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News from and about St Mary’s, Aberfoyle

Christmas Services

Christmas Services

Sunday 24th December

10.00 St Andrew’s Holy Communion

23.30 St Mary’s Midnight Service


Christmas Day

8.00 Holy Communion St Anthony’s Balfron

10.00 Holy Communion St Andrews

11.15 Holy Communion St Mary’s

Harvest Festival 8th October 2017

Wonderful Autumn Colours

The Church looked wonderful on Sunday for our Harvest Festival


With thanks to all who made the Church look so lovely


Produce was sent after the service to Start Up Stirling in order to support their good work


Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 26th June 2017

Notices for week beginning 26th June 2017


St Andrews

The demolition of the cedar tree left an unsightly space in the front garden. Happily, this has now been filled with a shrub bed by courtesy of Roger Bradley’s horticultural skill and the significant generosity of another member of the congregation in purchasing shrubs. If you are passing the church during a dry spell please water the bed: a watering can is kept near the bins in the front garden

The Linkage Annual Trip

This will be held on Monday 31st July with the destination being Callander House Falkirk. Details to follow.

For your prayers

Our nation at this time of uncertainty and tragedy.

Those away and those visiting the area on holiday

Those recovering from operations Alan Clarke

For members of the Preparatory Committee for the Diocesan Episcopal Election and for +David as he retires

St Andrews Rota

Flowers: Hilary

Readers and sides persons:

Roger and Amanda


St Mary’s Rota

Flowers: Margaret Sutherland

Readers and sides persons:

Robin and John Willis

This week

Saturday 1st July

St Mary’s

10.00. Eucharist for the Annual Meeting of the Guild of Servers.

All welcome

Sunday 2nd July

Trinity 3

The Feast of St Peter and St Paul


Almighty God,
whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul
glorified you in their death as in their life:
grant that your Church,
inspired by their teaching and example,
and made one by your Spirit,
may ever stand firm upon the one foundation,
Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Services & Readings

10.00 Callander


Rom. 6.12-end

Matt.16. 13 -20-end


11.15 Aberfoyle

Jer. 28.5-9

Rom. 6.12-end

Matt.16. 13 -20-end


Wednesday 5th July 2017

10.00 Callander

Matt. 8.28-end

11.30 Killearn

Matt. 8.28-end

Future Notices


7th – 11th August

10.00 – 12 noon

Guardians of Ancora Holiday Club

For all Primary aged children

Games, Crafts, Stories, Songs

Online booking now open

Or contact Richard for further details.

Linkage Harvest Supper Friday 29th September at Callander

St Andrews Christmas Fair Saturday 11th November

Our campaign to assist Start Up Stirling is ongoing to allow contributions of the following items to be delivered to the tray in church on any Sunday. Thank you to all who contribute.

Tinned meat/fish/veg/beans, soup/fruit

Dried foods

Ready meals

Cooking sauces

Breakfast cereals

UHT milk




Cleaning products

Household goods –  good quality crockery, cutlery, towels, pots and pans.

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.




Harvest Festival at St Mary’s


St Mary’s arrangement at Pulpit


St Mary’s Harvest Festival


St Mary’s Harvest Festival

Thanks to all the ladies who decorated the Church so beautifully for our Harvest Festival on Sunday 9th October.

The photographs are poor

Harvest Festival October 2016

Harvest Festival October 2016

st-mary-harvest-2016-dsc_0083-5st-mary-harvest-2016-dsc_0083-6because the photographer forgot to take his camera !!


Lots of visitors too.  Australia and Switzerland were evident.



Pilgrim Ways in scotland

The following is an article written by Nick Cooke and which was published in the 2014-15 Annual Review of the Scotland Churched Trust

Recreating Scotland’s Pilgrim Walking Routes

Over the past two decades a revival of off-road pilgrimage travel to historic centres of Christian worship has been gathering momentum across Europe. Typified by the huge popularity of the camino to Santiago de Compostella in northern Spain, this can also now be seen across Scandinavia and in many other places. Here in Scotland we are recognising that the banning of all forms of pilgrimage following the Reformation of 1560, and its suppression for centuries thereafter, has hidden a much older tradition centred on Whithorn, Iona, St Andrews, Tain and many more shrines which once gave Scotland such a prominent place on the religious map of Europe. Today, new life is being breathed into this rich 1,500 year old heritage.

The Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum, established in 2012 following earlier exploratory work by ACTS Scottish Churches Rural Group, is not a religious body as such but seeks to bring together organisations and individuals in a national network to develop off-road pilgrimage travel. In establishing designated, themed walking routes linking Scotland’s historic pilgrimage centres, we recognise that the end result should bring significant economic, social and environmental benefits to local communities as well as foster a spiritual dimension of journeying in the great outdoors for the individual. Anyone can be a pilgrim.

Scotland’s Churches Trust has been a Forum member since the outset, and the Scotland’s Pilgrim Journeys project offers real scope to encourage SCT member churches to become active partners in shaping the development of new Pilgrim Way walking routes. Currently, SPRF member organisations are actively promoting at least four such routes across Scotland and playing a key role in their steering groups, so here are important seeds for partnership.

Crucially, individual churches are already heavily involved in the Forum’s work. In 2013, the congregation of Paisley Abbey celebrated the 850th anniversary of the church’s original foundation as a Cluniac monastery with a series of pilgrimage walks to Whithorn, which has now resulted in the creation of the Whithorn Way long distance route, linking Glasgow Cathedral in the north with the Isle of Whithorn in the south. This year, ACTS has supported a new programme group to encourage ecumenical church input to the future operation of the Fife Pilgrim Way walking route linking Culross, Dunfermline and St Andrews. Elsewhere, local churches in the Borders, on the island of Arran, and on Shapinsay, Orkney are planning to cater for pilgrim visitors, and on the Cowal peninsula a new Church of Scotland initiative has begun to promote ‘faith tourism’ in the area, using local resources to attract visitors to churches and early Christian sites. In Aberdeenshire, mid Perthshire and East Lothian, local networks set up with SPRF input are planning and promoting future Pilgrim Way walking routes with the same aim.

Pilgrim Routes Fife

Welcoming Paisley pilgrims to Glasgow Cathedral – 2014 Fife

Pilgrim Routes - Glasgow (3)

Pilgrim Way community consultation project – 2015


SPRF recognises that this is a movement that is only just beginning, and there is much work still to do to raise public awareness. We warmly welcome representatives of any SCT member church at our third annual Scottish Pilgrimage Gathering, to be held in Melrose on 2nd October when we will be focusing on the pilgrimage heritage of St Cuthbert and its legacy today; the programme includes an interpreted walk linked to the Pilgrim Way that bears his name.

For full information on SPG 2015, and on any other aspects of the Forum’s work, please visit

Nick Cooke

Secretary, Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum                            


Rectors Bulletin week ending 4th October

Saturday 3rd October

St Andrew’s: Wedding of Stacey Adamson to Chris Brown


Sunday  4th October

Harvest Festivals


Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

Acts 2:42-47

Luke 9:10-17


11.15 Aberfoyle

Genesis 2:18-24

Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12

Luke 9:10-17


Wednesday 7th October

10.00 Callander

Luke 11:1-4

11.15 Killearn

Luke 11:1-4


Saturday 10th October

11.00 The funeral of Patrick Drummond


Saturday 17th October

Anti-Human Trafficking Group – Crossing Continents to Combat Trafficking conference is being held from 9.30am to 4pm in St George’s Tron Church in Buchanan Street.  You will hear from Aidan McQuade, who is Director of Slavery International, and delegates from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe and hope to learn how we can all do our bit, no matter how small, to combat human trafficking.  It will be a great opportunity to hear from international speakers on this important issue.  The conference is free and open to all.  Further detail available through Richard


 Friday 30th October 


19.30 Les Trois Blondes at St Mary’s Church

Les Trois Blondes are the only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris. Tickets – £10 – from or 01786 870710

 Saturday 28thNovember

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

A fair and ambitious agreement is vital, but whatever is agreed in Paris, it won’t encompass everything needed to reduce global emissions and help those in poorer countries who are already affected by the impacts of the changing climate. At the same time as pushing hard for the best deal possible in Paris, we must also keep up the pressure at national, regional, local and community levels: where change is actually put into practice.

Join hundreds of thousands of people in capital cities around the world including Edinburgh marching for climate action as the UN climate talks in Paris begin.

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