• 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

    • Welcome back!!!

    • We are going back to church! See the article below with details and check out the latest Newsletter.

    • '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. 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
      Back to Church Edition

    • Lockdown Newsletter No 10 is out! Keep up will all the news and latest information. about getting back to church.

    • 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


 

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@aucherarderparish.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.

 

APC Future Focus

On Friday 4th September  at 11am we repaid the balance of the loan of £160K to the Church of Scotland. I do wish we weren’t COVID restricted as we would definitely have had a party! However, like good Presbyterians we comply with all due restrictions, so we’ll be raising a glass in the privacy of our own homes in the meantime.  This week I also met Mandy in the Centre to check the space which will become our Food Bank next month and discuss how, in due course, the requirements of the café, youth ministry and our ongoing groups will also fit in. After the Food Bank, which is scheduled to open in October, the youth worker and the café are our next possibilities. It may be a couple of years before the vision is fully realised but we are now well under way and it feels quite inspiring. And I’ve also spent some time getting ready for the church reopening on 27th September,

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

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

 

 

Useful links and information

God's love never gives up
  • God's love never gives up

  • God who give us all
    and yet who takes away,
    help me not to cling on to things that do not bring life,
    help me seek only what is good and what leads me into you,
    help me reckon my life and store up treasure in heaven.
    Thank you that you never stop looking for me,
    thank you that you never give up,
    but love me fiercely and determinedly whatever I do. AMEN

'Keeping Connected' services
  • 'Keeping Connected' services

  • At this time when we are unable to worship in fellowship with one another, instead enjoy listening to or watching a weekly service of music, Word and message.     The videos will be live each Sunday from 10:30.  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 the service  theme is:  'The Kingdom of Heaven'.' The reading will be from Matthew 13:31-35; 44-45.   The interviewee will be Ruth Buchan our Session Clerk   Rev Iain Paton with be the preacher. 

'Lockdown Newsletter' No 10 Back to Church
  • 'Lockdown Newsletter' No 10 Back to Church

  • We are sending out a newsletter every two weeks during this period of lockdown so click here for  10 Auchterarder Parish Church Newsletter  This edition is a single-focus edition with all the information you need about getting back to worshipping in church.  Please read it carefully and if there are any questions , 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.