People enjoyed creating prayer stones with the St James Drop In Group at the Gathering in Perth Cathedral on Saturday. There was a very friendly and creative atmosphere all day.
Bishop David joined us for the main service on May 21st which included the baptism of Harri Bowen.
St.James’s led this year’s World Day of Prayer service in Dollar this year. The service was written by Christian women of The Philippines on the theme, “Am I being unfair to you?”. As we heard about the lives of people in The Philippines we were able to watch pictures of the countryside and the the school for the Aeta people in the highlands which Alun Morgan, a member of the congregation, has been instrumental in setting up and supporting.
We held our annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday 18th. A beautiful service followed mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Rooms.
Our annual Pet Service in the spirit of St. Francis was held on Sunday afternoon:
We celebrated Harvest over the weekend of October 1st and 2nd. On Saturday evening we had a short service in the church followed by the Harvest Supper in the Parish Rooms attended by about 40 people; delicious food and a a very happy atmosphere. On Sunday morning we held our main harvest service. The church was beautifully decorated and the children had taken sealife as the theme for their harvest table. On Sunday evening a group of young musicians led by Martina Sillence from Dollar and friends from Glasgow put on a most enjoyable concert in the church.
A very busy and enjoyable Coffee Morning was held on Saturday April 23rd in The Burnside Hall. It was lovely to see so many people there:
Easter Day at St. James’s:
A most enjoyable Burns Supper was held on January 23rd in the Parish Rooms. St James’s folk demonstrated their talents in many areas from recitation to potato peeling!
We were delighted to welcome Victoria Sibley-Bentley (and her parents, Colin and Pat) as our guest preacher.Victoria and her parents were members of St. James’s for a number of years.Victoria is the Vocational Deacon and Chaplain at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. She gave us some fascinating insights into life in New Zealand.
Advent and Christmas at St. James’s followed our usual pattern: the Advent Carol service on the first Sunday of Advent, study groups held morning and evening on Thursdays, Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday 20th, then the Christingle service and Midnight Mass, followed by the eucharists of Christmas Day. The decorations for Christmas added to the beauty and sense of wonderment:
Our service on All Saints Day was an All Age Service and we looked at the link between Halloween, All Saints and All Souls.
Candles were lit in memory of loved ones at the All Souls Service and then lanterns were carried to the Memorial Garden.
We had a busy and successful Coffee Morning in the Burnside Hall on October 31st. Over £1000 was raised for St. James’s
St. Francis’s Day was celebrated by telling the story of his life with help from the puppet Mr Crow. In the afternoon the annual Pets’ Service was held in the church gardens.
We were delighted to welcome Bishop David and Alison to our Harvest Service on Sunday 20th September.The church has been beautifully and creatively decorated. Do pop in and have a look if you are in Dollar.
Bishop David meets Mr Crow
We celebrated St. James’s Day with a Bring and Share lunch and some games for the children in the Rectory Garden.
It is always a pleasure to have Rev Marion Keston leading our worship
The Drop In Group held their June meeting at Alva Woodland Park where they thought about the environment with help from verses in Isaiah 55
A very busy and successful Coffee Morning was held at the end of April in the Burnside Hall
As always the church flowers were glorious for Easter – wonderful creative work by many people on Easter Saturday. Easter morning was an All Age Family Service and everyone contributed to the prayer chain which was made during intercessions.
For the second year we had an Eastingle service – a service of activities for young people to explain the Easter story. It took placein the church and in the church grounds, in and around the labyrinth.. It concluded with the lighting of the Easter fire which led on to the Easter Vigil.
Just before Holy Week the Drop In Group were the hosts for a celebration of Passover. We celebrated Passover as Christians who want to understand our own faith better. The evening explained many of the traditions of Passover but we also focused on the freedom that we are given through the resurrection of Christ.. We had a delicous buffet supper and there was a lovely atmosphere of sharing and friendship.
Symbolic foods eaten at the Passover meal
A very enjoyable concert was held on February 7th with Bruce Davies singer and songwriter. Many thanks to Emma and Louise Law who were the main organisers. The sum of £174 was raised for St. James’s.
We had a visit from Joss who is now a fully trained guide dog working in Edinburgh. He was a familiar sight on a Sunday morning at St. James’s when he was a puppy.
St James’s holds its annual pet service in October on a Sunday afternoon close to St Francis’s day. This year we had dogs, cats and a rabbit. All the pets were very well behaved and enjoyed eating pet snacks after their blessing.
The classical guitarist, Ayman Jarjour held a concert on June 2nd in St. James’s to raise funds for the work of his home church in Damascus, Syria. A total of £755.45 was raised. It was an evening of wonderful music.
Dollar Open Gardens weekend, May 25th and 26th, was again a great success. About 30 varied and beautiful gardens all over Dollar were open to the public. Teas were served by the Parish Church in the Burnside Hall and by St. James’s in the Parish Rooms. £3850 was raised for Strathcarron Hospice.
Christian Aid week in Dollar, a joint initiative between St. James’s, the Parish Church, Muckhart and Glendevon, has raised £4321 – many thanks to every one who took part. There were door to door collections and a Coffee Morning in the Burnside Hall.
St James’s Christingle service on Christmas Eve is enjoyed every year by so many people. So this year we decided to try an Eastingle service for the first time. It included a Holy Week puzzle, stuffing Easter eggs for the Easter Day hunt, making the Easter Garden, and making Eastingles. The Eastingle is a hot cross bun with a white candle and coloured ribbons or wool round it. The spices in the bun remind us of the spices that people were wrapped in when they were buried in the time of Jesus, the purple wool represents royalty and reminds us that Jesus is our heavenly king, the red wool reminds us of Jesus’ death on a cross and the white wool reminds us that Jesus rose from the dead at Easter and lives with us every day. The white candle represents Jesus, the light of the world,bringing light and hope into all corners of the world.
