PRESBYTERY NEWS 14th april 2022

Updated: May 14





Pioneer Practice with Jonny Baker

Dundee, Fife and Perth Presbyteries together hosted and welcomed Jonny Baker (Church Mission Society) and Gav Mart, in Perth North Church, to distil Jonny’s wisdom from a decade of training church pioneers. The session included bible reflection, inspiring stories, poetry and music, and dream-mapping together.


Mission Mapping with Alan McWilliam

It was so good to see so many of you in person at our Missional Mapping sessions at Dalgety Bay and Cupar St Johns.

What an interesting night it was as we saw the our maps filling up with all sorts of inspiring ideas!

We would love you to follow our discussions by filling out a Growing Missional Ideas form.

Pictures of all our maps and the Growing Missional Form is available via:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b2xqf2fr5oi75m1/AADT4-ZqxlQCJdEjY66U4Kxka?dl=0

This is really for those who want to take one of the ideas further, with support from Presbytery in doing this.

Please return the forms via: neil.campbell@churchofscotland.org.uk , and Alan and I will be in touch to discuss how we could take these things forward.



Christian Aid Week - 15 - 21st May For the first time in a generation, global poverty is rising. The combined effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, conflict, and drought have robbed communities like Jessica's of the power to provide for their children. It's unjust.

This Christian Aid Week:

  • We stand with the resilient women - like Jessica - who are determined to lift their families out of hunger

  • We raise our voices to call for climate justice

  • We pray that families will stay strong during times of drought

Together, we hope to restore justice to our world, and protect the future for our children and grandchildren.

Please give to help women grow crops that survive in the drought. You can help turn hunger into hope.

With every gift, every action, every prayer, every one of us can change lives. For more information and resources see: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/christian-aid-week


The Abbey Summer School: Entertaining Angels Unawares

16th - 18th June

Newhaven Church, Edinburgh

What does it mean to show hospitality? To strangers, who might be angels? (Hebrews 13:2) To our neighbours? How do we practise a liturgy of welcome? How radical must our hospitality be and how ordinary? Come and explore these questions and more at the Abbey Summer School.


This year we will be joined by the renowned theologian, communicator and social entrepreneur, Dr Krish Kandiah. Krish is known for his passion to offer hospitality to those most overlooked and marginalised. In addition there will be workshops, discussion groups, a half-day pilgrimage and the return of our ‘open mic’ night. In keeping with this year’s topic, coffee breaks and meals together will be a priority.


Early Bird tickets are now on sale (here).


Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. For 2022, the event will be held from Ascension Day on 26 May until Pentecost Sunday on 5 June.

Over the course of these 11 days, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:

  • Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ

  • Pray for five friends or family to come to faith in Jesus

  • Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness

Lord Wallace, the Moderator of the General Assembly, is encouraging everyone to take part this year and has sent a letter inviting congregations to embrace the event. For free resources and ideas, see: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/prayer-resources



Talking Mission with Andrew Bennett, Youth for Christ

7.30pm, Tuesday 24th May via Zoom

Registration via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talking-mission-with-andrew-bennett


Andrew Bennet, local Pioneer Development Coordinator with Youth for Christ, will reflect on sharing the good news and seeing young people’s lives changed by Jesus, considering our post-covid context and issues of poor mental health many young people experience.


Hosted by Neil Campbell, Mission Director


Scripture Union: Back to School with God

Summer is almost here… and we are already prepared for what comes next! Check out our brand new 2022 Back to School with God resources on the theme God’s Golden Rules. There is everything you need to hold an all-age church service or children’s talk, plus crafts, prayers and activities for use in Sunday School. Visit www.suscotland.org.uk/bsg to find out more and to register


Pentecost 2022: Pentecost Picnics, Kites and all that… In the light of all the restrictions over the last two years, it is time to get out again and to celebrate! Let’s bring some of the fun and excitement of Pentecost to the streets of our towns and villages and draw people in from the highways and byways to mark the birthday of the church.

There are plans afoot to encourage congregations and communities to host a Pentecost Picnic. Let’s get out into the church garden, or better still, into the local park, or onto the beach or climb to the top of a hill on June 5th – to enjoy each other’s company and to let the wind of God’s Spirit refresh and excite us all over again!

How about making kite flying the centre piece of the gathering and see if we can fill every part of the sky over Scotland with brightly coloured, homemade, kites? Just imagine!

And kites just happen to have a cross as a frame. Why not use each of the 4 sections to write a prayer on? A prayer for your congregation, for your community, for the country and for the world? That way the skies will also be covered in prayers! For more information and resources, see: https://www.sanctuaryfirst.org.uk/res.../view/pentecost-2022



es of webinars [March 31-June 16] to encourage renewed vision and inspire new ways of thinking for our church life and worship.RENEW: Being church and ministry with children and young people About this event These Zoom webinars will provide an opportunity to explore new ideas and approaches in ministry with children, youth and family, and ways of being church. Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/renew-church-and-ministry-with-children-and-young-people-tickets We are facing great changes as a church and as we emerge from Covid-19, but we also have opportunities to explore new ways of connecting and sharing faith. How can we prioritise ministry with younger people within our communities of faith in new ways?

Each webinar will offer inspiration from specialists; stories from people who have renewed their approaches; and opportunities to discuss with others how you might explore this area in your context.

These seven webinars are a great opportunity for members of the Kirk Session, Ministers, Paid Workers and Volunteers to come together to explore how to develop and deepen what you may already be doing, or to consider new approaches.

Sign up to the sessions on Zoom that interest you - each one is on a Thursday evening, from 7.30-9pm.

