June celebrates her 80th BirthdayJune West celebrated this special birthday on 8th February. After the 10.30 service at St Peter's, the congregation had the opportunity to congratulate her and to enjoy the cake baked for the occasion.
Sunday 15th February - PancakesAs an early celebration of Shrove Tuesday, the Social Committee treated the congregation to a feast of pancakes after the 10.30 service. Both Scotch pancakes and crepes were available with either lemon juice, raspberry jam or lemon curd as toppings.
Ladies Thursday GroupOn Thursday 19th February, the theme of the meeting was ‘Reminiscing’, Christine brought along two boxes of World War II artefacts on loan from Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery (one about Air Raid Precautions and the other about the Home).The articles shown created an afternoon filled with memories and discussion and much laughter.
Good Friday 2015A very moving and powerful Good Friday service was held on Friday 3rd April at noon.The theme of the service was focusing on our senses. There were a number of readings and responses, with some silent reflection and prayer designed to help us enter more deeply into the sounds and actions of Good Friday.The service opened with the sound of nails being hammered into a wooden cross (chilling), with the music to ‘Let all mortal flesh keep silence’ played in the background. The service was broken up into four sections, each closing with the extinguishing of a candle: The Sounds of Betrayal with readings from Matthew 26 v 14 -16 and v 47 - 50 followed by Christine pouring coins and chains onto the cross. The Sounds of Indecision with readings from Matthew 27 v 20 - 24 followed by Christine pouring water into a bowl. The Sounds of Cruelty with readings from Matthew 27 v 27 - 31 and v 39 - 42 followed by Christine placing a crown of thorns and torn red cloth onto the cross. The Sounds of Denial with readings from Luke 22 v 54 - 62.The hymns sung during the service were: O love that will not let me go, We cannot measure and When I survey the wondrous cross.The service closed with communion from the reserved sacrament ending with a blessing and the extinguishing of the last candle.The clergy and congregation then left in silence.
Easter 2015Sunday 5th April, was a warm and sunny spring day, raising 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. After the service the large congregation of all ages were treated to a ‘bring and share’ lunch which was to the usual St Peter’s standard.
Farewell to CarolDuring the ‘bring and share’ lunch after the Easter Service, the congregation said farewell to Carol Latimer as she continues her ministry with All Souls Churches in Burntisland, Aberdour and Inverkeithing. Carol has been a loyal member of St Peter’s for 15 years, serving as licensed Lay Reader for the past 2 years. Carol was presented with a cheque as grateful thanks for all the works she has done for St Peter’s. In return she gave the church a gift of new altar linen. Carol will be missed as she was a friend to all and we wish her every success in this new part of her ministry.
Farewell to Ian ScottIan Scott has been with us at St Peter’s since Epiphany as part of his training as a Lay Reader. The photographs were taken after his last service on 12th April when Rev. Christine presented him with a card and gifts.
Death of Harry WallHarry died on 7th April, just over a month after his 91st Birthday. At his funeral service on 20th April at 2.00pm, the Church was full of family and friends. We were reminded in the eulogy given by Rev Christine that Harry had been a member of St Peter’s since 1959 after moving to Kirkcaldy from the Leven area where he had attended St Margaret’s. One of Harry’s nephews gave us an insight into Harry’s younger life recalling many amusing anecdotes, especially his love of music, both of them being in the choir at St Margaret’s. Another of Harry’s nephews sang a moving rendition of ‘Panis Angelicus’ by Cesar Franck. Also in attendance were members of the East Fife Male Voice Choir of which Harry had been a member.Harry was a well-loved and respected member of the congregation and contributed greatly to the life of St Peter’s as well as being a member of the vestry, member of the social committee and up to a few years ago was in charge of the Sidespersons’ rota.The congregation were invited by Ursula, Harry’s wife, and family to join them at Dunnikier House Hotel for refreshments after the service.
VE Day 70th Anniversary Celebration eveningThis social evening was held on Friday 15 May and was a way of celebrating the end of the WWII conflict.Members of the congregation brought items of memorabilia which were displayed on the notice boards in the hall which had been covered with brown paper. The tables laid in ‘street party style’ were decorated with red white and blue flags and there were blue and red serviettes. Each place setting had a placemat with a 40’s quiz printed on it - the prize being the wartime sweets ration for all wrapped in newspaper. To add to the wartime feel, the windows in the hall were protected with masking tape. The Peter's Sisters led the singing of well known songs from the period and a cold buffet was served which included tastes from wartime of Corned Beef Hash and Spam and Egg pie. It was a super night enjoyed by all who came along.
Visit of Bishop DavidBishop David attended St Peter’s on Sunday 17th May to confirm Brian Adamson and Cliff Mwando Jnr. A large congregation was present and after the service tea and cake was served in the hall.
Ladies Thursday Group - MayAt the meeting on 21st May, Dorothy Smith demonstrated marzipan fruits. It looked in the hands of an expert, then the ladies had their turn. The ladies were given 10g of coloured marzipan each and had to shape them into various fruits (lemon, apple, plum, banana, orange and pear). They were then embellished by painting them with natural food colour which had to be diluted with vodka or gin, which caused great hilarity. The reason that a clear alcohol was used is that it dries quicker than water. The finished results were then put into petit four cases and then into a small decorated container with a clear lid.It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon and all the ladies enjoyed themselves.
