what we do
28th February 20170 Comments
Sunday worship 9:30am in the kirk, children are always welcome and included; incl. Young Church; toys. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, all ages and abilities, indeed everyone will be welcomed. Worship is well planned but is less formal than most.
Services that include the celebration of communion: 4 times a year, usually Sundays beginning of February, May, September, November, start 9:30am. All who love the Lord Jesus are welcome to share in wine or grape juice & bread, children, too, are of course welcome to take part and share in juice and bread.
Young Church / Sunday School: this happens as and when required and is provided by two elders good with children in the side room (also see safeguarding), parents are welcome to come along if desired. Also, toys are ready to play with.
For funerals: Your ministers are always contactable. When a death has occurred your first contact is usually the undertaker of your choice, you do NOT need to wait till a death certificate is available as the undertaker can ALREADY before that help you in a number of practical ways; Your ministers are always contactable. Also, we can visit people who are terminally ill and people who are dying;
Pastoral visits: Yes, we do. Please let the ministers know if you want some time to have a word with one of the minsters. Please communicate: You yourself - or a family member or friend - can get in contact directly, or through your elder, or through your pastoral visitor; or through the Linktown website contact form on https://www.linktown.org.uk/contact/ ; or there are contact cards in Linktown Church and its corridor & big hall to write on. It’s lovely to hear from you. Please do not expect your ministers to already know, often we don’t, and we’d prefer to hear many times (rather than not). Speak with us, phone, email, or even letters are most welcome.
Monthly services of worship in Camilla House Care Home: usually 2nd Tue of the month, 2pm. http://camilla.kingdomhomesltd.co.uk/resident-news/
Kirkcaldy Foodbank: No-one in crisis going hungry in Kirkcaldy area, every-one sharing what they can. We are involved with this community-wide initiative, volunteering and leading. http://www.kirkcaldyfoodbank.org.uk
Auchtertool Pathways Project: “connecting people, the village and its kirk” - we’re involved with it; you can now walk the one mile through countryside between village and kirk, signposted, leaflets are available in the kirk. Improving our community’s outdoor access.
“The Auchtertool and Linktown Guild”: invitation, encouragement, commitment, fellowship - faith in action; alternate Mondays 7:15pm in Linktown Church halls, both men and women are welcome, topics include international and local interests and campaigns. Ask Liz MacDonald. http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/the_guild
Involvement in the Youth Club at Linktown Church, for children P7 and older in the catchment of Auchtertool, Strathallan, West Primary Schools.
School chaplaincy for both Auchtertool and West Primary and Balwearie High, as well as input according to the school curriculum.
Outreach worker in schools (K.A.R.T.) in cooperation with “Scripture Union”, providing bible groups and clubs in over 10 Primary and Secondary schools. http://www.kart.me.uk
Auchtertool School end of term services in Auchtertool Kirk, in the Village Hall, and the School.
Community concerts/ceilidhs/events in the kirk or village hall - to be confirmed.
Through our linkage with Linktown Church we support midwives/nurses in their training in Bangladesh, saving & improving many lives.
We have a “Souper Sunday” or “Sundae Sunday” every year, supporting the HIV programme: raising awareness, breaking the silence, combating stigma, funding practical support. http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/world_mission/hiv_programme
One of our congregation and ministers also plays in the Heart & Soul Swing Band which is fundraising for the HIV project. https://en-gb.facebook.com/heartandsoulswingband/
Safeguarding: We protect children and vulnerable people from abuse or harm by training, awareness raising and background checks of all involved. We follow all aspects of the Church of Scotland Safeguarding procedures (formerly “child protection”) which have been in place since early 2000s. http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about_us/safeguarding_service/about_us