Monthly Archives: August 2015

Pew leaflet 30th August 2015

Sunday 30th August 2015  Trinity 13


READINGS: Deuteronomy 4: 1 –2, 6—9 (P. 182) ; James 1:17—27 (P. 1213);   Mark 7: 1—8, 14—15, 21 – 23   (P.1010).

HYMNS: A&M 163, 249, 115, 428.

PREACHER : The Revd. Canon Cynthia Dowdle.

Cynthia will talk about the first woman to be ordained in the Anglican Communion , Florence LeiTim-Oi, and share something of her own experience of ministry at Liverpool Cathedral.

Wednesday 2nd September 2015

11.30 Killearn

Luke 4: 38—end (P.1031)

Monday 7th September

Monday Club at Gartmore House. This s a club open to more senior members of St. Mary’s parish. The format will be arrival at 11.00 with tea and coffee, followed by entertainment and lunch for a cost of £3.50. Transport can be provided as necessary. For further details contact Richard.

10.00—16.00 Saturday 12th September and 11.00—16.00 Sunday 13th September.

 St. Andrews Open Door weekend.

This event is being run in conjunction with Stirling City Council’s Open Doors project. This will allow both locals and those from

further afield to view St. Andrew’s Church.   Callander Chimes will perform in church at 11.00 and at midday. Hopefully Callander Brass will be there in the afternoon.   Refreshments will be served all day. The Open Day will also provide a flavour of the Callander Railway Festival which is to take place on the 26th and 27th

September. Two ‘O’ Gauge model railway layouts will operate in the Hall on the Saturday.

Tuesday 15th September

Dunblane Area Council meets at St. Saviours, Bridge of Allan. The speaker is the Revd. Thomas Brauer, Diocesan Missioner ‘Our Mission in Christ: imaginative understanding and creative practice for mission’.

Sunday 20th September

16.30 St. Ninians Cathedral, Perth

Richard will be installed as Synod Clerk and Canon of the Cathedral during evensong.

Friday 25th September—Sunday 27th September

Callander Railway Anniversary Weekend

For information see www. Incallander,co,uk

Saturday 26th September.           

Lucy Moore of Messy Church fame is coming to our diocese to lead a one-day workshop.

Saturday 28th November

This December world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming. Join hundreds of thousand of people will be marching for climate action—including people of Edinburgh.

 Nicky’s Adventure

I always wanted to be a farmer. My mother was horrified. She came from Lancashire where farming was seen as poor man’s work and certainly not for girls. And that was the end of that.

But I still wanted to be a farmer.

In 1980 my husband and I bought a small-holding with two fields— room for a small flock of sheep and some cows. Mr. Brown was a local farmer who had grazed his cows in one of our fields and asked if he could continue to do so when we came into residence. I was delighted. When the cows were not in my field I would go over to Mr. Brown’s farm and see them there. Many were the balmy evenings when the two of us hung over a gate and he told me the pedigrees of each animal –   they were his family.

To breed from these cattle he needed a bull of a different breed and his chosen Sire was a Simmental. A massive, craggy strong-looking animal whom he adored.   Nicky was his name and it was insisted I go into his pen and stroke him ”He’s as gentle as a babe – he’ll no hurt ye” he would say. His legs were like tree trunks and he breathed hard through his nose……………… But I was assured he was as gentle as a lamb.

One evening, Farmer Brown told me, Nicky had escaped from his pen and Farmer Brown had no idea where he had gone, So armed with a stick and one of his dogs, he set off down the country road outside his farm with a halter and a torch. He was not worried because he knew that Nicky would follow him when he eventually caught up with him, and it was a nice evening for a walk. He just hoped Nicky hadn’t got as far as the main road.

Farmer Brown had gone quite far, when he heard cars coming towards him up the road so he jumped out into the middle of the road and waved his torch to stop the vehicles. They pulled up and four policemen jumped out. “What are you doing” they asked him “shining your torch into people’s faces? “ “I just wanted to stop you” replied Farmer Brown, I’m looking for one of my beasts and I didn’t want you to run into it and harm it”.

What kind of beast would that be?” they asked. “It’s my bull” replied Farmer Brown , and had a bit of a laugh to himself when the policemen dashed back to the safety of their car and turned for home. He then continued with his search for his wandering bull. Further down the road, he found him—grazing on the roadside herbiage. He put a halter on him and led him back to the farm where he seemed quite grateful to have his usual food waiting for him.

Farmer Brown had good exercise that evening because he had to go back and retrieve his car once he’d got Nicky well settled.

And I bet the policemen enjoyed embroidering the story to their friends later on.

Farmer Brown had an ambition for Nicky – to be Champion bull at the Royal Highland Show. He just missed that, but was runner– up which pleased Farmer Brown very much. “There’s always next year” he would say.

But sadly there wasn’t.

.My farmer friend died that winter and Nicky was adopted by another local farmer who just used him for his routine role in a farmyard ; he never saw another showground.


I missed Farmer Brown and our gate-leanings – perhaps he met his Nicky in heaven sometime. I do hope so.


