Not everything in a church happens quickly but as we notice the changing in the weather, the cold of this season coming in we look to our own church and getting updated as we look forward to 2019.
I am pleased to announce our rectors new email address ‘ku.gro.hcruhcytinirtylohnull@rotcer’ is up and running. Also up is Kennys name is now on our Rectors board. Displaying all our Rectors since 1841 Kenny becomes the 15th Rector here at Holy Trinity.
We would like to thank our Rectors Warden for managing the emails during this time of interregnum and hope he will enjoy getting his inbox back!
This Sunday 25th at 1815h the Youth Fellowship Is hosting a night of mystery!
Our valued Youth Fellowship have been practing to play a range of characters, one on whom has commited a murder. All you have to do is come and join the audience to help the useless Police Officer work out who is responsible.
Tickets are still available through Andrew Wedge one of our youth leaders priced at £5. The money will be split between the YF and in this year of the young person raise funds for Fife Young Carers.
It’s a great family night to relax and be entertained with a small part of audience participation. We hope to see you there and bring a friend to this great social occasion!
Since my elder daughter Nadine took up a teaching post in Aberdeen, I try to visit her at least twice a year. As the journey takes 2½ hours from Inverkeithing, I usually prefer to sit in the quiet coach and take a good book to read. However, one thing I do not like is travelling backwards, as I find it is difficult to read or even look out of the window. Perhaps one day we will all be seated facing the same direction as on an aeroplane.
Just before reaching Kirkcaldy, I sought to ask the conductor if I could change seat because I get sick travelling backwards. But the passenger seated across from me offered to swap, as she’s fine travelling either way. A conversation ensued. She explained that she travels once a week to Aberdeen to visit her stepmother who lives in a sheltered care home. She usually travels before 11.00am and returns to Edinburgh by 9.00pm.
To make use of her time, she writes music or composes hymns, to which I mentioned that I liked the hymns in Mission Praise and Common Ground, and that I sang in a small choir, but that we were very good in quality. She introduced herself as Alison M Robertson. Yes, she wrote three hymns found in Common Ground: No 46 (Haven’t you heard that Jesus is risen), No 80 (Love is the touch of intangible joy) and No 140 (Spirit of God, I long to live). I was so excited, though more connection was to come.
Alison is a daughter of the late Rev Jack Malloch, who was a Church of Scotland Minister in Glasgow, and later a missionary appointed as a College Principal in Akropong, Akuapem in the Gold Coast (as Ghana was then called). She enjoyed her early childhood there, where she experienced Sunday worship with a difference – full of expression and colours. I mentioned about the Ashanti people and their colourful Kente colours attending church on a Sunday. King Prempeh of the Ashanti Tribe was exiled in my country Seychelles in 1896. The Malloch family knew people called Prempeh who might have been his descendants! Ghana was the first African Country to gain its independence from the British Empire in 1957.
Alison’s mother had sadly died in Gold Coast in 1951, so Alison and her twin sister and younger brother went to live in Cunningham House, the Church of Scotland’s Home for children of Missionaries in Edinburgh, benefiting from a good education in some of Edinburgh’s best schools. Happily Jack married a lady from his first parish and they had a long and happy marriage and three children of their own. While in Cunningham House, Alison (aged 12) was appointed as pianist for the Sunday School at St Catherine’s in Grange Church nearby, and on Sunday evenings in Cunningham House, when the Matron held family worship for all the children, Alison played (from the Church Hymnary) the favourite hymn of each child.
Alison and her siblings were all musical and sang in choirs and quartets at school, at church and at home. Alison also accompanied a school choir on the piano and played the violin in the school orchestra. Alison went on to study geography at University and took up employment in that field. As a mature adult, she began to compose words and music for Christian songs and hymns, and once her family had grown up she had the chance to go back to Edinburgh University to take a four-year honours degree in Music. Six hymns in the Church Hymnary 4th Edition have words or music by Alison that reflect and engage with the real world and the richness of insights of Christian people across the world.
Alison is a member of St Cuthbert’s Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, as well as a choir member. When she told me that their young Organist/Choirmaster puts them through their paces with much enthusiasm, it turned out that he taught my younger daughter and took the Chamber Choir when she attended school. Hymn writer, Ghana, Seychelles and Sabine: small world it is!
Ed: Alison was asked to verify the details in the initial draft, which Alison did, and added: “Considering that Dorissia recorded all this from memory after the event, I think she did remarkably well … “What Dorissia didn’t say is just what a fabulous conversation we had. We did not draw breath for the best part of two hours, as we just ‘clicked’ in seconds and found we had so much in common. Dorissia is also a twin and so that was another connection.”
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.