Craft Group Visit to St Margaret’s, Touch, Dunfermline.Members of the Craft Group were invited to visit St Margaret’s to see their collection of banners which had been created by a dedicated group of craftswomen.After a light lunch, the Group were shown round the Church premises where there were banners on display and then to the specially heated store room where the rest of their collection resided. All the banners had been made over a period of roughly 15 years under the leadership of June McAleece.
Fish and Chip NightAs part of the ongoing fund raising, the Social Committee organised a Fish and Chip Night for Friday 5th February. The evening commenced with a musical selection played by Alan Urquhart. After the meal, there was a sing-a-long led by Maria Page accompanied by Alan on piano. Next on the agenda was a music quiz, the drawing of a very successful raffle followed by another sing-a-long.The event was well attended and and enjoyed by everyone.
Sunday 7th FebruaryAs an early celebration of Shrove Tuesday, the Social Committee treated the congregation to a feast of pancakes after the 10.30 service. Scotch pancakes were available with either butter, raspberry jam or lemon curd as toppings.
World Day of PrayerOn Friday 4th March, St Peter’s hosted this year’s ‘World Day of Prayer’. The format of the service was written by the Christian women of Cuba with the theme ‘Receive Children, Receive Me’. During the service, which was attended by 60+ ladies and a few men, various items from Cuban culture were placed at the altar namely:The Bible to represent joy, truth and the Word of God.A kitchen bowl full of provisions to represent the struggle for survival.A candle to represent a promising light in the future.A pair of maracas to represent joy and rhythm. A length of sugar cane to represent love.The service was interspersed with joyous hymns and readings from members of various Christian organisations. Towards the end of the service the congregation were asked to place personal prayers at the altar which were written on paper flowers decorated with birds and butterflies created by Maria Page.Afterwards the congregation were treated to refreshments and cakes in the hall. Once again St Peter’s had stepped up to the mark with their catering and hospitality.
Holy WeekAfter the celebrations of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the week took on a more sombre and reflective mood.Maundy Thursday’s service comprised a vigil and the ritual stripping of the altar.Good Friday’s well attended service was once again very reflective with the Stations of the Cross highlighted as sonnets by Malcolm Guite, who is Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge. After each sonnet a verse of the Stabat Mater was sung and a candle extinguished. Easter Morning was bright and on entry to the church the congregation were welcomed with an amazing floral display courtesy of the Ladies Floral Art Group. The Easter service was a joyous celebration of Christ’s resurrection and all enjoyed the special liturgy and hymns. After the service, the large congregation assembled in the hall for refreshments, hot cross buns and other festive treats.
Patronal Festival 2016On Sunday 26th June St Peter’s held its annual Patronal Festival. A large attendance was present to witness Bishop David and Reverend Christine conduct the Sung Eucharist service during which the Bishop blessed and dedicated the new banner which had been designed and created by our talented Craft Group. All those present were given a souvenir bookmark, as a memento of the day, which included a photograph of the banner and a special prayer written by the Prayer Group.After the service, the congregation were once again treated to a St Peter’s traditional lunch.
Phil KearOn Sunday 21st August, we said farewell to Phil who is leaving us to be organist at Roslin Chapel in Midlothian. Phil has been organist at St Peter’s for the past 12 years and his playing has greatly enhanced our worship. He has served on the Vestry as well as playing at various social events even playing music he did not know or music which was not his ‘cup of tea’. He will attend St Peter’s as and when time permits.
MusicAfter the departure of our organist Phil, we have been amazed at the number of talented people in the congregation who have volunteered to provide musical accompaniment at our 10.30am service on Sunday mornings. Pictured are Megan and Shona Briers who played at the family service on the the first Sunday in September.
40th Anniversary CelebrationsOn Sunday 11th September, St Peter’s celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the present building.During the afternoon the church participated in the local ‘Doors Open Day’ where vestments, Eucharistic silver and archives which included Birth, Marriage & Death Registers, photographs of various church groups, choirs etc were on display.In the early evening there was a celebration Choral Evensong. The large congregation which included invited guests and leaders of other denominations were treated to music sung by St Ninian’s Cathedral Choir and accompanied by the Cathedral organist.The service commenced with the Processional Hymn, ‘Lord of all hopefulness’. The Revd Andrew Donald of Pathhead Parish Church gave the First Reading which was taken from Exodus 18 v 13 - 26. The Second Reading which was taken from Matthew 7 v 1 - 14 was given by Fr Edward Wanat of St Marie’s RC Church. The Very Revd Kenny Rathband, Dean of the diocese, gave a very entertaining and thought provoking sermon and the Revd Jim Reid of Kinghorn Parish Church was Intercessor. The service concluded with the singing of the Final Hymn, ‘The day thou gavest Lord is ended’.After the service, the congregation, invited guests and choir retired to the hall to partake of a light buffet provided by members of St Peter’s.
