Church of Scotland, General Assembly
The General Assembly has passed a £11M deficit budget. Each presbytery has been given a number of ministries it is allowed to call (Fife Presbytery just over 44, down from nearer 60), and by 2025 the Church can only afford 600 ministers and deacons. Presently there are 700 ministers in post plus 151 locums and 137 ministry development staff. Currently there are 299 vacancies, and by 2025 we can afford 60.
If you would like to read further about this difficult decision taken on ministries, then you can do so following the link here.
The congregation of Howe of Fife Church and the Rev Bill Hunter continue to welcome us to their Zoom services at ten o’clock on Sunday mornings. The joining details are as follows:
Meeting ID 279 403 4482
Current newsletter - Here
Previous week’s newsletter - Here
Ceres Church will be open on Monday 2nd August from 10.30 - 11.30 for private prayer. All Welcome!
CKS Plant Sale
Following the success of the annual CKS Plant Sale in May which raised £1600 for church funds, the sale of perennial plants and shrubs continues at the church car park. There is an honesty pipe for payment.
Moyra and Berta would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to this very successful event.
Can you help?
We are hoping to resume Messy Church in Springfield Community Church in the autumn (subject to covid restrictions being eased further) and we are wondering if you would like to join our team?
There are lots of different ways you could be involved. Maybe you enjoy working with children and families? Perhaps you enjoy art and crafts and have some skills to share? Or maybe you like cooking and would like to help with our simple evening meal? Are you musical? Do you like having fun?
The Messy Church At Home kit is available by email just now but Messy Church is normally held once a month on a Sunday afternoon between 4pm and 6pm. As a Messy Church we try to express the values of Christ Centredness, Hospitality, Creativity, Celebration and be all age, as equal priority is given to the needs of adults and children.
If you would like to know more I’d love to hear from you.
Funeral Attendance Update
Concerns have been raised about the ability to collate test and protect information from mourners when the numbers allowed to attend increases to up to 50 (40 at Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline Crematoria) from Monday 26th April 2021.
There are now QR codes that can be scanned at various points on entry to the crematorium chapels that can assist with smoother access to the Chapel. It would be helpful if you can advise families of this provision and encourage them to use this if contact details have not been provided in advance.
Please find some information on how to use the QR code Here