*LOCAL NEWS*

Lent Devotions

 

Lent this year begins on the 17th of February and takes us through to Easter Sunday on the 4th of April.  Our lent devotions for 2021 come from the book, To Seek and to Save: Daily Reflections on the Road to the Cross, by Sinclair B. Ferguson.  The book takes us on Jesus’ journey from Galilee to Jerusalem, as described in Luke’s gospel from the end of chapter 9 onwards.  A video trailer for the book can be found at: https://youtu.be/LnnI6zEpVGA

 

The book can be used for private use, but we will also start a WhatsApp Lent Group Chat, so that we can share our thoughts and give us the sense of journeying together.

 

If you would like a book please contact the Rev Charles Lines by the 10th of February.

BIBLE STUDY

 

Just a reminder that Carnock and Oakley currently hosts two Bible study groups on Zoom.

 

The FIRST is for MEN only…. Who used to meet every SATURDAY morning for a chat and a bacon roll before a study but, now that it is on Zoom, they have a very short chat followed by study from 9am until 10am - although there is nothing to stop you making your own bacon rolls! We have just started a study on ‘LOVING GOD AND OTHERS: THE HEART OF TRUE FAITH’.

 

The SECOND is for MIXED company but it has turned out that in practice it is only women that attend – and Sandy our Session Clerk. They meet every MONDAY from 10.30am to 11.30am and will shortly be starting a study on ‘JESUS: UNDERSTANDING HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION’. Very appropriate in the lead up to Easter.

Anyone interested in joining either study group just let Sandy know. You do not have to be a member of Carnock and Oakley to come along.  

Session Clerk on 01383850077 or 07425922750 

 

We have received a communication from the Church of Scotland offices regarding a banking scam that’s doing the rounds in Fife. We have been asked to disseminate the following press release:

 

BANK FRAUD WARNING - FIFE

 

Officers in North East Fife are continuing their investigation and warning the public to be on their guard following three recent high-value bank frauds.

 

In the last two months, many people from the St Andrews area have been the victim of high-value frauds where four and five figure sums of money have been stolen for their bank accounts.

 

In each of these cases the victims have received telephone calls from someone with a reported local accent, purporting to be from the fraud team of their local bank branch and appear to be calling from a genuine bank telephone number.

 

The fraudster then tells the person they have called that they have concerns regarding local bank staff employees and asks the caller for assistance.  The fraudster will provide information regarding their account and asks for help testing security procedures.  They may ask the person to transfer funds, apply for banking products, or even for them to visit their local banking branch to check staff are responding appropriately.

 

Community Sergeant Matt Spencer from St Andrews Police Station said:  “I would ask everyone to be on their guard from any type of online or telephone scam. 

 

“Each of these incidents is clearly extremely upsetting for the people involved who all believed that the calls were made from their own banks.  They trusted that the information they were given was correct.  The people behind these scams are contemptible, abusing people’s trust and then stealing money from them.

 

“The criminals who use these sophisticated tactics go to great lengths to appear legitimate including making it appear they are calling from a genuine bank telephone number.  It is important to remember that a genuine caller from your bank would never ask for your banking or personal details as they already have it.  They would not ask you transfer money during an unsolicited call.  It is best to politely end the call and call back on a number you have sourced yourself, ideally using a different phone.  If you are unsure, end the call and ask a relative or friend for advice.  Any victims of these crimes or anyone with concerns regarding calls they have received should contact their local police station through 101.  If you in any doubt that the call is not genuine then please end the call, your bank will understand.”

 

Anyone with information should contact Police via 101 quoting reference number 1452 of 09/07/2020.  Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.

 

Oakley Medical Practice

Important Information

From Monday 8th June please use the following numbers for contact:

GP Appointments & Enquiries:

01383 850212 / 01383 850293

Prescription requests & Medication Enquiries:

01383 855113 (From 10am to 3pm ONLY)

(Online ordering still available)

 

COVID Related Illness - Do Not Contact Practice - Phone: 111

Thankyou for patience and understanding at this strange time.

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