Category archives: News

  • ga-oct-2020-supplement  This link will take you to a summary of the Digital General Assembly, held on Friday and Saturday 02 and 03 October.
  • 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.
  • Join us this Saturday for a very special Guild Annual Gathering, which will be available online from 11am.   Themed around ‘the extra mile’, members will be able to take part from the safety of their own homes, either on this page on the Church of Scotland website or on the Church of Scotland Facebook page.  Featuring singing and worship led by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, the specially created video will help us recreate the Guild’s joyful atmosphere and feeling of togetherness despite being unable to physically meet.  As usual this year’s Annual Gathering will offer the opportunity to welcome the Guild’s new national convener, Mable Wallace, along with a chance to bid farewell to the outgoing national convener, Marian Macintyre. .  Annual Gathering link
  • FYI 41 new, temporary 20mph speed limits will be introduced across Perth and Kinross as part of the Scottish Government's 'Spaces for People' project that is designed to support 'active' travel (walking, cycling, etc.) A 20mph zone in the High St will be extended to into the Feus.  Also, we do not know. when the Aytoun Hall will reopen but will likely remain closed until social distancing restrictions are no longer necessary and crowds at events are once again permitted. The Live Active Leisure Halls Operations manager has promised to let us know ASAP.
  • In July , we brought you all the opportunity presented to us by a benefactor who had generously offered to match fund the prepayments of our outstanding loan, and the challenge of how to respond by raising £80,000! It was a huge ask at a time of financial uncertainty, and we were uncertain what the response would be.  I am delighted to announce that the Appeal has raised the amazing sum of £103 000!!  That not only frees us from the burdensome loan repayments which have absorbed our finances, it releases funds to resource the vision we have to make our Church Centre a hub for service to all in our community. As well as thanking our benefactor for his generosity, we want to extend a massive thanks to everyone who has contributed to bringing about this astonishing result. 113 people have given to the Appeal and each contribution has been greatly appreciated - this has definitely been a team effort, achieved as God’s people working together. And, of course, we give thanks to God who is th[...]
  • The Church of Scotland Guild is a movement within the Church of Scotland that invites and encourages both women and men to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and enables them to express their faith in worship, prayer and action.  With around 17,000 members, the Guild is one of Scotland's largest voluntary organisation. Although women make up the bulk of our membership, increasingly, men are becoming members and taking active roles at local and national levels.       The Guild's motto is taken from Acts 27, verse 23: "Whose we are and Whom we serve."  The  Guild has a part of the Church of Scotland website all of its own and has lots of very interesting information.  Every three years, a strategy with three annual themes is decided by the Guild. They also decide on a discussion topic every year.  Have a look on the website and get a better idea of the work this kirk organisation does.  https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/the-guild/  And check out our own Guild Page.
  • 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 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.  
  • Here is a link to the P&K booklet about Keeping Safe during Covid-19.  It is full of really useful information. https://www.pkc.gov.uk/media/45961/Staying-Safe-Leaflet-English/pdf/
  • 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.