Linkage Bulletin for week beginning 11th September 2017

Notices for week beginning 11th September 2017 




St Mary’s Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

15.00 Sunday 17th September

Alastair Savage and Friends

Scottish fiddle music old and new

Entry by donation.


Harvest Supper


We are planning to hold a Harvest Supper and Quiz for both parishes  at St Andrews on Friday 29th September.


Could you please let Fiona Gibson ( or 01877 331926) as soon as possible whether you are likely to attend and what you might be able to bring. It is suggested that each person brings one item serving six people. This is quiche, cold meat, a salad, a pudding, wine or a soft drink. Paper copies of this notice can be found in both churches should you prefer.  Closing date for notification Friday 22nd September, please.



The Chesney Trust

Many members of our congregation will recall Janet Chesney and her remarkable work in Malawi.  Dr John Dymond, a member of St Mary’s, is heavily involved with the trust in Scotland and has kindly provided this update of news.

‘The builders have been busy at our girls’ boarding school in Engcongolweni, Malawi, as they complete the head mistress’s house plus a small teacher’s house so that eight of the ten staff can now be housed on campus, in time for the start of the new school year.  They will then move on to finish the physics and biology laboratories, for which we have the funding.  Our kitchen/dining hall building was constructed this year and we just await the result of an application for a grant to fit out the kitchen. Janet Chesney still lives in Mzuzu and oversees the project, now in its twelfth year.

The school roll remains at 160, with forty girls in each of the four forms.  We were delighted to learn that 11 of those who finished school in 2015 will be taking up places at universities in Malawi this month, and we look forward to hearing the results within a few weeks of the Form 4 girls who sat the Malawi School Certificate examination this summer.  Last November, the school choir took first place, out of 11, in a competition for northern region schools.

We are extremely grateful to Vestry for the donations made over the years, and for the support of the two congregations’.

For your prayers


Margie Stephen, Alastair Gardner and Evelyn Nicolson recovering from illness


For Janet Chesney and all who support her work


Christine Ffinch and her family mourning the recent death of her daughter-in-law.


Those away and those visiting the area on holiday



For members of the Preparatory Committee for the Diocesan Episcopal Election


St Andrew’s Rota

Flowers: Ailsa

Readers and sides persons:

Ros and Roger


St Mary’s Rota

Flowers: Susan Forsyth

Readers and sides persons:

Michael Forsyth and Jonny North


This week


Tuesday 12th September

17.00 Fellowship Group meets

19.30 Callander Vestry meets


Wednesday 13th September

10.00 Callander

Luke 6.20-26


Sunday 17th September

The fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

Almighty God,
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
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

Matt. 18.21-35


10.00 Callander

Psalm 103.1-13

Gen. 50.15-21

Rom. 14.1-12

Matt. 18.21-35


11.15 Aberfoyle

Gen. 50.15-21

Rom. 14.1-12

Matt. 18.21-35



Wednesday 20th September

10.00 Callander

Luke 7.31-35

Future events


Linkage Harvest Supper Friday 29th September at Callander (see above)


Friday 29th September

Clare Cushing of St Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Balfron writes


‘The Balfron Community Choir , (which originally  grew  from  the  church  choir  in Balfron  Church)  are coming to perform at St. Anthony’s. Although this is not an official ecumenical event, I thought it might be nice if everyone who has a link with St. Anthony’s or  a link through the churches in Balfron area felt welcome to come along to the concert.

The concert will start at 7:30 and will contain a variety of repertoire to suit everyone, from Mozart  to les Mis and  lots in between !

Tickets are  £4 and £2 and can be purchased from Balfron Library, Mac Farlanes  (Hardware) in Balfron, or from me  on 07726941407’


19.00 Saturday 30th September

Music for a While A musical delight for voice and harpsichord/organ Ulrike Wutscher mezzo-soprano Alistair Warwick harpsichord / organ Monteverdi Laudate Dominum Schütz Bringt her dem Herren Ich will den Herren loben allezeit John Clerk Dic mihi saever puer Purcell Hark! How all things Evening Hymn Music for a While Dido’s Lament (Dido and Aeneas) Händel Mi lusingar il dolce afetto (Alcina) Ombra mai fu (Xerxes) Dopo notte (Ariodante) Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church Albert Road, Stirling More details:



St Andrews Christmas Fair Saturday 11th November


Sunday 3rd December

10.00 Callander Annual Parish Meeting


Sunday 10th December

Following the morning service: Aberfoyle Annual Parish Meeting


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.