Thursday 2 June, 7.30-9pm: ReNew - Faith at Home With Gill Lyth, from Care for the Family

Thursday 9 June, 7.30-9pm: ReNew - Be Bold, Be Brave: Smaller Churches, Bigger Community? With Rev Douglas Creighton, Minister of East Neuk Trinity linked with St Monans

Thursday 16 June, 7.30-9pm: ReNew - Messy Church, Intergenerational Discipleship With Jane Butler and Aike Kennett-Brown, Messy Church Training & Development Leads


Easter Celebrations!

Churches across Fife Presbytery have enjoyed celebrating Easter together - some gathering in person for the first time in over 2 years! Many have described a sense of joy as congregations, young and old, gathered to worship the risen Jesus. He is risen! Alleluia!




Pioneer Practice Tour Local Event organised by Dundee & Fife Presbytery Saturday 7 May 9.30am-12pm - £8 (9.30am-1.30pm £12 with lunch) North Church, 209 High St, Perth PH1 5PB Booking via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-pioneer-practice-4-7-may-2022-tickets-272673472697

An interactive morning of exploring the exciting potential of pioneering forms of Christian mission and church.

Together with local pioneers, we will explore four themes: ‘be you’, ‘see’, ‘build’, and ‘change’ – and hear stories of local pioneering.

Additional option to catch up over lunch with local pioneers. About this event Jonny Baker is Director of Mission Education at the Church Mission Society in Oxford, and a renowned writer and inspirer on ‘pioneering’ forms of mission and ministry. He is touring with musician and artist Gav Mart – and working with local pioneers – to explore key themes of ‘Pioneer Practice’, the name of his recent book. Booking is essential so register now to secure your place.



SU Scotland: Getting it right for every child Sat 7th May, City Church, Dundee SU’s upcoming training morning for anyone involved in ministering to children in any context (i.e. family members, friends of the family, church workers/volunteers, schools workers etc). We meet on Sat 7 May from 9.30-12.30 at City Church, Tullideph Road, Dundee for a morning which includes:

Bible teaching A look at the world of a Scottish child in 2022 Creative ideas for engaging children A choice of seminars including online safety and supporting ASN Coffee and cake

The morning is free of charge and anyone interested can book using this link form.jotform.com/220795161880359]form.jotform.com/220795161880359




FX RURAL GATHERING, 10TH-12TH MAY Are you involved in pioneering, exploring doing church in a different way, leading a fresh expression of church? Are you in a rural context? Then why not come and join us….. and as we journey together, share, worship, listen, speak, and eat, our prayer is that God will meet us where we are and we will encounter God in the midst of our lives.….and that as you leave you will do so with a sense of God can and God will….a sense of expectation, whether it be huge or as small as a mustard seed.. to be co-workers in the Kingdom. As we gather from across our rural contexts, after having prayed and listened to one another and to God we have taken our theme from 1 Corinthians 3; in particular those words “..but only God, who makes things grow.” To find out more and book your place, CLICK HERE.



Rachel Summers, Pioneer, Forest School practitioner & author will lead a practical session on engaging with God in nature. Forest Church Training with Rachel Summers Sat, 14 May 2022, 09:30 – 13:00 Northesk Parish Church, 16 Bridge Street, Musselburgh, EH21 Rachel Summers, Pioneer, Forest School practitioner & author will lead a practical session on engaging with God in nature

We start with coffee/tea & a roll. Rachel will then lead us in our thinking about growing Forest Church. We will start off inside but we will go outdoors onto the beach and the local area so be prepared for whatever the weather holds! Sun cream or kagool!

Please bring a picnic as we will finish by eating together. Do stay around so that we can chat further about how to take your Forest Church group forward. For more information and to register see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/forest-church-training-day-tickets-304223579917?utm_source=Church+of+Scotland&utm_campaign=9b2b32657e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_02_07_01_15_COPY_04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7120bc6aa0-9b2b32657e-34177421


Talking Mission with Andrew Bennett, Youth for Christ

7.30pm, Tuesday 24th May via Zoom

Registration via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talking-mission-with-andrew-bennett


Andrew Bennet, local Pioneer Development Coordinator with Youth for Christ, will reflect on sharing the good news and seeing young people’s lives changed by Jesus, considering our post-covid context and issues of poor mental health many young people experience.


Hosted by Neil Campbell, Mission Director


Thy Kingdom Come Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.

Since its start in May 2016 God has grown Thy Kingdom Come from a dream of possibility into a movement. Christians from 172 countries have taken part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ. There are lots of opportunities for individuals and groups to be involved in the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative. There are printed resources available to order and lots of online resources and videos.

  • Prayer resources and prayer station ideas

  • Cheeky Pandas videos

  • Youth videos and Escape Room

  • Family Prayer Adventure and resources

  • and much more

This runs between Ascension and Pentecost: 26 May until 5 June. For more information and resources, see: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/


Magnitude Gathering Saturday 23rd - Wednesday 27th July

Magnitude is back for 2022, and this year are planning to be in person at Lendrick Muir! Gathering from Saturday 23rd to Wednesday 27th July, join us for a five-day adventure in the heart of Scotland, designed specifically to enable young people aged 11-18 to encounter more of the magnitude of God: in His Word, in worship, and in wonder at His creation. We are also extending the super early bird discount until the end of February, meaning there is plenty of time for you to secure your booking at the best price! Head to magnitude.org.uk/booking for more information!

Opportunities & Training

Church of Scotland ASCEND

Ascend is the training, support and development centre for all those involved in ministries across the Church of Scotland.


