speakers offer advice and this group is open to anyone registered with a GP in the Levenmouth area.  Tea/Coffee and a light lunch is provided.  Meeting dates are 18th April, 16th May and 20th June 2024. If you would like to learn more about this group please contact Mrs Tracy Simpson Practice Manager Airlie Medical Practice 01333-426083 or Mrs Jacqueline Thomson DCS Community Chaplain NHS  Listening Service 07806776560 



  • Kirkcaldy Hope Church Guild - Springtime Teas (Poster attached) Friday 19th April at 7pm: The Hope Church Guild Springtime Teas will be held in the large hall. The Gospel Quartet from East Fife will perform songs, tell stories and give recitations. Tickets £4, or pay at door. Teas/coffees and cakes will be served.

  • Standing Strong Glasgow will be at Findlay Church, Clarendon Place, Glasgow on Saturday 11th May. Doors open at 9.30am for tea and coffee, with the event kicking off at 10am and concluding at 3pm. You can register and order lunch through this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/standing-strong-scotland-tickets-837273326057?aff=SRGL


  • Holy Trinity St Andrews Trust On Sunday the University of St Andrews Music Society Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Iain McLarty, will give a concert at 5 pm in Holy Trinity Church,  South Street, St Andrews. The programme will include music by Respighi, Tchaikovsky and Ibert's flute concerto performed by Camille Ryder. Tickets at £10 available at the door.

  • Weaving Worship (flyer attached) The next Presbytery Weaving Worship course begins Tuesday 30th April 2024 at Dunfermline East Church 7.00 – 9.00 pm. Come if you are involved with your worship team or would like to be and wish to develop your practical knowledge and confidence in a supportive, friendly environment. Your congregation will need to support your training and practice. See flyer for details. Contact swhittle@churchofscotland.org.uk with any questions or to register.

  • Scottish Workplace Chaplaincy (flyer attached) Do you have a couple of hours a week for ministry and mission? Are you interested in connecting your faith with the world of work through workplace chaplaincy? You will be able to meet Fife Presbytery’s current team and hear about the exciting opportunities at our Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy morning, to be held at Hope Church, Kirkcaldy on Saturday 13th April from 10.00 – 12.00 pm. If you are interested in taking things further, we will train you through follow-up sessions. All are welcome to come along to the introduction to discover more from the friendly team or sign up for any/all the sessions. Details of sessions and timing are on the flyer. 

  • Cluster Facilitators - Fife Presbytery Mission Plan Implementation Group is seeking new Facilitators for some of the Clusters in the Presbytery.  If you are interested in volunteering to serve in this way, please contact the Rev'd Giles Dove, PMP Implementation Officer in the first instance - GDove@churchofscotland.org.uk

  • GOOD NEWS: Trade Justice Stall (see attached picture) Cameron and St Andrews: St Leonard’s hold a trade justice stall each week after worship. The stall is run by Pauline Borthwick and Mary Popple, and sells goods from Fair Trade organisation True Origin (of which Mary is the Chair). The stall is well patronised by the congregation, resulting in a profit last year of over £260. After discussion, it was decided to use the profit to support people living in food poverty nationally and locally. Half was returned to True Origin to buy goods to donate to FareShare, the UK’s national network of charitable food distributors. With the other half, items requested by Storehouse St Andrews (a local food bank which the congregation support) were bought from the stall. The photograph shows Peter Robinson (a member of the congregation and a Storehouse volunteer), Mary Popple and Pauline Borthwick with the items for Storehouse.




  • Christian Aid Book Sale St Andrew's and St George's West have gone in to a further Union and is now Edinburgh: The New Town Church of Scotland. As a result the annual book sale in May will not take place this year, dates are set for 19-21 September instead. They hope to have the larger sale in May 2025.

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  • VPC Appointment The appointment of Eileen Miller to be Interim Moderator for Glenrothes: St Ninian’s with effect from 1st April 2024 following the retirement of David Smith.

  • Transitions and Endings As the implementation of the Presbytery Mission Plan proceeds, there will be endings and points of transition for many congregations and it is important that these are marked appropriately and with sensitivity. Any ministers, interim moderators or congregations who have developed liturgical or other resources are encouraged to send these to the Presbytery office. Any ministers, interim moderators or congregations who are approaching an ending or time of transition are encouraged to contact the office, so that they can draw on the experiences and best practice of others.

  • Concert Forthcoming Concerts - on Saturday 30th March the St Andrews University Music Society Big Band (Big Busta) and Concert Band will give a concert of jazz standards and film music at 7.30 pm in Holy Trinity, South Street. Tickets are available at the door. On Wednesday 3rd April the St Andrews & Fife Community Orchestra will give its Spring Concert in Holy Trinity at 7 pm. Also taking part will be the St Andrews Community Choir. Admission is free with a retiring collection. All welcome.

  • Fundraising Workshop The Priority Areas (PA) team, along with Seeds for Growth, have arranged fundraising training with our partners Faith in Community Scotland (FiCS). This is ideal for congregations looking to access grant funding for their project ideas. The training will cover all the basics from project conception and approaching potential funders through to reporting on how funding has been spent. There will be input from The Church of Scotland’s Seeds for Growth staff. When: Wednesday 24th April  Time: 9am for coffee and pastries to 4pm Where: Milton Room, Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JP. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. We have a limited number of spaces, which will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Please sign-up now to avoid disappointment. We recommend that interested congregations send two or three people as a project team to get the most from the day. Sign-up now, use the form here: https://forms.office.com/e/686V6E7Tyx


  • Charity Quiz Night, In Aid of RNLI, Pathhead Parish Church (poster attached) As part of its bicentenary celebration you are warmly invited to a Charity Quiz Night, In Aid of RNLI, Pathhead Parish Church, Harriet Street Kirkcaldy, KY1 2AG.  Please join us on Friday 19th April 7pm.  £10 per team of 4 people.  Please e-mail  pathheadchurch@btconnect.com to register your team. Refreshments and a prize for the winning team are included!

