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communications update 24th february 2024

Updated: Feb 24

  • Organist Sought Dysart St Clair 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 Andy Strachan: andystrachan7116@live.co.uk


  • 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 | The Church of Scotland



  • 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


  • 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 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.


  • Pray for Peace in the Middle EastThe Church of Scotland and Christian Aid have organised an online event on 24 October prayin