For all the latest training and support information see:

https://ascend.churchofscotland.org.uk/events/


A series of webinars [March 31-June 16] to encourage renewed vision and inspire new ways of thinking for our church life and worship.RENEW: Being church and ministry with children and young people About this event These Zoom webinars will provide an opportunity to explore new ideas and approaches in ministry with children, youth and family, and ways of being church. Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/renew-church-and-ministry-with-children-and-young-people-tickets We are facing great changes as a church and as we emerge from Covid-19, but we also have opportunities to explore new ways of connecting and sharing faith. How can we prioritise ministry with younger people within our communities of faith in new ways?

Each webinar will offer inspiration from specialists; stories from people who have renewed their approaches; and opportunities to discuss with others how you might explore this area in your context.

These seven webinars are a great opportunity for members of the Kirk Session, Ministers, Paid Workers and Volunteers to come together to explore how to develop and deepen what you may already be doing, or to consider new approaches.

Sign up for the sessions on Zoom that interest you - each one is on a Thursday evening, from 7.30-9 pm.

Thursday 28 April, 7.30-9pm: ReNew – Worship for All With Nick and Becky Drake, authors and worship leaders

Thursday 5 May, 7.30-9pm: ReNew – Young Children and Families With Mary Hawes, Church of England National Children and Youth Advisor

Thursday 12 May, 7.30-9pm: ReNew – Church Vision for Children and Young People With Ali Campbell, Youth and Children's Ministry Consultant

Thursday 2 June, 7.30-9pm: ReNew - Faith at Home With Gill Lyth, from Care for the Family

Thursday 9 June, 7.30-9pm: ReNew - Be Bold, Be Brave: Smaller Churches, Bigger Community? With Rev Douglas Creighton, Minister of East Neuk Trinity linked with St Monans

Thursday 16 June, 7.30-9pm: ReNew - Messy Church, Intergenerational Discipleship With Jane Butler and Aike Kennett-Brown, Messy Church Training & Development Leads


Bible Alive Training Course The next non-residential course takes place at Falkirk Free Church on Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Tuesday 17th May. The course runs from approximately 9.00am-5.30pm each day and the cost is £85, including lunch and refreshments as well as training materials. The closing date for this course is Friday 8th April and the booking form can be found at https://forms.office.com/r/wTnkykmH5r For more information please contact: lesley.crawford@suscotland.org.uk

Vacancy - University of St Andrews Assistant Chaplain (Interfaith, Environmental & Digital) Salary: £34,304 - £40,927 per annum pro rata Part time, 18.125 hours per week Start: 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter The University of St Andrews Chaplaincy supports the experience of students, staff and others, enhancing University life, through the provision of meaningful and beautiful worship, sensitive pastoral care, ecumenical and interfaith encounter, support for international students and more. This is a new and exciting opportunity within the Chaplaincy team, for a 0.5 FTE Assistant Chaplain with specific responsibility for Interfaith, Environmental and Digital Engagement. This new Assistant Chaplain could be from any faith or philosophy of life but will be in sympathy with the Chaplaincy’s ethos, of respect for different faiths, cultures and traditions. The successful candidate will develop our support for students and staff in exploring interfaith engagement, in participating fully in University-wide Diversity initiatives, in expanding and improving our digital provision, in deepening our environmental commitments and in liaising with others in the University over creating and maintaining a Garden for Reflection. The post-holder will not have regular responsibility for worship, but will be able to support the existing Chaplain's and Assistant Chaplain's provision of pastoral care for students and staff. The Assistant Chaplain for Interfaith, Environmental and Digital engagement will be a graduate with experience in a religion or belief setting and of pastoral care, ideally with university or chaplaincy experience, or other experience working with students. The expected start date is 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. Further information and informal enquiries may be directed to the Chaplain, Revd Dr Donald MacEwan, email: dgm21@st-andrews.ac.uk, Tel: 01334 462865. Applications are particularly welcome from under-represented faiths and philosophies of life in the Chaplaincy team, people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in professional posts at the University. This post will be primarily based in the Chaplaincy building in the historic heart of St Andrews. Closing Date: 12 May 2022 Interview Date: 20 June 2022 (if possible) See https://www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk/Vacancies/W/1444/0/342070/889/assistant-chaplain-interfaith-environmental-and-digital-ad2490sb for the full advertisement, and links to further particulars, and to make an application.


This course was created to inspire Christians to share faith naturally and relevantly. There are six video-based sessions with films, testimonies, real-life examples, and an easy-to-follow coursebook.


For more information see: talkingjesus.org


Raise Up Faith is a brand new curriculum platform.Easy-to-use, high-quality, Bible-based multimedia content. Hundreds of searchable lessons with thousands of accompanying and related activities, including media clips, songs, prayers, crafts, and games. An annual subscription costs £210 (a free trial is available).


For more information see: https://www.raiseupfaith.com/


Sharing Jesus is a resource designed to help people add a spiritual dimension alongside what you’re already doing. It has ideas for sharing Jesus in a new worshipping community, Fresh Expression of church, missional community or church plant as well as community groups.


Over the 30+ years of pioneering new, contextual forms of church we’ve found that the part of the Fresh Expressions/Loving First journey people struggle with the most is introducing a spiritual element to their gatherings in a sensitive and contextual way which is why we created this resource.


Sharing Jesus adopts an open-handed, walking together, learning from one another, asking questions approach. It’s not about telling people what to believe, but about saying to friends: “This is what I am finding helpful. What do you think? Might we explore this spiritual path together?” It includes seven topics, each with a video animation, a video story, and a short downloadable guide with additional ideas and explanation. The resources are arranged logically to give them a shape, but please don’t follow the order! Go to the section that most interests you.


