Let us no bide awa' frae the Kirk
Joint Summer Services
18th June 2022
Joint Summer Services

This year we are again rotating services in July around the Kirkcaldy Town Centre Churches as follows:

  • 10th July - Abbotshall Church
  • 17th July - Bennochy Church
  • 24th July - St Bryce Kirk
  • 31st July - Linktown Church

All services start at 11am. Some services may also be available online so please check our website nearer each date.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee
31st May 2022
Queen's Platinum Jubilee

We are all getting excited for this coming Thursday in the Olive Branch Cafe. An afternoon full of celebration in commemoration of the Queen's reign. Those present at the afternoon tea will not only hear wonderful music, receive a handmade gift but will also be able to see history blankets made by Balwearie High School pupils.

It will be an afternoon to remember, created by the community for the community.

We have a sneak preview of the special booklet created for our Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration which will be available at our Afternoon Tea on Thursday.

Coffee, Book and Chat
9th May 2022
Coffee, Book and Chat via Zoom

Robin will be hosting the next Coffee, Book & Chat via Zoom on Wednesday 8th June starting at 10am - Just bring your own coffee and chat!

Online connection details:

Link:Zoom Link
Meeting ID:835 6132 5403

Bereavement Service 2022
7th May 2022
Bennochy Church

On Sunday afternoon, 12th June, we are planning a remembrance service for those who have lost loved ones over the past couple of years. It will be open to everyone, but specific invites will go out to the family and friends of those whose funeral services Robin has conducted. The service will be at 3pm.

Christian Aid Week
28th April 2022

Bennochy Church has always been generous in its giving to Christian Aid. This Christian Aid week please support its work as it is unjust that drought is driving people into hunger.

As we did last year we have set up a Bennochy 'e' envelope, for people to donate to the work of Christian Aid. If you wish to support their work, please hit the 'donate' button below and choose your amount. It also has the option to share the page with others.

If appropriate, please do not forget to Gift Aid your amount. Please be generous and thank you for supporting the work of Christian Aid.

Robin has set up a this donation page which you can visit by clicking the image below:

Click to donate to Christian Aid

If you are not able to donate in this way but would still like to contribute to the valuable work of Christian Aid please speak to your elder or any office bearer to make an alternative arrangement. There will also be an opportunity to donate on Christian Aid Sunday, 15th May.

Update: We have exceeded our Christian Aid target and have now raised £989.58 (including all donations). Thank you so much for supporting this campaign and helping people in hunger.

Covid Restrictions Update
15th April 2022
Bennochy Church

The Kirk Session met recently to discuss the recent change to COVID restrictions relating to the Scottish Government’s decision to allow the removal of face coverings in places of worship and the advice from the Church of Scotland to encourage best practice for a period of time.

The decision made by the Kirk Session is to:

  • Retain social distancing by using every second pew
  • Encourage people to continue wearing masks on entry until seated (where they can be removed), and again when leaving the building (not mandatory)
  • Encourage people to put masks on while singing (not mandatory)
  • Review these proposals week beginning 2nd May.

Whilst the wearing of face coverings is not mandatory we would ask that you support the decision made by the Kirk Session please.

Stations of the Cross
4th April 2022
Stations of the Cross

There is a very old practice of creating Stations of the Cross which enable reflection on the final hours of Jesus’ life. There are 14 stations, each marking a different moment along the way which led to Jesus’ death. This year, on Good Friday, there will be Stations of the Cross set up in the grounds of Abbotshall and in Abbotshall Church from 12-3pm.

You are invited to come and journey through these stations. They are very visual – with words, meditation, artwork which can be pondered on and engaged with. You are invited to spend time with all of them, or some of them. To spend a lot of time, or just a little. To engage with it in the way which is most helpful for you.

For more information, please contact Trudi Newton at TNewton@churchofscotland.org.uk

Walk through the Bible
22nd March 2022
Kirkcaldy Area Reachout Trust

On Saturday 28th May, KART are hosting a 'Walk through the Bible' adult event at Newcraigs Evangelical Church.

