a parish looking for answers
CERES KEMBACK AND SPRINGFIELD Charity No. SCO17442
INTERIM MODERATOR: Rev Bill Hunter
SESSION CLERK: Simon Weller
ASSISTANT SESSION CLERK: Myra Todd
Here are some questions:
What are the strengths and needs and challenges for the congregation at this time?
How do we see see the spiritual life of our congregation‚€“ healthy? or needing awakened? or something else?
Rev. 3:8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no-one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
Here are some questions:
What are the strengths and needs and challenges for the congregation at this time?
How do we see the spiritual life of our congregation– healthy? or needing awakened? or something else?
WELCOME TO NEWSLETTER 26
If you are reading this Newsletter online, or from an e-mail, please spare a thought for those who do not have access to a computer. If you can, print it out and pass it on to someone who can't read it electronically.
On Sunday 20th September and also on 27th September there will be a service in Springfield Community Church at 11.15. These services will be led by Mrs Elspeth Smith.
During the vacancy, it is important that we do not lose the habit of going to church.
Although seating is limited, and advance booking is advised, there are still places at this service. If you would like to attend this or any of the other services in September, please make sure to phone or e-mail the Session Clerk.
CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHS
We shall need pictures of CKS for the website and Profile. If you have any photographs of the three churches, maybe set out for weddings, or of church related activities - for example trips to Lindisfarne, or jaunts to Edinburgh, or of Guild or Youth Group activities, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Elder has agreed to be the person to contact about those who are ill or in hospital. If you know of someone who would like a call or a visit, phone Barbara on 01334 828 837, and she will pass on the message to the appropriate person.
IN THIS NEWSLETTER
There is a message from the Guild and also from the Youth Group. It is hoped that the Youth Group will begin Zoom meetings very shortly. the Prayer group and Messy Church are also hoping to resume activity soon. There is a message about Messy Church. There is also an update on Re-act Scotland. The Cupar Food bank is needed now more than ever.
There is no podcast this week.
Please continue to think about the questions we are facing. Your responses are very important. Written contributions and pictures to be included in future Newsletters are warmly welcomed. Please send them to email@example.com with newsletter in the subject line.
I pray wisdom for our leaders,
I pray peace where there is conflict,
I pray hope where there is despair,
I pray joy where there is sorrow,
I pray love where there is hate.
From the Lindisfarne Scriptorium: A Call to Be
CKS MESSY CHURCH
Messy Church has resumed this month and is online until the new year when we will review the situation with covid. We are going to continue with the Messy Church at Home sessions which we sent out weekly during the first three months of lockdown and stopped during the summer.
The sessions, all with Bible related themes, are provided by the BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship) and I have adapted them to include some extras like YouTube videos. We are going to send them out monthly from now on.
We decided to be online because the many covid restrictions imposed by the Messy Church Organisation and the Church of Scotland change the nature of Messy Church. We are not allowed to sing, dance, have a meal together or have food-based crafts, and the families would have to remain at their own tables to do craft activities and not move around which makes it difficult to socialise. It just didn’t seem to be as much fun as we would like it to be. The online sessions enable families to do all these things when it is convenient, and have a good time. Friends can be invited to come and join in too. (If grandchildren or family are coming to visit please get in touch and I can send you the At Home session.)
We are hoping that families will send in photos of their completed crafts along with their comments, which we can share with the rest of Messy Church.
If you would like more information about Messy Church or receive a kit online, please get in touch with me. Thank you.
The Guild meets once per month in the afternoon, in Kemback Community Hall, Dura Den, near Cupar. For the time being, our meetings are suspended, but we keep in touch by sending out the Guild News, by e-mail, by post and by telephoning. We have speakers who talk on a variety of interesting topics, such as Cupar Foodbank or Crossreach on the Malawi Fruits scheme, which is currently being sponsored by CKS Guild. We have not yet heard the talk about Malawi Fruits as the planned visit by the speaker had to be cancelled because of COVID 19, but we hope that a future visit can be planned.
The Guild faces the same challenge as other groups within the Church - to engage with the local community at all levels. We do our best to meet this challenge by outreach to local groups, such as the Cupar foodbank. Our outreach to the wider world includes the following of the current Guild programme, whose current theme is Companions on the Road.
CKS YOUTH GROUP
The club is held in the Session House, from 7 – 9pm on a Friday evening during term time. Members: about 15 young people under 16 regularly attending. Members contribute £1 per week, which goes towards snacks and equipment. Until lock-down we also welcomed about 6/8 older members. The sessions are still split – 3 weeks younger, 1 week for the older ones.
