Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 13th June 2016

Notices for the week beginning 13th June



Linkage Outing

Details for the trip on Thursday 14th July have now been finalised: see below.

 Saturday 18th June

Please try to support at least one of the three events occurring in The Linkage this Saturday

General Synod

James Gardner and myself as lay and clergy representatives respectively attended Synod in Edinburgh last week. The meeting was dominated by debate regarding the proposed amendment of Canon 31 that defines the Scottish Episcopal Church’s understanding of the meaning of marriage.

Presently the first words of subsection 1 of the Canon read

‘The Doctrine of this Church is that marriage is a physical spiritual and mystical union of one man and one woman…..’

Following a secret ballot within Synod, the passing of the first reading of the draft of the proposed amended Canon deleted such words. The second reading of this amended Canon will take place at General Synod 2017.  Should the amendment pass, the effect will be to allow the marriage of a same sex couple within a church wedding service. No cleric however will be obliged to conduct such a service against their conscience.

The Scottish Episcopal Church is a part of the Anglican Communion The 38 leaders or senior Bishops of the Communion gathered at a ‘Primates Meeting’ at the beginning of the year. Those present expressed a desire to ‘walk together’ However, the Episcopal Church of the United States, having previously agreed to change its Canons to allow Same Sex Marriage, was at the meeting excluded from the decision making process of the Communion for a period of three years. Should the process of amendment of the Scottish Episcopal Canon regarding marriage be completed, it appears that our church will be obliged to accept similar exclusion.

These are extremely difficult and sensitive issues. My explanation serves merely as an outline of developments.  For those interested, I will endeavor over the next weeks to point in the direction of more informed opinion as and when it appears.

Tuesday 14th June

17.00 Fellowship Group

Wednesday 15th June

10.00 Callander

Matt. 6:1-6,16-18

Saturday 18th June  St Mary’s Summer Fete – Noon until 16.00 at Aberfoyle Tourist Office

All Welcome

Stalls:   Crafts, Art, Pottery, Produce, Baking, Plants, Lucky Dip, etc.

Please contribute to the Church Table, Lucky Dip etc by donating -preserves, bottles, and non-perishables.  Collection baskets will be at the back of the Church.     Contacts:  Melanie Grosse or Susan Forsyth There are posters at the back of church for display: please take one. Many thanks to those who have donated over the past few days.

St Andrew’s Charity Concert 15.00 Saturday 18th June

Callander Chorale presents ‘Music for a Summer Afternoon’ at 15.00 in aid of Strathcarron Hospice. Tickets £5.00 with school-age children free at St Andrew’s Church.

St Mary’s Scottish Fiddle Concert 19.30 Saturday 18th June 

Alastair Savage and his friends return following the very successful concert last April. These are wonderful musicians, so we do hope that you will be able to come and hear them. The Line up is likely to include Alastair Savage on Fiddle, Euan Drysdale on guitar and piano, Iain Crawford on double bass, Eddie McGuire on flute and Ewan Robertson on whistle and piccolo.

Tickets will be £10

Further details from Mark Seymour or book at

Sunday 19th June 2016 – Trinity 4

 O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
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

Luke 8:26-39

 10.00 Callander

Psalm 22:19-28

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

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

10.00 Callander

Matt. 7:15-20

Saturday 25th June

St Andrews

13.30 The wedding of Helen Barry to Sandy Robson

Sunday 26th June

Carol and Mark’s garden at Thorntree Arnprior FK8 3EY will be open between 14.00 and 17.00 in aid of Gardens Scotland charities and the Driving for the Disabled Group at Carronbridge

Wednesday 6th July

No midweek service at St Andrew’s – Richard away

Saturday 9th July

Blessing of Marriage Denise Harrington and Geoffrey Burns

Thursday 14th July

Linkage Outing to Dunkeld and Birnam

Pick up at Aberfoyle at 9.00 and Callander 9.30.

The day starts with coffee and biscuits at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel, followed by a guided tour of Dunkeld Cathedral which will last about 50 minutes. After a leisurely lunch we will drive to Birnam and visit the Art Centre and Beatrix Potter Garden before starting off back to Callander and Aberfoyle at 3 pm. Cost £10.00 per head. Bookings please to Hilary Gunkel 01877 330798 or

Friday 15th July

19.30 Aberfoyle Vestry meets

Saturday 23rd July

St Mary’s – The wedding of Fiona Brown to William Findlay

Sunday 31st July

St Mary’s

The Annual Camp service of the Manchester Church Lads and Girls Brigade

Saturday 27th August

St Mary’s The wedding of Cara Denholm to Craig Duff

Saturday 10th September

St Mary’s Blessing of Marriage

St Andrew’s Wedding

Sunday 11th September

St Andrew’s

14.00 – 16.00 Stirling Council Open Doors weekend

Tuesday 13th September

Area Council meets at Auchterarder

Saturday 24th September

St Andrews The wedding of Leanne Stevenson to Wayne Johnson

Friday 7th October

At St Andrew’s Linkage Harvest Supper

Sunday 9th October

Harvest Festivals