The congregation of St Ninian’s Parish in the west of Glenrothes are inviting the whole community to join them in celebrating the church’s 50th anniversary.
The congregation was formed back in 1965, meeting first at Glenwood Junior High School in October that year before the church building itself in Tanshall Road East, opened its doors almost two years later.
A series of events are taking place in the parish throughout 2015 with a couple already having taken place and others coming up in future months.
An anniversary concert took place at the church in February and proved very successful, in fact so successful that the organisers are considering making it an annual event.
There has also already been a coffee morning and daffodil tea, and a special anniversary banner, created by local teacher and member of the congregation Jennifer Clark, was dedicated at the Easter Sunday service.
But despite these events having taken place there is still a lot to come for the remainder of the year.
The next event takes place on June 25, when members of the congregation will come together in the church for a celebration.
There will be a birthday cake and the St Ninian’s Charity Shop and Community Cafe committee will be dispersing a total of £10,000 to local community groups and organisations.
In the last 11 years since the charity shop and community cafe at the Glenwood Centre were established, the committee have been able to distribute £40,000 to those groups within the Glenrothes area that have been in need of financial support.
But with the church acting as a real hub within the local community, all those groups and organisations that use the facility on a regular basis have been invited to get involved in the anniversary.
Folders have been given to each group, with members asked to fill them how they would like in order to record the organisation’s work and place within the community.
A celebratory floral display to mark the anniversary will be planted within the town’s Riverside Park for everyone to enjoy.
After the summer, the congregation at St Ninian’s will welcome the moderator of the Church of Scotland to a service on September 13, before he will be asked to plant a tree and unveil a commemorative plaque in the church grounds.
A flower festival is also planned and there will be a display of photographs from church life over the years both in the church and also at Glenrothes and Area Heritage Centre within the Kingdom Shopping Centre.
November will see the congregation invited to take part in a Scots night - a reminder of the church’s history of successful Scots nights.
But the anniversary celebrations will not be complete until a Songs of Praise service takes place on January 17, 2016 that will see members from the Presbytery’s Rothes Trinity Grouping join together in worship.
Organisers hope that for all the celebrations that are planned that the whole community will come together and help make the 50th anniversary of St Ninian’s Parish Church a very special one.
Kirk’s first minister
The Reverend Norman McLeod was inducted as the minister for St Ninian’s Parish Church on October 29, 1965. The induction service took place at St Columba’s and about 200 members of the congregation attended the service and the social held afterwards in the church hall. Rev. McLeod conducted services in Glenwood Junior High School while waiting for the distinctive hexagonal church building in Tanshall Road East to be completed. It was not due to be completed until almost two years after his induction.
St Ninian’s was the third Church of Scotland charge in Glenrothes.