For more information, see: http://sharingjesus.life/?mc_cid=12ebbcebb2&mc_eid=70f95ab914


Funding Looking for funding for a church project or mission initiative? Fife Presbytery now has access to a large UK-wide funding database. Funding searches can be specifically tailored for the purposes and focus of church projects or mission initiatives. Churches/projects can arrange a funding support session with the Mission Director to explore the database and funding possibilities. If you would like to know more and to arrange a funding support session, please get in touch via: neil.campbell@churchofscotland.org.uk Ballie Gifford Awards Status: Open Deadline: 28th April 2022 This fund is aimed at supporting grassroots community organisations across Scotland. Grants are up to £15,000 over three years (i.e. up to £5,000 per year). Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate a fit with one of the following priorities:

  • Reducing isolation in Scotland’s communities: this includes all forms of isolation whether due to health, disability, rurality, or projects which aim to tackle barriers to inclusion

  • Supporting financial inclusion: this can include food poverty-related projects and those that seek to maximise the income of families that may be struggling due to the impact of Universal Credit, disability, in work poverty and so on

  • Overcoming homelessness: this includes any work to tackle homelessness in our communities

  • Improving employability and enterprise, particularly in young people.

They clearly state: ‘religious groups may apply for funding for non-religious activity that will benefit the wider community beyond their own specific congregation and is open to all on a non-denominational basis.’ For further information and access to the application process click on this link: https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/apply-for-funding/funding-available/baillie-gifford-multi-year People’s Health Trust The Active Communities programme is now open to applications if:

  • Your organisation supports people to create or shape local projects that will help their community or neighbourhood to become even better

  • You are a not for profit organisation or group (for a full list of eligible organisations, click here)

  • Your income is less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 or less over the last two years

  • You have less than six months’ annual running costs in savings (with no restrictions on the money) after you have deducted the grant you wish to request from us

  • Your organisation has been constituted for at least three months For more information, please see: https://www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk/apply-for-funding

Church of Scotland Small Grants Scheme Church of Scotland Small Grant Scheme is now open for grants of up to £1k: See: https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/small-grants-fund SCVO Funding Scotland Funding at your fingertips Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using our free online search engine. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, we can help you track down the funding you need to make a difference in your community. See: https://fundingscotland.com/ The National Lottery Community Fund Improving Lives The National Lottery Community Fund's Improving Lives programme is open to voluntary or community organisations. The programme aims to help people facing challenging circumstances especially activities that mean people: are better able to identify ways to take control over their lives and build resilience:

  • are able to shape the activities and services they use to better meet their needs

  • have more access to support and opportunities to improve their lives

The grants range from £10,001 to £200,000. See: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/grants-for-improving-lives

AllChurches Trust AllChurches Trust like to fund projects that demonstrate an impact on people and communities. Applicants should include clear (and where possible, measurable) outcomes for projects and demonstrate how they will ensure sustainability beyond our funding. It’s also important to show how additional funding support will be sought to enable the project to be completed. Our open grants normally fund capital projects and equipment, not salaries or running costs, with the exception of our transformational and Hope Beyond programmes. In most cases, we give a small percentage of the project cost as this enables us to say yes to more worthwhile causes, although we do occasionally give larger grants. See: https://www.allchurches.co.uk/what-we-fund National Church Trust Funding available for Scotland's cash strapped churches and chapels A range of grants are available from the National Churches Trust Churches and chapels in Scotland needing funding for urgent repairs and maintenance are being encouraged to apply for grants from the National Churches Trust. In 2021, the church support charity expects to allocate more than £1.5m to churches and chapels throughout the UK. Any church, chapel or meeting house in Scotland that is open for regular public worship can apply. See: https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/news/funding-available-scotlands-cash-strapped-churches-and-chapels Scotland’s Churches Trust Scotland’s Churches Trust helps sustain and support Scotland’s places of worship through a range of grants, bursaries, advice and support. Scottish Churches Trust offers grant support to help with: - restoration projects in the repair of buildings and windows - cost of routine preventative maintenance - organ educational awards - support towards organ concerts See: https://scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/




Presbytery Conference - Mission Mapping with Alan McWilliam The conference will identify future mission opportunities across Presbytery, which could include Presbytery wide initiatives, and could be resourced by our next Presbytery Mission Fund. - Wednesday 27th April, 7.00-9.00pm at St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy For churches in clusters: Burntisland/Kinghorn, Cowdenbeath/Lochgelly, Dunfermline, Forth, Kirkcaldy, Levenmouth, West Fife - Tuesday 3rd May, 7.30-9.00pm at Cupar St Johns For churches in Clusters: Cupar, East Neuk, Eden Tay, Glenrothes, North Fife, St Andrews Attending churches should be represented by 2 or 3 persons.

Pioneer Practice Tour Local Event organised by Dundee & Fife Presbytery Saturday 7 May 9.30am-12pm - £8 (9.30am-1.30pm £12 with lunch) North Church, 209 High St, Perth PH1 5PB Booking via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-pioneer-practice-4-7-may-2022-tickets-272673472697 An interactive morning of exploring the exciting potential of pioneering forms of Christian mission and church. Together with local pioneers, we will explore four themes: ‘be you’, ‘see’, ‘build’, and ‘change’ – and hear stories of local pioneering. Additional option to catch up over lunch with local pioneers. About this event Jonny Baker is Director of Mission Education at the Church Mission Society in Oxford, and a renowned writer and inspirer on ‘pioneering’ forms of mission and ministry. He is touring with musician and artist Gav Mart – and working with local pioneers – to explore key themes of ‘Pioneer Practice’, the name of his recent book. Booking is essential so register now to secure your place.

