name: Ceres Kemback and
Charity No: SCO17442
Easter 2018 Newsletter
As I write, we are well on with our Lenten journey. The word Lent actually comes from an old English word meaning “Spring.” Spring?! Well, it certainly isn’t spring at the time of writing. I am nice and cosy in the Manse at Gladney (and very thankful to be here and not in the old St Andrews Road Manse!) but outside the snow is deep and still falling. There is a wind too and the snow is drifting. My car hasn’t been out in days and indeed will soon be just a white bump in the wintry landscape!
As I write, I have laid out my walking
boots and my walking pole. I am contemplating making the rather hazardous
journey into Cupar via the old track from
Speaking of journeys, I have been
re-reading the epic Biblical story of Exodus in the company of the former Chief
Boy, Rabbi Sacks really earths this
story in our world and its towering questions. In many ways, the story is our story
at CKS. The Children of Israel have left
There you have two opposing ways of looking at the future – as a threatening place to be feared – or as a promising place to be embraced. Where do you stand on this as CKS looks to the future?
Things are changing indeed in our
parish. It is likely that the re-configuration of
As we look to the future, the session and I are committed to making sure that (fairly!) traditional worship continues week by week in our parish, but hopefully not with the same service conducted twice every Sunday!) However, it is my hope that before the end of this year we will have also established (not necessarily on a Sunday) a more contemporary (perhaps café style) of worship on a regular basis. Watch this space.
Yes, we, like the Children of
Because ours is an Easter faith, we can, in Christ, look to the future as an exciting land of promise and possibility.
Year of Young People
2018 is the Year of Young People – and is an opportunity for us to think about how we can be church together – and how we can involve, welcome and celebrate our children and young people.
Special services and a few seminars are being planned to help us explore this.
Saturday 24th March
Eugene Adams, our Youth Worker will lead a morning seminar entitled “Welcome To My World” about what it really is like for teenagers today. Please contact Jim or I if you would like to come to this – it will be a great morning and starts with a short film. It will be held in the Manse at 9.45 for 10am.
Saturday 9th June
A seminar will be held in the Manse at 10am to explore ways we can involve, welcome and celebrate our children and young people
It would be great if you could make these events!
Trudi Newton (0798 378 6985)
Food, Fun and Friendship for All Ages!
The upcoming dates are:
Sunday 18th March – on the theme of Narnia! Sunday 15th April
Sunday 13th May (please note – this is the 2nd Sunday of the month.) Sunday 17th June
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, contact Trudi Newton (0798 378 6985) or
All Age Easter Egg Hunt!
at The Manse, Gladney Sunday 1st April @ 3pm
An Afternoon of activities and Easter Egg Hunts for all ages!
Children must bring an adult.
(Parking is limited – if you are able, please park out-with Gladney or use
The Church Car Park)
For more information, please contact Trudi Newton on 0798 378 6985
After Church Refreshments at Ceres: Thanks are due to Ella and her helpers for providing tea, coffee and pancakes/biscuits every Sunday. Many stay and enjoy fellowship and a considerable amount of money has been raised over the past year so thank you to all you have donated.
Planters at the Church Door at Ceres: Many thanks are due to the Aitken family for providing the planters and contents on display.
The Newsletter which has been delivered to you has involved quite a lot of effort – the printer, Anne Lumsden spends a morning running off about 1400 copies and then compiling them for all the staplers. It is then delivered to the distributers who in turn have their teams for delivering to your door. As you can see a lot of paper is used not to mention the ink for the printer and so any donations would be most welcome. Thanks also to the contributers.
Stamps: Many stamps have appeared in the box at Ceres Church. They have been sorted into foreign and British and sent off to Crossreach. So thanks to all who have popped bundles into the box.
Seasons of Ceres: As you will notice in the car park at Ceres, wooden frames and tubs have been placed at the end wall so hopefully by Spring an interesting display will appear to brighten up the car park.
The CKS Youth Group meets every Friday, in term time, at 7.00 - 9.00 pm in the Session House, Ceres. If you are in S1 upwards, you are very welcome to come along. It's a place to meet your friends and wind down after a busy school week!
Ceres, Kemback and Springfield Church
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 2nd August
Children and Families’ Worker: Trudi Newton 07983786985
Heart and Soul comes to Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh on Sunday 20th May!
“a great way of bringing the church family together for an afternoon of entertainment and praise”.
(Heart and Soul website)
Live music, arts, exhibitions, and a massed open-air service in the gardens' Ross Theatre all provide a really exciting afternoon!
With tents displaying what the national church and different churches across the country are up to, it’s a great afternoon to meet new people, share ideas and be part of a celebrating community of faith.
