Village Diary & News

What’s on in and around the Village

  • 05/12/2021 – Village Hall Christmas Light Switch On at 5pm. Please meet on the Village Green
  • 13/12/2021 – Community Council – Next meeting is at 7.30pm in the Village Hall
  • 25/12/2021 – Christmas Day
  • 01/01/2022 – New Years Day
  • 10/01/2022 – Community Council – meeting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall

From the Manse

At last I’m able to give a proper update on the union of Strathkinness and Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Churches. The Kirk Session and Congregational Board of Strathkinness Church and the Kirk Session of Hope Park and Martyrs Church (it does not have a Congregational Board) each unanimously approved the union of the two congregations and this was also agreed at congregational meetings of both churches. The Presbytery met on Saturday 27th November and the final remaining approval which was required was put in place. This means that by the 1 Jan 2022 the congregations will have united.

A new congregation needs a new name. After fully considering many options the Kirk Sessions agreed that the name of the new congregation will be St Mark’s (the astute amongst you might notice that letters from STrathkinness, MArtyrs and Hope PaRK combined make up the new name- something from each of the former congregations blending into something new). I would be surprised if some do not feel a twinge of nostalgia as the names Strathkinness, Hope Park and Martyrs are retired. I’m sure too it will take a little while to get used to the name St Mark’s. Change of any sort means readjustments are made and I know that can take time. Strathkinness has been part of the parish I’ve served since 2011 and that will continue to be the case.

The place of worship will be the former Hope Park and Martyrs Church in St Andrews and both the church and the hall in Strathkinness will be sold. It is my hope and prayer that these buildings will continue to be of service to the community, if that is possible, and I’ve been speaking to Lynn Walker the Community Council Chair. I know the hope is that the church hall will be able to be purchased by the Community Trust and work is being done on that. I’m glad too that the Post Office has found a new home in the Village Hall.

It might be worthwhile mentioning here the details of services over the Advent and Christmas period. On the first Sunday in Advent there was a joint service in Hope Park and Martyrs church where we were pleased to welcome our Mission Partners, Keith and Ida Waddell, home on furlough from Zambia. We had not seen them for two years and it was good to catch up with their news. Worship at the usual time 11.45am will continue each week in Advent ( 5, 12 , 19 Dec). On the 19th December there will be a service of lessons and carols.

Looking towards Christmas the Kirk Sessions in the St Andrews Cluster have decided to have three joint services – one in each town church. A watchnight service in Hope Park and Martyrs from 11.30pm (with carol singing from 11.15pm), a Boxing Day service on Sunday 26 December in St Leonard’s at 11.00am and then on Sunday 2 January 2022 worship in Holy Trinity at 11.00am.

There will also be, as usual, a joint service with Strathkinness in Hope Park and Martyrs Church on Christmas Day at 10.00am.

Please note that on Epiphany, 6 January at 7pm the Presbytery of Fife are holding a service in the church to mark the Union of the Congregations. Please do attend if you are free that evening.

Both Strathkinness and Hope Park and Martyrs churches have worked together well as two separate but linked congregations for many years and it is good that a deepening of commitment and togetherness has drawn them now into a union.

May God bless all that lies ahead as the two congregations become one. May God also bless you and those you love this Christmas,


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