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 our Diocese.
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 our 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.
You may already have read our own delegates’ reports on this year’s Diocesan Gathering which appeared on p8 of the Summer edition of Contact. The official report, which includes pictures – “All present enjoyed an engaging celebration of diversity which was at the same time thought-provoking, hugely enjoyable and above all great fun!” – has now been issued, and can be downloaded by clicking the image.
A team of youngsters from around the diocese worked together to provide a ‘Taste of the Gathering’ on video and it is hoped that this presentation will be ready to share before the end of August.
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.