Linkage Bulletin for the weeks beginning 17th December 2018 until Sunday 30th December

Notices for the week beginning 17th December 2018 until Sunday 30th December

Headlines

Carol Service Sunday 16th December

A number of thanks are due for making these services the success they were. Beforehand, two teams of volunteers led by Carol Seymour (St Marys) and Heather Swain (St Andrews) decorated their respective churches to perfection. On the Saturday at St Andrews there was a ‘spring cleaning’ morning. There was also a cloakroom decorating team. The end result was a transformation. On the Sunday, Fiona Gibson and her team at St Andrews managed the feeding of the five thousand after the Carol Service. An anonymous labourer dug a neat path through the snow from the porch door to the road.  For the services themselves, Mary-Clare Brown struggled from her sickbed to mastermind a Carol Service that included two choirs and instruments. Towards its end, George Willis masterminded the opening of the floodlighting scheme. Previously he and others had worked tirelessly to bring the project to fruition. For the first time in some years extra chairs had to be brought in to seat those attending. Later at St Andrews, Callander Chorale and Brass led by Margaret and Ian Milligan provided a wonderful accompaniment to the service.  All in all, a memorable weekend. The Rector’s deep gratitude to all concerned.

Christmas Rotas

No sides persons or readers will be required at either morning service on the 23rd December. Christmas Day sides persons and readers at Aberfoyle required please; offers to Richard.

This week

Wednesday 19th December

10.00 Callander

Luke 1. 5-25

Sunday 23rd December

The fourth Sunday of Advent

Collect:

God our redeemer,

who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary

to be the mother of your Son:

grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,

so we may be ready to greet him

when he comes again as our judge;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

St Andrews 10.00 Holy Communion (said BCP)

Gospel: Luke 1:39-45

St Mary’s 11.15 Holy Communion (said BCP)

Gospel: Luke 1:39-45

Monday 24th December

Christmas Eve

Collect

Almighty God,

you make us glad with the yearly remembrance

of the birth of your Son Jesus Christ:

grant that, as we joyfully receive him as our redeemer,

so we may with sure confidence behold him

when he shall come to be our judge;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

St Mary’s

11.30 Midnight Service

2Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11

Acts 13:16-26

Luke 1:67-69

Tuesday 25th December

Christmas Day

Collect

Almighty God,

you have given us your only-begotten Son

to take our nature upon him

and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:

grant that we, who have been born again

and made your children by adoption and grace,

may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;

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

8.00 Holy Communion Balfron

Gospel: Luke 2:1-14

10.00 Holy Communion Callander

Isaiah 9:2-7

Titus 2:11-14

Gospel: Luke 2:1-14

11.15 Family Communion Aberfoyle.

Isaiah 9:2-7

Titus 2:11-14

Gospel: Luke 2:1-14

A very Happy Christmas and New Year to all when it comes.

Wednesday 26th December

No midweek at St Andrews.

Sunday 30th December

The first Sunday of Christmas

Collect

Almighty God, who wonderfully created us in your own image

and yet more wonderfully restored us

through your Son Jesus Christ:

grant that, as he came to share in our humanity,

so we may share the life of his divinity;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever

10.00 Callander

1Sam 2:18-20,26

Colossians 3:12-17

Luke 2:41-end

11.15 Aberfoyle

1Sam 2:18-20,26

Colossians 3:12-17

Luke 2:41-end


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

Tea/coffee/sugar

Snacks

Toiletries

Cleaning products

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

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.

Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 10th December 2018

Notices for the week beginning 10th December 2018

Headlines

Sunday 16th December

There is a change of service times: see below.

St Andrews

Primary School Christmas CD

Each class at Callander Primary School has contributed towards the production of a Christmas CD at £5 each and the proceeds are towards school funds. There is an order form at the back of church and Amanda Smith will ensure that you have your copy as quickly as possible.

This week

Rotas

No sides persons will be required at either morning service on the 16th December.

Tuesday 11th December

17.00 Croftamie -Fellowship Group is postponed

Wednesday 12th December

10.00 Callander

Matt. 11.28-end

Friday 14th December 7.30pm   Killearn Kirk

Strathendrick Singers Christmas Concerts

An evening of festive music including Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Cecilia McDowall’s A Winters Night as well as the usual favourites for all to sing along.

Tickets (£10, £3 for children) at the door or from choir members.