Harvest ThanksgivingOur Harvest Thanksgiving service took place on Sunday 26th 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 selection of four home-made soups and roll lunch.
Fish & Chip and Quiz NightThe very successful event on 21st October commenced with a fish and chip supper organised by the Fundraising & Social Committees and was then followed by the quiz which was hosted by Jane Legge’s friends Beryl and George Luke. Eight teams of six took part in the quiz which was tightly contested with just 7 points separating the first and fifth places. Topics for the quiz were Wildlife of Scotland, Disney Films, What does that stand for?, Literature, World Tourist Attractions, Sport, Scottish History and Famous Logos.A grand raffle was held on completion of the quiz and the total raised on the night after expenses was £229.
Mary FrewDuring the service for All Saints Day (30th October), Mary Frew was presented with a framed ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ and marcasite brooch to commemorate the many years of dedicated service to St Peter’s. She had been involved with running the Guides, Mother’s Union (she created the MU banner which hangs to the left of the altar) and lately laundering and caring for the altar linen. Mary also baked the Harvest loaf every year.She was also presented with a long service certificate from the Mother’s Union for over 50 years membership.She is still active in many activities including the Craft Group and the Ladies Thursday Group.
Craft Group FundraisingOn Saturday 5th November, the Craft Group had two tables at the ‘Kinghorn in Bloom’ annual fund raiser. The members of the craft group have been busy over the last couple of months with a variety of knitted items which included hedgehogs, scarves, teddy bears, baby clothes,novelty Christmas gifts, various handcrafts, home baking and a very successful mystery jar tombola.The next sale will be at Pathhead Primary School on 3rd December for 10 am until 12 noon.The Craft Group would like to thank all those who contributed and the grand total will be announced during the service on 11th December.
Fife Cluster Youth FellowshipYouth Fellowship members from St Peter’s and Holy Trinity, Dunfermline were asked to create a service from their experiences at Glen ‘16. The theme at Glenalmond this year was ‘Star Wars’ and so they titled their service ‘From Dark to Light’. During the first part of the service the young people gave the congregation an insight into the activities they enjoyed at Glen’ via a film presentation - they certainly packed a lot in to their week with workshops, games, self improvement etc.Two of the members gave us the readings for the day and Rebecca C from Holy Trinity gave an inspiring sermon about how Glen’ 16 and the Youth Fellowship has moulded her life and faith and that she was sad that next year will be her last time at Glen’ 17. There were no intercessions as such as the congregation were asked to write their concerns or prayers on cards which were collected and then redistributed later so that the congregation could pray for someone else’s thoughts. After the Peace, Christine continued with the usual Family Service.The Youth Fellowship were well received and congratulated on their inspirational service.
Craft GroupOn Saturday 3rd December, the Craft Group attended Pathhead Primary School to continue fundraising. Most stall-holders thought that the venue was quieter than last year but nevertheless good sales were made. Thanks to all who attended and supported St Peter’s.
Taizé ServiceOn Wednesday 7th December, the Prayer Group hosted a Taizé Service which was attended by members of both St Peter’s and other local churches. After the successful, joyful and peaceful service the congregation retired to the Hall for refreshments.Many thanks to the Prayer Group for organising this well received service and we all look forward to next year for a similar event.
Carol ServiceThis took place on Sunday, 18 December at 3pm in a beautifully decorated church thanks to the efforts of Jane Legge and her helpers (Moira, Ivy, Maria & Pam). A large congregation enjoyed the return of Phil Kear to play the organ and accompany the traditional service of lessons and carols which was combined with a Christingle service. A retiring collection was taken on behalf of the Aberlour Trust. Members and visitors then enjoyed mulled wine and mince meat pies and other goodies served in the hall by the Social Committee.