Linkage Bulletin for week commencing 2nd December 2019 with St Marys’ AGM Agenda

Notices for the week beginning 2nd December until Christmas Eve

Service timetable for December

Sunday 8th December

Normal timetable

Sunday 15th December

8.00 Balfron Holy Communion

10.00 No service at Callander

11.15 Holy Communion Aberfoyle

18.30 Carol Service at Callander

Sunday 22nd December

10.00 Holy Communion Callander

No service at Aberfoyle

16.00 Aberfoyle Carol Service


Mary Bates writes ‘Loch Lomond and Trossachs 2020 Calendar is now available, featuring for the first time, St Mary’s in the December picture. A kitchen calendar with a tear-off postcard plus a recipe for each month, it is great value for money at £3.50 each – or £3 each if you buy 2 or more. Available at St Mary’s (supplies are in my car boot!) or contact me by email at and I can arrange delivery – within reason. A donation for each calendar sold through the church will be made to the Linkage’.

Diocesan Newsletter

The Diocesan Newsletter is available online via the Diocesan Website   The front page near the bottom allows the addition of your email address.  Once this has been entered, your details you will be added to the mailing list.

Christmas Service Readers – St Mary’s

Volunteers are required please for sides persons/readers for the Midnight Service and Christmas Day. Names to Richard, please.


Sunday 8th December


John Champness


Judith and Christopher Poulton

Sunday 15th December


No morning service


Elizabeth and Christopher Roads

Sunday 22nd December


Luna Faulds- Baird


No morning service

Wednesday 4th Dec

10.00 Callander

11.30  Killearn


Sunday 8th December

Advent 2

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power

and come among us,

and with great might succour us;

that whereas, through our sins and wickedness

we are grievously hindered

in running the race that is set before us,

your bountiful grace and mercy

may speedily help and deliver us;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honour and glory, now and for ever.

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

Isa. 11.1-10

Rom. 15.4-13

Matt. 3.1-12

11.15 Aberfoyle

Isa. 11.1-10

Rom. 15.4-13

Matt. 3.1-12

following the morning service at 11.15, St Mary’s Annual Parish Meeting. The Agenda is at the foot of this Post

16.30 Diocesan Advent Carol Service at the Cathedral 

19.00 Gartmore Village Hall

Strathendrick Singers Christmas concert

The concert will feature Britten’s Ceremony of Carols as well the usual favourites for all to sing along.

Festive refreshments will be provided in the interval

Tickets (£10, £3 for children) at the door or from choir members

Contact Amy Anderson at or Colin Cameron at

Tuesday 10th December

17.00 Croftamie – Fellowship Group

Wednesday 11th December

10.00 Callander

Matt. 11.28-end

Sunday 15th December

Advent 3


O Lord Jesus Christ,

who at your first coming sent your messenger

to prepare your way before you:

grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries

may likewise so prepare and make ready your way

by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,

that at your second coming to judge the world

we may be found an acceptable people in your sight;

for you are alive and reign with the Father

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


8.00 Balfron

Matthew 11:2-11

10.00 Callander

No morning service

11.15 Aberfoyle

Isaiah 35:1-10

James 5:7-10

Matthew 11:2-11

18.30 St Andrews Carol Service

19.00 Killearn Kirk

Strathendrick Singers Christmas concert

As above

Wednesday 18th December

Matthew 1:18-24

Thursday 19th December

14.15 St Joseph’s Callander

Christmas respite with music, readings meditation and prayer

All welcome

Sunday 22nd December

Advent 4


God our redeemer,

who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary

to be the mother of your Son:

grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,

so we may be ready to greet him

when he comes again as our judge;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


10.00 Callander

Isaiah 7:10-16

Romans 1:1-7

Matthew 1:18 – end

11.15 Aberfoyle

No morning service

16.00 St Mary’s Carol Service

Future Notices

Tuesday 24th December

Christmas Eve

23.30 Midnight Holy Communion Service

Wednesday 25th December

8.00 Holy Communion BCP Balfron

10.00 Holy Communion Callander

11.15 Holy Communion Aberfoyle.

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.


To be held in the Church on 8th December 2019

Following the 11.15 am Morning Service



1.   Apologies

2.   Minutes of the 2018 Annual Meeting – held on 9th December 2018

3.   Rectors and Vestry Report

4.   Presentation of Accounts 2018/2019

5.   Lay Representative’s Report

6.   Vestry Membership and Appointment of Lay Representative

      and Alternate Lay Representative (Canon 63)

7.   Appointment & Retiral – Members of the Vestry

8.    Children and Vulnerable Adults

9.   Any other business (including Matters Arising that have not already       

      been discussed)

10. Date of Next Meeting – 6th December 2020

Mark Seymour, Secretary to the Vestry

Tel: 01786 870710