Contact Judith Neil at secretary@strathendricksingers.org.uk or Colin Cameron atmedia@strathendricksingers.org.uk

Sunday 16th December

Advent 3

Collect

O Lord Jesus Christ,

who at your first coming sent your messenger

to prepare your way before you:

grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries

may likewise so prepare and make ready your way

by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,

that at your second coming to judge the world

we may be found an acceptable people in your sight;

for you are alive and reign with the Father

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Services & Readings

08.00 Balfron

Luke 3. 7-18

10.00 St Andrews

Luke 3. 7-18

Holy Communion BCP (said)

No morning service at St Mary’s

16.00 St Mary’s

CAROL SERVICE

18.30 St Andrew’s

CAROL SERVICE

Wednesday 19th December

10.00 Callander

Luke 1. 5-25

Future Notices:

Christmas Services

Sunday 23rd December

St Andrews 10.00 Holy Communion

St Mary’s 11.15 Holy Communion

Monday 24th December

Christmas Eve

11.30 Midnight Service

Tuesday 25th December

Christmas Day

8.00 Holy Communion Balfron

10.00 Holy Communion Callander

11.15 Family Communion 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

Tea/coffee/sugar

Snacks

Toiletries

Cleaning products

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

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.

Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 3rd December 2018

Notices for the weeks beginning 3rd December 2018 

Rotas

Callander

Joan and Luna

 

Aberfoyle

Elizabeth/Christopher Roads – Mark Seymour

Wednesday 5th Dec

10.00 Callander

Matt.15.29-37

11.30  Killearn

Matt.15.29-37

Sunday 9th December

Advent 2

Collect

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power

and come among us,

and with great might succour us;

that whereas, through our sins and wickedness

we are grievously hindered

in running the race that is set before us,

your bountiful grace and mercy

may speedily help and deliver us;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honour and glory, now and for ever.

 

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

Mal.3.1-4

Phil.1.3-11

Luke 3.1-6

11.15 Aberfoyle

Mal.3.1-4

Phil.1.3-11

Luke 3.1-6

Followed by the Annual Parish Meeting

One of the agenda items at the meeting will be a ballot to accept or otherwise the gift of a new hymnbook entitled ‘Ancient and Modern: Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship’. The requirements of Canon Law disallow any proposed change to worship without prior consultation with the congregation. The consultation has been conducted since Easter by use of a sampler containing a selection of the new material offered by the proposed hymnbook. This process of consultation concludes with a secret ballot of everyone present at today’s Annual Meeting. The new book, should this gift be accepted, would replace all three hymnbooks presently in use.

The resolution set before the meeting will be as follows:

Do you accept the offer of a new hymnbook?


Strathendrick Singers Christmas Concerts

Sunday 9th December 7.00pm  Gartmore Village Hall

Friday 14th December 7.30pm   Killearn Kirk,

Come and join us for an evening of festive music including Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Cecilia McDowall’s A Winters Night as well as the usual favourites for all to sing along.

Festive refreshments will be served at the interval.

Tickets (£10, £3 for children) at the door or from choir members.

Contact Judith Neil at secretary@strathendricksingers.org.uk or Colin Cameron atmedia@strathendricksingers.org.uk

Tuesday 11th December

17.00  Croftamie – Fellowship Group has been cancelled

Wednesday 12th December

10.00 Callander

Matt. 11.28-end

Friday 14th December

Strathendrick Singers Christmas Concert (see above)

 

Future Notices:

Sunday 16th December

Carol Service Sunday

Please note a change to the usual service pattern.

St Andrews

10.00 Holy Communion said BCP

There will be no morning service at St Mary’s

St Mary’s Carol Service will start at 16.00 and not 15.00 as previously published

Mary-Clare is looking for anyone to take part in a scratch choir for the Carol Service. There will be a rehearsal on Saturday 15th December (time tbc) and another short rehearsal before the service on Sunday 16th December.

If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, please contact Mary-Clare:

01360 441007 or via email: musicstmary@btinternet.com

18.30 St Andrew’s Carol Service.


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

Tea/coffee/sugar

Snacks

Toiletries

Cleaning products

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

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.

Linkage Bulletin for THREE weeks commencing 12th November 2018

Notices for three weeks beginning 12th November

 

Headlines 

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair held on the 10th November raised a sum in excess of £1400.00.  Thanks to all who organised and supported the day.

