Firstly thank you to all for your suggestions and ideas. Last month we asked everyone to submit ideas and Dreams for Holy Trinity’s building and how we could improve it. Vestry members discussed these and split them into 2 categories.
1. Those concerned with the building were divided into 3 – Discuss Now, Hopes and Dreams. Vestry will give regular updates on the progress towards meeting the points raised.
2. Those concerned with our services and outreach. Many of these points are being discussed and addressed by our Growing Congregations and Communications sub-groups.
Completed• Dust woodwork above pipes/organ – this was completed during the repair of the organ. Vestry will look to ensuring it is cleaned on a regular basis.
Discuss Now• Notice Boards; Signage; Sandwich board for front of church to say welcome we are open; story board in vestibule telling the story of our congregation• More banners and/or hangings and/or art in church – seasonal. YF/YC to contribute• Open to the community more often• New child friendly furniture for Young Church along with storage• Paint walls of church, vestibule and in the hall• Replace curtains and carpets• Encourage use of disabled access lift• Glass in door at rear of church• Glass door at front of church• Repair and paint side door to street • Bench at top level landing for people to wait• Rail in middle of the stairs in sanctuary• Handrail at lectern• Lighting, replace ceiling lights• Clean tiles• Heating • Seating strips on all the pews• Some of the vestibule windows don’t close• Audio visual connection, church office & wifi• Webcam to go live and stream• New sound system• Toilets – always freezing – add pull switch heater; Sort out plumbing in toilets – often there is no hot water, also very few signs for visitors• Screens or curtains to cover up cupboard and chairs storage area• Dishwasher in the kitchen• “as existing” drawings
Hopes• Make church building more child friendly – area for prams, baby seats. Remove some pews to make room for prams or wheelchairs• No pews – allows us to use the space• New modern temperature-controlled heating system• Storage in the hall• Refurbish hall• New entrance to the south into carpark• Handrail at the steps up into the garden• Open the church to those who want to come in for quiet time – 2-3 times a week • Screens in church for music, liturgy, videos, replace pew sheets
Dreams• Screens outside rooms & church to show what is on• Ramp up to altar or move altar down• Glass box extension at front of church, café or child space• Hall & kitchen extension to garden space, modern kitchen, roof top garden• Second and maybe third floor added to hall– classrooms, meeting rooms, shower• Top tier in church – use old pews, modern• Proper lift/elevator system
Suggestions to be taken forward to another meeting• Mix of old and modern hymns• A Sunday with no communion• Services on other days and times of day• Prayer team• More bible study • Family services to encourage in young families• Services need not be all formal. We are a diverse people of God• Involve young people in the church – intersessions, reading, welcoming visitors. Look at the church through the eyes of young people• Main 11am service is a minefield for newbies with no direction either verbal or written as to what to do. We go straight into hymns and Gloria with no direction, say together light text as well as bold. Need service sheets with what we actually do• Explore various types and ways of doing worship – music, singing, Taize, less formal, no communion• Make use of Common Ground as well as NEH or other hymn books• New hymn books, modern• More joy and celebration, more smiley faces • Less rigid service and larger selection of hymns and choruses• There are a lot of talented individuals in the church – we should use their talents. Encourage diversity and equality• Social event with church next door• More church “outside” happenings• Youth at one of the services• Consider doing church in the surrounding community – not just in our own building• Integrate more with our neighbours, Baptist and St Margarets. Perhaps a local ecumenical partnership. Join with St Margarets, Rosyth for joint services 3-4 times a year• Notices giving service and contact details should be distributed to hotels and B&Bs and homeless hostels for display• Cards that members of our congregationgoing on holiday could give to churches they attend giving greetings from HT• The church can be open as a venue for the arts, etc• Rector’s thoughts in magazine• Stuart is an ordained priest – perhaps he should be licenced. Will encourage younger people into church• What is our church’s mission?• What is our role in this community?
Update! Before this report was even published work has been ongoing to put up new signage to help visitors and our young church find the toilets as seen in the picture above. Also a more major change is the refurbished doors at the rear of the church, for more info click below! Please let us know how you feel and your thoughts on the list above, any we have missed?
The Scouts of Dunfermline and West Fife thank the congregation of Holy Trinity Church for supporting the SCOUTPOST effort once again. This year the cards from the church contributed £170.00 towards a total raised of £6325. This money gives great opportunity for programmes to be that much more adventurous and exciting. Both the 39th and 2nd Fife Groups have been able to mounting expeditions to foreign shores in recent years and there are plans again for similar efforts. The 2nd Fife will be going to the Netherlands.
Your support has shown us continued encouragement and so your efforts are gratefully received and appreciated by the Scouting Movement here in Fife.
Last month at Holy Trinity we asked everyone for their thoughts on how we could improve the church. We had so many suggestions so the Vestry sentenced them into three groups.
- Short Term – things we can or need to do now.
- Hopes – things we could do but may need some work or a decent amount of funding.
- Dreams – things we would love to do, but would require significant time and investment.
Since then we have started work preparing as many of them as possible. A few weeks ago you may have seen on our Facebook that signage was put up to help new members or visitors find our toilets, this month something different.
This month however, as you can see, there has been a more dramatic change. Those who have been to Holy Trinity before will remember the large wooden doors as you walk into the church. One suggestion was to put a glass pane into the door. This would not only let more light into the church, but help those coming in and out of the church to see what’s going on. It also allows those inside the church to look outwards to where we should be sending Gods word.
This work has now been completed and the new doors installed. We made the decision to not only replace the top panels with glass but all 12! We also took the opportunity to refurbish them too and this keeps our beautiful old hand crafted doors in great condition to be used for many years to come. We hope to see you stepping through them sometime soon.
