Ceres Kemback and
Charity No: SCO17442
Christmas 2017 Newsletter
As I write in Mid-November, we are already well into our Advent and Christmas preparations. Given that there is so much happening (see inside) it’s absolutely vital that we are well prepared and not “caught on the hop” as it were. I suppose it is an age thing, but these days I seem to be thrown from one Christmas into another. Surely it’s not a full year since we were getting ready for Christmas?!
I’m sure that most of us have very special and indeed magical memories of childhood Christmases. Personally, as I think back, I realise just how much my parents must have scrimped and saved in order to make Christmas so special for me. In these difficult times, it’s important to remember just how much of a struggle Christmas will be for many families over the festive season. Please do remember the foodbank. You can hand things in directly at the council offices in Cupar (where the foodbank is based) or donate some of your shopping when you are at Tesco’s.
Recently, when using Tesco’s I have been trying to donate something (Christmas pudding, shortbread etc) that might go into a Christmas hamper. It could make all the difference for a family over the festive season.
I’m also thinking of a deeper
kind of preparation. On a recent day off in
As I went through this booklet
(written two months after the terrible events of 9/11) I reflected – sadly –
that the world is just as messed up now as it was then. We haven’t really moved
on much at all. If anything, the world is in a more precarious place now than
it was back then. Yet for all that, I know that there are many Good News
Stories - both within and well beyond the
In Advent (and I hope my little booklet will help in this) we focus on the Christ who comes and will finally come. We re-commit ourselves to being a foreshadowing of a world made new, a just and compassionate world filled with the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. The call is to live together in these anxious times as a living sign of just such a world. In so many humble and quiet ways, this is already happening in our parish. As I said in a recent sermon, please do not undervalue your ministry and the part you play in the work of Christ’s Kingdom here.
May you know God’s blessing this Christmas. If 2017 has not been a good year for you, may 2018 be a better one. Above all, may you know something of the peace and healing of Christ as we gather in so many different ways to celebrate the coming of the Light.
Guild Report for Newsletter
Guild numbers are
holding up well, but new members and visitors are always welcome. The meetings
are held once monthly, from 2pm, mostly in Kemback Hall, usually on the last
Monday of the month. We have just enjoyed the hospitality of The Manse, with a
fascinating talk by Jim Campbell on his visit to the
Our next talk is on 27th November and will feature a talk by Elizabeth Dickson on Jane Haining. Our Christmas Party is on 11th December, when Ruth Walker will talk about the life and times of her father, who was Minister at Kemback for many years.
Kemback Hall Report for Newsletter
The hall has several regular events, some of which started in September. These are listed below:
Scottish Short Mat Bowls – Tuesday evenings 7 – 9pm – all welcome
Bowls and Blether – Friday afternoons 1.30 – 3.30pm. Carpet bowls takes place all year round and combines social chat with light exercise and a cup of tea.
Rainbow Whist Drives – Fridays 7pm – 10pm, once per month, during autumn and winter months. The next scheduled event is 17th November.
Guild Meetings – These take place on the last Monday of the month. Our next meeting is on 27th November (see Guild report). Our Christmas Party is on December 11th.
Additional events are the Christmas Fayre, which will have been held on Saturday 11th November, featuring local seasonal crafts, gifts and produce and the Burns Supper to be held on Friday 12th January 2018 – tickets £10, available in advance only – from Sheena Sturrock 01334 653613 email email@example.com
Rosslyn Chapel Visit
Twenty nine of us including friends from other local churches enjoyed a wonderful trip to Rosslyn Chapel on Saturday 4th November. The beautiful weather showed off spectacular autumn colours. After an introductory talk at the Chapel we were free to wander at leisure admiring the fascinating carvings including the famous Apprentice Pillar. Jim led a walk in Roslin Glen; others spent time at the informative exhibitions. After lunch at The Steading at Hillend we returned to Ceres for 4.30pm.