After making our Eastingles, we lit them and walked round our beautiful labyrinth in the church garden with them. We lit the Easter fire and toasted marshmallows on sticks. Then the Pascal Candle was lit, the children went home to dream about chocolate eggs and those who wished stayed on for the Easter Vigil Service. It was a lovely first Eastingle service.
A very enjoyable Coffeee Morning was held in the Burnside Hall on Saturday April 5th and we were able to welcome many of our friends from Dollar and round about. It raised more than £700 towards Church funds. Many thanks to all those who were involved.
St Patrick’s Afternoon Tea Party
It was almost a full house at the Afternoon Tea Party on Saturday, 22nd March in the Parish Rooms. The party had a St Patrick’s Day theme with lovely fresh, green decorations. Paul started off the entertainment with his best Irish jokes. And Emma and Louise provided the Irish music. Everyone really enjoyed singing the well know selection which inlcuded Danny Boy, In Dublin’s Fair City, the Mountains of Mourne and When Irish Eyes are Smiling. And as always, the teas, sandwiches, cakes and scones were delicious.
On Monday Andrew Frearson and some of the Sunday school children presented Brian Devlin, butcher and greengrocer in Dollar with a photograph taken at the Christingle service in thanks for his generous donation of oranges for many years.
At the Christingle service all the children were invited to come forward and and place a little knitted sheep at the nativity scene. On Monday afternoon a group of volunteers of all ages had come together to prepare the Christingle oranges, which had been kindly donated by Brian Devlin.
We had a wonderful Christmas Concert in St. James’s on December 23rd. Veronica McBurnie gathered an enthusiastic choir and with only 3 rehearsals put on an evening of entertainment of carols and Christmas songs interspersed with contributions from several talented soloists.Entry was by donation and money raised will be divided between Music in Hospitals, Scotland and The St. Francis Home, Malindi, Malawi. The evening finished with mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Rooms.
Members of the local community enjoyed the Pet Service at St James’s on 6th October which marked St Francis day. The very well behaved dogs and two guinea pigs received blessings, and everyone, including the pets, enjoyed animal themed snacks after the service.
Sunday 6th October – As part of the All Age Service we celebrated the first anniversary of the launch of our Mission Action Plan. A year ago we pledged to work on two “marks of mission” – to transform lives and communities through receiving the Good News of Jesus Christ” and “to be ready to seek growth and cast the net” Several new initiatives have been started during the year: a very active team working with children and young people; an emergency prayer chain; the Drop In group nurturing spiritual growth; the prayer labyrinth in the church grounds; church communications team; launch of the St. James’s website.
Harvest was celebrated as with a Harvest Supper in the civic centre with a wonderful array of dishes from around the world and on Sunday morning with the Harvest Service where we reflected on all the gifts and talents that God gives us.
This event was held in St James Church on Saturday September 14th 2013. Unfurtunately due to illness only one valuer was able to come from Shapes Auction House in Edinburgh but Gavin Lindsay manfully saw as many of the people as he could. Due to the number of people wanting a valuation of their possesions we had to close the doors at lunchtime and people were turned away. We have agreed with Mr Lindsay that we will have another valuation day in the Spring.
During the summer Young Church members are taking part in a number of environmental activities:
The labyrinth was formally opened on Monday July 3rd by Rev Frances Burberry from Edinburgh on a beautiful summer’s evening. The designer Thorn Staefel was also present. For more information about the labyrinth see the labyrinth page under Spiritual Life and Education.
We had a successful coffee morning in The Burnside Hall in April which raised £623 for church funds.
The Easter Garden made by our children and young people.
Veneration of the Cross, part of our service on Good Friday.
The Prayer Tree which we used recently during a Sunday service is now at the back of the church. Feel free to write your prayers on a paper leaf and hang them on the tree.
A new idea we are trying is a soul space. A small tent at the back of the church which is furnished with cushions and throws, with books and quiet activities. A space which is available for children to use either during or after a service.
On January 19th our Young Church had an adventure outing to the Edinburgh Indoor Climbing Arena. There were activities available for all age groups; new heights were reached and new friendships made.
Christmas was celebrated with joy at St. James’s . It was a pleasure to welcome so many visitors and returning family members at the services.
A Christmas Bazaar was held in the church on November 10th. Jenny Cochrane had the original idea and the enthusiasm and dedication to make it happen. A Craft Group met every week and was such an enjoyable group that it is hoped they will continue meeting in the New Year. A total of £4,800 was made for church funds but perhaps even more importantly were the new connections and sense of community that it generated, as so many people came together both in the preparations and on the day.
At the All Age Service on Sunday November 4th the congregation were invited to write prayers on coloured stars and bring them forward at the time of communion to hang on a chain of lights.
On Sunday October 7th a Pet Blessing Service was held; about 30 adults and children and 20 pets attended on a lovely sunny day.
In September we celebrated the 130th Anniversay of the consecration of St. James’s Church. On Saturday and Sunday the 30th and 31st September there was a wonderful Flower Festival in the church. The theme was St James the Great and St. James’s Church: past, present and future.
On Sunday 30th Bishop David joined us as we launched our Casting the Net Mission Action Plan which gives us a new vision and plan of action for the future.