SU Scotland: Getting it right for every child Sat 7th May, City Church, Dundee SU’s upcoming training morning for anyone involved in ministering to children in any context (i.e. family members, friends of family, church workers/volunteers, schools workers etc). We meet on Sat 7 May from 9.30-12.30 at City Church, Tullideph Road, Dundee for a morning which includes: Bible teaching A look at the world of a Scottish child in 2022 Creative ideas for engaging children A choice of seminars including online safety and supporting ASN Coffee and cake The morning is free of charge and anyone interested can book using this link form.jotform.com/220795161880359]form.jotform.com/220795161880359

FX RURAL GATHERING, 10TH-12TH MAY Are you involved in pioneering, exploring doing church in a different way, leading a fresh expression of church? Are you in a rural context? Then why not come and join us….. and as we journey together, share, worship, listen, speak, and eat, our prayer is that God will meet us where we are and we will encounter God in the midst of our lives.….and that as you leave you will do so with a sense of God can and God will….a sense of expectation, whether it be huge or as small as a mustard seed.. to be co-workers in the Kingdom. As we gather from across our rural contexts, after having prayed and listened to one another and to God we have taken our theme from 1 Corinthians 3; in particular those words “..but only God, who makes things grow.” To find out more and book your place, CLICK HERE.




The Haven opens at Glenrothes Kingdom Shopping Centre

At the start of Lent, the Haven Project recently opened it’s doors to the community of Glenrothes. Based at Glenrothes Kingdom Shopping Centre, the Haven is a place sanctuary welcoming the community with a space to find support, reflect and encounter God.


The Haven offers a variety of activities supported by local church volunteers, ministers and ministry staff. With an Arts & Craft area, Children’s area, Prayer space and lounge - the Haven provides a space for everyone.


Developed by the Glenrothes Area Covenanted Partnership, this new mission initiative hopes to develop local partnerships to meet community needs. It has already been warmly and decided to extend its opening until at least Pentecost, responding to the growing interest and opportunities.


For more information about this exciting new mission initiative, please contact Irene Ure: Iure@churchofscotland.org.uk




Peace Pole Ecumenical Service

There will be an Ecumenical gathering at the Peace Pole in Pittencrieff Park in Dunfemline on the last Sunday of every month at 3pm.


Rev MaryAnn Rennie, Minister of Dunfermline Abbey, will lead a short time of reflection and prayers for those enduring wars and unrest at the time.


All are encouraged to join together and share in this time of stillness.


Talking Mission: Church Vitality with Very Rev Dr Martin Fair Recording now available via YouTube: https://youtu.be/6fN0rxYUkpo

We start our second series of Talking Mission with Very Rev Dr Martin Fair, former Moderator of the General Assembly, Minister at Arbroath: and host of “To Be Fair” Podcast. Martin summarises his experience by saying he exhibits a passion for creativity and mission.

Martin will consider church vitality, drawing on his broad experience working across the Church of Scotland to ask the question: what makes for a healthy church?


Presbytery Prayer Gathering - Tuesday’s @ 9am via Zoom An informal weekly gathering for prayer for the Presbytery of Fife via zoom. All are warmly welcome. Meeting ID: 317 522 8773 Passcode: PRAYERROOM https://zoom.us/j/3175228773pwd=SjJpWmlqWGVQSGlIeUFIeTd6TXEyZz09


Presbytery Conference - Mission Mapping with Alan McWilliam The conference will identify future mission opportunities across Presbytery, which could include Presbytery wide initiatives, and could be resourced by our next Presbytery Mission Fund. - Wednesday 27th April, 7.00-9.00pm at St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy For churches in clusters: Burntisland/Kinghorn, Cowdenbeath/Lochgelly, Dunfermline, Forth, Kirkcaldy, Levenmouth, West Fife - Tuesday 3rd May, 7.00-9.00pm at Cupar St Johns For churches in Clusters: Cupar, East Neuk, Eden Tay, Glenrothes, North Fife, St Andrews Attending churches should be represented by 2 or 3 persons.


Discipleship Course with Hannah Sanderson From Monday 25th April, 2.00-3.00pm at St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy. A Presbytery-wide Discipleship Course will run for 6 weeks at St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy. The course follows from the information sessions ran last month. This course is open to anyone across Presbytery. For more information about the course, see: https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/resources/exploring-discipleship Please register via: fife@churchofscotland.org.uk FAO Lorraine



Pioneer Practice Tour Local Event organised by Dundee & Fife Presbytery Saturday 7 May 9.30am-12pm - £8 (9.30am-1.30pm £12 with lunch) North Church, 209 High St, Perth PH1 5PB Booking via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-pioneer-practice-4-7-may-2022-tickets-272673472697

An interactive morning of exploring the exciting potential of pioneering forms of Christian mission and church.

Together with local pioneers, we will explore four themes: ‘be you’, ‘see’, ‘build’, and ‘change’ – and hear stories of local pioneering.

Additional option to catch up over lunch with local pioneers. About this event Jonny Baker is Director of Mission Education at the Church Mission Society in Oxford, and a renowned writer and inspirer on ‘pioneering’ forms of mission and ministry. He is touring with musician and artist Gav Mart – and working with local pioneers – to explore key themes of ‘Pioneer Practice’, the name of his recent book. Booking is essential so register now to secure your place.



Magnitude Gathering Saturday 23rd - Wednesday 27th July

Magnitude is back for 2022, and this year are planning to be in person at Lendrick Muir! Gathering from Saturday 23rd to Wednesday 27th July, join us for a five-day adventure in the heart of Scotland, designed specifically to enable young people aged 11-18 to encounter more of the magnitude of God: in His Word, in worship, and in wonder at His creation. We are also extending the super early bird discount until the end of February, meaning there is plenty of time for you to secure your booking at the best price! Head to magnitude.org.uk/booking for more information!


Church of Scotland ASCEND

Ascend is the training, support and development centre for all those involved in ministries across the Church of Scotland.


