Kinghorn Christmas Tree FestivalThis event took the form of an exhibition of Christmas trees in Kinghorn Parish Curch, individually decorated by members of different congregations. St Peter's was invited to decorate a tree, using the words of the Christmas song "Little Jesus Sweetly Sleeps" as inspiration.The picture shows Shona Briers, one of the team from St Peter's who helped Jane Legge in its decoration. The assembly of trees was opened for view on Saturday, 6 December, at 3.pm, when the lights were switched on by the Kinghorn Royal Gala Party. It was also open for view on Sunday, 7 December from 2 - 7 p.m and on Wednesday, 10 December from 5 - 8p.m. when a charge of £4 was made for admission and refreshments.
Christmas CapersWe held this evening of fun on December 5, starting at 6.30. While the kitchen staff were busy preparing the meal, about thirty five members of St Peter's and friends sang Christmas carols, led by Phil Kear on the piano.The time came for Christine to take off her apron and to say grace, time too for crackers to be pulled and the turkey to be served. Between courses, entertainment was provided in the form of poems, skits and sketches by Shirley Mann, David Potter, Maria Page, Jane Legge and Christine. Everyone found the contribution by the last three, " The Three Gossips" particularly amusing. After dessert and the last drop of wine finished by those fortunate enough not to be driving, a prize for guessing the name "Snowie" for the snowman was won by Marjorie Ward.Master of Ceremonies Bill Page wished everyone a Happy Christmas and brought the evening to a close by thanking everyone who had contributed to its enjoyment.
Harvest ThanksgivingOn Sunday 28 September, we celebrated the harvest of 2014, following an unforgettable summer of warm sunny days. Today was no exception, the church bright with floral displays and gifts of food to be transferred to Kirkcaldy Food Bank.After the service we enjoyed homemade soup and bread served in the hall.
Visit of Bishop DavidOn Sunday, 7 September, Bishop David joined the congregation for the third anniversary of our Mission Action Plan. He was also able to hear our very special hymn "My Every Prayer", recently written for us by Alan Urquhart. Sue Fawcett accompanied Alan on the flute, while Richard demonstrated his page turning skills. The singing was led by Maria Page. After the service the bishop, his wife Alison and the congregation enjoyed the buffet lunch served in the hall.
Pilgrimage to InchcolmOn Sunday, 29 June, in the late afternoon sunshine, a number of members of St Peter's, together with a group from Kinghorn Parish Church, made the crossing from Aberdour in the "Forth Belle" to the nearby island of Inchcolm, where stand the well preserved remains of a 12th century Augustinian abbey. After an ecumenical service in the abbey church, Professor Richard Fawcett guided us round the rest of the monastic buildings, with many fascinating stories of their history.On the return journey, we ventured further along the Forth, looking for seals and puffins, before returning to Aberdour in the early evening.It had been a most interesting and enjoyable outing and we are very grateful to Lay Reader Carol for arranging it.
Death of Beatrice JenkinsonBeaty died on 6 June, just 68 days after her 90th bithday. It was reminiscent of the death of her husband Victor, which occurred within two years of their diamond wedding anniversary.On Friday, 13 June at 2.30pm, family, mostly from England, friends and members of the congregation gathered at St Peter's to celebrate her life. The service was conducted by rector Christine Fraser. Christine also read an account of Beaty's life, similar to that given on the website for Beaty's 90th birthday. An addition was provided by Beaty's grand daughter Sharon, who described her grandmother as "stubborn, cantankerous, but ever loving". Beaty is succeeded by Sharon, who lives in Surrey and her children Connor, Cameron and Heather.Sharon and the rest of the family invited everyone attending to tea and coffee, cakes and sandwiches served in the hall.A private cremation would take place later.
Easter 2014Sunday, 20 April, was a warm and sunny spring day, raising even further the spirits of the members and visitors who attended the 10.30am service at St Peter's. Everyone enjoyed the beautifully decorated church, the Easter liturgy and hymns. On leaving the sanctuary, everyone was given a sachet of miniature chocolate eggs by Christine or Carol. For Christine, it was her first Easter at St Peter's as rector, while for Carol it was her first as lay reader.Hot cross buns, along with other sweetmeats, were then served with tea and coffee in the hall.
Beaty celebrates her 90thBeatrice Jenkinson, known affectionately in St Peter's as Beaty, was born in County Durham on 31 March, 1924.She was married in 1947 and had one daughter Pauline. She has been a staunch member of St Peter's since 1966, when she came to Kirkcaldy with her husband Victor. At age 61, she retired from her full-time career in nursing, but continued to do part-time and voluntary work until she was 81. Her husband died in 2009, but her granddaughter and three great-grandchildren visit her frequently. Her birthday was celebrated in St Peter's on 30 March with cake and wine after the 10.30am service.
A Day of CelebrationSunday, 2 March 2014 was an important day for two couples. For Harry and Ursula Wall, it was a mutual birthday, most importantly, it was Harry's 90th.For Norman and Marjorie Ward, it was their 21st wedding anniversary.Friends and relatives of both couples attended the service and everyone enjoyed the cake and champagne served afterwards in the hall.It was particularly a celebration for Harry. He is a longstanding and well loved member of St Peter', and has occupied many of the roles in its management, including several terms of service on the vestry, the fabric convenorship, and others.
Baptism at the Auld KirkOn Saturday, 4 January, 2014, Rev Christine Fraser, rector of St Peter's, performed a most unusual baptism. A baby of 7 months, Archie Bruce Ferguson Carnegie, whose father, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother had all been baptised at the Auld Kirk, had been brought over from Australia, along with a large number of relatives and friends, to go through the same rite. Their visit was a short one, their return flight being due on Monday. During the service, which was witnessed by a number of local people and members of St Peter's, Eleanor Hubbard sang a lullaby, accompanied by Phil Kear. The photographs show the care the family took to make this such a notable occasion.
Ladies Thursday GroupThis group has been set up by Christine to enable lady members of the church to get together away from the formalities of the Sunday morning service.At an initial meeting on Thursday, 16 January, it was decided that the group should meet on the third Thursday of each month, from 2-3.30pm, and a program for the rest of the year was drawn up. On Thursday, 21 February, a group of about 20 members was shown how to create a small flower arrangement by St Peter's flower convenor Jane Legge. Each member was given an assortment of foliage and flowers and their resulting creations are shown in the pictures below. The efforts gave rise to a great deal of laughter, especially among the unitiated.Next, Jane gave out a quiz, whose answers were songs with flowers in their titles, and tea/coffee and cakes were served. One of the pictures shows 91 years-old Mary Frew with her prize in the quiz. At the end of this enjoyable afternoon Jane gave advice about how each member's precious creation could be made to last as long as possible.