"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” Mother Teresa
We are now required by law to show on a notice the Physical Distance Based Capacity (PDBC) of the church interior, so that anyone coming to the church knows the legal capacity. With a little re-working and readjusting, we can now state the PDBC of the Largo Church is 72 people and that translates to 35 places. A majority of the seating places can accommodate 2 people. We have been able to create 3 places where we can seat, 3 or 4 or 5 people as a family group. This said, it is still very important that if you wish to come to church you book a place with Margaret Robertson before Saturday 12noon, for the Sunday service.
David Bell has been making video recording of the service each week and is interested to know how many people want the recording.
We are also hopeful to be able to re-introduced limited singing, but this needs to be worked on at present due to the restricted numbers who would be allowed to sing – at present 6 only. I am discussing this with our organist and how we could do something.
At the Kirk Session meeting it was agreed that we will have a Communion Service for Sunday 6th June. If you wish to attend that service please let Margaret Robertson know as early as possible so we can begin to know the numbers who wish at attend. We would like to use the spaces to the maximum they can seat. It could mean we have more people wishing to attend a communion so that we can accommodate. If this becomes the situation, I would then be looking to hold another communion service either that week or the week after, on an afternoon in the church. This may also suit people who could not make a Sunday morning service. Again numbers would be important to know for the seating/place capacity. If you think you may prefer an afternoon service, please also let Margaret know and in that way we can determine the need and numbers.
On Sunday 11th April, at 10:30 a.m. worship will resume in the Largo Parish church. We do have to adhere still to our protocol put in place in the Summer of 2020. So please remember, you will need to book a place at Sunday worship. Please see document below for guidelines
To attend church services, you will need to contact Margaret Robertson, we ask that you do this no later than 12 noon each Saturday. The reason we ask you to do this is that we have to keep a record of who attends worship for “track and trace” and Margaret will forward this list to the door duty steward in preparation for Sunday worship. If folks could assist us to this end, it will make things easier for the door duty stewards, who will know who to expect and not require Margaret to phone them on Sunday morning with additional names to now add to the list, if there is still room to accommodate folks at worship.
Having said that, we don’t want to turn folks away, so if you have a change in circumstances and have booked and then cannot attend, you could always let Margaret or me know on Sunday morning. Likewise if you have forgotten to book, you can still phone Margaret to see if there is space. However we would value and gratefully appreciate your kind help in this regard.
With a return to live worship in the Church, we will be exploring the future means by which our worship can be shared with the congregation and community. We are looking at investing in the technology to record and upload services as a catch up on our Church website. We have some matters to work through but we hope to begin to trial new methods. We do not have the same IT tech that Douglas has used during the period we have offered live Zoom and YouTube services, and we have been grateful to him and ENT and St Monans to be linked into their system. However, this period of shared services has given us the opportunity to see and discover what can be offered and this has opened possibilities to us. If you or you know of anyone interest in assisting in IT and sound/streaming work for our congregation, I would value to hear from you as we seek to find folks who can led us forward.
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A 'before' and 'after' photo of the Christmas Tree. Big thanks for all of your kindness in gifting toys. The gifts were sent to Levenmouth Homestart in readiness for distributing at Christmas.
Much to be thankful for on Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday
Easter Morning Worship 2019
A Son Rise Beach Service was held on the beach at the Temple, Lower Largo on Easter morning.
The Church was decorated for Easter.
East Neuk Foodbank
A basket for donation of goods is in the Church vestibule and in the Stables every week. Everything you donate is so much appreciated and many thanks to all those who contribute. Please keep supporting as the need is constant.
Basic needs - UHT milk, sugar, cereal, pack of teabags or coffee, tins of soup, tins of fish, jars of pasta sauce, packs of pasta, tins of veg, tinned puddings, tins of beans, tins of meat, packet of biscuits and jars of jam.
Restoration work at Largo and Newburn Parish Church 2015-17
In July 2013, with the approval of the Church Session, Larry Rolland as convener of the fabric group requested a survey of the church windows. These date from the late Victorian era and consist of 4 stained glass windows and 8 quarry and crown glass windows. The work required varied from minimal to extensive with several needing to be fully re-leaded owing to sagging of the structure threatening the glass. In addition, the supporting ironwork and openings had rusted and external protection was failing. The rose window glass which was hidden behind organ pipes since 1981, was to be moved to the North aisle.
We accepted a quote from Scottish Glass Studios (Mark Bambrough) following successful grant applications. We had a 75% grant (£47,820) from Fife Environmental Trust (landfill tax) with additional income from Baird Trust and donations from the Wood clan and Baxter family (the latter two in relation to windows given by these families). VAT was reclaimed under the Listed Places of Worship Scheme. The work was done between Dec 2015 and Jan 2017 resulting in a major improvement in terms of draughts, light and durable structures for the next 50-100 years.
In July 2014, a survey of the exterior of the church revealed major issues with failed pointing allowing water ingress and plant growth and also “hard pointing” which was damaging the stonework. The East gable end had been rendered previously. This was badly damaged leading to water penetration into the East facing walls. Subsequently, once the render was removed a great deal of stone and pointing repair was required. The rainwater goods were in poor condition which contributed to water penetration into the walls. The estimated cost of all the work was around £150-200,000. Discussions and a phase 1 application to Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) were successful to develop the bid further. This involved a more detailed survey and specification of works. In addition, we undertook to investigate the history of the church and to display this on the church website, to provide signage and leaflets and to have open days to encourage a wider understanding of the heritage we have. Our phase 2 bid was successful with an award of £138,600 provided equally between HLF and Historic Environment Scotland. In addition, we were very pleased to receive grants from General Trustees of Church of Scotland, Todd Bequest, Garfield Weston Foundation, Alan Evans Foundation, Scotland’s Churches Trust. Once again VAT was reclaimed and local donations and fundraising was used. The work took place between Oct 2016 and April 2017. The external appearance is much improved and will secure the building for generations to come. The photographs illustrate some of the problems we were facing and the improvements we have made.
Do come and enjoy the heritage we have!
The church is indebted to the Upper Largo Camera Club for many of the wonderful photographs included in the web-site and also to Andrew Beveridge for the excellent video recording.