Mission & Outreach
St Fillan’s Church strives to be a warm and friendly semi-rural parish church reaching out to its community, seeking to help, pray for and serve others in Jesus’ name. The Church is open daily and provides a haven of peace and tranquillity to its many visitors who come to witness God’s presence around them. The vast array of complimentary feedback in our Visitors book are testimony to the depth of spiritual hope and wellbeing this sanctuary offers.
Pastoral care is conducted by the minister, a pastoral visitor, a pastoral team and elders. The elderly and infirm are visited regularly to ensure they know they are a valued and important part of St Fillan’s. They are provided with transport to the home communion services as well as to the excellent Christmas lunch which is provided in the church hall.
Our flower ministry is a well appreciated service whereby the flowers from the church are distributed each week to those who are ill at home, those celebrating a special birthday or anniversary, those remembering the anniversary of the death of a loved one or just to say that the church is thinking of them at a difficult or sad time in their lives or the lives of their families.
The minister is a regular visitor to the Tuesday Club (Aberdour Day Care). He is Chaplain to the Primary School which is situated just across the road from the church. He has developed a close bond with the school, visits regularly and school services are held in the church at Christmas, Easter and at the end of the Summer term.
St Fillan’s Crosier (the church magazine) is distributed to all houses in the village twice a year. The latest edition can be downloaded here.
St.Fillan’s is also on a rota to conduct services at Henderson House which is a local care home in Dalgety Bay.
The church is a strong supporter of Christian Aid and holds several events to raise much needed funds for this very worthwhile charity.
We share close links with St Columba’s Scottish Episcopal church with several joint events held during the year.
St Fillan’s lunches are held in the church hall on the first Thursday of every month and the “Soup Dragons” provide a varied selection of delicious soups and filled rolls for many in the community.
Open Door meets on the second Thursday of the month from October to March where an invited speaker gives a talk on a variety of subjects and tea or coffee and home baking are on offer.
Coffee mornings are held twice a year and many special social events are organised to raise additional funds not only for St Fillan’s Church but for specific Church of Scotland causes and to enjoy fellowship together. They are always very popular and well-supported. Recent events have included strawberry teas, vintage afternoon teas, harvest lunches and musical suppers. Our biggest fundraiser is our Sale of Work held annually in November in the church hall.
Each year in September, The Maid of the Forth sets sail from Aberdour harbour to Inchcolm for our annual pilgrimage where we enjoy a short service and a look around the Abbey and Island.