Let us no bide awa' frae the Kirk
Leven Coast Walk
6th June 2024
Walkers

The Walkers next walk is on Sunday 7th July.

The very last walk under the name of Bennochy Walkers will be leaving church after morning service. We’ll be travelling to Leven on the new rail line (barring any last-minute hold up), walking 3.5 miles to Lower Largo then returning either on foot or by bus to Leven, and train home again.

Our refreshment stop at Lower Largo will be at The Aurrie, a community café in the old Baptist Church. Even if you have never walked with us before, come and join us for our swansong. Let Dianne, Rona or Janis know you’re coming so we can tell the Aurrie how many scones to bake!


G & Q Requests
19th May 2024

The G & Q (Green & Quirky Upcycling Project) team is working away making items to sell at a fayre in August which you will hear about very soon. If you have any of these items at home that you are finished with, we can try to give them new life and purpose.

  • Old photo slides, any landscape
  • A lamp with/without shade
  • A couple of bamboo canes (hollow)
  • Small wooden piece of furniture that can be sawn.
  • Small amount baby pink paint
  • Small amount varnish

And if you are a grower, we’d love some carrots ready for eating in August if you could spare some.

Update (2nd June): Items are no longer required. Thanks for everyones help.

Please see our ECO Fayre 2024 flyer for more details.


Handbell Research
19th May 2024
Handbell Ringers

I am researching the history of the bells we use today and would be glad of any information available, They were an integral part of music making in the Boys', Brigade alongside the Pipe, Bugle and Silver bands.

Is there anyone here who played the bells, or has a contact who did so, over the years from the 1950s onwards?

If so please contact Margaret Simpson. Thank you.


Community Choir Concert
15th May 2024
Community Choir

Please note this event has been CANCELLED due to illness

Bennochy Community Choir would like to invite members of the congregation and friends to our end of session performance on Monday 3rd June at 6.30pm in the Sanctuary.

It will be followed by light refreshments in the Methven Hall.

It is free entry but we would be grateful for any donations to our charities. Please come along and support our enthusiastic group of singers!


Eco Bible Blethers
24th April 2024
Eco Bible Blethers

Join us for another series of three Bible Blethers, focusing on an eco/environmental theme. They begin on May 2nd and continue on May 9th and 16th.

We meet in Bennochy Church halls, from 9.45am, aiming to finish in time for the Olive Branch Cafe opening at 11am. All welcome.

  • May 2nd Genesis1 vv 20-31…” To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow “ (Audrey Hepburn)

  • May 9th Noah : Genesis 9 vv 7-17 …” I think we are lucky to be living when we are because things are going to get worse“ ( David Attenborough)

  • May 16th Luke 12 vv 13-31 …” So we can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.” (Greta Thunberg)

Bunny Drive
24th March 2024
Bunny Drive

The Women’s Group annual Bunny Drive is on Tuesday 9th April at 6.30pm with raffle, prizes and a light supper.

Tickets, price £4 adults and £2 children are available from Group members.

Update: The members of the Women's Group thank everyone who attended and supported their recent Bunny Drive. The splendid sum of £384 was raised for Church funds.


Food Waste Action Week (March 18th - 24th)
17th March 2024

Eco thoughts……

Food Waste Action Week

Let’s start conversations about how best consumers can try to avoid food waste. For example:

  • As the picture suggests, try buying loose potatoes rather than a kilo or more in a plastic bag.
  • Buy unwrapped caulis and cabbages, halve and share with your neighbour.
  • Make any vegetables left in your fridge at the end of the week into soup or curry.
  • It’s ok to buy one ripe banana.
  • It’s ok to buy one piece of fish.

