Linkage Bulletin for Two weeks commencing 26th February 2018

Notices for weeks beginning  26th February and 5th March 2018



 Election of New Bishop 

Following the failure of the first mandate to achieve a shortlist of candidates for the election of a new Bishop, a second mandate for an election has now been issued. An advert has been placed for fresh nominations which closes on the 15th March. Should candidates materialise, they will be interviewed on the 24th April and a shortlist declared. The candidates would then be presented to a meeting of Electoral Synod on the 26th May.


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

This illustrated talk (in two sessions, Aberfoyle 4th and 11th March) and in one session, Callander 21st March) traces the influence of art and decoration in church buildings. The Reformation discouraged artists until the rise of the Oxford Movement in the 19th century which coincided with the formation of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

The focus then moves to a remote country church that unaccountably became the object of attention of a Bishop in conjunction with an unorthodox family who wished to transform the building. These plans were regarded by many as an abomination, but eventually they reached fruition before narrowly escaping destruction. Who was the family and what else was happening in its members’ lives at the time? What remains of their vision today?

Lenten Ecumenical Retreat

A Lenten Retreat is now available online from the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow. It can be accessed through the website : It provides daily readings from scripture and other materials to help deepen prayer life, by spending time with the readings each day during Lent. There will also be a weekly Lent Retreat Group meeting in Callander throughout Lent. The group will give space to introduce some of the themes of the retreat and time for quiet reflection and contemplative music, and for sharing of our experience of the material provided. Paper copies of the material can also be made available for those who prefer or who do not have access to a computer. For further information contact: Jane Vale on 01877 331726 or by email The weekly group will take place at St Joseph’s Church Hall on Tuesday afternoons at 2.15pm and will start on Tuesday 13th February and finish on Tuesday 27th March.
Canon 50: Notice of Diocesan Synod

The Annual Meeting of the Diocesan Synod will be held at St Ninian’s Cathedral Perth on Saturday 10th March. The proceedings are open to all communicant members of this Diocese and commence at 10.15.

Wednesday 7th March

19.30 Gartmore Village Hall

 The launch of a local history book

‘The Enchantment of the Trossachs’ by Louis Stott


A talk by Laura Nicolson ‘ The story of Summer Ice’

Contact James Kennedy 01877 387201

Tales from the Hills

14.00 Friday 16th March

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.

For your prayers

Evelyn Nicolson

Mary Bates

Joan Dymond

Isabel Ritchie

All housebound

Our Diocese and the quest for a new Bishop.

Week beginning 26th February


St Andrew’s Rota

Flowers: n/a

Sides persons: Ros and Fiona


St Mary’s Rota

Flowers n/a

Sides persons:

Jonny North and Kate Joynson


Wednesday 28th February 2018

10.00 Callander

Matt. 20.17-28


Friday 2nd March

World Day of Prayer

For St Mary’s congregation 14.00 Aberfoyle Kirk Preacher: The Rector

For St Andrews congregation 14.00 St Joseph’s Callander


Sunday 4th March

Third Sunday of Lent

Almighty God,

whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain,

and entered not into glory before he was crucified:

mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,

may find it none other than the way of life and peace;

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


1.Cor. 1.18-25

John 2.13-22


11.15 Aberfoyle

Exodus 20.1-17

1.Cor. 1.18-25

John 2.13-22

Aberfoyle Lent Group 1

The illustrated talk given over two sessions starting today is entitled ‘A long road to a foretaste of Heaven’ (see above) Each session will be held after the morning service after a short refreshment break and will finish promptly

Week Beginning  5th March


St Andrew’s Rota

Flowers: n/a

Sides persons: Ros and Fiona


St Mary’s Rota

Flowers n/a

Sides persons:

David Miller

John Dymond


Wednesday 7th March

10.00 Callander

Matthew 5.17-19

11.30 Killearn

Matthew 5.17-19

Sunday 11th March

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Mothering Sunday

Services & Readings

God of compassion,

whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,

shared the life of a home in Nazareth,

and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:

strengthen us in our daily living

that in joy and in sorrow

we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal;

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.


10.00 Callander  

Numbers 21.4-9

Ephesians 2.1-10

John 19:25-27


11.15 Aberfoyle

Numbers 21.4-9

Ephesians 2.1-10

John 19:25-27

Second and concluding Lent Group


Tuesday 13th March 2018

17.00 Fellowship Group- Croftamie

19.30 Callander – Vestry


Wednesday 14th March 2018

10.00 Callander

John 5.17-30

Future Notices


Sunday 18th March

Passion Sunday

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

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)


Sunday 25th March

Palm Sunday


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


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.