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Thursday April 8 2021

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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A Church of Scotland elder led a community project to make two ‘lockdown’ quilts to encapsulate people’s memories of the last 12 months.

Elizabeth Bracher of East Neuk Trinity Church in Fife, co-ordinated a team of 30 people who created 72 brightly coloured squares with concepts that represented how they spent their time and what they missed.

The six-inch cotton panels depict a wide range of scenarios such as closed playparks, NHS heroes, gardening, personal protective equipment (PPE), volunteers delivering groceries and Sunday prayers at 7pm.

People of all ages from the villages of Colinsburgh and Kilconquhar were involved in the project.

Elizabeth said: “The idea was to give people a means of expression during the lockdown, I did not want it to be doom and gloom, it had to be bright.

“People thought it was a good idea and in some ways this project is about celebrating the fact we had to draw back within ourselves, reconnect and look out for each other.”

The quilts were completed last month and one will be displayed in a community building in Colinsburgh and the other in the Kilconquhar church building.

The ladies of the craft group at Longside Parish Church, Aberdeenshire, and helpers raised £530 for CrossReach by selling knitted chicks with Crème Eggs.

A package of gifts and ideas was dropped through the doors of members of the Church of Scotland Guild at Carluke: St Andrew's to celebrate Easter and continue the celebrations of International Women's Day with a fun booklet.  


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