Kinghorn Parish Church

Important Notice

The Church of Scotland’s Coronavirus Task Group has recommended that in the wake of the worsening crisis posed by the spread of the virus that all acts of public Worship be cancelled as from March 17th until further notice. This advice extends to Church meetings ie Kirk Session, Alpha, Bible Studies: anything that involves a number of people gathering together. Here’s the link to the Church of Scotland’s advice: https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/resources/advice-for-churches-covid-19-coronavirus
The following is offered as guidance to congregations across the Church of Scotland as of 11 March 2020. At Communion services, churches should already be following best hygiene practices. During this time congregations may choose to avoid touching or shaking hands while sharing the Peace, if that …
So until further notice there will be no Services of Worship in Kinghorn Kirk by the Sea or Church in the High Street. This is a serious and indeed unprecedented step not seen before in our lifetime and one that is done with sadness but in the hope that the spread will be lessened and lives may be saved.
Funeral and Wedding Services will continue but under guidelines for numbers and procedures which families will be guided through by Funeral Directors and the Minister.
This is a challenge to us all to keep in touch with each other by phone, email and social media looking out for the lonely and vulnerable in our midst. It is an opportunity to do Church in a different way: extending God’s love in creative and caring ways. This is a defining moment for the Church in Kinghorn, are we  a Church for all or just a Church for ourselves.
In their letter cancelling all services in England the Archbishops of York and Canterbury say:

“Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day.

“We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support.

“Please do carry on supporting the local foodbank and buy extra provisions for it.  Ensure the night shelters wherever possible are kept open.  There are many very encouraging schemes happening right across our country in communities to focus on caring for the most vulnerable and do continue to play your part in those.

“Then by our service, and by our love,  Jesus Christ will be made known, and the hope of the gospel – a hope that can counter fear and isolation – will spread across our land.”

The 2 Archbishops and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland along with many other Church leaders, have called for this Sunday,22nd March(Mothering Sunday) to be a National Day of Prayer for all who are sick or anxious and all involved in health and emergency services. The Call to prayer includes a request for us each to light a candle at 7pm on Sunday evening a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ our source of hope in prayer. We intend to be part of that circle of prayer. I hope to put a short Bible Talk/Meditation and prayers onto the Church’s Facebook page and website.

The Kirk Session have appointed a small Task Group to monitor the situation(we cannot bring the whole Kirk Session together under the current strictures) and consider how best to move forwards in worship, prayer, care, community and supporting financially and practically the ongoing life of the Church in the community in the present crisis. Please remember us and all in your prayers. Here’s a link to a Prayer by the Moderator for the current viral crisis https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/a-prayer-from-the-moderator-amid-the-coronavirus-outbreak

Pastoral visiting is seriously restricted but if you would like to talk or have me pray with you over the phone then please contact me on 890269 or 07803033886.

Rev Jim Reid and the Kirk Session of Kinghorn Parish Church.

Kinghorn Parish Church

Kinghorn Parish Church has a long heritage of worship in the former Royal Burgh, which we seek to continue and innovate in this area. Kinghorn Church family strives to be a warm, friendly parish church reaching out to its community seeking to help, pray and serve others in Jesus’ name.

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Our Aim is:

“To know God and to make him known through Jesus Christ, in his Word and in the Power of his Holy Spirit.”

Meet our Minister

Jim has been Minister of Kinghorn for 21 years out of 33 years in Ministry, first in Bridge of Don, a suburb of Aberdeen then in Avoch, a fishing village on the Black Isle north of Inverness.

Jim grew up in Lanarkshire, with many of his forebears being Miners, though his great uncle George McQueen, also a Miner played football for Airdrieonians, captaining them to their only Scottish Cup win in 1924! Coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ while at Secondary School made a big difference in Jim’s life; on leaving School he worked for a firm of Industrial Auctioneers and Valuers based in Hamilton and conducting Auctions all over Scotland.

He sensed God’s calling to be a Minister of the Gospel in 1980 and after studying Theology at the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Congregational College he was Ordained in a Middleton Park Primary School in the fast-growing Bridge of Don (going on to plant another new Church there in 1986). Jim is Chaplain of Raith Rovers (though also supports Aberdeen FC!) Chaplain at Kinghorn Primary School, Balwearie High School and the DAS, and of Clan Donnachaidh

Jim has served the Church locally : Presbytery Moderator, Chaplain, Ministries Convener. Nationally: Ministries Council, Convener of Interim Ministry, trained as a Supervisor and has supervised many students in training for Ministry

Jim has been Married to Marion, who hails from Northern Ireland via Shotts, for 24 years and their son Andrew, who has grown up in Kinghorn graduated from Aberdeen University and is now pursuing his career.

Jim’s vision for Ministry is to know Christ and make him known in Kinghorn and through a Church Family where everyone is loved, valued and their gifts grown and honoured in a Church which grows warmer through fellowship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, deeper through discipleship and larger through evangelism.

Jim is an avid reader, a keen gardener, an adventurous cook a committed gym attender who enjoys walking(half of the Munros and nearly all of the east coast of Scotland) loves to sing and listens to a wide variety of music and enjoys a nice malt and occasional ale.

For more information about our Church and what it has to offer, please look through our website.