One of the highlights in the Holy Trinity social calendar is Dorissia’s Curry Night, held on Friday 8th November, with members from Holy Trinity joined by friends from St Margaret’s and guests. As usual there were many more requests for tickets than the number of people that could be accommodated in the hall.
Following the “Poem of Grace”, read by David Dean, fifty-two diners were treated to a feast which included beef curry, chicken tikka, chickpea curry & lentil dahl, followed by a range of delicious desserts including fruit pavlova and chocolate torte.
Although there is no charge for tickets, donations are requested for a nominated charity, which, this year, was the Samaritans and Linda Millar from the Dunfermline Branch outlined the increasing need for the organisation in a short talk following the meal.
Curries are very popular in Britain and, in place of the usual quiz, we were given several “curry facts”, delivered by Dorissia and three other diners. Did you know that the first curry house was established in London’s Mayfair in 1810 and that Queen Victoria tasted her first authentic Indian curry in 1887 when her servant Abdul Karim cooked it for her? She pronounced the curry to be ‘excellent’. One item not on our menu was the well-known chicken tikka masala; some believe that this was invented in the 1970s by a chef in Glasgow who, in order to please a customer, added a tomato-cream sauce to his chicken tikka.
Raffle prizes included wine and chocolates with a separate raffle for a hamper donated by Rev. Michael Patterson.
From donations and the sale of raffle tickets on the night a total of £773.00 was raised for the Samaritans. Grateful thanks are due to Dorissia and her helpers for their work in organising and preparing for the event, to members of the congregation who provided the desserts, and to the servers who helped on the night to make this another memorable and enjoyable occasion.
In 1909, the beautiful Reredos behind the altar at the East end of the Church was erected as a memorial to the daughter of Sir Arthur and Lady Halkett of Pitfirrane. It is constructed of solid oak. The central panel illustrates the Church’s teaching about the Eucharist, with two angels represented as gazing up in adoration to the sacred monogram ‘I.H.S.”, which emits scintillating rays of glory. The flowers at their feet suggest that the angels are standing on earth. The whole picture sets forth the true ideal of worship, which is further suggested by the only inscription on the Reredos: “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
The new painting of the rear wall of the church took the red from the Reredos as it’s inspiration.
Thank you to the members of our congregation who were able to attend our AGM. Thanks to Brendan Grimley and David Dean for the time they served on Vestry. Eve Gilchrist will be remaining on the Vestry and Jack Wardell will be re-joining existing members who are Andrew Wedge, Elaine Cromwell, and Malcolm Gosling. Thanks to Stuart Gray who stepped down as Rector’s Warden and congratulations to David Dean who has been appointed as Rector’s Warden. Linda Sherwood is remaining as People’s Warden and Linda Brownlie as Lay Representative.
Permission was given to Vestry to appoint someone in the place of David Dean on Vestry as well as to fill the vacancy of Alternative Lay Representative.
The Quinquennial survey of the Church and Rectory has been carried out and we are awaiting the report.
Wifi has been put into the Vestry and there is an open network which reaches part way up the church. We are working on improving the signal and distance achieved. Members of the congregation are welcome to use the open service.
James Barcroft Vestry Secretary
Phone: 01383 738024
For years I have toyed with using St John as the December saint because his feast day is so close to Christmas but have been put off because although he is one of the Apostles and the author of a Gospel, and also the Book of Revelations and an epistle we have very few hard and fast facts about him.
From the gospels we know that he was the brother of St James and that they were fishermen and the sons of Zebedee and that Jesus called them to follow him, and they left their father’s fishing boat to become disciples of Our Lord. We also know from the Gospels that Jesus referred to the two brothers as being Boanerges, or Sons of Thunder. It is not known why they were given this nickname. It has been suggested that it may have been that they were fairly positive characters instanced in their urging Jesus to bring fire down on the Samaritan villages that refused to accept His teaching which earned a rebuke from Our Lord which is mentioned in both the Gospels of Mark and Luke.
Along with St Peter the two brothers seem to have become an inner core of the Apostles especially close to Jesus. They travelled with Jesus and were there at all the important occasions of His ministry. They were at the transfiguration of Our Lord and they journeyed with him on his last journey to Jerusalem. There are one or two references to James and therefore also John as being brothers of Jesus, which is taken as being close relatives not actual brothers. They travelled with Jesus on his last journey to return to Jerusalem. Indeed it was John that Jesus sent to make ready the room for the last supper. They seem to have decided that they were entitled to sit one on each side of Jesus and asked Jesus make it so when he should he should come into his kingdom. This is mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke and is virtually the same except that in Matthew it is their Mother the wife of Zebedee who asks for this honour for her two sons. Jesus rebukes them again saying that this privilege was not His to give but God the Father’s. We also know from the Bible in Acts that John played an important part in the Councils of the Apostles and meets with the Apostles for prayers and he accompanied St Peter when the latter appeared before the Court at the Temple and confounded the High Priest and the Jewish authorities by curing an gravely sick man in the name of Jesus.
