© St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Kirkcaldy 2023
St Peter’s Scottish Episcopal Church With St Mary & St Leonard, Kinghorn Charity Nos: SCO10443
Townsend Place, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1HB Tel: 01592 204208 Email: cnfraser@btinternet.com
News & Events 2023
Diocesan Synod On Saturday 9th March delegates attended our Diocesan Synod in Perth. During the day the Rev’d Nerys Brown was installed as Canon of the cathedral and we said goodbye Bishop Ian’s Secretary Carol Aitchison and wished her well in retirement.
Holy Week The Holy Week services commenced on Sunday 2nd April with Palm Sunday, during which we listened to a dramatic reading of “The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew”. On Thursday 6 th , we held our Maundy Thursday service which was drawn from the Celtic Church tradition which connected easily with the natural world around it and did not strive to control nature but instead focussed on the power between, in an equality of life . During this service the congregation were invited to come forward for hand washing. At the end of the service the altar was stripped and a vigil held. The Good Friday service focussed our senses with the sounds of the Passion and gave the congregation time for reflection and prayer. 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.
Sea Sunday On 28th May, we celebrated Sea Sunday with a visit from Mr David Graham-Service from the Mission to Seafarers. The photos show our Rector Christine together with Moira Kinloch presenting him with a cheque and two bags of knitted hats for the seamen made by our congregation.
Fish & Quiz Night On Friday 26th May we held our first social evening in four years with a Fish & Quiz Night. There were eight teams with either 3, 4 or 5 members and 7 rounds of questions (4 before the break and 3 after). After the 7 rounds of questions only 3.5 points separated first to last. 1st - Clueless, 2nd - Pam’s People, 3rd= Rector’s Rebels, Old Fogies & The Pals, 6th - Idiots Abroad & 7th= The B Team & Tail Enders. Well done to all.
Patronal Festival - 2nd July Beautiful flowers and beautiful weather greeted us for our Patronal Festival today when we welcomed our guest speaker, the Very Reverend Graham Taylor on his first visit as Dean of our Diocese. After the service all the congregation were treated to a bring and share lunch where members could meet Dean Graham. A big thanks to Janey Legge and her helpers for the floral displays and to all those who contributed to the delicious spread.
Defibrllator After some enquiries, the Vestry decided that the installiion of a defibrillator would be an asset for the church. It was thought this would benefit the church, with its ageing membership, the church hall lets and the neighbouring community. There are many types of defibrillator available and after much research it was decided to purchase a defibrillator which could be used on both adults and children. The device was financed from a generous donation from our Craft Group and from church funds. We are most grateful to all who assisted with its installation George Legge , Fabric Convenor, who organised this and especially to Derrick of DM Electrical who installed the defibrillator and cabinet free of charge. The picture shows our Rector Christine, members of the Vestry and Craft Group standing beside our newly installed defibrillator which has been positioned outside the boiler house in front of St Peter’s. Instructions for Use of Defibrillator In an emergency, phone 999 and give the call handler the location of the defibrillator cabinet (KY1 1HB), this can be found in the window of the cabinet. The defibrillator has been registered with the ambulance service. The call-handler will give out the 5 character code to open the cabinet. Take out the device, switch on and follow the verbal instructions.
Choral Evensong On Saturday 30th September we hosted a Choral Evensong service to celebrate the feast of St Michael and All Angels. In attendance were the Choir of St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth conducted by Alister Allan with music by the Cathedral Organist Geoff Bolton. The large congregation were treated to some excellent music, choral singing and and an inspiring sermon from the Revd Carol Latimer of St Serf’s, Burntisland. After the service refreshments were served in the hall courtesy of the Social Committee.
Harvest Festival On Sunday 1st October, we celebrated our Harvest Festival in a beautifully decorated church with many thanks to Janey and Pam for the beautiful floral decorations. As in previous years donations of dry goods were collected for the Kirkcaldy Food Bank. Following the service we all enjoyed a soup and roll lunch.
Remembrance Sunday On Sunday 12th November, we celebrated Remembrance Sunday with the laying of our wreath at the War Memorial. The church was tastefully decorated with flowers by Janey and a wall hanging created by the Craft Group. This hanging consisited of 4 colours of poppies on a green background. For the significance of the coulours click here.
Carol Service There was an excellent attendancc at our Annual Carol Service which was held on Sunday 17th December. This year we celebrated by singing well known carols and listening to the Christmas story. The church was beautifully decorated with numerous floral displays, the crib and Christmas tree. Our thanks go to all those who did so much behind the scenes to enhance this wonderful occasion.