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News from and about St Mary’s, Aberfoyle

Aid to the Church in Need

n a special Christmas video message recorded for Aid to the Church in Need’s website, HRH The Prince of Wales has reached out to suffering Christians and assured them of his prayers.

In his message, His Royal Highness describes meeting a Syrian Sister and a priest from Sri Lanka before highlighting the recent suffering of Christians in both countries.

He describes the Sister’s work in Aleppo reaching out to Christians and others, providing them with emergency help and supporting them in prayer.

The Prince goes on to reference the findings of ACN’s Persecuted and Forgotten? A report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2017-19, which showed the precarious position of Middle East Christians.

He states the report’s finding that within a decade up to two-thirds of Christians have fled Syria and that in Iraq, the faithful have dwindled by up to 90 percent within a generation. 

Over the Christmas period, please spare a thought for our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ and join His Royal Highness in saying a prayer for them.

To watch the video, read our news story, and the video transcript, please click here:

Link to Video of HRH The Prince of Wales Christmas message

Bishop Ian visits St Mary’s 17th November 2019

Bishop Ian came to St Mary’s on Sunday 17th November 2019. His first visit to the Linkage since his institution (almost a year ago) as Bishop of The Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane.

Sunday was a linkage service, jointly with St Andrews, in order to confirm 7 members of our congregations in their Anglican faith. Indeed one of the candidates was Christened at the service, prior to confirmation.

So a big thank you to Bishop Ian for coming to the linkage. It was a joy to meet him and have his views

Bishop Ian with our Rector, Richard Grosse – 17th November 2019

Fireworks – Sparklers – Spaceships – Christmas presents

Fireworks – Sparklers – Spaceships

Some you – hopefully everyone – may remember Barbara Carruthers and her wonderful articles penned for the weekly news letter or pew leaflet, some years ago.

Michael Forsyth had a number of Barbara’s article’s published in book form.  These were to be sold for the benefit of St Mary’s at a published price of £5.

We have a substantial number of these books in stock.

What about buying some to give to friends and family as Christmas presents ?.

We are happy to let you have as many as you like for £3 per book.

Please contact Mark Seymour .  Tel 01786870710 email

Fireworks – Sparklers – Spaceships - Christmas presents

Manchester Lads and Lassies Brigade – Annual Visit

The Manchester Lads and Lassies visit St Mary’s each year at the start of their camp at Dounans

The band marches from Dounans tp St Mary’s, if the weather allows. This year they continued up the Main St into Aberfoyle, and will be takng part in the village Festival this week.

We hope the weathr is kind ! The rain held off yesterday for the march to the church – but NOT afterwards !

Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 17th June 2019

Notices for the weeks beginning 17th June

14.00 17.00 Sunday 23rd June

Scotland’s Garden Scheme

Carol and Mark Seymour’s Garden at Thorntree Arnprior FK8 3EY will be open. The afternoon includes a plant sale of everything grown in the garden.  Coffee and tea will be served in the garden with cakes and biscuits
Green Routes from Gartmore House walled garden will have a stall and Sue Mitchell will be in the summer house with details of her Emmett treatment 
Entrance is £4.00 for the Scottish Garden Scheme






Melanie Grosse

John Dymond

Wednesday 19th June

10.00 Callander


Sunday 23rd  June

Trinity 1


O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you,

mercifully accept our prayers

and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature

we can do no good thing without you,

grant us the help of your grace,

that in the keeping of your commandments

we may please you both in will and deed;

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

10.00 Callander

Isa. 65.1-9

Gal. 3.23-29

Luke 8.26-39

11.15 Aberfoyle

Isa. 65.1-9

Gal. 3.23-29

Luke 8.26-39

Future notices

Friday 26 July in St Modoc’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Doune at 7.30pm.

Igor and Oleksiy, top class professional musicians from Ukraine (Kyiv Classic Accordionist Duo) , are back performing and touring the UK this summer in aid of the Hippokrat Society in Northern Ukraine  – providing support and therapy for young adults damaged by Chernobyl fall-out. They play button accordions which together create a sound like a small orchestra.

  • The programme will feature great classical pieces in the first half – Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik,  Grieg:  Peer Gynt suite,  Vivaldi:  Summer from the Four Seasons
  • And music from Eastern Europe including Ukraine of course – and  perhaps a tango or two

    There may also be a couple of operatic arias – accordion and bass voice. Refreshments are served at the interval, included in the ticket price.   Tickets are available from Philip Gaskell or 087980749972 and on the door.


Tickets are £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and children

Future Notices:

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.

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: