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Special Services
19th August 2018
Bennochy Church

Our annual Bereavement Service this year takes place on Sunday 30th September at 3pm.

Our Harvest Service is planned for 7th October. Again we hope to have our Missionary partner, Jenny Featherstone, live on screen from Zambia. An offering will be taken to support Jenny's work.

Poppy Appeal: Don’t forget to keep your empty plastic bottles - the ones with the curved bases are ideal - to make our poppy display for November. If possible please cut off the base ready for painting.

July Missionary News
18th July 2018
Jenny Featherstone

The July 2018 newsletter is now available from our missionary partner Jenny Featherstone in Zambia.

You can read her latest news by clicking here ...

Walking Festival
8th July 2018

Bennochy Walkers will be taking part in the first ever Kirkcaldy Walking Festival organised by Greener Kirkcaldy. Our walk is on 15th July and takes the form of a Scavenger Hunt.

We meet at on Newliston Drive at 12:45pm. It’ll be a 5.5 mile walk down W Bogie Rd, through Raith Woods, emerging at Kdy Golf Club , then back to Church for refreshments. More info if required from Dianne - 07980367632. All are welcome.

Joint Summer Services
17th June 2018
Bennochy Church

Our joint Summer Services take place as follows, all at 11am. The theme is Crossing the Divides: money, sex, age, gender, and ethnic origin. But Jesus is the way across.

  • 8th July: Bennochy Church - Taboos, and pigs might fly (Acts10)
  • 15th July: Abbotshall Church - Weird, included, even inspired (Acts8)
  • 22nd July: Linktown Church - Stand up, speak out - #MeToo (Mark 7)
  • 29th July: St Bryce Kirk - Taboos, Touched, Torn, Transformed (Luke5)

Messy Sunday
3rd June 2018
Messy Church

Sunday, 10th June, is Messy Sunday. There will be an interactive family service with tea/coffee to follow. At 12.30 the new mural will be unveiled and there will then be a Barbecue, followed by activities for the children. The Community Choir will perform at 1.30 and the North Primary School choir will sing at 3 p.m. - something for everyone. Please stay if you can.

The Green and Quirky Upcycling Project: MAC n MOVIE
20th May 2018

The G & Q is running an event on Sunday 17th June, 3pm - 5.30pm.

We will show a movie in the Methven Hall followed by macaroni & cheese & garlic bread, tea/coffee.

Because of licence restrictions, we are not permitted to advertise the title of the movie outside the premises or on posters but word of mouth is allowed! There are only 50 tickets available from Pat B, Rona T or Dianne W.

The Olive Branch Cafe will also sell tickets on Thursday 24th May, or you can email Dianne – diannebwaddell@live.co.uk.

Please support the first of such events in our newly refurbished community hall.

Glenrothes Riverside Walk
20th May 2018

The Walkers next walk is on Sunday 27th May leaving from the Church at 12.45pm. We will be heading to Glenrothes Riverside and woods. The walk will be led by Carol and Wilma and we will leave the church at the usual time of 12.45, car sharing as usual. The walk is roughly 4.5 miles and our refreshment stop will be arranged.

Messy Wedding
6th May 2018
Messy Church

Royal wedding fever is all over the media and we thought we would join in!

Abbotshall & Bennochy Churches of Scotland, invite your family along to a MESSY WEDDING!

Have fun dressing up for the photo booth! Enjoy the free wedding feast! Join in with the many traditional wedding celebrations! Hear about the first miracle in the Bible! All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note the change of time: Sunday 13th May, 3-5pm, Bennochy Parish Church of Scotland. For more information, please contact Louisa Turner, Development Worker.

Christian Aid Week
22nd April 2016
Christian Aid

Christian Aid Week this year is from 13th - 19th May.

Date for your diary - The Christian Aid Soup and Sweet Lunch is on Sunday 13th May immediately after the service. Tickets available from Christine or Charlie Low and Angela Stewart.

