Services in Auchtertool Kirk 9.30am Sundays
12.-18. May Christian-Aid-Week :
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Fundraise via donation envelopes to neighbours, friends, family. Invite to concert and services, coffee morning and bridge cross.
Sat. 11th 2pm Forth Bridge Cross for Christian-Aid-Week (for 3 hours) Starting point: South Queensferry side of the Forth Bridge at Forth Bridge Administration Offices EH30 9XY
Mon. 13th 2pm ‘Bible, Cake & Conversation’: this group meets fortnightly in someone’s home – to be part of this talking through questions of faith and bible, ask Marc Prowe. Can you host a new group in your sitting room or in a pub? We’re ready to make it happen.
Wed 15th May, Kirk Café & Linktown Drop In, Delicious freshly-made-to-order soup & sandwich lunches served from 11:45-1:30. A warm welcome to everyone in the neighbourhood and beyond. In Linktown Church halls. People to chat with, also about mental health available. Also great workshops on offer hands-on crafts fun stuff … .
Friday 17th May 7pm showing Les Misarables in concert in St Bryce Kirk , people from all congregations and none invited. Free entry, bring your own nibbles and whatever to drink.
Sat. 18th 10:30 -noon Christian-Aid-Week coffee morning in Linktown Church halls; delicious homebaking to sample and buy, sit and chat; £3 entry.
Sat. 18th 7.30pm concert by Dysart Silver Band, proceeds 50/50 to Christian-Aid-Week and band. In Linktown Church.
Sat.19th May, 1-5pm: Heart & Soul festival in Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh celebrates the life and work of the church, strong and vibrant in communities – with people involved and people dipping in by chance! With live music, young peoples’ activities, arts, exhibitions, and a massed open-air service in the gardens’ Ross Theatre, enjoy the church-of-scotland family together for an afternoon of entertainment and praise. heartandsoul.org.uk
Sat. 18 May the week-long General Assembly of the Church of Scotland starts (like church parliament) – this year especially interesting as ‘radical plans’ and reform are big issues. Access webcast (incl. BSL signing), podcasts of daily overviews, worship, reports and papers at www.churchofscotland.org.uk/ga
2nd June 14:30 Adam Smith Theatre: Kirkcaldy showing of Native American movie ‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’ with Q&A with the director. The film stars elder Dave Bald Eagle, who passed away after filming at age 97. His incredible performance alone gives the film a great cultural weight. During the film’s climax, his character, Dan, takes us into the heart of Wounded Knee, where that last infamous massacre of Native Americans took place in 1890.
Sunday, 9th June celebrating ‘Pentecost’: when Jesus-followers became a movement = the birthday of the church
The Kirk’s yearly seasonal cycle:
Living through the seasons, finding deep meaning in life. Nature’s rhythm and God’s inspiration join hands. Gifts you perspective, firm hold, sense. Our lives within the Creators timescale.
A significant blessing to celebrate through the seasons, quite different from the same-y 24/7!
(Baptisms, Blessings, Funerals, Weddings = any time.)
23rd March 2019, 10am -12: the famous “Daffodil Tea” coffee morning, produce & plant sale in aid of Auchtertool Kirk funds in Auchtertool Village Hall. Please support this vital fundraiser as strong as you can with donations and coming (bring friends).
“Lent” = the time leading up to Easter; in Lent we tend to reflect “what is really important in life? What is worth waiting for? What is essential? Now.
“Easter” = the greatest Christian festival of the year celebrating victory over all that makes for death, by Christ’s rising from the grave, the victory of God’s forgiveness and love: resurrection. Easter is a flexible date: 1st Sunday after 1st full moon in Spring (= from 21st March)
Easter 21st April 2019
5:53am SUNRISE: 5:45am resurrection service outside Auchtertool Kirk, followed by breakfast inside to warm up
9:30am Easter celebration service in Auchtertool Kirk,
SUMMER – concerts
September: xxth 1:30 – 4pm “Open Doors Day” in the area, incl. Auchtertool Kirk – www.doorsopendays.org.uk
September/October: service of Harvest Thanksgiving
Remembrance: Sunday closest to 11th November: 9:30 am service remembering all from Auchtertool Parish who fell in the wars, laying wreaths at the local war memorial which unusually is a stained glass window inside the Kirk.
Advent: the four weeks before Christmas have the four “Advent Sundays”, preparing for the joy and deep meaning of Christmas itself – a time of waiting and reflecting.
Watch-night every year in Auchtertool Kirk, 24th/25th December: from 11pm of the 24th all are welcome for hot mince pies and hot drinks, then from 11:30 we celebrate the candle-lit “watch night service” into the actual Christmas Day, a great community celebration, with the peace Christ brought very tangible.
“The 12 days of Christmas” go from 25th Dec to 6th January