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Parish News Round-up

Thursday December 17 2020

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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A Fife Church has gathered together more than 1600 knitted stars to be gifted to children in local primary schools.

The knitters and sewers from Rosyth Parish Church and the community produced the stars in less than three months. Each one also included a scroll with a message.

Morag Crawford, a Deacon based with the church, writes that producing the stars gave a sense of purpose to people who were unable to go out. She adds: “All of the stars are symbols of love and concern and a thank you to all who have been stars in our community at this time.”

The stars were gathered together at the church and blessed at a special service before being distributed to the four local schools.

A designer has transformed the outside of an Edinburgh church with an interactive art installation.

“Deeply Woven” by Jennifer Sturrock is comprised of 2,300 feet of white bungee cord strands fastened to the exterior wall of Liberton Northfield Church.

The work seeks to illustrate the connections between people and their link to the divine. One cord is red, a symbol of Jesus Christ’s enduring and unwavering love for all humanity.

Part of the congregation’s Connecting Christmas initiative, the exhibit is showcased by red and purple atmospheric lighting and features a QR code that members of the public are invited to scan with their smartphones to enable them to interact and share their thoughts.

A presentation was made on Sunday December 13 to Douglas Hamill BEM, an Elder at Linktown Church, Kirkcaldy in recognition of 50 years as an Elder in the Church of Scotland.

He was presented with his certificate by the Rev Dr Graham Deans.

Mr Hamill is a former Depute Clerk at The Presbytery of Kirkcaldy and served on the Church’s Judicial Commission. He was invited to the Royal Maundy Service at Windsor Castle in 2019 in recognition of his service to the community and Church. He was also previously awarded the BEM for his Police service, having served as a Special Constable for 40 years.

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