 

St Mary’s Carol Service Choirs

Sunday 16th December

Please note that St Mary’s Carol Service will start at 16.00 and not 15.00 as previously published

Mary-Clare is hoping to form a Children’s choir for the Carol Service with rehearsals taking place at 16.00 at St Mary’s every week from Sunday 28th October.

We are also looking, as usual, for anyone else to take part in a scratch choir for the Carol Service. There will be a rehearsal on Saturday 15th December (time tbc) and another short rehearsal before the service on Sunday 16th December. 

If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, please contact Mary-Clare:

01360 441007 or via email: musicstmary@btinternet.com

Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

The next will be held on Sunday 16th November with the visit of the St Petersburg Resurrection Choir.


 This week

Wednesday 14th November

10.00 Midweek service at St Andrews

14.00 Thursday 15th November

St Andrews

Callander Kirk Guild Open Meeting

 

The Guild have invited members of Callander congregation to this meeting. The speaker will be Doug Scott from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. Please inform Sandra if you wish to attend.

 

Sunday 18th November

The Second Sunday before Advent

Queen Margaret of Scotland 

God the ruler of all

Who called your servant Margaret to an earthly throne

And gave her zeal for your church and love for your people

That she might advance your Heavenly Kingdom:

Mercifully grant that we who commemorate her example

May be fruitful in good works

And attain to the glorious crown of your Saints

Through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord

Amen

 

Services & Readings

08.00 Balfron

Matthew 25:34-end

10.00 Callander

Daniel 12.1-3

Heb. 10.11-14, 19-25

Matthew 25:34-end

  

11.15 Aberfoyle

Daniel 12.1-3

Heb. 10.11-14, 19-25

Matthew 25:34-end

15.00 Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

The St Petersburg Resurrection Choir

 

Wednesday 21st November 2018

10.00 Callander

Luke 19.11-28


Sunday 25th November 2018

Christ the King

Sunday before Advent

Eternal Father,

whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven

that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:

keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit

and in the bond of peace,

and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;

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

Dan. 7.9-10,13-14

Rev. 1.4b-8

John 18.33-37

 

11.15 Aberfoyle

Dan. 7.9-10,13-14

Rev. 1.4b-8

John 18.33-37

 

 

Wednesday 28th November 2018

10.00 Callander

Luke 21.12-19

 


Sunday 2nd December

Advent Sunday

Almighty God,

give us grace to cast away the works of darkness

and to put on the armour of light,

now in the time of this mortal life,

in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;

that on the last day,

when he shall come again in his glorious majesty

to judge the living and the dead,

we may rise to the life immortal;

through him who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

10.00 St Andrews Annual Parish Meeting. Notice of AOCB to be presented in writing to the Rector or secretary no less than seven days before the day of the meeting

 

11.15 Linkage Advent Service at St Andrew’s

Readers and readings already notified.

No service at St Marys that day

 

Sunday 9th December

St Mary’s following the 11.15 morning service-Annual Parish Meeting. Notice of AOCB to be presented in writing to the Rector or secretary no less than seven days before the day of the meeting


FUTURE EVENTS

 

Strathendrick Singers Christmas Concerts

 

Sunday 9th December 7.00pm  Gartmore Village Hall

Friday 14th December 7.30pm   Killearn Kirk,

Come and join us for an evening of festive music including Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Cecilia McDowall’s A Winters Night as well as the usual favourites for all to sing along.

Festive refreshments will be served at the interval. 

Tickets (£10, £3 for children) at the door or from choir members.

Contact Judith Neil at secretary@strathendricksingers.org.uk or Colin Cameron atmedia@strathendricksingers.org.uk

 

Sunday 16th December

16.00 St Mary’s Carol Service

18.30 St Andrews Town Carol Service.

Friday 21st December

11.30 at St Mary’s

Aberfoyle School Carol Service

 


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

Tea/coffee/sugar

Snacks

Toiletries

Cleaning products

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

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.

Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 4th Novembe 2018

Notices for the week beginning 4th November

Headlines

 

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair takes place this coming Saturday

10th November at Callander Kirk Hall

We still seek donations of tombola and raffle prizes and there is a box at the back of church for that purpose. Thank you to all who have already offered items or assistance at the stalls.