  • Children Youth and Family Worker Dunfermline East Church are currently looking for someone enthusiastic to take on the exciting role of "Children, Youth and Families Worker" in the church.  Closing date for applications is Tuesday 2nd April.  Follow the link for more details https://dunfermlineeastchurch. org.uk/wp-content/uploads/ 2024/03/4513-HR-MDS-Children- Youth-and-Family-Worker- RECRUITMENT-PACK-1.pdf


  • Organist sought StFillan's Aberdour is looking for an organist, or a small number of organists to work on a rota basis. If you would like more information please contact Bill Henderson: billhenderson2306@hotmail.co.uk

  • International Organ Day (Poster attached) To celebrate International Organ Day, Bennochy Parish Church in Kirkcaldy are hosting an afternoon of celebration promoting our Organ and Music. See attached our poster which gives information about the event.



  • Holy Trinity St Andrews Trust Saturday 23rd March 2024 - 7.30 pm - St Andrews Chorus perform Bach's Magnificat and Vivaldi's Gloria in Holy Trinity Church, South Streer, St Andrews. Tickets £15 at the door.

  • Auchterderran Kinglassie Guild Spring Fayre Sat 23 Mar 12-2 in Auchterderran church hall cake and candy tombola and more. Free admission - all welcome!

  • Easter Coffee Morning Crail Parish Church are holding their Easter Coffee morning on Saturday 30th March in the Kirk Hall between 10.00am and noon. There will be the usual stalls. There will also be an opportunity to view Crail Art Club Easter Exhibition.

  • Scottish Workplace Chaplaincy (flyer attached) Do you have a couple of hours a week for ministry and mission? Are you interested in connecting your faith with the world of work through workplace chaplaincy? You will be able to meet Fife Presbytery’s current team and hear about the exciting opportunities at our Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy morning, to be held at Hope Church, Kirkcaldy on Saturday 13th April from 10.00 – 12.00 pm. If you are interested in taking things further, we will train you through follow-up sessions. All are welcome to come along to the introduction to discover more from the friendly team or sign up for any/all the sessions. Details of sessions and timing are on the flyer.



  • Weaving Worship (Flyer attached) The next Presbytery Weaving Worship course begins Tuesday 30th April 2024 at Dunfermline East Church 7.00 – 9.00 pm. Come if you are involved with your worship team or would like to be and wish to develop your practical knowledge and confidence in a supportive, friendly environment. Your congregation will need to support your training and practice. See flyer for details. Contact swhittle@churchofscotland.org.uk with any questions or to register. 


  • Auchterderran Kinglassie Guild Beetle Drive  Mon 26 Feb 7pm to 9pm in Auchterderran hall entry 3 pounds - includes beetle game, prizes and refreshments. All welcome


  • World Day of Prayer Events - see attached






  • Silent Disco at Glenrothes St Margarets (poster attached) As part of St Margaret’s Church, Glenrothes 70th anniversary celebrations, we are having a Silent Disco on Friday 1st March from 7.30pm in Warout Stadium on Warout Road Glenrothes. Over 18s only. Tickets cost £15, which includes a buffet, and are on sale now – please contact Moira at mvc79120@gmail.com if you would like to come, it will be great fun! See attached poster for information.

  • Conversations in Discipleship Glenrothes St Columba's. Tuesday 27th February from 7.30-9pm When we hear the word disciple we might instantly imagine the first disciples, but what does discipleship mean for us today? The Conversations in Discipleship Session is a one-off session of 90 minutes which allows time and space to explore our own discipleship stories in small groups. The session will include an opening and closing time of prayer as well as six conversation topics. Our hope is that you will be encouraged by the conversations you have and consider investigating more about discipleship. All welcome. See flyer for details.


  • Presbytery Live Stream https://youtube.com/live/2pXnzr63WFk The livestream for the Presbytery meeting will be available at this link. Please note that the conference session is being held in the church building so will not be livestreamed - the stream will begin when the business begins at 12.45


  • Conversations In Discipleship (flyer attached)

Glenrothes St Columba's. Tuesday 27th February from 7.30-9pm

When we hear the word disciple we might instantly imagine the first disciples, but what does discipleship mean for us today? The Conversations in Discipleship Session is a one-off session of 90 minutes which allows time and space to explore our own discipleship stories in small groups. The session will include an opening and closing time of prayer as well as six conversation topics. Our hope is that you will be encouraged by the conversations you have and consider investigating more about discipleship. All welcome.






  • Concert at Holy Trinity Church

Wednesday 21st February: 1930 - concert in Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews by the Scottish     Chamber Orchestra - music by Stravinsky, Lindberg and Shostakovich - tickets from the Byre website or at the door. Friday 23rd February: 1930 - concert in Holy Trinity Church by the University of St Andrews Madrigal Group - tickets at the door.