The Great Tapestry of ScotlandOn Thursday 25th June, the Ladies Group met at the Kirkcaldy Galleries to view the 160 beautifully crafted tapestry panels depicting the history of Scotland from it’s birth as a land mass through to modern times. The ladies were quite in awe of the work involved in the production of these panels, the vibrancy of the colours, the various stitches and materials used to simulate textures etc. The stitchers had been provided with the design, a standard palette of colours and the linen (produced in Kirkcaldy by Peter Greig & Co.).After the viewing, the ladies took advantage of the Cafe Wemyss for a cup of tea or coffee but unfortunately no cake as they had run out.
Barbecue NightOn Saturday 15 August, the Fund Raising & Social Committees hosted a barbecue in the Church grounds. The chefs did us proud with a plentiful supply and variety of food on offer. There was a good attendance and those present had a marvellous time.A total of over £250 was raised through ticket sales, raffle and sales table.
Triple Birthday CelebrationOn Sunday 6th September, after the 10.30 Service, cakes were provided to celebrate the birthdays of Rev Christine, Pam Wilkie and Mary Frew.
St Peter’s Craft ClubA meeting was held, on Tuesday 8th September, to assess interest in forming a Craft Club to make items for sale at our two sales tables on 29thNovember and 13th December. There were many ideas for sales items such as silver bookmarks, needle cases, plant pot labels, knitted goods, toilet bags, tree decorations and people were allocated projects. Meetings of the Craft Club were arranged for Tuesday afternoons with Marjorie Ward acting as contact.
Fundraising ConcertOn Friday 11 September, members of the congregation and visitors were treated to a magnificent evening of song from the East Fife Ladies Choir. The 60 strong choir entertained us with songs from the shows, religious works, popular songs etc. During the concert, we also heard from two soloists, a lady from the choir and the choir conductor. As an aside did you know that a choir can only stand during a performance for 17 minutes due to Heath & Safety (not a lot of people know that).There was a full church for this concert which bodes well for the next concert (still to be organised). Coffee, tea and cold drinks were served during the interval and a very successful grand raffle. Many thanks to the Social and Fund Raising Committees for organising this very successful evening which generated in excess of £900.
Craft ClubThe first full meeting of the Craft Club took place on Tuesday 15 September in the small meeting room. There were no idle hands with a variety of crafts in progress, including knitting, bejewelled bookmarks, sewing kits, Christmas decorations. A very productive afternoon.There is a basket in the Church foyer for contributions of crafting materials eg buttons, threads, material, etc.There is no obligation to attend every week but if you can come along and enjoy 90 minutes of crafting fellowship.
Licensing of Ian ScottOn Thursday 17 September, Ian Scott was licensed as a Lay Reader at a service held in St Margaret’s, Leven.It was led, as before, by Bishop David, and witnessed by family, friends and colleagues of Ian, by representatives from the Scottish Episcopal and other churches, by local and other dignitaries and by members of St Margaret’s.On this occasion the ceremonies required for the licensing of a lay reader were enacted. The Rev Gerry Dillon presented Ian to the bishop, who obtained promises from the congregation to support him and from Ian to perform his ministry with care. He was presented with a Bible by the Rev Canon David Day and the Rev Canon Dr Ian Michael, and with a Reader's scarf by the Rev Christine. The Dean then read the licence and presented it to him.
Harvest ThanksgivingOur Harvest Thanksgiving service took place on Sunday 27th September. The Church was decorated with some lovely floral displays. The congregation generously donated food which was displayed at the altar and after the service was donated to the local food bank.After the service the congregation sat down to a delicious home-made soup and roll lunch.
Kinghorn Christmas FayreThe first of St Peter’s Craft Club’s fund raising sales at Kinghorn in Bloom on Saturday 7th November was deemed a success by those in attendance despite the inclement weather. Many thanks to all the hard work and creativity to the Tuesday Crafters, to those who contributed items for sale and to those in attendance on the day.Watch this space for a report on monies raised at this event and and the other two sales to be held in St Peter’s.
Jim RogersonAfter the 10.30 service on Sunday 8th November, Rev Christine and Bill Page presented Jim Rogerson with a scroll and gift in recognition of his many years of faithful and loyal service to the congregation of St Peter’s.
Mercat Sales TableOn Saturday 28th November, St Peter’s had a very successful afternoon selling more of the items made by the Craft Group. The situation of the sales table was in a prime position on the main thoroughfare through The Mercat. It was great to speak with many lovely people and put St Peter’s presence out in the community.
Taizé ServiceOn Thursday 10th December, the Lay Worship Group successfully held an ecumenical service on the theme “Let there be Light”. Invitations had been sent to various local churches and the Group were delighted that so many attended.
Christmas 2015The Church beautifully decorated by Jane Legge and the talented members of our congregation. All ready and waiting for our services over the Christmas period.
Mrs Jean WoodMaria Page and Shirley Mann were delighted to attend a lovely lunch for the oldest member of our congregation, Mrs Jean Wood, who celebrated her 100th birthday on the 29th December with her extended family and friends at Balbirnie House Hotel.