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Christian Aid Christmas Appeal
24th November 2020
Service of Reflection

This Advent I would like to encourage you to Support Christian Aid’s Christmas Appeal. Details can be found on their web site via Christmas Appeal.

It is entitled, together we can build hope. Advent is all about hope. In looking forward, we follow signs that direct us to the birth of God’s Messiah. If we do not literally follow a star, we do seek hope for creation. In a way, hope has its own signs, and they are God’s shalom; his peace and his justice for all.

Behind the Christmas scenes of nativity, there are people all over the world, who struggle, not just to live, but to survive. Please have a look at the website and watch the video. The face of world poverty, seen the story, and words, of a young man, Imote from Nigeria.

a We all know that life has been far from normal, and sacrifices have been made, but add poverty and injustice to the mix, and life becomes really hard. In your giving, please be generous.

Christmas Card Competition
19th November 2020
Christmas Card Competition

KART are running a Christmas Card Competition this year and would like to encourage children from Bennochy to enter if possible. They request one picture per child to be eligible for the prizes. The final date for entries is Friday 4th December.

Full details can be found by clicking on Christmas Card Competition.

Gabi Paterson Artwork
17th November 2020
Gabi Paterson Artwork

For the past two years, local amateur artist Gabi Paterson has exhibited at the Olive Branch Café and customers have had the opportunity to purchase examples of greeting cards and original paintings.

This year an exhibition has not been possible but The Open Door Team felt able to make customers aware of her more recent work.

Also this year Gabi has widened the range of cards and has some of her unique paintings available.

To view the cards and artwork please visit our Gabi Paterson Artwork page.

New Presbytery of Fife
10th November 2020
Bennochy Church

A minister who was previously Chaplain General of the Army has been appointed as Clerk to the new Presbytery of Fife, which will be formally created in January.

Rev Dr David Coulter, who is currently serving as the parish minister of St Andrew's in the Grange on the island of Guernsey, will take up the role at Easter of next year.

The new Fife Presbytery will be formed from the Presbyteries of St Andrews, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline and is part of a wider reform effort underway across the Church of Scotland. The goal is to reduce the number of Scottish presbyteries, from more than 40 to around 12.

Dr Coulter, who is originally from Northern Ireland, said he felt "humbled and delighted to be asked to be the new Clerk to the Presbytery of Fife."

"I was initially attracted to the Clerk's position in that the job description said the main purpose was to 'provide strategic and organisational leadership to the Presbytery'," he explained.

"I felt it sounded very similar to the role I had as Chaplain General to HM Land Forces from 2014- 2018.

"One of my congregation in Guernsey, a retired Minister's wife, said: 'so you are going to be the minister to the ministers.'

"I really like that and hope that I can quickly get to know all the ministers across Fife and do my best to be the 'minister to the ministers'."

Dr Coulter holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh and his thesis looked at the role of Church Of Scotland chaplains in the Second World War.

Rev Jane Barron, an honorary chaplain at St Andrews University, has been nominated as Moderator of the Presbytery of Fife.

Speaking about working with the new Presbytery, the former English teacher and radio journalist said being the Moderator elect was a "privilege".

"I'm delighted to be part of a new team commissioned to care, challenge, resource, trust and sustain one another across the three historic areas marked by monarchs, martyrs and economists, and follow Jesus in the 21st century," she said.

"We are working to be freed of outlived ways, put mission at our very heart - and pray Christ's invitation 'Come, follow me', recovers anew its edgy, risky, exciting, compassionate love's call."

Ms Barron has previously served in parishes in Israel, Dundee, Aberdeen and St Andrews.

Rev Alec Shuttleworth, convener of the Presbytery of Fife Transition Group, said: "We are delighted to announce these appointments.

"In a time when the church nationally and locally has huge challenges to face we have caring, committed, and creative people to lead us.

"We are also recruiting a Director of Mission who will help all the congregations adapt to the new ways we need to work to serve the people of Fife."

Scottish Poppy Appeal 2020
7th November 2020
Scottish Poppy Appeal 2020

The Scottish Poppy Appeal is facing an unprecedented crisis as thousands of our volunteers are forced to stay at home because of the Coronavirus pandemic. This comes at a time when the demand on Poppyscotland’s vital, life-changing services for the Armed Forces community is increasing rapidly.

