We are sad to announce the passing of The Reverend Canon David Leigh Redwood.

David died peacefully on Monday, 8th July, 2019, in Forth Valley Royal Hospital, aged 87. Beloved husband of Sheila, father of Stewart, Michael and John and proud grandfather of Lucy, Tom, Caitie and Sarah. His funeral will take place on Monday, 22nd July at 12 noon in St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Dunblane. Family flowers only but donations to L’Arche at the service, if you wish. “May he rest in Peace”. Please pray for his family during this time.

David was the Rector at Holy Trinity from 1985 until 1997. Many of us have fond fond memories of the years he spent playing a real active part in the life of our church.

If you have any memories, stories or pictures please get in touch so we can share them, via Facebook or ku.gro.hcruhcytinirtylohnull@retsambew

SECMA was first founded in 1875 at the behest of the Board of foreign missions – a ‘ladies’ committee for the purpose obtaining funds and circulating information through diocesan and Congregation Ladies’ Committees , and for the purpose of forming and aiding work parties.’ It was named the Church Women’s Association .
The work parties produced garments ‘to helo clothe the naked’ and they raised funds to help purchase any necessary item requested by the priest on site. Ie hymn bools magic lanterns , vestments and altar linen. All these items were sewn into large canvas bags and sent by sea.

At this time the Scottish Episcopal Church restricted itself to three fields of mission
 The diocese of St. John’s Kaffraria South Africa,
 Chandra mission near Nagpur in South India ( Holy Trinity was to hear much of this Mission in later years)
 and British Columbia

The name was changed in 1922 to Christian Women’s Missionary Association and it was by this name I was familiar with it under the leadership of Mrs Stevenson in the late 50s early 60s. (see the Reid stained glass window with the theme of Discipleship near the lectern). Mrs Stevenson and her group of ladies worked tirelessly for the association and kept us all informed of their work making altar linen etc to go to the missions and of course the fundraising. Mrs Stevenson was also a fund of information about the early history of Holy Trinity. One of the stories that causes me to remember her often was that the ‘Sunday carriages’ would be parked around Viewfield Gardens and be brought round to the front of the church for the families to ‘alight’ and so they do now though the ‘carriages’ are somewhat different !!!!
(As an aside when I was researching another subject I discovered that the large house now in flats was originally built for James Blackwood, Provost of Dunfermline in around 1808 and had extensive Gardens.. Could Miss Blackwood of the Trust we hold be a relation of Provost Blackwood or is that just a coincidence?).

It was in 1962 that the profile of The Christian Women’s Association was raised at Holy Trinity in a very personal way. Jean the daughter of the then Rector the Rev, Canon Denholm, her husband The Rev. Malcolm Wilson Rector of St Augustine’s Dumbarton and their small daughter, Catriona went to The Scottish Episcopal Church Mission in Chanda (now Chandrapur) India. Holy Trinity’s main methods of support were prayer and fundraising.. The Wilsons returned in 1963 where Malcolm served at Holy Trinity assisting his father-in-law as Curate.

In 1987 then name of the Association changed to the current one Scottish Episcopal Church Mission Association (SECMA) and it was then that men were admitted to membership for the first time, Although it is noted that there were several stalwart male supporter s for some time before that!

Now as now as in 1875 there is a system of 7 Dioceses with each diocese having two Representatives and Correspondents but now there is an Honorary Treasurer and a Provincial Secretary and this forms the decision making Committee. The Diocesan Representatives and Correspondents are supported by a network of Church Correspondents – currently at Holy Trinity, Fay Cuthbertson.

Relief of poverty takes many forms, in many cases, helping children to gain an education – a vital tool in preventing poverty in the future. In other situations providing funds to build ie a piggery or poultry unit helps to provide employment and food in the short term.

Reports on all projects can be read in the SECMA magazine that is available twice yearly. Please do have a browse through it. Wherever possible projects are chosen where it is possible to maintain a direct link. Perhaps someone in the UK has worked abroad and knows the area in question or someone who travels regularly to the area.

If you know a project that would benefit from SECMA’S help start the process by an informal discussion with the SECMA secretary .
SECMA raises some funds by the sale of used postage stamps. If you can help with this please cut the stamps from the envelope or parcel leaving at least a half inch around the stamp taking care not to damage the stamp. I will be pleased to receive them to pass to SECMA

At Holy Trinity we are firmly focused on the future but we can only be focused on the future by learning about the past. In this series of articles we explore some of the Saints who have built our faith throughout the generations.