For all the latest training and support information see:

https://ascend.churchofscotland.org.uk/events/


A series of webinars [March 31-June 16] to encourage renewed vision and inspire new ways of thinking for our church life and worship.

RENEW: Being church and ministry with children and young people About this event These Zoom webinars will provide an opportunity to explore new ideas and approaches in ministry with children, youth and family, and ways of being church. Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/renew-church-and-ministry-with-children-and-young-people-tickets We are facing great changes as a church and as we emerge from Covid-19, but we also have opportunities to explore new ways of connecting and sharing faith. How can we prioritise ministry with younger people within our communities of faith in new ways?

Each webinar will offer inspiration from specialists; stories from people who have renewed their approaches; and opportunities to discuss with others how you might explore this area in your context.

These seven webinars are a great opportunity for members of the Kirk Session, Ministers, Paid Workers and Volunteers to come together to explore how to develop and deepen what you may already be doing, or to consider new approaches.

Sign up to the sessions on Zoom that interest you - each one is on a Thursday evening, from 7.30-9pm.

Thursday 31 March, 7.30-9pm: ReNew – With Creation With Lucie Hutson from Muddy Church

Thursday 28 April, 7.30-9pm: ReNew – Worship for All With Nick and Becky Drake, authors and worship leaders

Thursday 5 May, 7.30-9pm: ReNew – Young Children and Families With Mary Hawes, Church of England National Children and Youth Advisor

Thursday 12 May, 7.30-9pm: ReNew – Church Vision for Children and Young People With Ali Campbell, Youth and Children's Ministry Consultant

Thursday 2 June, 7.30-9pm: ReNew - Faith at Home With Gill Lyth, from Care for the Family

Thursday 9 June, 7.30-9pm: ReNew - Be Bold, Be Brave: Smaller Churches, Bigger Community? With Rev Douglas Creighton, Minister of East Neuk Trinity linked with St Monans

Thursday 16 June, 7.30-9pm: ReNew - Messy Church, Intergenerational Discipleship With Jane Butler and Aike Kennett-Brown, Messy Church Training & Development Leads




Bible Alive Training Course

The next non-residential course takes place at Falkirk Free Church on Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Tuesday 17th May.


The course runs from approximately 9.00am-5.30pm each day and the cost is £85, including lunch and refreshments as well as training materials.


The closing date for this course is Friday 8th April and the booking form can be found at https://forms.office.com/r/wTnkykmH5r


For more information please contact: lesley.crawford@suscotland.org.uk



Bring to life what Easter is really all about and take part in running your own Easter Adventure Holiday Club! This two-and-a-half-hour holiday event takes children on a journey from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection, and includes drama, games, Bible teaching, crafts and songs, and there’s even a Bible devotional booklet you can print to take home. Ideal for use by churches, messy church teams or holiday club teams.

Find out more and download this resource today: suscotland.org.uk/easteradventure


SHINE: Influencers SHINE is all about providing resources for EXPLORING the Christian faith.

This year the theme is INFLUENCERS.

Who influences you the most? What would life look like if Jesus was your greatest influence? What do you think of the fact that Jesus was voted the number one greatest influencer of all time?

Be part of something bigger across the UK and Ireland as both school and youth groups sign up to be part of SHINE.


Sharing Jesus is a resource designed to help people add a spiritual dimension alongside what you’re already doing. It has ideas for sharing Jesus in a new worshipping community, Fresh Expression of the church, missional community or church plant as well as community groups.


Over the 30+ years of pioneering new, contextual forms of church we’ve found that the part of the Fresh Expressions/Loving First journey people struggle with the most is introducing a spiritual element to their gatherings in a sensitive and contextual way which is why we created this resource.


Sharing Jesus adopts an open-handed, walking together, learning from one another, asking questions approach. It’s not about telling people what to believe, but about saying to friends: “This is what I am finding helpful. What do you think? Might we explore this spiritual path together?” It includes seven topics, each with a video animation, a video story, and a short downloadable guide with additional ideas and explanation. The resources are arranged logically to give them a shape, but please don’t follow the order! Go to the section that most interests you.


For more information, see: http://sharingjesus.life/?mc_cid=12ebbcebb2&mc_eid=70f95ab914


Funding Looking for funding for a church project or mission initiative? Fife Presbytery now has access to a large UK-wide funding database. Funding searches can be specifically tailored for the purposes and focus of church projects or mission initiatives. Churches/projects can arrange a funding support session with the Mission Director to explore the database and funding possibilities. If you would like to know more and to arrange a funding support session, please get in touch via: neil.campbell@churchofscotland.org.uk Ballie Gifford Awards Status: Open Deadline: 28th April 2022 This fund is aimed at supporting grassroots community organisations across Scotland. Grants are up to £15,000 over three years (i.e. up to £5,000 per year). Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate a fit with one of the following priorities:

  • Reducing isolation in Scotland’s communities: this includes all forms of isolation whether due to health, disability, rurality, or projects which aim to tackle barriers to inclusion

  • Supporting financial inclusion: this can include food poverty-related projects and those that seek to maximise the income of families that may be struggling due to the impact of Universal Credit, disability, in work poverty and so on

  • Overcoming homelessness: this includes any work to tackle homelessness in our communities

  • Improving employability and enterprise, particularly in young people.