Update: We have great pleasure in announcing that the Soup and Sweet Lunch on Sunday 13th May raised £595.80, and a further £248 was received from the retiral collection at the funeral of the late Ann Wooton. A collection at the morning service on Sunday 20th May realised £400 and a further £67.50 will be reclaimed from Gift Aid – making the grand total for the charity £1,311.30.

Our most sincere thanks to everyone who participated in and/or supported this fund raiser in any way whatsoever.

Yvonne Coull Network Coordinator Award 2018
25th March 2018
Bennochy Church

Bennochy church wishes to congratulate our development worker, Louisa Turner, on being awarded the 'Yvonne Coull Network Coordinator Award 2018' at the Generations Working Together (GWT) annual conference. Louisa was awarded this for her enthusiasm, hard work, effort and support to GWT and to the Fife network. It is a prestigious award, which Louisa feels very humble to be given.

Louisa says, "I would not have had this opportunity to engage with this organisation if I were not employed by Bennochy Church and promoting the intergenerational side of the Open Door Project, with the church/school links, Messy Church and future intergenerational work within the community garden. Thank you for giving me free range to explore new avenues and widen my horizons."

As Louisa was not at the awards ceremony, she didn't even get to do a thank you speech! If you don't know what the award is all about, next time you see Louisa, ask her!

Olive Branch Café Reopens
18th March 2018
The Olive Branch Café

The Olive Branch Café will be re-opening on Thursday 29th March in the newly refurbished Methven Hall and we look forward to welcoming our customers back from the extended break. The Café opens from 11am for Teas/Coffees and Cake, with lunchtime Soup & Sandwiches etc. from 12 noon.

Bunny Drive
11th March 2018
Bunny Drive

The Women's Group's annual Bunny Drive will be held on Tuesday 3rd April at 6.30 pm in the Methven Hall. Tickets £4 adults and £2 children can be had from Group members. Come along and enjoy the excitement, a delicious buffet supper, prizes and a raffle. This is a fun evening for all the family.

Update: The ladies of the Women's Group would like to thank everyone who came, bought tickets, donated raffle prizes etc, for their Bunny Drive on 3rd April. A very successful night was enjoyed by everyone. The Methven Hall was decorated for Easter and looked great. The sum of £406.50 was raised. Thank you.

Adverse Weather for Sunday 4th March
3rd March 2018
Snow at Bennochy

With the congregations safety in mind if you feel that it is unsafe to come to Church then please remain at home. However if you feel you still wish to come to Church, it will be open for worship but on an ad-hoc basis.

Robin will be attending and the Church will be open.

As a result we will provide be a much shorter service and singing will be dependent on the attendance of the organist.

Thanks from Salvation Army
4th February 2018
Xmas Gifts

On behalf of The Salvation Army - Kirkcaldy Corps I would like to thank you for your kind and generous donation of toys and some monetary donations. These toys were used for our 2017 Christmas Toy Appeal. Every Christmas holiday season there are hundreds of families across Scotland who experience some type of hardship that prevents them from having an enjoyable Christmas season. Your generous donation enables us to continue to do our part to help needy families within our surrounding community in Fife.

Thank you for support to the Salvation Army - Kirkcaldy Corps. It has truly been appreciated. - Heather Coles, Major in the Salvation Army.

February Messy Church
4th February 2018
Messy Church

Abbotshall & Bennochy Messy Church team would like to invite you and your family along to our next session, which is planned for Sunday 18th February from 2pm - 4pm. Please note that we have changed our time to have fun, meet with friends and eat together whilst hearing about Abraham's journey, through games, crafts and activities. Everyone is welcome. Age is no barrier, but children need to be accompanied by an adult.

If you are unable to join us on 18th February our next sessions are as follows - Sunday 2pm - 4pm, 13th May, with our large community session of Messy Sunday on 10th June 2018. All sessions meet in the church halls of Bennochy Parish Church.

If you would like to join the team in supporting sessions, with ideas, cooking or with particular prayers, please speak with Louisa Turner, Development Worker in the first instance.

