Rectors Bulletin week beginning 8th February 2016

St Mary’s Aberfoyle & St Andrew’s Callander


Richard Grosse Rector




St Mary’s Stewardship Initiative

St Mary’s is presently running with a deficit which naturally causes Vestry members a good deal of concern. For this reason, a Stewardship Initiative is shortly to be launched. A letter will shortly be received by members of St Mary’s congregation setting out the current financial position in greater detail.

Energy Costs

As part of the campaign, The Vestry is scrutinizing expenditure of which the second largest item is St. Mary’s energy consumption. Advice is being sought about more efficient means of heating and the possibility of grant aid to defray the cost of any improved system

Summer Fair

Members of Vestry have also been considering fund-raising activity. Apart from development of the now well-established concerts, a Summer Fair is being considered for either the 18th or 25th June. Obviously a number of volunteers will be required with assistance and bright ideas. If you feel you might assist, could you please be in touch with Christopher Roads, Susan Forsyth or Richard as quickly as possible?

Wednesday 10th February 2016 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 Sung Holy Communion for Ash Wednesday

John 8:1-11

19.30 Aberfoyle Taize Worship with Holy Communion

John 8:1-11

Saturday 13th February

Callander Filling Station meeting,

Duncan Cullens will be speaking and leading worship. The meeting starts at 6.30pm in the Deli Ecosse, Ancaster Square with tea / coffee and cake. Donations for the cost of the evening welcome.

The Filling Station  – Callander now has a Facebook page

Sunday 14th February 2016 1st Sunday of Lent

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

Deut. 26:1-11

Rom. 10:8b-13

Luke 4:1-13

11.15 Aberfoyle

Deut. 26:1-11

Rom. 10:8b-13

Luke 4:1-13

Future Notices

Lent Groups 2016

Unravelling the Old Testament

Who was Abraham? Why did the twelve tribes of Israel march through the desert for forty years? Who was Samuel and why did the people of Israel come to him? Who wrote the psalms? Do all the psalms say the same? How did the Old Testament influence Handel the 18th century composer? All will be revealed in the Lenten Study Groups comprising a series of illustrated sessions about the Old Testament


12.30 Sundays 21st and 28th February at St Mary’s Aberfoyle

19.30 Mondays 22nd and 29th February Callander Kirk Hall

Bishop’s Lent Appeal

Details of this appeal are at and

Friday 4th March World Day of Prayer

14.00 Callander Kirk

Sunday 6th March

Mothering Sunday