Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 12th February 2018

Notices for week beginning 13th February 2018


Sunday 18th February

St Mary’s Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

The Lomond Duo

Lee Holland (flute) and Sasha Savaloni (Guitar)

An exciting and varied recital inspired by dance and song from across the centuries


 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. The Electoral Synod reconvenes in Perth on the 24th February


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.

Ruth and Eric Dyer

We have enjoyed Ruth and Eric’s fellowship for some four years and so it is with regret we learn that they will shortly return to their roots in Somerset and a new home in Wells. They leave with our love and prayers for their future happiness.


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.


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

All housebound

Our Diocese and the quest for a new Bishop.

Ruth and Eric Dyer

St Andrew’s Rota

Flowers: n/a

Sides persons: Sandra, Hilary


St Mary’s Rota

Flowers n/a

Sides persons: Jamie Parker and David Miller


This week

Tuesday 13th February

17.00 Fellowship Group-Croftamie is postponed for this month


Wednesday 14th February

Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everlasting God,

you hate nothing that you have made

and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:

create and make in us new and contrite hearts

that we, worthily lamenting our sins

and acknowledging our wretchedness,

may receive from you, the God of all mercy,

perfect remission and forgiveness;

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 Holy Communion

19.30 Aberfoyle Taize Service with Holy Communion.


Sunday 18th February

The first Sunday of Lent


Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,

and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:

give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;

and, as you know our weakness,

so may we know your power to save;

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

Mark 1.9-15


10.00 Callander

Gen. 9.8-17

1.Peter 3.18-22

Mark 1.9-15


11.15 Aberfoyle

Gen. 9.8-17

1.Peter 3.18-22

Mark 1.9-15

15.00 Concert: see above


Wednesday 21st February

10.00 Callander

Luke 11.29-32


Future Dates


Saturday 24th February

10.00 Episcopal Synod reconvenes at Perth


Sunday 25th February

2nd Sunday of Lent


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

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


Sunday 11th March

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Mothering Sunday

Second and concluding Lent Group


Tuesday 13th March

Callander Vestry meets

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.