 [I wanted to put a picture of a lovely bull in here, but, sadly, clip art doesn’t run to bulls and even less to cows, so I’m afraid you will just have to imagine it!! Apologies]

Simmentals originated in Switzerland with a history going back to the Middle Ages.   It is a very old breed.

They are quite docile and even tempered, so Nicky was true to his breed.






Pew Leaflet 16th August 2015

ST. MARY’S , ABERFOYLE 16th August 2015 Trinity 11

The Feast of St Laurence Deacon and Martyr

8.00 Balfron
John 6: 51—58
11.15 Aberfoyle
HYMNS: A&M 207, 200 omit vv.5 and 6, 235 omit v.2, On sheet.
READINGS: Proverbs 9: 1 –6 (P.642; Ephesians 5: 15—20 (P. 1176);
John 6: 51—58 (P.1071).

Saturday 29th August
19.30 at McLaren High School
Dance to the sound of an 18 piece band featuring music from Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and many more, with professional dancing
display. Bar facilities. Proceeds in aid of the Callander churches.
Tickets £10: now available from Richard.

Sunday 30th August
11.15 Preacher at St. Mary’s : The Revd. Canon Cynthia Dowdle,
Canon Residentiary of Liverpool Cathedral.

Monday 7th September
Monday Club at Gartmore House. A club open to more senior members of St. Mary’s parish. Arrive at 11.00, enjoy tea or coffee, entertainment and lunch. Cost £3.50 Transport available if necessary. For further details contact Richard.

Tuesday 15th September
Dunblane Area Council meets at St. Saviour’s, Bridge of Allan. The speaker is the Revd. Thomas Brauer, Diocesan Missioner
‘ Our Mission in Christ’: imaginative understanding and creative
practice for mission’.

Sunday 20th September
16.30 St. Ninian’s Cathedral , Perth
Richard will be installed as Synod Clerk and Canon of the Cathedral during evensong. Details to follow.

Friday 25th September – Sunday 27th September
Preliminary notice: Callander Railway Anniversary Weekend
Saturday September 26th and Sunday 27th: Railway Festival

Saturday 26th September
Preliminary Notice: Lucy Moore of Messy church fame is coming to our diocese to lead a one day workshop. This workshop is not about Messy Church per se, but will explore how to be church for families with young children, and worship in all-age contexts. We will explore themes of children’s spirituality, the unique ministry and worship needs of families, and how to think about making the experience of church welcoming to families with children. Lucy is an internationally known presenter, worship leader, and author, and has influenced thousands of churches globally in their ministry with children and families. Details to follow.

Friday 2nd October
Linkage Harvest Supper – not to be missed!!

Saturday 3rd October
St. Andrew’s: The wedding of Stacey Adamson to Chris Brown

Sunday 4th October Harvest Festivals


My Little Auntie Annie
Little Aunt Annie was not more than 4 feet tall. Her mother had died giving birth to her and she was passed over to my mother’s mother (who already had had seven children) to raise.
She was a dear little person and took her role as Aunt to her adopted
sisters’ children very seriously. My own sister and myself were included in that.
For birthdays and at Christmas we each received through the post a very, very large box which, on being opened, contained a slightly smaller box, which on opening, contained a bit smaller box and so on ad infinitum until something akin to the size of a matchbox appeared which, on opening, contained a small brooch or a few sweeties.. For all the other presents we received, nothing else quite took the pride of place that Auntie Annie’s box did.
She was unique, turning up for funerals dressed as for a wedding in her Sunday best, and at eleven o’clock every morning would turn up at her local adopted sisters’ house for coffee. A creature of habit, when the two sisters died, she still turned up at their house and the new owner’s, being made aware of her habit, would give her a cup of coffee and then send her on her way.

Kind and thoughtful, she was loved by all, and when in older age, her memory ceased to function , all who knew her accepted the fact , and adapted to her needs.

Little Auntie Annie loved her God, deeply; and I know He loved her. Brave, kind, tolerant and generous, she ploughed her little furrow and left behind her a memory of acceptance and endeavour. Her adopted sisters tried to widen her outlook by giving her novels to read. “How did you get on with the book?” they would ask her. “Eee, it were lovely,” she would say in her Lancashire voice. “What did you like about it?” they would ask. “Green it was”, she would reply, referring to the colour of the cover, and that was all they got.

She lived into her eighties, becoming a sort of mascot in the Home that she eventually went to and being much mourned by all who knew her.
I imagine she was much welcomed by her God and we very much missed her mystery boxes.
presents every Christmas.

Robert Burns said “Guid gear gangs in sma’ bulk” and that sure was Auntie Annie.


Answers for last week’s quiz

1.Deuteronomy 32:10
The Apple of my Eye
2.1 Corinthians 9:22
Be All Things To All Men
3.Isaiah 2:4
To Beat Swords into Ploughshares
4.Acts 20: 35
It’s Better to Give than Receive
5. Matthew 15:14
The Blind Leading the Blind
6. Matthew 7:6
Cast Pearls before Swine
7. 1 Peter 4:8
Cover a Multitude of Sins
8. Luke 6: 31
Do as You would be Done by
9. John 20: 24—9
A Doubting Thomas
10. Job 19:20
Escape by the Skin of One’s Teeth