New BannersOn the first Craft Group meeting of 2019, it was decided to commemorate the making and unveiling of the new banners with a photograph of all those who helped in their creation.
Licensing of Rev Canon Christine FraserOn 9th March, during the Eucharist to celebrate the Diocesan Synod, the Rev Christine Fraser and the Rev Graham Taylor were licensed as Canons of St Ninian’s Cathedral by Bishop Ian.
Presentation to Rev Canon Christine from congregationOn Sunday 10th March, Bill Page presented Rev Canon Christine with a planter of flowers from the congregation to celebrate her appointment as canon.
Craft GroupTo finish off this session, the craft group were given dream catchers to make. The first task was to give the background ring a colour scheme then to make a mesh across the centre before embellishing. Photos show some of the finished articles.
Prayer Group Lenten ServiceOn Wednesday 10th April, the Prayer Group hosted an afternoon Lenten Service with the title ‘Pause and Pray’. The church was quiet and the sight of all the symbols in front of the altar was awe inspiring. These symbols represented: a brick - homelessness, food - hunger, chain - the oppressed, water - clean water, red-dyed cloth - war and pills - addiction. These symbols were all placed round a large cross. The service was a mixture of hymns and thought provoking readings and prayers. At various stages during the service the congregation, a mixture of parishioners and visitors, were invited to place items on the cross to represent our own personal concerns and to give thanks.
Holy WeekThe Holy Week services commenced on Sunday 14th April with Palm Sunday, during which we heard a dramatic reading of “The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke”.On Thursday 18th, we held our Maundy Thursday service which was drawn from the Celtic Church tradition which connected easily with the natural world. During this service the congregation were invited to come forward for hand washing and anointing. At the end of the service the altar was stripped and a vigil held.The Good Friday service was themed on the “Stations of the Cross” and gave the congregation time for reflection and Prayer as candles were extinguished after each Station.Easter Sunday was welcomed with brilliant sunshine. The Church was beautifully decorated with glorious flowers courtesy of Janey Legge and her group of flower arrangers. The service commenced with the lighting of the Paschal Candle and the renewal of baptism vows. After the service the large congregation were treated to tea & coffee together with hot-cross buns and cake.
Edinburgh Society of OrganistsOn Saturday 27th April, St Peter’s were delighted to welcome the Edinburgh Society of Organists. Photos show Dr John Kitchen, Edinburgh City Organist and organist of Old St Paul’s, Edinburgh giving a recital and explaining some of the intricacies of our specific organ.
Craft GroupWe continue to have a good number of ladies plus our tea boy coming on a Tuesday afternoon. This week (7th May), we were doing iris folding (see photos). Also this week, Jo has measured and cut the material for curtains to be hung in the wee meeting room. A group of ladies were planning our next project - pew hangings. It was decided to make 8 for Harvest Thanksgiving and think about another 8 for Christmas.With the monies made at the last sales table, the craft group would like to buy new curtains for the main hall, these will have to be specially made, also in the planning were curtains for the office upstairs.Another busy year for the craft ladies. For those who don’t want to or can’t sew, there are always other crafts available on a Tuesday.
Ploughman’s SupperOn the evening of Friday 7th June, the Social & Fundraising Committee hosted a very well attended and successful Ploughman’s Supper and Quiz Night.
Thursday Group OutingOn Thursday 20th June, the Thursday Group travelled to Caulder’s Garden Centre in Cupar where lunch had been booked. The menu had a choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts and from the feedback everybody thoroughly enjoyed what they had ordered. After lunch, the group was free to explore all the garden centre had to offer.
Craft Group VisitOn Tuesday 25th June, the Craft Group visited Kandra Creations Fife at Pentland Place, Kirkcaldy to experience what these creative ladies can do with cast offs and recycled fabrics. I believe that the ladies were very impressed and came away with ideas to try themselves.
Patronal FestivalThere was a large attendance at St Peter’s to welcome Bishop Ian for his first Patronal Festival here. After the service, the congregation were invited to a bring and share lunch in the hall where members could meet with Bishop Ian.A big thanks to Janey Legge and her helpers for the floral displays and to all those who contributed to the delicious spread.
Provincial Youth Network SleepoverDuring the weekend of 7thth September, 35 members of the Provincial Youth Network had a very successful sleepover at the church. The leaders had organised many activities for the delegates who represented all 7 dioceses.On Sunday morning, they all contributed to the 10.30 service with the readings, a re-enactment of the gospel (Luke 14 v. 25-33) and intercessions with a few surprises included (party poppers & paper aeroplanes) followed by a squeezy peace where every one holds hands and a hand squeeze is passed round the congregation. This was well received by the regulars.It was a pleasure to have the young people and look forward to seeing then all again. Thanks to James Gardner for the attached photos.
Harvest FestivalOur Harvest Festival was celebrated on Sunday 22nd September. The church was decorated with floral displays courtesy of Jane Legge and her helpers. Also on show for the first time were seasonal pew-ends made by the Craft Group. All gifts of produce were donated to Kirkcaldy Food Bank. After the service we enjoyed a ‘soup and roll lunch’ provided by congregation members.
Choral EvensongOn Sunday 29th September a service of Choral Evensong for St Michael and All Angels was sung by the ABI Singers accompanied by our organist Krystian Sokolowski. Our guest preacher was The Revd Canon Dr Carrie Applegath, Precentor of St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth.
Prayer Group Advent ServiceOn Wednesday 4th December, the Prayer Group hosted a reflective Taizé service to celebrate Advent entitled ‘Be still, for The Lord is coming’. The service followed the Christmas story from the angel visiting Mary to the arrival of the Magi and comprised a series of readings and reflections interspersed with hymns and prayers to which responses were chanted.There was a good attendance with representatives from various local churches.
Thursday Group Christmas LunchThe Group together with spouses and friends met at the Strathearn Hotel in Kirkcaldy on Thursday 5th December for a Christmas Lunch. There was a very comprehensive menu and all in attendance had a jolly time.
Craft Group Christmas PartyOn Tuesday 10th December, for our last meeting of the Craft Group for 2019, it was decided to have a Christmas Party. Members of the group supplied food and drinks for the occasion. During the festivities, the group played games, had a quiz, listened to some recitations and finished off with a sing-song.
Carol ServiceOn Sunday 22nd December we held our annual Carol Service. As last year, we combined this with our morning Eucharist as it had been so well received.The church was beautifully decorated with many floral displays, many thanks to Jane Legge and her helpers. The congregation were welcomed with knitted angels at the pews which were to be taken home as a memory of the day, in fact there were so many angels that we were invited to give some to friends and family. We all enjoyed the well-loved carols and readings for the Christmas season.After the service we retired to the hall for hot mincemeat pies and hot spiced apple juice supplied by the Social Committee.