Linkage Bulletin for week beginning 12th March 2018

Notices for week beginning 12th March 2018



 St Mary’s and St Andrews

The Lent Group: ‘A long road to a foretaste of Heaven’

Adverse weather and other circumstances have meant that the Aberfoyle Lent Group will need to be postponed. The Callander meeting on the 21st March (see below) is unaffected.


St Andrew’s

We wish Elizabeth Fountain a very Happy Birthday!


St Mary’s

Proposed new hymn books

Some time ago, an offer of new hymn books was received from an anonymous donor. The donor makes this offer in the belief that younger visitors or regular worshippers attending our services are far more likely to be impressed by singing at least some more modern hymns. The offer is to provide 50 copies for everyday worship, and these would replace our existing 3 hymn books.

The acceptance of this gift is a two-stage process. The first stage is consideration within the Vestry, but under Canon Law Vestry needs to demonstrate that, if it desires any change to the form or conduct of worship, it has conducted a consultation within the congregation. In other words, no change can be made without the express consent of the congregation. The culmination of this second stage will be a ballot of the congregation which will be held at the Annual Meeting of the parish scheduled for the 9th December to accept, or not, these new hymnbooks.

St Mary’s Vestry has for the past eighteen months been considering this generous offer and has carefully considered three publications. Two were rejected as not adequately reflecting the worshipping tradition of St Mary’s. The third, being the book now proposed, found some favour. It is a new edition of our present Ancient and Modern hymnbook and is exactly the same size and appearance as our present book. There are about 500 new hymns which will replace about 200 which are removed. In addition, the words of some hymns in this hymnbook have been altered to correspond with present day liturgical thinking.

To give the congregation a better idea of the ‘flavour’ of the proposed book prior to the ballot, one hymn not presently contained in our existing hymnbook will be sung from a Sampler at every service between Sunday 8th April and Sunday 30th November. Vestry members will welcome feedback from the congregation during that period.

For your prayers

Evelyn Nicolson

Mary Bates

Joan and John Dymond

Amanda Smith

All housebound

Our Diocese and the quest for a new Bishop.


St Andrew’s Rota

Flowers: n/a

Sides persons: Ros and Fiona


St Mary’s Rota

Flowers n/a

Sides persons:

Julie Edmonstone and Melanie Grosse


Tuesday 13th March 2018

17.00 Fellowship Group- Croftamie

19.30 Callander – Vestry


Wednesday 14th March 2018

10.00 Callander

John 5.17-30


14.00 Friday 16th March

Tales from the Hills

Callander Fire Station Community Room

Callander and West Perthshire U3A invite you to hear Elizabeth Brightwell speak about her experiences in Israel /Palestine as a volunteer based in the South Hebron Hills.

Admission free and refreshments.


Sunday 18th March 2018

5th Sunday of Lent



Traditionally the final two weeks of Lent are used as an immediate preparation for the sorrowful events of the Easter drama. It is a time to focus on the Passion and death of Jesus and accompany him in heart and mind to Calvary.



Most merciful God,

who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ

delivered and saved the world:

grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross

we may triumph in the power of his victory;

through 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

08.00 Balfron

John 12.20-33


10.00 Callander  

Jer. 31.31-34

Heb. 5.5-10

John 12.20-33


11.15 Aberfoyle

Jer. 31.31-34

Heb. 5.5-10

John 12.20-33

15.00 Aberfoyle

St Mary’s

Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

The Opus Duo May Halyburton (double bass) and Jane Colvin (cello)

Something for everyone in this selection of light and classical pieces from these highly accomplished musicians.


Wednesday 21st March 2018

10.00 Callander

John 8.31-42


19.30 Wednesday 21st March

Lent Group for St Andrews at Orchardlea Main Street Callander by courtesy of Hilary and Rod Gunkel An illustrated talk entitled ‘A long road to a foretaste of Heaven’ (see above)

Future Notices


Sunday 25th March

Palm Sunday

19.00 Killearn Kirk

Strathendrick Singers Concert

Faure’s Requiem and Magnificat by John Rutter

Tickets £10 (under 16s free) from choir members, at the door, or email



Holy Week begins

Monday 26th March

19.30 Joint devotion Callander Kirk Hall

Tuesday 27th March

19.30 Joint devotion Callander Kirk Hall

Wednesday 28th March

19.30 Joint devotion Callander Kirk Hall

Thursday 29th March

Maundy Thursday

19.30 St Andrew’s ‘In Memorium’

A dramatic re-enactment of the Last Supper

Friday 30th March

Good Friday


10.30 St Mary’s Devotion

12.00 St Andrew’s Devotion

19.30 Joint devotion Callander Kirk Hall


Sunday 1st April

Easter Day

Clocks go forward one hour

8.00 St Anthony Balfron Holy Communion BCP

10.00 St Andrews

11.15 St Mary’s


15.00 Sunday 15th April

St Mary’s Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

Edinburgh Renaissance Band

Ever wondered what the sound of a crumhorn is? What does a shawm look like? And what is the difference between a sliding trumpet and a sackbutt? This concert will answer all these questions and more!


19.30 Saturday 28th April

Holy Trinity Church Albert Place Stirling FK8 2QL

Artlink central

Art Exhibition and refreshments including a musical performance.

Special guests

Crawford Logan Master of Ceremonies

Kenneth Reid Tenor

Penelope Cousland mezzo soprano

Nick Morris bass

Tim Dean accompanist

Tickets available from 01786 450971


Saturday 9th June

St Mary’s Summer Fair

Tourist Information Centre Aberfoyle



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.