• Hello! Welcome to the
      Auchterarder Parish Church website!

    • Our church family seeks to be led by the Holy Spirit to inspire people in and around Auchterarder, whether of faith or not, with the good news of Jesus Christ through worship, ministry, example and outreach. We aspire to be a caring, inclusive community within a spirit of Christian love. Active disciples Praising God Caring for People

    • Remembrnce Sunday

    • Sunday 08 November is Remembrance Sunday. There is no parade this year, due to the pandemic but the community is welcome to visit the war memorial after 11:15 to lay tributes.

    • 'Lock-down' Sundays at
      Auchterarder Parish Church

    • Our Sundays are a bit different during this period of lock-down, but we can still 'meet' together in different ways. We are back at church with reduced numbers, or you can join us for a Zoom Prayer Group meeting or listen to the service of music, prayer and Word via our audio and video recordings, either on the website, by the link on Facebook or on CD. Remember to request your favourite hymns, and we will try to play these over the next few weeks.

    • Lockdown Newsletter
      Edition NO 12

    • Lockdown Newsletter No 12 is out! Keep up will all the news and latest information- reminders about booking for church , SAV volunteers and what the kids are up to!

    • A vision for Auchterarder Community Church Centre

    • “A dynamic community hub where people of all ages are shown God’s love by being welcomed, respected, and supported towards the fullness of life that God intends.”.

    • ZOOM Prayer Group

    • The ZOOM Pryer Group is changing to a Saturday morning from 9:00-9:30. See the latest post !

Our values

Connections
  • Connections

  • We aim to be a friendly inclusive church and our deep desire is to make people welcome and to encourage them in all the seasons of life. We hope you enjoy this site, and get a good sense of who we are, what we’re about, and what God is doing in us and through us as we serve Him in the community of Auchterarder and further afield too.

To Know Christ
  • To Know Christ

  • Our belief is in the Lord Jesus Christ as risen Saviour and our desire is to know him more. In a contemporary world, this is not a straightforward manner especially for each of the generations represented in our church, but with God's grace, it remains our aim to share the good news of the gospel. "To know Christ and make Him known".

Lifelong Learning
  • Lifelong Learning

  • We recognise that exploring the Christian faith is a life long journey and so we offer a variety of educational opportunities to meet the needs of each generation and the challenges faced;  from children's and youth groups to adult education in the form of groups such as enquirers, alpha, house groups just to name a few.

Strengthening Families
  • Strengthening Families

  • We aim to be a church family and to love one another as Jesus commanded. To that end we aim to be inclusive and strengthen relationships and ties in our church, our community and the wider world through the various activities of our church family and in our individual daily lives.  A church family who have a loving heavenly Father.

Church of Scotland

The Church of Scotland seeks to inspire the people of Scotland and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ through enthusiastic worshipping, witnessing, nurturing and serving communities.  Most of our parishes are in Scotland, but we also have churches in England, Europe and overseas. The Church of Scotland plays a pivotal role in Scottish society and works with communities worldwide.  Church of Scotland Website

Church of Scotland Facebook Page


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2020

This year there will be no public gathering at the Auchterarder War Memorial. A small memorial service will take place at 10.50am to lay wreaths, but attendance will be by invitation only. Following a 2 minute silence at 11am attendees will disperse, after which the public may enter the area to pay respects as individuals whilst maintaining necessary distancing restrictions.

 

Back to Church !

We are delighted that, from Sunday 27th September, we are able to get back to church.  To meet the Guidelines set by the Church of Scotland, and accommodate the numbers who may wish to attend, we plan to hold three, short services.  Two services will take place in the Sanctuary itself and one in the Community Church Centre. The times will be as follows:  9.30 am, 10.30 am and 11.30 am.  Both the 9.30 and 11.30 am will be more traditional services, conducted in the Sanctuary and will last for around 40 minutes.  These will include prayers, Bible readings, music, a short sermon/talk and sometimes we will celebrate Communion.  The middle service at 10.30am will be less formal and will include activities for children. This middle service will take place in the Community Church Centre.  Children will have to attend this service with an adult and sit with them initially, although we may go into a separate hall for some of the time.   Children may attend the other services, but there will be no specific provision there for them, and they will have to sit with their parents throughout.  There are various ways to book a place, if you would like to attend. You can use the online ‘Eventbrite’ booking system by clicking this link Auchterarder Parish Church Weekly Worship   to book a place for  the day and  time you want.  Alternatively, you can contact our Administrator, Mandy Blackadder, by email admin@auchterarderparish.org or by calling 01764 660152.   Please do this before 5 pm on the Friday evening before the service date.  Please be advised that, within the Government and Church of Scotland Guidelines, it is necessary to wear a face covering inside a church and essential that you keep a 2-metre distance from others.  Because of the limited number of spaces available for each service, please book early to avoid disappointment. NB: PLEASE REMEMBER TO BOOK EACH WEEK

 