  • Alastair McDonald concert, Pathhead Parish Church, Harriet Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 2AG: Thursday 21st March at 7pm.   As part of its bicentenary celebrations, Pathhead Parish Church will be welcoming well-known musician Alastair McDonald.  Alastair has performed in Scotland and beyond as a full-time entertaining troubadour since 1972. His repertoire encompasses folk, Scottish and jazz – the complete allrounder.  Many remember Alastair co-presenting BBC’s Songs of Scotland in the 1970s, and he has remained a popular performer ever since. Come and enjoy an evening filled with music and chat with this legendary entertainer.  Alastair will be performing at Pathhead Parish Church on Thursday 21st March at 7pm.  For further information please contact the Church Office pathheadchurch@btconnect.com


  • Big Quiz Night (flyer attached) Burntisland and Kinghorn Churches together are having a 'Big Quiz Night' on Friday 23rd February at 7 pm in Erskine U F Church hall, Burntisland.  Tickets are £5.00 per person and all money raised will go to Tearfund.  Every pound raised will help transform the lives of people living in poverty.  Enter a team of 4, or come and join a table.  Contact - Ann Smith Tel. 01592 873994 email annpatsmith96@gmail.com




  • Info from Place for Hope Please find attached an email from Place for Hope, and their training calander









  • Ceilidh at St Margarets Glenrothes (flyer attached) As part of St Margaret’s Church, Glenrothes 70th anniversary celebrations, we are having a ceilidh on Friday 23rd February in the church from 7.30pm. Open to all ages and anyone who would like to dance the night away or just enjoy the music! Soft drinks and other refreshments will be provided. No admission cost, just give what you feel as a donation. Information also on attached poster. All welcome!





Silent Disco (flyer attached)

  • As part of St Margaret’s Church, Glenrothes 70th anniversary celebrations, we are having a Silent Disco – over 18s only -  on Friday 1st March from 7.30pm in Warout Stadium on Warout Road Glenrothes. Tickets cost £15, which includes a buffet, and are on sale now – please contact Moira at mvc79120@gmail.com if you would like to come, it will be great fun! See attached poster for information. Kirkcaldy Guilds Together Coffee Morning: Saturday 17th February from 10.00 – 12 noon, the Kirkcaldy Area Guilds Together Coffee Morning will be held in the large hall at Kirkcaldy Hope Church, Carron Place, Kirkcaldy. Tickets cost £3 - available at the door. There will be a home baking stall.


this year, we invited you to attend our Church Leaders’ Lunch on Thursday 29th February at Glenrothes Baptist Church. We would truly love to envision together with you about what God is doing through Bethany and the Church in Fife, and so thought we’d extend the invite once again!

 

At this event, you will hear from our directors and staff from our Housing Support and Connect to Community Services about the impact church support has made and opportunities to get your congregation further involved, followed by the chance to pray with your fellow church leaders from across Fife for the issue of homelessness, addiction, and the work of Bethany in the region. We will then get to eat a delicious lunch together whilst chatting and building up relationships.

 

If you would like to attend, please register on our event page here so we know how many to cater for: https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/BethanyChurchLeadersLunch2024

 

We would truly love to have you there, but if you are unable to attend, please feel free to pass this invite on to another leader within your church. If you have any questions about the event, we would love to hear from you so don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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We are now calling for youth reps to Represent the Presbytery at the General Assembly in May 2024. We have the right to have 4 representatives between the ages of 18 and 25 on the opening day of the General Assembly 2024.

 

We would like everyone to think about the Young People in your church who might look to attend the General Assembly and who would be in a position to do so and encourage them to apply.

 

Applications should be submitted on the attached form and should make reference to the Job Description. Detailed below is a guide to the entitlement for the Youth Representative to speak during Presbytery.

 

Applications should be submitted to the Clerk at the Presbytery Office – no later than 23 February 2024.



  • Moderators Visit to Pathhead Church


  • St Andrews Universtiy Chamber Orchestra at Holy Trinity 


  • Foodbank services in Burntisland

URGENT COMMUNITY MEETING: For the past nine years the Kirkcaldy Food Bank has provided food assistance to those in need in Burntisland.   With the cost of living rising to crisis levels the need for this assistance has increased dramatically, and the Board of Directors of the Kirkcaldy Food Bank has had to make the decision to concentrate its efforts within Kirkcaldy and terminate its activities in Burntisland by July.  It is therefore essential that local organisation starts immediately; many families in Burntisland are struggling and depend upon assistance.  Everyone is invited to a meeting to share ideas and discuss how this may be accomplished. MONDAY, 12TH FEBRUARY, 7:30pm, BURNTISLAND PARISH CHURCH. Please share this information with your friends and neighbours
  • Safe Families

  • Ceilidh at Glenrothes St Margarets (poster attached)



  • Silent Disco at Glenrothes St Margarets (poster attached)



  • Your Church Your Community Guidance (pdf attached)




  • St Mark's Parish Churh, St Andrews - formerly Hope Park and Martyrs (poster attached)



  • Lent-Eve: Youth led Praise and Worship Night (poster attached)



  • Limekilns Parish Church Tea Room (poster attached)



  • Vacancy Procedure Committee Updates

  • - The appointment of David Sinclair to be Interim Moderator for St Andrew's: St Marks with effect from 1st February 2025 and the release of Janet Fogie








  • Bridge Pastoral Foundation Annual Conference (Brochure and booking form attached)


  • Church of Scotland Village at Magnitude (2 images and pdf attached)