The whole day will be full of engagement and fun whilst looking at the timeline of the New Testament (you do not have to have attended the Old Testament Adult event to come along and enjoy this one).

In March 2019 over 50 people from the local Kirkcaldy churches attended the Old Testament version.

The speaker is Tom Greene who is coming all the way up from Essex to lead the event. Tom heads up the Adult programme for Walk through the Bible in the UK and brings a richness to the teachings.

Click NT Nutshell Kirkcaldy for booking details.

Holy Week Services
20th March 2022
Holy Week Services

Holy week services for 2022, all at 7pm, will be held at:

  • Bennochy - Monday 11th April (Cancelled)
  • St Bryce Kirk - Tuesday 12th April
  • Abbotshall - Wednesday 13th April
  • Linktown - Thursday 14th April
  • Auchtertool - Friday 15th April
  • Kirkcaldy Congregational - Friday 15th April

Easter Sunday service with Communion at Bennochy, 17th April, 11am

Queen's Platinum Jubilee
19th March 2022
Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Bennochy Parish Church will be celebrating with the nation on Thursday 2nd June 2022, from 2pm – 4.30pm, as we commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Tickets for the afternoon tea are now sold out but you can attend the tree planting and choir from 3.30pm without a ticket.

The event will consist of a traditional afternoon tea, with musical accompaniment from pupils of Balwearie High School, followed by tree planting in the garden before returning indoors to hear the Community Choir sing in the Sanctuary.

The organisers would be delighted if you would sport the red, white and blue colours in your attire. If you happen to have any treasures from previous royal occasions or even the Coronation itself, and wouldn’t mind sharing them for a display, please do let Louisa Turner, Development Worker – 07856 940177 know.

Part of the celebration will be spent in the church garden. We are appealing to those able bodied amongst us to meet in the garden on Tuesday 24th May at 10am, to help titivate the garden for our event the following week. If you would like to help but are unable to do so on that day/time, please speak to Louisa Turner, Development Worker.

Handbell Ringers Return
12th March 2022
Handbell Ringers

The Handbell Ringers resume on Tuesday 19th April each week until Tuesday 31st May. This is their first meeting since the start of the Covid pandemic.

New members always welcome. Please contact Margaret Simpson if interested.

Coffee, Book and Chat
9th March 2022
Coffee, Book and Chat via Zoom

Robin will be hosting the next Coffee, Book & Chat via Zoom on Wednesday 23rd March starting at 10am - Just bring your own coffee and chat!

Online connection details:

Link:Zoom Link
Meeting ID:844 5673 0425

The Knit & Natter Group
5th March 2022
The Olive Branch Café

A new knitting group has begun in the Café at 11am on Thursdays. The Knit & Natter group is open to everyone from beginners to those who have been knitting for years.

Bring your knitting and enjoy a cuppa and cake whilst having a natter. For more information please contact Louisa Turner, Development Worker, 07856 940177.

Lent Studies
24th February 2022
Lent Studies

Lent Studies will be via Zoom meetings this year and will take place on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm during Lent. The dates are as follows:

  • Thursday 3rd March
  • Thursday 10th March
  • Thursday 17th March
  • Thursday 24th March
  • Thursday 31st March

We will be exploring God’s presence with us in the wilderness and will focus on Isaiah 40.

All are welcome – it would be great if you could make it!

There are also weekly Lent Thoughts during the season.

Please also read the Lent Devotional Materials for 2022.

Online connection details (the same for each meeting):

Link:Zoom Link
Meeting ID:899 9732 3769

Coffee, Book and Chat
24th February 2022
Coffee, Book and Chat via Zoom

Robin will be hosting the next Coffee, Book & Chat via Zoom on Wednesday 9th March starting at 10am - Just bring your own coffee and chat!

Online connection details:

Link:Zoom Link
Meeting ID:868 1166 2832

Coffee, Book and Chat
9th February 2022
Coffee, Book and Chat via Zoom

Robin will be hosting the next Coffee, Book & Chat via Zoom on Wednesday 9th March starting at 10am - Just bring your own coffee and chat!