 

Sunday 11th November

Remembrance Sunday

Change of Service times for this Sunday only

St Andrews

10.00 Act of Remembrance (no Eucharist) This will finish in time for the Town Remembrance Service at Callander Kirk commencing at 10.50 followed by the laying of wreathes at the Square (approx 12.15)

 

St Marys

There will be no service at St Mary’s.

Joint Service at Aberfoyle Kirk commencing at the War Memorial at 10.50 and thereafter in the church. Preacher: The Revd Valerie Allen.

 

St Mary’s Carol Service

Sunday 16th December

Please note that St Mary’s Carol Service will start at 16.00 and not 15.00 as previously published

Mary-Clare is hoping to form a Children’s choir for the Carol Service with rehearsals taking place at 16.00 at St Mary’s every week from Sunday 28th October.

We are also looking, as usual, for anyone else to take part in a scratch choir for the Carol Service. There will be a rehearsal on Saturday 15th December (time tbc) and another short rehearsal before the service on Sunday 16th December. 

If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, please contact Mary-Clare:

01360 441007 or via email: musicstmary@btinternet.com

Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

The next will be held on Sunday 16th November with the visit of the St Petersburg Resurrection Choir.

 


 This week

Wednesday 7th November 2018

10.00 Callander

Luke 14.25-33

11.30 Killearn

Luke 14.25-33


Future Notices

Saturday 10th November

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair: see above.

Sunday 11th November

Remembrance Sunday

See above

14.00 Thursday 15th November

St Andrews

Callander Kirk Guild Open Meeting

 The Guild have invited members of Callander congregation to this meeting. The speaker will be Doug Scott from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. Please inform Sandra if you wish to attend.

 

Sunday 18th November

St Mary’s

15.00 Third Sunday at Three Concert Series (see above)

Sunday 2nd December

10.00 St Andrews Annual Parish Meeting. An agenda will be circulated in due course. Matters of AOCB in writing please addressed to Amanda or Richard seven days before the meeting.

11.15 Linkage Advent Service at St Andrew’s

No service at St Mary’s that day

 

Sunday 9th December

St Mary’s following the 11.15 morning service the Annual Parish Meeting. 

An agenda will be circulated in due course. Matters of AOCB in writing please addressed to Mark or Richard seven days before the meeting.

Sunday 16th December

16.00 St Mary’s Carol Service

18.30 St Andrews Town Carol Service.

Friday 21st December

11.30 at St Mary’s

Aberfoyle School Carol Service

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

Tea/coffee/sugar

Snacks

Toiletries

Cleaning products

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

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.

Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 29 October 2018

Notices for the week beginning 29th October

Headlines

The Consecration of Bishop Ian.

 

Margie Stephen writes…

‘I was fortunate to attend the Consecration of our new Bishop Ian last Saturday at St Ninian`s cathedral. On arrival I received a warm welcome from young James who sings in their choir. It was an uplifting occasion with lovely singing supported by two choirs and a wonderful organ. Music for the Eucharist was written by James Macmillan.

Bishop Ian has come from Old St Pauls in Edinburgh so was known by a number of clergy including our former Primus Dr Richard Holloway who gave us a thought provoking sermon. He used the very last chapter of St Johns gospel for his theme, comparing the discipleship of the petulant but lovable Peter, with young John who was also devoted to his Master, and was brave enough to witness the crucifixion and subsequently wrote his profound gospel. They were very different. But, in spite of their inherently different character traits, they were able to use them to good effect. The Primus argued that we are all on this spectrum, with shortcomings and different abilities and gifts but do we use them faithfully as we should in spite of our failings?

The liturgy of ordination followed the above, preceded by the hymn “Come Holy Ghost our souls inspire” sung kneeling as a prayer. Then the anointing with oil took place followed by the giving of symbolic gifts of the Ring, Cross, Mitre, Bible , and Pastoral staff, reminding me of similarities with the Coronation of our Queen, seen on TV.

Altogether this was a memorable and inspiring occasion. We look forward to welcoming Bishop Ian to The Linkage in due course’.


 

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair

10.00 Saturday 10th November at Callander Kirk Hall

We are seeking donations of tombola and raffle prizes and there is a box at the back of church for that purpose. It would be of great assistance in planning for the day if gifts could be given in good time: thank you for your support.

 

St Andrews

Callander Kirk Guild Open Meeting

14.00 Thursday 15th November

The Guild have invited members of Callander congregation to this meeting. The speaker will be Doug Scott from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. Please inform Sandra if you wish to attend.

