• 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

    • Live streaming of the service

    • From Sunday 15 November we will be streaming the 9:30 service live on YouTube.

    • '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 15

    • Lockdown Newsletter No 15 is out! Keep up will all the news and latest information- reminders about booking for church, the Christmas service arrangements and what the Session Teams have been 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


CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL SERVICE

7+ Stunning Christmas Memes to Share Now! | Love Lives OnWe will be holding our Christmas Memorial Service this year on Sunday 06 December  at 6:30.  We are able to do this in a safe way, giving an opportunity to remember those we have lost, while keeping within the COVID-19 guidelines.   There will be an opportunity for reflection through music and words and the chance to light a candle,  have your loved ones’ names read out and a star placed on the memorial tree.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to have these things done on your behalf, we will be happy to do so.  Please let us know by calling 01764 660152 or emailing admin@auchterarderparish.org.    To attend you MUST book a place, again either by emailing the address above or telephone, again as above.


CHRISTMAS SERVICE ARRANGEMENTS

We have finalised our arrangements for the Christmas period.  Please click here to find out where and when you can join us remember you MUST BOOK ahead.

Youth worker wanted

Wanted:  If you have  a passion for God , and would love the chance to reach out and inspire Auchterarder’s young people with God’s love, then we are looking for you!   APC has an exciting vacancy for an experienced, full-time youth worker for our church and community. If you are interested and would like to find out more, then contact Sandra Miller for a job description and any other information you might like.   Email: auchterarderparish2020@gmail.com

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To meet the Guidelines set by the Church of Scotland, and accommodate the numbers who may wish to attend, we are currently holding 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 are more traditional services, conducted in the Sanctuary and will last for around 40 minutes.   The middle service, in the Church Centre,  at 10.30am will be less formal and will include activities for children.  Parents should attend with their chidren.      To book a place you can  can use the online ‘Eventbrite’ booking system by clicking this link Auchterarder Parish Church Weekly Worship     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


ANGELS AND STARS: If you have any more angels or stars, please hand them into the Parish Church by Sunday of this week – 06 December – in preparation for them going out into the Community next Saturday. A HUGE THANKS  to EVERYONE who has contributed!

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 open.  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    or phone 01764 660965 during opening hours.  Donations of goods can made via the Parish Church,  the Coop and Eucalyptus, the florist 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. Blue Door Newsletter No2 is here!


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.   


LIGHTEN THE DARKNESS ADVENT COURSE

25 November – 16 December 2020

Auchterarder Parish Church is offering a new Advent Course.  Developed and presented by church members themselves, the course will run over 4 Wednesday evenings from 7.30 – 8.30 pm, via Zoom. This course, entitled Lighten the Darkness, explores some of the main Biblical narratives and themes associated with Advent. Find out more here.  Pre-registration for the course is essential.  To pre-register, please email apcaudiovisual@outlook.com

Action against Gender based violence

hands formed together with red heart paintEveryone has a story. Jesus challenged many of the social customs of his day.In John 4:1-30 we find a woman regarded as ‘unclean, desoised  and rejected by her own people.Jesus challenged many of the social customs of his day. Read John 4:1-30 Here we find a woman, regarded as ‘unclean’, despised and rejected by her own people, yet Jesus chooses to demonstrate to us that this woman is created and loved by God. He does not treat her as a social outcast, or condemn her, but meets her in her need and gives her life. read more here    Pray that we can really love as Christ did and be a faithful witness in representing God and sharing his unconditional love.     That people who have survived sexual violence can find love and support and share their gifts within our church communities.

Useful links and information

Hope for what is not seen
  • Hope for what is not seen

  • Listening God, Will You come into the darkness of today’s world? To the places where once You walked among us But are now places of despair, conflict and occupation. Be with those whose stories we have heard And the countless others whose voices are silenced. Help us to be a voice of peace, To speak out against oppression To share the real Bethlehem with others this Advent. Bring Your wisdom to a situation which seems to have no end. God, we wait and we listen; We hope for what is not seen Shine the light of Your kingdom Into the darkness of our world

'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.    From Sunday 15 November,   the services will be streamed live each Sunday from 09:30 and saved there to watch later if preferred.    Click on the YouTube link at the bottom of the home page to access this week's and all previous Service videos. The recorded service will available more quickly if you access the YouTube channel and click in 'videos' and the 'past live streams'.  There will  also still be a link to the audio version here each Sunday. This week  - 29 November -  is the first Sunday in Advent.  The service  theme is:' Distance'   and the reading is from Isaiah 9:1-7 .   Rev Dr Lynn McChlery is the preacher.  

'Lockdown Newsletter' No 15
  • 'Lockdown Newsletter' No 15

  • 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 and 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.