Linkage Bulletin for week beginning 20th March 2017

Notices for week beginning 20th March 2017 



Sunday 26th March

British Summer Time begins and the clocks go forward one hour: ie one less hour in bed!


Episcopal Election

How does the process of selection function? The following resume has been provided by the SEC Provincial Office
‘When a bishop retires or resigns, the Bishopric (or See) becomes vacant. The process for finding and electing a new bishop normally takes about six months. It involves initially the preparation of a short-list of candidates and then an election by representatives of the Diocese in question.

The process begins within 21 days of the vacancy arising, by the Primus issuing a Mandate for an election.

A Preparatory Committee for the Episcopal Election is appointed. It comprises representatives of the Diocese in question but also a number of members drawn from outside the Diocese to represent the wider Scottish Episcopal Church. The Preparatory Committee publicly invites nominations for the vacancy, receives applications, conducts interviews and draws up a short-list of names of candidates for the vacant bishopric. The list must have a minimum of three names and a maximum of five names.

If for any reason the Preparatory Committee is unable to come up with a list of at least three names it must explain to the Electoral Synod (comprising both clergy and lay members of the Diocese in question) the reasons for this and it may then be given further time. If, after this additional time, the Preparatory Committee still fails to publish a short-list the election process is declared void and must be re-started with a fresh mandate.

Once a short-list is agreed it is made public but all other aspects of the election process are confidential. The Electoral Synod meets with each of the short-listed candidates. There is then a period of reflection of up to two weeks, after which the Electoral Synod meets again and votes to elect the new Bishop.

The name of the elected candidate is announced publicly and thereafter arrangements begin for his or her consecration and installation as bishop. This normally takes around three to four months’.

St Mary’s Summer Fair 17th June

Susan Forsyth asks that you publicise this event as widely as possible and its date Saturday 17th June. We are particularly interested in offering potential stallholders spaces for the day.


Dates for your diaries now

Bishop David’s last visit to the Linkage

This will take place on Sunday 28th May. To mark the occasion, there will be a joint service at St Mary’s starting at 11.15. There will be no service at St Andrew’s that day. Transport from Callander will be provided: please see Richard if you require a lift


Linkage Harvest Supper Friday 29th September at Callander


St Andrews Christmas Fair Saturday 11th November


Easter Lily funds

Carol Seymour, the flower rota convenor at St Mary’s writes

‘The flower ladies give their time and flowers over the years to make St Mary’s look cheerful.  I feel sorry that it is mostly them who donate to the lily fund and hope others can be kind and donate to support the flower ladies who do so much at Easter, Christmas, Harvest Festival making the church look wonderful

Any extra money will be kept for buying Oasis, candles at Christmas and the Advent wreath and only this year the Easter Eggs which can be safely kept for another year’.


Heather Swaine the convenor at St Andrew’s will also welcome similar donations in the box at the back of church for that purpose.

For your prayers


Those in hospital: Rozzie and Jamie Parker’s granddaughter recovering from surgery


Those recovering from operations – Elizabeth Roads and John Champness


For members of the Preparatory Committee for the Diocesan Episcopal Election

St Andrew’s Rota

Readers and sides persons:

Roslynn Grant

Roger Bradley


St Mary’s Rota

Readers and sides persons:

John Dymond

Jamie Parker


Sunday 26th March

The fourth Sunday of Lent

Mothering Sunday

God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
to bind together and to heal;
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  

1.Sam. 16.1-13

Eph. 5.8-14

Luke 2 : 33 – 35


11.15 Aberfoyle

1.Sam. 16.1-13

Eph. 5.8-14

Luke 2 : 33 – 35


Sunday 26th March   7pm   Killearn Kirk

Strathendrick Singers 40th Anniversary Concert

To celebrate 40 years of singing, the choir will be performing Carl Orff’s dramatic cantata Carmina Burana, and the premiere of a new work written specially for the choir by Aran Browning, a very talented young graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Tickets £10 from choir members, at the door, or email


Wednesday 29th March 2017

10.00 Callander

John 5.17-30

Future Notices


Sunday 2nd April

Passion Sunday

Aberfoyle Lent Course resumes

Sunday 9th April

Palm Sunday – Holy Week begins

The services from Monday to Thursday of this week are led by members of the Callander Council of Churches

Monday 10th April

19.30 Devotion at Callander Kirk

Tuesday 11th April

19.30 Devotion at Callander Kirk

Wednesday 12th April

19.30 Devotion at Callander Kirk

Thursday 13th April

Maundy Thursday

11.00 Chrism Mass Eucharist – St Ninian’s Cathedral Perth

19.30 at St Andrews

‘In Remembrance’ A dramatized re-enactment of the Last Supper.

Friday 14th April

Good Friday

10.30 Devotion St Mary’s

Preacher Margie Stephen

12.00 Devotion St Andrew’s

Sunday 16th April

Easter Day

8.00 Aberfoyle Kirk Easter Day Service: meet Kinlochard Village Hall followed by refreshments

8.00 St Anthony Balfron Holy Communion said BCP

10.00 St Andrew’s Holy Communion

11.15 St Mary’s Holy Communion.

Saturday 22nd April

10.00 -15.50

Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering and AGM

Burnside, Blairbeth Church 2 Church Avenue Rutherglen Glasgow

G73 5BX

Further information

Tuesday 25th April 2017

Commencing 18.30

Seminar Double Bill:
The Charity Trustees’ Toolkit
The Role of the Charity Chair
Accredited Specialist in Charity Law, Colin Liddell, and Charity Law Solicitor, Sarah Rennie, will be hosting their Annual Seminar for Charity Trustees and Charity Managers at The Soutar Theatre at the AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth
The evening will be split into two sessions:

‘The Charity Trustees’ Toolkit’  In the first session, from 6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m., Colin and Sarah will cover a variety of topics including the process for Trustee selection, Risk Management together with recent changes and current issues.

‘The Role of the Charity Chair’  In the second session, from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m., Colin will cover a subject which is relevant to all Trustees and not just Chairs, or Vice-Chairs, in order to understand the Chair’s role and challenges.

There will of course also be the usual Q & A session after each session and a short refreshment break in between.

Places are £10 per person for either or both sessions and all proceeds will be donated to this year’s nominated charity PKVAS, Scottish Charity Number SC005561

If you would like to attend, please contact to request a Booking Form.

There are a limited number of spaces and bookings will be dealt with on a first-paid, first-served basis.
Saturday 27th May

Casting the Net Gathering

Sunday 25th June

18.00 Farewell Service for Bishop David at Perth Cathedral

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.

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.