St Athernase Choir

Leuchars St Athernase Church Choir meets on a Wednesday evening at 7.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m. in the Coach House, Main Street, Leuchars.

The ethos of the choir is that it is part of church life and open to ALL!

Everyone is welcome. It is not necessary to be able to read music nor is it a requirement that you attend regularly.

St Athernase Sunday School Choir – Saturday Afternoon Coaching
We also hold choir practice on Saturday afternoons at The Coach House, Main Street, Leuchars between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. – you are welcome to come along, it’s great fun and you’ll really enjoy singing.

Also, pop in for as long as you wish – some stay and benefit from two hours of coaching and practice, others stay for 30 or 60 minutes. Our aim is to accommodate your hectic Saturday schedule and it would be great to see you during the course of Saturday afternoon, anytime between 2 – 4 p.m.

Please note, you don’t need to participate in ‘Sunday School’ – everyone is welcome, you’ll really enjoy it.

The Choir


The choirs primary function is to allow every heart and soul the opportunity to experience Gods power and love through music.

The choir invites visiting friends and relatives to come along and enjoy singing with us even if it is just for one rehearsal.

The choir prepares to lead the worship, normally for the St Athernase 11am service on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month and for the 9.30 a.m. services held in the Burnside Hall, Balmullo, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.

As well as practising the hymns for the services the choir is building a repertoire of Introits and Anthems to cover the liturgical year. An optional class for music theory has proved popular and is available from 6.30 p.m. prior to the rehearsal, on Tuesday evenings.

All are welcome, especially those who think they can’t sing!

Please come along and be surprised to discover you CAN sing and that the home baking which inevitably appears during our tea and coffee break is so delicious !

Regeneration

Spring 2016 – Regeneration:

We are working closely with Chartered Architects ‘Nicoll Russell Studios’ (NRS) of Broughty Ferry, Dundee. Specifically Partner Mr. Doug Binnie, Architect Philip Levack, Conservation Architect Mr. Bob Heath and their supporting team.

The Leuchars St Athernase Regeneration Project Team is chaired by SBoyd, Treasurer is SDuncan and the Regeneration Project Team Leader is Mrs Carol Petrie.

NRS have made significant progress including various meetings with General Trustees of Church of Scotland, Historic Scotland, Fife Council, CARTA and HLF. In addition, contact has been made with The Royal Commision on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

The Regeneration Project Team and NRS present a detailed summary of progress at meetings of the Congregational Board. There was a presentation by NRS during the thrid week of March 2015. At this meeting NRS will presented three fully costed options for the Congregational Board to consider and approve.

EQ Chartered Accountants have been appointed to develop a robust Business Plan for our Regeneration Project. Our Congregational Board recognises the importance of this appointment and given the scale and importance of our project, we are delighted to be supported by knowledgable and experienced professionals.

Consultation and Communication – The Regeneration Project’s Consulation and Communication Programmes commenced in August 2014 and during the course of 2015 there will be ample opportunities for interested parties to review the various options and plans.

Regular reports of progress will be given at our Sunday Services and Board Meetings, and we constantly update the Regeneration Section in this website providing accurate and up-to-date information.

Througout the Regeneration Project, we welcome mid-week visitors wishing to view the interior of our church, by appointment.

Renewal of marriage vows


Renewal of marriage vows and/or Thanksgiving for marriage

If you would like to arrange this kind of service, please contact the minister. It can be held during worship on a Sunday morning, or on a different day of the week, in which case fees would be payable at the same rate as for a wedding.

It is up to the individual couple to decide whether the emphasis is on renewal or thanksgiving. Each service is tailored to suit.

Weddings


If you would like to arrange your wedding, please contact the minister. It is advisable to book as early as possible, but if you are reading this at short notice, then contact her anyway, as there may be a slot.

The service of marriage would normally take place in the church. If you live in our parish or have parish connections, the minister would consider conducting the service in a hotel or other location such as St Andrews University Chapel.

In both cases, fees are requested which are for Church funds. The minister does not expect any reimbursement. If your wedding is held in the church, there will also be fees for the Church Officer and (optionally) the organist.

Baptism and Blessing of Babies and Children


If you would like to talk about baptism or a service of blessing for your child, please contact the minister.

In both cases, this would take place during worship on Sunday morning, either at the 9.30 am service in Burnside Hall, Balmullo or the 11.00 am service in Leuchars St Athernase (your choice).

The main difference between the two is that in baptism, parent(s) (or someone standing in for them) is asked to profess their own faith and promise to bring up the child in the Christian faith. No promises are made in a service of blessing, but both celebrate God’s gift of children.

Family and friends are welcome to attend the service.

No charge is made but often a donation is given to the Church.

Mission Statement

Leuchars St Athernase Church of Scotland

  • to promote the good news of God’s love for all
  • to develop the Christian faith of each individual
  • to be a focal point for good in the community
  • to promote fellowship in the community
  • to be responsive to the changing needs of the parish
  • to share God’s work with others engaged in Christian work and witness within the community… …and so realise our unity in Christ
  • to actively support the wider work of the Church in areas of Social Responsibility and Overseas Aid