Thought for the month
The Ractor read this out on Sunday 29th October during the services at Rosyth and Dunfermline:
‘Earlier this year I was invited by the Archdeacon of Birmingham to look at a parish in inner city Birmingham. After much prayer and reflection Peter and I have decided to accept God’s call to move and on Sunday 18th February 2018 I will be licensed as Priest in Charge of St George’s church Newtown and the church of St Paul and St Silas Lozells, subject to a satisfactory Disclosure.
So today I am announcing my resignation as your Rector here, a little more over the twelve weeks’ notice required by the constitution. My last service in Rosyth will be on Sunday 21st January ay 9.30am and in Dunfermline on Sunday 28th January at 11am.
Please pray for Peter and myself as we prepare to take up this challenging ministry in a diverse and international community and I will pray for you all here too.’
The Rev’d Alison Cozens
We would like to keep in our thoughts and prayers our family in Christ who meet this week in Edinburgh to discuss the business of our church. Many of our congregation are also playing a leading role at this years Synod as voting reps, helping administer the event, as keynote speakers or just attending and commenting online from the public gallery. We would like to especially think of our young adults who are not only representing our congregation but the youth voice from across our province.
Representatives from dioceses across Scotland gather in Edinburgh for the annual meeting of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, which takes place on 8-10 June at St Paul’s and St George’s Church, York Place, Edinburgh.
The first key item of business on this year’s agenda was the second – and final – reading of a proposed alteration to the Church’s Canon on Marriage. This proposal removed the doctrinal clause which states that marriage is between a man and a woman. The voting process on the canonical change required a two thirds majority in each ‘house’ of Bishops, Clergy and Laity.
The vote in favour of altering the church’s Canon on Marriage removed the definition that marriage is between a man and a woman and added a new section that acknowledges that there are different understandings of marriage which now allows clergy to solemnise marriage between same sex couples as well as couples of the opposite sex. The revised canon also stipulates that no member of clergy will be required to solemnise a marriage against their conscience. – See more at: this link.
Outgoing Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church the Most Rev David Chillingworth, who is also Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane said:
“In the life of the church, end points are often also starting points. This is a momentous step. By removing gender from our marriage canon, our church now affirms that a same sex couple are not just married but are married in the sight of God. They can ‘leave and cleave’. They can express in marriage a commitment to lifelong faithfulness to one another and to the belief that a calling to marriage is for them too a calling to love, forgiveness, sacrifice, truth. A new chapter opens up – inclusion has taken a particular form.
But this same decision is difficult and hurtful for others whose integrity in faith tells them that this decision is unscriptural and profoundly wrong. For them this new chapter will feel like an exclusion – as if their church has moved away from them. So the journey which we now begin must also be a journey of reconciliation.”
The following two days of General Synod will see a range of topics and issues debated, including a report on Climate Change Action and Fossil Fuel Investments by the Church in Society committee; and a look at how the Church can move forward in its Mission. Please pray for all those involved in the full range of topics and discussions that they may all walk hand in hand with Christ and each other on what can be a difficult road.
This advent join us for our festive season, we have a range of additional services from the traditional nativity to the popular family Christingle service. Our busy Midnight mass service in the centre of Dunfermline is a fantastic way to celebrate the birth of Christ. We also have two services on Christmas morning, a said communion from the old Scottish Prayer book before a family service at 1000h where you are asked to bring along your favourite present!
If children are a gift, then young adults are the whole party. We are very lucky in Holy Trinity to be members of the Fife Cluster Youth Fellowship. A group of young adults from across west Fife come together every week during term times to share fun, laughter, food, friends but also faith. This year we have watched films about the funny side of war, slept over in the church, played games in the park, held our own bake off, been to the theatre, ate huge amounts of food and even gone to Ikea!
In November they had the opportunity to take over two services, one in Kirkcaldy and the other in Dunfermline. The YF wrote a full service, selected songs and even took the sermon. The service was not only fun, and uplifting but also a deeply reflective and moving. The held a Q&A about the Provincial Youth week Glenalmond and spoke about how the camp and the network it created helped build up the YF and their own faith and how the YF itself helps in every day life.
The congregations were asked to write down something that concerned or worried them, these bits of paper were taken in, blessed and then mixed up before being returned to someone different in the congregation. They were given a candle and asked to take the concerns home and pray for whatever was written. The YF wanted to show the power of prayer and the comfort of knowing people were thinking and praying for you.
I would like to thank all of our YF for one of the most spiritual services I have attended this year, they brought everything together, all gave ideas and spoke very well. Thank you all and I can’t wait for the next time you take over!
A member of the YF? Wanting to Join? YF is for young adults who are half way through P7 and upwards. Get in touch with Andrew Wedge our Youth Leaders via our Contact us page.
The YF have three more meetings this year:
27th Nov 1815h – Fife Lesuire Park : Advance Snowball Practice.
4th Dec 1500h – Edinburgh: Capital Feasts and Capital Friends.
11th Dec 1615h – Holy Trinity: Its the end of the Year as we know it.
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Remembrance Day (sometimes known informally as Poppy Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states that has taken place since the end of the First World War to remember those who have died in the line of duty. We now remember everyone lost, injured physically or mentally in the line of duty in any of the conflicts since and take time to consider those who were killed at home or in the support of the front line.
Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919, the day is also marked by war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. (“At the 11th hour” refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) The First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.
Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, the nearest to 11 November. Our service will be starting at the earlier time of 1045h so we can observe the silence together. Many of the congregation wear their medals of their time in the forces. Please feel free to come and join us for the silence, our service and some light refreshments after the service.
Friday 1 July 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Somme Offensive – one of the bloodiest battles in history. The Allies had prepared for the battle by bombarding the enemy for a week in late June 1916. However, the bulk of the German forces hunkered down in deep trenches and lay in wait.
The first day of July was a disaster for the British Army. Thousands upon thousands of men were sent over the top, charging into no-man’s landed armed with bayoneted rifles, but they were mowed down by German machine guns. Around 20,000 British soldiers were killed on the first day alone. The French, whose attack was less expected, gained more ground.
On 14 July, the British managed to overrun the Germans’ second defence system, but failed to exploit their advantage. Their advance was slow, and they paid the price of heavy losses for the little ground gained. For nearly five months the fighting raged on in a battle of attrition along a 15-mile front. By the time the battle ended in mid-November 1916, British, French and German casualties totalled more than 1,250,000 men.