Lord thou knowest how busy I must be today. If I forget thee, do not thou forget me. Lord Astley at the Battle of Edgehill, 1642
Young Families and Children. As part of our program of Outreach we will be looking a how best to meet the needs of Young Families and Children within our community. The minister will be pulling together a small group from both Churches to consider how best to approach this. Jane is looking for support and will be pulling in thoughts and ideas from other churches. If you would be interested in being involved in this group, please email or speak directly to Jane or Irene Kay. Recycling. Please continue to help us support our good causes by recycling used postage stamps for the World Mission Appeal (South India); spectacles for Rotary supporting optical needs also in India and foreign coins for Christian Aid. Please also remember the East Neuk Food Bank – your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Tea and Coffee will be available in The Stables after morning worship – please do come along and join us.
What's on and what's going on!
FOOD BANK - The East Neuk Food Bank operates out of Anstruther Church, helping individuals and families in need. Non-perishable food items can be left in the Largo Churches on a Sunday from where they are taken to Anstruther. The Food Bank is open on Tuesdays from 12 till 4p.m. and on Thursdays from 4 till 6p.m. Further information can be found on Facebook with helpful suggestions of what is needed at a particular time.
KNITTING GROUP - Meets in The Stables on the first Thursday of each month - knitting squares, baby cardigans and blankets which are sent to Kenya, Malawi and Sierra Leone via Ann Gloag’s “Freedom from Fistula” Foundation FFF. “Our mission is to help eradicate obstetric fistulas for women and girls in Africa and improve access to healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth. FFF cares for more than 3000 women and girls and also immunises 12,000 children each year. 100% of all donations go directly to the projects as all administrative costs are met by the charity founder”.
THE PASTORAL CARE GROUP is concerned with those in need in our parish and seeks to bring long-time and new members together. During a vacancy we especially need to be aware of keeping the church family together in friendship and fellowship and the Pastoral Care Group are happy to help in any way we can. Any work that we do is funded from the money raised at the Drop In on a Thursday morning and the generosity of its supporters is greatly appreciated.
“DROP IN” for a chat - Simpson Institute - Thursday 10.15 – 11.30a.m. Tea, coffee, home baking and unlimited chatting! All welcome. Great value at £2 per person with funds going to Pastoral Care.
BUILDING THE VISION PROJECT We have been highly successful in securing grants of circa £250K to help with the maintenance of our building and restore the stained glass windows. The Church however is not a museum – it’s about how it connects with the parish and wider community. The project was launched in September setting out three phases – firstly - the restoration of the stained glass windows, secondly – repair of the stonework and roof and thirdly reaching out to people in the parish and beyond through our programme of Outreach.
There are plans for OUTREACH – this is a way of bringing knowledge of the church to those who would not otherwise know what the church actually does. Today we accept that attending church on a Sunday morning is not necessarily the type of activity that those with faith want or can become involved in. Outreach develops a range of different ways to express faith in different settings and in different ways. Our Church has prepared a programme of different activities for the next year which are open to those who attend or don’t attend church. These will range from film nights to coffee mornings, from discussions to meditative meetings. Please look out for notices and feel free to come along.
OLD SPECTACLES - hand in any spectacles to The Stables – we collect them to be sent to a local Optician and then through the efforts of Rotary they are sent off to India. Please help us to help those in need of the gift of sight.
WE COLLECT USED STAMPS both UK and foreign. These go to World Mission. The 2016 appeal will support the Church of South India’s Othara Ecospirituality Centre which develops innovations like the harvesting and re-use of rainwater and a biogas plant to power kitchens. We also collect foreign coins and these are sent to Christian Aid.
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING GROUP - The Group meets in The Stables on a Wednesday afternoon 2 -4p.m September – December. This is an informal meeting of dancers with mixed experience who enjoy the Scottish music, exercise, chat, tea and lots of laughter. (Maximum 18 per class).
THE CHURCH CHOIR - gives a lead to the congregational singing, and makes special contributions at Christmas, Easter and Harvest Thanksgiving. It’s a mixed ability choir. Some read music, some learn by ear. They sing both in unison and in harmony, but the main qualification is to enjoy singing and be able to attend worship as often as possible. We are always happy to welcome new members so please come and see us at the end of any service and find out more.
THE PRAYER SERVICE is held in The Stables on (or) near the 15th of each month. It is a quiet time for silent prayer and meditation when we remember the needs of the World, the nation and our community.
NEW DESTINY, BRAZIL - New Destiny is a Christian, outdoor activity centre run by a team led by Morven Collington, a former fife teacher. Every week over 100 young people come to New Destiny where they can swim, play football, do crafts and enjoy team games where they learn to work together. Many of the youngsters come from very difficult homes where drugs are in constant use. At New Destiny they learn of a God who loves them and who wants the best for them.
FLOWER ARRANGING classes held once a month on a Monday evening! This is for experienced amateurs or novices - come along and join the fun of floral art!
CHURCH TRANSPORT - if it’s difficult for you to get to Church we can help by offering a lift - just get in touch and we’ll do the rest!
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