Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Stirling

Church News

HOLY TRINITY FELLOWSHIP GROUPS

We will be starting monthly groups at Holy Trinity later this Autumn - do join us for discussions of various topics of interest, prayer and fellowship. Groups will initially meet on the third Wednesday and Thursday of the month (except for Advent, Lent and in the summer when we run weekly study groups). Do consider taking part either in our morning group or the group meeting in the evening. The proposed dates for this autumn are:

November Fellowship:

Wednesday 15 November at 10.30 am at the Rectory or Thursday 16 November at 8 pm in the Church Hall.

AUCTION OF PROMISES

For those of you who haven't taken part in an auction of promises, it is much like an other auction, but the highest bidder doesn't usually take away the lot at the end. The lots are promises to perform a service (like ironing, weeding or a lift to the airport) or you get the chance to commission a flower arrangement, a piece of knitting or maybe a celebration cake.

Previously offered lots have included all of the above, as well as fishing trips, caravan trips, golf and afternoon tea. What could you offer? Forms will be available at the back of Church from 1 October. Please let us have your offerings by 12 November. The list of lots will be available to view from
19 November.
                                                                                                      Ann Lees

Mothers Union Update

Forth Valley Branch continues to meet monthly with a regular attendance of 12 people out of our membership of 23. We have enjoyed what have now become annual events such as a Strawberry tea which raised £192 for AFIA (Away From it All) which gives grants to those in need but can't afford a holiday - please spread the word); our Thanksgiving service in October 2016, a Celtic Eucharist taken by Jeanette Allan - only a few of us were there but it was very special; and in January Mothers Union members and friends gathered for our annual lunch outing at The Riverside Restaurant.

The Branch has had some really interesting meetings this year which have included a talk by Rev Val Nellist - "Four Nights at The Golden Turtle", a presentation about her experiences in Kerala, India where women and men from churches in Brazil, India and Scotland came together for a colloquium on gender justice and the safeguarding of children. A truly thoughtful and memorable Easter Reflection was led by Rev Christoph Wutscher accompanied by his wife, Ulrike, who together introduced us to and made us think deeply about the mystical written and sung works of Hildegard of Bingen. We felt very honoured to be given a role to play on Mothering Sunday as we helped the children to do the Intercessions. Another memorable evening was presented by Volunteers from Stirling Citizens for Sanctuary where we learned about the resettling of Syrian refugees into the Stirling area. Also, Mary Kenyon shared her experiences from Worldwide Council at An Grinana, Ireland.

We are trying to encourage new members to join us because we are all getting older and it is not so easy to get out to meetings for various reasons. Despite this we have many friends and our members continue to knit for the Premature Baby Unit at The Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert, where the wee matinee jackets and tiny hats are very much appreciated. Tea and toast at Dunblane continues, and members continue to take care of the children at Glenochil Prison crèche. We still collect knickers, flip flops and have now added handbags to this list - all to help the women who find themselves at Cornton Vale.

Next meeting - Wednesday 11 October at 7.30 pm - "A Visit to India" by Margaret and Les Slater at St Mary's Church, Dunblane.

As well as the items listed above, we also collect ladies' socks (preferably bright colours), colouring books, craft materials, playing cards and toiletries in sealed gift boxes. Please leave in the basket at the back of the church by Sunday 19 November. For further information, please contact: Margaret Slater on 01786 822893 or Helen Kemp on 01786 479400.

As others see us…

Comments from visitors who attended on Doors Open Weekend

  • "Beautiful church full of character and history."
  • "Steeped in history, beautiful stained glass."
  • "Good memories."
  • "Thank you for the guided visit. Very beautiful church."
  • "Beautiful pictures in the windows and lovely welcome, thank you very much."
  • "Peace be with you."

Start Up Stirling

Dear Supporters of Start-Up Stirling,

A big THANK YOU to all who have helped us in the past.
We presently need the following:

  • meat/fish/veg/beans/soup/fruit (ring-pull tins)
  • dried foods
  • ready meals
  • cooking sauces
  • breakfast cereals
  • UHT milk
  • tea/coffee/sugar
  • snacks
  • toiletries
  • cleaning products
  • household goods - crockery, cutlery, towels, pots and pans

Strong bags to carry groceries are always welcome!
Towels can be new or of good quality, previously-loved bath/hand/dish towels.
Many of those who visit our unit are often surprised that we recycle cutlery, kitchen utensils and mugs, so if you are having a clear-out, please keep us in mind.
Or make a financial donation via our
online giving page - this can be a one-off donation or a monthly donation

Best wishes
Linda and the team at Start-Up Stirling
UNIT 9, Springkerse Industrial Estate, 10 Munro Road, Stirling, FK7 7UU
W:
www.startupstirling.org.uk
E: crisisfoodbank@startupstirling.org.uk
General enquiries: 01786 561027

Items can be dropped off at the warehouse at Unit 9 from Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm. Alternately, we have a number of public Donation Stations where donations can be left. Please see our website for a full list of locations.

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