At our Harvest Supper on 23 September we welcomed Ross Stirling from St Finnian’s and Fiona McLeod, his colleague from Fife College, who spoke about the work of the Arunima Hospice in Kolkata (Calcutta). The hospice helps children who are either HIV positive or have AIDS, or whose parents have died of AIDS. Ross and Fiona had already raised funds to support Arunima, and visited Kolkata in April. Their aims were to build new relationships between the hospice and Fife College, and to continue established links with the Diocese to which our partners at St Margaret’s belong.
In a joint presentation they shared their experiences and told how the money raised so far has been helping Arunima. The talk was full of interest and humour, but it was also heart-breaking at times – the needs of these disadvantaged children are very great.
Val Leslie introduced the speakers, and also presented the handmade prayer blankets for the children that had been blessed at the St Margaret’s service the previous Sunday.
The audience of over 50, which included a heartening number of young people from across the West Fife area, enjoyed both the talk and the home cooking that had preceded it. They were generous in their response, and the amount collected on the night was £423 – over £500 with reclaimable Gift Aid.
Our Maundy Thursday service will be a Service of Light and Darkness including the celebration of Holy Communion, led by Rev Dr Helen Jenkins. We will gather around a table in the church for the service and to share bread and wine, and at the end we will hear the narrative of Jesus’ passion, during which candles will gradually be extinguished, leaving us in darkness. We will then leave in silence as we contemplate what we have shared and heard. All are welcome to join us.
We’re starting to get excited about the arrival in Fife of the Voskresenije Choir. This award-winning a cappella ensemble of former students of St Petersburg Music Conservatoire have just eight singers, but create an amazing sound!
The concerts are at 7.30pm on Thursday 17 November at St Serf’s Church, Burntisland, and on Friday 18 November here, at Rosyth Methodist Church. The first half of each concert will feature music from the Orthodox Church tradition, with a set of Russian folk songs after the interval.
Tickets are £11 (concessions £10; U18s £5), including programme and interval refreshments. Tickets for the Rosyth concert are still available from Alan Taylor, or you can book online for both concerts at www.ticketsource.co.uk/russian-choir-fife. We recommend not turning up at Rosyth without a ticket, as the concert is already heavily booked. And please note that the seating is unreserved, and that the doors are open at 7:00pm.