Recent Updates & Activities
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
April 2, 2022
14-Apr-22 Maundy Thursday Service
The congregation of Creich Flisk and Kilmany, invite you to join them at their Maundy Thursday service at 7pm on 14 April 2022 in Creich Church. The service and communion will be led by Rev Leslie Barrett.
15-Apr-22 Good Friday Service
Newport-on-Tay Church are holding a Good Friday Service at 7pm on 15 April 2022. The service will be led by Rev Dr Amos Chewachong.
17-Apr-22 Easter Sunday Service
On Easter day our joint Balmerio l/w Wormit service will be in Wormit Church at 9.30am and will be led by Rev Dr Amos Chewachong.
VIGIL FOR UKRAINE
March 31, 2022
Every Thursday at 7pm - Starting 31st March 2022
Church Green, Blyth Street, Newport-on-Tay
Let us join together as a community to stand with the people of Ukraine in their hour of need.
Vigil Poster link
NEWPORT & ZOLOTAREVO TWINNING ASSOCIATION
March 3, 2022
We have had many enquiries asking how people here can help Ukraine and seeking news specifically about the situation in Zolotarevo. Through Marian Heredia and Ann Patskan we are being kept up-to-date.
Firstly Zolotarevo is on the western edge of Ukraine (Transcarpathia region) and is not subject to direct military assault or threat at this time. We know that some people who work in other parts of Ukraine have returned 'home' but we understand that some (mostly men) have joined those helping to resist the invasion. At the moment we aren't getting the impression that large numbers of people are seeking refuge in the area,. Zolotarevo is not on a direct east-west route to the borders with Slovakia and Hungary. Obviously in this awful tragedy, all could change very rapidly and we are relying on our contacts for up-to-date information.
The Twinning Association has a small amount of money currently earmarked for further extra-educational support in Zolotarevo. Should the Zolotarevo community request humanitarian assistance that would be considered quickly by the Trustees with guidance from the Scottish Charity Registrar (OSCR). The Association does'nt need donations but money is urgently required by the principal UK and international aid agencies (see 3 below).
Secondly there are groups requesting donations, trying to get various commodities to Ukraine or to the surrounding countries receiving refugees. Fife Voluntary Action's website provides details firstname.lastname@example.org. Local radio, newspapers (Fife Today, Dundee Courier etc) and the internet are probably as reliable sources to identify collection centres and what is needed. Try if possible to check as some have had to suspend collection in order to process what they have already received.
One group in CUPAR is asking specifically for:-
small baby toys
children's and baby clothes
Collection at St John's Church Hall, Bonnygate Saturday 6th, 11am - 1pm
Thirdly the Aid Agencies need money. If you aren't able to provide the materials needed (above) or collection centres are not easily accessible then much needed cash is probably the most practical and helpful thing you can do. This morning the british government pledged to match donations (up to £20million) made to 'DEC' the UK Disasters Committee Ukraine Appeal (includes 15 UK charities incl Red Cross).
UK Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC): dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal
International Rescue Committee (IRC): help.rescue-uk.org/ukraine-crisis
Fourthly you may wish to access on-line information from inside Ukraine. We cannot vouch for these but as far as we can tell they appear to be authentic.
New Voice of Ukraine
Finally it may seem futile but displaying emblems, banners, flags in Ukraine national colours helps keep attention on this dangerous and tragic turn of events and will possibly be of some assurance to many fellow residents who have links with other central and eastern european nations who will be gripped by this horror possibly even more than we are. Fife Council are hoping to get a Ukrainian flag to be flown from Blyth Hall in Newport.
on behalf of NaZTA
UKRAINE - CHURCH OF SCOTLAND UPDATE
March 1, 2022
Dear Presbytery Clerks, FIF Conveners and members,
Greetings to you from the Faith Impact Forum and please excuse the impersonal email but we wish to get this to you today as it is really a time critical issue. Please find attached an email from our Convener, Susan Brown with information about the situation in Ukraine and particularly about the support of our partners there. We are fortunate to have good links with the Reformed Church in Hungary and a way in which we can support the congregations in Ukraine.
I would be grateful if you can send this out through your networks to congregations and for those with upcoming Presbytery meetings that you could highlight this. I am sorry this is coming late in the day for those who meet tonight but I hope you can add this to any other business.