That is why we’re asking the public to donate differently this year, and support us like never before.

You can donate via the Scottish Poppy Appeal 2020 website where Gift-Aid can also be used.

Salvation Army Christmas Appeal
29th October 2020
Christmas Appeal

The annual Salvation Army appeal for Toys is going ahead this year, but due to Covid restrictions, instead of bringing any donated toys to the church, please drop off any donations - new toys only - to the new Salvation Army hall on Hayfield Road, where they will have Covid secure procedures in place, including the ability to quarantine donations for 72 hours.

Anyone wishing to donate toys for this year's Salvation Army appeal can now take them to Kirkcaldy Salvation Army, at their new building, 30 Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy. They are open to receive gifts on Monday's and Tuesday's up until the 8th December, from 9am - 4pm.

You can also contact them on (01592) 265 928 or email to

Suggested Gift List for Children and Young People:

  • 0-3 years: dolls, teddy bears, cot mobiles, baby clothes, bath toys, CDs of suitable music and nursery rhymes, puzzles

  • 3-5: dolls and action figures, cars, lorries, DVDs and CDs (music and nursery rhymes), colouring sets, pencils, crayons, books, puzzles

  • 5-9: educational games & toys, stationery (colouring sets, pencils, crayons, school sets), CDs & family friendly DVDs, books, puzzles, wordsearch, crosswords

  • 9-12: games and toys, stationery, DVDs, books, t-shirts, hair accessories, gloves, scarves, hats

  • 13-16: books, make-up and toiletries (please try to ensure non-allergic ingredients if possible), gloves, scarves, hats, t-shirts, hair accessories and gift vouchers

Living Well with Dementia
1st October 2020

Over the years, we at Bennochy have been slowly changing our environment to become more dementia friendly and have been awarded as a Dementia Friendly Space. We listened and toned our walls and floors and trained many to become Dementia Aware and Dementia Friends. This year has seen many people knit hippos (hold onto them still please, as they will be needed when gatherings can take place and we can mix in schools again), as a reminder to school children that part of our brain is called the Hippocampus and that part is often affected by dementia which some people in the community may be living with.

On our dementia journey, we have made connections with different groups and individuals who are living with dementia. We would like to continue to be friends and support them as best we can. A relatively new group in Fife is STAND. STAND (Striving Towards A New Day) is a group who supports each other and their families to live well with younger onset dementia. The group have recently made a DVD of who they are and have compiled a fun book – ‘The Recipe For Life’, which has loads of antidotes of who they are and what they do as a group along with an insight to their personal dementia journeys.

I have received some copies of the DVD’s and books, if you would be interested in receiving a free copy for yourself, friend or family member please contact me.

Louisa Turner, Development Worker:

The DVD can be seen on YouTube as a video via Standing Up For Dementia in Fife.

Bunting for Hire
15th September 2019
Bunting for Hire

Next time you have a celebration with family and friends, why not hire a section of the church’s bunting to decorate your venue?

£5 per hire - 19 flags on the bunting.

Contact G&Q on 07980 367632.
Bunting for Hire

Free Sanitary Products
2nd June 2019
Bennochy Church

Free Sanitary Products are now available at Bennochy - As part of the Scottish Government's strategy to tackle Period Poverty, funding was sought to purchase sanitary products.

As Bennochy Church opens its doors to the wider community through our youth organisations, Olive Branch Community Café, Community Choir and other groups, we were successful in a bid to receive products. Free sanitary products are now available in all toilets in the building, including the gents. Please take what you need for you and your family.

If more are required, please contact Louisa Turner, Development Worker, as we have extra supplies and can request more.

Green and Quirky Wanted List
27th January 2019
The Green and Quirky Upcycling Project

The G & Q needs the following items you may find lying in the garage or in your sewing box. Pat, Rona, Pamela or Dianne would love to have them if you have no further use for them:

  • Hessian
  • Small Pieces of lace Small piece (18 x 18 inches) fine plastic mesh.
  • Flower wires or similar.
  • Chunky polystyrene.
  • Very small amount bold coloured gloss paint.
  • Small amount undercoat.
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • Paint stripper

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