Craft Update 2022/1The first session of the Craft Group for 2022 started on Monday 7th February and ran until Monday 28th March.At present we have 8 crafty ladies attending regularly plus Dawn, our daughter, helping out on new projects eg crochet. The cost of the 2 hour session is £2 which includes all materials and refreshments with a biscuit.We began this session with crocheting, hooks supplied from craft funds and wool from Dawn’s extensive hoard. Most ladies mastered the art but the knitters amongst us and those who are left-handed struggled as the terminology is completely different and those knitters wanted to crochet as if they were knitting. But in saying that 90% were able to complete a chain and by the second week they were successful in creating ‘granny-squares’.At this time Rev Christine started her dressmaking project which she has now successfully completed. (see photo). There have been requests from other craft ladies for more dressmaking projects, This could happen in the near future as we have gifted 3 sewing machines, 2 of which are currently being serviced and a third one was donated to St Margaret’s, Leven Ladies Group after we heard they were having difficulty in obtaining one.On week 3 the ladies were working with air-dried clay to make tiles (see photos). The process of kneading and rolling out was a challenge. Thanks to Norman for making the thickness gauge rails and rolling pins. Next was the cutting, piercing and shaping. The tiles then had to be left to dry until week 4 when the ladies decorated then with different media paint/ felt pens etc. The tiles have now been sealed with ’Mod podge’ ready for the ladies to take home and display indoors.In week 5, the crafty ladies made the gifts for Mother’s Day (27th March) which took the form of coated paper cups adorned with a selection of bright fabrics (many thanks again to Norman for making the templates). (What would I do without my right-hand man). These beautiful cups were then filled with colourful tissue paper which encompassed a ‘BeeBomb’. (see photo) For those of you not aware of what a ‘BeeBomb’ is, this is a clay impregnated with native wild flower seeds. There are 18 different varieties of seed including corn marigold, white and red campion, cornflower and many more. The variety of native flowers are perfect pollinators for our bees. No gardening, tilling or digging is required, ‘BeeBomb’s don’t need to be planted or tended, just through onto cleared ground, water well, keep the seeds damp and awaite the wild flowers. If you are interested to read about each species go to the ‘BeeBomb’ website (www.beebombs.com/our-seeds)Over the next few weeks the ladies have been making Easter gifts for the sales table held on 3rd April. There was lots of choice of gifts for all ages including Easter egg crafts (yum yum), books, bags, etc. All proceeds go to projects within the church. This past year £500 was given to help complete the wet-walling of the kitchen and £72 to pay for the website hosting fee. The Craft Group would like to wish everyone a Blessed Easter and thank all who have supported us. The next session will commence on Monday 25th April until Monday 20th June.
Holy WeekThe Holy Week services commenced on Sunday 10th April with Palm Sunday, during which we listened to a dramatic reading of “The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke”.On Thursday 14th, we held our Maundy Thursday service which was drawn from the Celtic Church tradition which connected easily with the natural world. During this service the congregation were invited to come forward for hand washing. At the end of the service the altar was stripped and a vigil held.The Good Friday service was themed on the “Stations of the Cross” and gave the congregation time for reflection and prayer.Easter Sunday was welcomed with brilliant sunshine. The Church was beautifully decorated with glorious flowers courtesy of Janey Legge and her group of flower arrangers. The service commenced with the lighting of the Paschal Candle and the renewal of baptism vows. After the service the large congregation were treated to tea & coffee together with hot-cross buns and cake.
Departure of Rev Stuart GrayOn Sunday 8 May, we said goodbye to the Rev Stuart Gray who will be licensed as Interim Priest at St John’s Episcopal Church in Alloa later this week. After a truly joyous service our Rector, the Rev Canon Christine Fraser, made a presentation to Stuart and we all enjoyed a delicious slice of cake and non-alcoholic wine. Stuart we wish you every success at Alloa and look forward to following your progress in the future.