"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” Mother Teresa
If you have any information for the Pew Leaflet, please contact John Ross
Tea and Coffee after services
We are now back to having tea and coffee and fellowship after the morning service. If you feel you can help with this duty, please do let Irene Kay know as she has been drafting a rota of helpers.
I am sure we have all been anxiously watching and looking at the news in papers and online regarding the Ukraine, and the invasion by Russian troops. In our community and congregation we have families who have relatives and friends in Ukraine and Russia and this makes the situation more personal. We want to assure them we hold them and all this terrible time in our prayers, seeking God’s guidance and spirit to enfold them in love and comfort, but also that Putin and his leaders would come to their senses and see this is a act of war that is unwarranted in the eyes of the world. Greed, power and might will not achieve anything. It is at time like this we find it hard to think we should prayer for the enemy, but even more son we should. It is also a time when we unite to speak out against injustice and dictatorships.
I have received this letter from the CoS Faith Impact Forum and invite you to download it and respond if you can. I believe too that Fife Voluntary Action in Glenrothes may be taking in donation to aid any needs that will be wanted for refugees.
We are making available in the vestibule of the church an appeal box for the Reformed Church in Hungry Aid (RCHA) work as they aid Ukrainian people fleeing the war in their homeland. You can make a contribution to our retiring collection appeal, by placing your offering in the box marked Ukraine – RCHA box in the vestibule Sunday 13th March and/or Sunday 20th March.
You can also make direct donations through the bank account found in the Church of Scotland letter, managed by the Kirk’s Faith Impact Forum. (Donations can also be gift aided). Royal Bank of Scotland – Church of Scotland No 1 Account. Account Number – 0013 4859 Sort Code 83-06-08 Reference payment as RCHA Donation.
Rev Gavin Boswell (B. Theol - RU)
The Drop In at the Simpson Institute takes place every Thursday from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All welcome to stop by for a coffee/tea home-baking and blether with friends. Donation of £2 requested.
Tea and Coffee after services – Irene Kay has kindly been drafting a rota of helpers and is looking for a few more volunteers to assist, some men folk would be helpful to set up the hall before and after services. If you can assist please contact Irene
LargoLinks Magazine – The Team thank all who have help over the last year to distribute this community news-magazine. Feedback from the community indicates that having a hard copy is particularly valued. 2000 copies have been distributed to homes and business in the Largo parish area. With such interest and demand, there is a need for people to help with the distribution – Can you help? If you can, could you please contact Irene Kay . She is trying to put together a Team, and the more helpers, the few homes each distributor will have to visit. Thank you.
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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.