Peace n Jam Community Project

Peace ‘n’ Jam is a community project (activity) run by St. Luke’s and funded by National Lottery Community Fund, Fife Environmental Trust and the Scottish Episcopal Church.

We have refurbished run down and tired spaces in our church building to establish a community kitchen – ‘The Couthy’ and social hub (flexible community space) – ‘The Gathering Hall’, ‘The Scullery’ (small kitchen) and ‘The Haiver’ (meeting room). We are now in the midst of using the power of food and other activities to bring people together. 

We are a small but busy team, comprising of an Admin & Outreach Worker (enquiries@peacenjam.org.uk), a Community Cook, a Community Pantry Development Worker (hello@peacenjam.org.uk) and Team Members & Volunteers; supported by St. Luke’s Vestry and a Steering Group.

Bite and a Blether

Join our awesome staff & volunteers at St Luke’s Church, Glenrothes for a bite and a blether*

Thursday, 1030am-1pm

We have bacon rolls, toast (with Jam or eggs), toasties & baked potatoes available; as well as fresh fruit and cake!

(Last food orders 1245pm)

Every Tuesday 1215-2.15pm*

We have home-made soup, toast (with Jam or eggs) & toasties available; as well as fresh fruit and cake!

(Last food orders 2pm)

*With thanks to funding from Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund managed in Fife by Fife Voluntary Action, with support from local statutory partners.

*A Scots word which people usually know to mean a lengthy chat between friends (as in.., ”a richt gud blether the gither“)

Community Pantry

Our Community Pantry opened on Tuesday 7th December and runs alongside ‘Bite & a Blether’ on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We collect food that is unsold or surplus from local businesses and are also supported by Morrisons Glenrothes community champion.

The community pantry is a membership scheme where for £2.00 per week members can visit the pantry and select approximately 10 items of their own choosing from our larder, fridge and freezer.  

We currently have a waiting list.

Pop in and have a blether, our kettles always on! Please help us to spread the word.

Keep up to date with the project on Facebook.

About

At the end of February 2020 St. Luke’s church building closed for refurbishment and on Friday 12 March 2021 we received the new keys to our our sunshine-coloured church, and our new Community Kitchen and Social Hub.

We aspire to make a positive difference to the lives of people within the Auchmuty/Warout neighbourhoods and beyond; and to support community groups and charities working with people and within our community. We will do this by providing a variety of different ways for food to be a part of the community. We are currently working to establish a community larder/pantry & community fridge; and to offer a weekly community meal and gatherings. We also hire out our facilities – improved, inclusive spaces (with free WIFI) – for the use of the community, groups and individuals to deliver a range of projects, events and skills training. We want to make this a place that respects, appreciates and welcomes everybody.

The project will involve our community in the design, development and delivery of the activities we are planning.

Our vision is to be embedded in the local networks that are evolving through the Auchmuty Community Connector Groups, for example the Bowling Club, Scouts, Glenrothes Men’s Shed, Growing Auchmuty (ATRA), Clued Up and Friends of Warout.

Our Funding

On 16 July 2019 (in the very same month the Our Place, Auchmuty programme ended) a long-awaited press release was made by The National Lottery Community Fund announcing St. Luke’s award of £375,235 to run our three year long activity known as Peace ‘n’ Jam. This award will allow for the refurbishment (£251;292 capital) of the non-worship space within the church to establish a community café and social hub (£123,943 revenue).

On the same day, Jenny Gilruth, Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, lodged a Motion of recognition for our efforts in the Scottish Parliament and we subsequently received a congratulatory letter from Jenny Gilruth dated 5 August 2019.

In June, 2019 St. Luke’s application for funding for the project entitled  Peace ‘n’ Jam was approved by the Fife Environmental Trust. The [conditional] award will be £50,000 for heating and a community room.

In May, 2020 St. Luke’s application for funding for the project entitled  Peace ‘n’ Jam was approved by the Scottish Episcopal Church, Building Grants Fund. The [conditional] award will be £70,000 specifically to assist in funding the costs of the proposed improvements to the insulation of the building.

In September 2020 an additional grant of £2,000 was awarded to us – increasing our total grant to £72,000.