Thought for the month
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.
Communication is such a big part of our world. How we talk to each other in person, online, via telephone or letter is changing constantly. Whilst speaking to God has always been our real focus how we communicate as a community is also important.
If you are a member of Holy Trinity or not we would love you to, please, fill in our communications survey. This is YOUR chance to help us improve how we communicate and also the form of the website, pew sheet and magazine. We want to know what is best for you!
You can download the form at the link below and email to moc.liamtohnull@gniksenilorac.
“The Scottish Episcopal Church Welcomes You” is on the ‘Pisky Pub Sign’ outside our church and every Episcopal Church throughout the country. What does it mean? Do we hold ourself to it? It means we are open to let anyone come and hear the word of God, regardless of background or creed.
Are we as a church always good at it? Simply put no, but at times we can be close. We have people to welcome old and new members to our church tasked with giving out the pew sheets, giving basic information and just saying good morning. Whilst this is great, do the rest of us step back and say ‘well someone else is doing that’ and head off into our usual pew and talk to those we are used to having around us. Liturgy itself is another example that we can come together no matter what Episcopal church we are in, we know the words, many of us off by heart, we repeat it in unison feel part of the church and the service. For visitors however its entirely different, flicking through the Blue book, trying to work out why we sit or stand, why we miss stuff out, why we sing bits or listen or say out loud… its entirely unwelcoming until you get to know it.
I have been asked to look at our website, how we convey what we do as a church to the rest of the world, to new members or visitors. What do we say about ourself as a congregation and are we welcoming? Can we say we are welcoming as a whole, yes, can we say you’ll fit in here right away, no we cant but we will do everything we can to make your visit as positive as possible. We have to look at our Pew Sheet, our noticeboards, our signs, our website and our magazine and ensure we not only come across as we would like, but also help those new to us to feel part of our family.
As part of this opening up we are again taking part in Fifes Doors Open Day. We open on Sunday the 18th September all day to any members of the public who want a look around, a chat, or want to start that conversation that we, as members, all had at some point. We have specifically mentioned that we will welcome you all. Whilst the Map is incorrect and the photo doesn’t help you find us, we will be there. Ready to welcome you, ready to say hello and start a conversation. Come and have a look around and we will “Welcome You.”
For more information about doors open days across the country Click Here.
Feeling down after the excitement of the Olympics? Missing the wall-to-wall coverage of medal success? Remember what Andrew Wingate said in his sermon on 7 August about this Raphael painting of the Transfiguration: “The painting confronts us with two realities – that of Christ in glory – and the other that of the reality of human pain, suffering, conflict and struggle. It is an extraordinary depiction of the text – and of two sides of Christian life – the high times, the times of uplift in the Spirit, the encounters with the living Lord – and then the day-to-day realities of Christian discipleship, when it seems we can do little more than hold on in faith, when struggles seem overwhelming.”
Andrew went on to talk about transfiguring moments in the natural world and in history, of transfiguring images that appeared to change hearts and minds, of recent events that have generated both excitement and seeming dark prospects, and of moments of personal encounter – suddenly seeing others differently, or our lives differently.
He stressed the need to take time to reflect on such moments. “Your ideas mature gradually – let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste. Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make you tomorrow.
“Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.
“So we are all a journey of Christian discipleship. There will be a mixture of times of transfiguration, and probably much longer periods of struggle. And Jesus will be with us in both, and we are to support each other in both times.”
Read the whole of Andrew’s sermon at this link.