In January, I attended a Taizé-Inspired Service with our Brothers and Sisters at St Finnian’s Lochgelly. The service was led by Rev Margaret Dineley and Edith Mathieson. There were members of neighbouring churches as well as members from St Margaret’s Rosyth.
Taizé was founded by Brother Roger in 1940 in a small village in Burgundy, where his mother originated from. It was to offer refuge to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution from across Europe. The three core values are prayer, unity and hospitality.
Rejoicing was the theme of the evening’s service. We had assembled in the hall for refreshments prior to the service at 4.30pm. Once inside the church, we observed a few minutes silence before singing the opening chant: the lord is my light and salvation, in god i trust. After each chant, we said a prayer or a bible reading followed by silence. It is in fact a very meditative form of prayer in which singing and silence have always played a large part. It is a way of opening ourselves to Christ’s peace and joy.
Although Taizé services tend to attract young people, it is becoming more popular in many churches,retreats and seminaries. The following intercessory prayer reflect the community that has welcomed people of all faith and none: a community living the gospel call to hope and reconciliation
“Rainbow God, you have created people of many different colours, and given us different cultures. But in you each has its source and fulfilment. In Jesus Christ you have made us one, breaking down the walls we make to protect ourselves. By your Holy Spirit you have joined us in one body, giving to each part its special gift. Help us to use our unique gifts for the sake of your Kingdom.”
This service is held every second Sunday of the month at 4.30pm with refreshments at 3.45pm Everyone is most welcome.
“God of every human being, you never force our heart: you place your peaceful light within each one of us. With that light shining on them, our failures and our joys can find meaning in you.” (prayer by Brother Roger of Taizé)
Thank you to the members of our congregation who were able to attend our AGM in December. Thanks to Rebecca Fleming and Hilary Ballinger for the time they served on Vestry and welcome to Elaine Cromwell and David Dean who were voted on at the AGM.
Maintenance and improvement work has been completed in the Rectory. It was decided that the assets from the Blackwood Memorial Trust would be used for future work required in the Rectory.
The organ showcasing events have been delayed as settling in has taken longer than expected with a few issues having to be rectified. The repair to the Vestibule roof is being scheduled for Spring. This year we want to look at the part we play in the center of town.
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The Vestry is looking into improving publicity and our social media presence. New signage options for the front of the church are being investigated.
James Barcroft Vestry Secretary
Next vestry meeting: Tuesday 26th Feb 1815h
We pray for our Brothers and Sisters as they look at the discernment of these candidates. Many of us will know well The Rev Dr Michael Paterson who has been working with our Neighbours at St Margaret’s, Rosyth and came to preach with us In Holy Trinity recently.
Commenting on this stage of the process, Acting Bishop during the episcopal vacancy the Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says “I thank members of the Preparatory Committee for the work they have done and am delighted that three candidates are being nominated to the Electoral Synod. We hope that the discernment in the Electoral Synod will enable them to elect a new bishop who will lead the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway in its future ministry and mission, and ask that we hold each of the candidates and the Diocese in our prayers during this process.”
We pray for our Neighbours in Rosyth who are obviously very excited but I am sure would love to work with Michael even longer. We pray for him, and his fellow candidates and all those in the Diocease of Glasgow & Galloway that the best candidate will come forward and lead them over the next few yearS.
The Youth Fellowship followed in the greatest of all Scottish traditions in serving up the Great chieftain o the puddin’-race! YF has traditionally served up a range of Burnt food, so this Burns night may not have been any different. The evening started with songs and tales, but no turns were taken by our lot. A burns related quiz on the Scots language set up some hilarious answers of the potential meanings of words we don’t often use these days. Then a search in the dark for a Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie who was found hidden amongst the nativity scene. This was still in sharp contrast to the YF hitting sticks the week before that had leaders (and rectors) flying across the hall in the most violent and traditional of YF sports.
Then same hae meat and canna eat, some wa eat that want it, but we had meat, and we can eat, sae let the lord be thank it rang around the hall before the HaggisNeeps and Tatties were served, suprisingly not burnt at all! We even had the New Testament in Scots. It was enjoyed by everyone including our mascot Bubbles, who whilst not allowed Haggis ate the rest. Huge thanks to everyone involved including those who provided the placemats.
This Sunday we welcomed a guest to Holy Trinity. As part of our charitable work we support a range of chairities throughout the year, this week Rosie came to represent Pets as Therapy.
Pets As Therapy, a humanitarian charity with people at their heart. Since founding in 1983, Pets As Therapy has been at the forefront of community based Animal Assisted Therapy across the length and breadth of the UK. Today, Pets As Therapy is the largest organisation of its kind in Europe enhancing thousands of lives every single day. What they do is beautiful in its simplicity; our inspiring and dedicated volunteers share their time and their wonderful pets with people in need.
They work to enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. Providing a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK.
They have a range of therapeutic visits:
- Enhancing lives in our communities by providing companionship and friendship and helps to tackle loneliness.
- Improving the lives of people suffering from debilitating mental and physical health conditions and illnesses such as Autism, Dementia and Stroke by including animal assisted interventions as part of a holistic approach to treatment.
- Help improve literacy in children by developing their confidence, interest and enjoyment in reading through their read2dogs scheme.
For more information or to support the work of this great charity visit their website here.