If you have ideas on how to avoid food waste, pass them on to Liz in an email and they will appear in the order of service next Sunday under the new section called:

Would you believe that:

MORE THAN 1/3 OF ALL FOOD IS BEING WASTED

  • Food Waste is responsible for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions (that’s more than the whole aviation industry).
  • We waste 2.5 billion tons of food annually, whilst 828 million people go hungry every day.
  • Wasting food costs $1.2 trillion each year.
Individually, we can help the problem of Food Waste by joining a Food Waste Movement such as Too Good To Go. Check them out and rescue unsold food from an untimely fate in some of our local shops, Morrisons, Esplanade, WH Smith, ALDI, Greggs, Baynes Bakery, Bob & Berts to name a few. Typical cost of a surprise bag- for £12 goods, you pay £4.


Holy Week Services
11th March 2024
Holy Week Services

We have the following services for Holy Week:

  • Sunday 24th March - Palm Sunday Service in Bennochy, led by the Worship Group, 11am

  • Tuesday 26th March - Service in Linktown, 7pm

  • Wednesday 27th March - Service in Abbotshall, 7pm,

  • Thursday 28th March - Maundy Thursday service in St Bryce, 7pm

  • Friday 29th March - Good Friday service in Bennochy, 7pm

  • Sunday 31st March - Easter Sunday service in Bennochy, joint with St Bryce, led by Rev Stewart McPherson, 11am

National Organ Day 2024
10th March 2024
International Organ Day 2024

Saturday 20th April is International Organ Day 2024, promoted by the Royal College of Organists, and Stuart, our organist is organising a special event in the sanctuary of Bennochy Church between 3.45pm - 6pm.

Some of his piano students will be showcasing their keyboard skills and there will be a chance to try the organ yourself.

Admission is free but donations for the upkeep of our organ will be gratefully received. For further details please speak with Stuart after the service or contact the office on 07483 162346.

Donations can be transferred via the following details:

Account Name: Bennochy Parish Church
Sort Code: 80-16-84
Account number: 06022892
Reference: Organ Fund

We have published a Video of the Organ Day.


New Name for our New Congregation
3rd March 2024
Kirkcaldy Town Centre Churches

Following a process where all members were invited to submit a suggested name for our new congregation after the union, your Strategy Team, then each Kirk Session, drew up a short list.

This was then refined by the Strategy Team with two names emerging as the strongest and most favoured candidates: Kirkcaldy Central Kirk and Langtoun Central Kirk.

All members were then invited to select their preference, resulting in a majority decision for:

Langtoun Central Kirk.

The name expresses a fondness for the intimate friendliness of the Langtoun name while also indicating the geographical location for the new congregation’s ministry and mission. Officially, it will also include something like (Church of Scotland, Kirkcaldy) in brackets on official documents.

This name will be included in the Basis of Union (along with other items) on which each congregation will vote in due course.

Thank you to all who participated and contributed.

Stewart McPherson, Interim Minister


Lent Bible Blethers
4th February 2024
Lent

Following the success of the pre Christmas Advent Bible Study, we are offering six weeks of Lent Bible Study on the theme of Food.

They will be held on Thursdays, in the St Andrews Hall, from 9.45am to 11am, finishing in time for the Open Door Cafe opening. Each week is a stand alone exploration in conversation, of a Gospel passage: a Bible Blether…

The first one is on Thursday 15th February when “Local Food Hero” will look at the Wedding Feast at Cana: everyone is welcome!

If you have any questions, speak to, or contact Nancy Gilmartin.


Mission Conference
20th January 2024
Mission Conference

A Mission Conference will be held in Linktown Church Hall on Saturday 10th February from 10am – 12noon and is open to all from the four town centre churches. Please let our session clerk know if you wish to attend.

Coffee will be available from 9.30am.

The conference will be led by Lorraine Orr, the mission director from Fife Presbytery. This will be an opportunity to focus on the shape of the future mission as a new congregation in Kirkcaldy.


Fife Festival of Music
7th January 2024
Bennochy Community Choir

The Bennochy Community Choir will be taking part in the 42nd Fife Festival of Music which runs from 30th January - 9th February.


Scottish Night
7th January 2024
Kirkcaldy Town Centre Churches

A Scottish Night has been organised by the 4 Churches Social Group for Wednesday 31st January in Abbotshall Church hall. Tickets, price £3, are available now.


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