More information can be found on https://www.heartandsoul.org.uk/home
On that Sunday there will be a United Service in Springfield at 9.45am – after which we’ll head to Edinburgh to join in the celebrations!
We may be able to hire a bus to take people down to Heart and Soul this year, if there is enough interest. Please let Jim or Trudi know if you would like to go!
January, we had the privilege of visiting the
We took part in 4 sponsored walks – the shortest being the
evocative Via Dolorosa through
Funds raised have gone to support Al Shurook School for the
We would like to share a little of our experience with you, and invite you for a light lunch – Holy Land style – on Palm Sunday (25th March) after the service in Ceres Church – no charge, no need to book – just come along! We would welcome your interest.
Ella Brown and Anne Hoggan
Sanctuary@Ceres in the months ahead – now with Soup!!
Plans are now in place for our regular Sanctuary events to continue each month and the team has chosen themes around which readings and music will be selected.
Our first month of soup after the lunchtime Sanctuary turned out to be the coldest and snowiest day – thank you Ella – we really appreciated it! Soup will now be served to those who want it at 1.00 on the last Wednesday of each month after the blessing. This time of fellowship is really valued by those who attend. Tea and coffee will continue to be offered at both lunchtime and evening Sanctuaries.
Anyone interested in joining our team as a reader and/or who have suggestions for readings, music or focal points for meditation please contact Elspeth Salter on 01334 828624
Dates times and themes ahead:
March 28th 12.00-1.00 and 6.30 – 7.30 From a
April 25th 12.00 –1.00 and 6.30 – 7.30 The Desert Blooms
May 30th 12.00 – 1.00 and 6.30 – 7.30 Heart and Soul
June 27th 12.00 – 1.00 and 6.30 – 7.30 The Gathering
All are welcome – do come and join us!
A Date for your Diary from CKS Guild: Afternoon Tea
Saturday 2nd June 2018, Kemback Hall.
CKS Prayer Group meet on the first Tuesday of each month in each church in succession, to bring before God the needs and concerns of the parish. Requests for prayer can be made at any time via e-mail at email@example.com, telephone 07818360889 or request slips in church vestibules and all are treated in strictest confidence.
the World Day of Prayer service had to be postponed due to the adverse weather,
but it is hoped to hold it in the near future. This year it was written by the
A big thank you to all who have donated to Refuge Fife over the past few months. Your contributions are very welcome.
I am delighted to say that Re-Act
Scotland (with whom we work in conjunction ) have acquired new premises in
Falkirk and collections for the people in camps in Greece and the Middle East
are back to normal. The overwhelming current need is warm winter clothing for
all ages, new under-wear and new socks, sturdy footwear, medical supplies,
toiletries, tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks, mobility aids, blankets, nappies,
wipes, and school supplies. We are also
continuing to support humanitarian efforts in and around
Please bring any items to Fossoway
10 am – 1 pm Saturday 26th May 2018
Bric a Brac
Craigrothie SWI Reports
President Joyce MacRae welcomed Balmullo rural to our business meeting. They gave a very interesting report on Riding for the Disabled which meets at Drumcarrow Craig weekly. This was followed by an excellent chocolate quiz! Competition results: Treacle Toffee: 1stMaria Cameron 2ndAlice Light 3rdMoira Hall. Bud Vase: 1st Maria Cameron 2ndMargaret Whiteford 3rdAlison Forret. Flower of the month: 1st Moira Hall 2ndAlice Light 3rdMaria Cameron
New Committee: President Joyce MacRae, Vice-Pres Alyson Reid, Secretary Alice Light, Treasurer Catherine Williamson, Press Sec Margaret Whiteford, Competitions Norma Gibson, Tea Convenor Anne Dorward.
Members met up for a Xmas lunch & trophies were presented: Points Trophy: Maria Cameron, Bethune Rose Bowl: Moira Hall & Alyson Reid, Murray Cake Slice: Alice Light, Best Trier Trophy: Nan Arthur, Flower of the Month: Moira Hall. 9th January meeting Craigrothie Hall, Burns Supper, new members welcome.
President Joyce MacRae welcomed members to a Burns Supper. Entertainment included poems, verse & a quiz. Competitions results: Oatcakes: 1st Alyson Reid 2nd Maria Cameron 3rd Moira Hall. Tartan Corsage: 1st Moira Hall 2nd Alyson Reid 3rd Catherine Williamson. Flower of the Month: 1st Moira Hall 2nd Maria Cameron 3rd Meg Sloan
President Joyce MacRae welcomed members & after business a few members gave 4 corner demonstrations on paper craft boxes, IT workshop, canvas needlework & flower arranging. Competitions results: Bowl Crocus Bulbs: 1st Moira Hall 2nd Maria Cameron 3rd Nan Arthur. Item for a Dolls House: 1st Anne Clark 2nd Norma Gibson
3rd Margaret Whiteford. Flower of the Month: 1st Maria Cameron 2nd Nan Arthur 3rd Moira Hall
There were many opportunities during Advent and Christmas for all ages to come together and to prepare for and to celebrate the birth of Christ.