  • Heritage Trust Network


  • Celebrating Calling Event (pdf attached)





  • Interim Moderator Training

There are still spaces available on the Interim Moderator Training on Saturday 10 February 2024, 10am-12.30pm (via Zoom). If you have been an Interim Moderator in the past and would like a refresher or you would consider becoming one, please think about signing up for the training. Finding Interim Moderators for all the congregations without a minister is one of the biggest challenges facing Presbytery at the moment. If you don’t want to undertake the training yourself but know someone in your congregation that might be interested in completing it, please encourage them to think about it. If you want to attend, please email the office – fife@churchofscotland.org.uk


  • Current Vacancies

There are a number of jobs currently being recruited in Fife and the surrounding areas. These can be found here: Vacancies and volunteering



  • Lent walks along the FPW (poster attached)

Following on from the enthusiasm and positive comments of those who came on the 2nd Jan I am organising some shortish walks during the weeks of Lent. They will have a Lentern theme, and they will hopefully give us an opportunity to be with others in the great outdoors to take some exercise and to reflect on our lives. Each walk will end at the church where there we will have some refreshments and then we will have a short 10-minute service. Please book for each event on the trybooking website. You can either use the bus system to return to the start or seek to share cars with others.


Thursday March 14th                                     Cairneyhill to Dunfermline            4 miles

Tuesday March 19th                                       Carigtoun to Ceres                          6 miles

If you've been forwarded this email and would like to receive it directly in future please email Fife@churchofscotland. org.uk and ask to be added to the Comtmunications email lis.


  • Concert at Dalgety Forthview Church



  • Bruce Davies Concert at St Kenneth’s Parish Church Kennoway on Saturday 20th January at 2.30pm (Poster Attached)


  • Article about our two new Readers


  • Good News


  • Memorial Service – Richard Lloyd

  • Funeral of Rev Jamie Templeton

  • Inspection of Records Q & A Session

  • VPC Business



  • Lent walks along the FPW (poster attached)



Dear Colleagues, the Board and Staff of Faith in Older People would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy new year and advise you of our first event for 2024.  We hope you will be able to join us:-

 

A 2-part ONLINE event Led by Grant Fraser King, Lecturer in Nursing (Mental Health), Mediator for the EDR Team, School of Health Sciences, University of Dundee

Each seminar will cost £10.00


Wednesday 7 February 2024 at 4.30pm

Seminar one

The Place of Hope -The spiritual care needs of people experiencing mental illness within a church community part one (concepts)

  1. What is mental health and illness? Considering the concepts of distress, dysfunction and disorder.

  2. What influences mental health and illness?

  3. Where does spiritual wellbeing connect with mental health?

Timings –

4.30-5.30pm – presentation

5.30-6.00pm – discussion

Click HERE to book for 7 February

 

Wednesday 13 March 2024 at 4.30pm

Seminar two

The Place of Hope -The spiritual care needs of people experiencing mental illness within a church community part two (application)

  1. How can members and leaders of church communities safely support each other’s mental health?

  2. Can expressions of faith be seen as dangerous?

  3. When should professional help be suggested for people in the church community?

Timings –

4.30-5.30pm – presentation

5.30-6.00pm – discussion

Click HERE to book for 13 March



  • Food Support (pdf attached)



  • Children, Youth and Families Worker at Dunfermline East Church




Tayside Organists’ Society Quiz (info attached)

  • Tayside Organists' Society cordially invite your Society to participate in a musical quiz to be held in The Steeple Church, Nethergate, Dundee, on Saturday 20th January, 2024, starting at 2.30 pm and lasting till around 4.00 pm.

  • CAIRN: Pioneering Course


  • Dundee Nativity


  • Christmas Tree Festival at Largo Parish Church (poster attached)

      There will be a Christmas Tree Festival in Largo Parish Church on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and



Sunday 17th December 11am-3pm to which all are welcome


  • Vacancies


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

  • Draft Presbytery Minutes 18/11/2023 (attached)






  • Christmas Concert with Tullis Russell Band - Auchtermuchty (flyer attached) Edenshead Church - Annual Christmas Concert with Tullis Russell Band on Sunday 10 December at 7pm. Tickets £6 at the door. Join us in the Church Hall, Croft, Auchtermuchty, KY14 7AS. Always a great part of the Christmas build up.


  • Christmas Community Event at Dalgety Bay Church (flyer attached) Our third Christmas Community Event is being held in Dalgety Parish Church on Saturday 2nd December. "A collaborative event to bring some Christmas cheer" We will have craft stalls, church groups, individuals and groups providing seasonal music, refreshments and carol singing. We will be there from 10am to 4pm so do come along and join us.


  • Pathhead Christmas Fayre (flyer attached) Pathhead Parish Church (Kirkcaldy) holding its Christmas Fair, at 2pm at the Church Hall on Saturday 2nd December. £1 entry for adults.


  • Reflective & Remembrance Service, Saturday 9th December, Elie Church, 3PM. (flyer attached) Christmas is not always an easy time for everyone. Join us on Saturday 9th December for our Reflective & Remembrance Service led by Susan Begg, Healthcare Chaplin, NHS Fife. Our reflective service offers the chance to take time to reflect and remember those we have lost, and those around the world in difficult

times


Long Service Award (picture attached) Beryl Luke was recently presented with a long service certificate celebrating 40 years as an Elder in St. Bryce Kirk , Kirkcaldy

  • Christmas Tree Festival at St Margarets Glenrothes St Margaret’s Church, Glenrothes, is having a Christmas Tree Festival on 8th, 9th and 10th December as part of our 70th anniversary celebrations. Please come to see an amazing collection of decorated trees and enjoy a cuppa and a mince pie after! Friday 8th/Saturday 9th 10am – 4pm, Sunday 10th 2pm – 4pm. Join us if you can for a Christmas Sing-a-long at 6.30pm on Sunday 10th – all very welcome!

