The Hub at HMP Glenochil

On Sunday 12th August during the morning service Sharon Allison, Project Manager at the Hub at HMP Glenochil and Cornton Vale, gave St James’s a most interesting presentation on work with prisoners and their families. The Hub is one of the charities supported by St James’s this year. If you would like to find out more about volunteering at The Hub, please speak to Elma at St James ‘s.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to St. Andrews

On 28th July the first diocesan pilgrimage took place walking from Ceres in Fife along the newly re-established pilgrim route to St Andrews.About 40 people set out from Ceres but we were joined along the way and by the time we reached St. Andrews there were about 90 people. It was a wonderful day of prayer and fellowship culminating in a Sung Evensong at St. Andrew’s St Andrews.

Retreat at St. Mary’s, Kinnoull

At the end of June a group of 10 from St. James’s went on a two day retreat to St. Mary’s Kinnoull. We all found it to be a most wonderfully hospitable place and gave us a good opportunity to enjoy our theme “Be still and know that I am God”

Labyrinth Walking Evening – June 2018

 

The Area Council Meeting was held at St. James’s on Wednesday 20th June. It was an evening on labyrinth walking, one of a series being held across the diocese this year. Andrew and Rev Liz Baker (Pitlochry) introduced the idea of walking a labyrinth as a tool for prayer and reflection. They also provided printed material with useful suggestions and prayers. We were able to use our own outdoor labyrinth and an indoor one on canvas. Each offered a very different experience. About 20 people enjoyed a bring and share supper and we finished with Evening Prayer in the church. The people attending came from numerous churches across our area and a lovely atmosphere was created.


Japanese Garden, Cowden – June 2018

The newly restored Japanese Garden at Cowden just outside Dollar was opened to the public for the first time as part of Scottish Gardens Open days. it is now open until October on Wednesday to Sunday each week. Members of St. James’s helped with guiding and providing refreshments.

Trauma Teddies – September 2017

This morning 36 trauma teddies were blessed before being taken to the Scottish Fire and Rescue service in Alloa. These teddies, knitted by members of the congregation are handed out to children who have been involved in distressing incidents and can be greatly reassuring for them in difficult circumstances.

World Day of Prayer

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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.

Harvest Weekend

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.

 

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Week of Christian Unity

For the first time, toParish church112631368_1677392632508516_2903266013014221925_n Parish church 312657985_1677392665841846_468174928378342232_o celebrate the week of Christian Unity St. James’s and Dollar, Muckhart and Glendevon Parish Churches came together to share their main morning service. The service blended elements from both our usual services and afterwards we enjoyed the hospitality of the Parish Church in the Burnside Hall.parish church 212622209_1677392669175179_8756186530920676179_o

Burns Supper

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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!

Rev Victoria Sibley-Bentley

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.IMAG1716

Christmas at St. James’s

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:

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All Saints and All Souls Services

All Saints Day lightsOur service on All Saints Day was an All Age Service and we looked at the link between Halloween, All Saints and All Souls.

 

 

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Candles were lit in memory of loved ones at the All Souls Service and then lanterns were carried to the Memorial Garden.

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Harvest

 

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

Bishop David meets Mr Crow

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Easter Day

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.IMAG1058IMAG1062

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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 IMAG1051 in the church groundsIMAG1043, in and around the labyrinth.. It concluded with the lighting of the Easter fire which led on to the Easter Vigil.

Celebrating Passover

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.

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Symbolic foods eaten at the Passover meal