Blue Door Foodbank

Welcome to our new Blue Door Foodbank  During this ongoing pandemic and its  potential long term effects on employment and health, we are announcing the opening of our independent community foodbank.  An area has been adapted in the Community Church Centre and we are ready to start!   From Tuesday 06 October, our opening hours are Tuesday and Friday 10.00 – 2.00.  Food support will be accessible via a referral system.   Supplies can either be collected from the Blue Door in person or can be delivered.  We have a small, initial group of trained volunteers, but more will be required soon – so if you have time to spare, either to pack, deliver or serve face-to-face, please email: info@bluedoorfoodbank.org    Donations of goods can made via the Parish Church and the Coop initially and other collection points will be added soon.  Let us know if you need any large donations collected and that can be arranged.  Should you wish to make a cash donation, please contact us on the email address above or use the ‘Donate’ button on the website heading, clearly indicating the donation is for the ‘Blue Door Foodbank’.  For fuller information about suggested food and toiletries donations and who to contact for a referral, please click here for the information page.


POPPY APPEAL 2020

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, elements of this year’s local Poppy Appeal have had to be cancelled because street and house-to-house collections cannot be undertaken by volunteers whilst maintaining the required social distancing. However, many shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels are still able to take donation cans and poppies; these will be distributed on 19th/20th October.  This year a link to a ‘Just Giving’ fundraising website for the Auchterarder area has been established: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ao-auchterarder that will allow donors to contribute to the local Poppy Appeal without the need to leave home. It is hoped that this facility will compensate somewhat for the lost donations usually received in the street and on doorsteps.

Daily Worship

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The link,  Sanctuary First Daily Worship will take you to this Falkirk-based digital ministry.  It offers, amongst other things,  a diet of daily worship you may like to follow.   


PASTORAL SUPPORT

This is another link within in Sanctuary First to the topic of Pastoral Support  In this area are a variety of readings and prayers that may help you find what you need at times: in bereavement; when a friend lets you down, remembering to give thanks; needing God’s peace and more…  There will be links to specific topics here but it is worth having a look for yourself. This week’s topic: Romance, intimacy and heartbreak

 


 


CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Click here to read and see what we have been up to since coming back to church.

 

 

 


 

Going for Growth

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The Church has left the building: café church, youth church, nursing home church, bikers church – God’s Spirit is firing our imagination and preparing people to serve as pioneer ministers in a variety of contexts and situations. Emerging churches explore a more incarnational model of church – going to people in their different neighbourhoods and networks, building friendships and community, and seeing if some of these communities have the potential for being church, rather than wait until those outside the church come to us.  This venture hopes to enable the Church of Scotland to face the challenges of ministry and mission in today’s world. It’s experimental, great fun, a nd enables us to respond to God’s call in different ways.  Going for Growth information


And the Blue Door Foodbank is OPEN!!!

 

 

Useful links and information

The old and the new
  • The old and the new

  • Luke 2: 25, 27  Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Jerusalem.... Moved by the Spirit, he went into the Temple courts. Lord, I want to be like old Simeon, living on the boundary of the old and the new, praying for Your Kingdom to come; for your Church to be renewed; for our nation to return to Christ.  We wait.... we watch.... for your salvation.  In the routine of his duty Simeon’s eyes were opened.  To see well-trodden prayers answered in a child, the Christ-child.  In the routine of this day of worship, open our eyes to see You in unexpected ways,  in unexpected places, in unexpected people.  On the boundary of the old and the new.  We will continue to wait...  We will continue watch.... for Your  salvation.   May we be boundary people, opening doors of hope for the next generation.  AMEN

'Keeping Connected' services
  • 'Keeping Connected' services

  • At this time even though we are beginning to meet again for worship, still not all of us can: but you can still enjoy listening to or watching a weekly service of music, Word and message.     The videos will be live each Sunday from 09:30.  Click on the YouTube link at the bottom of the home page to access this week's and all previous Service videos.  There will also be a link to the audio version here each Sunday. This week  - 25 October - the service  theme is:  'Salvation'  The reading is from Revelation :9-17 and Rev Iain Paton is the preacher.  

'Lockdown Newsletter' No 12
  • 'Lockdown Newsletter' No 12

  • We are sending out a newsletter every two weeks during this period of lockdown, so click here for  Auchterarder Parish Newsletter It's full of the latest news about life in APC.  Please especially have a read of the articles about getting back to church and the new foodbank.  We are also looking for volunteers to help run the sound a vision desk, now we are back in church.   If you have any questions about anything contained therein, either contact your Elder or contact the Administrator by clicking here email  

     

Prayer Opportunities
  • Prayer Opportunities

  • If you would like prayers said for you, please contact one of our Ministers on the numbers below.  If there is no reply, leave a message and they will return your call. Rev Dr Lynn McChlery: 01764 662399    Rev Iain Paton: 01764 682234   You are also very welcome to join in with our online Zoom Prayer Group. Click to find out more. 


    Harvest Donations

    Thanks to everyone who gave Harvest Donations for our new Blue Door foodbank