Online connection details:

Link:Zoom Link
Meeting ID:858 6418 7747

Sad News from Zambia
7th February 2022

We have some sad news to report from Jenny in Zambia:

Very sadly Prisca was killed in a road accident last week. The money you donated  as a congregation paid for her funeral and related expenses such as food and transport. 

I also have paid for shoes, jerseys  books and uniforms for the 4 remaining  kids  (Sharon Gift Brian and Christopher, 2 boys and 2 girls) who are going to school. Sharon was living in Solwezi with the auntie that died and came down at the end of last year. They are also getting a monthly allowance for rent and towards food. 

I hadn't the heart to ask Grace how she is getting on with the hair styling tongs and brush we bought her for Christmas, but I will later as things settle down. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Grace and the rest of the family at this time of sad loss, Robin.

Ready Steady Go!
3rd February 2022
Kirkcaldy Area Reachout Trust

On 16th February, Louisa Turner, Development Worker, will be assisting at the Scripture Union and KART Activity Day, which this year is to be held in Abbotshall Church halls. Primary aged children can enjoy a day of Bible stories, crafts, games, and lots of sport related activities based on the theme of Ready, Steady, Go. The Activity Day is free to the children though the children should bring along their own packed lunch. To register for a place visit the Booking Form.

Scripture Union regularly hold activity holidays for young people. These holidays come at a cost to the young people, unfortunately some families are unable to meet these costs, if more than one child would like to experience the fun and learning. Scripture Union have launched their annual appeal for financial donations to assist families with the financial burden of attending their holidays. Many adults volunteer their time and skills to enable the young people to experience being away from home in a Christian atmosphere of fun and sometimes personal transformation. For some children it maybe their own holiday that they experience.

Please pray and consider donating to help children from Kirkcaldy to attend a holiday. I am aware that one young person is being helped financially from an anonymous donor to attend a weekend break in February. We thank the Lord for enabling this to happen.

Some other related items:

Open Door Appeal
24th January 2022
Bennochy Church

As you will be aware, the Open-Door team was set up a number of years ago to engage more fully with the local community. With the help and support of church and community volunteers, we have developed a number of successful projects, including the Olive Branch Café which, unfortunately, have had to be curtailed during the pandemic.

However, as the situation gradually eases, we are looking for some volunteers with possibly new ideas to join us in helping revitalizing the projects, particularly our community café. We are keen to find members of the Session and wider congregation who may have the skills and/or are interested in taking up a new challenge to benefit our own church and the wider community.

There’s lots of untapped talent out there, can you think of anyone in your District who might be approached to learn more of what we do?

If you are able to assist or have someone in mind who may be interested, can you contact Alison hamilton on 01592 260834.

Coffee, Book and Chat
19th January 2022
Coffee, Book and Chat via Zoom

Robin will be hosting the next Coffee, Book & Chat via Zoom on Wednesday 9th February starting at 10am - Just bring your own coffee and chat!

Online connection details:

Link:Zoom Link
Meeting ID:869 6799 4141

New Courses for 2022
13th January 2022
Greener Kirkcaldy

Louisa has some interesting new courses and schemes to share that you may be interested in:

  • Community Food Team: Details of a Food Works! Course, starting on the 1st of February

  • Free Taster Sessions at The Yard - The Yard Fife in Kirkcaldy supports disabled children and young people, and their families, through adventure play. We offer creative and inclusive play experiences in a well-supported environment, with wraparound support for the whole family

  • Raith Rovers Keep Fit - Get Fitter, Healthier and Happier with FFIT - FFIT is a 13-week programme that can help you to improve both your physical health and mental wellbeing!

Christmas Firebreak Update
5th January 2022
Bennochy Church

Our Christmas 2021 Firebreak is now over and we will resume services on Sunday 9th January with the following restrictions:

  • Masks (except with an exemption)
  • 1 metre social distancing reintroduced in sanctuary (except people in same household)
  • Test and Trace reintroduced in sanctuary
  • No tea / coffee available (9th Jan only)

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