  • Job Roles (attached) In the interests of transparency, Lorraine Orr (Mission Director) and Giles Dove (Presbytery Mission Plan Implementation Officer) have asked me to share with you the main duties of their roles. Please find them attached.



  • Christmas Tree Festival at Glenrothes St Margarets (flyer attached) St Margaret’s Church, Glenrothes, is having a Christmas Tree Festival on 8th, 9th and 10th December as part of our 70th anniversary celebrations. Please come to see an amazing collection of decorated trees and enjoy a cuppa and a mince pie after! Friday 8th/Saturday 9th 10am – 4pm, Sunday 10th 2pm – 4pm. Join us if you can for a Christmas Sing-a-long at 6.30pm on Sunday 10th – all very welcome!







  • Christmas Coffee Morning and Fayre at Elie Hall East Neuk Trinity Church is holding a Christmas Coffee Morning and Fayre on Saturday 2nd December from 10.00 to 12.00 in Elie Church Hall. There will be a Chocolate Tombola, Christmas Craft Stall, Baking Stall and Raffle. All money raised will go to the Salvation Army. Come along and join in the Christmas Atmosphere.

  • Hope Chest Christmas Appeal (flyer attached) Gillian Paterson spoke at Presbytery last week to highlight the work of the Hope Chest Community Project based in Methil which is helping a very large number of people who have little or nothing in their homes. The Hope Chest has launched a White Goods Fund to help them supply new items to families and individuals. They would appreciate if any congregation could have a retiral offering for them over the Christmas season, or in the future to assist their work.




  • St Monans Christmas Windows 2023 (flyer attached) Join us as we light up the village with our Christmas carol themed windows.​Christmas Tree Lighting and Windows opening Saturday 2 December at 6:00pm Church Hall with hot chocolate and carols. Windows will be open until Christmas. Details on our website: https://www.stmonanschurch.org.uk/



  • Hope Church Christmas Fayre (flyer attached) Please join us tomorrow (24th November) for our Christmas fayre, 10 - 12. Free entry to Fayre. Tea/Coffee/Cake tickets will be on sale: Adults £3 and Children 75p. You'll find us at Carron Place off Lindores Drive KY2 6PS (former Torbain Church building).


  • Good News Stories...... An appeal was made at Presbytery that people would like to hear more GOOD NEWS stories. As well as sending your intimations, please feel free to send in your good news stories! Successful groups you run, Elders celebrating a special anniversary of their Ordination, cute church cats...

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  • Presbytery meeting live stream https://youtube.com/live/QYC39XZgo1E Please note that the meeting will begin with Communion at 10am, so the live stream will start at 11am when the business starts.

  • Cancer care support group On the second last Thursday of each month between 1-3 pm in Methilhill and Denbeath Parish Church Hall, people who have received a cancer diagnosis meet for support. Representatives from Maggies, Macmillan Cancer support, the Church and Airlie Medical Practice are in attendance and available to assist with several forms of support. Each month a guest speaker from the community offers information about their work and people do appreciate learning more about support they can access in our local community . A sandwich lunch is provided for all who attend. If this group sounds something you would wish to join or want some more information about , please contact Mrs Jacqueline Thomson DCS 078 06776560

  • Christmas Tree Festival at Glenrothes St Margarets St Margaret’s Church, Glenrothes, is having a Christmas Tree Festival on 8th, 9th and 10th December as part of our 70th anniversary celebrations. If you – or any club, business or charity you know - would like to take part, please contact Sheila Filsell using the details in the attached information. More details to follow!

  • Presbytery Retreat The deadline to book your place on the Advent Retreat is Sunday 20th November. Names to Margaret Kimmitt (mkimmitt@churchofscotland.org.uk The Retreat is on Friday 1st December in the Dean Park Hotel, Kirkcaldy. Start at 10am for coffee. A soup and sandwich lunch will be provided. We will finish at 3pm. The theme is 'Waiting for the Gift' and there will be opportunities for group discussion as well as time for personal reflection.

  • Interim Moderator Training There will be a training session for anyone interested in becoming an Interim Moderator on Monday 27th November 2023 – 7 – 9.30 pm (probably on line). If anyone Elder would be interested in the training they should contact the Presbytery Office no later than Friday 17 November in order that names can be submitted to the Principal Clerk’s Office in time for pre-training communications can be sent out. Both Sessions will be led by the Rev Victoria Linford, Presbytery Resource, Adviser. If the 27th November does not suit you and you are interested, the next session will take place on Saturday 10 February 2024, 10am-12.30pm.