 

St Mary’s Carol Service

Sunday 16th December

Please note that St Mary’s Carol Service will start at 16.00 and not 15.00 as previously published

Mary-Clare is hoping to form a Children’s choir for the Carol Service with rehearsals taking place at 16.00 at St Mary’s every week from Sunday 28th October.

We are also looking, as usual, for anyone else to take part in a scratch choir for the Carol Service. There will be a rehearsal on Saturday 15th December (time tbc) and another short rehearsal before the service on Sunday 16th December. 

If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, please contact Mary-Clare:

01360 441007 or via email: musicstmary@btinternet.com

Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

Last Sunday’s concert was well attended and appreciated. The next, on the 16th November promises to be memorable with the visit of the St Petersburg Resurrection Choir. We are indebted to those who make these concerts possible.

St Mary’s Church Heating

For some time now, the Vestry led by Christopher and Nick, has been considering making St Mary’s a warmer place to worship but at a more modest consumption of electricity. In 2015 for example, the cost of heating amounted to approximately £2,500 per annum.

Three possible solutions have been examined. These are detailed on a story board at the back of church. Two of the possibilities were later discarded leaving the third option as the suggested project. The reasons for choosing the option are detailed on the board.

The Vestry is now poised to apply to the Diocese to seek permission for this option to be pursued. However, it is anxious to be assured that before application is made, the congregation is supportive of the steps taken and the choice made. In particular, the Vestry is anxious to be reassured that the proposed ‘chandelier’ heater/light to be placed above the transept is in favour.

If anyone has queries or constructive comment, would this please be made known to Christopher or Nick before the 1st December? In the absence of any communication beyond that date, the Vestry will regard the matter as agreed by the congregation and proceed for Diocesan permission accordingly. Richard records his profound thanks for the time and effort taken by Christopher and Nick over this project.

 St Mary’s Annual Meeting

The Annual General Meeting on the 9th December will commence with a secret ballot to determine whether the new proposed hymnbook should be introduced. The background to the matter has already been well-documented and the new material offered by the book has been trialled each Sunday since Easter by means of the Sampler supplementary hymnbook. An explanation about the proposed book is contained in the preface to the Sampler.

Time constraints will prevent further discussion of this matter at the Annual Meeting. There is little possibility of the congregation being of common mind: personal choice is therefore best expressed by means of the ballot paper. Should though you have a particular query about the proposed book, please inform Richard in writing and in good time before the meeting. The ballot motion will be “Do you accept the offer of a new hymnbook?” The teller of the Ballot will be Mark, who will forfeit his right to vote. The result will be made known at the close of the meeting.


This week 

Wednesday 31st October 2018

10.00 Callander

Luke 13.22-30

This week

Rotas

Callander Sandra, Hilary

Aberfoyle David Miller and Julie Edmonstone

 

Sunday 4th November

The fourth Sunday before Advent

Theme: All Saints and All Souls

 

Collect

O Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord: Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which thou hast prepared for them that unfeignedly love thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

BCP

Heb. 9.11-14

Matthew 5:1-12

 

11.15 Aberfoyle

Deut. 6.1-9

Heb. 9.11-14

Matthew 5:1-12

 

Wednesday 7th November 2018

10.00 Callander

Luke 14.25-33

11.30 Killearn

Luke 14.25-33


Future Notices

Saturday 10th November

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair: see above.

Sunday 11th November

Remembrance Sunday

Details of timings etc to be advised, but

No service at St Marys that day

 

Sunday 18th November

15.00 Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

The St Petersburg Resurrection Choir

Sunday 2nd December

10.00 St Andrews Annual Parish Meeting

11.15 Linkage Advent Service at St Andrew’s

No service at St Marys that day

 

Sunday 9th December

St Mary’s following the 11.15 morning service-Annual Parish Meeting

Sunday 16th December

16.00 St Mary’s Carol Service

18.30 St Andrews Town Carol Service.

Friday 21st December

11.30 at St Mary’s

Aberfoyle School Carol Service

 


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

Tea/coffee/sugar

Snacks

Toiletries

Cleaning products

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

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.

St Mary’s Carol Service 16th December – Children’s Choir

Mary-Clare is hoping to form a Children’s choir for the Carol Service with rehearsals taking place at 16.00 at St Mary’s every week from Sunday 28th October.