We are also working on similar, albeit more significant plans, to create a much more welcoming entrance to the church itself. We also have a Hope (possibly a Dream) around creating a whole new entrance to the South but this is in the early concept phase. As always we welcome your comments either by email or Facebook
Written by Sabine Forsyth
I remember the Reverend Rongong warning me that most students who read theology at university tend to lose their faith entirely, or come out as a modern day prophet spreading the word of Jesus to everyone and anyone who will listen. I must say that after four years of studying, I count myself as the one that got away from that almost certain fate. I did however, experience similar phases along the journey. I found that the only way to avoid regular existential crises was to bypass all biblical courses and stick to religious studies and philosophy. My senior lecturer did not agree with my newfound approach.
‘It is impossible to ignore the bible in a theology degree.’ She shrieked. ‘It is central to our studies and it is where we find God!’
I felt almost bad for her. If she only finds God in the bible, then she isn’t looking very far. And no, I’m not talking about teleology and witnessing God’s wonder in the perfect curve of the waves or the intricacy of a fingerprint. I’m talking about acknowledging God’s presence in our everyday lives, experiencing God’s love and peace in the things that make us happy whilst listening for his guidance when we feel lost.
Nevertheless, I took her advice and visited many different churches in order to restore my faith. At first I thought I should find a church like Holy Trinity. After all, I love a traditional hymn and if the service doesn’t include the Nicene creed then I’m simply not interested. After much research and chatting to friends, I had found a church to visit. It turns out that the church (that shall not be named) was a little too traditional for me. Upon entrance, I was given a hat to cover my hair, nobody spoke to me and the whole service was in Latin. Notquite what I was looking for. OK – I had gone tootraditional. Holy Trinity was nothing like that, what was I thinking?!
My next approach was to find a church with a little moreyouth. I’d found a church thst seemed to fit the bill. The church was packed with people my age, everyone was super friendly and I felt like this could be it! The service wasn’t quite what I was used to but I felt welcomed and that was important. However, after a few weeks’ attendance they started to question my life choices and suggested I attended some extra classes to ‘bring me closer to Christ.’ Suffice to say, it wasn’t for me.
Nothing quite seemed to resonate with me quite like Holy trinity did. After all, I had been a member of HT since my baptism in 1995. Holy Trinity was and is a part of family. My mum had married there, my sister baptised and confirmed, and sadly my father’s funeral all took place at the very church that I would later confirm my own faith at the age of fifteen.
I chose my confirmation then because I actually knewwhat I believed. It wasn’t a given right of passage that I was pressured into, but a choice I made after a visit to Glenalmond youth camp, which in my opinion is one of the single greatest things the Scottish Episcopal Church has given to the world. You may think I am exaggerating, but I’m not. Once a year for a week, young people from around Scotland come together in faith. Regardless of gender, race or background; we are all one. We are taught to love unconditionally, but have self-respect. We are shown compassion and patience that we later mirror in our relationships. We laugh, play, tell stories and dance together but most importantly we learn to see God in the small things.
Upon leaving camp, it is common to feel full of the Holy Spirit, to pray everyday and to pledge loyalty to the 9am church service. But life gets in the way. Priorities change and soon the prayer book becomes a distant memory. I must admit, I have not yet found a church that feels like home and I should also admit that the occasional lie-in and events of a busy weekend tend to prevent me from finding, and yes, attending church.
However, the message of faith and of seeing God in the small things remains. God is in the moments of laughter with our friends that make our bellies ache. God is therewhen I watch a film that makes me cry or when I listen to music on the way to work.
I’m now in my second year of teaching religious education and I have just become a panel member for The Children’s Hearings Scotland where I regularly attend court and make life changing decisions for young people and their families. Personal faith does not interfere with either of these roles but the presence of God helps me to keep balanced and to work on my skills needed for the job. I am grateful for the part God plays, however big or small that may be. My story is a small part of Holy Trinity’s history and Holy Trinity is a small church in the worldwide congregation. But I find comfort in the small things, and it’s in the small things where we find God.
We hope ‘God and Me’ will become a regular article, would you be up for submitting your own? Holy Trinity has welcomed many people through our doors and has played a small part in people’s journey through faith. Either at the beginning, middle or end of their life’s, this series looks at those personal stories in some way linked with us, but who may have moved away, can’t attend as often or were just visiting.
If you would like to write an article of your own journey and where you are now in your life (spiritually/geographically/work wise or all three) or know someone who would, please send the article along with a high quality photo or two of something to represent you or your story to: ku.gro.hcruhcytinirtylohnull@rotartsinimda
Shrove Tuesday is more commonly known as Pancake Day and has always been marked at Holy Trinity by a party.
The Pancake Party has been a marker in the church calender and whilst always with food has been accompanied in the past by Music, Ceilidhs and now the YF lead Quiz.
Shrove means confess and is a time when tradionally the cupboards were emptied in preperation of the fasting of Lent. Pancakes were a simple way to use up what was left and have them in turn become part of that tradition.
Whilst 56% of people vote lemon as their top topping I for one like Golden Syrup, this was one of many facts in the Quiz which included trying to guess the highest pancake toss (9m 47cm) or the most pancakes eaten in an hour (1092) with our own church record being 19. Why not join us next year and see if you can beat it?
Huge thanks to everyone envolved from writing the Quiz, making the pancakes or all the clearing up and wonderful service on the night. Thanks to everyone who donated a raffle prize and to everyone who made it.
Today marks the start of Lent with our Sung Eucharist service to mark Ash Wednesday this evening at Holy Trinity at 1900h. We hope to see you there.