Click below to see the Food Bank update:-
Please note a change of start date to 15 October 2021.
Click below to see the Food Bank update:-
Please note a change of start date to 15 October 2021.
Last week Christian Aid launched an urgent Global Hunger Appeal to raise funds for our global neighbours facing the very real threat of starvation. We are asking all churches to hold a collection if they can. This will enable our local partners to provide access to clean water, food, seeds and tools to support food production and malnutrition.
We are working in partnership with GiveStar (previously known as TapSimple) to help churches to respond quickly to this appeal. GiveStar is a cashless giving platform that allows you to raise money online through giving pages or through contactless devices that you can sign up for.
To help, if you are able to hold a collection, we have created Kingcase Parish Church it’s very own GiveStar online giving page in support of this appeal. You can find your page by following this link https://giving.give-star.com/online/christian-aid/kingcase-parish-church-global-hunger-appeal
Kingcase Parish Church‘s page is set up and ready to go.
From your online giving page you will be able to see the total you have raised and there’s no admin for you to do! All the money you raise, and gift-aid permissions, go directly to Christian Aid. Even better, there is no cost to Christian Aid when people donate using your GiveStar page. This will enable our local partners to provide access to clean water, food, seeds and tools to support food production and malnutrition.
Families facing extreme hunger urgently need our support.
If you would like to find out more about our Global Hunger Appeal click here
Please let me if there is any questions you may or any changes you’d like making to your giving page. If you would like to find out more information about contactless devices or GiveStar please let me know.
With every blessing.
Central Supporter Engagement Coordinator, Christian Aid
Life and Work has released a FREE four-page summary of the main decisions, debates and speeches from last week’s General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
It is available HERE to view on our website or full link General Assembly 2021: Special Supplement – Life and Work. Please feel free to share.
You can read the magazine’s full coverage of the General Assembly in the July issue of Life and Work, available from the 18 June. If you do not receive a copy of Life and Work each month, you can purchase a single print or digital copy via our website lifeandwork.org/subscribe.
We trust you find this information to be useful.
Life and Work Team
It has been a very busy time since I last wrote for the church web site. Those anxious questions we had to answer re the school and volunteers and funds have been answered and we have also coped with risk assessment, presbytery enquiries and visits to Monkton and Prestwick North Church hall by the Blood Transfusion Service and 2 Flu Vaccination Clinics.
Risk assessment is part of all of our lives now a days. Our individual decisions to keep ourselves and others close to us safe affects all our actions. We have been helped by Nora Solesbury at MPN church to prepare risk assessment for all our actions, as to procedures in church halls and food handling, for MPN Kirk Session. Risk Assessment was also paramount as we planned how we could accede to Mrs McAvoy’s request that food bank volunteers came back to the school. We restarted on the 28th of September continuing to offer fresh food that we had maintained since March, bread, milk, eggs spread, apples bananas and potatoes. Of course everything is different. Only authorized personnel are allowed in the school and we must wait till children are in school before we get access to a special room this means families must come back to get their parcels. It has reminded us of the early days of the food hub at the school when we had to learn how fragile families find change very difficult to manage. We will continue to work closely with Mrs McAvoy to make this a success. Mrs McAvoy’s exceptional work within the community of Newton Primary School has been recognized in the recent Honour List with an MBE.
Happily volunteers have returned to us and we have re -established delivery rotas for the hostels and picking up food from Sainsbury’s. The women’s refuge has closed for refurbishment and will not open till March 2021.Pickup of unsold food from Greggs AlisonSt also continues.
We applied and received £500 from TESCO BAGS OF HELP and we have the promise of a 2nd donation from the J M A TRUST in December. I wish to thank all members for their continued help and as church has restarted for the bags of groceries in the green box!
We feel we have been blessed as we faced these challenges and ask that you continue to pray for the work that we do in Christ’s name, for the individuals and families we help with, your help.
Contact us using the following email: email@example.com if you require further information.
Last week I got a surprise. There in the flower bed just outside my back door were two little clumps of Michaelmas daisies, announcing the arrival of Autumn.
The latest installment of Kathleen Bates’ blog, Michaelmas 2020, can be found at the following link:-
As you will be aware, our frontline work is always our priority and as part of our response to the impact of COVID-19, we revised our 2020 communications plan to reduce publications and mailing costs. One of the results is the launch of our interactive Impact Report which shares the personal stories of life-changing work supported by you and delivered on behalf of The Church of Scotland through CrossReach. Our ambition to reduce plastic and paper informed and shaped the first fully online CrossReach Impact Report 2019 – 20.
By going to www.crossreach.org.uk/impactreport_2019-20 on your smartphone, tablet/ ipad or laptop you will see joy-filled pictures of creativity and fun, read of life goals achieved and view the short video messages from those we serve and from those who serve others on the frontline of social care.
Together, members of the CrossReach Family have celebrated the 150th anniversary of regulated social care provision by the Church of Scotland, sewn wash bags for care workers to use during the pandemic, engaged with Guild talks about social isolation and loneliness and much, much more!
Please take time to connect with this online resource. It is our prayer that you will find it a source of encouragement that will inspire prayers of thanksgiving for the work done in Christ’s name.
Last Sunday, 27 September, was the first congregational services at Kingcase since being given permission by Ayr Presbytery to re-open for Worship. I have added a couple of photographs showing the Sanctuary with social distance seating in place.
The telephone booking system functioned well, with Elaine collating the attendees names and contact numbers for our Test and Trace duty station. It was then just a case of checking when the individual arrived and subsequently ticking them off the list. The sheets are now secure within the office, where they will remain for 28 days prior to being destroyed. There were around 20 attendees at the first service, which for the first week was super. I believe there were around 15 at second service. There was even the opportunity to welcome someone who had turned up without booking to attend, which was a blessing.
Can I take a this opportunity to remind us all, that as part of Church of Scotland guidelines/Risk Assessment we must keep entrance and exit areas within our Church boundaries clear of people congregating.
We are all following the guidelines for the entrance corridor to within the Sanctuary of the Church, however on leaving the Church via vestry door please make your way straight out of the gate onto Waterloo Road, please do not congregate within the grounds or Church car park.
I know it is very hard in practice to keep complying with all the rules we are currently living under, but it is only with your assistance we can ensure the health, safety and well being of our congregational members attending Church services.
Thank you all, and look forward to seeing you at one of the Sunday services.
Joint session clerk
Some pictures from inside the church to highlight the new social distanced seating arrangements.
Individuals may sit where there is a white notice saying “Please Sit Here”.
For full details of our new Covid 19 arrangements see the following page:
Good News Kingcase Church re-opening for worship – Sunday 27 September 2020
Please note you will shortly receive a letter providing all the important information to ensure your safety when joining us here at Kingcase, for morning worship, on Sunday 27 September 2020.
Below is a short summary of points to note.
If we cannot accommodate you on that Sunday, you will be offered the following Sunday’s services. There really would be nothing worse than turning up on a Sunday morning and being informed that we are full and effectively turn you away, that would not be appropriate, and hopefully the system put in place above will alleviate that occurring.
Do please remember to phone and book your seat.
If you have any further questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingcase has missed you, and I am sure you have missed Kingcase.
A warm welcome awaits.
The latest installment of Kathleen Bates’ Blog:-
Spring 2020 will long be remembered for the arrival of the corona virus. Suddenly our lives all took a strange frightening new turn as the pandemic started to spread throughout the world. Because we were forced to stay at home in ‘Lockdown’, our cars were left untouched outside our homes.