We would like to keep in our thoughts and prayers our family in Christ who meet this week in Edinburgh to discuss the business of our church. Many of our congregation are also playing a leading role at this years Synod as voting reps, helping administer the event, as keynote speakers or just attending and commenting online from the public gallery. We would like to especially think of our young adults who are not only representing our congregation but the youth voice from across our province.
Representatives from dioceses across Scotland gather in Edinburgh for the annual meeting of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, which takes place on 8-10 June at St Paul’s and St George’s Church, York Place, Edinburgh.
The first key item of business on this year’s agenda was the second – and final – reading of a proposed alteration to the Church’s Canon on Marriage. This proposal removed the doctrinal clause which states that marriage is between a man and a woman. The voting process on the canonical change required a two thirds majority in each ‘house’ of Bishops, Clergy and Laity.
The vote in favour of altering the church’s Canon on Marriage removed the definition that marriage is between a man and a woman and added a new section that acknowledges that there are different understandings of marriage which now allows clergy to solemnise marriage between same sex couples as well as couples of the opposite sex. The revised canon also stipulates that no member of clergy will be required to solemnise a marriage against their conscience. – See more at: this link.
Outgoing Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church the Most Rev David Chillingworth, who is also Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane said:
“In the life of the church, end points are often also starting points. This is a momentous step. By removing gender from our marriage canon, our church now affirms that a same sex couple are not just married but are married in the sight of God. They can ‘leave and cleave’. They can express in marriage a commitment to lifelong faithfulness to one another and to the belief that a calling to marriage is for them too a calling to love, forgiveness, sacrifice, truth. A new chapter opens up – inclusion has taken a particular form.
But this same decision is difficult and hurtful for others whose integrity in faith tells them that this decision is unscriptural and profoundly wrong. For them this new chapter will feel like an exclusion – as if their church has moved away from them. So the journey which we now begin must also be a journey of reconciliation.”
The following two days of General Synod will see a range of topics and issues debated, including a report on Climate Change Action and Fossil Fuel Investments by the Church in Society committee; and a look at how the Church can move forward in its Mission. Please pray for all those involved in the full range of topics and discussions that they may all walk hand in hand with Christ and each other on what can be a difficult road.
We at Holy Trinity hold many social events aimed at all the family throughout the year. One of the more formal evenings is the traditional Burns Supper.
With a different mix every time we try and bring to life our Bards famous works. From Tam O’Shanter to the immortal memory we recount tales of Scotland past that have a real impact even today. The toast to the lassies and the reply is always a competitive duel, we would like to thank all those who spoke this year.
More importantly however we must thank all the kitchen staff for preparing what is a fantastic hearty meal complete with cheifton Haggis.
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This advent join us for our festive season, we have a range of additional services from the traditional nativity to the popular family Christingle service. Our busy Midnight mass service in the centre of Dunfermline is a fantastic way to celebrate the birth of Christ. We also have two services on Christmas morning, a said communion from the old Scottish Prayer book before a family service at 1000h where you are asked to bring along your favourite present!
This sermon was written by Rebecca Cromwell who spoke during the YF lead services in both Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline. These are her words:
What does faith and going to church mean to you? This is a question which I’m sure we’ve all been asked on numerous occasions and is something which can be difficult
to answer, especially for teenagers. Do we just go because it’s a chance to see friends and because it’s part of our weekly routine or do we truly go for worship and a connection with God?
If you asked me that before I went to Glenalmond I would have probably told you that I go to church because I either have to go to serve or because mum said I was going. But since experiencing Glen, my attitude and perspective towards church has completely changed.
Glenalmond is a place for teenagers from all over Scotland to meet together and to share their faith with one another. We get up to all sorts of things, as I’m sure your already aware, but today I want to tell you about the faith, spiritual and community aspect of Glen.
Each year the theme of Glenalmond is different and links to everyday life as well as our spiritual lives. This year the theme was sci-fi and Star Wars and we had the opportunity to participate in various themed activities. I found it very interesting that the leaders managed to link the theme to Bible readings and our faith. One thing that I have realised and taken away from the week is that Glenalmound is a beacon that leads us into the light of Christ. This certainly, in my case, is true.
Glenalmound has enabled me to take part more within church life and to venture into deepening my faith and spirituality. I am now a member of the Provincial Youth Committee representing the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane along with Rebecca Fleming.