  • Joint Christian Aid/The Friends of St Andrew’s Jerusalem & Tiberias event When: Monday 27 November, 2.00pm to 3.30pm Where: Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh Speaker: Sarit Michaeli, International Advocacy Lead for B’Tselem (Israeli Information Center For Human Rights in the Occupied Territories), joining online Topic: The current situation in Gaza and the West Bank Details of the event, link to webinar, and email address to register to attend in person all at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/events/btselems-work-human-rights-midst-conflict?fbclid=IwAR0WXzyci-yINiBS9UT6dmZ88kW1pahaaCtrJ8O9UakmlkcN5YSaL3Ew1gw

  • St Andrews Day Service (poster attached) The Service will be held in St Cuthbert's Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, at 2.pm, the preacher being the recently retired Moderator, Very Rev Dr Iain Greenshields. Rev Dr Stewart Gillan and Rev Muriel Pearson, Ministers in Jerusalem and Tiberias will participate; music being provided by Morley Whitehead (organist) and Caroline Trutz (soloist). Refreshments will be available following the service, along with an opportunity to support Hadeel. Naturally we will welcome as many as are able to join us, but for those whose preference is to participate through live-streaming. The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmg5Ljo-Huk (and details are also available on our website or Facebook page).


Talk by Rev Muriel Pearson, Mission Partner, Israel and Palestine (PDF attached) Saturday 25 November, 2.30pm St Leonard’s Church, Hepburn Gardens, St Andrews, KY16 9DF Muriel will be speaking about her work and life in Israel and Palestine. All are welcome at this very timely event. Please share widely. Church & World: Visit from Rev. Muriel Pearson

We are extremely lucky to have Muriel Pearson, Minister and our Mission Partner in Israel and Palestine,

visiting with us in Fife on 24th,25th and 26th November. She has returned to Scotland due to the recent

escalation of the crisis in Israel and Palestine.

Any congregation which would like to invite Muriel to visit with them on Friday 24th November or to

preach at their church on Sunday 26th November, please get in contact with Muriel via email:

mpearson@churchofscotland.org.uk or by phone: 07951888860. Or contact Carol Finlay who is co-ordinating Muriel’s visit to Fife: cfinlay@churchofscotland.org.uk

  • VPC Appointments - The release of Jaqueline Thomson from the role of Interim Moderator for Dunfermline: St Ninian’s and the appointment of Rev Alec Shuttleworth in her stead with immediate effect. Alec’s appointment is temporary and will subsist until an alternative IM is identified to take matters forward in the longer term. - The release of Rev Mike Weaver from the role of Interim Moderator for Kirkcaldy: Abbotshall and the appointment of Rev Andrea Fraser in his stead with immediate effect. - The appointment of Rev Arthur Christie as Interim Moderator for Dunfermline: St Andrew’s Erskine from 1st January 2024, taking effect following the retirement of the minister Rev Muriel Willoughby on 31st December 2023. Arthur’s appointment is required to take effect only if the forthcoming union of Dunfermline: St Andrew’s Erskine with Dunfermline: Townhill & Kingseat to form Dunfermline: St Columba’s does not take place on 1st January 2024 and will subsist until the date that the union does take effect. SCTS Theology Conference (flyer attached)

  • This conference is open to anyone with an interest in Theology . This year our venue is the Stirling Court Hotel which is linked to the university of Stirling . The society, now over 50 years old, was begun by Ian Fraser as a way to kick-start clergy brains at the beginning of the new year with a mix of good theology and good company. We are a small society but we think big. Our conference is available in person or online. This year’s conference is on theology and art and I hope you will agree our list of speakers makes this a conference worth mentioning.



  • Talk by Rev Muriel Pearson, Mission Partner, Israel and Palestine Saturday 25 November, 2.30pm St Leonard’s Church, Hepburn Gardens, St Andrews, KY16 9DF Muriel will be speaking about her work and about life in Israel and Palestine. All are welcome at this very timely event. Please share widely.

  • Church World: Visit from Rev. Muriel Pearson We are extremely lucky to have Muriel Pearson, Minister and our Mission Partner in Israel and Palestine, visiting with us in Fife on 24 th ,25 th and 26 th November. She has returned to Scotland due to the recent escalation of the crisis in Israel and Palestine. Any congregation which would like to invite Muriel to visit with them on Friday 24 th November or to preach at their church on Sunday 26 th November, please get in contact with Muriel via email: mpearson@churchofscotland.org.uk or by phone: 07951888860. Or contact Carol Finlay who is co-ordinating Muriel’s visit to Fife: cfinlay@churchofscotland.org.uk

  • Carnock and Oakley Parish Church - Christmas Coffee morning and Fayre (flyer attached) 2nd December 2023. 10-12 at Oakley Church, 49 Station Road, Oakley. Entrance fee of £4 includes tea, coffee, and excellent home baking!


  • Interim Moderator Training There will be a training session for anyone interested in becoming an Interim Moderator on Monday 27th November 2023 – 7 – 9.30 pm (probably on line). If anyone Elder would be interested in the training they should contact the Presbytery Office no later than Friday 17 November in order that names can be submitted to the Principal Clerk’s Office in time for pre-training communications can be sent out. If the 27th November does not suit you and you are interested, the next session will take place on Saturday 10 February 2024, 10am-12.30pm. Both Sessions will be led by the Rev Victoria Linford, Presbytery Resource, Adviser.


Interserve (image attached) I am writing to extend an invitation to you and other ministers/pastors in your networks to consider going on an exciting trip we have planned for 2024. Our experience of church leaders going on mission exposure trips is that the transformation that happens in the individual does amazing things in the church on their return! So, we are proposing a trip to Kyrgyzstan in May 2024. Please click on the link for more information and if you were able to pass it on to others in your church networks I would really appreciate it. Do get in touch if you have any questions. We would love to have a mix of denominations. Mission Exposure Trip - Interserve For C of S ministers there may be the possibility of going as part of study leave.





