Minister

Rev. Robin McAlpine

Rev. Robin McAlpine
2011 - Present

History (2016 - 2017)

Our annual RNLI SOS Tea Afternoon was held in the Methven Hall in February with proceeds to the Kirkcaldy branch of the RNLI.

In May we hosted a craft and art fair in the Methven Hall whilst outside it was Welly Planting Day where much welly throwing was enjoyed whilst planting continued in the garden. The garden improvements were organised by the new Community Garden Project team tasked with improving community use of the Church grounds.

Some of the crafts from the Craft/Art Fair
Some of the crafts from the Craft/Art Fair
Visit The Photo Gallery View more pictures from the Craft/Art Fair

Also in May we hosted a Fiddlers Rally in aid of the RNLI which saw a concert by Fife Strathspey and Reel Society performed in the Church.

In August the Messy Church hosted a picnic in the Beveridge Park.

A new event in September was the Car Treasure Hunt in which teams drove around the local towns to find the answer to 50 clues. The hunt ended in Falkland with the winner correctly finding 49 correct answers!

Our annual Fun & Find Out Day hosted local families in the garden and the halls. Volunteers served tea/coffee and managed the events.

Our Harvest Sunday again collected foodstuffs for the Kirkcaldy Branch of the Salvation Army. These were generous donations of harvest produce which were distributed to the needy in the district. In addition, a collection was also held for Jenny Featherstone in Zambia. The pictures below show one of the tables of collected goods and the specially decorated Church.

Harvest Gifts 2016
Harvest Gifts 2016
Harvest Decorations
Harvest Decorations
Harvest Decorations
Harvest Decorations

The popular Family Quiz Night, hosted by the Womens Group, encouraged lively competition and included a delicious savoury buffet supper.

The Messy Church, currently held every few months, has been a great success during the year and is now hosting families with links to Abbotshall Church as well as additional families from our community. Because of this, expansion of their activities is planned as well as more regular events.

A Fish Supper Concert was held in October in support of the Kirkcaldy Branch of the RNLI. During the month, Fish Supper events were held all over the country.

Our Christmas shoe box collection in support of the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal was once again well supported with many boxes being sent to eastern European countries for Christmas.

Blythswood shoe boxes ready for collection
Blythswood shoe boxes ready for collection
Christmas Box Appeal Christmas Box Appeal
A selection of some of the boxes collected for the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal

A special musical event, The Bennochy Winter Concert, was held in early December. This included performances from the church choir, community choir, two singing groups from Glenrothes Amateur Musical Association, a piper, mandolin player and more. There was a raffle at the interval and the Quilting Group were selling cushions which they had been making.

New for 2016 was a joint Messy Church event, the Messy Nativity, held in a vacant shop in The Mercat as a joint venture between Bennochy and Abbotshall Churches.

The toy gifts for the work of the Salvation Army were received in the early December service, just in time for Christmas.

The Christmas Teas, with selected festive stalls, were again held in the Methven Hall to great success.

The Christmas Teas
The Christmas Teas
Visit The Photo Gallery View more pictures from the 2016 Christmas Teas

A full selection of Advent celebrations were held including carol singing, Sunday School presentation, watch night service and Christmas day family service. A selection of pictures of the Church decorations and the Poinsettias can be seen below:

Advent Candles Christmas Poinsettias
Christmas Tree Christmas Poinsettias

2017

Bruce Davies, the acclaimed singer/songwriter and congregation member, presented a concert in the Church in January. It was a Scottish themed night with 'a wee taste of Burns' and some haggis 'n' neeps which went down well!

Early March was the time for the Messy Easter Celebration, as the Messy Church considered Jesus' statement of 'I AM the Resurrection'. They hunted for an elusive Easter egg, had fun with a hammer and nails, smeared paint, made things, including chocolate nests, and enjoyed other activities together before sitting down for something to eat.

We celebrated the Word of Life in March with special signs (see below).

Word of Life 2017
Word of Life 2017

 

Bennochy Parish Church by Rev. Jack Gisbey

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