The Lantern Walk was very special as people gathered to make lanterns and walk up to the top of Craighall Den where we had a time of storytelling! It was quite a sight descending back down the den and seeing a line of lanterns progressing through the trees. The afternoon was complete when we were met with mulled juice, refreshments and carol singing to welcome us back to the car park!
The Sunday School created a super nativity scene which formed the basis of a special All Age Christmas Celebration held in December.
It was great to share in the Ceres School and Community Carol Service and a lot of fun was had with the story of Michael Mouse!
We had a wonderful Christmas Messy Church – and had a special visit from Santa!
As part of the Family Christmas Eve Service in Springfield, everyone made a Christingle to remind us of the Light of the World which came into the world as a tiny baby in Bethlehem.
As I write this the snow is piling up outside, but we are aware too of the days beginning to lengthen. And as they lengthen, and in this time of Lent, we turn our attention from the birth of Christ to Jesus’ journey towards the cross and the resurrection. And we will be journeying along that road in many ways during the coming weeks.
In the schools, Jim and I will be involved with assemblies and class work, in particular working with a class in Ceres to produce a puppet script for their Easter Service to be held in the church.
At Messy Church we’ll be exploring Easter through Narnia stories!
The Children, Young People and Families Sub Group will be co-ordinating some of the following events. Please see separate articles for more information:
May God Bless us all as we journey on that road towards the joy of Easter morning.
Trudi Newton - Children and Families Worker (Tel: 0798 378 6985 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deaths Nov 2017 - February 2018
13th November 2017: John Sturrock, Nether Rumgally, Kemback
20th November 2017: John Thomson, Westview, Blebo Craigs
23rd November 2017: Andrew Forsyth, Birkbrae, Blebo Craigs
27th November 2017: Ian McInnes,
11th December 2017: James Adamson,
18th December 2017: Peter Farquharson, Archaidh,
29th December 2017: David Brunton,
(Formerly of the Maltings, Ladybank)
11th February 2018: Roger Caseby, Braehead House, Craigrothie
10th December 2017: Noah Novak Parry, son of Lewis and Tracey Parry of 20 Ardencaple Terrace, Dairsie.
2017: Jason Thomas Pinter Mulholland
son of Francesco and Suzanne Pinter Smith c/o
Mulholland family at 11 Crawford Terrace
Minister’s Extra Duties.
From Easter onwards, I am going to be rather busy! I am currently interim moderator of East Neuk Trinity linked with St Monans. Rev Peter Mills, formerly minister of St Monans has been designated “locum minister” of the linked charge since the linkage took place some nine months ago and therefore my duties have been very light. However, Peter retires at Easter, so the job of interim moderator will become much heavier at that point. Our Presbytery Clerk Nigel Robb has been very helpful and has taken much of the pastoral load off my shoulders. (I will for example only be conducting two of the nine weddings that have been booked for 2018 in the linked charge.)
Nonetheless, I will still have to spend a fair bit of time “over the hill” chairing session meetings and dealing with at least some pastoral matters. Once the charge has permission to call, (there are issues to be resolved re the current manse) I will need to be present for meetings of the nominating committee.
Also, on Sunday 15th April I will be inducted as
Moderator of the Presbytery at an afternoon communion service in
Above all, I would value your prayers at this time.
Thursday 29th March:
Friday 30th March: Good Friday Meditations at Kemback 12noon – 3pm.
Sunday 1st April: Hill of Tarvit at 8am
Easter Egg Hunt at 3pm in the Manse garden.
MESSY CHURCH continues to be very
popular with families in the village. All ages take part in the activities
which end with a meal all together in the church hall. The activities are all
based on a biblical theme and include stories, music and songs, drawing and
painting, drama and crafts. A whole lot of fun. The biblical theme for February
was the Prophet Elijah.
DROP IN CAFE : The cafe, which operates in the church hall, is open between 10:30 and noon every Wednesday. Different kinds of coffee, home baking, biscuits and good company are all on offer. Tea as well, if that's what you prefer. There is a regular clientele and some newcomers to the village have already found it a good place to make friends. Join us on a Wednesday and be sure of a warm welcome.
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