  • TalkMatters Seeking Board Members (flyer attached)

  • We are seeking new volunteers to support the work of the board of trustees for TalkMatters in developing and delivering our aims in the coming years. The board meets monthly up to 10x per annum. If you feel moved to enquire how you might serve the great charity, please contact stephen.white@talkmatters.org for details. (Talkmatters counselling charity exists to relieve people in need of spiritual, emotional, social, or psychological support by the provision of a counselling service which is consistent with the Christian principles of acceptance, forgiveness, healing, and love as reflected in the person of Jesus Christ and which is financially accessible to all.)


Living Well With Differences (flyer attached) The Living well with differences course helps participants learn how to recognise and understand the signs of potential tensions and sources of conflict, earlier and with confidence. All of the information on how to book a place can be found in the attachment.


  • Ordination and Induction of completed Ministry Candidate Trudi Newton has been called to the charge of Colonsay & Oronsay with Netherlorn. Her Ordination and Induction will take place on Monday 13 November 2023 at 6.30pm in Kilbrandon Church, Argyll.

  • Mandated Safeguarding Training and Refresher Training Further to the email sent out to all Ministers, OLMs, Locums, Readers and probationers on there are still a few spaces available on 14 November 2023 for the Introductory Course which is part of the Mandated Safeguarding Training Pathway. The on-line training will be undertaken by Presbytery’s Safeguarding Coordinator - Sheila Boyd. If you wish to sign up for this session please book a place by email to the Presbytery Office (Fife@churchofscotland.org.uk)



  • Climate Change Conference

  • All are invited to join Christian Aid, Eco-Congregations, the Guild and the Church of Scotland on Saturday 28th October at St. Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy for a Fife Presbytery Conference on Climate Justice and how your church can get involved. This will be an interactive and informative day where you will hear about the impacts of climate change locally and globally and get resources and ideas so that your church can respond. Tea & coffee available from 10am. Conference from 10:30am - 1:30pm. We’d love to see you there. For catering purposes please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/ forms/d/ 1SeDuz08MVRIeeY1ckQJesjKK5uhZ1 HJ_dnaJWvu0R3I


  • Leven Church Fayre

  • 28th October 2023, at Leven Parish Church. Entrance fee is £4 and includes refreshments, 10 - 12

  • Scottish Workplace Chaplaincy All are welcome to the next training session, to be held Saturday morning 28th October at Kirkcaldy Hope Church, 10.00 - 12.00pm. We're looking at Workplace Culture and Workplace Chaplaincy. Free to attend and refreshments provided. Any enquiries, please contact swhittle@churchofscotland.org.uk

  • Community Payback Team We have recently completed indoor painting at Hope Church Kirkcaldy which included painting two halls and entrance. Participants are supervised by a work supervisor and work in groups of up to 5 people. We also carry out outdoor work (weather permitting) including painting and gardening. Recipients of the service must provide all materials and we will deliver the labour free of charge. We would like to offer this service to all churches in the Fife area. For more information please contact Joan Gallo: joan.gallo@fife.gov.uk 07515290069


  • 150th Anniversary Celebrations Newport-on-Tay Church of Scotland is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of its formation (originally St Thomas Church) and the construction of its building. There will be special events on the weekend of 4th/5th November (including a concert featuring the Scottish Police & Community Choir). Posters are attached (one for the weekend events and one for the concert).


  • Bigger than a Box! Conference on Children’s Spirituality

  • Do you work with children and families?

  • Do you have children within your faith community?

  • Are you a school chaplain?

  • Would you like to learn more about children’s spirituality?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then this one day conference is for you! Bigger than a Box! Conference on Children’s Spirituality (with Keynote Speaker Rev Dr Paul Nash), organised by Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) Monday 13th November 9am-4pm Conifox Adventure Centre, Kirkliston, EH29 9ER (5 minutes from Edinburgh Airport and 20 mins from the centre of Edinburgh, with plenty of parking) Cost: £12 per attendee (includes lunch). For more details, and to book a place, by 1st November, please go to https://www.chas.org.uk/events/bigger-than-a-box-conference-on-childrens-spirituality


  • Presbytery Advent Retreat, Friday 1st December 10.30 - 15.00, Dean Park Hotel, Kirkcaldy

  • Book your place now for this retreat which will, in response to feedback, be open to all members of Presbytery on a first come, first served basis with a maximum number of 30 places. To book, send a brief e-mail to mkimmitt@churchofscotland.org.uk


  • Climate Change Conference

  • All are invited to join Christian Aid, Eco-Congregations, the Guild and the Church of Scotland on Saturday 28th October at St. Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy for a Fife Presbytery Conference on Climate Justice and how your church can get involved. This will be an interactive and informative day where you will hear about the impacts of climate change locally and globally and get resources and ideas so that your church can respond. Tea & coffee available from 10am. Conference from 10:30am - 1:30pm. We’d love to see you there. For catering purposes please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SeDuz08MVRIeeY1ckQJesjKK5uhZ1HJ_dnaJWvu0R3I

  • Crossreach Sunday November 2023

  • Information available here: CrossReach Sunday November 2023 | CrossReach


  • Tullis Russell Mills Band concert As part of St Margaret’s Church, Glenrothes, 70th anniversary celebrations, there is to be concert given by the Tullis Russell Mills Band on Friday 3nd November in the church at 7.30pm. All very welcome, pay what you can ticket price and teas/coffees at the interval. Please come and support this event.