We are also looking, as usual, for anyone else to take part in a scratch choir for the Carol Service. There will be a rehearsal on Saturday 15th December (time tbc) and another short rehearsal before the service on Sunday 16th December.

 
If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, please contact Mary-Clare:
01360 441007 or via email: musicstmary@btinternet.com 

 

Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 22nd October 2018

Notices for the week beginning 22nd October

Headlines

The clocks move back one hour this coming weekend.

 

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair

10.00 Saturday 10th November at Callander Kirk Hall

We are seeking donations of tombola and raffle prizes and there is a box at the back of church for that purpose. It would be of great assistance in planning for the day if gifts could be given in good time: thank you for your support.

 

St Mary’s Carol Service

Sunday 16th December

Please note that St Mary’s Carol Service will start at 16.00 and not 15.00 as previously published

Mary-Clare is hoping to form a Children’s choir for the service with rehearsals taking place at 16.00 at St Mary’s every week from Sunday 28th October Please contact Mary-Clare direct musicstmary@btinternet.com

 

St Mary’s Church Heating

For some time now, the Vestry led by Christopher and Nick, has been considering making St Mary’s a warmer place to worship but at a more modest consumption of electricity. In 2015 for example, the cost of heating amounted to approximately £2,500 per annum.

Three possible solutions have been examined. These are detailed on a story board at the back of church. Two of the possibilities were later discarded leaving the third option as the suggested project. The reasons for choosing the option are detailed on the board.

The Vestry is now poised to apply to the Diocese to seek permission for this option to be pursued. However, it is anxious to be assured that before application is made, the congregation is supportive of the steps taken and the choice made. In particular, the Vestry is anxious to be reassured that the proposed ‘chandelier’ heater/light to be placed above the transept is in favour.

If anyone has queries or constructive comment, would this please be made known to Christopher or Nick before the 1st December? In the absence of any communication beyond that date, the Vestry will regard the matter as agreed by the congregation and proceed for Diocesan permission accordingly. Richard records his profound thanks for the time and effort taken by Christopher and Nick over this project.

 St Mary’s Annual Meeting

The Annual General Meeting on the 9th December will commence with a secret ballot to determine whether the new proposed hymnbook should be introduced. The background to the matter has already been well-documented and the new material offered by the book has been trialled each Sunday since Easter by means of the Sampler supplementary hymnbook. An explanation about the proposed book is contained in the preface to the Sampler.

Time constraints will prevent further discussion of this matter at the Annual Meeting. There is little possibility of the congregation being of common mind: personal choice is therefore best expressed by means of the ballot paper. Should though you have a particular query about the proposed book, please inform Richard in writing and in good time before the meeting. The ballot motion will be “Do you accept the offer of a new hymnbook?” The teller of the Ballot will be Mark, who will forfeit his right to vote. The result will be made known at the close of the meeting.


This week

Wednesday 24th October 2018

10.00 Callander

Luke 12.39-48

Sunday 28th October

22nd Sunday after Trinity

 

Theme: ‘A sermon in a frame’

 

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

Isa. 28.14-16

Eph. 2.19-end

John 8:12 and Rev 3:20

11.15 Aberfoyle

Isa. 28.14-16

Eph. 2.19-end

John 8:12 and Rev 3:20

 


16.30 Diocesan Choral Evensong in St Ninian’s Cathedral. This will be an opportunity for everyone throughout the diocese to come and welcome and meet our new Bishop, Ian Paton.

This is an open invitation to all members of congregations who would like to attend.

 

Wednesday 31st October 2018

10.00 Callander

Luke 13.22-30

 

Saturday 10th November

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair: see above.

Sunday 11th November

Remembrance Sunday

No service at St Mary’s that day

Sunday 18th November

15.00 Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

The St Petersburg Resurrection Choir

Sunday 2nd December

10.00 St Andrews Annual Parish Meeting

11.15 Linkage Advent Service at St Andrew’s

No service at St Mary’s that day

 Sunday 9th December

St Mary’s following the 11.15 morning service-Annual Parish Meeting

Sunday 16th December

16.00 St Mary’s Carol Service

18.30 St Andrews Town Carol Service.

Friday 21st December

11.30 at St Mary’s

Aberfoyle School Carol Service


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

Tea/coffee/sugar

Snacks

Toiletries

Cleaning products

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

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.