Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 22nd October 2018

Notices for the week beginning 22nd October


The clocks move back one hour this coming weekend.


St Andrew’s Christmas Fair

10.00 Saturday 10th November at Callander Kirk Hall

We are seeking donations of tombola and raffle prizes and there is a box at the back of church for that purpose. It would be of great assistance in planning for the day if gifts could be given in good time: thank you for your support.


St Mary’s Carol Service

Sunday 16th December

Please note that St Mary’s Carol Service will start at 16.00 and not 15.00 as previously published

Mary-Clare is hoping to form a Children’s choir for the service with rehearsals taking place at 16.00 at St Mary’s every week from Sunday 28th October Please contact Mary-Clare direct


St Mary’s Church Heating

For some time now, the Vestry led by Christopher and Nick, has been considering making St Mary’s a warmer place to worship but at a more modest consumption of electricity. In 2015 for example, the cost of heating amounted to approximately £2,500 per annum.

Three possible solutions have been examined. These are detailed on a story board at the back of church. Two of the possibilities were later discarded leaving the third option as the suggested project. The reasons for choosing the option are detailed on the board.

The Vestry is now poised to apply to the Diocese to seek permission for this option to be pursued. However, it is anxious to be assured that before application is made, the congregation is supportive of the steps taken and the choice made. In particular, the Vestry is anxious to be reassured that the proposed ‘chandelier’ heater/light to be placed above the transept is in favour.

If anyone has queries or constructive comment, would this please be made known to Christopher or Nick before the 1st December? In the absence of any communication beyond that date, the Vestry will regard the matter as agreed by the congregation and proceed for Diocesan permission accordingly. Richard records his profound thanks for the time and effort taken by Christopher and Nick over this project.

 St Mary’s Annual Meeting

The Annual General Meeting on the 9th December will commence with a secret ballot to determine whether the new proposed hymnbook should be introduced. The background to the matter has already been well-documented and the new material offered by the book has been trialled each Sunday since Easter by means of the Sampler supplementary hymnbook. An explanation about the proposed book is contained in the preface to the Sampler.

Time constraints will prevent further discussion of this matter at the Annual Meeting. There is little possibility of the congregation being of common mind: personal choice is therefore best expressed by means of the ballot paper. Should though you have a particular query about the proposed book, please inform Richard in writing and in good time before the meeting. The ballot motion will be “Do you accept the offer of a new hymnbook?” The teller of the Ballot will be Mark, who will forfeit his right to vote. The result will be made known at the close of the meeting.

This week

Wednesday 24th October 2018

10.00 Callander

Luke 12.39-48

Sunday 28th October

22nd Sunday after Trinity


Theme: ‘A sermon in a frame’


Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

Isa. 28.14-16

Eph. 2.19-end

John 8:12 and Rev 3:20

11.15 Aberfoyle

Isa. 28.14-16

Eph. 2.19-end

John 8:12 and Rev 3:20


16.30 Diocesan Choral Evensong in St Ninian’s Cathedral. This will be an opportunity for everyone throughout the diocese to come and welcome and meet our new Bishop, Ian Paton.

This is an open invitation to all members of congregations who would like to attend.


Wednesday 31st October 2018

10.00 Callander

Luke 13.22-30


Saturday 10th November

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair: see above.

Sunday 11th November

Remembrance Sunday

No service at St Mary’s that day

Sunday 18th November

15.00 Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

The St Petersburg Resurrection Choir

Sunday 2nd December

10.00 St Andrews Annual Parish Meeting

11.15 Linkage Advent Service at St Andrew’s

No service at St Mary’s that day

 Sunday 9th December

St Mary’s following the 11.15 morning service-Annual Parish Meeting

Sunday 16th December

16.00 St Mary’s Carol Service

18.30 St Andrews Town Carol Service.

Friday 21st December

11.30 at St Mary’s

Aberfoyle School Carol Service

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.