So much for the references to John in the New Testament but what else do we know of him that is reasonably reliable. Firstly and mainly he is attributed as being the author of the Gospel According to St John, of the Book of Revelations, and of three Letters. The early church had no doubt that he was the author of all of these but over the years biblical scholars have cast doubts as to the authorship. There seems to be little doubt that that they emanated from John but the actual writing may have been ghosted by another writer or writers. This is partially based on their being written in the third person and not actually naming John but referring to him as the “ Beloved Disciple”. Equally well it may just have been that John through modesty did not want to boast of his closeness to Jesus. Although in some instances James (and ergo John) are referred to as being the brothers of Jesus having different parents they could not have been siblings but the word brother was used in Aramaic to indicate any close male relative. John was therefore probably a younger cousin of Jesus. If we accept that as being the case we learn something more from St John’s Gospel about him. St John’s Gospel is the only one that mentions the wedding feast at Cana and he goes into a lot of detail on it. This would indicate that John was there, though not the bridegroom as some believed. Since the wedding was a family occasion this supports the hypothesis that John was related to Jesus. Secondly in the Passion according to St John Jesus on the Cross commends Mary his mother to St John if John is indeed identified as the “beloved disciple”.
This leaves us to consider what happened to St John in the years after the death of Jesus. The early church was rife with speculation about all the Apostles as it seemed that every Christian community wanted to be involved and they all wanted to claim connections with the Apostles. St John was no exception and an apocryphal work known as the Acts of St. John was doing the rounds in the second and third centuries alleging that John had preached the Gospel in North Africa and had been condemned to death by being thrown into boiling oil which he had miraculously survived. He then went on to the Island of Patmos where he did his writing and then did not die but ascended to heaven.
The above would appear to be partially true for tradition has it that St John was the only Apostle that was not martyred but after preaching the gospel in region of Ephesus he was exiled to Patmos where he died from natural causes in his nineties.
His relics were interred in a shrine at Ephesus, or rather there were two shrines at Ephesus that claimed to be the true resting place of the saint. One of the claims was withdrawn in the 4th Century just leaving one. There was a superstition that dust from the shrine had miraculous curative powers.
As St John was not a martyr he is the only Apostle whose feast day is an occasion for white vestments rather than red.
His feast day in the Western Church is 27th December and in the Eastern Orthodox Church he has two feast days the 8th May and 26th September
Dunfermline’s Christmas Sheep Hunt 2019!
“At this time of year in our town, we recognise traditions from all around, From lions and goddesses to frankincense and myrrh,
From Solstice to Kwanzaa, so much to offer
From lighting the dija to Jesus’ birth, we gather to celebrate our life on earth So please will you join us in singing and cheer and acceptance and sharing our cultures this year?” From ‘Let it Snow’, Netflix 2019 Shem the Shepherd has lost his sheep. This is rather unfortunate as there are only a few days left before Shem and his flock need to join the other shepherds, angels, wise men and assorted hangers-on, at the stable in Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
But you can be the hero of our story by helping Shem find all his sheep.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find those pesky little sheep hiding in shop windows in the town.
Simply write the name of the shop and the sheep, Once you have found all the sheep, remember to complete your name, address and telephone number and pop it in our post box for your chance to win a special, woolly prize.
We will be drawing the winner at our family Christingle Service on Tuesday 24th December at 3.30pm. Come along and join the celebration – everyone is welcome at our relaxed and fun service.
YOUR MISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
- Start in Canmore Street and you find your first shop – keep the faith and you will get going!
- Next, a wee wander along the Maygate, may get you your next sheep! She’s gazing from her shop window dreaming of far-off places – she’s a real bookworm this girl and just loves to read all day long.
- From here, go round the corner and take a turn up the High Street. You’ll meat a family of sheep in this shop! Be sure to use your ‘Bryan’ to solve this clue!
- Only a short stroll up from here and you should find your next busy little lamb. You’ll need be ‘studious’ to find her hiding in among the bobbins and threads.
- If you are ‘crafty’ enough you’ll find her sister just a ball of wool’s throw away!
Keep heading up the High Street. We are thinking independently, so no flocking to the big chain store windows – you won’t find our sheep there!
- Next head to the corner of Bonnar and James Street. The next sheep is almost, but not quite, the ‘lamb with the lion’
- You are nearly there! Head back down Bonnar Street and onto East Port. Your penultimate sheep can be found in a shop window munching some tasty Scottish wild-flowers.
- Don’t be afraid to solve the final clue. There’s nothing scary for yoo to doo – just find our fleecy friends celebrating Christmas in this parlour’s window.
Please post completed forms with your name telephone number and address through the letter box on the blue side door of Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church. You will find us at the end of East Port, on the corner of Viewfield Terrace – the letterbox is just there, right on Viewfield Terrace. We are the church, just next to the car park.
You can find out more about our church and services on our website: www.holytrinitychurch.org.uk and the Scottish Episcopal church at
The winner will be drawn at the end of our family Christingle service on 24th December at 3.30pm – we hope to see you there!