The club was set up in July 2013. Its purpose is to be a safe place for young people from the village a surrounding area to meet and spend time together: playing games (ping pong, pool, board games, quizzes.... ) doing craft, having discussions, enjoying snacks. The following is an extract from a recent report (before Lockdown) to the session:
"The Group was thrilled with the results from their fundraising in December and have received certificates for the 2 Toilets twinned, one in Malawi and one in Zambia. One certificate will be placed between the toilets in the Session House, and it is proposed, with the agreement of the club, that the other be presented to The Village Cafe, who have been very generous in their support of the club. The Cafe recently presented the club with a generous cheque for their funds – probably it will go towards a pool table.
The volunteer leaders met with Eugene recently and discussed the term and future plans. There will be a couple of movie nights – thanks to the installation of the redundant screen from Springfield; more fundraising projects – particularly with the community in mind; Well-being/Mindfulness evening; a story telling evening, possibly in the Village Cafe and possibly about the Pilgrims who passed by Ceres on their way to St Andrews.”
Due to lock-down the club has not functioned since 6 March 2020. We keep a watch on the restrictions and hope that we may be able to meet, probably outside, soon.
Sadly Re-act Scotland have lost their storage facilities in Falkirk and are not in a position to accept donations of clothing etc until they have secured suitable premises.
However, Re-Act are continuing to be very active with refugee families in Scotland, focusing on developing their professional skills so they can find employment and hope to get their other classes and Playgroup up and running again.
We would like to continue to support Re-act Scotland through this crisis, particularly the refugee camp in Samos, Greece. (You may have seen the camp on the BBC news recently, where the conditions are appalling.) Isolation and social distancing is impossible for the refugees to adhere to, so the people are very vulnerable to any infection far less the Coronavirus. Though we cannot collect or send clothes etc just now, it is possible to send money which will help the volunteers meet some of the desperate need in the camp.
It can be paid directly into Re-Act's account:-
Or a cheque can be made payable to Re-Act Now Ltd and sent to the Fife co-ordinator, Jan McCall, 20 Belleisle Road, Kirkcaldy KY2 6JF
The Cupar Food bank is needed now more than ever. At this time when most of us are confined to home, monetary donations can be made, either by direct bank transfer or by posting a cheque. Cheques should be made payable to Cupar Foodbank and posted Cupar Foodbank 21 St Catherine Street Cupar KY15 4TA
Bank details: Royal Bank of Scotland, Glenrothes. Sort code: 83 17 23 Account no: 00269012
However, if you are shopping in Tesco (or if someone is shopping for you) you might like to put a couple of cartons of UHT milk in the Foodbank box. UHT milk is the one thing that is in short supply at the moment.
LOCAL BUSINESSES and CONTACTS
In Ceres, the Butcher is delivering. The Spar Store is keeping well stocked and keeping its usual hours. Much appreciated!
The Ceres Inn Is doing a roaring trade in carry out meals at the weekend. Well done Lenny ! I know that this is much appreciated. This is the link:
In Springfield the store is well stocked too. Much appreciated!
Also, three businesses in Cupar have come together to create and launch a fresh food delivery service - The Central Cafe, Cupar and The Fish Tail, Cupar working with Fisher & Donaldson and Minick of St Andrews Group.
Designed first and foremost for the elderly and those who are most vulnerable in our community, the delivery service will enable people to order fresh fish, fresh bakery produce and fresh meat packs - to be delivered to addresses in Cupar and surrounding villages. All are using The Central Cafe, Cupar's app which can be downloaded here: https://bit.ly/CentralCafeApp
The Balgove Larder in St Andrews are delivering: www.balgove.com Telephone: 01334 898 145
Ardross Farm Shop in St Monans deliver throughout North East Fife.
https://ardrossfarm.co.uk/ 01333 331 400
Muddy Boots in Kingskettle are delivering: 01337 831222
Local Community Groups
There are local groups which can be contacted for assistance
- through Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/303482260645015/?ref=group_header (for Ceres, Craigrothie and surrounding district)
- and by email:
Blebo Craigs, Kemback & Pitscottie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some more questions:-
How can the whole congregation develop as Christians, inspired for mission and service?
What are the ways that we help our faith to grow?
How can we use and develop our gifts in our own particular ministries?
How can we communicate the Christ story?
How can we develop and maintain our strong fellowship?
How can we develop the skills of the worship group and encourage more people to be involved?
How best can we be welcoming to all and reach out into the community with love and care?
It is vital that we actively engage with and attract other and younger members of our communities.
How best can we do this?
Are we demonstrating that Christianity is about loving our neighbour both locally and globally?