With grateful thanks,
Carol Finlay| Congregational Engagement | Faith Action Staff | The Church of Scotland
Nikki Skinner| Congregational Engagement | Faith Action Staff | The Church of Scotland
Scottish Charity Number SC011353
UPDATE: PRESBYTERY MISSION PLAN
January 31, 2022
Fife Presbytery have shared a letter with us that they have asked to be circulated at church, email and on the website. You can open the letter here... Mission and Plan Update
This letter and other Presbytery news and information can be accessed through this link: https://www.fifepresbytery.org.uk/
BALMERINO L/W WORMIT CHURCH SERVICES 2022
01 January 2022
Our Sunday services will be at the following churches and times:-
2 January – Wormit Church – 9.30 am - Rev. David Scott
9 January – Balmerino Church – 9.30 am – Communion Service – Rev. David Scott
16 January – Wormit Church – 9.30 am - Rev. David Scott
23 January – Balmerino Church – 9.30 am - Mr. John Macmillan
30 January – Wormit Church – 9.30 am - Rev. David Scott
6 February – Wormit Church – 9.30 am - Rev. David Scott
13 February – Balmerino Church – 9.30 am - Rev. Dr. Ken Jeffrey
20 February – Wormit Church – 9.30 am - Mr. John Macmillan
27 February – Balmerino Church – 9.30 am - Rev. Dr. Ken Jeffrey
PASTORAL & SERVICES UPDATES
September 13, 2021
PASTORAL SERVICES will be provided by our Interim Moderator, Rev Dr Amos Chewachong, Tel: 01382 542893
Our HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICE will be held on Sunday 26 September at 11am. This is a time when we thank God for all he provides for us. If you wish to help those in need you are invited to either bring some food items for the Tay Bridgehead Foodbank or make a donation in the open plate for Christian Aid.
BLYTHSWOOD SHOEBOX APPEAL – there is still time to fill a box or bag for our appeal. Please remember that all boxes and bags need to be brought to the church by Sunday 17 October, so that they can be distributed in time for Christmas. If you have any questions please speak to Kim Falconer.
FIFE VOLUNTARY ACTION AFGHANI REFUGEE APPEAL – the appeal now has all the clothes that they require at the moment, but if you should still like to assist the appeal you can go to the website – www.fva.org – and donate. These funds will be used to purchase specific items and to pay other charities and community groups to provide direct support to Afghan refugees in Fife.
Next COMMUNION SERVICE will be on 7 November 2021
REMEMBERANCE SERVICE will be on 14 November 2021
Please note the changes to the arrangements for the October services
3 October 2021 – Balmerino Church 9.30 am
10 October 2021 – Wormit Church 11 am
17 October 2021 – Wormit Church 9.30 am
24 October 2021 - Balmerino Church 9.30 am
31 October 2021 – Wormit Church 9.30 am
FIFE VOLUNTARY ACTION AFGHANI REFUGEE APPEAL
August 31, 2021
On 31 August, Fife Presbytery’s Church & World Task Group hosted a discussion with representatives of Fife Council, Fife Voluntary Action and Fife Migrants Forum to consider how Presbytery could support efforts being made on a multi-agency basis to welcome Afghani Refugees to Fife.
One action they would like churches to consider that would help immediately was to raise awareness and contribute to the Fife Voluntary Action Afghani Refugees Crowdfunder Appeal.
Fife Presbytery are encouraging Fifers to help raise funds for Afghan families coming to Fife. All funds will be used to buy items, which have not already been donated, to support families.
If you'd like to donate, please visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/donations-for-afghans-coming-to-fife
Fife Voluntary Action is working with our public sector partners, other third sector organisations and the people of Fife to welcome and support Afghan refugees looking to settle here in Fife.
Right now, we are expecting refugees imminently and understand that many have fled for their lives without their personal belongings. We'd like the generous people of Fife who wish to help address this humanitarian crisis to donate the following items:
• Baby clothes and items, including nappies;
• Children's clothes and toys;
• Adult clothes - particularly warmer clothes and jackets;
• Money (we will use this to purchase specific items/sizes that we have not yet had donated, and to pay other charities and community groups to provide direct support to Afghan refugees in Fife.).
We will update this list regularly to reflect the donations we are receiving as well as specific needs as we get to know the families who are arriving in Fife
How to Donate Goods
We want to make it easy to donate, and so have a list of drop-off points across Fife (we are adding to this list regularly too!):
• Dunfermline - Dunfermline East Church, Nightingale Place, KY11 8LW (Tue-Thu, 9am-3pm);
• Glenrothes - FVA offices at Caledonia House, Saltire Centre, KY6 2AL (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm);
• Kirkcaldy - FVA offices at New Volunteer House, East Fergus Place, KY1 1XT (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm);
• Kirkcaldy - Salvation Army, Hayfield Road, KY2 5DG (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm);
• Colinsburgh - Library, Main Street, KY9 1LS (Fri & Sat, 9am to 12noon);
• Ceres - Village Cafe, 28 Main Street, KY15 5NA (Thu - Sat, 9-11am);
• Cupar - Howe of Fife Rugby Club, Duffus Park, KY15 5HY (Mon to Fri 10-2pm, Tue & Thu 7-8pm);
• St. Andrews - NE Fife Communtiy Hub, St David's Building, Albany Park, KY16 8BP (Mon - Fri, 9am-2pm)
If you have any donations but can’t get to any of the above places to deliver, please bring your items to the church and they will be delivered for you.
Any queries please call Kim Falconer (01334 838827)
NO SERVICE RECORDING
June 13th, 2021
Unfortunately todays recording failed to record. Please accept our sincerest apologies. Hopefully normal service will resume next Sunday.
Every blessing in the name of our Lord