They clearly state: ‘religious groups may apply for funding for non-religious activity that will benefit the wider community beyond their own specific congregation and is open to all on a non-denominational basis.’ For further information and access to the application process click on this link: https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/apply-for-funding/funding-available/baillie-gifford-multi-year People’s Health Trust The Active Communities programme is now open to applications if:

  • Your organisation supports people to create or shape local projects that will help their community or neighbourhood to become even better

  • You are a not for profit organisation or group (for a full list of eligible organisations, click here)

  • Your income is less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 or less over the last two years

  • You have less than six months’ annual running costs in savings (with no restrictions on the money) after you have deducted the grant you wish to request from us

  • Your organisation has been constituted for at least three months For more information, please see: https://www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk/apply-for-funding

Church of Scotland Small Grants Scheme Church of Scotland Small Grant Scheme is now open for grants of up to £1k: See: https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/small-grants-fund SCVO Funding Scotland Funding at your fingertips Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using our free online search engine. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, we can help you track down the funding you need to make a difference in your community. See: https://fundingscotland.com/ The National Lottery Community Fund Improving Lives The National Lottery Community Fund's Improving Lives programme is open to voluntary or community organisations. The programme aims to help people facing challenging circumstances especially activities that mean people: are better able to identify ways to take control over their lives and build resilience:

  • are able to shape the activities and services they use to better meet their needs

  • have more access to support and opportunities to improve their lives

The grants range from £10,001 to £200,000. See: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/grants-for-improving-lives

Bank of Scotland Foundation Reach Apply for funding of between £1,000-£25,000 over one year. Funds can be used for many charitable purposes but not solely to advance religion. The fund opens on 7 March and closes again on 17 March. See: https://www.bankofscotlandfoundation.org/funding-programmes/reach AllChurches Trust AllChurches Trust like to fund projects that demonstrate an impact on people and communities. Applicants should include clear (and where possible, measurable) outcomes for projects and demonstrate how they will ensure sustainability beyond our funding. It’s also important to show how additional funding support will be sought to enable the project to be completed. Our open grants normally fund capital projects and equipment, not salaries or running costs, with the exception of our transformational and Hope Beyond programmes. In most cases, we give a small percentage of the project cost as this enables us to say yes to more worthwhile causes, although we do occasionally give larger grants. See: https://www.allchurches.co.uk/what-we-fund National Church Trust Funding available for Scotland's cash strapped churches and chapels A range of grants are available from the National Churches Trust Churches and chapels in Scotland needing funding for urgent repairs and maintenance are being encouraged to apply for grants from the National Churches Trust. In 2021, the church support charity expects to allocate more than £1.5m to churches and chapels throughout the UK. Any church, chapel or meeting house in Scotland that is open for regular public worship can apply. See: https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/news/funding-available-scotlands-cash-strapped-churches-and-chapels Scotland’s Churches Trust Scotland’s Churches Trust helps sustain and support Scotland’s places of worship through a range of grants, bursaries, advice and support. Scottish Churches Trust offers grant support to help with: - restoration projects in the repair of buildings and windows - cost of routine preventative maintenance - organ educational awards - support towards organ concerts See: https://scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/




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The newly established Presbytery of Forth Valley and Clydesdale has appointed its first clerk.

Rev Julie Rennick said she is "delighted" to have been invited to take up the position as part of a move to reshape the Church's structure and make it more suited to the needs of the 21st century The new presbytery is currently made up of the former Hamilton and Lanark presbyteries and it is anticipated that the General Assembly will approve a proposal to have Falkirk Presbytery formally join the grouping on the 31st of May. Mrs Rennick is currently the minister at Larbert West Parish Church and clerk to the Presbytery of Falkirk. She is expected to take up her new role in mid-May, initially as associate clerk and presbyters attending the presbytery gathering on the 19th June will be invited to appoint her as clerk when she will subsequently take the oath de fideli. POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE Speaking on International Women's Day, Mrs Rennick said: "I am delighted to have accepted the position. "I feel that the move to bringing presbyteries together will create a strong base for ministerial and congregational support, especially in these days of needed reductions. "My hope is that I will be able to build bridges to enable voices to be heard, create a positive atmosphere and encourage ministers to support each other in the tasks ahead. "I have been overwhelmed by the reactions of friends and colleagues who have been very encouraging and I have received many messages of congratulations." Before her move to Larbert, Mrs Rennick served as the minister of Earlston Parish Church in the Scottish Borders and she was depute clerk to the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles. Prior to entering the ministry, she was a youth worker, a reader in the Church and worked for many years in retail management. Rev Bryan Kerr will continue to serve as interim clerk of the Presbytery of Forth Valley and Clydesdale until the presbytery gathering in June, working alongside Mrs Rennick to ensure a smooth transition and handover. She will remain the clerk to the Presbytery of Falkirk - which has been central to the new presbytery's decision making and strategic planning since the beginning of the year – until it officially joins. AMBITION FOR CHANGE Mr Kerr said: "I am delighted that following a competitive application process Julie has been appointed. "We are trying to ensure our new presbytery is built around care and support of both those engaged in ministry and our congregations. "Julie brings both experience and fresh perspective to the role and shares the same ambition for change and reform as the presbytery itself recently affirmed at its first meeting. "We have found a clerk to lead us in new and exciting ways." MISSION NEEDS The Presbytery of Forth Valley and Clydesdale, which has an office in Hamilton, recently, for the first time in a court of the Church of Scotland, appointed two co-Moderators, Rev Dr Shaw J Paterson and Jim Watt, for the first 20-month term. Like all Church of Scotland presbyteries, Forth Valley and Clydesdale are currently working on a draft Mission Plan to determine how limited resources should be allocated over a five-year period to ensure that the Church meets 21st century mission needs. A mission planning team is currently surveying Kirk Sessions about how the "Five Marks of Mission" impact congregational life and consultation on a building assessment has begun. Representatives of every congregation are being asked for their views and it is hoped that a final plan will be presented to the presbytery in September.

