Our church featured recently on the website dunfermline we love this city
As our stunning church pears through the Autumn trees we are happy we play our wee part in the beautiful and historical Dunfermline. Built in the late 19th century we hope to still play a part in our community long into the 21st century and beyond.
We would like thank Andrew Fleming for taking time to capture our church from an angle not many see. You can find more at his website Here.
This Sunday at 11 o’clock, on the 11th day of the 11th month, Novemeber, we will be be remembering 100 years since the end of ‘The Great War’.
It’s esitmated around 37million people were casualties of WWI, many more being effected by long term mental health issues, disability or illness. 230 soliders died for every hour of fighting in a horrific and traffic lose of life, communities and families from all sides.
World War 1, was hoped to be the end of conflict, as we know it was only a few years later until the world would again be plunged into darkness. Since then conflicts from the Middle East and the Falklands have impacted on our forces and way of live. These modern conflicts have a different yet powerful effect on our modern forces. We have lost many even since the turn of the century.
We don’t just remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. We also remember firstly those who were wounded, whose lives can never be the same, who have to re-learn how to do the most basic tasks. We also remember those who have been effected mentally, seeing and experiencing the most horrific sides of humanity’s evil can leave the mind no longer a safe space. This can ruin families and even cost life’s sometimes many years later. We must remember and support them.
We also take some time to thank all those who support our forces, be it building equipment and ships, maintinaing aircraft or designing new armour all those who play a part should be thanked. Especially however those medical and physiological staff who either in the UK or on the Front Line support our forces through direct help or research into new technologies.
Whilst we wish and pray for an end to conflict we shall always support those who have been asked by our country to act on our behalf, rightly or wrongly, and given up so much and risked it all.
It was a Scot, Robert Rutherford Brydone, who was was born in Edinburgh but lived in South Africa after the war. He suggested to the Cape Town mayor, after his son had been killed in the war, that the whole town should pause to remember him and all those fighting. Originally three minutes the two minutes were set to allow you to reflect and pray. The aim was silent remembrance, fulfilling a debt of honour to the fallen and demonstrating to those who survived that the sacrifice they all made did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. The first minute in “remembrance of those who died for their cause” and the second in “gratitude” for survivors.
This Sunday please join us for our 1045h service and take part in our act of Remembrance and the silence at 11. A wreath will be placed at our churches War memorial. Our church has a long connection with the Military and we ask all those servicing last or present, and your families to join us, wear uniforms or medals on this special day of remembrance.
This week we look back to Kennys inistitution. Kenny joined us on Saturday 3rd with his wife Ruth. His first service took place on the 4th.
Here are some photos of this monumentous day!
We wish Kenny and Ruth all the best as they join our Church Family here in Dunfermline.
Words taken from Megan Briers thoughts post the Scottish Episcopal Church provincial youth camp at Glenalmond 2018.
I had no idea what to expect before arriving at my first glen. I knew nobody apart from vague knowledge of A Wedge?? I had so many initial worries. Will anyone talk to me? What should I pack? Will this be any good? Who shares a nickname with a type of potato? Anyway, the countdown was soon up and I was standing unsure at the sign-in. Suddenly, I was given a massive hug by a girl I had never seen before in my life. I knew I would be okay here.
They say time flies when you are having fun, and way too soon it came to my last year as a delegate. I couldn’t believe this was it after 6 years. The week flew past, as expected and was filled with reunions, tears, a lot of late nights and most importantly restoration and development of my faith. I have come across and got to know so many people throughout my Glen journey.
Glen is a truly magical place, the energy at the camp is intense and at no other point during the year is my faith as strong. I am not sure what it is that makes me feel the way I do at Glen, truly connected with my religion, or what isn’t quite there when I return home. Whatever it is, a goal for the future is to bridge the gap.
Glen is intense, you live together in the way Christian communities of the past did. Eating, relaxing, working together and praying as one close community. We open up more, the boundaries in the pressure cooker of High School
don’t seem to exist. Everyone is valued for who they are no matter where they come from.
Glen is an amazing opportunity and I would advise anyone in secondary school with even a vague interest to give it a try. You will make genuine friends for life, as I head off to Uni I know there are leaders and past delegates across Scotland and wider afield to visit, to call on to go to for advice, help and more importantly friendship.
If you are young enough to get to experience it Glen could develop your religion and you’ll have an amazing amazing amazing time in the process! If you are unfortunately too old then send someone else younger instead! My hope for the future of Glen is more people discover this gem of a camp and that adults within the church realise what a great opportunity this is for young congregation members who may otherwise feel isolated, which may lead to a disconnection in faith. I am forever grateful to the church for encouraging and supporting me to go, I never looked back.
Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane
PHOTOGRAPHY AS PRAYER: a touring exhibition of 50 photos of people & places taken by member of the diocese.
St Catharine’s Blairgowrie, Fri. 5th October
Holy Trinity, Pitlochry, Fri. 12th October
St Mary’s, Aberfoyle, Fri. 19th October
Holy Trinity, Dunfermline, Fri. 26th October
St Michael’s, Elie, Sat. 3rd November
St Margaret’s, Leven, Saturday 17th November
In a lot of cases the exhibition is staying with the Church for up to a week. However, accessibility and opening times will have to be a matter for the individual Churches, who will make their own arrangements for publicity etc.
At Holy Trinity we plan to be open to the public on three days and we are looking for volunteers to help out on Saturday 27th October from 11am to 3pm; Sunday 28th October from 12noon to 3pm and Thursday 1st November from 10:15am to 1pm when the exhibition is open to the public. If you are able to help please email or speak to Fiona. Details available via our contact us page.