Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 19th March 2018

Notices for week beginning 19th March 2018 



British Summertime

 A reader has kindly pointed out that the clocks go forward an hour next Sunday the 25th March and not on the 1st April as previously stated. Thanks to the reader and apologies to all concerned. Never listen to what the Rector tells you.


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

This will take place at 19.00 on Wednesday 21st March (please note the earlier starting time than previously advertised) at Orchardlea Main Street Callander. Could you please advise Hilary Gunkel (01877 330798 or email if you are intending to come? Refreshment will be served prior to the talk.

St Andrews

Notice is given that an Extraordinary Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday 1st April immediately following the conclusion of the Morning Service starting at 10.00. The purpose of the meeting will be to formally adopt a new Constitution for St Andrew’s Church and the consent of the congregation will be given or otherwise by show of hands. A draft of the Constitution will be circulated, and paper copies made available for inspection in church prior to the meeting.

St Andrew’s

World Day of Prayer

Sandra Connell writes:

Unfortunately, due to adverse weather conditions, the World Day of Prayer service at St.Joseph’s on 2nd March had to be cancelled. The service this year was written by the Christian women of Suriname in South America. A collection is normally taken at the service. This year, the donations will be used to support Christian Societies, which have projects in Suriname, as well as Feed the Minds and the Bible Society. St Joseph’s, Callander Kirk and St. Andrew’s have decided to go ahead with a collection. Therefore, the offering on Sunday 25th March will be donated to the World Day of Prayer. There will be copies of the World Day of Prayer service booklets( which contain interesting facts about Suriname) in church, available for anyone to take away.

St. Mary’s

Proposed new hymn books

Some time ago, an offer of new hymn books was received from an anonymous donor. The donor makes this offer in the belief that younger visitors or regular worshippers attending our services are far more likely to be impressed by singing at least some more modern hymns. The offer is to provide 50 copies for everyday worship, and these would replace our existing 3 hymn books.

The acceptance of this gift is a two-stage process. The first stage is consideration within the Vestry, but under Canon Law Vestry needs to demonstrate that, if it desires any change to the form or conduct of worship, it has conducted a consultation within the congregation. In other words, no change can be made without the express consent of the congregation. The culmination of this second stage will be a ballot of the congregation which will be held at the Annual Meeting of the parish scheduled for the 9th December to accept, or not, these new hymnbooks.

St Mary’s Vestry has for the past eighteen months been considering this generous offer and has carefully considered three publications. Two were rejected as not adequately reflecting the worshipping tradition of St Mary’s. The third, being the book now proposed, found some favour. It is a new edition of our present Ancient and Modern hymnbook and is exactly the same size and appearance as our present book. There are about 500 new hymns which will replace about 200 which are removed. In addition, the words of some hymns in this hymnbook have been altered to correspond with present day liturgical thinking.

To give the congregation a better idea of the ‘flavour’ of the proposed book prior to the ballot, one hymn not presently contained in our existing hymnbook will be sung from a Sampler at every service between Sunday 8th April and Sunday 30th November. Vestry members will welcome feedback from the congregation during that period.

For your prayers

Evelyn Nicolson

Mary Bates

Joan and John Dymond

Amanda Smith

Cath Adie

All housebound

Our Diocese and the quest for a new Bishop.

St Andrew’s Rota

Flowers: n/a

Sides persons: Ros and Fiona


St Mary’s Rota

Flowers n/a

Sides persons:

Robin and John Willis


Wednesday 21st March

10.00 Callander

John 8.31-42


19.00 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

Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love towards the human race

sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to take upon him our flesh

and to suffer death upon the cross:

grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;

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  

Isa. 50.4-9a

Phil. 2.5-11

Matthew 21:1-13


11.15 Aberfoyle

Isa. 50.4-9a

Phil. 2.5-11

Matthew 21:1-13




19.00 Killearn Kirk

Strathendrick Singers Concert

Faure’s Requiem and Magnificat by John Rutter

Tickets £10 (under 16s free) from choir members, at the door, or email


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

8.00 St Anthony Balfron Holy Communion BCP

10.00 St Andrews

11.15 St Mary’s


Future Notices


15.00 Sunday 15th April

St Mary’s Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

Edinburgh Renaissance Band

Ever wondered what the sound of a crumhorn is? What does a shawm look like? And what is the difference between a sliding trumpet and a sackbutt? This concert will answer all these questions and more!


19.30 Saturday 28th April

Holy Trinity Church Albert Place Stirling FK8 2QL

Artlink central

Art Exhibition and refreshments including a musical performance.

Special guests

Crawford Logan Master of Ceremonies

Kenneth Reid Tenor

Penelope Cousland mezzo soprano

Nick Morris bass

Tim Dean accompanist

Tickets available from 01786 450971


Saturday 9th June

St Mary’s Summer Fair

Tourist Information Centre Aberfoyle


Sunday 10th June

Linkage Songs of Praise

Detail to follow.


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.