Minister’s Message 15 May 2022

14 May 2022

Dear Friends,

This coming week sees the annual fund-raising effort for Christian Aid Week supporting the most vulnerable in our world which I know is close to the hearts of many of you. Since the pandemic, door to door collecting has been replaced by a push for more online giving but there will be envelopes in church on Sunday for any who may wish to contribute that way. Also, do take time on Saturday 21 May between 10am and 2pm to visit the gazebo by the fountain on the High Street where there will be a focus on bread under the slogan 'we knead your dough'. I commend it to you.

Following the Kirk Session meeting last week I am now able to announce that the moneys given by you in the National Giving Day last October 'to establish and to sustain work that will be a blessing to our wider community' are going to be disbursed as follows:

£1000 to Broke Not Broken to assist in tackling the effects of poverty locally.
£1000 to the purchase of equipment for activities for older people at Kinross Centre. £900 to be given in grateful memory of Eilidh Neave to the adversity fund of Kinross Otters swimming club to help families whose children would otherwise be unable to participate fully in the club's activities.
£500 will purchase outdoor equipment for adults with complex disabilities at An Cala home in Lathro.
£500 to create bags of Traidcraft goods as a blessing and encouragement to individuals in need in the community.
The remainder of £1660 will help to start the process of developing a community space in the Church Garden as a place of encounter, conversation and 're-creation' for young and old to combat isolation post-Covid.

We are grateful for the many other suggestions that were made by members of the congregation. We felt that some of them were things that we should be funding as part of our ongoing ministry and mission as a congregation and these will also be taken forward during the course of the year.

I'm also glad to report that our Hungarian partners visited Csongor on Thursday and were going to pass on the initial gift of £4,000 that we sent from Kinross Parish Church earlier this week to help them renovate a property to shelter refugees from Kyiv and Kharkiv. We will keep you updated with news on the project in the coming months.

Finally, please remember Duncan Stenhouse and his family tenderly in your prayers at this time. Esther died peacefully at the Cornhill Macmillan Centre last Friday night after a lengthy illness. Her funeral will be on Friday 20th May at Perth Crematorium at 10.30am followed by a service at Orwell Parish Church at 12.30pm.

With all prayerful good wishes, 

Alan, 

Rev. A.D. Reid