Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 23rd October 2017

Notices for week beginning 23rd October 2017 




Service Times Sunday 29th October

Next Sunday morning the clocks go back one hour so there is another hour in bed to be enjoyed before coming to church.


Road Closure Monday 23 to Friday 27 October 2017

A821 between the Rob Roy Hotel and Aberfoyle


Although this will not affect Sundays, the following may be of interest.

Stirling Council will be resurfacing this stretch of road on the Aberfoyle side of the roundabout.  

The closure times are:

9.00am – 10.30am
11.00am – 1.00pm
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Open periods will therefore be:

before 9am, 10.30-11am, 1-1.30pm and after 3.30pm.

St Mary’s Fundraising

Our thanks to the Forth Inn Aberfoyle which kindly organised a fund-raising event for us, making a sum of £50.00.


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’


St Andrew’s Rag Bag Collection

The next collection is due to beheld on Thursday 2nd November. Al Forrester is our contact.


Wednesday 1st November Dunblane Cathedral 19.30 – 21.30

Sally Magnusson speaks at Dunblane Cathedral about effective ways to support people living with dementia.

Sally Magnusson has a significant empathy and compassion for people living with dementia. She experienced, first-hand, the impact of the condition on a loved one, her mother. Her book, ‘Where memories go: why dementia changes everything’, is a poignant story of tears and laughter, reflecting the experience of her family in supporting their Mum as she was being increasingly affected by the symptoms of dementia.

A significant message of the book relates to the recognition of the impact of dementia, but it also offers an insight into effective opportunities for seeking out and celebrating precious moments of joy with people living with dementia.

Please let Richard know if this meeting might be of interest.

St Mary’s Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

The next concert takes place on Sunday 19th November where Gordon Ferries will perform a concert of lute and guitar music. Entry by donation

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.


For your prayers

Evelyn Nicolson

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

This week

 St Andrew’s Rota

Flowers: Ros

Readers and sides persons:





St Mary’s Rota

Flowers: Gill Brown

Readers and sides persons:

James Stirling

Melanie Grosse


Wednesday 25th October 2017

10.00 Callander

Luke 12.39-48


Sunday 29th October

Trinity 20

Dedication Festival

Almighty God,
to whose glory we celebrate the dedication
of this house of prayer:
we praise you for the many blessings
you have given to those who worship you here:
and we pray that all who seek you in this place may find you,
and, being filled with the Holy Spirit,
may become a living temple acceptable to you;
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

Neh. 8.1-4a,8-12

Col. 3.12-17

Matthew 21:12-16

11.15 Aberfoyle

Neh. 8.1-4a, 8-12

Col. 3.12-17

Matthew 21:12-16



Wednesday 1st November 2017

10.00 Callander

Matt. 5.1-12

11.30 Killearn

Matt. 5.1-12

Future Notices


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.     


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.