Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 29 October 2018

Notices for the week beginning 29th October


The Consecration of Bishop Ian.


Margie Stephen writes…

‘I was fortunate to attend the Consecration of our new Bishop Ian last Saturday at St Ninian`s cathedral. On arrival I received a warm welcome from young James who sings in their choir. It was an uplifting occasion with lovely singing supported by two choirs and a wonderful organ. Music for the Eucharist was written by James Macmillan.

Bishop Ian has come from Old St Pauls in Edinburgh so was known by a number of clergy including our former Primus Dr Richard Holloway who gave us a thought provoking sermon. He used the very last chapter of St Johns gospel for his theme, comparing the discipleship of the petulant but lovable Peter, with young John who was also devoted to his Master, and was brave enough to witness the crucifixion and subsequently wrote his profound gospel. They were very different. But, in spite of their inherently different character traits, they were able to use them to good effect. The Primus argued that we are all on this spectrum, with shortcomings and different abilities and gifts but do we use them faithfully as we should in spite of our failings?

The liturgy of ordination followed the above, preceded by the hymn “Come Holy Ghost our souls inspire” sung kneeling as a prayer. Then the anointing with oil took place followed by the giving of symbolic gifts of the Ring, Cross, Mitre, Bible , and Pastoral staff, reminding me of similarities with the Coronation of our Queen, seen on TV.

Altogether this was a memorable and inspiring occasion. We look forward to welcoming Bishop Ian to The Linkage in due course’.


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 Andrews

Callander Kirk Guild Open Meeting

14.00 Thursday 15th November

The Guild have invited members of Callander congregation to this meeting. The speaker will be Doug Scott from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. Please inform Sandra if you wish to attend.


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 Carol Service with rehearsals taking place at 16.00 at St Mary’s every week from Sunday 28th October.

We are also looking, as usual, for anyone else to take part in a scratch choir for the Carol Service. There will be a rehearsal on Saturday 15th December (time tbc) and another short rehearsal before the service on Sunday 16th December. 

If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, please contact Mary-Clare:

01360 441007 or via email:

Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

Last Sunday’s concert was well attended and appreciated. The next, on the 16th November promises to be memorable with the visit of the St Petersburg Resurrection Choir. We are indebted to those who make these concerts possible.

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 31st October 2018

10.00 Callander

Luke 13.22-30

This week


Callander Sandra, Hilary

Aberfoyle David Miller and Julie Edmonstone


Sunday 4th November

The fourth Sunday before Advent

Theme: All Saints and All Souls



O Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord: Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which thou hast prepared for them that unfeignedly love thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Services & Readings

10.00 Callander


Heb. 9.11-14

Matthew 5:1-12


11.15 Aberfoyle

Deut. 6.1-9

Heb. 9.11-14

Matthew 5:1-12


Wednesday 7th November 2018

10.00 Callander

Luke 14.25-33

11.30 Killearn

Luke 14.25-33

Future Notices

Saturday 10th November

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair: see above.

Sunday 11th November

Remembrance Sunday

Details of timings etc to be advised, but

No service at St Marys 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 Marys 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.