Burns Supper – January 25th 2020

We held a most enjoyable Burns Supper on Saturday evening with all the usual speeches.. Alun gave a spirited rendition of The Ode to a Haggis. After the meal we joined in some Burns songs accompanied by the multi talented Tim who in the course of the evening played the Highland bagpipes, the Lowland/Border pipes, piano accordion and guitar.


Opus 8 Concert

It was a pleasure to welcome Opus 8 to St. James’s again on Sunday afternoon. What a lovely concert of music and poetry for this season of the year and a time to renew old friendships over tea and cakes afterwards.


Harvest Weekend – 12th-13th October

Harvest celebrations started with a short service in the church followed by the Harvest Supper which was enjoyed in the Parish Rooms. the church was beautifully decorated for the Sunday services and in the afternoon the church was open with displays of many items that not often on view.

Beautiful Brides

We had a most enjoyable afternoon on Saturday with our Beautiful Brides fashion show. Christine and Sharon guided us through over a hundred years of changing wedding fashions, with stories about the owners’ wedding day and where the dress was bought or made..Photos, invitations and Order of service were also displayed including the top tier of a wedding cake from the 1970s.

Our piper David, in his own wedding outfit.
Christine speaking about the dresses, with the bodice of an 1890 wedding dress in front of her and behind a 1940s dress made from a tablecloth during the Second World War

Feast of St. James

We celebrated St. James’s Day (July 25th) this Sunday. During the service we hung shells, the symbol of St. James, on our prayer tree and afterwards held a Bring and Share lunch in the Parish Rooms which was much enjoyed.

Institution of Rev Christopher Lowdon

Bishop Ian instituted Revd. Christopher Lowdon as our new Rector today, in a wonderful service which involved many representatives of the congregation. After the service we walked to Dollar Academy Dining Room, with a piper from The Academy to greet us for a reception.Welcome to Chris and his family.

Pop In Café

Our first Pop In Café was held on March 5th in the Parish Rooms. We were delighted to welcome nearly 30 people. The next one will be on Tuesday April 2nd.

Beath Malawi Trust

Fiona McNicol, a member of the congregation, gave a most interesting talk on Saturday 9th February about her visits to Malawi. She is a teacher at Beath High School, Cowdenbeath who have a link with Mapanga and Njale Primary Schools in the southern part of Malawi.Groups of young people have gone to Malawi and worked in the schools and learnt about the culture of Malawi. The aid that they bring has enabled more children to stay on at school and progress to secondary school. It has also been life changing for the Scottish students.

Visit by Bishop Ian

We were delighted to welcome Bishop Ian and Carrie to St. James’s for the first time last Sunday. We enjoyed the opportunity to get to know them a little at a Bring and Share lunch after the service.

Advent Carol Service

On Advent Sunday we had a service of readings and Advent carols. Wonderful to hear again familiar words in carols such as “Wake O Wake for night is flying” and “Come thou long expected Jesus” but also some less familiar sung by our choir. The readings gave us a chance to pause and reflect on our focus during these busy weeks.

Installation of Bishop Ian Paton

Folk at St James Dollar enjoyed the live link to Bishop Ian’s Consecration Service. Due to band width problems there were some breaks, and hymns were a good time to have a tea and cake break!

Everyone enjoyed it though and we did feel part of the proceedings. A big thanks to Alun Morgan, Vestry Chairman for setting this up in the Parish Rooms.

Pet Service October 7th

For the first time the Pet Service in honour of St. Francis had to be held indoors as it was so wet this afternoon.  Pets and their owners enjoyed the sociable atmosphere with refreshments after the short blessing service.

Harvest Festival

A Harvest Supper was held on Saturday 29th September in the Parish Rooms and greatly enjoyed by all who attended. We welcomed Rev Jim Thomson as the celebrant to our Harvest Thanksgiving.

Farewell to Andrew and Lynn

A weekend of celebration and warm farewells at the beginning of September for St James’. On Saturday we celebrated Andrew and Lynn’s 8 years with us with a wonderful afternoon tea and presentation of gifts. Andrew and Lynn are looking forward to some time in the U.S. where Andrew will be working for his former church in Atlanta. We wish them every blessing in their new adventures.

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 All Saints, 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.