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Presbytery Prayer Gathering - Tuesday’s @ 9am via Zoom An informal weekly gathering for prayer for the Presbytery of Fife via zoom. All are warmly welcome. Meeting ID: 317 522 8773 Passcode: PRAYERROOM https://zoom.us/j/3175228773pwd=SjJpWmlqWGVQSGlIeUFIeTd6TXEyZz09 Fife Presbytery Africa Common Interest Group The next meeting will be held on Monday 7 March at 7pm via Zoom. Meeting ID: 817 3793 7188 Passcode: 015174

Discussion items include:

  1. Do we wish to encourage exchanges, and for what purposes?

  2. Are there things we can do regarding a focus for Fife Presbytery eg hosting zoom meetings with Mission Partners

  3. Can we raise awareness of issues such the legacy of slavery, climate and global justice.

  4. Further contacts for the Group – Coptic Church, with Cameroon, and with Gary Brough on boosting partnerships

  5. Proposal for schools linking between Fife and Zambia

Poverty Forum 2 Tuesday 8th March, 7.00pm via Zoom Meeting ID: 938 4075 5671Passcode: 690583 https://zoom.us/j/93840755671?pwd=SkVZZU9mVnJTVS9Rb3V2MGRleXB6dz09 Jesus said, “ The thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I came that they have life and have it in abundantly” (St John 10 v10) With Shirley Grieve, Priority Areas Secretary; Jacky Close: Director Faith in Community; Gillian Paterson: Minister Wellesley Parish Church (Priority Area) & Elisabeth Cranfield: Methilhill & Denbeath Parish Church (Priority Area) A second opportunity to hear from experts and to share and ask questions about how we can defeat the ‘thief’ Jesus condemns with resilient abundance. The early stages of this work will be funded from Jane’s Moderatorial year (6th Feb ‘21 - 19th Feb, ‘22 Come and join the conversation! Jane Barron & Neil Campbell

Drop in with Carol Finlay (Faith Impact Forum) and Val Brown (Christian Aid) Thursday 24th March 2022, 11am - 2pm @ Dalgety Parish Church, Regents Way, Dalgety Bay A drop in for anyone in Presbytery who would like to meet up with them, hear what is happening as we come out of Covid, catch up on resources, events, ask questions etc. ”Italian Oranges, Malawian Pigeon Peas, Olive Oil from the Holy Land, Indian spices - Impact Forum and Christian Aid have been bringing the sounds, tastes and interests of the global church to your doorstep for many years, but for the last two, we have really missed interacting on a face to face basis with you. Carol Finlay and Val Brown are visiting Presbyteries across the country, looking to meet again with supporters, churches, and folks on Presbytery mission groups to let them know a wee bit more about how they can embed the issues and concerns of the World Church partners, and Christian Aid partners into the broader work of the church. As we all look to live out the Biblical mandate for justice where we are, it is often helpful to have a global perspective. We’re interested to hear what the churches locally are up to, and where we might be able to offer some support. We want to thank you for your continuing support and to seek a way forward post Covid-19. We’ll be at Dalgety Parish Church on Thursday 24th March from 11am till 2pm, so drop in and join us for a cuppa and a chat whenever suits. We look forward to seeing you.”



Exploring leadership

We have a special meal with leadership reflections for a limited number of youth leaders and it is completely free. Book before the 10th of March to secure a place on this evening. At a time when leadership is so needed why not join with others for this special event. Book at : https://yfcuk.brushfire.com/exploringleadership/528194





Welcoming refugee families in Scotland through Community Sponsorship

You are warmly invited to an information session for faith communities, Welcoming refugee families to Scotland through community sponsorship, on Thursday 3rd February 2022 at 5.30pm.


For more details, please see: https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/events/welcoming-refugee-families-in-scotland-through-community-sponsorship


Fit for Funding Workshops for Fife Faith Communities Tuesday 1st & Tuesday 8th February 7-9pm via Zoom Registration Via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fit-for-funding-workshops-tickets-230868944227 Fife Presbytery in partnership with Faith in Community Dundee are facilitating free online Fit for Funding Workshops for Fife Faith Communities and partner projects. This course is split over two evenings, Tuesday 1st and 7th February. The burden of applying for funding can often fall on the shoulders of 1 or 2 people, these free workshops are an opportunity to introduce others to the art of applying for funding! Please book BOTH workshops via Eventbrite (link below) as we will email you key material before the sessions. Attendance at both workshops is recommended.

Fit for Funding Workshops: Tuesday 1st February & Tuesday 8th February 7-9pm (on zoom).

Jacky Close and Alex Sandison from Faith in Community Dundee, will be facilitating this course, looking at how we apply for funding for our community focussed activities.

These practical and informative workshops will address the key aspects of applying for funding. These workshops are suitable for people who are new or newer to funding. During these workshops we will cover:

• How to communicate your ideas effectively in a funding application

• Project Planning checklist – do you have everything you need?

• Jargon – what are aims, targets, outputs, outcomes, indicators?

• Developing a budget

• Where to access funding – information about local and national funders (we will focus on Dundee Funders and national funders)

• If you’re successful – what about reports and budgeting?

Please book both workshops via Eventbrite, PLEASE BOOK BOTH DATES (@ Select a Date) via:

Fit for Funding Workshops Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite


Fresh Expressions: WHO ME? Online Event

Do you have a passion to share the good news of Jesus in new & creative ways but don't know where to start?

JOIN US for our next WHO ME? Online Event on Thursday 10th Feb 7:30 - 9pm and we'll help you! Register your place here https://us06web.zoom.us/.../tZYkf...

Who Me? Is an exploration into Fresh Expressions and your role in God's mission.

Come and take part in an informal evening about how everyday Jesus followers like you are involved in forming new vibrant Christian communities in every ordinary nook and cranny of life.