Carol Singing at the Farmers Market.
There will be carol-singing from 11am - 11.45 am on 16th December at Cupar Farmers Market. Please come along to support this. We are not looking for ace singers but adults and children willing to share some of the true spirit of Christmas. Carol sheets provided. If anyone can play an instrument that would be a bonus. Our singing was well received last year by stallholders and customers.
Manse Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day.
Once again, I will be hosting Christmas dinner at the manse – the first at the lovely new manse in Gladney! Everyone will be made welcome, but I am especially concerned that no-one (unless of their own choice) should have to be alone at Christmas.
The traditional Christmas Dinner will be served around 2.30/3pm. Feel free to arrive from 2pm. You can come earlier of course but you will probably get a job to do!
It would be helpful to have a rough idea of how many are coming, so do let me know if you would like to join us, or if you know someone who would like to come. That said, there will always be room for any last minute arrivals!
In the absence of our speaker, President Joyce MacRae discussed forthcoming rural events. Competition results: Knitted Toy 1st Alice Light 2nd Moira Hall 3rd Ann Clark. Item from Shells 1st Alyson Reid 2nd Janina Gavin 3rd Margaret Whiteford. Flower of the Month 1st Alice Light 2nd Alison Forret 3rd Beatrice Cuthill
Penny Dickson gave a most informative report of the Sandpiper Trust which was an idea formed by her family 17 years ago to provide medical bags & training to remote areas of Scotland. Competitions: Humorous Verse 1st Margaret Whiteford 2nd Anne Dorward 3rd Beatrice Cuthill. Hedgerow Arrangement 1st Alyson Reid 2nd Norma Gibson 3rd Margaret Whiteford. Flower of the Month 1st Beatrice Cuthill 2nd Margaret Whiteford 3rd Maria Cameron. Business Meeting next month, new members welcome.
Ceres, Kemback and
Minister: Rev Jim Campbell 01334829350 Articles for Newsletter to:
Session Clerks: Barbara Elder 01334828837 Editor: Janice Dewar
Elizabeth Lee Lochmorn@aol.com
Church Treasurer: Sarah Wood 07758604769
Clerk to the Board: Angela Brunton 01334828671
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Next Newsletter Deadline:
Church Officer Ceres: Ella Brown 01334828431 6 pm Thursday 1st March
Children and Families’ Worker: Trudi Newton 07983786985
Youth Worker: Eugene Adams 07724372377
Monday Soup at Ceres
SOS – Save our Soup! Thanks to Norma at
the Villager we were able to serve our regulars on Monday 30th
October. Electricity fused in our hall and we decanted everything and everybody
across the road! Sincere thanks to Norma. We re-started at the beginning of
October and our team of helpers and soup makers have been busy. With other
funds raised from Ella’s post service teas and donations recently during
Funeral: Veronica Grieve,
12th August: Peter Geddes to Sophie Wardlaw, Bishop’s Cottage, High Street, Ceres
August: Matthew Dodds to Lorna Jay Mackinnon,
September: Andrew Smith to Rachel Webster, 2 Southerton House,
September: Stephen Avivor to Kerry Lawrie,
Reports from the following groups can be found on the Website:
Why Sanctuary@Ceres can lead to a rummage in the cupboards?
On the last Wednesday of every month an opportunity for quiet, meditation and prayer (Sanctuary) is offered at Ceres church at lunchtime (12-1) and evening (6.30-7.30).
I have been a member of the small Sanctuary team who search for material and music for the event. From all of our thoughts and suggestions Elspeth Salter, who leads the group, prepares a draft programme for our prayerful consideration. We meet together to review the draft, listen to the readings and hear any unfamiliar music. We have had some lovely times enjoying a cuppa whilst we also listen and discuss. I think we have all enjoyed the challenge of finding the right material....it has led to many a Google search or a rummage through our dusty books or CDs. Feedback from those who have attended has been very positive. I have to say that I look forward to the event and love the peaceful time of quiet meditation.