Bennochy Community Garden Project
4th February 2018
Community Garden

Its official! Over the past 18 months, there has been a small group of volunteers, from the Bennochy Community Garden Project, who have dug and got dirty, with planting and creating an orchard, bulb and mosaic art, along with planting bulbs and wellies, all within the church grounds. There has also been a small group of volunteers, from within the congregation, who have busied themselves in all weathers, in the church garden.

All the hard work, of all the volunteers and children from Dunnikier Primary school, has been recognised.

At a recent awards ceremonies, our partners – Growing Kirkcaldy, accepted certificates on behalf of Kirkcaldy. Kirkcaldy was awarded a Silver Gilt, for the Small City 2017, category from Britain in Bloom and a Gold award, for the Small City 2017 from Keep Scotland Beautiful. Britain in Bloom judges rated the Community Involvement throughout Kirkcaldy as Gold standard. This included the church garden which all our volunteers, contributed sterling hard work. Growing Kirkcaldy has expressed their thanks to Bennochy Community Garden Project and the Volunteers maintaining the Bennochy church grounds, and stated that we should all be proud of each individual’s efforts, which have contributed to the awards. Well done to everyone!

Good news continues - the Project was recently awarded £200 from Asda's Green Token Fund. Thank you to all who shopped at Asda and donated to our green token collection. The monies will be going towards some raised planters for our garden.

And more exciting news ...a volunteer at the Olive Branch Café - Ian Thislie, mentioned a fund which we could possibly apply to, to further support our community garden fund, we applied and were successful. We were granted four times more than what we had applied for! The Bennochy Community Garden Project's vision is hopefully going to be realised in 2018. A meeting to discuss our vision and the best way to realise it is to be held on Wednesday 7th February at 11am in the church gardens initially followed by refreshments indoors. We have invited partners from the community to attend the meeting and you are also cordially invited to join us, to decide the best way to spend our funding. If you are interested in the Bennochy Community Garden Project but are unable to attend the meeting, please have a chat with either the Minister or Louisa Turner, Development Worker.

Lent Studies
28th January 2018
Lent Studies

The joint Lent studies course begins on 18th February and will run for five Sunday evenings. It is based on the film, 'the way'. All meetings start at 7pm.

Meet, ask, talk around the Christian faith: ‘a journey through Lent’ based on the film The Way.

Suits ages 13 - 113. Expect humour, stories, ideas. Come to one, a few or all - each meeting stands on its own.

Dates for the classes:

  • Sunday 18th Feb. 7pm in Linktown Church
  • Sunday. 25th Feb. 7pm in West End Church
  • Sunday 4th Mar. 7pm in Abbotshall Church
  • Sunday 11th Mar. 7pm in Bennochy Church
  • Sunday 18th Mar. 7pm in St. Bryce Kirk

Kirkcaldy Town Walk
21st January 2018

The Walkers next walk is on Sunday 28th January leaving from the Church at 12.45pm. The walk is around Kirkcaldy and is less than 5 miles. There are no steep hills but it may well be muddy underfoot at times. Meet at Church at 12.45 p.m. Come and join us.

The Green and Quirky Upcycling Project
4th January 2018
The Green and Quirky Upcycling Project

A new year. A new project for Bennochy.

The G & Q aims to save tired, old castoffs from end of life in landfill, transforming them into useful, pleasing items which can be sold via social media. Our church will benefit from the profits from sales.

The sort of things we shall upcycle are:

  • Small pieces of furniture (bedside table, small bookcase, chest of drawers)
  • Fabric, yarn and sewing basket oddments
  • Lampshades

We already have several pieces waiting to be resurrected. We have no storage space in church and so we must limit ourselves to the number of projects we can reasonably work on and keep safely at home. So,

  • If upcycling appeals to you
  • If you are skilled in woodwork / sewing/ electrical work/or keen to learn skills
  • If you can attend fortnightly workshops at church
  • If you have space in your shed to store the project you are working on
  • If your creative hands are itching at the prospect of a fresh, new venture at Bennochy
then speak to Dianne, 07980367632.

First planning meeting Wed 17th Jan at 11.00am in the Meldrum Room, open to all in Bennochy Community.

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