Saint Bede, or as he is more generally known the Venerable Bede, was one of the best scholars, writers and historians of the early church in England in the seventh century. Little is known of the Saint’s family and background he himself described his place of birth as being on land belonging to Monkwearmouth Abbey which would have been any where in a wide area in the Kingdom of Northumbria. Because of the reference to the Abbey the most likely place of his birth is the present town of Monkwearmouth near Sunderland though it is also claimed that he was born at Monkton near Jarrow. Again nothing firm is known of his family except that he was on calling terms with the kings and nobility of Northumbria and it is therefore assumed that his family were of the upper class in the country.
He was born in 672 or 3 and at the age of 7 he was sent to Monkwearmouth Abbey to train as a monk under the auspices of the Abbot, Benedict Biscop. Later after Jarrow Monastery was founded he moved there under Abbot Ceolfrith who with him survived a plague that killed the majority of the population in the area when he was 14. The Abbot and the young Bede were the only survivors in the monastery.He spent the rest of his life until he died at the age of 62 on 26th May 735AD as a Benedictine Monk in one or other of the two monasteries, writing and teaching and of course it is for his writing and scholarship that he is still remembered. His first two books were text books intended for teaching. Altogether he wrote over 60 books which considering the difficulties of writing with quills and the poor light available was a tremendous achievement.

St Bede depicted in a window in Rotherham

When Bede was about 17 years old a significant event occurred in Bede’s life when the Abbot of Iona visited the Abbeys of Monkwearmouth and Jarrow, having been concerned in settling the date for the celebration of Easter between the Roman and Celtic churches. This aroused a strong interest in chronology in the young boy who set out to try to find the exact date of the first Easter. His interest in dates and fixing the relationship in history of the relevant dates of happenings and events seems have arisen from this meeting.
When Bede was 19 he was ordained as a Deacon by Bishop John of Hexham. Although Canon Law at the time did not recognise the ordination of Deacons below the age of 25. The reason for Bede’s early ordination is unknown. It might have been recognition of his talents but it could also have been the shortage of suitable candidates after the plague. Then when he was thirty he was priested by the same Bishop John.

Bede does not seem to have travelled greatly other than to monasteries in England mainly in the North of the country. In his historical writings he therefore very much relies on correspondence with people in the rest of the country and a friend Nothelm who went to Rome and ferreted information from the Papal Archives for him
This brings us to Bedes work as a historian and his magnum opus “An Ecclesiastical History of the English People”. The history is divided into five books. The first covers the Roman period in Britain up to the Mission of St Augustine; the second the establishment of Christianity in Kent and the first attempts to establish a church in Northumbrian; the third the growth of Christianity in Northumbria culminating in the Synod of Whitby; the fourth the spread of Christianity in the South; and the fifth bringing English church history up to date to Bede’s time including the settlement of the date of Easter between all sections of the British Church. It is of course now a prime source of information on the early church not only in Britain but by association in the rest of Europe. It also tells us a lot about Bede’s credibility as a historian. He not only recounts the history but also endeavours to date events and verify their credibility between fact and fictitious accounts of happenings.

One important introduction of Bede’s was an endeavour to set a datum for the time of happenings. It was Bede who first related the time of events to years after the birth of Christ and years before. He could therefore be said to have principally used the numbering of years AD and BC to historical writings as the norm for describing dates.

Things did not always go smoothly for him. He wrote a paper on the date of the creation of the world which he calculated as being 3952BC compared with the generally accepted date by the church of 5000BC both of which from our scientific knowledge must be false. However, because of this he was charged with heresy by St Wilfred, Bishop of Hexham. The charge did not stand his spirited and learned defence to it. In his history he was very sparing in his praise for Wilfred. He is also though to be sparing on his coverage of the achievement of the church in Wessex. Possibly because he knew less about it than of the happenings in his own area of Northern England.

He died after a short illness on Ascension Day (26th May 735) working up to the last for just before he died he dictated the final words of a translation he was writing of St John’s Gospel. He became known as the Venerable because of his undoubted ability and scholarship. He was canonised by Pope LeoXII in 1898 and named as a Doctor of the Church, the only Briton to have this accolade. His day is celebrated in the Roman Catholic and Anglican Calendars of Saints on 25th May and of the Orthodox Churches as 27th May.