We would love to see more people drop in to the event and also join us on the planning team.
Dates and themes ahead: 2018
November 29th Anticipation January 31st Towards the Light
December 27th Christmas and Beyond! February 28th The Road Ahead
28th From a
“Make This Your Space”
The Springfield Drop-in Café has been going well since it started in August! It is a space for all ages, where all are welcomed and people can come and share a cuppa together!
A variety of coffees and teas are available – and a pot luck of goodies inevitably appear each week to be shared among us all!
Come and meet friends old and new…
Come and make it Your Space…
Different Activities can be made available…
The Café is held each Wednesday morning from 10.30-12noon.
We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information, please contact Jim Campbell (829 350) or Trudi Newton (0798 378 6985)
Lantern Making Workshop and Lantern Walk
Saturday 9th December
Lantern Making at 3pm in the Session Hall, Ceres.
Bring your own Jelly Jar to make a Lantern!
We will then leave the Session Hall at 3.45pm and walk to Craighall Den with our Lanterns. We will walk up the Den together for a time of Advent Storytelling.
Mulled Juice with Mince Pies and Shortbread will be available!
To help with the catering and materials for the Lanterns, please register an interest by contacting Trudi Newton on 0798 378 6985 or email email@example.com
This event is for everyone! Children must bring an adult with them.
Do get in touch with any queries. It would be great if you could make it!
Service of Remembering on Sunday December 3rd December at 2.30pm.
We recognise that Christmas can be a difficult time when we have lost someone dear to us. This service is designed especially for people in that situation.
At this service there will be:
· Three hymns (not Christmas carols)
· Prayers and readings
· A short reflection
· A reading out of the names of our loved ones
· The opportunity to light a candle of remembrance.
The service will last approximately 40 minutes. Tea and coffee will be available in the session house for those who wish to chat. Others may simply wish to make their way home when the service ends. The church will be kept as a quiet place for any who wish to remain there for a little while.
We would respectfully suggest that very young children might find it difficult to cope with this service as there will be periods of silence and a possibly lengthy reading out of the names of our loved ones. Please do note that there will be lots of more family-orientated services over the Christmas period! (See the calendar inside)
In each church there will be a sheet for people to add names that they would like read out. I will also be happy to receive names by phone or e-mail.
Thanks again to all who have been
donating clothes, bedding, educational and medical supplies, etc to Refuge
Fife. CKS and people in the local area have been making a really valuable
contribution. I’m pleased to say that £128.50 was raised at the Clothing Stall
at the Church Fete and this has gone towards expenses incurred in shipping the
donations to the Refugee camps. The main focus at the moment is for camps in
Sadly Re-Act Scotland (who work in
conjunction with Refuge Fife) have lost their Edinburgh Warehouse due to the
building going from being rent free to it being charged at an exorbitant rate.
This may have a temporary effect on
We have received a plea for help.
Does anyone know of free or very cheap storage space in
Please get in touch with me on 01334 828284 if you know of somewhere or someone who can provide a solution. Sadly this dreadful refugee situation will be with us for a long time. Your help is desperately needed especially as winter approaches. Thank you.
Sunday 3rd December: 1st in Advent:
2.30pm Bereavement Service
Saturday 9th December: 3pm: Lantern making workshop in Ceres Session Hall followed by lantern walk in Craighall Den.
Sunday 10 th December: 2nd in Advent:
Kemback 09.45, Ceres 11.15am
4pm Messy Church
6.30pm: Cluster Carol Service in Cupar Old.
Thursday 14th December: Open House at the Manse: 2pm onwards.
Sunday 17th December: 3rd in Advent.
11.15: Ceres – All Age Christmas Celebration.
Monday 18th December: Open House at the Manse: 7pm on wards.
Sunday 24th December: 4th in Advent/Christmas Eve.
11.15 United Morning Service at
9pm: Ceres Carol Service.