This year I was honoured to be invited to speak at General Synod about PYC and Glenalmond. It was an absolutely fantastic experience that was nerve racking but certainly something very rewarding. I know a bit more about what happens at General Synod and the sort of things that get discussed. I was also asked this year to represent the whole of the Scottish Episcopal Church at the Church of Scotland’s, National Youth Assembly in the summer. It was a great chance for me to find out more about the Church of Scotland and the youth network that they have. I was apprehensive about going as I had never attended anything like National Youth Assembly before and I had never taken part in any church activities outside the SEC. I shouldn’t have worried however. Everyone was friendly and welcoming and the best thing about it for me, was meeting so many lovely people from different denominations. I am very thankful for these opportunities I’ve had because of Glenalmound and hope that others will also have the chance and feel able to take part in similar events in the future.
I think I speak for all of us in saying that Glenalmond truly is incredible. Each year it gets bigger and better. There is something so unique about the atmosphere there. We are all connected together through our faith, like one big, loving family. That’s what Glen is, a community and a support network. Each and every one of us is there for each other.
Last year, me and others received our exam results while we were there. Delegates and Leaders alike supported and comforted us while we waited to receive them and were there for us even if the results were not what we expected. For many delegates Glen has made them feel more confident in themselves and able to discuss how they feel and what they believe.
Certainly you feel like you’re not alone and it becomes easier to stand up and tell people that you are actually Christian because sometimes that’s hard to announce that when you attend a school where most people aren’t part of any religion.
We have also had teens attend Glenalmound who have never set foot in a church before, let alone know what the Eucharist is. They all came along because their friends were going and because they were curious to find out more about the Christian faith. They have all come back, year after year and have started attending their local Scottish Episcopal churches.
This really highlights how empowering Glenalmond is and I would ask that if you have a daughter or son of Secondary age that you encourage them to go to Glenalmound and experience it’s unique effect.
Glen 17 will sadly be my last. I want to thank all the leaders and delegates for making the camps so memorable and enjoyable and I hope that next year will be yet another one to remember. Next year on April the 1st we are celebrating 20 years of youth camps and youth work within the SEC. A special day of celebration is being held at St Marys Cathedral in Edinburgh and is open to anyone to attend. More details are to follow soon but put the date in your diaries and please come along.
Glenalmond has been played such an important part in the development of my faith. It really has opened my eyes to the light of Christ and made me realise that even when life seems dark and is tough, God is always there in all his glory.
At Glenalmond I have experienced creative and moving worship and prayer – very different from our largely traditional services in church on a Sunday. I have made life-long friends – young people from all walks of life with many different views and opinions.
I have learned that no matter what we do in life, where end up or who we become, God is there every step of the way.
And so it just remains for me to leave you with one last thing from Glen 16 – may the force be with you!
The provincial youth cross pictured represents the youth work carried out across the whole of the Scottish Episcopal church. The cross itself is made up of 7 smaller crosses representing each diocese (our own the light blue one). At each years youth camp (currently held in Glenalmond) physical crosses are brought from each diocese and put together in a jigsaw to symbolise the coming together of people from across the country.
If children are a gift, then young adults are the whole party. We are very lucky in Holy Trinity to be members of the Fife Cluster Youth Fellowship. A group of young adults from across west Fife come together every week during term times to share fun, laughter, food, friends but also faith. This year we have watched films about the funny side of war, slept over in the church, played games in the park, held our own bake off, been to the theatre, ate huge amounts of food and even gone to Ikea!
In November they had the opportunity to take over two services, one in Kirkcaldy and the other in Dunfermline. The YF wrote a full service, selected songs and even took the sermon. The service was not only fun, and uplifting but also a deeply reflective and moving. The held a Q&A about the Provincial Youth week Glenalmond and spoke about how the camp and the network it created helped build up the YF and their own faith and how the YF itself helps in every day life.
The congregations were asked to write down something that concerned or worried them, these bits of paper were taken in, blessed and then mixed up before being returned to someone different in the congregation. They were given a candle and asked to take the concerns home and pray for whatever was written. The YF wanted to show the power of prayer and the comfort of knowing people were thinking and praying for you.
I would like to thank all of our YF for one of the most spiritual services I have attended this year, they brought everything together, all gave ideas and spoke very well. Thank you all and I can’t wait for the next time you take over!
A member of the YF? Wanting to Join? YF is for young adults who are half way through P7 and upwards. Get in touch with Andrew Wedge our Youth Leaders via our Contact us page.
The YF have three more meetings this year:
27th Nov 1815h – Fife Lesuire Park : Advance Snowball Practice.
4th Dec 1500h – Edinburgh: Capital Feasts and Capital Friends.
11th Dec 1615h – Holy Trinity: Its the end of the Year as we know it.
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