What is National Refill Day?

On Wednesday 19th June 2019 the nation was challenged to see if we’ve #GotTheBottle to prevent plastic pollution. 

Brought to you by City to Sea as part of the award-winning Refill Campaign, National Refill Day is an awareness campaign to get the UK public to stop bottling it when it comes to our drinking water.  

They want to create a new social norm for refilling on the go – saving us money, keeping us hydrated and preventing millions of single-use plastic bottles at source.  

Did you know…

Over the last 15 years, the consumption of bottled water has doubled in the UK. Of the 13 billion plastic bottles used each year – an estimated 7.7 billion, or nearly 60% are plastic water bottles! 

Sadly, it’s been estimated than almost half of these bottles are NOT recycled and around 15 million plastic bottles are littered, landfilled or incinerated every day – ending up in our natural environment and flowing into our oceans!  

But there is a solution... 

We’re lucky in the UK to have some of the highest quality drinking water in the World and we want everyone, everywhere to know how easy it is to Refill on the go removing the need to ever buy a single use plastic water bottle ever again. We all know when we travel how much we miss our wonderful Scottish Tap water.

They want to make this year’s National Refill Day our biggest yet.

In 2018, which was our first ever National Refill Day we were trending on Twitter ALLday, reached over 33 million people and had the support of DEFRA, The Environment Agency, Government Ministers, MPs, and campaigners like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

For more information check out their website here for ways to get involved.

Dunfermline flows ahead!

Dunfermline have recently installed a water tap in the town. The high-tech Top Up Tap has been installed at the Kingsgate end of the High Street as part of Scottish Water’s national initiative to encourage people to carry a reusable bottle and stay hydrated out and about. Only a few hundred meters from our churches front door.

We are being encouraged to ask in shops, restaurants and in our churches to refill our bottles. Our church kitchen can be a busy place but please always feel welcome to pop in and Refill.

Plastic-Free Dunfermline, a movement led by local businessman James Daw, which is focused on getting residents, schools, community groups, businesses and Fife Council to reduce their singe-use plastic consumption, initially approached Scottish Water about Dunfermline getting a tap who were happy to be involved. To read more go to the full article in the Dunfermline Press.

Dunfermline’s new water tap

Andy’s Man Club was formed almost 3 years ago after the tragic suicide of Andy Roberts.

Andy Roberts was 23 years old when he killed himself without any sign, signal or warning. The resultant devastation that hit his family was also followed by something more positive – his brother-in-law, professional rugby player Luke Ambler, became determined to prevent as many families as he could from going through such a trauma.

He formed a men’s group called Andy’s Man Club, which in almost three years has become one of the most important organisations working to help men today – their group sessions are changing the lives of hundreds who have hit rock bottom and are continuing to grow in number at a remarkable rate. Currently over 500 men attend one of the 20 clubs across the UK, now including 1 in Dunfermline. For more info go to their Dunfermline group page.

Their success shows the depth of the problems out there for men, that they are crying out for such a place in which to share their issues, something which has traditionally been frowned upon.

With Luke and the growing band of Andy’s Man Club members, the word is getting out there that we no longer need to keep our struggles to ourselves, and that true male bravery is about daring to open up, not burying your feelings away.

Andy’s Man Club is a peer to peer support group that runs every Monday night at 7pm (Except Bank Hols). After only a couple sessions in Dunfermline so far, over 35 men turned up this week alone. There is no referral, no signing in, no registration and no cost. Any man over 18 is welcome to come along, grab a brew and talk as much or as little as he’s comfortable. Men do not need to have had suicidal thoughts or a mental health condition to attend. They can just be going through one of life storms and need a place to share.

To find out more visit their website. Why not pop along, #AMC Dunfermline will be meeting in the Erskine Building on Pilmuir Street at 7pm. They welcome all men who are going through a storm, have been through a storm or just want to help like minded men get through life. #itsokaytotalk #andysmanclub #togetherstronger #realentless #brotherhood #cantstopwontstop 🔥❤👌

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  • 16 July 2019 3:00 pm Meditation
  • 17 July 2019 10:00 am Church Cleaning
  • 18 July 2019 10:15 am Eucharist

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