11.15 for 11.30pm: Kemback Watchnight
Monday 25th December: Christmas Day
Manse Christmas Dinner: from 2pm.
Wednesday 27th December: Sanctuary 12noon and 6.30pm
Sunday 31st December: United Service at Ceres
CKS Prayer Group
CKS Prayer Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month in each church in rotation to bring before God the concerns of our parish and communities and wider world issues. We are active throughout the month and can be contacted at any time by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone no. 07818360889 or prayer slips placed in the boxes available in all church vestibules. All requests are strictly confidential, so please don’t struggle on your own, it’s our privilege to help. God cares about every person and every detail of their lives so let him help YOU. A House Group meets fortnightly to study the scriptures and support each other in our Faith.
Thanks for all the donations received so far this year. If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile cause, please collect a blue box from the vestibule of any of our Churches. Thank you.Moyra Blyth
BLYTHSWOOD CHRISTMAS SHOEBOXES
Many of you have contributed by donating
toiletries, knitting and stationery over the year and 146 boxes have already
been despatched. They looked so colourful and cheerful as they were loaded into
a van and car and taken to
KEN'S COUNTRY CALENDAR has been selling at £5 each in aid of the food bank in Cupar. Apart from the cover photograph he took all the others whilst out on country rambles. We had 300 copies printed and so far have raised over £1,250, so not many more to sell and we may print more if demand continues. You have all been wonderfully supportive, as have businesses and organisations in Cupar, and Ken and all connected with the food bank are most appreciative.
A HUGE THANK YOU.
WHINNYBANK CAT SANCTUARY has a web site where adorable kittens feature in playful poses, but much of Sue Hancock's work is anything but glamorous. It is usually a case of being called out in an emergency or asked to help when cats have been abandoned or a feral family has been discovered in a shed or even surviving in a broken wall that resembles a heap of stones. Sometimes Sue waits for hours in miserably cold conditions to effect a rescue and she is always out of bed at five in the morning to feed and check her huge feline family.
She is deeply grateful for items to sell in her shops or for food and bedding for the cats. Her tel. no. is 01337 840 414.
With warmest good wishes to you all from Hazel and Ken Aitken.
Food, Fun and Friendship for All Ages!
on the third Sunday of the month (except December)
The upcoming dates are: Sunday 19th November and
Sunday 10th December (please note – this is the 2nd Sunday of the month.)
There will be no
Dates for the Spring Term are: Sunday 18th February and Sunday 18th March
Each month we explore a different Bible Story together.
Come and be creative, celebrate with songs and stories, share a meal together!
It would be great if you could come!
Children must bring an adult.
For more information, please contact Trudi Newton (0798 378 6985) or email email@example.com
We meet on
Sundays during term time in the
After a short time in church we go to the Session Hall for different activities and then re-join the rest of the congregation to share the work we’ve done and to share together in the last hymn and blessing.
The Sunday School takes part in various activities including Bible Stories, Arts and Crafts, Puppets, Treasure Hunts, Games and lots more…
We also take part in All Age Services and have special events, such as an Easter Egg Hunt and Workshop Afternoons.
All children welcome!
For more information, please contact Trudi Newton (0798 378 6985)
What a lot has happened in the past few months!
Another successful Pet Service was held in August where
pets and owners gathered together for a celebratory service and a blessing of
We were delighted to welcome Godly Play Trainer Alex MacKenzie in November, who came to share Christmas and Advent stories with the Presbytery. I look forward to sharing some of these stories throughout Advent and Christmas.
Looking ahead, during
November and December, the Sunday School
will be working on creating a Nativity
Scene to be displayed in the vestibule at
On a more personal note, I am delighted to share the news that I have been accepted as a candidate in training for Full Time Ministry of Word and Sacrament! I will start training in the autumn of 2018. I would like to thank everyone for their support given to me at this time.
Trudi Newton Children and Families Worker
(Tel: 0798 378 6985 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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