Linkage Bulletin for Two weeks commencing 30th October 2017

Notices for Two weeks beginning 6th and 13th November 2017 




St Andrews Christmas Fair

Ros Grant, the organiser of the Fair writes

‘As you will all know by now, St Andrews Christmas Fair is being held on Saturday 11th November in Callander Kirk Halls from 10-2pm.
I would just like to thank everyone for their donations to date for various stalls.  We seem to struggle every year for the Tombola, Raffle and Gift Stalls, but invariably, it all comes together in the end.
This year, we will again have our usual stalls of Home Baking; Tombola; Gifts; Grand Raffle; Books; Brick-a-Brak; Chocolate Fountain; and of course be serving teas/coffees along with home baking and soup and toasties later in the morning.  We will also be joined by our local Cubs, Scouts and Guides selling the crafts they have made, along with guests renting tables selling home made continental chocolates; Calendars and place mats; knitting; and handbags, purses and candles.  Callander Chimes will be again providing background Christmas music.
As well as being St Andrews main fundraising event of the year, it is also a lovely community event.  I do hope you will encourage friends and family to come along on the day.
One of the 6 food hampers which will be included in the raffle has been sent over to St Marys for display at the back of the Church along with a book of raffle tickets.  If members of the congregation would like to purchase raffle tickets, they can be assured that all tickets sold will be entered into the main draw and will have the chance of winning any of the hampers as well as many other prizes.  The hamper and raffle tickets will be there until w/c 6th November.  Alternatively, it would be lovely to see you at the Kirk Hall on 11th November!
If anyone has bric-a-brac they wish picked up please contact Roslynn on 01877 330353 or Richard as above’


Poppies – Remembrance Sunday

These are now available for purchase at St Mary’s


Callander Kirk Guild – an invitation to the ladies of St Andrews – see below


This fortnight

For your prayers


Evelyn Nicolson, The Stirling and Trafford families


For members of the Preparatory Committee for the Diocesan Episcopal Election and especially James Gardner a representative on that committee.

Week beginning 6th November


 St Andrew’s Rota

w/b 6th November

Flowers: Ros

Sides persons Sandra and Hilary  ( no readers required)

w/b 13th November

Flowers Fiona

Readers and sides persons Sandra and Hilary


St Mary’s Rota

w/b 6th November

Flowers: Remembrance

w/b 13th November

Judith Poulton


Readers and sides persons:

w/b 6th November

No service

w/b 13th November

George Willis

Julie Edmonstone


Wednesday 8th November 2017

10.00 Callander

Luke 14.25-33


St Andrews Christmas Fair Saturday 11th November

See above


Remembrance Sunday 12th November

St Mary’s

Joint service at the Kirk commencing with an Act of Remembrance at the cenotaph at 10.50, followed by a service at Aberfoyle Kirk. There will be no service at St Mary’s that day.

St Andrews

10.00 A short non-eucharistic Remembrance Service

10.50 Town Service at Callander Kirk, followed by an Act of Remembrance at the Town Cenotaph.     


10.00 Wednesday 15th November

Midweek Service at St Andrews


14.00 Thursday 16th November

Callander Kirk Guild

The Guild invites St Andrew’s ladies to its Guest Afternoon. The speaker will be Barbara Porter of the HELP charity. The aim of the charity is to assist village schools raise standards of education to allow the poorest children a chance to go to school and college.


Sunday 19th November

The Second Sunday before Advent


Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son was revealed
to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Services & Readings

08.00 Balfron

Matt. 25.14-30


10.00 Callander

Zeph. 1.7,12-end

1.Thess. 5.1-11

Matt. 25.14-30


11.15 Aberfoyle

Zeph. 1.7,12-end

1.Thess. 5.1-11

Matt. 25.14-30




15.00 Sunday 19th November

St Mary’s Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

Gordon Ferries will perform a concert of lute and guitar music. Entry by donation


Wednesday 22nd November

10.00 Callander

Luke 19.11-28

Future Notices



The Linkage Advent Carol Service Sunday 3rd December

A word of explanation about this service, which is being held for the first time this year. The service doesn’t replace the two Christmas Carol services, which will be held in both churches on the 17th December.


It is hard for the Church during December not to be swept along by the busyness and anticipation of Christmas like everyone else. What with this and Annual Meetings, December passes with hardly a thought for the watching and waiting for the coming of the King to his kingdom which is the meaning of Advent. It is hoped therefore that this service of readings and advent hymns will provide some meaning to the beginning of the season, as well as allowing the Linkage congregations an opportunity to worship together.


Sunday 3rd December

10.00 Callander Annual Parish Meeting followed by the Linkage Advent Carol service (see above) at Callander commencing 11.15 There will be no service at Aberfoyle that Sunday


Sunday 10th December

Following the morning service: Aberfoyle Annual Parish Meeting


18.30 Diocesan Advent Carol Service at St Ninian’s Cathedral Perth: all welcome especially choir members or singers for that occasion. Contact Richard for details.


Sunday 17th December

Carol Service Sunday

15.00 St Marys (please note the earlier start time from previous years)

18.30 St Andrews


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.