Services in Auchtertool Kirk 9.30am Sundays
Mon. 25th Nov – 10th Dec. ‘Never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women’. The 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. All can challenge attitudes and gender stereotypes that allow violence against women.
Sun. 8th Dec. 3 – 4 p.m. Advent hour of stillness in solidarity with the world’s poor, to step back from all the (consumerist!) activity of this time of year and spend an hour attending to the cry of the poor and God’s call to us on their behalf. With quiet prayer and Taizé songs. In Kirkcaldy: St Marie’s RC, all welcome. Victoria Rd, Kirkcaldy KY1 2SA.
Mon. 23rd 6pm carol singing in Auchtertool village in aid of Save the Children
Advent / Christmas
on the theme “Bethlehem in Auchtertool“
Sunday 1st December, 9.30am – going to Bethlehem, cafe church
Sunday 8th December, 9.30am – arriving in Bethlehem (with pictures)
Sunday 15th December, 9.30am – readings and carols for Bethlehem
Sunday 22nd December, 9.30am – born in Bethlehem, on-the-spot-nativity play
Sunday 23rd December, 6pm – carol singing round the village (Bethlehem in Auchtertool!)
Christmas Eve 24th December, 11.30pm – light of Bethlehem (warm welcome from 11pm)
Christmas Day 25th December, 10.30am *(in Linktown Church only!-not in Auchtertool)* – shepherds of Bethlehem
Sunday 29th December, 11am – joint service *(in Bennochy Church only!* -not in Auchtertool)
Sunday 5th January, 9.30am – wise men come to Bethlehem (again weekly in Auchtertool Kirk)
Events in the wider community
19th Dec. 7:30pm “Season for Carols and Pints” – gathering for carol singing in ‘The Duchess’, Nicol St x Links St, taking worship and faith conversations out into the community, together with people from the other churches.
Bridgehead Healing (formerly Healing Rooms Kirkcaldy) Drop-ins are Fridays 1- 2.30pm weekly at Kirkcaldy venue at St Bryce Kirk Centre, and also monthly (first Wed. of the month) in our venue at Rosyth Baptist Church, 7-8.30pm. Also continuing to offer Deeper Healing monthly by appointment in Erskine Church, Burntisland (usually last Thursday of the month 7.30-9.30pm). Diane, Andy and volunteers serve to reach our area of Fife with God’s love and healing power. see also on facebook
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.)
?rd March? 2020, 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 12th April 2020
?am SUNRISE: ?am resurrection service outside Auchtertool Kirk, followed by breakfast inside to warm up
9:30am Easter celebration service in Auchtertool Kirk,
SUMMER – concerts
September: xth 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. 10th Nov. 2019 9:30 start
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