  • Online prayer event for Peace in the Middle East Tuesday 24 October 2023, 7pm Christian Aid and the Church of Scotland are organisers of this event. For the Zoom link email atomlinson@christian-aid.org. More information here: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/events/prayers-peace-middle-east#:~:text=Join%20Christian%20Aid%20Scotland%20and,territory%20on%2024%20October%202023.

  • Leven Church Fayre 28th October 2023, at Leven Parish Church. Entrance fee is £4 and includes refreshments.

  • Welcoming Children to Communion (pdf attached) If anyone is reflecting on practices of communion, especially in relation to welcoming children, I offer this dissertation as a resource in case it is helpful. I wrote it as part of my BD in St Andrews. If anyone would like to chat further, please feel free to contact me on TNewton@churchofscotland.org.uk.






Fathers are Important (pdf attached)

  • I wish to make you and colleagues aware of a seminar taking place on the evening of Thursday 2nd November at Dunfermline Viewfield Baptist Church entitled,

  • 'Why Fathers are Important and What Support is There for Them'.

  • Do you think that most Christians in Fife would be able to give a ready answer to this were it asked!? To shed a great deal of light on this, we have invited two guestwas speakers - coming from Fatherhood Institute in London and Care For the Family in Cheshire.




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

  • Organist

  • St Columba’s Church in Glenrothes is looking for an organist or keyboard player who would like to learn to play an organ. This could be on a regular or a rota basis. We pay the Scottish Federation of Organists rates. The main requirements are availability on Sunday mornings, being comfortable in a Christian worship environment and an ability to play to accompany singing. To apply, express interest or find out more, please contact either: Carol Gibson (carolm.gibson55@virginmedia.com) or Alan Kimmitt (alan.kimmitt@churchofscotland.org.uk – 01592 742233) before the end of October.

  • Temporary Implementation Officer post Following the decision taken by the September meeting of Presbytery to appoint an Implementation Officer for Fife Presbytery on a part-time basis using the Presbytery wide 0.5 ministry allocation in the approved Presbytery Mission Plan, the Business Committee under powers, has appointed the Reverend Giles Dove on a 3 month temporary contract. This is to allow time for an 18-month part-time MDS post to be created by 121 in November 2023. A job description has been agreed and the formal approval process has begun.

  • Festival of Remembrance (picture attached) On Saturday 4th November (at 7.00pm), the Royal British Legion Scotland will hold a Festival of Remembrance (for Angus, Perthshire and Fife) in the Caird Hall in Dundee. The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will be playing - as will the High School of Dundee Pipe Band. There will be a "muster" of representatives from the armed services, uniformed civilian services and cadet forces. Think a local version of the event you may be familiar with watching on television from the Albert Hall. The proceedings finish with an act of remembrance. Do please help spread the word.



  • Presbytery Advent RetreatFriday 1st December 10.30 - 15.00 Dean Park Hotel, Kirkcaldy Book your place now for this retreat which will, in response to feedback, be open to all members of Presbytery on a first come, first served basis with a maximum number of 30 places. To book, send a brief e-mail to mkimmitt@churchofscotland.org.uk .




  • ACORN event at Beath and Cowdenbeath North (flyer attached)

  • We are hosting an Acorn event with the Michael Harvey at Beath and Cowdenbeath North Church on Friday 13the October at 7.30pm. This event is free but please register with Eventbrite, full details are on the attached poster.



  • St Margaret’s Church, Woodside Road, Glenrothes 70th anniversary celebrations. St Margaret’s Church, Woodside Road, Glenrothes is having an open day and display of photographs on Saturday 7th October as part of the church’s 70th anniversary celebrations. Everyone welcome between 10am and 4pm, teas and coffees available. Would be lovely to see you there!

  • Climate Change Conference All are invited to join Christian Aid, Eco-Congregations, the Guild and the Church of Scotland on Saturday 28th October at St. Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy for a Fife Presbytery Conference on Climate Justice and how your church can get involved. This will be an interactive and informative day where you will hear about the impacts of climate change locally and globally and get resources and ideas so that your church can respond. Tea & coffee available from 10am. Conference from 10:30am - 1:30pm. Please sign up on this link for catering purposes: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SeDuz08MVRIeeY1ckQJesjKK5uhZ1HJ_dnaJWvu0R3I




  • Book Launch - Not So With You: Power and Leadership for the Church At St Andrews bowling club on 3rd October at 7.30. See flyer for full details.


  • Talkmatters - New Trustees Sought (flyer attached) Talkmatters counselling charity exists to relieve people in need of spiritual, emotional, social, or psychological support by the provision of a counselling service which is consistent with the Christian principles of acceptance, forgiveness, healing, and love as reflected in the person of Jesus Christ; that is financially accessible to all and provided by trained and experienced counsellors who are professionally qualified or are working towards qualification. We are seeking new volunteers to support the work of the board of trustees in developing and delivering these aims in the coming years. The board meets monthly 10x per annum. Contact stephen.white@talkmatter.org for details.


  • ACORN event at Beath and Cowdenbeath North (flyer attached) We are hosting an Acorn event with the Michael Harvey at Beath and Cowdenbeath North Church on Friday 13the October at 7.30pm. This event is free but please register with Eventbrite, full details are on the attached poster.



  • 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








  • 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 dist